Ram Dass won’t be appearing in person at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Nov. 7 to promote his new book, Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart (HarperOne)—a follow-up to his 1971 bestseller, Be Here Now. He suffered a debilitating stroke 13 years ago, and now stays put in Maui, so he’ll be appearing by teleconference. But that won’t stop local metaphysical junkies from showing up to talk spiritual bliss with the iconic author and teacher.
The Coffee Shop
Around the corner from Twitter headquarters in SoMa and just a minute’s walk to Wired is Epicenter Café, where there are as many outlets as there are freelancers plugging away on laptops. The beer and wine selection don’t hurt either. 764 Harrison St., epicentercafe.com
Authors and poets test out new material at the Makeout Room’s Writers with Drinks, a spoken-word variety show that takes place the second Saturday of every month. 3225 22nd St., makeoutroom.com
Meat of the Matter
Marissa Guggiana’s Primal Cuts (Welcome Books, $38) is proof that our obsession with butchery and whole-beast cooking hasn’t yet reached a saturation point. Filled with interviews from butchers and chefs, recipes, and charts (on topics like sharing a cow)—Guggiana’s book is a modern meat manual that celebrates the craft of old-world butchery and sustainably-raised meat without resorting to overwrought praise and glorification.
With the back-to-back openings of Benu, Wayfare Tavern, and Prospect, it’s clear that the city had been waiting for the worst of this hand-wringing recession to pass before exhaling all of its spendy restaurants in one big sigh. And it appears San Francisco’s diners barely blinked before enthusiastically making a reservation.
In a city that fetishizes everything it eats and drinks, it was inevitable that what it smokes would be next. To this end, SPARC (San Francisco Patient and Resource Center), SF’s latest medicinal marijuana dispensary, has brought the cannabis club to a new level.
Stuff We Like: Calendars from Pie Bird Press, Midcentury Mobler, Hot Chip and Legends of the Guardians in IMAX
Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).
Here's what we're into this week.
1. 2011 Calendar from Pie Bird Press
It's not too early for the holidays, so it's not too early for 2011 calendars. I'm scoping out this letterpress one from Pie Bird Press (which we blogged about on sister site California Home + Design earlier this month). It highlights which fruits and veggies are in season each month, a handy tool for anyone trying to eat sustainably. -Jennifer Pollock
2. Midcentury Mobler
This is my latest Craigslist find. Julian and Gabe: Two guys (with girlfriends, they clarified) and a Castro garage full of midcentury furniture. I’m redecorating our new house and even CB2 seems pricy about now. These guys refurbish everything themselves—from chairs to desks—and then sell it on their little website (or via Craigslist), all at very reasonable prices. I haven’t made the plunge yet, but I missed the boat on this nine-drawer dresser in walnut. They’ll also scout for specific things for you.
True, it's pumpkin paraphernalia that now graces the aisles of Walgreens, but in 7x7-land, we're already brainstorming on December. And in thinking about the holidays, we've decided to celebrate the local charity you think is doing the best work out there.