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Princess Fati Dazzles in Verrieres & Sako Couture

Lest you think couture gowns like the Verrieres & Sako Princess Fati Farmanfarmaian donned for the Mid-Winter Gala held late last month magically create themselves, we’ll have you know that the Ruckled Gown by the Oakland-based design duo required nearly three weeks of toiling 10 hours a days to make – and that’s with an existing pattern (yeah, and we thought we worked hard).

“There’s over 3,000 hand stitches on it and 20 yards of silk taffeta,” Stephanie Verrieres told us when we caught up with her at her East Bay studio yesterday.

Eat + Drink Events This Week: Dosa Easter, Toronado Does Belgium and A16 Helps Abruzzo

Perbacco’s Perfect Passover
Celebrate Passover at the second annual Italian-Jewish Passover dinner at Perbacco, with Perbacco chef Staffan Terje and Joyce Goldstein presiding. The four-course $49 feast will include a selection of antipasti (crispy fried artichokes, anyone?) and your choice of soup, followed by your choice from six entrees, a side-dish and, of course, dessert. For reservations, call 415-955-0663.

Dosa Does Easter

Avedano's: Where Pork is Cheaper Than Rhubarb

Ah, spring has sprung. There's nothing like peas, asparagus, morels, strawberries and really expensive rhubarb.

Our office has no walls and very little space which means that it's a good place to start a rant. This is the latest from the rhubarb-obsessed food editor corner:

Green Day Mayhem

The Indepedent email-blasted this afternoon to spread word of an impromptu Green Day concert.  Mayhem! Naturally, work productivity stalled citywide, the concert sold out in minutes and Craigslist quickly became awash with postings from people offering obscene amounts of money for tickets (recession? we think not).

Check back for a show review tomorrow.

What's Your Favorite Dark Bar?

I tend to like may bars dark, especially if it's dark outside. Or if it's really bright and hot.

Artist to Watch: Jeremy Jay

With his second album Slow Dance freshly released and back in California after an extensive European tour, Jeremy Jay lit up the underbelly of Upper Market’s Café Du Nord last Friday night.  His swanky simplicity and crooning vocals drew in a San Francisco crowd with a fitting neo-vintage style.  They were treated to his lyrical stories, playful guitar riffs and seductive synths -- all marks of his new album.  Though Jay fits the current tastes and retro styles of young Californians, his indie-pop storytelling and 1950s-nostalgia-rock are venturing towards a more European fashion.  Featured here is a video clip of Jay blasting through the secon

Sidewalk Chic: A Touch of Radish in Union Square

Name: Cory Tallman

Age: 24

Occupation: Paul Smith salesguy

Spotted: Paul Smith boutique, 11:42 a.m.

Wearing: all Paul Smith, except the radish pen which is from a street market in Kyoto

How would you define your style? "Simple and easy. Style's about balancing how you see yourself and how you want other people to see you. Everyone has some style hidden away somewhere, even if they hide it away in their fanny pack."

Bloc Party: Brits Threaten Domination At The Fox

East London post-punk indie sensations, Bloc Party will make a sheduled stop at the brand new Fox Theater in Oakland on April 20th to promote their third album, Intimacy out now on Atlantic Records. Bloc party, now a platinum success, got their first big break after handing a demo of their now Silent Alarm single, "She's Hearing Voices," to Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos at their show in 2003. After getting lots of local UK radio praises, the heat spread here and everywhere else in the world.

California Food Goes National

The May issue of Bon Appetit is on newsstands now, and in it is an article by writer Nathalie Jordi titled "California: Food's Golden State." The article chronicles her roadtrip through the state:

Radar Live: Our Picks for What's Hot This Week




Online calendar editor Allison McCarthy gives her picks for must-attend events of the week.


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