the bold italic
1. The Bold Italic Print Launch Party + Pop-up Shop at Gershoni Creative (785 Market St.), Friday September 15, 8pm, $20
Tonight, our friends at The Bold Italic are celebrating the launch of their quarterly magazine with an epic penthouse affair. The festivities will include a performance by Gregangelo's Velocity Circus, a plethora of juicy libations, yummy eats and so much more. At the center of it all, a pop-up shop will showcase 10 designers including: Anfzer Farms, Cary LaScala, Yellow Owl Workshop, In Haus Press and Kyler Designs.
2. Betsey Johnson Live at Her New Boutique Launch Party (33 Grant Ave.), Saturday September 17, 4pm-6pm, Free
Betsey Johnson. Live. Glitter mural. Oh, hells yes. That's right, folks -- the spunky little rock-star designer will be in the flesh, celebrating the launch of her new, multi-level SF boutique. Word has it, Betsey will be performing a live mural painting with glitter cans galore! This is one neon-meets-leopard-print-sparkle fest you don't want to miss.
Even for those who aren't basketball fans, March seems to turn a young man's fancy to thoughts of brackets, no matter how obscure. Whether the competitors are the weird name of the year or various flavors of cake and pie, this has been a banner year for brackets that have little to do with the actual NCAA tournament.
We've already praised the smart, detailed writing of the Bold Italic, Gannett's new Web magazine, which aims to show SF from new perspectives through lengthy travelogues and hands-on experiences. But it turns out that the Bold Italites are as good at partying as they are at writing: they're throwing their first shindig tonight, a Great Depression-inspired look back at the recession glamour of 1939. A very reasonable $30 gets you two hours of access to cocktails from Distillery No. 209 and St. George Spirits, food from Aidell's, Cheese Plus, and Pacific Puffs, and "paparazzi" snapping your every move. Got some vintage duds on hand?
Though we pride ourselves on being a premiere food media outlet here in our fine city, we realize that we must give credit where credit is due: Therefore: the Bold Italic is very cool. This website, which launched in beta on October 16 and is backed by big publisher Gannett, bills itself as an "experiment in local discovery." Armed with the mission of making city dwellers better locals, the Bold Italic has amassed a cadre of "Bold Locals" who search the city for adventures, back stories and interesting, little-known gems, then write about them smartly and with authority.