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BRAVO! Wines and Dines

The BRAVO! CLUB's luminary dinner at the Westin St. Francis included a discussion between David Gockley, general director of the SF Opera, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. Club members enjoyed a champagne reception before sitting down to a multi-course dinner with wine pairings by Gallo Sonoma Estate.

Killing Me Softly


Joan’s on Third's veggie sandwich.

I sit within an arm’s reach of our arts and entertainment editor, Melissa Goldstein, and she feeds me the latest music—most recently a bunch of local bands that we’re featuring in our upcoming July entertainment issue. Of these, Von Iva is now on heavy Nano rotation. The rocking three-woman, PJ Harvey-esque band, has an upcoming August release, Our Own Island, and the first track, “L.A. L.A.,” has the refrain:

48 Hours of Sexy in SF

My work is pretty much all about finding who is doing whom, what, where and how many times. So, in addition to the shows, I do a lot of “research” around town.

In the last 48 hours, I attended a dinner at the Clift Hotel, recorded a show at Mitchell Brother’s O’Farrell Theater, went to an opening at Louis Vuitton and the Health & Harmony Festival in Marin County.

No, not all sexy or sex-ridden on the surface. But here’s what happened.


Julie Costanzo at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco

CLIFT HOTEL

Welcome to the Dark Side

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Danish duo the Raveonettes played songs off of their new album Pretty In Black (see Hayley's blog Paint it Black) at Cafe Du Nord June 2. Los Angeles-based Midnight Movies opened the show.

THE RAVEONETTES

Picasso Lovers Lounge at the W

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

"Where Picasso Lovers Lounge," an exhibit of Picasso's original prints including etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts launched last Thursday in the W Hotel's Extreme Suite and "Living Room" lounge area with a reception. The exhibit, which stretches though June 17, benefits YouthAIDS (The prints are on sale).

Cleaning Out My Celluloid Closet

Poppa Hooker’s “Best Of” Stash

Greetings and salutations* Bay Area film nerds and nerdettes

Grab the Earplugs—It’s LIVE 105’s BFD

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings music lovers,

Saturday's BFD was a Big F'in’ Deal. It was one massive sonic explosion; earplugs were a necessity, and the backstage pass a "must have."



BFD was 12 hours of hard, loud, rockin' music; more than 25 bands; a bottle of sunscreen; and more fun than a chimp at a banana tea party.

The Case for Cinematic Civil Disobedience

… And Film Night In Dolores Park, Oh My!

Greetings and salutations* from the private screening room of the Subterranean Beatnik Library auteur scoundrel Vincent Gallo once desecrated after focus-testing a four-hour director’s cut of his biker-gets-a-blowjob epic Brown Bunny (2003) on an unwilling gang of bipolar Hell’s
Angels …

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