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Sabbatical Notes II

courtesy of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Greetings and salutations, film nerds and nerdettes. As you well know, I’m still on my much-needed vacation, which means I’m working on my tan and taking swimming lessons from the Swedish bikini team. I don’t want to leave you, my loyal readers, without a little dose of the Reel so here’s a few film happenings to keep you satiated for the time being. Until next time, be bad and get into bikini-clad trouble baby.

Jet-Set Crowd

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

Jetset hosted a party on Americano's outdoor patio at the Embarcadero.

Jeff Silver, Wyeth Goodenough

Pass the Gravy Train

Oakland-based subversively sexy dance group Gravy Train!!!! has come out with a fab new album entitled All the Sweet Stuff which finds the brazen foursome just as crazy and crass as before, but with a decidedly more sophisticated sound. Here's their new video for the dance club-ready track "Club Situation."

The Ups and Downs of Cleavage

If you can get past today’s fog, you’ll recall we had one of those beautiful, balmy summer weekends in the city. It was finally hot, and everyone was out in their summer garb: flips flops, shorts, sundresses, and for better or worse cleavage was out in force everywhere.

A bunch of us were sitting outside having our morning coffee on Saturday catching up on the week’s antics. The guys were doing their best to carry on the conversation, but their Wimbledon-paced head-turning was making it challenging.

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Sweating it out: Hubert Keller DJs with Frenchy Le Freak

I've been thinking a lot about cooking shows and their hosts lately (in particular, for our upcoming August food issue—stay tuned and you’ll see why).

What makes someone so popular? What makes a show click?

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. 


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.


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