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Poppa H's Film Picks

Joe Strummer
The Future is Unwritten: Joe Strummer; courtesy of IFC Films

Hey film nerds, here's my weekly installment of film picks to check out around your 'hood. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.

Happenings Round Town

SF Performances Gala

SF Performances' 28th season gala, "La Dolce Vita," successfully raised more than $100,000 for its education and outreach programs. Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy along with composer/pianist Jake Heggie and Quartetto Gelato performed at the event, which was held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


As we close in on the end of the week, I’ve found a new way to waste time. You can thank me later. A friend just sent me a link to, a website that features nothing but pictures of refrigerators from around the world and their contents. You could submit a photo of your own fridge; there’s even a spot to leave a brief manifesto on the contents. I only wish the people submitting images were a bit better at IDing their items—the American fridges are easy, of course (though I must admit I had forgotten about the existence of Juicy Juice), but I’m stumped when it comes to the fridges of Sweden, Kenya, Amsterdam. What are all those mysterious condiments?

The Most Smashing Pumpkin-Infused Meal of My Life

photography by

Half Moon Bay has long been one of my preferred towns for a day or a weekend getaway. However, I always avoided this coastal town around Halloween because of the event that has helped put it on the map, The Annual Pumpkin Festival.  This year I took the plunge and embraced this pumpkin-loving fest full on, and I am so glad I did.

Melissa's Playlist 10.17.07

courtesy of The Coral

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.

Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Gala

The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics 40th Anniversary Gala was held at the War Memorial Green Room and honored all eight SF mayors in office since 1967. Music producer Narada Michael Walden helped develop a commemorative CD, which is available (with proceeds going to the clinics) at

Shanghai Surprise

I'll take the SDs over the XLBs at Shanghai House.

Is Bigger Really Better?

Unlike the rest of the free emailing world, I actually save my spam. At least, until I can read through it to decipher what’s really spam sex vs. Sex with Emily sex.

I get a ton of emails from people asking me questions about topics that happen to comprise the stuff of popular spams these days (things like Viagra, penis size, sex-related surgery, enhancement drugs, etc.).

But in the last seven days, I also got emails with the following subject lines:

1. No medicine can satisfy your penis needs as ours can.
2. Change your life! Increase your phallus!
3. Ashamed of your size? Manster will help!
4. We are here for you and your penis!
5. Don't be an average man!

Look of the Week: MAC

Join us weekly as the crew features a look that is meticulously styled, coiffed and made up to create a runway-ready look with fashion-forward selections straight from local boutiques in your neighborhood.

For the day: Sofie D'Hoore brushed cotton skirt ($378); Sofie D'Hoore soft wool sweater ($348); Yoshi Kondo striped mariner jacket ($378); shoes are stylist's own.
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