Take note, people of unbridled ambition. This is the new career path to fame:
1) Make a series of web videos DIY-style.
2) Make them irresistibly funny.*
3) Post them on YouTube with little regard for future employment.
4) Wait a year or two.
5) Watch them inexplicably go viral.
Hotel restaurants have some serious handicaps in San Francisco, a town where chef-owned establishments are what people often consider to be the true restaurants around here. Serving great food isn't quite enough. You need to see the owner's blood, sweat and tears in the woodwork.
It's fall, which means you're back from your summer shenanigans and ready for action....right? Kick your brain back into gear with these fall classes around town.
Making Aged Cheeses @ 18 Reasons: Maybe you've made fresh milk cheeses at home before, but here's some next level knowledge–how to make aged and deliciously stinky cheeses on your very own countertop. Taught by Louella Hill, you'll learn all that and proper aging and storing, the ins and outs of making blue cheese, the nature of molds, and how different strains taste. Yum! Class starts Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-8 pm. Get tickets per class, or tickets for a series of classes.
Re-Animate and Reconstruct Your Wardrobe @ Workshop: Everyone knows back-to-school is all about getting new clothes! Well instead of new clothes, try reinvigorating those neglected items crowding your closet! You'll breathe new life into clothes that don't fit or items that are missing that certain something-something. Just bring in 3 to 6 articles of clothing in need of a makeover, and teacher Nicole Stevenson will show you how to work your magic. Sept. 13, 7:30-10:30 pm. Sign up here.
Call it the Yoko Ono effect, but the husband/wife rock ‘n’ roll tag team has long been an endangered species, as if to be married in life and song were a surefire way to career and personal carnage. But boldly and perhaps blinded by the love, a few musical couples march forth without regard for the sometimes-toxic business/pleasure tonic. And a few do it with such astounding vigor and energy that it reinstills a bit of faith in the quasi-Faustian bargain.
Last week, our friends Grant Marek (above), editor of Thrillist SF, and Elliot Tomaeno (below), director of communications at Enloop, received mini makeovers to preview the new "Geek-IS-Chic" lounge at this year's Styling the Modern Man (Thursday, 9/15).
Next Thursday, STMM atendees will be invited to watch as local tech hot-shots undergo similar transformations, and get decked out in the latest Levi's duds.
SPUR Reclaim Market Street exhibit
We've heard a lot about cleaning up Market Street for the better. Hence, SPUR's (The Studio for Urban Projects) latest exhibition and series of events. If you're committed to reclaiming this historic space, check out the exhibit and take part in the organization's corresponding "interventions" that discuss how the local community can better take advantage of sidewalks, plazas, and streets.
When: Tues. 9/6 – January 6, 2012
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission St.
Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Dinner
Everyone is talking about it. graffEats and Noise Pop are at it again with their Covers dinners. This week, it's a culinary tribute to French pop icon Serge Gainsbourg. Noise Pop pairs a thematic cover song with each of chef Blair Warsham's six signature dishes. Thursday's dinner is already sold-out. If you're lucky, you can still snag a ticket for Wednesday. Beg, plead, and sing your way in.
When: Wed. 9/7 and Thurs. 9/8
Where: A secret SoMa destination that will be disclosed to ticket holders only
Stage Werx Theatre's "All Atheists Are Muslim" A Compelling Look at Cultural Divides in Danville, CA
Zahra is moving in with a man. Something that would be perfectly acceptable to her Muslim parents, as long as he isn’t white, an atheist, or her boyfriend. When they learn he’s all of these things, consequences bombard Zahra with all the subtlety of irate heat-seeking missiles.
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 hit the big time. Check out which bands made the San Francisco cut on popchips' SF facebook page, and vote for your favorite tracks.
Every single download counts as a vote for that band, and on September 12th, the four bands with the most downloads from each city will advance to the semi-finals and win $500 cash prize as well as a "pop up live kit" to help them create their own unique pop up live concert. So cast your vote for the local band you think is going to be the next big thing!
And for this week's popchips pop culture pop quiz we're paying homage to Bay Area-bred bands who have made it big time. (Every week this summer we're testing your local knowledge with SF Pop Culture Pop Quizzes. Follow and tweet to @popchips and @popchipsSF for your chance to win a...wait for it...month's supply of popchips.)
Here's this week's question:
San Francisco is a brunch-lover's paradise (with the long lines to prove it), so it's no surprise that many of us enjoy kicking off a Sunday-morning repast with the tomatoey hangover helper known as the Bloody Mary. There are plenty of classic spots to snag one of these tasty treats in the city, from Zeitgeist to Zuni Cafe. (The Bold Italic even created a full rundown of the city's most beloved bloodies, along with diagrams of what's in 'em.) But given SF's concentration of mixology masters, the Bloody Mary recipe has remained somewhat sacrosanct: tomato juice, lemon, Worcestershire, horseradish. Experimentation? We'll save it for dinnertime, thanks.
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