The Bay Area’s liberal politics extend beyond the Keen-sandal-wearing, Prius-driving hippies who run the city councils. There are also strong opinions about the way you should raise your children. Begin with a drug-free birth, carry your baby in a sling, and breast-feed and co-sleep until the kid goes to college. No television, no sugar, no plastic toys, and absolutely no spanking. Make all your own baby food using local organic produce, and don’t put anything on your child’s skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth.
Facebook is ruining my life. My boyfriend and I were fine until I figured out that his last girlfriend is a total FB whore who posts a new profile pic every week, constantly updates her overly accessible wall, and has 800 friends. It doesn’t help that she’s gorgeous. I know she’s made herself available to him again, though he declined. Dealing with that is challenging enough, but tracking her status is making me crazy. I visit her page way too often and sink into total insecurity every time. Help!
Dan Deacon is a tease. From his sound check to the music itself, the Baltimore-based analog wizard's first Noise Pop set was a glitchy glimpse into the restless mind of one of the best indie showmen travelling the country right now. Set up on the floor of the Independent, engulfed by eager fans' faces plastered with Cheshire Cat grins and testing his Vocoder and noodling on his equipment under the light of a glowing green skull, Deacon cracked jokes about Simon & Garfunkel tunes and braced the crowd (and himself) for his second show since Halloween.
With all the Italian restaurants continuing to open in San Francisco, I've been talking shop with some of the city's best chefs. Particularly, about dried pasta.
Should you think dried pasta is inferior product, think again. Dried pasta is used very specifically for preparations such as carbonara. No self-respecting Roman would be caught dead with a bowlful of carbonara made with anything else. It's a dish that calls for spaghetti with a backbone!
For those who thought all that new-fallen powder was gift enough, here's another Tahoe treat: 20% off a midweek stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, two complimentary drinks at the PlumpJack Bar and a complimentary breakfast each morning you stay.
Perhaps you should play hookey from work and make it an extended weekend after the Squaw Valley Prom? Just sayin.'
Run, don't walk to your nearest Bebe shop and suit up in a scandalously tight bandage dress for a night in the mountains at the Squaw Valley Prom on Saturday, Feb. 26 to benefit the High Fives Foundation and Biking For A Better World. Grab a tuxedo'ed date and compete in the prom's costume contest (Best 007 James Bond, Best Bond Girl, Best Bond Villain) for prizes, and keep yourself warm with Red Bull drinks and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
For the past ten years, hundreds of Bay Area artists worth their weight in art supplies have taken a seat at Southern Exposure's Monster Drawing Rally to furiously, brilliantly scribble and create original pieces in a live setting to raise money for the arts community's Artists in Education program. Once a piece is done, you can purchase it while it's still warm from the artist's hand.
Irreverent local monologuist Josh Kornbluth turns his considerable powers of pondering to Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century. Raised atheist by Marxist parents, Kornbluth reacted strongly when he first saw Warhol's 1980 exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. Commissioned by the museum to explore his unease on stage, Kornbluth developed his latest one-man show, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, turning his theatrical monocle on pop art, cultural Judaism, and what on god's green earth Warhol's motives were.
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