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Katie Christ: All Hail Olive Oil, Ice Cream and Crack

Being a consummate generalist, I’m in awe of specialists. You know—people who dive full bore into their subject or project and emerge with pure genius. Perhaps it’s a hopelessly wandering curiosity that plagues me, but I readily admit to not possessing this kind of attention span or drive. Whatever it is, I’m grateful to the specialists of our local food world for sharing the delicious outcome of their passions.

21st Amendment's Spring Tweet: A Beer to Tweet About

Twitter has reached new heights this morning—21st Amendment brewer Shaun O'Sullivan is live-tweeting (is that an oxy-moron?) the brewing process of his latest creation: a spring ale made with floral, spicy hops, a brew he called "light, refreshing and drinkable"—in other words, perfect for spring. After soliciting name suggestions from his twitter feed followers (go on, follow it now!) they finally settled on a name, Spring Tweet. Ah, shucks. All day today Shaun will be posting pictures and step-by-step updates; I suggested that for his next beer, he let his followers help make decisions, via tweets, at critical junctures. What type of malt to use? What type of hops?

Getting Older, Drinking Better on St. Patty's: Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

It wasn't too many St. Patrick's Days ago that I would gleefully head out to an Irish bar by 6 PM,  several pints of Guinness or Harp in my future, as well as few shots of Jameson and a lot of bouncing around to the Pogues.

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel on Being "Manpanions"

For Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, friends whose acting careers have been entwined since they first worked together in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, life professionally has rarely looked brighter.

Proclaimed two of comedy’s new legends in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, Rudd, 39, and Segel, 29, have shared the screen twice in the past, as supporting players in Knocked Up and more recently as mismatched surfing partners in last year’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Segel wrote. But never before have they shared top billing, as they do in I Love You, Man, a platonic romance about a pair of incipient bosom buddies.

La Torta Gorda is Into Corn Smut

Yes, we've given La Torta Gorda some good love here, but only deserved love for their perfect tortas. (I mean, perfect.)

How to Fake the Perfect Brows: Shu Uemura Opens Tokyo Brow Bar

Shu Uemura may be the go-to beauty destination for lush lash applications, but the Japanese cosmetics brand is attempting to edge into Benefit’s brow grooming territory with the recent launch of its Tokyo Brow Bar at Shu Uemura boutiques across the country. While several of the boutiques have rolled out in-store wax and tweeze services, SF’s Fillmore Street store still awaits the green light on its aesthetics licensing (we’re told to stay tuned for the full services to arrive by late summer). The good news?

Lying About Books: Beware the Classics

Next time someone knowledge-drops 1984 into a conversation, just know that (in addition to being extremely cliche), there's a good chance they haven't actually read the thing. According to The Guilty Secrets Survey (carried out as a tie-in to World Book Day 2009), 65% of people lie about reading books they haven't actually read. The survey also found that (this just in...) we're an impatient breed. 41% of respondents confessed to skipping to the last page to find out what happens before finishing a book. Oh, the horror!

Here's a list of books to be suspicious about (with the percentages of people who have lied about reading them).

15 Minutes at the Mid-Winter Gala

There was 15 minutes of fame (and fond reminiscences) for the Old Economy on Saturday out at the de Young Museum during the Mid-Winter Gala.

Tedda Hughes Gallery Boutique Opens on Polk Street

The latest reason to head to Polk Street? Tedda Hughes Gallery Boutique opened its doors over the weekend. In the eponymous shop from local artist and designer Tedda Hughes, clothing and accessories from such independent designers as Richard Ruiz, She-Bible and Helena de Natalio accompany new work from local artists such as Hilary Williams, dk haas and Trish Tunney.

Hughes hand picks each piece in the white-walled, uncluttered space punctuated by simple bohemian-chic details (a single white sitting bench, an ornate silver mirror, a vintage birdcage).

Revisiting Wes Craven's Last House on the Left

If Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left was, as Roger Ebert put it, “a tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect,” Dennis Iliadis’ no-frills remake is roughly the same – slicker, perhaps, but no less brutally effective. There are those who will find it repugnant, and others who will be stunned silent by its raw graphic violence. Nobody ever said going to the movies has to be fun.

While the low-budget original, which has become something of a cult favorite among hardened horror fans, has an air of disquieting authenticity thanks to its grainy, home movie-style footage and its shockingly intimate portrayals of depravity, this latest version is a far handsomer production. Is it more sanitized? Yes and no.

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