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<i>Gateway to India</i>: California Shakespeare Theater's Gala

photography by Drew Altizer

Held in Oakland's Historic Rotunda Building on March 8, the California Shakespeare Theater hosted its 13th annual fundraising soiree, Gateway to India. The black-tie or festive Indian attire event began with a silent auction and cocktail reception, and included a variety of getaway and luxury packages and a tour of San Francisco City Hall conducted by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Top 7 A+E Picks

Jens Lekman
courtesy of Jens Lekman

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.  Scott Helm at Books Inc. on Tuesday, March 17
Novelist Scott Helm reads from his haunting new novel We Disappear tonight at Books Inc. in the Castro.

2.  Tribute to Gene Wilder on Wednesday, March 19

SF International Spirits Competition: Rainbow Bright




Last weekend I judged at the SF International Spirits Competition, a great event that brings spirits experts from around the country to taste and judge which are the best vodkas, gins, whiskeys, piscos, liqueurs, etc. Many of the best spirit bottlers in the world do submit their products, so, yes, it can be a great tasting experience. However, with the great also comes the not-so-great, as can be seen in the flight this poor panel was tasting. I'm not sure which category this rainbow of artificial coloring fell under, but it couldn't have been fun to put these things in one's mouth.

Historic Cocktails Tour of SF: History in a Glass

San Francisco bartenders were treated to a unique experience a couple of weeks ago: the first (that we know of) SF historical cocktail tour. It was sponsored by Plymouth Gin and Simon Ford (the brand's ambassador; below, at left) and conducted by Dave Wondrich (below, right), the undisputed authority on American cocktail history and author of Imbibe.


Charlie Palmer, Pigs & Pinot Noir


One of the country's most celebrated chefs lives in
our own back yard.

Letting Go of a Married Man, Part 4

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

For the past few years, I’ve been seeing someone who is married. I know it’s wrong. He knows it’s wrong. But it happened and now we can’t control it. Once in a while, I get the “I’m going to leave her” comment from him. I know that’s never going to happen and that he’s just saying that to humor me. So here’s my question: what am I thinking? I’m wasting my life away hung up on someone who’s unavailable, yet I can’t seem to break the cycle or escape the feelings I have. What do I do?—DJ

Born In A Crossfire Hurricane, That Explains It …

Gimme Shelter
courtesy of Mayles Films

Shining A Light On A Stabby ’60s Gem


Greetings and salutations* film nerds …

Letting Go of a Married Man, Part 3

by The 4-Way Panel

Dear 4-Way,

For the past few years, I’ve been seeing someone who is married. I know it’s wrong. He knows it’s wrong. But it happened and now we can’t control it. Once in a while, I get the “I’m going to leave her” comment from him. I know that’s never going to happen and that he’s just saying that to humor me. So here’s my question: what am I thinking? I’m wasting my life away hung up on someone who’s unavailable, yet I can’t seem to break the cycle or escape the feelings I have. What do I do?—DJ

St. Patrick's Day: Green Beer for All





Green beer. Everyone makes fun of me for having my ritual St. Patrick's Day toast with a glass of chromatologically-enhanced beer. And of course, it is a silly and cheesy practice, but that's why I like it. Beer just seems to taste good when it's green and the day is the 17th of March. Naturally, I'm listening to the Pogues’ If I Should Fall from Grace with God (their best album, and don't even try to tell me otherwise) as I write (and drink). Green beer also tastes better when consumed with a shot of Jameson before noon on St. Patrick's Day.

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7


courtesy of Stefanie Michejda

1. Night School

If your shaker is looking a little rusty, it might be time to enroll in Bourbon & Branch’s Beverage Academy, their series of 2-hour evening classes covering attention-holding topics as “Gin: from bathtubs and back alleys to the upper class,” “Tequila: the spirit of Mexico,” and “Whiskey Confidential.”  Sign up for their upcoming classes on March 24th and 25th, held in the B&B library.

2. Carnivores Unite

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