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10 years of yummy walrus -- at 50% off

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By Juliette Tang

Just in time for these hard times ...

Happy 10-Year Anniversary to Upper Playground! Of all the stores with cute little walrus mascots in the Lower Haight that sell printed t-shirts, Upper Playground is my favorite. Read more »

The best dressed girl in SF?

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By Juliette Tang

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Who's the best dressed girl in San Francisco? Read more »

Golden wats and fried moss: photos from Laos

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Guardian photog Ariel Soto travelled to Thailand and Laos over the holidays -- here's her pictorial impressions. Read more »

Local Artist of the Week: 'hallucinatory memory'

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LOCAL ARTIST Neil Ledoux

TITLE Pigna (60" x 48", oil on canvas)

STORY This is part of a series based on a hallucinatory memory LeDoux imagined during his childhood. He recounted seeing a fountain in the thick Louisiana forests. Read more »

The Blender: What we've been eating

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Sunshine and comfort this week on the Guardian menu:

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(1) Latkes for Obama

(2) Dark and stormies, Easy Lounge, Oakl.

(3) Wildwood organic soy yogurt

(4) Oxtail terrine, Acme Chophouse, SF

(5) Abalone nigiri, Eiji, SF

The Mix: What we've been up to

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Guardian staff took it off and played this week:

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1) January sunbathing

(2) Umberto D.

(3) Camel, Moonmadness (Decca, 1976)

(4) Les Yeux Noirs playing "Lluba" at Yoshi's San Francisco

(5) Early Man, Slim's

Kudos to "A Burning Opera"

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By Steven T. Jones, aka Scribe

A couple months ago, when I heard first about “A Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse,” I rolled my eyes. Burning Man has inspired some very good and very bad art and for some reason I assumed that a musical telling the story of the event would hew toward the latter category.

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Boy, was I wrong! Read more »

It's hard to be a man

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By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

Midnites for Maniacs programmer Ficks is in Utah checking out the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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Obama's hat trick -- The Bad Boy? The Shark Life?

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Well, yeah, it's that inauguration thingy coming up, and the world is awash in the fabulous commercialization of it. Read more »

Frantic fish on a stick: Bangkok pics

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Bay Guardian photog Ariel Soto just got back from Asia -- with some fab snaps, of course. We're presenting her travel essay in three parts throughout the next week. First up: touching down in Bangkok.

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Golden Buddhas

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Lobster claws at a restaurant

I have major wanderlust. Take-off on an airplane gives me a high. Read more »