Joanna Newsom is a serious musician. Don't reference elves and otherworldly creatures or draw comparisons to fairytales—she hates that. She prefers, instead, to pontificate on “patterns of syllabic emphases” and “the emotional landscape of songs,” and rightly so. The indie sensation known for her quirky demeanor, deft composition, intensely literary lyrics and mastery of the harp has perfected the art of marrying classical and contemporary in the most unexpected of ways. Don't mistake her music for the folk-psych chantings of Bonnie (Prince) Billy or Devendra Banhart. Newsom is vastly singular, as evidenced in Have One on Me, her newest 125-minute, three-CD magnum opus of poetry in motion. Here, she puts aside her harp for a few moments to enlighten us on self and song.
At Parada 22, the two-and-a-half-month-old Puerto Rican spot wedged between bustling Cha Cha Cha and divey Murio’s Trophy Room in the Upper Haight, the menu is small and simple. You can’t go wrong with a classic Cubano—roasted pork, ham, pickles, mustard and Swiss served on a pressed baguette—but the entrees give you more bang for your buck.
Like a lot of small towns along the coast of Highway 1, Mendocino is a village unto itself. Quaint bed & breakfasts, mom-and-pop shops, organic coffee houses—you have a beautifully quirky place sought by visitors and guarded by locals. In a nutshell, it's the perfect long weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Warning: If experimental performance art isn’t your thing, proceed with caution. Because the Joe Goode Performance Group’s site-specific dance theater series, “Traveling Light,” now in its second year, takes interactive art to a new level. Performers will lead attendees on a journey through SF’s historic, moodily lit Old Mint Building (rarely open to the public). In each of the rooms a different story line will play out, meaning that over the course of one evening you can take advantage of 28 distinct performances—combinations of spoken word and athletic dance—and never see the same show twice. July 7–Aug. 1
It all started when a girl trained as a classical pianist, raised on a commune in rural Oregon, met a boy bred on the Chicago punk scene. Social Studies—composed of Natalia Rogovin, Michael Jirkovsky, Jesse Hudson and Tom Smith—has been making the rounds on the Bay Area indie pop scene since 2006. But what separates the band from the indistinguishable masses is its ability to craft complex, intelligent songs. Social Studies’ first full-length album, Wind Up Wooden Heart (Antenna Farm Records)—a coming-of-age tale featuring cameos by Bright Eyes and Thee More Shallows—drops July 27, with a CD release party scheduled for Aug.
We’ve got Euro boutiques and bikini parties, stylist hand-me-downs and hidden spas, A-list colorists and heavenly facials, Brooks Brothers redux and on-the-go blow-drys. Here in San Francisco, skin deep never looked so good.
Maia Kayser, 34
Photographed by Cody Pickens at Industrial Light & Magic
Russ Angold, 34, and Nathan Harding, 43
Photographed by John Lee at Berkeley Bionics
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