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News Flash: Gimme Polaroid


courtesy of David Hammock


I’ve always been a fan of the Polaroid. I mean, is there anything more magical than the sort-of instant gratification of snapping an image and then waiting with baited breath as the various details of that image reveal themselves—beginning as ghost-like apparitions devoid of human detail and gradually becoming either a flattering or unflattering photo? If you ask me, the whole digital (camera) age has completely taken the suspense out of the “supermodel or not a supermodel?” verdict process that determines whether one will keep or discard a photo.

Top 7 A+E Picks of the Week

White Williams
photography by Andrew Strasser

Here are 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.    The Business of Being Born at the Red Vic Movie House
Rickie Lake is the executive producer of this moving documentary which examines childbirth in America.

2.    Be Kind Rewind out today

SF Opera Season Unveiling

The SF Opera Season for 2008-09 kicked off at the War Memorial Theater last week.

Virginia Ziegler_Alvin Ziegler Linda Kemper_David Gockley Tamara Wapinsky_Andrew Bidlack
Virginia & Alvin Ziegler             Linda Kemper, David Gockley  Tamara Wapinsky, Andrew Bidlack

Lupe Fiasco at the Fillmore

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago-based rapper Lupe Fiasco played the Fillmore on Sunday, January 13 in support of his critically acclaimed new album The Cool. LA-based hip hop artist Optimus opened the show.

LUPE FIASCO
Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

Conduit: An Early Report


Conduit's sleek interior.

Wedding Chic

Two tips if you’re in the midst of planning your dream wedding: One, avoid taking your soon-to-be bridesmaids for a girls’ night out to see 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl in a frightening parade of prom-gone-wrong dresses.


Photograhy by Barry Wetcher.

7 Things in Food

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. Green delivery: This is the first full week that Grub Hub—online delivery guide and ordering service—is purchasing carbon offsets for every delivery.

2. Dine like it’s 1998: In celebration of 10 years in business, Absinthe is rolling back prices on signature dishes and cocktails from January 20 to February 1.

3. Go ‘shroomin’: Black Truffle dinner at Palmetto is tonight (January 22 at 7 p.m.). Start with beef carpaccio and shaved celery salad, move to pasta, then roasted guinea hen and finally a duet of desserts.

The Fifth Floor Goes to Gascony


Chef Laurent Manrique is getting back to his roots.

Chefs get excited about things: “The Bay Area is almost the same latitude and longitude!” Laurent Manrique, the chef of Aqua and now consultant to the Fifth Floor, was telling me the other day, referring to the likeness of our geography to his native homeland, the Gascony region of France. They have a wine country (OK, so theirs is Bordeaux, one of the most famous wine regions in the world), forest, mountains (OK, theirs is the Pyrenees), and an ocean in close proximity—and so do we!
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