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Listen Up: This Week's Top Concerts

Alright, so you didn't make it to Coachella. Stop sulking and take advantage of the great music this week in SF instead. Here's what's on our radar:

 

Fleet Foxes, Fox Theater, 4/21

Paolo Nutini, Slim's, 4/22

Britney Spears, Oracle Arena, 4/22

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, Paramount Theater, 4/22

Jeff Beck, Fox Theater, 4/23

My Morning Convo With Gavin

So I just got off the phone with Mayor Gavin Newsom! But really, no biggie.

Considering the catbird seat I am often afforded at numerous galas, openings and super soirees, it just goes with the territory that civic leaders and politicians would send an email the previous evening telling me to ring them at 9 a.m. (PST) to check in with the G-Man.

Policy? Party planning? It’s all rather similar territory.

Besides -- as many folks know, I’m at my best and brightest as the sun rises.

Gavin Newsom's Tech-Savvy Announcement

Well, look at our up-with-the-times mayor.  Gavin Newsom made it official this morning via Twitter, YouTube, Facebook (1,309 fans, and counting, "like" this) and the Huffington Post that he's throwing his hat in the ring for governor.  Round of applause for the use of new media.   Let the commenting madness begin!  It's already a hot topic on Twitter.

 

New for Him: Peasants and Travelers Bags

Everyone’s got baggage. It’s whether he's packing baggage that’s up to the task at hand that counts.

And that’s exactly what new San Francisco men’s bag company Peasants and Travelers has for the fellas – and, really, anyone looking for weekenders, totes and carryalls with a healthily frills-free prepster-meets-urbanite attitude.

Green Day Hits The Green to Benefit Music Programs

What are Green Day up to when they're not playing impromptu shows around the Bay? Golfing, apparently. But for a cause. The band hit Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland yesterday to host the third annual Music in Schools Today golf tournament, an event that benefits the music curriculum in the Oakland Unified School District.

Makin' Change: North Beach Citizens

 

The spirit of Abbondanza filled hearts (and tummies) Sunday in the auditorium of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in North Beach at the North Beach Citizens dinner.

Now in its eighth year, the down-home event raises funds for this neighborhood homeless organization founded by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Al Gore, Robert Redford Expected Tonight at Goldman Environmental Awards

Al Gore, Gavin Newsom and Robert Redford are all expected tonight at the War Memorial Opera House to congratulate the winners of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize (often dubbed the "Nobel Prize" for environmental activistsm and "The Green Oscars"). 

Alice Waters Goes Mainstream: Elitist or Arugulist?

Oh, Alice. It's as if she's suddenly been thrust front and center into the real world—the cruel world that lies past our cozy, often smug 7x7-plus square miles of sustainable bubbliciousness. First there was the 60 Minutes interview where she baked an egg in a wood-fired oven in her kitchen as an example of a quick and easy breakfast that just about anyone could whip up. Of late, there's been the Obama's garden, a victory perhaps for Alice, but not necessarily one's she's going to get credit for. As Maureen Dowd wrote in her pro-Waters op-ed column on Saturday,

Aquarius and Amoeba Records Make Best Record Store List

How about a little hometown pride for Amoeba and Aquarius Records, two SF institutions that topped SPIN's 15 Best Indie Record Stores in the country list (compiled in honor of Record Store Day last Saturday)?  Amoeba took the #1 spot on the list, Aquarius, the #7.

On Aquarius:  "It's one of those record stores where you can go in and say, ‘Got anything that sounds like this?' and they'll go ‘Yeah!' and pull something out of the back."

ABC Using Unicorn Rules to Threaten Local Venues

California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who make the rules when it comes venues and alcohol in the city, are now targeting the city's all-ages clubs and threatening to shut them down. Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall and even the Fillmore are under fire from ABC for non-compliance with rules that club lawyers say are outside of the scope of written law, what club licenses say, and have nothing to do with safety or alcohol. For example, ABC recently declared that all-ages clubs must sell as much food as they do alcohol. Right, because we've been going to Great American for the food all these years.

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