Liquor.com's Spirited Supper Series, which held its inaugural tasting event last week at Beretta (featuring mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald and lots of rum), is now headed to Jardinière. The September 2nd event will feature libations by Jardinière master mixologist Brian MacGregor paired with Traci des Jardins' signature French and California hybrid cuisine.
Alice Waters and local nonprofit Garden for the Environment have been hard at work at Levi's Workshop on Valencia Street. They've been designing up art for Edible Schoolyards, her Chez-Panisse Foundation-helmed project that aims to get kids dirty in the garden and foster a sustainable food mentality from an early age. The poster design will help to brand Edible Schoolyard projects around the country. Head out to Levi's Workshop this Friday to see the unveiling!
You've done your time at the Mint and the Silver Cloud, but now it's time for the big leagues. American Idol auditions are going down this Thursday at AT&T Park. Pre-registration is happening now (tables opened at 7 am this morning and will remain open until Thursday at 8 am) so chug some lemon tea and honey and get yourself down there for judgement day.
Mojo Bicycle Cafe, the Divisadero bike shop and cafe known for awesome coffee (they serve De La Paz and Ritual) and great outdoor seating (they were a Best of the Day 2010 pick), has been venturing into the dinner arena for the past few weeks now with a Monday Night Supper Club, featuring local chefs cooking up prix fixe dinners on their nights off. Tonight, the Supper Club continues with guests chefs James Lalonde and Joe McColgan, vets of Pizzeria Delfina, Town Hall, Fish & Farm and Bacar kitchens.
Wait...is that...the sun?!? Phoenix parted the clouds at the Main Stage, delivering a performance that seemed to be the universal highlight of Sunday's Outside Lands. These Frenchies (anyone spot Sofia Coppola in the crowd?) are a damn good live band. Can't beat "1901" in a sunny Golden Gate Park. And they opened with "Lisztomania." Solid.
So...a lot of people were hating on Al Green as a choice for a Sunday main-stage performance. But, c'mon, it's Al Green and "I'm So Tired of Being Alone" and "Love and Happiness" are some of the greatest songs of all time. Al showed Outside Lands that he's still got it in the soul and passion department, treating the crowd to his all time greatest hits as well as welcome covers of The Temptations, Roy Orbison and Otis Redding.
In case you've been wondering, it's true. This girl's got talent. And she can dance. Rocking her signature tuxedo and crooner hair style, the 25 (!) year-old buddy of Outkast's Big Boi showed Sunday's Outside Lands crowd what all the hype's about (although she unfortunately started late due to a delayed flight). Check out the beginning of her set below.
The Strokes, Saturday's headliner, were a crowd-pleaser, playing pretty much the entirety of their 2001 opus Is This It. The group, who has been on an unofficial hiatus for the last few years, is slated to release a new album in 2011. Julian Casablancas reminded us why we like these guys so much, sending off the Outside Lands crowd in search of cabs and N trains to a pitch-perfect rendition of "Last Night."
There was a lot of anticipation for the Wild Beasts, who were finishing up their U.S tour with this Outside Lands performance. In the last year, the indie rock band from England's Lake District has racked up some pretty solid praise for their 2009 release, Two Dancers. Their OL set had much room for improvement, a lot of it having to do with what seemed to be a muddled sound snafu. Still, this band has a devoted following and it will be exciting to see where they take things as they evolve.