The docs are in, and the prognosis is promising. Starting today, SF IndieFest's 10th Documentary Festival, a two-week celebration of the world's most penetrating filmmakers and their latest offerings, takes over the Roxie Theater and the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. Here's a look at what's on tap.
1. Heavy Metal Picnic
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., 415-863-1087
When: Oct. 15, 17
As the food editor for 7x7, I eat and drink too much to not share all my discoveries with you. Every Thursday, come here to read about the best things I've consumed this week.
I finally got to the relatively new Taste Tea on Octavia Street in Hayes Valley—a charcoal-grey box of modern serenity opened by Rebecca Cheung and Vincent Fung. The husband-and-wife team have clearly poured their hearts into this. Not only can you get tea served in the traditional fashion, but they have little pork buns and sweet treats made for them by a traditional Chinese baker. The wheat bun with a swirl of red bean paste is a soft, comforting little bite. It's perfect paired with a cup of Iron Goddess oolong. For those of you used to a wincingly strong Four Barrel coffee and a sugary Dynamo donut, this is going to feel like getting a spa treatment.
As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another.
Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.
On Tuesday, Bi-Rite Market's Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough are releasing their first cookbook Eat Good Food (Ten Speed Press). In it, they talk about how Brussels sprouts (roasted, sauteed, or raw and thinly sliced) are one of the most popular veggies in the deli case. Their Brussels Sprout Salad with Pistachios and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette gently wilts the leaves and is great solo or accompanied by pork chops, roast chicken, or game meat. When you're at the store or farmers market, avoid the big sprouts, and remember, write Mogannam and Gough, that "the smaller the sprout, the sweeter and more tender it will be."
Argus Lounge, near where Mission meets Valencia, has a serious love affair with portraits of the Last Supper. We've photographed the corner in this dark bar for you to get the full scope of their obsession. I bet if you walked in the bar wanting to donate a depiction of the Last Supper, they'd hang it on their walls...but don't quote us on that.
One thing you can quote us on is that they make great Bloody Mary's on weekends. For $6, you can sip on a pint glass full vodka, spicy Bloody Mary goodness and a ton of their own homemade pickled vegetables. Not to mention their ever-changing seasonal cocktail menu that won't set you back more than $8 a pop.
If it sometimes seems like Facebook has taken over the world, the most recent report from Nielsen on social media usage in the U.S. provides lots of evidence for that belief.
Americans are spending over 50 billion minutes on Facebook a month, which is more than three times as many minutes as on the second leading website, Yahoo, and over four times as much as on Google.
Women dominate that usage time, accounting for 62 percent of all page views at Facebook, and Millennials (ages 18-34) have the highest concentration of visitors there and at most social media sites among all the age groups.
“Social media’s popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch or buy,” stated the report. “Whether it’s a brand icon inviting consumers to connect with a company on LinkedIn, a news ticker promoting an anchor’s Twitter handle, or an advertisement asking a consumer to “like” a product on Facebook, people are constantly being driven to social media.”
Erika M. Anderson seems like the type of friend who will sit you down, look you in the eye, slap you in the face, buy you a shot of whiskey and tell you to stop being such a freaking coward. At least that’s the sense we get after seeing the Oakland-based artist’s latest project EMA, an alternately raw and complex band, much like her adopted city. Her musical ethos is, in a word, confrontational.
Two bicycles, ten ODC performers, and multiple MUNI trains meet in Trolley Dances, a yearly event that sends local dancers into the wilds of the San Francisco transportation system.
Different sections of Transit, KT Nelson’s new full-company piece for ODC, will be staged on specially-made bicycles that are slow to the point of immobility. (Insert inevitable MUNI joke here.) Set to music by Nico Muhly, Transit explores common spaces and common good and how we get around in both.
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