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Air Guitar National Championships

Any die-hard rock-and-roller can understand the primal urge to whip out the air guitar and shred a few chords.  The in-front-of-the-mirror pursuit moved into the limelight last Friday at the 2008 Cuervo Black US Air Guitar Championships, held for the first time in San Francisco. 

The competition brought 25 of the best guitar-less shredders from all over the U.S. to the Regency Center Grand Ballroom, which was filled to capacity with devil-horn waving, judge-booing air fanatics.

Top 7 A+E Picks

Tim Fite

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1. Tom Waits meets Eminem (with a twist of Forrest Gump—trust us, it’s awesome) in Tim Fite’s live show. Adam Green of the Moldy Peaches joins the talented Brooklynite for a can’t miss performance tonight at the Rickshaw Stop. Tuesday, May 20.

NoPa Nouveau: Brown Bear’s Guide to a Hip New ’Hood

Brown Bear
Photography by Iris Lin

Showcase Showdown

Stereolab: One band you'll definitely find at Camino.

I’ve no doubt that you faithful Hot List readers have been on the edge of your seats, waiting with baited breath to see the results of the Great Mix-Off © of 2007. The reason I know this, of course, is that one of you—one of you who goes by the name of “Pocket Rocket” and clearly has a vested interest in the results of this contest—commented as much on my first blog entry.

The Great Mix-Off

Coldplay: one band you won't find at Camino

One of my many oft-invoked rants revolves around the lack of worthy soundtracks in bars and restaurants. (A notable exception: the fine establishments run by power-couple Greg and Shelley Lindgren—anyone who’s tuned in at Rye, Rosewood, A16 or SPQR will surely agree). And while I usually restrict myself to the bar/nightlife realm, today I’m here to discuss the listening-while-dining side of things.

Welcome to Dogtown

photography by Iris Lin

History of Lust

courtesy of the Bancroft Library at Berkeley

Don’t Haight Your ‘Hood

Photography by Iris Lin
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