The word is out—this month, the much-anticipated San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema theater opens the doors to its state-of-the-art, 143-seat facility in Japantown. It’s the first time in the film society’s 54-year history that it’s had a permanent home for films, classes, and events. The modern building flaunts THX-certified surround sound and perfect sight lines that ensure a full acoustic and visual experience.
Our sister magazine SPIN and popchips have teamed up to support local bands through an initiative called popup live, a fan-driven competition designed to expose new music. Beginning this morning, they've published over 250 free tracks from bands in five cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco) that popchips and Spin think are poised to make it big. Check out which bands made the San Francisco cut on popchips' SF facebook page, and vote for your favorite tracks.
Photos: VIP launch of Dean & DeLuca’s new wine site—Your California Wine Source—with Distillery 209 Gin
On August 11th, famed fine food purveyors Dean & DeLuca introduced their latest venture, Your California Wine Source—a site that makes searching and procuring wine an easily completed task.
The event was extremely well attended by industry notables, including Dean & DeLuca proprietor and restaurateur Leslie Rudd, Dean & DeLuca wine director Kerrin Laz, and a variety of winemakers and proprietors from the region’s most sough-after wineries. Guests enjoyed new wine offerings, Distillery No. 209 gin cocktails, and delicious food prepared by Chef Stephen Rogers at the PRESS Restaurant in St. Helena.
It's tough for me to go to places that aren't new or trendy—especially places that I've already been to. My job is to try out the restaurants that are hot off the press and report back. It honestly doesn't leave time for much else.
So, for better or for worse, I don't get back to old standbys very often, or places I've been. But last week, I chose to do just that. I had dinner plans with my friends Sona and Cecilia. Cecilia Chiang might in her 90s with a hard-earned Wikipedia entry, but she can hang at pretty much any restaurant—whether it be loud and boistrous or calm and serene. Personally, my 40-year-old self needed an infusion of the latter, so I chose Kiss Seafood as our dinner destination.
Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.
David Lebovitz (The Sweet Life in Paris)
Tuesday, August 30th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)
One of Atlanta's finest MCs, Young Jeezy, drops by the Mezzanine tomorrow night with cohort and collaborator Freddie Gibbs. One has occupied mainstream consciousness for years, and the latter is as up-and-coming as they get–both are hungry to tell their stories, which'll make for a firestorm on stage.
Four industry professionals—and one connoisseur—take a sip and a sniff of some of the Bay Area's finest coffees and declare a top dog.
San Francisco has always been a coffee town. Around 1900, one of the Hills brothers invented the vacuum tin here, drastically improving the freshness of beans. In 1966, Alfred Peet kicked off the coffee roasting movement in America from his little shop in Berkeley. After that though, SF coffee took a back seat to cities such as Seattle and Portland. But those days are over. Audacious roasters like Ritual, Four Barrel, and Blue Bottle have put the Bay Area back on the map, leading some critics to claim it may be America's new premier coffee capital.
My little brother just graduated from school and is about to start working. I wanted to buy him a professional looking briefcase for his birthday -- maybe something a little more unique than what they sell at Macy's. Any suggestions? -Aaron S.
I've received a some great style questions from readers and thought I'd address this one with a post. I really believe everyone should have a durable, quality bag that they truly love. For professional men, that's likely to be their briefcase, and a great briefcase is hard to find.
For this edition of Scenes of the City we tagged along for the fourth week of BART protests in downtown SF. The protesters stayed out of the paid area of the BART stations until they made their way to the Embarcadero. In the Embarcadero Station, one man crossed over to the paid area. Two arrests were made over the evening.
S.F.-based zozi might be worth checking out the next time you want to challenge yourself by pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
The startup offers experiences like hang-gliding, mountain biking, or abalone diving. There are also more prosaic options, like tennis, golf or cooking lessons.
“We are the go-to place for high-quality experiences,” says founder and CEO T.J. Sassani, whose inspiration for the company came when he encountered bull sharks while diving in Australia a few years back.
“At that moment, I suddenly realized there was nothing to fear – the sharks couldn’t care less about me – and I decided to try and make these kinds of experiences easier for other people to have.”
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