There’s something vaguely Cobainian about San Francisco’s latest prodigal punk son gone national, Ty Segall. Perhaps it’s all on the surface — the stringy blond hair covering his face, his nihilistic, alyrical groan, his haphazard yet taut soloing. But there’s a certain grunginess to his band’s aesthetic, also a nuts ‘n’ bolts alignment of guitar, bass and drums. All of it begged a certain question: were we watching something special on Saturday night at The Independent? Was this what it was like to see Bleach-era Nirvana in a Seattle club in the mid-‘90s, when all that mattered was the channeling of angst?
As print journalism struggles to stay afloat against the tsunami tide of the Internet, where thousands of new bloggers seem born every day, how can newspapers – even one as firmly entrenched as The New York Times – sustain their classic business model?
The simple answer: They can’t, not without adapting to the culture of cyberspace, which has opened to the outspoken masses avenues of communication once navigated only by a professional few. Perhaps no one other than Brian Stelter better represents the Gray Lady’s mission to bridge the chasm dividing traditional, print-based journalism from its online competition.
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Pick up your paddle in support of 40 years of ping pong diplomacy. Watch some of the sport's original players as well as today's champions in action, and hear their thoughts on the table tennis legacy.
When: 2 p.m., Tues. 7/5
Where: SF Public Library's Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Anaïs Mitchell and Bhi Bhiman
Have a chill night with these two musicians, and expect everything from acoustic guitar to folk-country duets.
When: 9 p.m., Wed. 7/6
Where: Slim's, 333 11th St.
Escape from the summer sun and cool off in the menagerie of handcrafted clothing, accessories, home decor and stuff for everyday life found at this year's Renegade Craft Fair, which comes to Fort Mason this weekend. Finally, the creme de la creme of crafty creatives from the Bay Area will be all under one roof for one heck of a weekend shopping spree.
Public Bikes 1 Year Anniversary Party in South Park: Raffles, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Bike Races & More
As the city's bike lanes have filled up with adorable Public Bikes, I've gotten more and more jealous that I'm not riding one myself. In honor of the SF-based company's first birthday, I think it's finally time for me to strap on a helmet and give their wheels a go. And boy, is it going to be a party.
Looking to take refuge from the weekend traffic in the air-conditioned confines of a darkened theater? Check out the best of this summer's indie fare – including Bride Flight, Twin Sisters director Ben Sombogaart's award-winning epic romance – now playing at San Francisco's venerable arthouse cinemas, and enjoy your Fourth of July safely, merrily and with a hefty helping of holiday BBQ.
1. Page One: Inside the New York Times
Where: Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., 415-751-3213
When: All Week
7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email email@example.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
Dress up your Fourth of July hot dogs and brats with Show Dogs' pickle relish. Their recipe makes a spicy, tangy condiment--enough for 20 dogs in all.
3 cups half-sour pickles, diced small
2/3 cup sweet onions, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
Remember those pickles from Vlasic with the smiling stork on the front? Well you can forget about them. Pickles may be everywhere in San Francisco right now, but they're way outside the bread-and-butter box. Think pickled baby green tomatoes, turmeric-pickled cauliflower, cabbage in chili paste, or any of the thirty something other pickles Nick Balla will rotate into the dedicated pickle section on the menu at Bar Tartine. He's not the only one up to his elbows in brine these days. Hayes Valley's new Boxing Room has a pickle section on its menu too. And Danny Bowien is serving pickled peanuts to the masses at his flagrantly popular Mission Chinese Food. Why pickles? And why now? Balla thinks the pickle movement springs from a collective new openness to more ethnic flavors in slightly higher end restaurants. After talking to a slew of chefs around town about their best pickle practices, I'd have to agree.
A mainstay on the chichi stretch of Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for the past 9 years, International Orange still has the same allure as it did when it first opened. It's an urban oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood and offers two types of yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, peels, and waxing. If you haven't been already, it's about time you go check it out.
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