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It's Gotta Be the Storytelling: The Makers of 'Up' Discuss the Secret of Pixar's Success

Pete Docter is no stranger to success.

A 19-year veteran of Pixar’s Emeryville-based animation studio, Docter, 40, is, like so many of his similarly tenured peers, a creative force whose contributions to the company’s cinematic canon have been as indispensable as they have been varied. As an animator, he helped craft the innovative look of the studio’s first two films, Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. He co-authored Toy Story and its critically adored sequel and, more recently, helped develop the scripts for Monsters, Inc. (which he also directed) and last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, WALL*E.

Listen Up: Indie Reigns The Venues This Week

Making as many stops on their summer tours as possible, indie bands from all over the map are stopping at one, or multiple venues in the city. There’s a wide range of artists to choose from this week, so to avoid complete and total exhaustion, choose wisely, my friend.

Leopold and His Fiction opens for Little Joy, Independent, 6/3: Where big city meets country, that’s where you’ll find these grunge-folk musicians. They’ve been reviewed as “angsty blues-flavored rock ‘n’ roll,” by Relix and we couldn’t agree more.

Ro, Sham, Bo!

One of Sonoma's more contemporary wineries, Roshambo--named for the popular childhood game--will host its signature event, the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship, this Saturday, June 6. There will be wine, there will be fun, there will be RoShamBo, but, most importantly, there will be a $1,700 prize.

Last year, the talent pool included 256 competitors and hundreds of spectators from as far away as Sydney, Tazmania, Toronto, Tokyo, D.C. and New York. Many contest-goers don inventive and zany costumes, not unlike Bay to Breakers.

Hats Off to a Local Hero: Walter Newman

 

 

Tomorrow, Walter Newman and his family will be jetting off to Paris.

But no summertime holiday, this. Rather, it’s a somber journey of remembrance for Newman, a third-generation San Franciscan, who served as an Infantry Officer of the 35th Division in France during World War II.

Newman has been invited by the French Government to Paris and Normandy to attend this weekend’s 65th Commemoration of D-Day -- that grim yet decisive Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France which, eventually, brought an end to this devastating, global war.

Link Love: Swine Flu at Vogue, Tingling Thigh Syndrome in SF and Retro Swimwear

All the good reads from our feeds....

We hear from the HuffPo that swine flu has landed at the Vogue offices. We bet Sally Singer is glad she’s in San Francisco this week.

Hitting the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet

Working the MTV Movie Awards red carpet is a little like downing a bottle of Nyquil after watching Entertainment Tonight. "Oh, there goes Will Ferrell...I think Paris Hilton just looked at me...gosh, Miley Cyrus wears expensive shoes for a 16-year-old..." Everything seems to be in technicolor, and all the stars are literally at your fingertips (if you're lucky, they even repeatedly, yet inadvertantly touch your arm - thanks, Peter Facinelli!). 7x7 was there to capture the dream:

Life On The Line: Kitchen Lessons

Richie Nakano, a line cook at Nopa, chronicles his experience on his blog, linecook415. For the next six weeks, his guest blog will give us a snapshot of life in the kitchen.

Monday.  8:51p.m.  104 covers.

Twitter Me This

No one expected the concept of Twitter--keeping others posted on what you're doing, where you're going, who you're doing it with in 140 characters or less? who cares?!--to explode quite like it did. But since its conception, everyone from global tycoons to celebrities to our President has joined the highly addictive social media site. Personally, we prefer to use Twitter to find out what's going on around San Francisco; thus, we give you our 10 Bay Area Tweets worth the follow.

@tablehopper

Hanging Fire: Bay Metal Mavens Saviours Run Free

There must be something in the Oakland water - consider the still full-throttle metal underground centered in the city across the Bay around bands like High on Fire. Annihilation Time, and Saviours, the oft-lauded heavies out to make it louder and harder for all ye headbangers. The 2006 Level Plane album, Crucifire, by the latter group (which includes two vets of Yaphet Kotto, vocalist-guitarist Austin Barber and drummer Scott Batiste) was a blast of badass blasphemy that made Bay metalists perk up and listen: Barber apparently had his issues with archconservative fundamentalists in Arkansas and Colorado where he grew up.

Opera Fans Take Over the Ballpark

San Francisco Opera will hold its annual simulcast from Civic Center in AT&T Park this Friday, June 5. This year's piece is Puccini's three-act drama Tosca, a sordid tale of deception, sexism, and betrayal, complete with a love triangle! Admission is free, but if you RSVP ahead of time, print your ticket, and remember to bring it, you'll get "preferred" admission starting at 6:30 while the general public waits until 7. Pre-registering is also your best shot at getting a seat on the field. Show starts at 8(ish).

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