I just wanted to give a quick shout about a new product. Cointreau Noir appeared at the end of last year without a lot of fanfare, but it's a pretty big deal as far as a new spirit. Years ago in 7x7 I wrote a column on the difference between Grand Marnier and Cointreau. Well this new release from Cointreau only blurs the lines.
If there is a current topic better suited than the news biz to the hard-boiled, cinematic stylings of Film noir, then I know it not.
Like this beloved B-movie genre, so, too, is the (once-beloved) newspaper industry black-and-white ... and bruised ... all over. The majority of American newsrooms, sadly, are In a Lonely Place, indeed.
While guys like Rufus Wainwright, Conor Oberst, and Sufjan Stevens rule the genre of sad-eyed, Beatles-influenced folk singer/songwriters, Bay Area troubadour Goh Nakamura probably deserves greater notoriety than the one-time success of “Embarcadero Blues,” a Youtube sensation (over one million viewers last year) and an ode to the SF service industry (watch it below). In his second album, Ulysses, Nakamura is up to his old tricks, singing about lost loves and impossible crushes over melodies that are as precise and sweet as they are complex. At his best, Nakamura will make you miss Elliot Smith badly. Goh Nakamura plays a birthday show tonight at Café Du Nord.
Assessing the fit of players’ uniforms and sizing up halftime performers’ getups during the Super Bowl won’t be our only fashion-minded activities this weekend. Here are four more:
A mix is always better - mixed nuts, mix CDs, mixed drinks - we'll take 'em all. And it seems that Kim and Johnelle Mancha, the mother-daughter team behind Mignonne, feel the same way. The selection at their Oakland store is a mix of new items, vintage finds, and repurposed pieces that are all equally desirable. And right now, all furniture is 30% off through February 3rd. Another reason to head over? The ladies of Mignonne have added furniture refinishing to their list of services.
So here we go...
NOTE: You will need a resistance band for this workout.
Begin your workout at the Aquatic Park pavilion steps. Utilize the steel rails to stretch out your calves, hamstrings, quads and upper body.
1. Sitting sideways on the concrete steps with your legs fully extended, wrap your resistance band around your feet and grab both handles for a set of Sit Down Rows.
Following his one-man run on Broadway performing A Bronx Tale, which he wrote more than two decades ago and adapted in 1993 for Robert De Niro’s film-directing debut, Chazz Palminteri returns to the screen with Yonkers Joe, a shrewd move for a native New Yorker who has rarely strayed far from his roots. (What’s next? Brooklyn Bennie? Staten Island Sal?) Whatever the future holds for Palminteri, whose Italian roots and Bronx upbringing have helped earn him a career playing assorted streetwise heavies, he seems in his element here, as a working-class hustler who fixes games of chance.
Push and Adventureland weren’t the only hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 15-25 in Park City, Utah. San Francisco designer Bryna McMills’ Bryna Nicole handbags found their own success among the stars during their appearance in the Sundance Gifting Suite (you know, the place where the celebs go to snag all the free swag they can carry).
Paris Hilton got cozy with the Bartol bag, while Devon Aoki walked with the Prentiss. Michelle Trachtenberg picked up the Hallam clutch, while Aubrey O’Day chose a yellow Rosemont clutch.
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