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The Eater Wrap: Morimoto Coming To Napa, Ty Flo to SF

It's Friday, which means time for the Eater Wrap, the lovely weekly recap from Eater SF on all the happenings from the local restaurant scene.

1) For the first time, an Iron Chef is coming to the Bay Area, as Japanese cuisine master Masaharu Morimoto will be opening a signature restaurant in downtown Napa's new Riverfront development. From the arrival of a world-class, groundbreaking chef to the planned revitalization of downtown Napa, this is what you call a significant deal.

Jackson Browne: Live and Litigious

Still not really over John McCain's slimey presidential campaign? Reason enough to go see Jackson Browne play at the Paramount Theater August 19.

Remember how McCain irritatingly mocked Obama's fuel efficiency ideas? Before the election, McCain snarkily handed out tire gauges which read, "Obama‘s energy plan," a stunt meant to deflate the Obama suggestion that Americans improve their gas mileage by keeping all tires properly fully-inflated.
 

Look of the Week: Rock It

Not one of the fortunate few to snag tickets to Sonic Youth's last-minute show at the Independent? Well suffice it to say there are plenty of other shows this weekend that will help ease the pain. Whether you choose the Heavenly States at Café du Nord or Deerhoof at the GAMH, you'll certainly need a downtown cool ensemble to ensure you stand out among the sweaty masses. So instead of spending hours in front of a mirror trying to piece together an outfit that says "I don't care, but I really really do", check out our band-aid worthy look of the week:

Vampire Lust Story: Filmmaker Park Chan-wook Talks About 'Thirst'

Vampires have never been so much in vogue – a way for storytellers to talk about morality and sexuality, on a dramatic playing field where the stakes are all about survival. So move over Twilight and True Blood -- the latest entry into canon of bloodsucker legend and lore is Park Chan-wook’s Thirst, which comes out Friday, July 31.

Bead-Dazzled: Alana Leigh & Jennifer Siebel Newsom

 

It was all beautiful baubles and beautiful women on Tuesday when jewelry designer Alana Leigh and film producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined forces to raise funds.

Leigh began her jewelry company in 1986 and is proud that all the pieces are made locally. Crafted from semi-precious stones such as baroque pearls, amethyst, turquoise and moonstone, and set in silver or 24-K gold, Leigh’s work has long boasted of a star-studded following (Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Uma Thurman).

Naked Lady on a Bike: The Shocking Monterey Wine Label Scandal

I thought I was done writing about cycling and wine when the Tour de France ended on Sunday. But one bike rider is getting even more publicity.

Link Love: Cadillac Does Fragrance, Botox Tax and Flats at Vogue

Speaking of fragrance, Cadillac—yes, the automaker—enters the market with a new scent for men. But don’t worry boys, you won’t smell like new car with this signature blend of chamomile, geranium, tarragon, cinnamon and grapefruit. Isn’t it nice to see the economic stimulus plan put to such good use? Stylecaster reports.

Relive Some Teen Angst with Pretty in Pink in Dolores Park

Film Night returns to Dolores Park this Saturday (8pm) with one of cinema's most epic tales of unrequited love, class conflict, and social angst: "Pretty In Pink." Molly Ringwald plays Andie, a Chicago high school senior from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks who has a thing for rich and hunky Blane McDonough (Andrew McCarthy). Meanwhile, Andie's dorky friend Ducky (Jon Cryer) obsesses over her to the point of stalking. Andie is the ultimate icon for trendy Missionites: she works at a record store and turns secondhand clothes into quirky DIY New Wave ensembles. At least on Saturday night, the Mission's current 80s flashback fashion trend will seem more like appropriate costuming than attempted-and-failed irony.

Julie & Julia Reminds Us Why The Food Network Sucks

Julie & Julia—the film based on Julie Powell's blog, the Julie/Julia Project—is opening on August 7, and the Julia Child frenzy is reaching its peak. I attended a preview of the highly entertaining film (Meryl Streep is Julia Child) a few weeks ago, and while wiping a few tears back on the way out (Nora Ephron really knows how to pull on the foodie heartstrings) I ran into Michael Pollan who told me he was working on a story about food television for this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine ("Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch").

7 Minutes with Couture Designer b michael

Couturier to the likes of Beyonce, Lena Horne and SF's own Pamela Joyner, b michael was this year's featured designer at Fashion On The Square held July 25th at the Intercontinental Hotel. After leaving the white-collar world of Wall Street, the NYC-based designer had stints at Oscar de la Renta and Louis Feraud before launching his own millinery line, finally taking the plunge into eveningwear in 1999. Gavin Newsom was so excited about his visit to our fair city that he even declared July 25th b michael Day. How's that for street cred? We were lucky enough to catch up with b michael for a quick chat to discuss the San Francisco aesthetic, his inspiration and plans for the future:

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