Singles of the city, brace yourself: the annual doomsday, which divides people into two categories - alone or coupled - falls on a Saturday this year. (Oh, the horror!) Here’s our list of ways to commiserate with fellow haters, celebrate singledom or just plain ignore the day’s existence. (But, alas, if you must partake in the holiday, please consult our guide of Non-Cheesy Valentine's Day activities).
A thank you is always appreciated, but when it's attached to a sale, well, that's just icing on the cake. In appreciation of those who chose to forgo the large chain stores and keep it local this holiday season, Rose and Radish is offering 30% off on any in-store or online purchase from now until the end of the month. 30%... that means around 90 bucks off these vibrant Thomas Eyck pillows in shades of yellow, pink and purple. Now that's quite a thank you, indeed.
For a long time I've been awaiting the opening of Heaven's Dog. Yes, I've been looking forward to the food, but even more so I've been anticipating the drinks. Why? Simply because the Slanted Door cocktail program, long managed by Erik Adkins, is one of the best in the country. It doesn't get enough praise in the national press because it's overshadowed by the entire restaurant concept. But people like Adkins, Jen Colliau and the rest of the crew are as big of cocktail aficionados as anyone working at Bourbon and Branch or New York's PDT.
We’ve noticed two yoga trends lately: more music played during class, and more weekend nighttime classes that serve as a kind of social happening. These phenoms collide at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in the Mission, where Midnight Yoga has been bringing in the healthy crowd every Friday at 10 p.m. for a two-hour vinyasa class accompanied by local DJs and live music ranging from jazz to African. 3271 16th St., 415-355-1600, laughinglotus.com
ArtPoint, a Fine Arts Museum affiliate whose goal is to encourage young professionals to become more involved in the local art scene, packed 111 Minna Gallery Thursday night with its first aMuse lecture series event of the 2009 season. The discussion "15 Minutes with Andy Warhol" (which lasted closer to two hours than 15 minutes) gave local art lovers a chance to parse Warhol's work and its lasting effects on the art community, even 22 years after the Pittsburgh, Penn. native met his untimely death.
January is traditionally treated as a dumping ground for Hollywood's most embarrassing blunders and stalest leftovers, but there are still plenty of viable options for those seeking a satisfying night at the movies. Among them:
The 2007 Christmas day mauling-to-death at the zoo may have diminished the Zoo’s status as a top destination for furry cuddliness and adorability on parade. The Annual Valentine’s Day Woo at the Zoo might just seal the deal that this is no place for kids. It’s a veritable den of sex and violence.
The adults-only sex tour includes racy tid bits of beastly canoodling – plus champagne and covered strawberries. Zoo experts will answer burning questions like: do giraffes prefer Barry White or Beyonce? Is it wrong to give a box of chocolates to a dieting hippo? Are penguins really frigid?
Now, let me be perfectly clear: I haven't actually sampled the wares at Phat Philly. Yet. Unfortunately I, like so many of you, have been gripped by the post-holiday need to eat only leafy greens and garbanzo beans. However, when I recover from this brief stint of healthfulness, I plan to march right over to Phat Philly for a cheesesteak ($6-$10), because it seems like they're doing it all right. Amoroso rolls imported from Philadelphia, natural antibiotic-free beef from Niman Ranch and Creekstone Farms, and, in addition to the de rigeur cheese Whiz, they also have housemade cheddar-beer sauce.
When I embarked upon a green remodel of my home in 2006, the kitchen took center stage. I employed such energy-saving technologies as LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and a simple fan to replace the defunct AC. To save water, I installed a high-efficiency dishwasher, a foot pedal for the faucet and an on-demand water heater. I especially love our whole-house water filter, which has helped the entire family eliminate plastic bottles. Don’t get me wrong—you certainly don’t have to engage in a major overhaul to turn your kitchen into a healthier hearth, and what’s the harm in taking a few steps in the right direction—especially if wine and chocolate are involved?
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