Where to Buy Affordable Original Art in San Francisco

There are tons of galleries in San Francisco. If you’re new to purchasing art though, it can be intimidating. You might like something but then be forced to pass when you discover it costs a fortune.

There is a way to ease your toe into these waters, and support local artists at the same time. 7×7.com just profiled four San Francisco galleries that will sell you pieces of art for as little as $5 to $50. At these prices, you can buy what you like and not worry about buyer’s remorse.

This might be a perfect time to check out one or all of these places.  An original art piece might make a great holiday gift. If nothing else, visiting these shops is a great way to spend an afternoon.

To see the entire 7×7.com feature, with  descriptions of each shop and the kind of art it sells, click here.

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This Weekend’s SF Holiday Block Parties

There may be more than these, but we’ve spotted four block parties scheduled to take place this Saturday. While it may not snow in San Francisco, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit around town.

For information on other holiday events taking place this weekend, click here.

12 Nights of Chocolate

12 Nights of Chocolate is an annual fundraising event presented by Dandelion Chocolate. The chocolate factory invites celebrated chefs from throughout the City and beyond to create a one of a kind experience for guests. There’s only one catch: chefs must incorporate Dandelion’s chocolate in their preparations. As in years past, all proceeds will go to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Last year’s event raised funds for over 65,000 meals.

This year’s lineup of chefs is remarkable — a group that has earned 15 Michelin stars in all.  For 12 successive nights, from December 4th through 15th, every experience will be creative and unique. For example, State Bird Provisions will be cooking from their just-released cookbook.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

24 Places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests

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We always love the sf.curbed.com features where they present content using an interactive map. It enables you to plan your excursions perfectly. This time, they’ve published a guide to 24 places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Relatives.

Last year they published a similar feature with 16 spots highlighted. They’ve now updated and expanded upon that previous list, adding some new attractions along the way. This information could definitely come in handy about the third day of any visit, when your relatives or guests are staring at you and asking, “What’s next?” Even if you don’t have visiting relatives, these spots might be worth taking in by yourself or with a fellow local friend or two.

To see the sf.curbed.com feature, click here.

60th Annual International Auto Show On Now Through Sunday

For generations, attending the International Auto Show has been a family tradition for San Franciscans. It’s always held Thanksgiving week, and it’s Northern California’s largest and most spectacular auto exhibition. The event features more than 600 vehicles representing the work of 35 major manufacturers, and it takes place in the  Moscone Center, which has been newly remodeled this year with over one million square feet of exhibit space.

Autos on display include cars from: Acura; Aston Martin; Audi; Bentley; BMW; Buick; Chevrolet; Chrysler; Dodge; Fiat; Ford; Genesis; GMC; Honda; Hyundai; Infiniti; Jaguar; Jeep; KIA; Lamborghini; Land Rover; Lexus; Lincoln; Lotus; Mazda; Mercedes-Benz; Ram; Nissan; Rolls Royce; Smart; Scion; Subaru; Porsche; Toyota; Volkswagen; and Volvo.

For hours and dates, ticket information, and to learn more, click here.

Where to Eat this Holiday/Crab Season

In San Francisco the crab season arrives just in time for the holiday season. In fact, many people serve crab as part of their Thanksgiving tradition.

If you’d rather leave the prep to someone else, sf.eater.com just published the perfect guide to 22 restaurants serving up crab in San Francisco. It includes links, addresses  and descriptions, along with a handy interactive map.

There are a bunch of different ways to serve crab, and the side dishes can become almost as important as the crab itself. To see the entire feature, click here.