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EcoMom Alliance with Robin Wright Penn

Actress and Marin resident Robin Wright Penn hosted an event honoring nonprofit EcoMom Alliance, an organization that "inspires and empowers mothers to help create an environmentally, socially and economically prosperous and healthy future for all." Held in the green living showroom of Green Fusion Design Center, this was a pre-party for another event to be held in SF on Nov. 29 at Flora Grubb Nursery.

The Dark Crystal

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Toronto, Canada-based thrash-electro duo Crystal Castles brought their punk-meets-Atari sound to Mezzanine on Saturday, October 6. SF experimental dance outfit Lemonade, Parisian electro group Toxic Avenger and Oakland's Off Campus started off the night.

CRYSTAL CASTLES

Any Given Sunday

I was born a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and there’s nothing I can do about it. We have a love-hate relationship—I hate to get too excited about them, because they always let me down, and they love to let me down.

I don’t often get to see the ‘hawks on TV, as you need a dish or some expensive TV package to get out-of-town games. But this year, I’ve got a solution . . . going to watch football at Elixir in the Mission.


(Taken with my phone.)

Finally Legal



Absinthe can now be legally sold in this country, as long as it stays inside some rules, which is how we now have our first legal brand in this country: Lucid. It’s decent stuff—not the best I've had, which happens to be in a few bottles that I’ve smuggled back from France over the years—but we’ll soon have more brands on the market.

Congrats to Jon and Jill



Outside of Absinthe last Wednesday, I happened to run into Bourbon and Branch’s great bartender Jon Santer in a tux.

“What’s going on?” I asked him, shaking his hand. Just then I noticed the beautiful and finely dressed woman standing next to him.

“I just got married,” he told me.

“Today?” I gasped, incredulously.

What Sommeliers Drink at Home



Every so often, I like to write about what my wife—the wine director at Quince—drinks because it embarrasses her. Everyone thinks that because she works in the world of fine wine she must just sit around at home drinking fine white Burgundy, Bordeaux and cult Napa wines. And sometimes she does.

Other times, however, she goes lowbrow, as I captured in this picture. If you look closely at this photo, you’ll see that she’s holding a particular, blue-collar beer made in Milwaukee.

Cris

Lone Palm at Night



I love good bars, no matter what they do. After some readings at Litquake the other night, I went to the Lone Palm, where I hadn’t been in years.

I drank Boont Amber ale and watched the two hardworking bartendresses handle the crowd. Nothing particular about the drinks jumped out at me (except that it was cool to get Boont on tap), but I loved the energy and the conviviality of a great neighborhood bar. And that’s what’s really important.


Melissa's Playlist 10.24.07


courtesy of Tokyo Police Club



Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Pacific Heights Place Opening

Pacific Heights Place (1525 Union Street) celebrated its grand opening with cocktails and a signing by best-selling author Diane Dorrans Saeks of her new book Palm Springs Living.

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