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An Epic Training

As you probably know, Epic Roasthouse, the new meat restaurant from Pat Kuleto and Co. down on the Embarcadero, opens today down on the Embarcadero. While resolved to eat less meat, I still have a great interest in it, especially how animals are raised, killed and prepared. So when Epic’s executive chef Jan Birnbaum invited me about a week and a half ago to sit in with the entire restaurant staff for their training on their meats, I went.

SF Ballet Auxiliary Diamond Gala

The SF Ballet launched its 75th anniversary season with an opening night shindig called "The Diamond Gala Celebration." The Ballet Auxiliary's black-tie event and fundraiser included dinner at City Hall, a ballet performance and an after-party with food, drink and multiple dance venues.

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Top 7 A+E Picks

Bad Moon Rising
courtesy of Silverman Gallery

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

1.    “Bad Moon Rising” at the Silverman Gallery
This arresting group exhibition delves into the dark side of American culture through multiple artistic mediums.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at the W Hotel

photography by Aubrie Pick for Drew Altizer

SF's National Resources Defence Council presented "a retrospect on the environmental movement and policies created" featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., NRDC's senior attorney, at the W San Francisco.

7 Food Finds

Check out these 7 things—all happening this week.

1. A tailgating touchdown: Impress your pals by ordering Luna Park’s Tailgate Platter for Superbowl Sunday (the restaurant will take orders this Friday through the end of the game on Sunday). For some of us, it’s not about who wins or loses; it’s about the food—Niman Ranch BBQ chicken and ribs, coleslaw, French fries, beans and mashed potatoes.

Beauty Break

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and local cosmetics fave Benefit has you covered with the newest addition to its line: Thrrrob face powder.

Benefit Throb
courtesy of Benefit

Dan Deacon at the Great American Music Hall

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Baltimore-based electronic artist Dan Deacon brought his experimental sound to the Great American Music Hall on Thursday, January 17. The show commenced with a drum and video performance piece called Ultimate Reality.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Mad Movies of the 1970s

courtesy of United Artists

Greetings film nerds and nerdettes

Last night, while dreaming about Super Tuesday ... I was awakened from a fitful sleep at shortly after two o'clock in the morning by a shrill, sibilant, faceless voice that was sitting in my rocking chair. I couldn't make it out at first in the dark bedroom. I said, "I'm sorry, you'll have to talk a little louder.

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