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Symphonix Gala Preview

Symphonix members attended a lecture given by Associate Conductor James Gaffigan at the SF Conservatory of Music. This is one of several preview events leading up to the Symphony's opening gala. Gala co-chairs Makai Fisher and Stefanie Roumeliotes and Symphonix president Roberta Economidis and program chair Peter Boer all joined in the night's festivities.

Under the Blacklight



Rilo Kiley
Under the Blacklight
Warner Brothers
(Out August 21)

Melissa's Playlist 08.08.07


courtesy of Bat for Lashes



Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Gay or Happy?

I was asked to be on the “Shake,” America’s LGBT radio show (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, for those of you who just moved to this coast) in San Francisco. Producer Larry called me, said he’d heard of my show and asked if I wanted to come on to talk about sex but with more of a gay focus.

So I started thinking about what I should talk about. Of course, I’ve talked about gay and lesbian sex issues on my show. Lord knows that many of my guy friends have wished that I'd spent more time discussing lesbian issues. But that’s a different blog post.

DiCaprio's Eco-Film Premiere

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners of Tree Media, The 11th Hourwhich enjoyed its SF VIP premiere on Sundayis a new documentary "about the planet and modern green solutions for the future."

The Butcher Girls

As a Bernal Heights resident, I’m having a little Bernal pride moment. Maybe a little girl power moment, too.

Stopped by the brand new Avedano’s Meats Holly Park Market whose refurbished porcelain, neon sign has been lighting up Cortland Street since it opened a couple weeks back. Part butcher and part gourmet market, it’s a bit like Bi-Rite meets Blue Fog (see our story, "The Fancy Food Show" on the rise of the gourmet market for more on this). The space, which is a long-closed butcher shop, has a ton of history and the women that opened Avedano’s have kept many of the original elements, so it has a nice vintage feel.

Port of Call: Wood Tavern



I journeyed to the Rockridge area the other night to check out Wood Tavern, founded by Rich and Rebecca Wood—the former owners of Frascati in Russian Hill. Housed in the space that was formerly Grasshopper, it’s a shame this place isn’t in SF—it’s good eating and mighty good drinking.


A Little Tart

I’m not referring to your sister, I’m referring to these new-ish “cocktail sodas” from Stirrings.



As someone who cooks from scratch, I’m a firm believer in doing things the long and hard way. But I will grudgingly admit that Stirrings is making some good products for those who have neither the will nor the time to take the long way to mixing drinks. The people who are coming up with these products obviously have good palates because the sodas aren’t sweet or cloying the way most mixers on the market are.

Paying Existential Respects to a Swedish Bad Ass


courtesy of Criterion Collection

The Godless Universe Loves An Existential Bad Ass
While killing time between screenings in the Anderson Boys movie marathon, I built an altar in the lobby of the Castro after learning the last remaining European auteur immortal, Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman decided to take a dirt nap on us at the tender age of 89.

Freak Out!

You never know what you’re going to find when you go through a move. I happened across this bottle that had gotten buried behind some shopping bags in the pantry. Thirsty from carrying boxes, we chilled it down and popped it.



The beer is, I think, a one-off, from one of my favorite California breweries, the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma. Known for their quirky senses of humor and risk-taking brews, Lagunitas manages to have a lot of fun and still make great beer.
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