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Calling All Designers

Local designers looking to get some exposure: now’s the time to send in your portfolios to Fashion on the Square. Held each summer in the plaza at Union Square, the annual event bills itself as the largest outdoor fashion show on the West Coast. (It’s also part industry fundraiser for the non-profit organization Fashion Group Foundation of San Francisco).

Strippers and Poles and Lap Dancing, Oh My!

January was major research month for the Sex with Emily show. It began at a HurryDate event and then moved to the stripper pole. I figured this was a logical progression.

So, I went right to the source, the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre—the legendary club in San Francisco—to take “dance” lessons from its strippers.

Talented strippers Jasmine and Jersey (pictured here) took me under their wing.

Mitchell Brothers

<i>7x7</i>’s Eat and Drink 2008 Awards Party



photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

The Readymade Cookbook



A really bad photo of a pretty cool custom cookbook.

When I was growing up, dinnertime in my family usually began with my mother sitting on the floor, sifting through piles of recipes, all clipped from magazines or handwritten, and tossed into the recipe drawer. Today, the drawer is no longer and mom is more often on Epicurious, looking up four-fork recipes. Ask her to give you the recipe for something delicious that she made once and it will inevitably entail a frantic internet search.

Rocket Dog Rescue Benefit

Greetings chums,

I want to invite you to a once-in-a-lifetime event this Friday night to benefit a wonderful woman who lost her worldly goods, her home and three foster dogs in an horrific fire just before Christmas.

Pali Boucher dedicated her life in recent years to finding homes for rescue dogs. Many friends of mine have adopted some of Pali's four-legged friends and experience the never-ending joy a dog can give.

Tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. at Slims on 11th Street, I will be the master of ceremonies for a benefit for Pali so that she may get back on her feet and find a new home. This will be a fun, groovy night out. Please come and enjoy some comedy and music and help support a woman who has given many dogs a home and now needs a home herself.

Organic Toasts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and the most tried-and-true plans include dinner with a good bottle of wine. Who can resist a toast to love? Even before this latest wave of awareness for the virtues of eating and drinking organic food and beverages, European wine makers were producing wine made with organic grapes and didn’t even consider adding toxins.


courtesy of Swirl

Murphy's Film Picks

Alice's House
Alice's House; courtesy of FIGa Films

Film nerds and nerdettes, why don't you check out some of these groovy film picks happening in your 'hood. Don't forget to tune in next week for another installment of the Reel. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Round Town

•     The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Dir. Schnabel – Embarcadero

Rockin’ Green Days

I’ve read a lot about artists going green, with tour buses run on biodiesel fuel and other steps taken to reduce their carbon imprint. Heck, Sheryl Crow even toured with Laurie David (“Stop Global Warming Now”). It’s always great to hear about the newly enlightened and good to know that they can lead by example.


photo courtesy of Radiohead

This Bud's for You

Budweiser started a new campaign of campaign-related TV ads called “Lager Lessons.”  This YouTube video is the only one I could find online, and it’s the weakest.



What I like about the others, actually, is that they say something about the product (how it’s made, how lagers differ from ales and are harder to make … etc.) rather than just being silly (waazzzzupppp! -- which was funny the first five or six times).
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