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Boycott Valentine’s Day?

One of my guests, Marc Rudov, author of Under the Clitoral Hood: How to Crank Her Engine Without Cash, Booze, or Jumper Cables believes we should boycott Valentine’s Day.

Under the Clitoral Hood

“It’s a holiday for women, and Hallmark … On the 13th and 15th of February if you’re not happy, then the 14th isn’t going to be an exception …”

MGMT Performs at Bottom of the Hill

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Electronic psych duo MGMT played songs off their debut album Oracular Spectacular at Bottom of the Hill on Monday, January 28. Brooklyn's Yeasayer and Oakland-based the Morning Benders opened the show.

MGMT

Noise Pop: He Said She Said


courtesy of She and Him

The annual San Francisco indie music festival known as Noise Pop is here once again. And this year’s lineup has its fair share of electric shows. It’s a little like the primaries, in that despite the (informal) polls, there’s just no telling what show will break away from the rest as the people’s chosen one.

Murphy's Film Picks

Michael Clayton
Michael Clayton; courtesy of Clooney Studio

Film nerds and nerdettes, why don't you check out some of these groovy film picks happening in your 'hood. Don't forget to tune in next week for another installment of the Reel. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.

•    Annie Hall (1977) Dir. Allen – Red Vic (2/13, 2/14)

Teach With Africa Benefit

photography by Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

Teach with Africa held its inaugural event celebrating the LEAP School of Cape Town, South Africa. Willie Brown, Jr., acted as emcee for the benefit, which took place at the St. Regis Hotel.
 

Q&A with Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group

As luck would have it, Danny Meyer’s plane sailed into SF yesterday morning right like clockwork, giving him just enough time to grab an early lunch with me at Piccino before he was off to give a talk at the California Culinary Academy’s swanky new pad in Potrero Hill. (The lecture, Obama-esque in Meyer’s very earnest yes-we-can attitude, was all about giving the love back to your diners by way of excellent hospitality—not just sending them off with tomorrow-morning’s coffee cake.)

DIY Liqueurs, Alembic-Style

I have an article coming up in the magazine about do-it-yourself booze, and this definitely follows a trend in both my print articles and this blog (see last week’s post on Neyah White). 



Josey Packard over at the Alembic is doing some very interesting stuff, and she was kind enough to show much of it to me on a busy Saturday afternoon. Her limoncello, triple sec (punningly called Con-treaux)


Cocktail of the Week: the Persuasion



This is the Persuasion, as concocted by Michael Mina bartender Borys Saciuk: a fine, long drink made with Hendrick's gin, yellow Chartreuse, cherry Heering, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon juice and soda water. All the ingredients clearly speak in this drink, and it’s a nice balancing act between sweet and dry, though ultimately the dry aspect is dominant. I likes it with the extra squeeze of lemon from the garnish. $16 is steep, but, hey, it's Michael Mina.

Gin Fizzes: Not Just for Cocktail Time Anymore

I don't know why, the other morning, I was moved to make a Ramos gin fizz at 9:30 a.m. Oh, yes, I do, actually. It's because I have Dave Wondrich's wonderful book Imbibe on my bedside table. And when I awoke this morning and reached to grab something to read, there it was. Soon enough, I found myself back in the pre-Prohibition world of punches, fixes, fizzes and daisies. I read the entry on the gin fizz and said, Hmmm. So, one egg and some half-and-half, orange-flower water, gin, sugar and lemon juice later, there I was, boozing in the morning. Now, I'm having coffee.


We Are Wolves at the Rickshaw Stop

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Canadian dance-rock trio We Are Wolves played Club Loaded at the Rickshaw Stop on Friday February 1.

WE ARE WOLVES

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