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Get Down with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

If you're looking for something to do Thursday night that involves happy pop rock, a great venue, and an enthusiastic crowd, we have a show for you. Falls-Church-native-turned-San-Francisco-transplant Thao Nguyen will headline at the Independent with her band, The Get Down Stay Down. Her Noise Pop acoustic show at the Swedish American Hall this year was so sold out that the venue turned away Noise Pop pass holders. We even spotted John Vanderslice behind the bar tapping beers for showgoers.

AAU '09 Graduate Fashion Show Round-Up


Last Thursday, we found ourselves surrounded by SF fashion notables (Joy Bianchi, Willie Brown, et al.) and art students, all impatiently waiting for the Academy of Art Graduate Fashion Show to begin. What came next was a whirlwind of ruffles, strong silhouettes, bold graphic prints, oversized knitwear, and dramatic draping that left our hearts aflutter. Although all of these talented young designers produced impressive collections, we leave you with the five that stood apart from the rest (in our humble opinion, of course):

Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Wood Honored at Festival

Highly-caffeinated film gurus--you'd have to have consumed a couple cappucinos to make it out that late--convened at the stylish W Hotel on Saturday night as the clock struck 12 to catch a glimpse of big-screen starlets Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood. As part of the San Francisco International Film Festival's opening weekend, each was a recipient of a Midnight Award (hence the twilight hour) for their individual achievements in film.

Gav's Bachelor Pad Up for Sale

Yup, now you can rest your head where those infamous locks used to lie... for just shy of a cool $3mil. According to SocketSite, Newsom is selling the Bellaire Tower Penthouse condo he purchased in 2006 from Peter Getty, but not without making a few major changes to the place first. What once was a two bedroom unit has since been converted to a grand 1,693 square foot one bedroom, one and a half bath pad with a complete interior overhaul by Michael Agins Interior Design. The pics look quite swank, but do they justify the pricetag? The mayor has already lowered his asking price from $3.2mil to $2,995,000 - only time will tell if he'll have to do it again.

The Lincoln Bicentennial: As Danced About By Bill T. Jones

If you missed “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” (at SF Playhouse last month) you can still experience a big, (incidentally gay) dance spectacle on the topic of President Lincoln when Bill  T. Jones stages his new work about Abraham Lincoln called “Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray” in October.

Before that, on May 9, the director and choreographer, (who won a Tony for his choreography of “Spring Awakening”) will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and the creative process of his new work in a community conversation at the Yerba Buena Center.

A Favorite from Indie Mart: Nooworks' Cotton Jumper

During a visit to the Indie Mart yesterday, we spotted this hot little number by San Francisco’s Nooworks hanging out among the hipster brigade that took over The Independent for an afternoon of local fashion, fun and Sunday afternoon day drinking. 

Made of a sturdy stretch cotton twill, the Nooworks Cotton Jumper goes short and sweet with a length that hits above the knee, but is heavy enough to prevent the unintentional big reveal when the summer winds get gusty (these are the kinds of things a girl has to consider in our fair city).

Crushpad Goes to France

Crushpad, San Francisco's brilliant innercity home/professional winemaking facility in SOMA has big news. If you've grown tired or are not interested in making wine from some of California's top appellations, why not try one of France's?

Monk's Kettle Starts Monthly Beer Pairing Dinners

Besides instantly becoming one of the city's best beer bars when it opened last year, Monk's Kettle has been one of the more important places in the city (along with Magnolia) of promoting beer's underappreciated talent for pairing with food. So it is with great pleasure that I pass on the news that Monk's Kettle is starting to do monthly beer pairing dinners which feature a range of brews from a top brewery along with a multi-course dinner menu prepared by Monk's talented chef Kevin Kroger. The next one is May 6 with beers from Oskar Blues Brewery. A rep from the brewery will be on hand to discuss the beers, while Kroger will come out and talk about his pairings.

Found: A Bloody Good Drink at SFO

Usually I try to avoid having to purchase any sort of food or drink at the airport. Besides being overpriced, the food--even simple things--tends to be so bad that it can take the joy out of being alive. This has happened to me recently with such comestibles as a sandwich from the La Brea bakery outlet in Los Angeles--if mustard had been slathered on a piece of particle board, I couldn't have told the difference.The same often goes for cocktails, which are always bad and made of artificial things. So if forced into drinking, I opt for a beer, even though it's not hard to tell that most airport bars have never cleaned their beer lines. But sometimes you've got to succumb . . .

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