A very merry Upper West Side Jewish Christmas usually meant dinner at the Hunan Balcony and a not too long line at the new Woody Allen movie.
Here in San Francisco, the city pretty near closes down on December 25 as families cocoon around a dead tree and the Jews often find themselves left out in the cold.
For those who eschew all things Christmas in favor of Hebrew delights such as egg rolls and wanton soup, “An Evening of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’’ answers the age-old question: "What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?" Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant is a swell solution.
1. When author Andrea Nguyen’s family left Vietnam in 1975, one of the few possessions they brought with them to America was their notebook of recipes. She celebrates this culinary tradition in her cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. Join her for a free book signing at Omnivore Books on December 17 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
2. Dine out on December 18 and you’ll be helping the 150,000 San Franciscans who don’t have enough to eat. Ten percent of the proceeds earned by restaurants participating in the Dine Out Against Hunger (including Maverick, A16, Americano, Sociale, Delfina, Foreign Cinema, Incanto, Kuleto’s, Magnolia, Range, Serpentine, Slow Club and SPQR) will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.
Consider yourself a Green Guru? Know your way around a water catchment system or living roof? How about around a frosting tip and baking pan? If you answered yes to all of the above, you are quite prolific. You also might consider entering architect Michelle Kaufmann's modern gingerbread house challenge.
If there’s anything more difficult than finding the perfect gifts, it’s figuring out how to keep prying nosey-noses away from them until the big reveal. Need a genius excuse to get your guy out of the house so you can finally wrap and ready his gifts without scuttling around under the cover of night or enduring a 3 a.m. session with the scissors and scotch tape? Send him to ooma’s Guys Shopping Night, taking place tonight at the North Beach boutique from 7 to 10 p.m.
Mezzanine hosted Live 105's sold out Pre-NSSN party for city-dwelling kids to revel in this year's buzz bands and local favorites.
From the opener, "Turn Me Off," the Audrye Sessions continuously blended arresting rock, Ryan Karazija's vocal range, and a welcome hint of 90s style.
Brooklyn-based Chairlift broke away to deliver the bouncy "Bruises," already featured in an iPod commercial. Their atmospheric, 80s thing takes on ominous and cute.
Is it something in the air? This morning, we got a heads-up about an exhibit coming to the CJM called "Jews on Vinyl"—which is about pretty much what you'd think it'd be about. Then, about five minutes later, we heard that Rob Tannenbaum (music editor of Blender) and David Fagin are coming to town with their latest revue, Good for the Jews. Coincidence?
It seems that everyone is trying to scale back this holiday season, but that doesn't mean gifts have to go to the wayside. Make something, donate, or check out our picks for inexpensive finds for any holiday budget...
My life consists of working. All. Of. The. Time. When I am not working I attempt to maintain some sort of normal life—like see the dentist, clean the bathroom or get the dishes out of the sink and into the cupboard. Since graduating from the CIA Hyde Park I have not:
Diamonds. Girls. BFFs. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Got it. But that shouldn’t mean befriending just any ‘ole dazzler. For sparkle that stands out, look to Melissa Joy Manning. The Oakland-based designer recently added a handful of one-of-a-kind diamond rings to her web site that feature colored stones and 18K gold bands. Ranging from .4 to 3.6 carats, the bezel set stones are strikingly unique, and most feature the designer’s signature hammered texturing on the bands.
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