Last week nine graduating students from the Academy of Art University showed their fall 2012 collections at Lincoln Center. The air in the tents was the typical fashion week frisson; the palpable energy, the buzz of the “it” crowd, the flurry of producers attempting to control the politics of seating, while everyone air kisses before settling into position crossed limbed to leer, pout, and keep that camera poised. It's an atmosphere that captures the frivolity (and at times absurdity) of the fashion industry but once the lights dim and the first look hits the runway it’s all about the clothes.
Noise Pop could only look as far as its own backyard to get exactly what it wants: Raucous bands willing to cut it up on stage, kick over equipment and dominate with equal doses of feedback and catchy hooks. A ton of shows are sold out, but there are still radical shows going down that you won't have to pay an arm and a leg for via Craigslist (Imperial Teen, Thao, John Vanderslice and Two Gallants, we're lookin' at you).
Everyone talks about how inspiring San Francisco is, but not everyone walks the walk. Kelly Crispen, Proprietress of Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, took that inspiration and turned it into a beauty business where lip balm, lip gloss and lipsticks are named after the streets of San Francisco; they're also paraben-free and loaded with natural antioxidants.
1. Yelp Drinks Week: Just when your liver thought the Beer Week coast was clear, Yelp has launched another salvo with their annual week of 50% off cocktails, starring the "greatest hits" of some of SF's best bars. With 30 watering holes participating, choices abound, but a few of the drinks that caught our eye include the $5 Mikael's Moondance at 15 Romolo (white whiskey, apple-honey shrub, angostura bitters); the $5 Wry Rajah at Dosa on Fillmore (rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur, mango, chili); the $6.50 sage Sazerac at Fifth Floor; and $2.50 pints of Fat Tire at Hobson's Choice. The full list has even more great options. (Monday, February 27 - Sunday, March 4, various bars.)
The entire time we’re touring the University of San Francisco kitchen, which produces 4,000 meals a day for students and faculty, Fedele Bauccio holds my hand. It’s unconscious, but as he gets more excited—pointing out boxes of locally grown vegetables in the walk-in refrigerators and stopping at one of the food stations to taste the chile verde—his grip tightens.
I’ve been with my first serious boyfriend for nine months. Long story short, he’s still friends with many of his exes, which doesn’t bother me except for one girl. He frequently goes to her house to hang out with her brother, and he’s admitted she comes on to him and he brushes her off. She also texts him; just last week he asked me to check his phone for a message from his mom and I saw a text from her asking him to hang out because he’s so much more fun than her new boyfriend. FYI, I’ve also caught him sexting with another random girl on Facebook a few months back. He apologized, and I’m over that, but I don’t know how to handle his friendship with this ex. She lost her virginity to him and maybe that’s why she’s so stuck on him. He says she’s like a sister to him at this point. Should I just try to get past it or should I be more stern?
For 7x7 magazine's March Fashion Issue, we put on an over-the-top photo shoot at Ken Fulk's Peep Show gallery in SoMa. Take a peep behind the scenes at all the fab spring clothes and accessories, killer antiques and set design, and what it looks like to be a model for a day!
Yesterday, we gave you a rundown of Noise Pop's best rock shows that haven't sold out. Today, for all of you with beat- and bass-hungry ears, we're telling you which electronic shows and DJ sets you need to put on your radar. If you're up for the Craigslist hunt, then keep your eyes peeled for tickets to Porter Robinson and Matthew Dear.
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