Although winter is right around the corner, it really hasn't been all that cold outside. Unless of course you were braving the outdoors in nothing but your panties this morning. 

That's what a group of determined shoppers did today: stand in line at Desigual on Powell Street to get the chance to shop without spending a dime (or perhaps they just wanted to be seen in their underwear).…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:25 am
by Giselle Velazquez Shoot, the mall is closed. Maybe the library?…

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Author: Giselle Velazquez
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Dave Pehling Anyone who has experienced the unhinged live show of Austin, Texas-based rockers OBN IIIs knows what to expect: snarling, garage-punk riffs, beer-spilling mayhem, and no shortage of verbal abuse from square-jawed frontman and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III. The chaos is audible on the crew's contribution to Castle Face Records' ongoing Live In San Francisco series as the quartet barrels though a barrage of tuneful, Stooges-inspired salvos, interspersed with Neeley's sneering swipes at audience members for wearing too much cologne and smoking too much weed.…

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Author: Dave Pehling
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Brandon R. Reynolds In the menagerie of gift-giving, there's the mythical "person who has everything" who is impossible to shop for (solution: Give them love; it's as cheap and abundant as natural gas, and has ruined just as many small towns as fracking). There's the person who loves everything, for whom it's just a matter of sticking a U2 CD in a colorful bag.…

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Author: Brandon R. Reynolds
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Chris Roberts Hunter S. Thompson knew best. To take the nation's temperature, and to find the real center of it all, you have to go to Las Vegas.…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Reyan Ali For folk musicians who want to truly connect with audiences, sincerity must be job No. 1. In a way more marked than any other genre, great folk is contingent on creating primal, roaring empathy between narrator and listener — which explains why Angel Olsen sounds so good.…

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Author: Reyan Ali
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Chris Zaldua Christmas is coming the day after Thanksgiving this year, because Santa's bringing a one-off intimate, private party at a downtown venue with Dixon — one of the world's best DJs — and the rest of the Sunset Soundsystem crew. For the unfamiliar, Dixon is a Berlin-based DJ and producer who also co-runs the Innervisions record label.…

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Author: Chris Zaldua
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Anna Roth If you're friends with discerning drinkers, there are few nicer things to bring over to their house during the holidays than a high-quality bottle of local booze — especially something that they wouldn't buy for themselves. (Conversely, if your hosts are less picky about their spirits than you are, bringing your own bottle will ensure that you have some of the good stuff to drink.)…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Gabe Meline Brian Moss walks along La Playa, a block from Ocean Beach, past the Safeway, past the condos, in the pouring rain. "It's gotta be around here somewhere," he says.…

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Author: Gabe Meline
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Emma Silvers If they read the national news about San Francisco, your relatives back East probably think you moved to an overpriced playground full of Google-Glassed nerds, each and every one of us permanently tethered to Twitter, pausing only to grab an Uber driven by a guy in a startup shirt. Okay, so there's a grain of truth in the worst stereotypes about the city.…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Siouxsie Q "I don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad," says Ariel as she gazes at her trove of treasures from the human world. Books, paintings, tea sets, and tobacco pipes — Ariel has fallen in love with the world of land and men that lies above, though she knows it is forbidden for her to be a part of it.…

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Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Joe Eskenazi Rebecca Katz has landed on her paws. Four months after becoming one of the few department heads to be sacked, the erstwhile director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control this month landed the same position in Oakland.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Katy St. Clair There's something about the Hallmark Channel this time of year that soothes me. I play it in the background like Muzak. It has a nonstop cache of dozens of custom-made cornball Christmas movies with names like A Cookie Cutter Christmas that generally center around the same themes.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Jonathan Curiel The San Francisco tourists who flock to Haight and Ashbury looking for evidence of the 1960s are met with smoke shops and T-shirt stores happy to sell them nostalgia. The street artist named Nychos gives them something different: a work that dissects the innards — bones, teeth, and tissue — of a living wolf.…

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Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Emma Silvers Ah, holiday shopping. Whether you've been making itemized spreadsheets of friends and family members' tastes and needs since August or you belong to the school of "Oh shit, I better see if there are any bulk candy canes left at Walgreens," there's always something stressful about standing in a crowded store, staring down that list of names while endless Christmas music plays on a loop and cranky children have meltdowns in the aisles around you.…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Jonathan Curiel Gottfried Helnwein is Arnold Schwarzenegger's favorite visual artist — so beloved that the former governor commissioned Helnwein to paint his official government portrait, which was unveiled two months ago in a Hollywood-style event at the California Capitol. When the curtain lifted from Helnwein's canvas, Schwarzenegger beamed as attendees applauded and videographers recorded the scene for posterity.…

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Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Joe Eskenazi Who hasn't found himself roaming aimlessly up and down the blindingly bright aisles of a chain drugstore at 3 a.m. before a major holiday pondering just what the hell to pick up for a loved one? At this hour, the temptation to give in and purchase a gag gift is strong: "How about a bedpan?" your wastrel buddy suggests.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Lou Fancher San Francisco-based artist and illustrator Mark Ulriksen says it's hard to stand out in today's blitz of media. Anyone who's ever glanced at his work might disagree.…

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Author: Lou Fancher
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Giselle Velazquez "To be alone in winter is death!," wails the beautiful, doomed Mimi in Puccini's opera La Bohéme, just two acts before consumption drains the life out of her. And that's why we send Christmas mixtapes.…

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Author: Giselle Velazquez
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Laura Jaye Cramer He's been called the Prince of Puke and he's been called the Pope of Trash. But for the past few years, John Waters has been working on becoming the Duke of ...…

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Author: Laura Jaye Cramer
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Joe Eskenazi Last week, Uber achieved the Uber of bad PR. At an upscale New York soiree, a senior vice president of the $18 billion car-hire service purportedly touted the merits of dropping $1 million into an opposition research unit, and deploying it to unearth unflattering details about journalists who see fit to criticize the company.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Brandon R. Reynolds The recurring gift is the most quietly insistent of presents. Give someone a magazine subscription and you're essentially saying, "I bet every month you need something to read for a day or two."…

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Author: Brandon R. Reynolds
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Rachel Swan A flood of disenchanted Uber users tried to cancel their accounts last week hours after Buzzfeed revealed a senior executive's alleged plan to launch smear campaigns against the company's critics, specifically journalists. But what could have been a mass exodus turned into an epic snarl, as consumers discovered how near impossible it is to untangle oneself from Uber.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Anna Roth San Francisco, ever the iconoclast, may not have the markers of the impending winter that the rest of the country enjoys, but one thing reliably ushers in the holiday months: the opening of Dungeness crab season. Around early to mid-November, crab boats are finally allowed to head out into the ocean to scoop up as many fat, sweet Dungeness crabs as they can to sell to hungry seafood lovers all around the Bay Area.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am
by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez San Francisco's housing crisis might find salvation from a seemingly unlikely place: Mountain View. The town that became the office-space capital for many tech companies already plays host to monumental corporate campuses of Google, Adobe, and a slew of other tech darlings.…

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Author: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Posted: November 26, 2014, 12:20 am