Our friend the Tablehopper, AKA Marcia Gagliardi, asked me to pass along this notice of her upcoming wine tasting and class. The focus is the wines of Sicily, which are well worth knowing about. Sicily is a vast land will all kinds of different terroirs, from the hot and dry to the cool, lava-dominated soils of the still-active Mt Etna. As in California, all kinds of wines come from Sicily, from the most humdrum of bulk wines to some the most unique and intriguing wines in the world.
It hardly seems necessary to point out, as I and countless others have before, Pixar’s well-earned reputation for crafting animated tales that transcend the supposed limitations of the genre, populating aesthetically rich universes with characters who often seem more memorably human than those in live-action fantasies. But it’s still worth noting.
The June issue of Elle magazine just came out with a feature article about “Mayor McHottie,” as SF- and Grotto-based author Diana Kapp calls Gavin Newsom. “The Hottest Prospect” might not tell locals anything they don’t already know, but it’s clearly a hand-to-forehead homage to our city’s “caped national crusader for same sex marriage.” Although Kapp goes into Newsom’s run for governor in 2010 (against Attorney General Jerry Brown)—which he announced on April 21 via Twitter—she starts out with a few breathless ringers. You just know somehow that she's dying to (try) to run her hands through his L'Oreal Total Control Clean Gel'ed hair:
Tough guys, hard-bitten dames, willing dupes and creatures of the night skulking that grey zone between good and evil - rejoice! Roxie Theater has extended its film noir fest, “I Wake Up Dreaming: The Haunted World of the B Film Noir,” through June 3 - for all you retro film heads, vintage Joes and B&W Betties caught up in one too many grifts to find the time to check out the event’s many gifts to obscure B-grade cinema.
The end of spring is rapidly approaching, and with it comes one of our favorite fashion 'holidays': the end-of-season sale. Since we've never been ones to shell out exorbitant amounts of money on the latest trends off the Parisian runway (okay, it might also be due to lack of funds), designer sales allow us to shop like a socialite and stock up on high quality pieces that will stay in our wardrobe indefinitely. We've been scouring the shops all week for this season's most noteworthy finds. So without further ado, here are our top five picks:
In their first ever live event, San Franpsycho has paired up with Versus Magazine SF to put on what may be the night's biggest dance party at 330 Ritch. Besides 9-11pm cocktail specials, Vin Sol, DJ Clarify and The Cataracs with DJ Havoc will be ripping up the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning. Bonus: If you bring a shirt, San Franpsycho will be doing live screen printing on site. So if you're ready for Friday night's biggest sweat-fest RSVP to email@example.com (subject: Heat Seeker) and make sure to get there early. We'll see you there.
The petite wide-eyed, curly-haired, crimson-lipped beauty took center stage last night, clearly dominating over all of her male counterparts. Premiering her new album Actor, Miss Annie Clark demanded attention from start to finish, manipulating her guitar in ways that were mesmerizing at the very least. The riffs were hard, everything was perfectly timed, embarrassing tour stories were told, and unfortunately, the time passed quickly. Forget the big stages though; St. Vincent is a cozy, in-your-living-room kind of show. Her sound could be easily lost on a big stage if it wasn’t for her striking demeanor.
Tory Farms returned to the market last Saturday with baskets of their lovely May Crest peaches. The May Crest variety is one of the first to appear for the season and is remarkably sweet and flavorful. Rebecca and Tory Torosian of Tory Farms grow a wide variety of peaches, nectarines, and pluots throughout the season. This week, Rebecca tells me they’ll also have Rose Diamond nectarines and possibly a few of their wonderful apricots.
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