What the Cluck
Oh San Franciscans, how you love your DIY. If you’re already raising bees, canning tomatoes and brewing your own beer, but feel ready to take it to the next level, you may find inspiration in Slow Food SF’s screening of Mad City Chickens, a film about, well, chickens in the city. Catch the movie on August 8 at the Delancey Street Theater ($15), then start planning your flock (you can legally keep up to four chickens—no roosters—in your SF backyard).
Pig In the City
Sara Rossbach may be serious about luxury, but she doesn’t want wearers of Gold and Citrus, the luxe jewelry line she launched last week with Richard Combs, to feel that way when they don pieces from the collection of 11 necklaces and a double-chain gold headpiece.
“Often if jewelry is luxurious, it is very serious, and I think what we’re doing with this jewelry is creating jewelry that is luxurious, but fun and playful,” says Rossbach, a product designer who relocated to San Francisco from the East Coast last October.
Time can be so unkind to rock bands as they stick around, age and refuse to break up: Some burn out – others fade away. Still others like Yo La Tengo manage to mine remarkably rich new veins in the ground they’ve broken long ago. Much like the rock-solid coupledom of bandmates Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, this group refuses to call it splitsville, especially since it continues to find new songs to sing, popular or no.
Drink here: One of the city's best-loved wine bars, SOMA's Terroir specializes in unique and interesting organic vintages, served in a warm, rustic setting.
Eat this: For a perfect pairing with that glass of Côtes du Rhone, Chez Spencer's Spencer on the Go! truck offers French food—ranging from frogs legs to vol-au-vents—right across the street from Terroir. It's open Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to close, and you can bring your food into Terroir (provided you're drinking wine).
Drink here: The hip hop-heavy nightclub 330 Ritch has a more sedate feel on Friday afternoons, when a live jazz combo plays and numerous $6 drink specials are on offer.
Now that street food mania has reached a fevered pitch, we thought it time to offer this comprehensive guide to the city’s best street eats—a map shows you where to find it, our Twitter-feed guide gives your the tools to track the vendors, our Flickr group allows you to upload your own pictures of street food, taken anywhere in the world and our Resource Guide gives all the hard-core street food enthusiasts some more ways to geek out. Plus, a guide to the best bars in the closest proximity to the best mobile food vendors.
It’s fairly quiet in the land of music, but after last week’s shenanigans we’ll be glad to sit back, relax and enjoy the special performances rolling through this week. We’re especially excited for the highly anticipated and much-hyped traveling hip-hop festival, Rock The Bells this Sunday. Check out our other picks.
Phish, Shoreline, 8/5: For those who are super into 30-minute guitar solos and just straight improv jam sessions, then Phish is definitely for you. On tour for the first time in five years, these guys have one of the most impressive followings we’ve seen since the Grateful Dead. If you go it’ll definitely be an experience, and make sure to say hi to the Furthur bus for us.
It was an inspired gamble. Julie Powell, then a low-level government employee in her late 20s and looking, as she put it, “to pull myself out of a tailspin of secretarial ennui,” embarked on a quest to follow all 524 recipes detailed in Julia Child’s epic 1961 cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in the span of a single year. Powell chronicled her experiences in a candid, sharply written blog, and a culinary star was born.
When Sonic Youth announced last Monday they'd be playing a show at the Independent last night, tickets sold out in about 30 seconds. It wasn't their only show in the Bay Area this tour—they played the Fox Theater Sunday night—but it was a rare opportunity to see them play somewhere as small as the Indy. The intimacy of the packed venue felt like we were seeing the band at a New York club in the 80s, except it's San Francisco, 2009 and the fans are all grown up.
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We’ll call them high tops with high art—Reebok has released a Fall 2009 line of sneakers cloaked in NYC-based street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work. (via Aarting)
Wang does the web. Style File reports that our beloved local designer goes online with an e-commerce site—now you don’t even have to get out of bed to purchase the coveted Coco mini duffel or Donna hobo.
I like to consider myself somewhat hard to get, at least culinarily speaking. But at Cane Rosso, the collaboration between Coi's Daniel Patterson and Lauren Kiino, formerly of Delfina, I turned to putty. Because this little Italian-style rotisserie/sandwich shop just gets it all right. First of all, the Ferry Building space—formerly occupied by Mistral—is beautiful and breezy, and while you're ordering you can watch meat turning on slowly on a spit, see cooks assembling salads and otherwise geek out by looking at dishes of cherry tomato conserva, spouted copper cans of olive oil and bountiful displays of farm-fresh peaches. You know, if you're into that kind of thing.
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