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Mardi Gras at Townhall: Oysters and G-Strings

Mardi Gras is coming up next week and Townhall is having its annual Fat Tuesday celebration. Co-owner Mitch Rosenthal recalled last year's celebration: "We shucked 1,900 oysters. It was brutal. There were about six of us, just shucking and jiving." Although for 2008, the restaurant ordered big, fat oysters straight from Louisiana (having grown up there, I like my oysters big, which often slightly horrifies people here who prefer delicate little—i.e. sissy—Kumamotos), they learned a lesson when the $900 overnight shipping bill came. For 2009, the oysters will be sourced locally.

Hot Mama-To-Be (Jen Siebel Newsom, That Is)

Although Valleywag broke the story today, we had a hint as early as last October that the patter of little mayoral feet wouldn’t be far off. From our interview with SF’s First Lady:

New Lighting at MoMA Store

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is always a great place to gather inspiration from, so we expect the same from the store. We check out the latest additions to the heavily curated store whenever we can.  Lately they've been heavy on the gift items, but they did recently add some desk lamps to the mix.  From the iconic Mid-Century Modern designers to the cool and contemporary, here are our favorites: 

1.  Akari Paper Lantern Table Lamp
Isamu Noguchi, 1952, $225

2.  Nesso Table Lamp

Murder City Devils Reunite

The Murder City Devils have reunited for a West Coast tour, playing two sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall on Sunday, Feb 15th. Diehards bearing tattoos of the band’s logo shouted along to favorites and stood in a line (which at the end of the show had to be cut off by security) to buy all the merch they could. The tour's a big deal for the band's committed following who were crushed by their 2001 break up. While they’ve had a few festival shows in between, these were their first Bay Area shows in years. Rock, garage, punk all the way, from Moody’s commanding vocals to the familiar, ominous keys, the show was the R.I.P. experience fans have been fervently waiting for.

Director Stephane Gauger's Owl and the Sparrow Lands Gracefully

Stephane Gauger knows the drill.

The Vietnamese director, born in Saigon but raised in Orange County, has been traveling from festival to festival for roughly two years in support of his feature debut, The Owl and the Sparrow. Self-promotion isn’t his strongest suit – courteous and thoughtful as he seems to be, Gauger admits he’d rather be making movies than talking about them. But his whirlwind press tour has paid off rather handsomely.

Zion I CD Release Party at 330 Ritch

Zion I interrupted 330 Ritch's regular Tuesday night bash, Pacific Standard Time (or PST), last night to perform a sweat-induced, groupie-loving 30 minute preview set from their new album, The Takeover, which dropped yesterday. The place was packed even though it wasn't really advertised. Perhaps it was the teeny tiny $5 cover or maybe it was because the entire Zion I crew was in full attendance. Everyone from Codany Holiday to K. Flay and even Deuce Eclipse made a 3-minute appearance. If the album is as bumpin' as the release party was, it sure it won't disappoint.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

1. Mix Masters

On February 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. acclaimed bartender Scott Beattie of Cyrus (and author of Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus) and distiller Marko Karakasevic will be teaching a cocktail-making class in the CUESA kitchen at the Ferry Building. Attendees will learn how to make three citrus drinks—as well as recipes for garnishes, foams, rim sugars and salts. The class is $25 and proceeds benefit CUESA. To purchase tickets, click here.

2. Meat me at the Ferry Building

Soft Core: T Alexander Wang Lands at Carrots

If there’s a single must-have top for spring, it’s got to be a soft and slouchy number from T Alexander Wang.

Pecha Kucha Tonight at 330 Ritch

Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? The event, originating in Tokyo and Japanese for "to chat", aims to bring together designers from all sorts of disciplines in order to share their work and get inspired. There's usually about nine to twelve presenters per evening, and here's the catch: each one is limited to showing 20 slides at 20 seconds a piece, to keep things moving. You can check out the Pecha Kucha site for tonight's list of presenters, and for details on how to sign up to show your work at the next event. But you don't have to present to get involved, simply stop by and take in all the design-y goodness being shared.

Lance Armstrong: He's Just Like Us (?)

Lance Armstrong swept through town yesterday on the Tour of California, and we took this opportunity to ask his strength and conditioning trainer, Peter Park, for some insider info and get-healthy tips.

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