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Hump Day Halloween

Halloween happening midweek is always a bit confusing. When do you put on that costume? Do you party at the front or back end of the week?

Thankfully, tonight there’s still a lot to do, but in true San Francisco form, many of you have already been dressing up for a week now.

Last Saturday, I ventured to the Exotic Erotic Ball for the first time ever. I’d heard about it, and have always been a tad curious, so this year we showed up with a crew to film the night’s festivities. 

Nina Ricci Spring Collection at Neimans

Neiman Marcus VP/GM John Capizzi and Alexis Traina hosted a champagne reception for Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskins who showed his Nina Ricci Spring 2008 collection.

Shell Cardon_Lana Adair Alexis Traina_Allison Speer Olivier Theyskens_Ken Downing

A Two-Million-Dollar Frog

This past weekend, I ventured from our 49-square miles to Freestone for a spa day. My friend and I had this getaway in the works for a long time. The spa (Osmosis) is the only one in the country that offers cedar-enzyme baths, and I’m a sucker for the out-of-the-ordinary. After 20 minutes of sitting in 130-degree fermenting wood, we each got a 75-minute massage in little pagodas situated near a serene meditation garden. Needless to say, we worked up an appetite (even after sharing a spectacular sticky bun from Wild Flour Bread beforehand).

Synth Dreams

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

LA synth-rock outfit Moving Units played songs off their latest effort Hexes for Exes at Popscene on Thursday, October 11.

Moving Units

Moving Units

Electro Karaoke

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Krautrock-inspired threesome Fujiya & Miyagi performed their brand of cerebral electronica at Mezzanine on Friday, October 12.

Fujiya & Miyagi

Fujiya & Miyagi

Fujiya & Miyagi

Thomas In Charge

There are certain things you don't say no to: Like an invitation to an intimate multicourse dinner cooked by Thomas Keller, paired with Opus One and Mondavi cult wines, hosted by three generations of the Mondavi family at their estate located on top of a hill off of the Silverado Trail. To this, you say yes (knowing that some of your friends will be filled with a mix of envy and resentment and find your job obnoxious).

Big Biggie

courtesy of David King                             courtesy of Matt Furie

Rugby Store Opening

photography by Vasna Wilson for Drew Altizer

Ralph Lauren's Rugby celebrated its grand opening on Union Street with food, drinks and beats by DJ Steve Aoki

Brad Krueger_Ed Curran Erin Shouldis_Erin Loop Katya Sorokko_Sabrina Buell

Pogue Mahon

Perhaps one of the reasons my zeal for WhiskyFest was a little subdued was that I had had a whiskyfest of my own the night before with my old pal, Jameson. The occasion was a performance by the Pogues, who played four straight nights at the Fillmore last week.

Half my blood is Scotch-Irish, meaning that when I get enough whiskey in me and hear the familiar reels of Irish folk-punk as spun by the Pogues and bellowed by their bibulous lead singer Shane MacGowan, I start to reflexively bounce off the f’in walls.

WhiskyFest Report

So, WhiskeyFest went down last week. As usual, the giant trade and consumer show had a ton of scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey and more, arrayed on table after table in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency.

There were lots that I’d tasted before, but standing out for me was a new distiller’s edition from Lagavulin, Stranahans Colorado whiskey, and the wheated malt from Buffalo Trace.

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