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ENCORE! Kick-Off Party

photography by Jessica Lifland for Drew Altizer

SF Ballet ENCORE! kicked off the 75th season, and 15 years of ENCORE!, with its first membership party at the Martin Lawrence Galleries in Union Square.

Gia Colosi_Andrea Skor Marney Parker_CC Chen Paula Elmore_Elizabeth Doyel

Fishy Penance

I am not an advocate of a low-carb diet—or any diet for that matter. But let’s face facts. Sometimes—like for instance after a week in Philly spent stuffing your face with cheese steak, pizza and homemade ravioli, and with the holiday binge fast approaching—it pays to slow down a little.

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Party

photography by Tanya Johnsen & Drew Altizer

Brooks Brothers held a private cocktail party celebrating the Black Fleece line and honoring the Junior Committee of the Fine Arts Museums of SF.

Andrea Zellner_Mark Welte Allison McCoy Courtney McBain_Nancy Bowman

Weekly Film Picks

Lust Caution
Lust, Caution; courtesy of Focus Features

Hey film nerds and nerdettes, check out these film happenings around town while I recover from my week-long post-reunion hangover. Damn those Groovers! Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.

-MRF

Happenings Round Town

The End Has a Start

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Brooding indie rockers and 2006 Mercury Prize nominees Editors brought their brand of dark post-punk to the Fillmore on Thursday, September 20. New wave indie kids Ra Ra Riot and Scottish rock outfit Biffy Clyro opened the bill.

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Farallon Blue Ball

photography by Heather Wiley & Drew Altizer

PRBO Conservation Science (formerly the Point Reyes Bird Observatory) hosted the first annual "Blue Ball: An Evening Tribute to the Farallon Islands,” at the Bently Reserve, raising more than $150,000 for the organization.

Chris & Alexa Cutler Robin Collins Kimberly Givsan_Mark Calvano

Happy Rocktober

Although Austin, Texas has rightfully earned the title of being the live music capital of the world–thanks to the diverse array of artists that grace the numerous local venues seven nights a week. From punk rock to bluegrass, Austin has it covered. But this month, the SF live music scene can boast a formidable lineup that definitely rivals that ... ahem … little Texas town. Whether you like to dance, or like to rock, there’s at least one, or two, or 12 live shows this month that are sure to please. Here are some highlights of SF’s mucho music month that I’m not afraid to call Rocktober.

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B.R. Cohn Fall Concert

photography by rickycphotography.com



Sunday was a day of rock n’ roll among the vines at B.R. Cohn Winery on Old Sonoma Highway, Sonoma. I ventured to the winery-turned-rock venue for day two of a weekend of music and fundraising. The 250-seater amphitheatre was packed to the gills with music lovers and wine lovers who rocked, rolled and swirled to the sounds of the day.


Just Like Us

I’ll admit that one of my guilty pleasures is reading bad celebrity magazines. I usually restrict my reading to airplanes and at the dentist’s office (where no magazine, no matter how trashy, will distract me from my fate). But I’ve never really understood Us Weekly’s “Just Like Us” bit, where they catch celebs jogging, say, or buying toothpaste, then slug it with “Stars! They’re Just Like Us!” Yeah, just like us, save for the million-dollar paychecks, throngs of paparazzi and houses in Beverly Hills. Well, like somebody’s mother once said, we all put our pants on one leg at a time. And, apparently, like Crest.
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