Welcome back to our partnership with Eater. For this weekly Friday column, Eater editor Paolo Lucchesi gives his report on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including the biggest restaurant closure of the young year, ridiculous chef lawsuits, hot new openings, dream industry gigs, and still more Mission pizza joints.
Need to escape the weekend downpours? Try deals from these local stores:
Honey Ryder: This Hayes Valley boutique named after the iconic 007 vixen is bidding adieu at the end of the month. Merch is marked down by a minimum of 40 percent, and we hear the discounts will keep increasing.
isso san francisco: A sidewalk sale in honor of Cinco de Mayo is on at this local label’s Mission Dolores shop. Pop by during the day on Saturday for deals on apparel and accessories from independent designers such as She-Bible, Nopal, Nicacelly, Kris Nations and Head Tripz.
Apparently all celebs aren't following Ashton Kutcher's cue. "I'm not on Twitter. I like to spend a bit more time digesting," Robert Redford said Thursday at the 52nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival's Awards Night in the Westin St. Francis. Redford was the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award, which goes to an actor who "exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity," while fellow Bay Area resident Francis Ford Coppola was present and honored, as well, for receiving the Founder’s Directing Award. Yet despite his 50 years worth of work and recognition, Redford remains just as humble as the day he started. "I'm kind of shy of awards, it's never something that I take for granted" he confessed.
If you have plans next Tuesday, cancel them. And if you don't have plans, here's what you're going to do. You're going to get your favorite bottle of wine (high quality, I hope) or something special that you've been waiting to drink, and you're going to bring it down to Emporio Rulli in the Marina. After being seated, you're going to have the bottle opened and you're going to share a taste with the chef. And then the chef will go back in his kitchen and create the best pairing you could ever have imagined with that wine.
Times are tough. You recently got laid off. You're feeling pretty "down and out" but know that you can't play the "woe is me" card forever. What you need right now is a little TLC to pick yourself up and start fresh. Enter SenSpa. For its third anniversary, SF's largest day spa and wellness center is offering a free one-day special event to local unemployed workers. You got it—a dose of pampering and inspiration, gratis. Appropriately titled "Project Uplift," you'll be able to take advantage of life coaching advice, bodywork and a giveaway that could land you a Stress Release package or Wellness package, valued at $260 and $2,000 respectively. Dig up that unemployment check stub and make your reservation today.
In a perfect world, we'd all be able to walk into Barney's and drop $1300 on the designer must-have heels of the season without blinking an eye. Unfortunately, most of us live in the real world of scouring H&M and boutique sale racks in an endless quest to find high-end looks that will leave our bank accounts relatively in tact. Luckily we love a good style challenge, so we did the dirty work for you and found five pairs of statement heels that will leave you looking au courant and feeling guilt-free.
Perhaps I was spoiled. My induction into the world of X-Men mythology came courtesy of Bryan Singer’s X2, which remains on the short list of the most brilliantly realized comic-book adaptations ever made. Surprisingly sophisticated, Singer’s parting gift to the franchise deftly juggled a teeming cast of exotic mutants and made them relatable without seeming tediously awed by their superpowers.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Oscar-nominated follow-up to 2002’s OT: Our Town, his documentary about a Compton high school attempting to stage its first play in over 20 years, chronicles a South Central Los Angeles farming community’s struggle to save its land from a millionaire developer. The stage is set for a power struggle rife with moral outrage, and The Garden delivers that in spades, but Kennedy’s second effort is as much a compelling, seamlessly crafted underdog tale as a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of big-city politics.
In his new film “Outrage,” filmmaker Kirby Dick outs hypocrites. They’re gay, they’re closeted, they’re big political muckety-mucks, too, but Dick is exposing their hypocrisies. The documentary, which opens on Friday and just premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, focuses in on politicians who legislate against gays by day… and sleep with them by night. (or in the case of Larry Craig, during lay-overs.)
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