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Bubble and Scrape

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Former Dino Jr. member Lou Barlow and bandmates Eric Gaffney and Jason Lowenstein rocked out at the Great American Music Hall last Wednesday as Sebadoh. The trio came out with Sebadoh III last summer—a digitally remastered and expanded two CD rework of its 1991 album.


Noise Pop's FREEDM Night

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Noise Pop rolled right into its 15th anniversary last week at Mezzanine with a jam-packed line-up including Minneapolis natives Har Mar Superstar and Tapes 'n Tapes along with DJ Diabetic (artist Shepard Fairey) and host-comedian David Cross.

South of the South

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

David Dondero, whom NPR's "All Songs Considered" calls one of the best living songwriters, played in the Noise Pop Festival last Friday at The Fillmore.




Roky on a Roll

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Texan rocker Roky (pronouned "Rocky") Erickson sounded off at Noise Pop last Thursday with his band, The Explosives, to a full house at the Great American Music Hall. Back in the '60s, Roky and his then-band the 13th Floor Elevators played at SF's Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms. He's the subject of a documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me, named after the first hit recorded by Roky and his Elevators band.

Burgundy in the Big Apple



Along with a few of San Francisco’s top sommeliers like Rajat Parr (Michael Mina), Eugenio Jardim (Jardinière) and my wife Christie Dufault (Quince), I went to New York last weekend for the greatest Burgundy event in North America—La Paulée de New York.

Triple Shot to the Heart



Tuesday morning at the Market Street shop near Powell Street: When Starbucks becomes a parody of itself.

I wanted to ask Eric if he was joking.

Fashion Icon Vivienne Westwood

Last weekend, the de Young Museum opened a three-month long exhibition organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, "Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion."

According to the de Young, "Known best for her fearless nonconformity, [Vivienne Westwood] ... has a profound respect for the past and looks to it for inspiration. With tradition as her springboard, she takes historic garments such as corsets and crinolines and reinvents them in new ways or uses thoroughly British fabrics like tartans and tweeds to create fashion that gently parodies Establishment styles."

55th Annual Mardi Gras Ball

Last Friday, The Little Jim Club of California Pacific Medical Center (SF's oldest fundraising organization for pediatrics) held its Mardi Gras Ball at the St. Regis Hotel. The single-largest fundraiser, Barry Barsamian, was crowned king of the ball.

Bukovnik's Paradise Found

Caldwell Snyder Gallery opened a month-long exhibition of artist Gary Bukovnik's watercolors, featuring bursts of color in the form of rhododendrons, poppies, peonies and birds of paradise.


Karen Caldwell, Guest             Susan Deming, Gary Bukovnik, Susan Snyder

In the Bag: 49 SQ.MI.

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Forty-Nine Square Miles held an event last week showcasing its colorful, hand-crafted handbags and belts.


Alison Bethurem, Angela Swinderman
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