If you’re like me, you think Cash Cab is one of the greatest ideas ever. And if you’re like me, you’re probably sad that you’re not constantly hailing taxi vans with your friends in New York for a chance to show off all your otherwise seemingly useless knowledge.

The next best thing? Trivia nights at your favorite bar! At least you won’t risk getting any motion sickness. So if you’re free Tuesday nights, head over to Elixir, which made 7×7’s list of the best pub quizzes in the city. They say they’re San Francisco’s second oldest saloon, so they’ve gotta have plenty of otherwise seemingly useless knowledge just waiting for you.

Word on the street is that the Food Network was filming at Humphrey Slocombe last night. Whether or not this is true, I have mixed feelings about nontraditional, non-touristy exposure of the city. Of course I’m proud to say, yes, I live in city that created Maple Bacon Lattes and lets you eat ungodly sandwiches with names like the Kryptonite. But I have to say, I also don’t like lines — especially lines of tourists. It’s also the whole “I listened to that band BEFORE they were popular” complex.

Now that that’s out of my system, on to serious news: After calling Valencia Street home for two years, Conduit closed its doors Tuesday. Designed by SF architect Stanley Saitowitz, many are viewing it not only as a loss for food aficionados but also for design enthusiasts. Big shoes — or space — to fill for whoever’s eyeing that location.

For those of you who like laughs, today kicks off the Ninth Annual SF Sketchfest. While this comedy festival will showcase several performers at several locations, here’s a list for who’s performing at the Dark Room Theater.

For more laughs, tomorrow and Saturday you can be Mortified. Apparently it’s being called a “cultural phenomenon,” and you wouldn’t want to miss out on a cultural phenomenon, would you?

Brava Theater Center is reportedly in the home stretch of its renovation and should be ready to go this summer. But for their next show opening on Feb. 25, tomorrow’s the last day to get tickets for just $20!

This Saturday, Jan. 16, Doctors Without Borders is holding a fundraiser at the Verdi Club. They’re advertising free food and live music, but the suggested donation is $10.

Also mark your calendar for Jan. 19, when another $10 donation will get you a seat at a conversation on Urban Homesteading at Viracocha. But you also need to RSVP before you can start your own “journey towards a sustainable and self sufficient life.”

Last, Mission Loc@l reporter Armand Emamdjomeh promised in yesterday’s Today’s Mission to read a piece from Bay Area Bites about Mission Burritos. You, dear reader, will be pleased to know that he has kept that very promise and had this to say: “After reading it, I realize I’ve done the people a disservice — it’s one of the greatest scribes on burrito-ness ever written.”

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Kimberly is currently a journalism major and business minor at San Francisco State University. Come May 2010, she will be moving on to bigger and better things, i.e. living and breathing journalism, not just studying it. But for now you can usually find her at City Hall every Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meetings. Having lived her entire life in San Francisco, she itches to travel far and wide, most likely to be convinced that every other city and town pales in comparison.

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