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Shortly before getting hitched over the weekend, Solange stopped by San Francisco to spin at the Top of the Mark's 75th anniversary. You know Solange. Oh, you know Solange. Jay-Z knows Solange, that's for sure. And so does Ken Fulk, who invited the famous songstress to spin at the big bash.
All dressed up and nowhere to go? Don't let that happen on Halloween weekend. Here's where to party or just soak up a spook fest.
Spookfest @ Cow Palace, October 29:
Slap on some dancing shoes for this one: it's almost 12 hours of solid movin', groovin' and monster mashing. Look forward to some of the best turntablers out there,: DJ Shadow, Steve Aoki, Uffie, Blaqk Audio, Moby, MSTRKRFT and more. Tickets here.
Skip the hoards of tourists and families trying to stake out a spot for fireworks along the Embarcadero and opt to ring in the new year at one of this year’s hip events instead. From all-out dance party to mellow beer pairing dinner, here’s our list of Top 10 NYE to-dos.
A Hip Hop Happening Affair
The Roots: The Philly-based rap group known for their trailblazing hip hop will headline a show at the Warfield with Orgone and DJ Harry D. Expect high-octane energy and band members parading through the audience.
Legion of Honor The Fine Arts Museums presents Cartier and America, a centennial exhibition celebrating the House of Cartier (“king of jewelers and jeweler to kings,”) which feature exquisite pieces of Cartier jewelry and objets from private collections which were created during the era of the Belle Époque through the 1970s. Opens Dec. 19. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Ave. and Clement St., San Francisco. (415) 750-3600.
Tosca Cafe, the most jaunty of the city’s gin joints, is also well-known as a destination for the celebrity set.
But last night in North Beach when Jeannette Etheredge celebrated the 90th anniversary of her beloved bar, the place was jammed with that most local of breed: San Franciscans.
Generations, in fact, gathered to raise a glass to this historic watering hole -- from cops, politicians, artists, ribald raconteurs to ballet dancers, theater folks, ink-stained wretches and the jet set.
Last month at the Old Mint on Fifth and Mission streets, guests gathered in support this 1870’s-era building and its historic marble halls.
Billed as, Sip Some Wine & Walk Through Time the reception was also a benefit for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“The Mint is included on our list of the 11 Most Endangered Places,” explained Anthea Hartig, Western Region Director for the Trust. “We want to spread the word and engage people about the need to preserve our cultural heritage.”
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?
Air-kiss Alert: We interrupt this program for a breaking health bulletin -- all air-kiss greetings must cease-and-desist. STAT. As charming as this standard, soiree-set greeting is, in this Season of the Swine, we need to curtail this habit. How about this? Until the time of Hyacinths yet blooms again, why not supplant this social staple with a firm, yet fond, pat on the back? Or a thoughtful elbow squeeze? If the greet-ee is one the greet-er knows well, then throw in a double-joint squeeze. Until then? Mwah, mwah and pass the Purell.