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Top Chef obsessed fans (and we know you are legion) take note: on May 31 former contestants Jennifer Biesty and Stephanie Izzard, the season four winner, will partner up to prepare dinner at Scala’s Bistro, where Biesty is executive chef. While you eat the five-course meal, channel your inner Padma. To reserve your seat for the $65 dinner, call 415-395-8555
Ah, those gypsies and their mystical curses. What will they think of next?
Nothing good, I suspect. Ancient curses and supernatural spells have long given filmmakers license to indulge their most exotic fantasies, inspiring scenarios so deliriously macabre they seem more surreal than shocking. And perhaps no American director has proved more adept at playing on our fascination with the occult than Sam Raimi.
Get ready to follow another hot celeb in the Twitterverse. Somewhere among your daily feed of Ashton Kutcher tweets, you can now get updates on all things Outside Lands from the one and only Ranger Dave. He's the uber-cool park ranger who first broke news of this year's hot O.L. lineup (if you haven't gotten his ridiculously catchy tune stuck in your head yet, check out the video at http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/index.php). Make sure to follow Ranger Dave's tweets at http://twitter.com/sfoutsidelands and get all the latest news on this year's can't-miss music extravaganza in Golden Gate Park, August 28-30.
Another week of great headliners lies before us. The question we must ponder is not if we will see any of these, but which ones to choose. Here are just some of the highlights for this week:
Is the Hellmouth ready to open again, spitting forth demons, monsters and assorted miscreants from the farthest-flung regions of the underworld to prey on mortal flesh?
Translated for those unschooled in Buffyverse: Will Joss Whedon’s iconic vampire slayer finally be resurrected on the big screen?
The simple answer is yes… and no. While fans of TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer have openly pined for a cinematic continuation of the series, which met its demise after a seven-season run in 2003, they probably never imagined this: a reboot without a single member of the show’s original cast, and without any input from Whedon, the creative visionary behind its success.
When you take three born and bred New Yorkers with a penchant for slightly scandalous song lyrics, a style that blends pop-rock with a dash of disco and a loyal following of fashionistas and hipsters alike what you get is the Virgins. Front man Donald Cumming, who’s been starting bands since grade school, formed The Virgins with fellow band mates Wade Oates and Nick Zarin-Ackerman in just 2006 but they were quickly labeled by critics as the “Next Big Thing” (which isn’t a surprise when you’ve opened up Paris Fashion Week with Patti Smith and provided the soundtrack for an entire episode of Gossip Girl).
The Edgewood Fair fell this year on Cinco de Mayo, an appropriate twinning opportunity for this 43rd annual event’s theme, Around the World.
“It gave us the chance to add a fun twist,” said Event co-chairwoman Janet Lautenberger, “So we’re featuring a Tortilla Heights’-sponsored Tequila tasting.”
A favorite spring frolic (Tequila or not), the fair kicked-off at the Golden Gate Club in the The Presidio with a VIP preview party which heralded the start of two-days of smart shopping at this beloved boutique event.
Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.
Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.
Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.
Mark Kozelek is not only one of San Francisco's best musicians, he's is one of the greatest living American songwriters. He continues to prove his versatility, whether performing his own beautiful compositions or recording an entire album of Modest Mouse covers. On the heels of the May 12 release of a new Sun Kil Moon live album, Lost Verses Live, the band will close out a four-show mini-tour this Friday at the Great American Music Hall.
Those who know me (or who follow our 7x7bitsbites Twitter feed) know that I have been quietly obsessing over Schmidt's for quite a while now. Ever since first hearing that the space on 20th and Folsom, formerly occupied by El Farolito, was being taken over by the Walzwerk owners and that sausage, German snacks and beer were going to be in full effect only a block from my house, I have biding my time.
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