Midway through my meal at Wexler's, I joked with the server that I wanted to start a new drinking game: every time he said the words "smoke, smoky or smoked" I was going to drink. Had I done so, however, my one touch-too-sweet but ice-cold mint julep would hardly have been enough to sustain me through the course of the meal. Because this restaurant so staunchly resists categorization, I'm going to go ahead and call it a smoke restaurant, with elements of Southern and Texas-style barbecue, along with a hefty dash of—you won't believe it, I know—farm-fresh California.
Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!
They’ve blazed the stages at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Rothbury and many, many more, and in the process, have pioneered a cult following across the world. They’ve become quite renowned for their ridiculous stage show usually involving some sort of costumes (whether dancing people in gas masks, ghouls, bunnies, Freddie Mercury replicas, whatever) and they’ve changed the explanation of their name more times than one can count. Of Montreal’s always effervescent style has transformed from lo-fi shoegazer to electronic disco/funk and quirky prog-pop over the years, but Kevin Barnes has always made sure to keep their indie roots in tact.
Who is Henry Jaglom?
The answer is complicated enough to have inspired a 1995 documentary, in which conflicting portraits of the London-born director are offered. Is he “the worst filmmaker in America,” as one magazine editor suggested then? Or is he the daring auteur whose work has been described by Roger Ebert as “smart” and “sophisticated”? Do his films suggest a subconscious hatred of women, as a female sociologist once alleged, or do they reflect the “feminine, observant nature” some of his leading ladies profess to admire?
It's rare that we see any apartments downtown that are affordable, so even though this studio is slightly out of the price range we usually cover it seemed worth a peek. Its location at New Montgomery and Howard is just a hop, skip an a jump away from the Financial District, which, we're not going to lie, is the main thing the place has going for it. No hardwood floors or french doors here, folks - it's a studio furnished with a pull out-couch and (this one hurts) a "halogen torchiere lamp". Ouch.
If Muggles and the fresh-faced wizards and witches of Hogwarts aren't magical enough to pique your interest, here's a list of the most satisfying alternatives currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.
1. Dead Snow
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
When: All Week
Why: Blood spills early and often in director Tommy Wirkola’s amusingly campy tale of eight medical students on vacation in Norway, where the snow-swept hills boast a terrifying secret: A battalion of Nazi zombies whose sadism seems to have been dulled by neither time nor death.
To say we're excited about this weekend's Renegade Craft Fair would be an understatement; we're buzzing like a chainsaw over here. For its second year in the city, the free event will go down at Fort Mason and will feature over 200 artists and crafters from the Bay Area and way beyond. With so many participants you're bound to find something (or ten things) you love, but in case you need any extra motivation we've rounded up a few of the vendors we're most excited to see:
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