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Gourmet Dating

I’m pretty sure I might be single for life, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to meeting new people—of course, you won’t find me online dating any time soon (not that there’s anything wrong with it). So when I was offered a chance to attend Gourmet Dating with Parties That Cook last Sunday, I snapped it up.


Turning up the heat

The Future is Now

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

English new-rave trio Klaxons (see Hayley's blog Space is The Place) played their fervent brand of electronic-infused dance punk at the Great American Music Hall Wednesday, July 11. 

KLAXONS



7 Questions with <i>Trainspotting</i> Director Danny Boyle

Director Danny Boyle has covered it all: druggies in Trainspotting, enlightenment in Millions, zombies in 28 Days Later and in his latest cinematic work he tackles astronauts venturing to the sun in Sunshine.

Boyle has long been one of my favorite directors, always tackling gritty subjects, loading his movies up with smart dialog, the big screen always full of surprises. He is a fearless director, never afraid to try something new.

If you have never seen any of Danny Boyle's flicks, here’s a list of my faves.

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Tones of Metal

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Sacramento-based alt-metal group Deftones played the Warfield Theater to a packed crowd Monday, July 2. Japanese rock act Dir en grey and prog-rockers the Fall of Troy opened the show.

THE DEFTONES

Cocoa-Crazy



I’m making (eating is more like it) my way through Fort Mason. First it was the Slow Food event, next was Pinot Days and just this past weekend was the Chocolate Salon—the first major chocolate show to take place on the West Coast in years.

History of Lust


courtesy of the Bancroft Library at Berkeley

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease


Flight Essentials: Pedigreed Peaches

I’ve been meaning to recount this story for a few weeks now, ever since I returned from Alaska. You know how flying can be the most terrible, soul-sucking, depressing experiences ever? And you know how terrible it is to watch poor souls jockeying for the precious few amenities offered by the bankrupt airlines?

Gary Farrell Sighting

I went up to Healdsburg for the 25th anniversary dinner for Gary Farrell winery. Gary Farrell, the winery, if you don't know, is one of the top, top producers of Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It's one of my faves. But Gary Farrell, the man, is also famously reclusive and shy. He never leads tours of the winery, never shows up to tastings and, generally, makes no appearances.

Though there are pictures of him here and there, I've always questioned whether or not the image in the photos was really Mr. Farrell or just some actor that they got to pose as him. I even began to question whether he even existed or if the idea of this reclusive winemaking genius was just a clever marketing ploy.
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