Well, the third annual San Francisco Cocktail Week came to an end on Monday with a closing bash at Jardinere. I, unfortunately, was not there, as I was instead actually bartending at Cantina. I pulled three shifts during the week, so my attendance at events was a bit more limited than I would have wished. Nevertheless, I got some sense of what was going on—what worked and what didn't.
I'm happy to say that overall I think the event was a rousing success. Parties were fun. Classes were largely well-attended and enthusiastic. Interesting people came in from out of town to see what was going on. The mood was great. Congratulations to the local bartenders and bar owners who planned the thing.
Yesterday I stopped by the Mission's latest addition, Flour + Water, to see how the team is doing after being open for a week. The answers, it seems, are 1) they're hot (small kitchen plus heat wave=sauna) 2) overworked and 3) unfailingly kind and cheerful, taking time to squire me around the kitchen. To say that they have been busy since they started serving dinner last Friday would be a gross understatement—they have been absolutely crazy jammed, quoting hour-plus waits at 7 p.m. and turning away people who arrive too late in the evening. Those who read my earlier post may remember that they are serving not only pizza, but also handmade pasta and house-cured charcuterie.
It was Ladies’ Night earlier this week at the Exploratorium where this beloved science museum celebrated its 32nd Annual Awards Dinner.
Always a heady event stacked with tip-top scientific minds from near and far, this year specifically lauded the ladies of science with the theme, Women in Science: Inspiring Women in the Field.
It's Friday, and that means it's time for our weekly column from Eater SF, where Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including 54 Mint's opening, suspicious Bauer photos, the RN74 buzz machine, and the debate(s) surrounding the best restaurant in town.
1) You wouldn't think that the Chronicle could possibly screw up so much as to accidently run a photo of Michael Bauer during a restaurant review, would you? Well, there was this time...
With Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian vying for box-office supremacy this Memorial Day weekend, the cineplex will be alive with the sound of sequels. For those seeking more original fare, here's a list of some of the films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.
1. The Girlfriend Experience
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week
We've always been pretty envious of the interior design at 826 Valencia. All the old ship-like details give the place a bit of a trendy, "Steam Punk" feel, and how great would it be to have all that extra storage with drawers all over your place? Or imagine your guest's surprise when they open up your medicine cabinet to find it filled with lard? Serves ye right for snoopin', we'd say. Of course besides being Dave Eggers' empire of all things pirate, the store is mainly a front for 826 Valencia's tutoring program, which takes place in the back. But did you know there are other 826 programs across the US?
In an economy where IPOs have been deemed a thing of the past and restaurants are shuttering left and right, SF-based OpenTable defied it all today and very successfully went public to much hullabaloo. “Partying like it was 1999,” as Siliconvalley.com put it. “The region had gone a record 15 months without a venture-backed initial public offering on U.S. markets.” Shares started at $20 and ended at $31.89.
Playing their entire new album from start to finish, The Hazards Of Love has a refreshingly hard and gritty feeling that we’ve yet to see out of the upbeat reigning indie-pop royalty, The Decemberists. Theatrical folk ballads fall gracefully upon what singer, Colin Meloy describes as “heavy metal thunder.” Not exactly a new theme for the Portland quintet, the first half of the album was written in constant succession, while the second half is a mismatched thematic continuation of the folktale with a very openly interpretable ending. Vicious stories of love forlorn, forest queens, rage, murder and everything in between told through double entendre lyrics add up to an experimental album that the masses can still relate to.
Take one look at Yuja Wang’s YouTube videos and you’ll quickly learn why the 22-year old pianist has been dubbed a prodigy. With an impressive resume that boasts performances with major orchestras from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra and her astounding ability to command the ivories, it’s no wonder she’s acclaimed as the future of classical music. If you don’t take our word for it, witness for yourself when Wang makes her 3rd return to Davies Symphony Hall to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #2 led by Michael Tilson Thomas on May 22nd and 23rd.
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