Twitter has reached new heights this morning—21st Amendment brewer Shaun O'Sullivan is live-tweeting (is that an oxy-moron?) the brewing process of his latest creation: a spring ale made with floral, spicy hops, a brew he called "light, refreshing and drinkable"—in other words, perfect for spring. After soliciting name suggestions from his twitter feed followers (go on, follow it now!) they finally settled on a name, Spring Tweet. Ah, shucks. All day today Shaun will be posting pictures and step-by-step updates; I suggested that for his next beer, he let his followers help make decisions, via tweets, at critical junctures. What type of malt to use? What type of hops?
It wasn't too many St. Patrick's Days ago that I would gleefully head out to an Irish bar by 6 PM, several pints of Guinness or Harp in my future, as well as few shots of Jameson and a lot of bouncing around to the Pogues.
For Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, friends whose acting careers have been entwined since they first worked together in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, life professionally has rarely looked brighter.
Proclaimed two of comedy’s new legends in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, Rudd, 39, and Segel, 29, have shared the screen twice in the past, as supporting players in Knocked Up and more recently as mismatched surfing partners in last year’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Segel wrote. But never before have they shared top billing, as they do in I Love You, Man, a platonic romance about a pair of incipient bosom buddies.
Shu Uemura may be the go-to beauty destination for lush lash applications, but the Japanese cosmetics brand is attempting to edge into Benefit’s brow grooming territory with the recent launch of its Tokyo Brow Bar at Shu Uemura boutiques across the country. While several of the boutiques have rolled out in-store wax and tweeze services, SF’s Fillmore Street store still awaits the green light on its aesthetics licensing (we’re told to stay tuned for the full services to arrive by late summer). The good news?
Next time someone knowledge-drops 1984 into a conversation, just know that (in addition to being extremely cliche), there's a good chance they haven't actually read the thing. According to The Guilty Secrets Survey (carried out as a tie-in to World Book Day 2009), 65% of people lie about reading books they haven't actually read. The survey also found that (this just in...) we're an impatient breed. 41% of respondents confessed to skipping to the last page to find out what happens before finishing a book. Oh, the horror!
Here's a list of books to be suspicious about (with the percentages of people who have lied about reading them).
The latest reason to head to Polk Street? Tedda Hughes Gallery Boutique opened its doors over the weekend. In the eponymous shop from local artist and designer Tedda Hughes, clothing and accessories from such independent designers as Richard Ruiz, She-Bible and Helena de Natalio accompany new work from local artists such as Hilary Williams, dk haas and Trish Tunney.
Hughes hand picks each piece in the white-walled, uncluttered space punctuated by simple bohemian-chic details (a single white sitting bench, an ornate silver mirror, a vintage birdcage).
If Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left was, as Roger Ebert put it, “a tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect,” Dennis Iliadis’ no-frills remake is roughly the same – slicker, perhaps, but no less brutally effective. There are those who will find it repugnant, and others who will be stunned silent by its raw graphic violence. Nobody ever said going to the movies has to be fun.
While the low-budget original, which has become something of a cult favorite among hardened horror fans, has an air of disquieting authenticity thanks to its grainy, home movie-style footage and its shockingly intimate portrayals of depravity, this latest version is a far handsomer production. Is it more sanitized? Yes and no.
Before 9/11, Americans, to a great extent, pictured Afghanistan as a land of cave-dwelling terrorists. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, helped fill in that very rudimentary picture. Translated into 40 languages, the book has bridged the cultural divide and surmounted headlines with its story of a young boy contending with political and personal turmoil.
In 2007, Hollywood turned the novel into a big screen epic (cue: sweeping, poignant music). And this week, the San Jose Repertory Theatre will stage the world premiere theatrical adaptation, (cue: minimalist aesthetics).
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