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Africa in SF Soiree

Mireille Schwartz, granddaughter to East African Ugandan Diplomat Apollo Kironde, celebrated her birthday with festivities that kicked off at her home and then moved on to New Eritrea Restaurant. Youssou N'Dour's musicans, Baba Ken Okuolo and The Nigerian Brothers, played a private concert at the event.

Angela Holm_Jenny Thomas Mireille Schwartz Craig Lipton_Christopher Bently

Film Picks Straight from Murphy Hooker

Nanking; courtesy of THINKFilms

Film nerds and nerdettes, why don't you check out some of these groovy film picks happening in your 'hood. Don't forget to tune in next week for another installment of the Reel. Until next time, be bad and get into trouble baby.*

Film Happenings Round Town

•     The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Dir. Schnabel – Embarcadero

Tuna and Beans

My good friend—Sandro Rossi (former Oakland cafe owner, food and wine savant) from our porcini mushroom adventure—was kind enough to drop off a bag of caponi beans and some bottles of Da Capo wines from Italy. (Seriously, life is good.)

School Spirit

Wine classes in the city abound. You can learn about reds and whites in any number of places, from City College to the CCA to multitudes of smaller, private institutions. But if you wanted to learn about spirits and cocktails there has been no organized way to do that. Until now.

News Flash: Gimme Polaroid

courtesy of David Hammock

I’ve always been a fan of the Polaroid. I mean, is there anything more magical than the sort-of instant gratification of snapping an image and then waiting with baited breath as the various details of that image reveal themselves—beginning as ghost-like apparitions devoid of human detail and gradually becoming either a flattering or unflattering photo? If you ask me, the whole digital (camera) age has completely taken the suspense out of the “supermodel or not a supermodel?” verdict process that determines whether one will keep or discard a photo.

Top 7 A+E Picks of the Week

White Williams
photography by Andrew Strasser

Here are 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.    The Business of Being Born at the Red Vic Movie House
Rickie Lake is the executive producer of this moving documentary which examines childbirth in America.

2.    Be Kind Rewind out today

SF Opera Season Unveiling

The SF Opera Season for 2008-09 kicked off at the War Memorial Theater last week.

Virginia Ziegler_Alvin Ziegler Linda Kemper_David Gockley Tamara Wapinsky_Andrew Bidlack
Virginia & Alvin Ziegler             Linda Kemper, David Gockley  Tamara Wapinsky, Andrew Bidlack

Lupe Fiasco at the Fillmore

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago-based rapper Lupe Fiasco played the Fillmore on Sunday, January 13 in support of his critically acclaimed new album The Cool. LA-based hip hop artist Optimus opened the show.

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
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