Sunglasses designed in California and made in Italy. Nice. And for a second dose of niceness, for every pair purchased, Shauns Shades gives a pair of glasses to someone suffering from visual challenges. Shauns Shades' mission is simple: to support, empower, and help solve the problem of visual impairment and eliminate blindness, one cool frame at a time.
Today, September 28
Chef Kenny Hockert, owner of Old World Food Truck, is throwing a non-kosher Rosh Hashanah feast at La Victoria Bakery in the Mission. To celebrate the Jewish New Year starting at 7:30 p.m., Hockert is making gefilte fish, beef kreplach, roasted chicken, latkes, sautéed greens with squash and leeks, and spiced honey cake. Tickets are $35, and drinks are BYOB. 2937 24th St. (at Alabama)
Friday, September 30
Whether it’s Burning Man, a road trip through Nevada’s Great Basin, or the Grand Canyon, I always have the same response to the vastness of the desert. That is, an overwhelming wave of existential anxiety that soon recedes to pure awe over the landscape. Those not as sensitive as me, however, can skip right to the reverence at Red Mountain Resort, a serene outpost in southwestern Utah built to look like it sprung from the sandstone that surrounds it. A long weekend here will do wonders to clear the cobwebs from mind and body.
I hooked up with someone, everything went well, and in the morning he left before I woke up. But he left a pair of prescription glasses behind. I want to return them, but he isn't answering my texts. Do I write it off as his loss? Do I hold on to the glasses in case he decides to come back for them?
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.
The Great SF Read-Out
Saturday, October 1, 7 pm, at Amnesia (853 Valencia St.)
This week marks Banned by the Bay, SF's celebration of the nationwide Banned Books Week, and in a show of support for previously banned literary classics, local writers and artists are encouraged to take the stage during this open-mic performance at Amnesia. BATS Improv, Word for Word's Patricia Silver, and other local luminaries will perform, and Will Franken and Doug Sweetland will team up to create their own banned book with the help of the audience. Can't make the event? There's also a lecture on banned books at the Booksmith on Wednesday, and a banned book swap at Heart on Friday.
Band press releases get dumped in my email inbox every morning, afternoon and evening. Sadly most of them can either be categorized as thoroughly obnoxious (like those of Wavves), or straight up forgettable. Not the ones having anything to do with legendary sludge metallers Weedeater. Don't confuse them with the nation's preeminent brand of mowers, blowers and trimmers; these stoned Southern gents periodically light up my days with semi-annual reports of insane on-tour injuries, like when vocalist-bassist "Dixie" Dave Collins literally shot himself in the foot earlier this year with his favorite shotgun by accident.
Been working too hard? Lose your blues this Friday at the Metreon, where Paramount Pictures will host a free sneak preview of Craig Brewer's Footloose remake, starring Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up), Julianne Hough (Burlesque) and Dennis Quaid. Following the screening, fans can share their reactions on Twitter using the hashtag #Footloose.
TV on the Radio
Free forming TV on the Radio is still touring to promote their latest album Nine Types of Light, which has already garnered lots of praise. The show is not yet sold-out (surprise!), and local sensations Thee Oh Sees are opening. Get thee to the Fox tonight!
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
This SF band is a personal favorite. WIN TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S SHOW (by leaving a comment below), where the band will surely debut new material from their first full-length album Invitation.
When: 9 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.
This coming weekend will be the third and final in a series of local Oktoberfest celebrations and the biggest of the fests will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Pier 48.
Oktoberfest by the Bay has been rated as one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations in the US. It boasts two alternating bands - the 20 piece Chico Bavarian Band and The Internationalists. The Oakland Nature Friends Schuhplattler dance group will perform traditional Bavarian and Austrian folk dance and there will be typical German dainties like sausages and pork cutlets. The festival hosts will be pouring enough Spaten to convince even the skeptics that the chicken dance is genius.
While you might all be thinking about this glorious Indian summer day. I'm sitting here wringing my hands about the impending winter—specifically the 2012 Big Eat, our annual 100-things-you-have-to-eat-or-drink-before-you-die bucket list. Though it might not be on the newstands until late January 2012, I have to get it done in the next month or so. This is the life of print.
Luckily, the internet allows me the immediate satisfaction of culling your suggestions right now for what dishes you think should be included in the upcoming Big Eat. For 2011's list, there were 30 new dishes added (such as these completely addictive garlic pretzels with cheese sauce that I discovered one night at Absinthe). And thus, 30 subtracted to make room.
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