hicup is all about meeting people with shared interests. To get the party started, we researched a smattering of cool stuff happening in some major cities across the U.S., to inspire you to find places to go and things to see with your new hicup friends. Know about a kick-*ss concert, biking trail or fave watering hole in your “hood? Let us know about it by commenting here, we”ll pass it along to fellow hicup members!

–Julie and David, hicup founders





Attention Film Freaks! Take your pick: from comedies, horror films and love stories to documentaries, short film programs and animation, SF IndieFest is the showcase for everything that’s awesome about filmmaking today. Catch some of the 80 indie flicks, meet filmmakers, and revel in this festival’s many after-hour parties! Here are a few listings, just to whet your appetite; festival link with all films and parties included, below:

Disco Exorcist

Rex Romanski is a disco swinger of the late “70″s. “His “love “em and leave “em” attitude finally gets him into real trouble when he brings his charms to bear on Rita Marie Deveaux, a voodoo priestess with a mean streak a mile wide. Rita”s curse falls most heavily on Rex”s new flame, an adult film starlet named Amoreena Jones, who is possessed by the violent spirit of a voodoo demon and causes a rampage of bloody destruction that only Rex Romanski, the Disco Exorcist, can stop!

Saturday, 2/11, 2:45 PM; -Sunday, 2/12, 7:15 PM

Casserole Club

From the director of FIRECRACKER and STUCK! comes a sexy dark comedy focusing on a group of mod 1960″s era suburban housewives. Close-knit and neighborly, they are all bent on one-upping each other in true bourgeois fashion with regular dinner parties where the women can showcase their culinary prowess. But when the gatherings become increasingly focused on boozy flirtation, and more than recipes start getting swapped, the story moves swiftly from stylized and campy to a drama about irresponsibility, selfishness, and damaged people.

Friday, 2/10, 9:30 PM; Monday, 2/13, 7:15 PM


In order to find new bodies to inhabit, two Russian ghosts embark on a mystic journey to the Spanish holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Trekking through a moon-like landscape, the two meet an array of quirky characters while discerning over the meaning of life, death and their own dreams. Winner of the Tiger Award at the 2011 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Finisterrae is a humorously surreal and uncannily captivating experience. Directed by first-time filmmaker Sergio Caballero, co-director of the beloved Barcelona music and art festival, Sonar, this unorthodox film is not to be missed.

Saturday, 2/11, 12:30 PM; Sunday, 2/12, 9:30 PM

INDIEFESTat theRoxie Theater, 3117 – 16th St. @ Valencia, San Francisco: Advance Tickets 800-838-3006; same-day tickets available at the venue only. For more information, go to sfindie.com


Revolution 2.0 Book Cover

Revolution 2.0: a Memoir, by Wael Ghonim


Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 PM

Hear former Google exec Wael Ghonim and journalist D. Parvaz speak about Egypt’s 2011 transformation at a joint presentation sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company and Town Hall Center for Civic Life.

Wael Ghonim was a Google executive who set things in motion when he decided, via Facebook, to protest the death of a fellow Egyptian at the hand of domestic security forces during last year’s Egyptian uprising. His new book, Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir, discusses the protest that became a revolution, which in turn has become a new era in Egypt.

Joining him onstage for the evening event will be D. Parvaz, a onetime Seattle P-I journalist now reporting for Al Jazeera out of Qatar.

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 PM, at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).  $5 tickets available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (1-800-838-3006).  For more information, call Elliott Bay at 206- 624-6600; Town Hall But exalted leo monthly horoscope will irritate a calm even-tempered Taurus. at (206) 652-4255, or go to TownHallSeattle.org


Heidi Klum at the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Rose Bowl interior design expert Michael Ostrow guides Heidi Klum around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena


The Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, which is held the second Sunday of every month, is one of the hippest flea markets on the circuit. Everyone from bargain hunters to Hollywood celebs come here to find hidden gems, deal steals or some objets d’art that just “speak to them.” Dress warm, get there early and bring lots of cash!

Watch this video featuring Heidi Klum at the Rose Bowl Flea Market with Michael Ostrow, who offers tips and tricks on how to bag some sweet deals at this large, sometimes overwhelming venue. Don’t forget your measuring tape, cell phone and lots of cash!

Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market, Sunday, February 12; 1001 Rose Bowl Drive,Pasadena, CA; call 626-577-3100 or go to rgcshows.com/RoseBowl  for more information.


Cacao Plant photo from Garfield Park Conservatory/Chicago

The cacao plant only grows in the tropics.


From Bean to Bar: The Science, History & Culture of Chocolate

Get the skinny on chocolate: why it only grows in the tropics, its ancient role in Aztec and Mayan cultures, how it was discovered by European explorers,  who made that first chocolate bar, how the Industrial Revolution globalized chocolate, and where most of the world’ s cacao is grown today. Heads up to Chicagoans: Did you know that North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products is Blommer’s Chocolates, headquartered right here in Chicago?

Garfield Park Conservatory, Saturday, February 11,  10:00 AM-12 noon; 300 North Central Park Ave.,  Jensen Room; for information, call 773-638-1766; for tickets, register online here.

Chocolates from Rahmigs
A beautiful selection of treats from Rahmigs”s House of Fine Chocolates, Chicago

Now that you can’t stop thinking about chocolate, proceed to Rahmig’s House of Fine Chocolates, a third-generation chocolate confectioner located at 3109 Broadway Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, to satisfy your cravings.

Rahmig’s House of Fine Chocolates, 3109 Broadway St./Lakeview district, Chicago; for hours and driving instructions, call 773- 525-5700; or visit houseoffinechocolates.com


Bjork performs "Biophilia"
Bjork performs “Biophilia” live on “The Colbert Report”; photo is screen shot from program


Who needs mind-altering substances when you can see Bjork live in New York? The amazing pop-diva Icelandic princess is back in town to kick off her three- year tour for her latest release, Biophilia, which is being dubbed as “the first app album” (not only is there an interactive  app to go with it, she also did some of the musical composing on the iPad).

According a press release, Biophilia is being described as “a multi-media project encompassing music, apps, internet, installations and live shows” with instruments like “a bespoke digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth”s gravitational pull to create musical patterns– creating a unique bridge between the ancient and the modern; a bespoke gamelan-celeste hybrid; and a one-off extraordinary pin barrel harp.” You can get a taste of what it’s all about by watching her performance of the song “Cosmogony,” dressed in a fabu inflatable dress and multi-yarn hair on “The Colbert Report” video, included in this review by the L.A. Times music Blog, “Pop and Hiss”

Björk performs “Biophilia Live”  February 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 at the Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens. Information: 1-718-699-0005; or go to nysci.org 


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