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Sips in SoMa

District is proof that there's still room in San Francisco for another wine bar (and believe me, I've had my doubts). Last week I went there for a wine-and-food-pairing event showcasing the undeniable talents of wine director Caterina Mirabelli and executive chef Jen Solomon. If you want to learn more about them and District, read The South Beach Diet in this month's Best Bite.


photography by Rick Camargo

Beer of the Week



In Robert Hass's poem Meditation at Lagunitas, he writes, "I felt a violent wonder at her presence/ like a thirst for salt, for my childhood river/ with its island willows."

Electric Fun

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

"Born in the dust-laden family garage with archaic samplers, Radio Shack mics and broken record players, Mute Math have been noisily calculating their notes for the past few years. This electro-alt rock collaboration ... has crept up on the music scene with the onslaught of a worldwide fan-base driven to their website from countless video blogs and non-stop touring." So say the quartet comprising Mute Math, who hit Slim's last week along with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Good Drinking in Mendocino



I spent a couple of days over the weekend perusing the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino coast. Naturally enjoying all that pristine beauty on a sunny day with a cleansing breeze and pounding surf, one gets thirsty. So I searched up and down the coastline up there for the perfect spot to have a beer.

Get Your Groove On

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Oakland's experimental soul and pop rockers Honeycut put their best foot forward at a private party for soon-to-open Harlot in SoMa, performing a grab bag of funky tracks from their album, The Day I Turned to Glass.






I Love the '80s

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

New Wave City (an '80s dance party started back in 1992) threw (what else?) a big dance party at Mezzanine with '80s powerhouse The English Beat singing hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "I Confess." The Beat was joined by L.A. band The Plimsouls, who rocketed onto the charts in 1983 with Valley Girl hit, "A Million Miles Away."

THE ENGLISH BEAT

BRAVO! CLUB's Spring Fling

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

SF Opera's BRAVO! CLUB threw a party for its members (opera lovers aged 21-40) at Harlot in SoMa last Thursday.


Alice Zhang, Andrew Strauss  Birgit Coleman, Mariana Ricci   Brita Moeller, Drew Cushing

Love and War Tapes

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

Relative newcomers to the indie post-punk scene, the War Tapes, whose style and sound have been likened to that of Interpol and The Editors, were in town last week to play a gig at Popscene before heading back to their home base, L.A.


Ladies (and Gentlemen)-Who-Lunch: At Their Desks


Caramelized Fennel, Baby Artichoke and Goat Cheese Crostata.

I eat a lot of lunches at my desk. It’s the sad reality of the working world in America—no leisurely al fresco lunches, wine glass in hand, few power lunches, two martini style. Instead we have desk lunches, computer lunches, hot soup in mug holder of mini-van lunches.
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