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“The Kite Runner” Launches in San Jose

Before 9/11, Americans,  to a great extent, pictured Afghanistan as a land of cave-dwelling terrorists. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, helped fill in that very rudimentary picture. Translated into 40 languages, the book has bridged the cultural divide and surmounted headlines with its story of a young boy contending with political and personal turmoil. 

In 2007, Hollywood turned the novel into a big screen epic (cue: sweeping, poignant music). And this week, the San Jose Repertory Theatre will stage the world premiere theatrical adaptation, (cue: minimalist aesthetics).

More Pinot: Taste With Me at the Jug Shop or Online

Just a heads up. I have a new book out, Passion for Pinot. In support of it (and wine, and life in general)  I'll be tasting a few Pinots at the Jug Shop tomorrow live  in-store with live people. But everyone else in the world can taste along with me via Twitter Taste Live, a supercool new organization that connects interested people with the producers and tastemakers of all things good to drink, eat, smoke (legally) and, as they say, "anything related to 'tasting'."

Clift Hotel Makes a Downtown Stay Worth Your While

Sometimes you don't even have to get out of town to get away. But San Francisco hotels often come with a lofty pricetag, which is precisely why it's important to cash in on a deal when you see it.

Indie Theater Roundup: What to See This Week at The Clay, The Lumiere, The Red Vic and The Roxie

If just-released remakes of Last House on the Left and Race to Witch Mountain leave you cold, there are plenty of worthwhile alternatives. Here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation a San Francisco indie theater near you.

Telling Tales: Narrative Magazine


Timing in life, they say, is everything.

On the same day that the Pew Research Center released its findings from a recent News Interest Index Poll which asked Americans about their newspaper reading habits and product loyalty (and don’t ask, the numbers are dismal), the written word was celebrated in the home of Diane and Charles Frankel.

And, huzzah!

California Pinots at their Finest

Eric Asimov, the New York Times' wine writer, has a great article in this week's NYT dining section about the changing style of California Pinot Noir. Asimov declares that he favors a lighter, more subtle, food-friendly style of Pinot and I whole-heartedly concur. But while this style has long been out of favor in this state, it's starting to come back. He hits on a lot of my favorite producers (people we've featured previously in 7x7, I might add) like Au Bon Climat, Copain, Calera and Peay. All these wines are worth trying if you see them in a shop or on a wine list. None of these wines are hard to find.

The Eater Wrap: Bong Su Goes Down, East Bay Rises and the Phan Rumor Mill Churns

Welcome to our exciting new partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his opinionated report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including restaurant openings and closures, jucy rumors, toasty new designs and your usual Yelp idiocy.

GAMA-GO Takes the American Idol Stage

The folks behind GAMA-GO got quite a surprise when they tuned in for a recent airing of “American Idol.” Contestant Alex Wagner-Trugman took the stage donning one of the local apparel and accessories company’s limited edition Flock You t-shirts, which sports a silkscreened flock of frenzied birds across its front.

“A bunch of us here watch the show, and we were like, ‘Hey that looks like a GAMA-GO t-shirt.’ We didn’t actually know beforehand,” the label’s co-founder Chris Edmundson says.

Edmundson adds with a laugh:

Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven: A Few Moments of Zen

This week I'm feeling my inner homebody looming large. More than ever, there seems to be a resurgence of spending more time nesting, and entertaining at home. The economy's got everyone a bit down, I know, but there's also an upside to slowing down a little, spending more time with family and friends within the confines of your own comfy dwelling. You can take pride in the smallest tasks, like canning & preserving, or painting a room a sunny bright color, or washing your linens by hand in some lavender scented water. It feels good to get back to the basics and appreciate the simpler things in life. So this week in Sfgirlbybay's Seven for 7x7, we're taking some time out for a few moments of zen.

Beware the Brides of March

Only in San Francisco, kids, will you spot 100 or so disheveled brides roaming the streets surrounding Union Square, shopping for designer shoes, hailing cabs, sipping $10 cocktails and having themselves a grand ol' time.

If the above scenario seems at all appealing, then you should dig out your old wedding dress--or head to one of the many local thrift stores and procure a used number--and meet up with your white-clad peers this Saturday, March 14, for the 11th annual Brides of March event. The bigger (the dress, that is), the bolder, the tackier, the better. The only stipulation is it has to be a shade of white.

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