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In Search of the Gonzo Godfather’s Secret Underground Lair

Greetings and salutations* film nerds from 200 feet below the grassy, peacock-laden Aspen, Colorado compound of the late, great mad GZA himself Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. What the hell’s a swanky SF urbanite like the Maestro doing spelunking down a dead man’s godforsaken wishing well after dark? If you Nosy Parkers must know, I’m dangling from a climbing rope (sporting an E.R.I. headlamp) and gripping a treasure map written on the back of an Allman Brothers album all for a good cause man …

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Sure, the standard flowers are nice. But pampering presents and sparkly jewels for mom? Even better. For those of you who still haven’t come up with that perfect Mother’s Day gift, we’ve got a few extra last-minute suggestions.

Queen for the Day

Anthony Nak crown-stepped round scroll ring ($1,900) with rose cut natural brown diamonds in a satin-finished 18-k gold setting. Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton St., 415-362-3900

She’s a Charmer

This Month in Music

courtesy of Juliette and the Licks

Here’s our ultimate live music guide for May. Tune in each month to get the scoop of the Hot List’s picks of the hottest tickets in town.

Liam Finn at the Bottom of the Hill on Monday, May 5

Coachella 2008: Day Two

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Here's a glimpse at day two of Coachella.



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

1. To-Do: Todd English

What to Drink This Summer

Rosé: Because summer is just around the corner.

It’s been a long couple of weeks, as we’ve worked to put the finishing touches on our annual best of the city issue. We’re all exhausted. A low-grade sickness has spread around the office. We’re not eating that well, and some of us are having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. You see, dear readers, what we do for you?

Shochu in Japantown: A Bar Named Ikkyu

While wandering through Japantown in search of big ice cubes for an upcoming 7x7 column, a friend and I found ourselves in Ikkyu, a lovely little room on the ground floor of the easternmost building of the Japan Center. An oddly festive place, it wasn't open when we first stopped by, so we returned after 7 p.m., and it was open, though mostly empty. This was a good thing, as it allowed us to chat with Kako, the spirited owner, who had come over from Japan to take over the bar (which, it turned out, had been previously owned by a man with a big ice cube machine … must have taken it with him when he left).

Symphonix's Beyond the Ball Pre-Party

On Wednesday, April 23 guests joined the Symphonix League in celebration of the Beyond the Ball Bash at the Bently Reserve as part of the SF Symphony's Black and White Ball festivities.

Bradley Jox, Katie Burton

Molly Parsley, Amy Lanigan, Kendra Thayer

 Reginald Cooper, Charles Richard

Saks Fifth Avenue Hosts Designer Reem Acra

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomed fashion designer Reem Acra and her fall 2008 eveningwear collection on Thursday, April 24 with free-flowing champagne and a seated luncheon provided by Taste Catering.

Joy Venturini Bianchi, Elizabeth Thieriot

Lisa Alexander, Kristen Harper

Elizabeth Touw, Andrea Schnitzer

7 Questions with <i>Project Runway</i> Runner-Up Ricky Lizalde

Photography by Ricky Camargo

Project Runway
contestant Ricky Lizalde was in San Francisco this week to raise money for I caught up with the fashion man at the Levis Store in San Francisco.

Why is the city of San Francisco important to you?
RL: It's is where I experienced my first Gay Pride in 1992.
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