Go ahead—call Amaryll Schwertner an aesthete. As chef and co-owner (with partner Lori Regis) of Boulettes Larder, she has upped the food-as-art quotient in San Francisco and redefined prepared foods as we know them. Given all that, you can be sure she’s obsessed with something a bit more refined than, say, Cheez-doodles.
We're pretty psyched about Outside Lands. And the good people at Another Planet are doing a bang up marketing job with these Fraggle Rock meets Muppets videos. We can't get enough of Ranger Dave and Skeeter, especially in this just-released video, where they're riffing the arrival of single day tickets. Definitely a welcome announcement for those feeling the economic pinch.
Headlining next month's Wanderlust is familiar ground for musician/poet/activist/yogi Michael Franti. The lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead has played to adoring crowds for years, and has been practicing yoga since 2001. Wanderlust, the three-day, music-yoga-nature festival is taking place July 24-26 at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, and Michael talked to 7x7 about his involvement, as well as his upcoming, 11th annual Power to the Peaceful event, September 12 in Golden Gate Park.
For kids who were born too late to experience the fabulous freaks and drag delights of San Francisco’s world-famous underground song-and-dance company the Cockettes, your moment has come to truly sample the, ahem, wares of the groundbreaking psychedelic tranny troupe. The Cockettes may be gone, but it hasn’t been forgotten - thanks to the 2002 documentary The Cockettes and, notably, Devendra Banhart’s recent bouts of bearded-lady dress-up (commemorated with a fashion spread in The New York Times Magazine). The group gave safe harbor to performance icons like Divine and Sylvester amid the show tunes, bawdy bromides, and razzle-dazzle visuals, before it splintered in 1971.
World Ocean's Day was officially June 8, but the Cal Academy has extended the celebration of the sea until today. Buy any admissions ticket online, and you'll be entered to Life Aquatic-it in the new Deep Flight Super Falcon (pretty sweet name), the most advanced winged submarine ever constructed. Destination? Kelp forests of Monterey Bay.
In which we slog through oodles of blogs so you don’t have to....
David Beckham causes slack-jawed stares around the world (again) with his latest underwear ad campaign for Armani. This reminds us of a car accident we almost had when a previous Becks ad appeared over Union Square this time last summer.
To go along with the 80’s moment we’ve been feeling lately, the freestyle mix from Agent Lover is helping us rock out with our 1987 out.
Glory be, the Hangar One Fraser River Raspberry Vodka has just been released. Made from juicy, at-their-peak Meeker raspberries that grow way up in the north of Washington State, near the Canadian border, the reddish-pink, intensely flavored spirit is a true seasonal treat from those masters of fruit infusions over in Alameda. On top of the infusion, some fresh raspberry juice is added to the vodka for flavor, color and a little sweetness.
We'll admit, this place is all about the floors. Polished, brand spanking new, deep ebony-like hardwood that makes the whole place shine. We'd style the apartment in minimalist black and white with some Bertoia side chairs around a simple round table, a sharp day bed and several bergère-like chairs to keep things from looking too casual (as can often happen with studios).
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