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Feeding Frenzy! OpenTable Goes Public And Parties Like It's 1999

In an economy where IPOs have been deemed a thing of the past and restaurants are shuttering left and right, SF-based OpenTable defied it all today and very successfully went public to much hullabaloo. “Partying like it was 1999,” as Siliconvalley.com put it. “The region had gone a record 15 months without a venture-backed initial public offering on U.S. markets.” Shares started at $20 and ended at $31.89.

The Decemberists: Bleeding Hands Couldn’t Stop Them At The Fox

Playing their entire new album from start to finish, The Hazards Of Love has a refreshingly hard and gritty feeling that we’ve yet to see out of the upbeat reigning indie-pop royalty, The Decemberists. Theatrical folk ballads fall gracefully upon what singer, Colin Meloy describes as “heavy metal thunder.” Not exactly a new theme for the Portland quintet, the first half of the album was written in constant succession, while the second half is a mismatched thematic continuation of the folktale with a very openly interpretable ending. Vicious stories of love forlorn, forest queens, rage, murder and everything in between told through double entendre lyrics add up to an experimental album that the masses can still relate to.

Yuja Wang: The Future of Classical Music?

Take one look at Yuja Wang’s YouTube videos and you’ll quickly learn why the 22-year old pianist has been dubbed a prodigy. With an impressive resume that boasts performances with major orchestras from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra and her astounding ability to command the ivories, it’s no wonder she’s acclaimed as the future of classical music. If you don’t take our word for it, witness for yourself when Wang makes her 3rd return to Davies Symphony Hall to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto #2 led by Michael Tilson Thomas on May 22nd and 23rd.

Narada Michael Walden Lets the Sunshine In

Brace yourself, San Francisco. It's been a long time since our city has seen this many showstoppers together in one room. The lineup for Memorial Day's Let the Sunshine In benefit concert reads like a who’s who of the music industry—Sting, Bob Weir, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of The Fifth Dimension, Earl Klugh, David Grisman, Shanice Wilson, Tevin Campbell, Lisa Fisher, Jeanie Tracy, Ralphe Armstrong, Dale “Satchmo” Powers, the Narada Michael Walden Band and many more.

Memorial Day Benefit Concert with Sting, Bob Weir and More

What could be better than capping off a well-deserved three-day weekend with a superstar-studded concert? Capping it off with a superstar-studded concert that benefits some unbelievably deserving charities.

Market Watch: Cherries Are In, Asparagus Is (Almost) Out and B.Y.O.B.

This weekend, CUESA will kick off the next phase of our Waste Wise Market Initiative by becoming the first plastic-bag free farmers market in San Francisco. If you forget to B.Y.O.B., vendors will still be dispensing paper and/or compostable bags at their booths and we’ll also be offering re-usable and washable 100% cotton Eco-Bags for sale at our information booth.

Look of the Week: Memorial Day BBQ

With a warm holiday weekend in sight, our thoughts have turned to the three B's: barbeque, booze and balance. Finding the perfect balance between practical and pretty, that is, and few pieces achieve this better than the romper. This effortlessly hip cousin of the dress is an ideal choice for outdoor mingling and looks especially fresh when polished off with sweet accessories that scream spring. Now grab some sunscreen and get outside!

 

 

 

 

 


Dragons, Tigers and Lions! Oh Shirts!

Sick of muted hipster tones and ironic t-shirts? Don't be afraid, make people (and potentially animals) fear you with a giant tiger on your chest. The name says it all, "Power and Grace". Or if Tigers aren't your thing, there's a multitude of dragons, sharks, and other various scary animals.

Always Business, Never Personal: Steven Soderbergh's 'Girlfriend Experience'

There is nothing warm, fuzzy or even erotic about Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, a movie bound to be remembered as much for its leading lady’s other on-screen exploits – she’s world-famous porn star Sasha Grey – as for its clinical depiction of a high-priced Manhattan escort as a passionless pro.

Walkmen Don’t Run: Catching Up With the Band Before Their SF Date with Kings of Leon

Wondering about the whereabouts of the Walkmen? The band -- not the dusty cassette player buried beneath that crusty sleeping bag, past-sell-date condom lei, and smudged mix tape of Minor Threat, Leaving Trains, and Saccharine Trust. You know, the dudes who strolled on past those New Yawk new rock tags and decided to carve out a sound of their own, choosing clattering, left-of-center arrangements crammed with rickety instruments and closer in spirit to Arcade Fire than the Strokes. I caught up with the Walkmen’s droll vocalist-guitarist Hamilton Leithauser via e-mail on the cusp of the group’s show tonight, May 21, with Kings of Leon at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

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