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The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

Burger Bonanza
Also at CUESA this weekend—the second annual Iron Chef Grill-Off will be held on June 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ferry Building—four chefs will compete to create the best burger (crafted from grass fed Marin Sun Farms meat) and a surprise side dish in order to win the coveted “Grill Guru” title. Participants include Mark Sullivan (Spruce), Elizabeth Falkner (Orson), Andrew Swallow (Mixt Greens) and reigning champion Taylor Boetticher (Fatted Calf). Burgers will be judged by H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir, yours truly, and one randomly selected judge. You'll also be able to try slider-size versions of their burgers for $2.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: Transformers, the Facebook Movie and Pixar Grants a Last Wish

Fans of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise can stop waiting to exhale: Thanks to more than 600 sellouts, including 274 for midnight screenings scheduled tonight, Revenge of the Fallen is already a box-office hit. Numbers like that have placed it among the top 25 pre-sellers of all time, but a nagging question remains: Is it any good?

Our Favorite SF Shops for Summer Frocks

 

Since summer has decided to visit San Francisco for the week, there's no better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and few better ways to do that than with a little shopping. We put on our walking heels today and hit the sidewalk to track down the best airy sundresses the city has to offer. And since most of us are stuck in front of a computer all day, we made sure they also have websites.

 

 

 

1. See by Chloé Daisy Rosette Dress at Azalea, $402.50:

We've been lusting after this vibrant floral number since first laying eyes on it and though it's still a bit pricey on sale, we think it makes an eye-catching investment piece.

 

Air Guitar is Back: Mullets, Foam Fists and Animal Spandex Hit the Independent

US Air Guitar is back and this time San Francisco's own Hot Lixx Hulahan is the reigning world champion! We aren't hosting the National Championships this year—they're moving to the nation's capital now that a more air guitar friendly administration is in the White House—but the Independent will host two back-to-back nights of air guitar: Golden Gate Regional (Fri June 26) and Bay Bridge Regional (Sat June 27). Entry is still open, tickets for each night are still on sale, and serious spectators can purchase a 2-day pass to both regional match-ups.

Listen Up: David Byrne, Wilco and Goh Nakamura

Usually we’re eager to boast a top-notch list of artists vying for your hard earned dollars and attention span on any given night of the week. However, while there’s still something to choose from every single night, the real battle begins on Saturday, where you have various two-day events pitted against each other. Here’s the scoop.

Carbon Leaf, The Independent, 6/23: Check out the veteran indie pop stars perform their perfected stage skills on tour for their new album Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the first in almost 2 years.

Buzzed Beer Week: The Best Places to Have a Pint Al Fresco

Oh my goodness, today is one gorgeous day. A perfect 75 degrees, with a breeze to rustle the hair. Not so much the kind of day for a Manhattan or a class of Cab, but a good day to pop a beer in an unpretentious space in the great outdoors. Here are, in my opinion, SF's best places to do just that.

$100K and Counting: The Warren Buffet Steak Lunch for Glide

The bidding is up to $100,100.00—over $50,000 more than yesterday, for Warren Buffet's annual lunch auction to benefit the Glide Foundation here in SF:

The Air Sex World Championships: Make Sweet, Sweet Love to the Air

Make sweet, sweet love to the air -- and generate some potentially embarrassing YouTube footage in the process? Somewhere Andy Warhol is smiling, counting the 15 minutes of fame parceled out for the contestants lining up for the Air Sex World Championships, which makes a pit stop at the Independent on Wednesday, June 24.

Soderbergh's 'Moneyball' Headed to the Bench?

Even Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh can't save this one. Maybe they should call Dennis Eckersley. The movie rendition of Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball," about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, may be headed to the bench. Movie studios are balking at the pricey budget and minimal mass appeal. After all, it's the A's, not the Yankees. Then again, anything with Brad Pitt gets our attention and this has the potential to be one of the better baseball movies. Bummer.

Soderbergh's 'Moneyball' Headed to the Bench?

Even Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh can't save this one. Maybe they should call Dennis Eckersley. The movie rendition of Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball," about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, may be headed to the bench. Movie studios are balking at the pricey budget and minimal mass appeal. After all, it's the A's, not the Yankees. Then again, anything with Brad Pitt gets our attention and this has the potential to be one of the better baseball movies. Bummer.

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