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The New Yorker's Jane Mayer Gets Critical at the Commonwealth Club Tonight

New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer kept a close watch on the Bush Administration, specifically in regard to policies around terrorism and torture. Her most recent book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, explores the dissonance (to put it nicely) between the Constitution and the methods employed by Bush & Company in their war on terrorism. Mayer will talk about the practices and consequences of the Bush Administration this evening at the Commonwealth Club (6pm).

Notes from a Darkened Theater: Frameline Winners Announced, Brüno Under Fire, More Moneyball

With festival attendance topping 60,000 and ticket sales up from the last two years despite a sluggish economy, Frameline 33, the oldest and largest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films and filmmakers in the world, reached its conclusion Sunday with the world premiere of Wendy Jo Carlton’s Hannah Free. Now, there’s only one thing left to do: announce the winners.

Fiddling Around With The Heavenly States

Lend an ear to the Heavenly States most recent album, 2008’s Delayer, and you realize, this Bay Area band has it. And what, pray tell, is “it”? Imagination, guts, and the wide-angle ambition to put together a great, layered, multi-textured indie-rock album. Add the fact that Heavenly States was the first to tour Libya -- an adventure captured in the as-yet-unreleased feature-length documentary, Borderline -- as well as a super-energized live show, and you have a slice of heaven right here in the Bay.

Listen Up: Deer Tick, Ani Difranco, Fillmore Jazz Fest


It’s obvious from the very short list of featured musicians this week, the land of music remains quiet as weary artists take a break from non-stop festivals and shows on their summer tour. We expect it to kick back up and into full force in late July, but for now, here are a few must-sees this week.

Fun Factoids From The SF Appreciation Society, An Entire Society Dedicated to Appreciating SF

David Katznelson is one of the founding members of the San Francisco Appreciation Society, a group of San Franciscans who have made it their mission to discover and celebrate the people and events that make San Francisco one of the greatest and most unique cities in the world. David took some time out from his adventures at Glastonbury to talk to 7x7 about the Society's origins, its mission, and its heroes.

7x7: How did the San Francisco Appreciation Society come to exist?

Cocktail's New Cube: It's Anything But Square

Even though we San Franciscans are chilly most of the year, during these rare scorching days of summer, it's hard not to occasionally fantasize about a cold beverage, filled to the top with glistening, frosty ice cubes. We don't usually spend a lot of time thinking about ice, but I can assure you that many of city's bartenders do whether it's cubed, spheroid, chipped, shaved or crushed.

Let's Be Frank Dogs: All the Way to the White House?

The 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival—the kind of place where the likes of Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O’Connor and Frank Gehry bounce around ideas with a capital “I”—kicked off yesterday. Some of the brain food on offer? SF’s own Let’s Be Frank grass-fed hot dogs.

The isn’t the only time LBF has been invited to participate in the festival. Last year, says LBF co-founder Larry Bain, Colin Powell slung dogs at their cart. There are also rumors that the White House could be serving the LBF dogs for their annual Fourth of July picnic. As Bain put it: “I’m not allowed to say, but people are talking to people who are talking to people.”

Link Love: Betsey to Retire and Celeb Fashion Lines Going Extinct

Daily reads from our feeds...

Shock queen Betsey Johnson plans on retiring after her September show, via The Cut.

ISEEJANYMARY.COM turns a Herve Legér knockoff into an original.

Mission Loc@l uncovers a treasure trove of vintage clutches in Isso SF.

Staying in SF This Weekend? Our Fourth of July Fireworks Game Plan

Whether you're braving the crowds, huddling on a hill or getting rowdy with your own, here's your Fourth of July game plan for fireworks.

The Most Obvious Spots
With the fireworks taking off from Pier 39, the most obvious viewing spots are downtown and on high ground. To refresh your memory, that means...

The Embarcadero: If you can secure a spot amongst the sea of fireworks fans, the Embarcadero promises a front row seat. Camp out early for prime locations.

Vote For Your Favorite Design Spots

The San Francisco Bay Guardian is getting ready for their big annual "Best of the Bay" issue, which hits the stands July 29th. In accordance, they're compiling readers' favorites of just about everything you can shake a stick at, with categories including Food and Drink, Shopping, Sex and Romance, and Best of the Best, to name a few. While it all sounds fascinating (Best Place for an Illicit Tryst? Do tell!),  of course we're most concerned with who'll win in the design categories. So who would you vote for Best Local Designer, Best New Furniture Store, or Best Second-Hand Furniture Store?

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