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Special Screening of Filmmaker Adam Hootnick's Award-Winning Documentary, Unsettled.

On July 9 an invite-only crowd gathered at the Embarcadero Center Cinema for a private screening of Unsettled, a film by former MTV news producer and some-time SF resident Adam Hootnick, about six Israeli twenty-somethings coping with the historic 2005 evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. Post-show, Hootnick graciously entertained questions from the audience, but was eager to lead a procession to nearby Sens Restaurant for the after-party hosted by the San Francisco Sentry and the SF Arts Fund. There, against a dramatic backdrop featuring the Bay Bridge, guests sipped on Moet, nibbled on hazelnut tarts and tried to steal the director's attention, if only for one brief congratulatory moment.

New Restaurant: Russell Jackson's Lafitte


Cutting to the chase: Russell Jackson tells 7x7
about his new restaurant, Lafitte.
Photograph by John Benson

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: Russell Jackson is an intense guy, no shrinking violet. Though he’s got chops from some notable restaurants (including the now-defunct Russell’s in Los Angeles) the last few years he has been flying under the radar, operating a little underground supper club called Subculture Dining, all the while looking for a San Francisco space for a restaurant of his own.

The Islands Perform at Bimbo's 365 Club

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Canadian rockers the Islands performed their eclectic blend of neo-psychedelic indie pop at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Monday, June 16.

THE ISLANDS





Annual Nordstrom Fall Preview Benefits Raphael House

On Wednesday, July 9, models walked the runway for Nordstrom’s Annual Designer Preview at the Herbst Pavilion. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek of fall collections by such fashion icons as Bill Blass, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Valentino, Vera Wang and Versace. Attendees sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres while shopping for the night’s featured looks at a special on-site boutique. Ticket proceeds were donated to Raphael House, a San Francisco nonprofit for homeless families seeking help.


Claire Spaht, Kris Anthony

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.


Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon


Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7


photography by Joe Budd

1. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, corn 

On July 23, Elizabeth Falkner wakes taste buds from their slumber with a three-course tequila-and-corn dinner at Orson. For $65, you can sample your way through chilled corn soup, rib eye with corn-ricotta gnocchi and ham hock with corn hash, all paired with original tequila cocktails. Book your table for the party by calling 415-777-1508.
 

The Napa Valley: Where Meadowood Meets Mixteca

I took a trip up to Napa this last weekend. My boyfriend Joe and I stayed at Meadowood. Despite its location off the Silverado Trail, there’s not a vineyard in sight. It's kind of a wine country getaway in the heart of the wine country. I like that.

The Fratellis Play the Fillmore

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The alternative rock “band of brothers” from Glasgow played a high-powered show at the Fillmore on Wednesday, June 18. Concertgoers got down to hit singles “Henrietta” and “Chelsea Daggers.”

THE FRATELLIS



Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection


Thomas Pink isn’t exactly the first label that comes to mind when I think of on-trend women’s wear. Impeccably tailored shirts, yes. But silky shifts and flirty frocks? Not so much. The Brit design house synonymous with men’s fashion is taking a stab at changing that image with the launch of the Richard Nicoll for Thomas Pink Collection next month—a nine-piece capsule collection by the rising London designer and Central Saint Martins grad who was dubbed Best Young Designer at the Elle 2008 Style Awards during February's London Fashion Week.

The French Connection


It's Bastille Day! Got your freedom fries?

We here in San Francisco might not like France and the French quite as much as we like Italy and the Italians (at least, judging by our restaurant predilictions), but we still seem to have a bit of a love-affair with the country and, particularly, with its food. Today is Bastille Day (quick history lesson: this is the day that the French people stormed the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution). Here in the states (and probably in , too) the day may be celebrated, but it's watered down to be a day of feasting, picnicking and drinking rosé.
 
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