While guys like Rufus Wainwright, Conor Oberst, and Sufjan Stevens rule the genre of sad-eyed, Beatles-influenced folk singer/songwriters, Bay Area troubadour Goh Nakamura probably deserves greater notoriety than the one-time success of “Embarcadero Blues,” a Youtube sensation (over one million viewers last year) and an ode to the SF service industry (watch it below). In his second album, Ulysses, Nakamura is up to his old tricks, singing about lost loves and impossible crushes over melodies that are as precise and sweet as they are complex. At his best, Nakamura will make you miss Elliot Smith badly. Goh Nakamura plays a birthday show tonight at Café Du Nord.
Assessing the fit of players’ uniforms and sizing up halftime performers’ getups during the Super Bowl won’t be our only fashion-minded activities this weekend. Here are four more:
A mix is always better - mixed nuts, mix CDs, mixed drinks - we'll take 'em all. And it seems that Kim and Johnelle Mancha, the mother-daughter team behind Mignonne, feel the same way. The selection at their Oakland store is a mix of new items, vintage finds, and repurposed pieces that are all equally desirable. And right now, all furniture is 30% off through February 3rd. Another reason to head over? The ladies of Mignonne have added furniture refinishing to their list of services.
So here we go...
NOTE: You will need a resistance band for this workout.
Begin your workout at the Aquatic Park pavilion steps. Utilize the steel rails to stretch out your calves, hamstrings, quads and upper body.
1. Sitting sideways on the concrete steps with your legs fully extended, wrap your resistance band around your feet and grab both handles for a set of Sit Down Rows.
Following his one-man run on Broadway performing A Bronx Tale, which he wrote more than two decades ago and adapted in 1993 for Robert De Niro’s film-directing debut, Chazz Palminteri returns to the screen with Yonkers Joe, a shrewd move for a native New Yorker who has rarely strayed far from his roots. (What’s next? Brooklyn Bennie? Staten Island Sal?) Whatever the future holds for Palminteri, whose Italian roots and Bronx upbringing have helped earn him a career playing assorted streetwise heavies, he seems in his element here, as a working-class hustler who fixes games of chance.
Push and Adventureland weren’t the only hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 15-25 in Park City, Utah. San Francisco designer Bryna McMills’ Bryna Nicole handbags found their own success among the stars during their appearance in the Sundance Gifting Suite (you know, the place where the celebs go to snag all the free swag they can carry).
Paris Hilton got cozy with the Bartol bag, while Devon Aoki walked with the Prentiss. Michelle Trachtenberg picked up the Hallam clutch, while Aubrey O’Day chose a yellow Rosemont clutch.
Urban Outfitters has always been a great place to score funky and cool home accessories on the cheap. They recently added a bunch of fun new items to their website, and most of them are quite kitschy, which (with limited applications...) can help give an otherwise drab interior a little spunk and cleverness. Check out the top 5 Kitschy items at Urban Outfitters:
1) Hot Lips Phone, $20
Headed to the Mission for cocktails on Saturday night? Then you better make a pit stop at Rare Device, which will be hosting Argentinian illustrator and painter Irana Douer's first-ever U.S. solo show, Hidden Treasures. Douer creates very vibrant and colorful portraits of women that look angelic at first, but after a closer look the ladies seem to be hiding something. The artist "is interested in how relationships, particular situations, or even ordinary things can affect a woman's life. Hidden Treasures... explore(s) what's hidden, different and mysterious." Saturday from 7 to 9p.m.
People are always asking me where to eat, but really, it should be what to eat. No restaurant is perfect across the board. Getting the most out of restaurants is a matter of knowing what to order.
So, for you—and for ourselves—we've compiled The Big Eat SF, a list of 100 dishes and drinks "to try before you die." (If San Francisco was a restaurant, this would be its menu.) Don't think of this as a morbid activity though. Think of it as a celebration of life.
1. Sierra at Tahoe
Sierra’s 3-Pak lift ticket deal saves you $20 a ticket and limiting blackout date frustration. With February being Boeger wine tasting month—complete with free tasting Thursday’s from 3-4pm—we wouldn’t blame you for taking a mid-week sick day.
2. Northstar at Tahoe
Playing hooky gets even better with Northstar’s T.G.I. Thursday’s. Enjoy dining deals like $3 drafts and fish tacos and free entrees for Mom’s among the many restaurants in the Village. And with the Double Whammy pass, you can ride both Sierra and Northstar starting at $379 for the season.
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