Shehan Karunatilaka (The Legend of Pradeep Mathew)
Tuesday, June 26, 6 pm, at Book Passage SF (1 Ferry Building)
Karunatilaka's first novel recently walked away with the Commonwealth Book Prize, and for good reason: it's a strange, fiercely funny tale from his native Sri Lanka, a part of the world most Americans don't hear much about. When aging sportswriter (and professional drunk) W.G. Karunasena discovers that his liver is about to fail him, he sets out on a search for a vanished, legendary 1980s cricket player. The result is a madcap, humorous detective story with a thoroughly unreliable narrator.
Lizz Winstead (Lizz Free or Die)
For a bar with a colonial theme, it's not surprising that The Hancock Room has numerous Founding Fathers adorning its walls. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson are all here, outfitted in their best britches and powdered wigs. But a second look at the founders' portraits reveals that something's just a bit off. Franklin's famed kite now serves as the backdrop for some newly acquired Storm-esque electrical powers, Washington's got an AK-47 aimed on a herd of zombies, and Jefferson is delivering a right hook to a gorilla.
1. Top of the Mark's Summer Movie Series: Like most cities, SF offers summer movie screenings in the park, but our warmth-challenged summers make it hard to focus on the film through all the teeth-chattering. Thankfully, Top of the Mark has intervened, screening classic films all summer long for free in the great indoors (with a killer view, to boot). And to sweeten the deal, they're offering wine tastings from the likes of Domaine Chandon and Wild Horse Vineyards, available for a $3 suggested donation that benefits BAYKIDS.
San Franciscans were agog the other day when news that local patisserie chain La Boulange had been purchased by Starbucks broke, to the tune of a remarkable $100 million. Sure, we love our artisanal brioche and chocolate-hazelnut croissants as much as the next person, but that's a serious chunk of change.
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Anthony Swofford (Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir)
Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)
Thursday, June 7, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)
Whether you're recovering from a rough night out or looking to kickstart a day of revelry, a brunch-time dose of bottomless mimosas or bloody marys can sometimes be just the thing to get your weekend rolling in the right direction. Here are 15 of our favorite spots to indulge in a wide variety of cuisines, alongside a few morning drinks.
1300 on Fillmore (Fillmore)
The cuisine: Hearty Southern dishes like fried chicken with whipped potatoes, shrimp and grits, a catfish po'boy, and a ribeye burger. Live gospel music is part of the fun.
1. Playland Opens: Polk Gulch's latest boozing spot is named for the much-lamented amusement park that once graced Ocean Beach, but the items on offer here are of a more adult variety. The cocktail list includes a cotton-candy cosmopolitan and a Moscow Mule-like drink known as the Russian Bear, as well as a solid lineup of draft beers. Happy hour runs from 4-7 pm, with $3 brews and $4 well cocktails, and a special rotating $3 drink is available every Monday after 9 pm. (Monday-Friday, 4 pm-2 am, Saturday-Sunday 2 pm-2 am; 1351 Polk St., Polk Gulch.)
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