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Treasure Island Music Festival: Goldfrapp

The general reaction to the Goldfrapp show was, "were they real?"  Dressed in flowing, ethereal outfits (lead vocalist Alison Goldfrapp wore neon streamers, a nice compliment to the hipster color du jour), and moving about a stage draped in vines, flowers (along with owls and crows perched on the keyboards) and harps, the British group looked a bit like angelic pirates blowing in the wind of the Treasure Island afternoon.  The show moved from ambient and operatic to sassy, starting with songs from 2000's Felt Mountain and then moving on to more poppy hits "Ooh La La," "Strict Machine" and "Number 1." 

Live from Treasure Island

We'll be live at the festival all weekend.  Check in to get in on the action.

Treasure Island Time

With the last gasps of summer upon us, the Treasure Island Music Festival promises to close out the season with a bang.   The festival's sure to draw out hipsters near and far with its legendary ferris wheel (the tallest in California), breathtaking bay views and out-of-this world lineup.  And the weatherman says no fog.

We’ve got an office debate raging about which day is better.  Help us settle the score.  And check back over the weekend for our live video coverage of the festival.

Architecture and the City: Park(ing) Day

Biking to work along Valencia today, I was reminded (suddenly) that today is Park(ing) Day, the day in which humble parking spots morph into temporary green space. Here was the first hint, next to the gas station at 24th Street. (Apologies for the phone-camera image quality--guess who forgot to recharge her camera's battery?)



There were four in all, by my count, along Valencia, including, of course, a pirate ship you know where:


Bordeaux Sauvignon Blancs

When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, people think of New Zealand, the Loire Valley and even California. But few remember to think of Bordeaux, whose white wines are not seen in big numbers. Yet they are composed in part of Sauvignon Blanc and often have a tinge of that  bracing green, herbalness that fans of the grape love. The other part of the wine, often the majority, is made up of Semillon, a grape with a bigger, rounder body and texture than SB and less green, more  honeyed notes. The wines are not classic Sauvignon Blanc, but rather  a little bigger,

"Rock N Roll" Opens at ACT: A User's Guide



Summer Serafin in the opening scene of Rock 'N' Roll (photo by Kevin Berne, courtesy of ACT)

Surf/Shark Report



As many of those who don wet suits know, it's shark season. They start to lurk in the waters with arrival of NFL preseason, and don't leave till the Super Bowl.

Since August 24th, when Stintson Beach was closed after a sighting, there have been 4 sightings at Ocean Beach, most recently September 14th, when a man surfing 2-3 foot waves around Sloat Ave watched a shark rip into a seal. Upon sharing this info with other surfers, most chose to stay in the water. They must have figured he was full.

Amy Tan's Bone-tingling Opera

Run! Don't walk, to purchase ducats for the San Francisco Opera production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, based on the best-selling book by beloved local author Amy Tan. That is, if any tickets (through Oct. 3) remain.

"I'm liking this a lot," enthused SF Opera patron Robert Mailer Anderson, with a slice of wry. "Imagine, a modern work. Here, in San Francisco."

Didier Dagueneau, 52, Dies in Plane Accident

New York, September 18, 2008 --Didier Dagueneau, 52, the maverick producer of Pouilly-Fumé, died yesterday in France in a small plane accident. A perfectionist, Dagueneau was known for the purity of his wines, and his philosophy of working hard in the vineyards in order to do as little as possible in the cellar. His Pouilly Fumé Cuvée Silex and Pur Sang are known the world over. His total dedication to making authentic wines has inspired many winemakers in the Loire Valley, and his formidable passion for life extended to other areas such as art.

Treasure Island is Back

With the last gasps of summer upon us, the Treasure Island Music Festival promises to close out the season with a bang.   The festival's sure to draw out hipsters near and far with its legendary ferris wheel (the tallest in California), breathtaking bay views and out-of-this world lineup.  And the weatherman says no fog.

We’ve got an office debate raging about which day is better.  Help us settle the score.  And check back over the weekend for our live video coverage of the festival.


photo by Stefanie Michejda
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