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Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead; courtesy of Paramount Pictures UK

Greetings and salutations
film nerds, here are some Halloween movies to get you in the mood for tricks and treats. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Around Town
The Good, the Bad and the Sick The ‘80s Stephen King Weekend (Castro Theatre)

The V Lady

It wasn’t until The Vagina Monologues that the word became popular in mainstream media. Sure, at first it was uncomfortable. Newspapers wouldn’t print ads for the show and the evening news talked about the “V monologues,” but not the vagina in its full glory.

Eventually, however, there was a turning point, and the word started rolling off tongues.

“Thank god for Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues),” VL exclaimed.

Maybe you’ve seen the Vagina Lady at events around town, from Gay Pride to Bay to Breakers, though not at the Folsom Street Festival (way too many penises in play, I've surmised).

This Old Bag at the W Hotel

This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse, which was held at the W San Francisco, raised more than $135,000 for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Sharon Stone’s donated Versace bag brought in the most money; it was auctioned off for a tidy sum of $8,000.

D.A.N.C.E for Justice

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Uber-hip French electro duo Justice played a monumental set in support of their highly acclaimed debut album at Mezzanine on Wednesday, October 10. Complete with cross-shaped glowsticks and a sound system decorated by a gigantic illuminated crucifix, Justice played a remarkable show that lasted until early morning. The dance-ready crowd warmed up to the electronic-infused rock sounds of Australian outfit Midnight Juggernauts.

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.
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