After reporting on the publishing experiments turning up around San Francisco, we asked the city’s writers what they’re reading these days, and they were happy to share. Look for Required Reading every week.
Douglas McGray has a voracious appetite for all things media--and the unexpected. McGray brings stories to life (on stage) as editor in chief of Pop-Up Magazine. The New America Foundation fellow also contributes to The New Yorker, This American Life, and, of course, the Twitterverse.
Project Night Night: Delivering Packages Filled with Blankets, Stuffed Animals and Books to Shelters
A few weeks ago you voted Project Night Night, an organization that assembles and delivers packages filled with new blankets, stuffed animals and books to homeless and domestic violence shelters as one of your seven favorite charities in the city. Congrats to Project Night Night! They'll be receiving a $700 gift from us for the holidays for their great work in the city.
If you’ve never seen rival gangs bust out the jazz hands at a dance-off to prove their turf dominion, you really need to check out West Side Story. (This kind of thing definitely doesn’t go down on The Wire.) A revival of the hoodlum-rumbling, game-changing 1957 musical about a lower-class Romeo and a Puerto Rican Juliet in New York City comes to San Francisco with all the verve - if not quite the shock - of the original.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Prospect's Happy Hour: The hip new spot from the Boulevard team is now offering a happy hour-- a great way to sample the fare, as well as the concoctions of mixologist extraordinaire Brooke Arthur (formerly of Range). Sip a coca-tea-infused pisco sour, a glass of the draft wine, or a selected beer for $5, and nosh on bites like fried oysters and pig trotter "tots" with aioli for $4-5. (Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm, at Prospect, 300 Spear St., SOMA.)
We always hit up La Boutique when we're in the mood for a unique fashion confection, but tomorrow gives us an even better reason to stop by. First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and funny girl Margaret Cho will be there to celebrate Jennifer's documentary, Miss Representation, and it's not just any party.
Amanda Hesser in Conversation with Celia Sack
Should you have the scratch to splurge on one food event this week, let it be this one. Amanda Hesser, Times food writer and author of the massive new New York Times Cookbook, will be speaking with Omnivore Books owner Celia Sack on "The Art of Food Writing." Tickets are $100, and Daniel Patterson of Coi will be preparing the snacks. The event will be held on November 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Women's Building, and you can purchase your tickets right here.
Home Movies: Adam Sandler's Regressive Foray into Adulthood, Michael Cera's Bruising Video-Game Romance
Based on an original story by Adam Sandler and former Saturday Night Live writer Fred Wolf, Grown Ups contains not a single imaginative minute. It is as lazily conceived as anything Sandler has done.
But it must have been a blast to make. Judging by the fact that Sandler and his fellow SNL alum, with King of Queens star Kevin James gamely filling in for the late Chris Farley, spend so much time laughing at their own jokes, we might reasonably suspect something funny is afoot. Just try and find it.
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