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Sipping Sicily

While traveling in Sicily, it was hard not to think of wine director Shelley Lindgren and her restaurant A16. Shelley’s done more for the reputation and profile of Southern Italian wines than anyone in the city, perhaps the country. There are lots of regions you’ve never heard of, strange sounding grape varieties, wines with flavors and aromas like you’ve never experienced.

Fog and Flog

Sparkly fingernails and spicy mabo tofu at Genki.

Come on—let’s not pretend it’s going to be sunny forever. This is what I suggest you do when the fog rolls in.

SFCASA: Caring for Our Kids

SFCASA (SF court-appointed special advocates program) held its board of directors luncheon last week at the Bankers Club-Carnelian Room. Dennis Herrera, city attorney of SF, was the featured speaker and honoree.

According to, "The Board of Directors Luncheon is held annually to raise funds for SFCASA and to increase community awareness of the plight of San Francisco's abused and neglected children in foster care."

Quiet Riot

Riotwine founders Josh Duyan and Nathan Kennedy

This is what I hate about wine (or rather, some of the people that sell it/review it/drink it and make that bubbly noise in their mouth much too loudly and too often):

Descriptions like:

Teaspoon, Clouds and a Rich Wife

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

With three albums now under its belt, Seattle-based indie-rock band The Long Winters—whose latest album with songs entitled "Teaspoon," "Clouds," "Honest" and "Rich Wife" is "addictive listening" according to Spin magazine, headlined at The Independent on Saturday with West Indian Girl as the opener.

When the President Talks to God

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, indie trio Bright Eyes played to a sold-out audience at the Great American Music Hall last Friday. The group won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "When the President Talks to God," a diatribe against George W. Bush, at the 2006 PLUG Independent Music Awards.

Young Knives

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Indie pop-rock group The Young Knives worked the crowd at Popscene last Thursday as part of its world tour that includes shows in Austin, TX, for South by Southwest, New York, Boston and then a bunch more back in the homeland, the U.K.

Giddy Up

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

With more than 450 songs under its belt, The Mountain Goats had plenty to pull out of its proverbial hat at The Independent last Wednesday. Montreal's all-female pop band, Pony Up, shared the spotlight as the Goats' opening band.


MoAd Carnaval Gala

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) put on a first-anniversary gala celebration, Diaspora Carnaval: Celebrating Across Cultures, last Saturday at the Rotunda of City Hall.

Akiba Smith Harris        Annette Harris, Catherine Ennix    Vanessa Carlton, Stephan Jenkins

Snuggly Soiree

Face painters, the SF who's who, kids and ex-Giants baseball players all took part in the Getty's Snuggly Soiree, which raised funds for the UCSF Children's Hospital Teddy Bear Rescue Fund, founded by Dr. Richard Glogau and wife Pam Baj Glogau.

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