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Forbidden Island Farewell

None of the jokes we could make (i.e. his three-hour tour turned to three years) can mask the sadness we're all likely to feel at the news that the great, great Martin Cate, one of the partners and certainly the soul and the genius behind Alameda's Forbidden Island, is leaving the tiki bar.  If not a Tiki God (sorry), Cate is certainly considered one of the world's top authority's on this overlooked cocktail art form. While tropical and sometimes kitschy, Cate's drinks were always remarkably complex, balanced, and delcious. He told me that he and his partners in the bar, which opened in 2006, " just had different ideas about the the future of the business."

It's All Good: The Pooch Turns 40!


Anyone who knows or works with PR pro Lori Puccinelli Stern is more than familiar with her trademark and enthusiastic phrase employed in any situation, terrific or tragic: “It’s all good!”

And so it was -- even beneath stormy skies which forced cancellation of the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tourney -- when The Pooch corralled friends, far and wide, to celebrate her 40th birthday last weekend in Carmel.

Vintage Favorites

Once a week we comb through the new listing from our favorite local antique and vintage shops.  This week was especially good, so we though we'd share with you our favorites.  The theme is Mid-Century Modern, so be prepared to see some extremely iconic Mid-Century Modern design.  From Knoll to McCobb, here are our favorites:

1.  Pair of Club Chairs by Florence Knoll at Sultana, $3,800

2.  Pair of Painted Mid Century mirrors at Sarlo, $2,180

3.  Borge Mogensen Dining Set at Modern Artifacts, $8,500

Where to Shop This Weekend: Home Swede Home, Given, Academy of Friends Silent Auction

We may be preoccupied prepping our inner fashion critics for Sunday’s red carpet drama, but hardly too busy to shop. Here are three places to check out this weekend:

Mardi Gras at Townhall: Oysters and G-Strings

Mardi Gras is coming up next week and Townhall is having its annual Fat Tuesday celebration. Co-owner Mitch Rosenthal recalled last year's celebration: "We shucked 1,900 oysters. It was brutal. There were about six of us, just shucking and jiving." Although for 2008, the restaurant ordered big, fat oysters straight from Louisiana (having grown up there, I like my oysters big, which often slightly horrifies people here who prefer delicate little—i.e. sissy—Kumamotos), they learned a lesson when the $900 overnight shipping bill came. For 2009, the oysters will be sourced locally.

Hot Mama-To-Be (Jen Siebel Newsom, That Is)

Although Valleywag broke the story today, we had a hint as early as last October that the patter of little mayoral feet wouldn’t be far off. From our interview with SF’s First Lady:

New Lighting at MoMA Store

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is always a great place to gather inspiration from, so we expect the same from the store. We check out the latest additions to the heavily curated store whenever we can.  Lately they've been heavy on the gift items, but they did recently add some desk lamps to the mix.  From the iconic Mid-Century Modern designers to the cool and contemporary, here are our favorites: 

1.  Akari Paper Lantern Table Lamp
Isamu Noguchi, 1952, $225

2.  Nesso Table Lamp

Murder City Devils Reunite

The Murder City Devils have reunited for a West Coast tour, playing two sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall on Sunday, Feb 15th. Diehards bearing tattoos of the band’s logo shouted along to favorites and stood in a line (which at the end of the show had to be cut off by security) to buy all the merch they could. The tour's a big deal for the band's committed following who were crushed by their 2001 break up. While they’ve had a few festival shows in between, these were their first Bay Area shows in years. Rock, garage, punk all the way, from Moody’s commanding vocals to the familiar, ominous keys, the show was the R.I.P. experience fans have been fervently waiting for.

Director Stephane Gauger's Owl and the Sparrow Lands Gracefully

Stephane Gauger knows the drill.

The Vietnamese director, born in Saigon but raised in Orange County, has been traveling from festival to festival for roughly two years in support of his feature debut, The Owl and the Sparrow. Self-promotion isn’t his strongest suit – courteous and thoughtful as he seems to be, Gauger admits he’d rather be making movies than talking about them. But his whirlwind press tour has paid off rather handsomely.

Zion I CD Release Party at 330 Ritch

Zion I interrupted 330 Ritch's regular Tuesday night bash, Pacific Standard Time (or PST), last night to perform a sweat-induced, groupie-loving 30 minute preview set from their new album, The Takeover, which dropped yesterday. The place was packed even though it wasn't really advertised. Perhaps it was the teeny tiny $5 cover or maybe it was because the entire Zion I crew was in full attendance. Everyone from Codany Holiday to K. Flay and even Deuce Eclipse made a 3-minute appearance. If the album is as bumpin' as the release party was, it sure it won't disappoint.

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