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What's Your Favorite Dark Bar?

I tend to like may bars dark, especially if it's dark outside. Or if it's really bright and hot.

Artist to Watch: Jeremy Jay

With his second album Slow Dance freshly released and back in California after an extensive European tour, Jeremy Jay lit up the underbelly of Upper Market’s Café Du Nord last Friday night.  His swanky simplicity and crooning vocals drew in a San Francisco crowd with a fitting neo-vintage style.  They were treated to his lyrical stories, playful guitar riffs and seductive synths -- all marks of his new album.  Though Jay fits the current tastes and retro styles of young Californians, his indie-pop storytelling and 1950s-nostalgia-rock are venturing towards a more European fashion.  Featured here is a video clip of Jay blasting through the secon

Sidewalk Chic: A Touch of Radish in Union Square

Name: Cory Tallman

Age: 24

Occupation: Paul Smith salesguy

Spotted: Paul Smith boutique, 11:42 a.m.

Wearing: all Paul Smith, except the radish pen which is from a street market in Kyoto

How would you define your style? "Simple and easy. Style's about balancing how you see yourself and how you want other people to see you. Everyone has some style hidden away somewhere, even if they hide it away in their fanny pack."

Bloc Party: Brits Threaten Domination At The Fox

East London post-punk indie sensations, Bloc Party will make a sheduled stop at the brand new Fox Theater in Oakland on April 20th to promote their third album, Intimacy out now on Atlantic Records. Bloc party, now a platinum success, got their first big break after handing a demo of their now Silent Alarm single, "She's Hearing Voices," to Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos at their show in 2003. After getting lots of local UK radio praises, the heat spread here and everywhere else in the world.

California Food Goes National

The May issue of Bon Appetit is on newsstands now, and in it is an article by writer Nathalie Jordi titled "California: Food's Golden State." The article chronicles her roadtrip through the state:

Radar Live: Our Picks for What's Hot This Week

 

 

 

Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.

 

My Funny Valentino

 

For a self-described “gay man who is not interested in fashion,” Vanity Fair editor and scribe Matt Tyrnauer certainly nailed his mark on the catwalk with his first (and, yes, very fashionable) documentary film, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Celebrity Hairstylist Kevin Josephson on men’s style, Janice Dickenson and the Mayoral ‘Do

Since relocating to Los Angeles some 18 years ago after getting his start at San Francisco’s 77 Maiden Lane, celebrity hairstylist Kevin Josephson has built a celebrity following that includes Hugh Hefner, Anthony Hopkins, Janice Dickenson, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Virginia Madsen, to name a few. When he’s not making appearances on television shows such as Blow Out and The Girls Next Door, Josephson can be found perfecting the locks of Hollywood’s elite in his eponymous Beverly Hill salon.

Wolverine to Make First Stop in San Francisco?

It was only five months ago that Milk made its world premiere at the Castro Theatre. Now, San Francisco just might play host to another high-profile debut, this time for a tale sprung from the realm of comic-book fantasy.

Wolverine, the adamantium-clawed hero of X-Men fame, and his real-life alter ego Hugh Jackman could make the Bay Area their first stop before X-Men Origins: Wolverine arrives in theaters across the country on May 1. The catch? Fans must demand the privilege via the Internet.

The Chron's Top 100: Are You Feeling It?

Now that we have a blog, I'm supposed to be writing about things the minute they happen—or at least within 24 hours. Which brings me to Michael Bauer’s annual “Top 100” that came out yesterday in the Chronicle. But I’m having a hard time stoking the fire within me to care who made the cut and who did not. (i.e. The Matterhorn is in it again! The horror! Sebo is not. The horror!) Certainly I have my opinion—much of which doesn't jive with Bauer's. But honestly, if I ended any statement with an exclamation point in reference to the Top 100, I’d be faking it. I feel similarly about the Michelin guide, and Zagat's for that matter.

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