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Plymouth Gin Pour Off, Part 2

Photography by Mayaan Ben-Artzi

Wow, that was one dark video. I can assure you that things (including me) looked much better in real life--nothing became that pixelated until much later in the night.


Visage Studio


Courtesy of Deborah Mills Thackrey

With all the beauty products that come flying across my desk begging to be tested, it’s no surprise that every now and again I have the dreaded complexion freak-out. Yes, I’ve been forewarned by nearly every aesthetician I’ve seen since I started writing about beauty to stop with the adventuresome product hopping. But alas, my love of the challenge (say, finding that do-it-all serum or the gentlest of alpha hydroxy acid face scrubs) has left me willing to swallow the hazards of the job.

Free Farm Stand

I have a dog, so I spend a lot of time walking around the neighborhood on the weekends and checking out what’s going on. I live in the Mission so oftentimes there’s a lot of weird stuff happening—just last week I walked past a brass band in full effect on 18th Street, followed by separate sightings of two people wearing their pajamas—at 4 p.m. on a Saturday.

Trinity Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 21 a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Trinity Properties to commemorate the official beginning of construction of the highly anticipated Trinity Plaza. Mayor Gavin Newsome, Arquitectonica architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Trinity Properties owner Angelo Sangiacomo were on hand to officiate the ceremony.


Bernardo Fortbrescia, Angelo Sangiacomo


Jessica Feller, Ben Feller

Pre-opening Donor Party at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

To kick off a series of grand opening parties, the new Contemporary Jewish Museum threw a party on Wednesday, May 21 honoring the museum’s lead donors. The event, which was sponsored by Hermès, allowed guests a first-hand look at the Daniel Libeskind-designed building as well as the current exhibits.


Allison Speer, Jessica Zaganczyk (of Hermès)


Connie Wolf (CJM CEO & Director), Daniel Libeskind (Architect)

Union Street Festival Party

Jeffrey Levine, Harlot and 7x7 hosted a smashing afternoon soiree, in conjunction with the annual Union Street Festival, on Saturday, May 31. Guest enjoyed cocktails provided by Jack Daniels, Stoli, Hpnotiq and Laurent Perrier while listening to new tunes from indie rocker Chris Clouse.


Chris Clouse, Martel Toler, Jeffrey Levine


Melly Hajian, Caroline De Lima

King's Bakery: Make It All Better

Sometimes, when the world is too much with you—say, when the magazine you work for is in the throws of closing the July (fun-in-the-sun!) issue and you haven’t left your desk for what seems like days (what is that thing you call the sun?) and your mind draws a blank when faced with yet another blog to post—you need the comfort food equivalent of your grandmother’s bosom (and let me tell you, my grandma had a great one), something you can really rest your weary head on. Metaphorically speaking, of course.


The only thing that will do in a crisis situation.

Movie Madness: Horror and Hollywood Hit SF’s Theaters



Abstain from obsessively renumbering that Netflix queue—Weeds Season 3 still has a “short wait.” This week and next it is all about getting out to the movies. Putting Sex and the City and Ironman aside, let’s talk festivals—’cause let’s face it: SF loves it some festivals.

Twiga Gallery Grand Reopening

On Thursday, May 15 the Twiga gallery celebrated the opening of its newly designed space with a party and benefit. The gallery, which features African-made art and jewelry, threw a lavish cocktail fete, which showcased the new collection of African jewelry and benefited the Mbinga Children’s Fund.


Daryl Crawford, Christine Rios


May Ramirez, Kate Brockie

Foals Perform at Popscene

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Hailing from Oxford, UK, post-punk outfit Foals played for an enthusiastic audience at Popscene on Thursday, May 22. Quirky pop outfit Maps and Atlases opened the bill.

FOALS

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