It's time to pay our respects to the late, great F. Warren Hellman, who passed away after battling lung cancer this past weekend. He's the bluegrass-loving billionaire who poured his fortune into the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park and became a crucial force in keeping Slim's, Great American Music Hall and Berkeley's Freight & Salvage thriving.
Today, Dec. 21
Chef Kenny Hockert of Old World Food Truck will be serving a Hanukkah pop-up dinner at La Victoria Bakery starting at 5:30 and 8:15 p.m. At the $40 dinner ($20 for kids), expect latkes, sufganiyot, Hanukkah doughnuts, corned beef with rye bread pudding and braised sauerkraut, and matzo ball soup, along with a menorah lighting and music. It's BYOB (no corkage fee), so bring your Manischewitz. 2937 24th St.
Thursday, Dec. 22
For all the imitations and parodies it has inspired since its debut at New York’s Globe Theater on Dec. 20, 1946 – appropriately, a special screening for charity, one day before the movie’s official premiere – Frank Capra's yuletide classic remains one of America’s most enduring seasonal staples. Not bad for a family drama dismissed by critics of its day as sentimental slop, and all but ignored by moviegoers: It’s a Wonderful Life was the 26th highest-grossing picture of 1947, just ahead of another holiday offering, Miracle on 34th Street.
Come holiday shopping, you mean business. And post-holidays, when retailers have their deepest sales, shopping isn't a pastime; it's an art. If this is you, your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad can guide and entertain you with Snapette, a new location-based photo-sharing shopping app. With GPS technology, Snapette allows users and retailers to share current finds and inventory and where to get it, right there, right then.
In a year that saw Bay Area bands breathlessly releasing album after album, song after song (and we're not talking "quantity over quality" here) and backing it all up with show after show, we almost had a brain hemmorhage attempting to narrow it down to a paltry eight (in no particular order) that shredded our headphones and tattooed themselves onto our noggins. But these are the spine-bending decisions we must make here at 7x7. What excellence will arrive in 2012? It's almost too scary to think about.
What started as a walnut orchard in 1967 has become a unique winery located halfway between the towns of Napa and Yountville. Silenus is home to a collection of artisan winemakers who create some of Napa Valley’s most sought after boutique wines. Come join us for a tasting to sample their wines. We are positive you’ll find these handcrafted varietals to be exquisite and entirely pleasurable.
There are too many craft beers to choose from, even when narrowing the choices down to just this season’s beers. So it’s a complicated yet still welcome dilemma to face: What beer to take to a holiday party?
This year, while everyone rushes for the city, do something different and ring in the new year in Napa or Sonoma with these midnight champagne toasts, rocking DJs, concerts, and balloon-filled ballrooms:
Scanning the local concert calendars on this particular pre-Christmas week is usually a good way to find some of the hardest working musicians in the game. There’s a certain amount of dedication required to brave the winter road, away from home and family. It’s also a great time to find local acts squeezing in gigs while home for the holidays. Here we are again, at the end of December in 2011, with dependable examples of both, five of which make us especially grateful for this calendarian coup de tat.
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