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Cinematic Dream Girls and The Glamorous Ass of Sachiko Hanai

courtesy of Palm Pictures

Greeting and salutations
* film nerds from Miss Twila’s House Of Voodoo, Sex & Magic, conveniently located above one of the nicest crack houses I’ve ever seen in the Outer Mission. Was that a Baldwin Brother I saw just coming out of there? Nah …

Weir Cooking

I know Joanne Weir about as well as most people in San Francisco know Joanne Weir—which is to say, not at all, really, save for the familiarity that comes when you watch someone on television (Weir hosts a cooking show, Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class, on PBS) and read their cookbooks. But of course I knew of Joanne, and her excellent reputation as one of San Francisco’s most beloved food personalities and cooking instructors. She’s a consummate and hands-on teacher, and she has recently opened her home to small groups for week-long intensive cooking classes.


photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

British post-punk sensation Maximo Park played Popscene on Thursday, July 26.


Loco for Pollo at Zuni

Zuni Café’s been in business since 1979, so there’s no disputing that they’ve got a good thing going. It’s certainly one of my favorite SF spots—even if I’ve only been three times, most recently last Tuesday night. My friend Amanda and I were originally thinking Japanese, but when Sebo’s sushi bar was not an option, we went to Plan B—wait at Zuni’s bar and order the roast chicken for two. Amanda’s a dark-meat eater, and I’m all about the white, so we’re a match made in whole-chicken-eating heaven.

The Funniest and Furriest Musical in Town


This week saw the opening of the Broadway smash Avenue Q at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. It’s Sesame Street for grown-ups and is every bit the brilliant show I hoped it would be. With unusually catchy naughty tunes like “It Sucks to Be Me,” “The Internet Is for Porn,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” this monster puppet show socks a punch with every note.

And the eight-minute puppet-shagging scene had everyone howling, some people ducking for cover. I was simply impressed with the puppet stamina!

Out of This World

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

New Orleans-based jazz collective Galactic played the Independent on Wednesday, July 25. The Jazz-funk outfit were joined by special guests Radioactive, Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Matt Dillon, Glen Hartman and Kirk Joseph.


Halloween Castrated

The city decided to close down the Castro Halloween festivities, or as many San Franciscans call it, the biggest (and easiest) pick-up party of the year. Blocks of scantily-clad naughty nurses and maids along with lawyers and construction men, all looking for tricks and treats.

photography by Jaimie D. Travis

Pasta My Heart

I know I write about pasta a lot. But as they old saying goes: Write what you know.
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