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Deerhunter: Way Too Much Fog, Not Enough Vocals

Last night's Noise Pop launch party at Mezzanine was packed.  And...a bit of a letdown.  San Francisco's own Lilofee opened, and while seductive singer Kimi Recor had serious stage presence, the performance was a bit reminiscent of No Doubt circa when Gwen Stefani decided to start partying with the Harajuku girls instead of playing real music.  Recor took off her tights during the show and proceeded to fling them into the crowd, stripper style.  Right.

Rancho Gordo's New Cookbook: Get Cheap and Chic With Two Bean Stews

If anyone has made beans a cool commodity, it's Rancho Gordo, the heirloom bean company owned by Steve Sando. Sando recently co-authored a cookbook called Heirloom Beans (Chronicle, 2008) and here are some of our favorite recipes from it. Get out the Le Crueset: Winter's on.

Fat Tuesday at Townhall

The Hurricane cocktails were definitely flowing last night at Townhall's annual Fat Tuesday celebration, as were the oysters, the fried chicken and the gumbo.  Check out photos from the fesitivies.

Mitch and Steve Rosenthal (Townhall owners) shucking oysters.

Eat + Drink List: Battle of the Chefs and $1 Oysters

1. Kid’s Menu
If you’re a parent trying to get your kids to eat something other than chicken nuggets and cheese pizza, then you may want to join author Stephanie Rosenbaum for a book signing of her book, Fun Food, which includes healthy and fun recipes for kids. Join her at Omnivore Books on February 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Morning Benders on Stonehenge, Love Songs and the Best of Noise Pop

These Berkeley-based California natives have been making splashes in the indie pool since “the very beginning,” which, according to them, is "somewhere around 2006, 2007."  (With a band named "Morning Benders," memory lapses are acceptable).   They've toured with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, The Kooks, MGMT, Two Gallants and We Are Scientists, and now are one of the most anticipated Noise Pop performances - playing this Friday at Slim's.  Despite all the fame and fortune, The Morning Benders took some time out with us to answer some very important questions:

Sidewalk Chic: Dapper Duo in Potrero Hill

Name: Elie Ernest

Age: 42

Occupation: Co-Founder and Program Director of SF Wine Week

Spotted: Around the World in 80 Sips event, Crushpad, 8:07 p.m.

Wearing: Michael Kors blazer, Zegna shirt, Lucky Brand denim pant, Kangol hat

Something we'd never find in your closet: "Tasseled loafers!”

Katie Christ: Call Me Shallow, But Looks Matter

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

In most cases, looks aren’t everything. But when it comes to food styling, it’s pretty much all about looks. And okay, maybe I’m shallow, but beautiful/smart/unusual/clever packaging always catches my eye when perusing shops and shelves around town. These little treasures have knockout packaging that tells you what you’re going to find on the inside: pure, delicious beauty.

Wicked Author Gregory Maguire on the Wicked Witch and Hitler

When the wickedly misunderstood Elphaba mounts her broomstick at the Orpheum theater, the audience is rooting for Wicked’s unlikely green heroine, taking flight in a topsy-turvy world order.  In a post 9/11 world, in which French fries were bad and freedom fries were good, a reconsideration of the good guy-bad-guy dynamic proved just the ticket. And tickets for “ Wicked, The Musical” continue to sell and sell.

But how will Wicked fly in the Obama years? I spoke to novelist Gregory Maguire (who wrote the book on which the play is based) about the musical’s success, its prospects in the post Bush-bashing era and the ever-green relevance of political evil.

EM: You wrote Wicked 6 years before 9/11 – how could you have foresaw all that went down?

Don't Buy Art, Buy Drinks: Friday at Alembic and Beretta

With my rapidly advancing age, marital state and experience working at Cantina on many Fridays over the last year, I have largely stopped going out on weekend nights. Bars are just too crowded, too loud. You know . . . too "too." And I don't even have kids.

But I had friend in town from LA this weekend who was interested in the SF cocktail scene, so Friday was a good chance to observe the weekend nightlife at a couple of the city's more happening cocktail outposts.

Regina Spektor's "Fidelity" in "Don't Divorce Us" Prop 8 Video

Karl Rove has said publicly that “gay marriage is the gift that keeps on giving.” The thought being that even couch potato homophobes would put down the Coors and waddle over to the voting booth to vote against gay marriage and while they’re at it, for George Bush.  And many thought why oh why couldn't Gavin have waited a few more months before “shoving America's face” in gay wedding photos.

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