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Notes from a Darkened Theater: The NFL Embraces Pelham 1 2 3, Anvil Gets Thunderstruck

Despite the movie’s early mixed reviews, the NFL is rolling out the red carpet for Denzel Washington’s latest thriller, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

Here in the Bay Area, San Francisco 49ers stars Alex Smith and All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis will be joined by Nnamdi Asomugha, Darrius Hayward-Bey and Michael Huff of the Oakland Raiders to host a special Wednesday night screening of the film at the Great Mall in Milpitas. The players will arrive to walk the carpet at 6:30 p.m., with the movie, a remake of Joseph Sargent’s 1974 subway heist, to follow.

Ed Levine Takes Two Pizzerias and Breaks Down Their Soul

Last week, I blogged in defense of Pizzeria Delfina versus Gialina, an opinion I still stand by.

Michael Bauer might have beat him to it, but finally Ed Levine posted his personal opinion about Gialina and Delfina's pizza on the Slice blog.

Bouquets on Bikes: Rosenow's New Roving Floral Service

It seems every restaurant or chef in the city is going mobile lately, what with Boccalone's new bike and Chef Laurent Katgely of Chez Spencer's French-style taco truck.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (Or Free) This Week

The market may be climbing alongside the temperatures, but for the out-of-work, terminally broke, or simply bargain-minded, a deal's a deal-- especially when it comes to the price of a drink in the city. That's why we've brought in Allie Pape, editor of the late, much-lamented, to give you the scoop on the five best weekly bets for free and cheap drinks in SF. She'll offer a mixture of events-- happy hours, promotional parties, awesome BYOB opportunities-- that will ensure the maximum buzz for the minimum price.

Hot Links: Food News To Peruse

Go on, take a break:

Molly Watson reviews Oakland farmer Novella Carpenter’s new book, Farm City.

Watch the trailer for Food Inc., which opens Friday. And then read our review here.

Just in time for summer festival season, Chow’s guide to sneaking in hooch.

You still have nine days to apply for the dream job.

Good Night & Good Luck to Analog TV in North Beach

This Friday, June 12, television officially goes digital. But you may not know that the inventor of the television, Philo T. Farnsworth (profile by late media theorist and career TV hater Neil Postman), transmitted the first TV image in his North Beach loft-turned-lab in 1927. To honor our local hero and mark digital TV's coming out, the SF Appreciation Society and UC Berkeley's Center for New Media will host a ceremony at Farnsworth's lab at 202 Green Street on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm.

Two-Faced and Lovin' It: Alice and Isa Boutique Launches

With dual-minded Gemini ruling overhead and shopping local an ever-more-popular goal among Bay Area fashion fans, it may very well be the perfect time for the arrival of Alice and Isa, sucky economy be damned.

Built upon the notion (one we can agree with, by the way) that every woman has at least two sartorial sides she wishes to variously indulge and devoted to independent apparel and accessories designers living or working in San Francisco, this soon-to-launch online boutique from friends and fashion lovers Dawn Miller and Stephanie Belfiore promises a savvy mix of accoutrements for the kind of local gal who doesn’t draw stark lines between the Mission and Marina.

Get Your Loquats Here! SF's Casual Fruit Encounter

Funny how things happen. Last night, I picked a loquat from my neighbor's tree that hangs over the fence for my four-year-old son, Moss—who, being a fruitaholic, loved it. This morning, when I went back to the tree to snap a picture to write a blog about loquats, Moss wanted another one but I couldn't reach it. (Feet stomping ensued.) And now I go to the Times to see that Kim Severson has written an article ("Neighbor, Can You Spare a Plum?") about the growing movement of urban fruit foragers. It starts like this: "The loquats were ripe and just begging to be picked." She doesn't mention a temper tantrum though.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

In Good Taste
Michael Recchiuti’s new “Taste Project” aims to blow the doors right off your preconceived notions of flavor pairings with a series of special events. On Saturday, June 13, join Recchiuti and St. George Spirits Master Distiller Lance Winters for a chocolate and spirits tasting adventure in the Recchiuti kitchen. Tickets for the class, which runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m., are $55 ($65 at the door). Visit and click on “Tasting Events” too purchase a ticket for this or any other upcoming Taste Project classes.

Fire in the Belly

Peace, Love and Harmony, Man

If you're not so much into the free love attitude that San Francisco embodies, if you hear the word "harmony" and automatically want to leave this page, hold on just a sec. While the prime focus of this weekend's Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa does encompass art, green living, ecology and spirituality "from the roots up," there's a whole lot more going on than just that.

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