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James Murphy + Blue Bottle; New Potato's SF Guide

BROOKLYN/OAKLAND—After retiring his band LCD Soundsystem, musician James Murphy said roasting his own espresso was one of his big goals. Now, he's teamed up with fellow musician and fellow guy-named-James James Freeman of Blue Bottle to make it happen; a name and release date are still TBD. [Rolling Stone]

SAN FRANCISCO—Popular NYC-based food blog The New Potato has rolled out a dining guide to SF, with restaurant recommendations from Jonathan Waxman, Christoph Hille, Marc Forgione, and locals like Chris Cosentino and Gayle Pirie. [The New Potato]

NOB HILL—Got an ugly sweater and an empty calendar? Swing by Parallel 37 for their Ugly Sweater Party tonight from 6-8 pm, featuring $5 egg nog (BYO mug, otherwise it's $7), plus free bites from Michael Rotondo and classic holiday movies on the big screen. [EaterWire]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Support local women- and minority-owned businesses with a gift from La Cocina's Gift Alley, featuring everything from Wooden Spoons rillettes to Kika's Treats sweets to Sabores del Sur alfajores. It goes down Friday from 11 am-7 pm at the Crocker Galleria; more info here. [EaterWire]