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Sunday Mourning: Erika Chong Shuch And Sean San Jose Perform at Intersection

If you’ve ever seen them in action, you’ll want to see anything talents like Erika Chong Shuch. resident artist and choreographer at Intersection for the Arts, and Sean San Jose, nonprofit program director and member of resident theater ensemble Campo Santo, freely dream up. And now you get a chance to see what’s moving them at the moment with The Future Project: Sunday Will Come, their new performance collabo at Intersection. The performance -- conceived as part of a cycle of new works that aims to grapple with the unknown -- runs through Nov. 7.

Semper Fi Surprise for George Shultz



A giant, “Surprise!” rang out from the symphony hall of Davies (and probably all the way to the shores of Tripoli) on Monday when former Secretary of State George Shultz was feted for his upcoming 89th birthday by his missus, Protocol Chief Charlotte Mailliard Shultz.

The lifelong and dedicated United States Marine Corps Major (who served in the Pacific theater during World War II), was more than surprised as he entered Davies’ Wattis Room -- which was awash in red-right-and-blue bunting, flags and towering Stanlee Gatti-designed blooms.

BART Station Poetry On Demand

Kat Malinowska over at Mission Mission spotted an on-demand poet at the 16th Street BART station the other day. Typewriter in tow, he sells personalized poems to any comers with a sign in the case reading, "Pick a subject and price then get a poem." Kat includes pictures and says he attracted quite a crowd. She has no comment on the quality of the poetry but hey, if you've been procrastinating on those vows for your late autumn wedding, maybe he's your go-to guy. At a price you name, what do you have to lose? If it's not perfect, maybe it would at least give you something from which to work. Comments on the post claim he gets around so keep your eyes open and you might even save yourself a trip to the Mission.

This Week’s Events: Tequila, Mezcal, Beer and Tacos

In celebration of their fourth anniversary (and a recent article in Playboy that named the spot among American’s top tequila lounges), Tres Agaves will be throwing a party on Sunday, October 25, beginning at 8 p.m.. Expect food specials, a DJ, and plenty of tequila.

Brandi Carlile Gives up the Ghost at the Fillmore

Brandi Carlile took the stage Tuesday night and whipped the The Fillmore into a frenzy, telling fans she'd been waiting the entire tour to return to the famous venue. But Carlile didn't have to stroke San Francisco egos to win the the crowd over; the Washington-bred singer had the audience in the palm of her hand from the moment she stepped onstage.

A self-professed former backup singer for an Elvis impersonator (that story in itself was a standout moment at Tuesday's show), Carlile effortlessly blends rock, pop, folk and country influences. Add to the mix her pitch-perfect vocals, commanding stage presence and irresistible charm, and it's clear why fans were worked up as soon as the singer launched into a stripped-down version of her song, "Oh Dear."

Twitter Wine Tastings

A few days ago, I noted that Twitter was getting into the wine business by creating its own wine and selling it for charity. The concept seemed odd to say the least: a company that trades in the virtual deciding for some reason to make its first physical product a wine.

Easy As Pi Bar

If I were to lay all the pizzas I have eaten in San Francisco end-to-end, chances are they'd nearly reach back to my old East coast stomping grounds. OK, maybe not—but the point is, I have eaten a lot of pizza since moving out here. And while New York may be widely considered to be the hometown of pizza, SF comes in a not-too-shabby close second. Evidence of its popularity is everywhere, including in the build-up to the opening of Pi Bar, which opened two weeks ago in the former Suriya Thai space on Valencia.

San Francisco Halloween Costume Guide

With just one full weekend left before Halloween, it’s time to get down to brass tacks on the costume front. Whether you’re in need of a finishing touch or a head-to-toe look, whether you'd prefer to buy or would just as soon D.I.Y., we offer up this list of the City's best bets to help you in your Halloween costume quest:

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Rare Device Turns Two and Celebrates with a Sale

With all of the store and restaurant closings over the past year or so, sometimes you've got to pause for a second and reflect on all the great places in and around our city that are, thankfully, still open for business. Take Rare Device, for example. The Upper Market boutique has consistently wowed us with their selection of beautiful things for the home and beyond since they opened shop two years ago. The owners really work hard to find the best in art and design coming from local and up-and-coming artists, as well as national and international talents that deserve broader recognition. And did we mention the gallery? It's always worth peeking in to see what unique collaboration or interesting show they've got going on at the moment. Okay, enough of this lovefest.

Michael Chabon: Anything But an "Amateur"

His new book may be titled Manhood for Amateurs, but Michael Chabon has once again proved himself to be an old hand when it comes to getting great reviews. Chabon, a Berkeley resident, discusses numerous topics in the book, his first-ever collection of essays. (It's probably the only genre he hasn't tried, having released novels, short-story collections, a young-adult book, and a collection of adventure stories for McSweeney's.) Many of the essays focus on his geekier passions, including Legos, baseball cards, Star Trek, and comic books (the inspiration for his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay). The centerpiece of the book, however, is his musings on being a father.

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