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Obsessed! Bruce Hill, Chef-Owner of Zero Zero, on Burgers

"I love a good thin burger on a soft bun. There are a couple places around town where I like to get them, like Sam’s in North Beach. It’s not a big thick burger—it’s more of a four-ounce, wimpy American one. It’s my favorite because it has balance, and it has that char flavor. I get it with lettuce, sweet pickles, red onion slices, and tomato.

A bun needs to be a soft, chewy, classic 5-inch bun, and it needs to be made out of highly processed flour, like the one at Red’s Java House. There, I get it Red’s style, with mustard and sweet pickles. And I really love cheese. For the cheese in this burger, I want two slices of American. It definitely has to stick to the back of your mouth a little.

Alvin Ailey Makes a Six-Day Stop at Cal Performances

After performing everywhere from Madagascar to the White House, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has evolved into a unique phenomenon since its humble beginnings in 1958. The internationally acclaimed company has achieved legendary status through its provocative surveys of African-American culture and progressively modern yet lyrical choreography. This particular tour—which is making a six-day stop at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances—marks the farewell of Ailey’s successor and artistic director, Judith Jamison, after leading the troupe to unparalleled praise for more than 20 years.

NOISE POP 2011 Review: Geographer @ The Independent

What could be more romantic than a cellist? That’s the question I kept asking myself the Independent while watching Geographer. Things got downright intimate last night—I’m surprised the entire crowd wasn’t holding hands by the end of their amazing set.

With the audience swaying to the bubbly, synth-driven melodies of three-man band, singing along to the “ooohs” and “aaahs” prevalent in many of their songs, lead singer Michael Deni’s haunting yet soothing voice led us through a love story that makes you want to cry and smile and sigh all at the same time.

The Orbit Room Cafe Adds a Pizza Oven

With black-and-white French films projecting on the back wall and skilled bartenders shaking up your next drink, the Orbit Room is always a solid meet-up spot before a night out. The Upper Market favorite has recently made some stellar changes to its funky, old-world feel, adding a pizza oven and a large communal table and updating their cocktail menu with an arsenal of new, tasty concoctions.

Get Buzzed at Three Twins' Adults-Only Ice Cream Social

Not into long-stemmed roses and prix-fixe dinners for two? Stop trying to “define your relationship” this weekend and head down to Lower Haight to get all kinds of buzzed.

Free Friday Nights Return to the de Young

Free Friday Nights at the de Young are back. The museum's launching the sixth season of their weekly event tonight with a French-inspired evening of jazz, absinthe lectures and live painting. 

Unfortunately, you're not allowed to venture to the Post-Impressionism Exhibit (which leaves its rotation on Tuesday), but Friday Night-goers are free to head to the museum's observation towers to enjoy the view (along with beer and wine).

Tonight's opening performers are Le Chat Lunatique, who are headed to SXSW this March and play "filthy, mangy jazz," the type that inspires excessive imbibing. At 7:00 pm, the Koret Auditorium will house a history of absinthe lecture, a nod, no doubt, to the habits of a certain Post-Impressionist painter. And in the Piazzoni Murals room, you can hang out with artists (and sip absinthe) as they paint.

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