"I wanted to make maps gorgeous, seductive, delicious, and beautiful again,” says author Rebecca Solnit, whose 13th book, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (UC Press) will be released in November. “Cartography used to be both an art and a science. I wanted to return to that.” Solnit’s career up to this point—she has authored books on topics as diverse as human response to disaster, getting lost, and wanderlust—prepared her to create an atlas that maps her specific experience with the city she has called home her entire adult life. Solnit collaborated with 27 writers, cartographers, designers, researchers, and artists to create 22 full-color maps that offer whimsical, insightful views of the city, along with essays that expand on the sometimes-surprising juxtapositions within.
One map, titled “Monarchs and Queens,” shows butterfly habitats alongside queer public spaces.
Bloody but Never Broken, Sarah Butler Relives the Infamous Day of the Woman with 'I Spit on Your Grave'
The first time Sarah Butler read the script for I Spit on Your Grave, Steven R. Monroe’s tense, unrelenting remake of the notorious 1980 rape-and-revenge thriller Roger Ebert deemed “a vile bag of garbage, reprehensible and contemptible,” she made an urgent call to her manager.
“I’d auditioned for it, but when I saw the script I decided to skip the callback,” says Butler, 25, best known for one-off appearances on CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. “All the nudity, violence, graphic rape scenes – normally, my manager is very protective of me, but he asked me to read it again, so I did. He said it could be the role of a lifetime, and I tried to look at it from that perspective.”
One glance at our calendar made something very clear, there's much too much happening this week to keep it all to ourselves. So strap on your walking heels and get ready for some serious fall shopping:
Vivienne Westwood x Lee Launch Party, Thurs. from 6-9 p.m., 320 Grant Ave., Free: Get first dibs on the iconic British designer's latest Anglomania x Lee denim along with free drinks and tunes from the people behind the ridiculously popular Smiths Night SF.
Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.
I was recently in Denver for an immersion class in the wines of New Zealand. The wineries had initially gotten together to send a group of sommeliers to New Zealand for the weekend, but when that didn't work out, they decided to bring New Zealand to us—in Denver! The obvious choice. What I learned on this trip is that the people are great, the food and music are fun and that the wines can be very good but still have a long way to go. Kiwi invasion you ask? Don't trade in your Burgundies just yet, but the winemakers of New Zealand are working hard to make some good stuff.
Here are the wines that I think are great right now.
Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007 ($20) is one of the first great wines from New Zealand. This wine is like white Burgundy but softer and ready to drink on release.
Known for captivating choreography in unconventional spaces, Lizz Roman hits Danzhaus this weekend, sending her dancers on another athletic trawl through the halls and stairways of the sometimes nightclub in Potrero.
Bars specializing in only one kind of spirit have recently been sprouting up around the country. Liquor.com rounded up the best specialty joints in the nation, and our very own Nihon Whisky Lounge on Folsom Street made the list. If you're a fan of Scotch, the bar offers more than 200 single malts from Scotland, plus blends and whiskies from around the planet, all available by either the taste, glass or bottle.
Last week, we asked you to nominate your favorite San Francisco-based charities. And here they are (in the order they were nominated) - over 60 inspiring organizations helping to support our community and make the Bay Area one of the best places to live on the planet.
Looking forward to the Prop 19 vote in November, the New York Times Magazine profiled the new San Francisco Patient and Resource Center (SPARC) as the new face of pot clubs last Friday. The chic newcomer, which Curbed describes as "a swank boutique hotel meets a West Elm store," is a far cry from the shadowy sketchiness often associated with these types of joints (there are 24 licensed dispensaries in San Francisco).
Music: Broken Bells and Van Morrison
Power alt rock/indie duo Broken Bells—Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and The Shins' lead James Mercer—has been tearing it up on the music scene since their self-titled debut album release earlier this year. Rolling Stone even flagged the cd "the year's coolest left field pop disc" and they've been on perpetual repeat at the 7x7 offices. You want tickets to this one. $30; Tuesday 10/5; The Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, apeconcerts.com. But, if cutting-edge, new music isn't your scene, you can always splurge on an oldie but goody. Van Morrison's making a stop in SF. Start singing "Brown Eyed Girl" now. $84+; Friday 10/8; Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., livenation.com
Get this: The best Heidi (the wholesome one) getup on the "Alpine runway" this Thursday at Justin Herman Plaza wins tickets to Switzerland. We hear it's kinda pretty there, so you'd better accessorize with a goat to win over the judges, which include Hooman from the morning show of Alice 97.3.
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