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So You Wanna Be a Supermodel? Casting Call for Arts of Fashion


If you are a true lover of fashion, you’ll want to check out some of the lectures, workshops and parties being hosted by the SF-based Arts of Fashion Foundation from Oct. 25 to 29 at venues around the city.

Manga Sommeliers and Suitcase Clones

Two good articles in the New York Times yesterday on wine.  The first is on the Japanese manga sensation "The Drops of the Gods," which is a comic book drama about wine tasting with its heroes and anti-heroes being sommeliers. I'd been hearing about the books for quite some time before I finally saw a few copies in a bookstore in Burgundy a few months ago. The works have yet to be translated in English, but there they were in French, which I could generally follow. I stood for 15 minutes in the bookstore, trying to figure out what this wine-soaked melodrama was about.   Apparently they are quite the tastemakers.

Sarah Palin's Wardrobe Makeover

The New York Times ran cover story today about Sarah Palin's wardrobe makeover - apparently a $150,000 pop at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to jazz up her now famous hockey mom meets Tina Fey look. 

The Economy Sucks: Go Out to Eat



Clearly this whole economy thing is confusing us. On one hand, big-name restaurants are going gonzo and offering up packages like I've never heard of before. As Eater reported, "Big Restos Can, And Will, Ignore the Economy." Witness "Dining with the Stars:" For $1900 per couple, you can experience what you might call the ultimate progressive dinner, including Michael Mina, Cyrus and Meadowood.

Then, in the New York Times yesterday, an article in the Dining & Wine section entitled—"Across the Country, Restaurants Feel the Pinch"—reported of NYC: "Many restaurants say more customers are sharing appetizers, buying cheaper wine, ordering less wine and fewer courses, or just not showing up as much." It's a sentiment I've heard echoed by many restaurant owners in SF.

Vote Early, Vote Often

The Power of Words fundraiser raises big bucks for Barack Obama.

Photos: Kings of Leon at The Warfield

Kings of Leon played some old goodies and some new tracks from their recent release Only By The Night at the Warfield October 17. The Stills and Brooklyn's We Are Scientists opened. Check out the photos below:

View photos from the concert

Will HBO's Summer Heights High be the next Flight of the Conchords?

All of a sudden HBO is on the leading edge of funny. And if Summer Heights High (a mockumentary about Australian school life starring one guy—Chris Lilley) is anywhere near as ridiculous as Flight of the Conchords, then the cable network will have us keeled over again. Based on the trailer, we're pretty sure they're on to something. To get an exclusive screening of the series head over to the Rickshaw Stop on 10/27 from 7 to 10PM.

Mangoes From the Gods (i.e. the Mission)


If you're feeling the autumnal doldrums (it was downright brisk outside yesterday) or already weary of of grapes and apples, I have the tropical antidote: Mexico-grown Kent mangoes.

Last September, I wrote here about these mangoes. Tart, creamy and sweet, they represent absolute balance and perfection. The kind of mango that a knife slices through like butter. If a chef could create something so perfect, he would be God, is what I'm saying.

The Wave Organ, Part Sculpture, Part Instrument


It’s surprising how many locals have never been to the Wave Organ; many don’t even know where it is. This “acoustic sculpture” is actually a huge marble-and-granite musical instrument created in 1986 by the Exploratorium’s senior artist Peter Richards and master stone mason George Gonzales. This surprise is located on a jetty behind the Golden Gate Yacht Club; follow Lyon Street toward the water from where it meets Marina Boulevard, continue as it becomes Yacht Road and go all the way out to the end of the jetty.

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