Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Jon Carroll in Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Michael Chabon - Jan. 5, 2009 at the Berkeley Repertory Theater - Thrust Stage. Here's what they say about him:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is "one of the most celebrated writers of his generation." His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was published when Chabon was 25 and catapulted him to literary celebrity. He followed it with a second novel, Wonder Boys (1995), and two short- story collections. In 2000, Chabon published The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a critically acclaimed novel that The New York Review of Books called his magnum opus; it received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. His most recent novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, an alternate history mystery novel, was published in 2007 to enthusiastic reviews and won the Hugo, Sidewise, and Nebula awards.
Let me know if you'd like to join me.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Josh Kornbluth is doing a new show on Andy Warhol's '10 Jews' exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on January 10, 11, 17, and 18. Here's what Josh says about the show:
In 1980 Andy Warhol -- then at a low ebb in his storied career -- was commissioned to do portraits of 10 famous Jews of the 20th century. As a mnemonic device, I have grouped these 10 into pairs (regardless of whether they actually belong together):
Rhapsody in Lou: George Gershwin & Louis Brandeis.
Acting Out: Sigmund Freud & Sarah Bernhardt.
I & Thou & Thou & Thou: Martin Buber & The Marx Brothers.
Ein/Stein: Gertrude Stein & Albert Einstein.
Metameirphosis: Golda Meir & Franz Kafka.
When the portraits originally were shown, they were greeted (for the most part) with great disdain by the critics and with great joy by the people who flocked to see them at various Jewish institutions. One of the things that is so fascinating about the "Warhol's Jews" installation at the CJM is that it is really an exhibit not only of the artworks themselves, but also of how they were conceived and received. It also raises the question of what it means to be showing them again now, 28 years later, when Martin Buber's masterwork "I and Thou" (for example) may no longer be in the forefront of everyone's consciousness. (He certainly wasn't in mine, until I started working on this piece. Now it's all Buber, all the time!)
And who was Andy Warhol? And why did this practicing Catholic choose to do portraits of 10 famous Jews? And why these Jews? And why is a Jew ending this paragraph with yet another question?
I'll tell you why: I don't yet know the answers. I keep returning to the CJM, revisiting "Warhol's Jews" (and their other fine exhibits), and sipping a meditative matzoh-ball soup in the museum café as I ponder Warholosity, Jewishness, and 10-ism. I can't promise to have solved every conundrum by the time my piece opens on Jan. 10 -- or even by the last performance, on Jan. 18 -- but I can promise that the presentation will look and sound fantastic, as I am working with some of my favorite collaborators: designer Alex Nichols, composer Marco d'Ambrosio, director David Dower, and producer Jonny Reinis. I can also promise that your attendance will warm the heart of my brand-new company, Quixotic Projects; this piece is our first commissioned work!
If you're in the Bay Area, I hope you can catch one of these performances -- each of which will be followed by me interviewing a terrific expert on one of the portrait subjects. Your ticket will also get you into the museum, where you can wander, observe, slurp, and kibbitz in their spectacular new building. I look forward to seeing you there!
Let me know if you want to join me and I'll get tix!
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I'm supposed to go to the 'Dr. Katz Professional Therapist' show tomorrow (Monday) night at the Herbst Theatre, but my friend who I'm supposed to go with can't make it. So there is a free ticket if anyone wants to join me.... let me know if you're interested.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Like always, the stills will be running most of the day, allowing you a rare opportunity to see the process up close with a live distillation. Entrance will include 3 lil' cocktails, our spirits (including the new Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka release), and the iced vodka luges. Music and food will be supplied throughout the day to keep everyone upright.
To make the shopping even easier (and tastier), our friends, who just happen to run some of the best specialty food companies around, will be there to sample and sell their wares: Recchiuti Confections with truffles and chocolates; June Taylor Jams, with amazing jams, preserves, and syrups; Boccalone with salumi, cured meats, and all things pork; and La Cocina, with a variety of sweet treats made with organic ingredients.
All of our delicious spirits and holiday gift packs will be available for sampling and sale, naturally, including the St. George Absinthe Verte and the Hangar One Spiced Pear Vodka.
Finally, we are once again providing shuttle service between the West Oakland BART station and the Alameda Main street ferry building to and from the distillery. Yes, it's free --- just get on!
BART Shuttle service begins at 12:30pm and continues at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm with the last pick-up at 4:30pm. From the ferry at 1:45pm and 4:15pm.
Will-call tickets will be available in the distillery store starting today and by phone for $30. Call us at 510.864.0635 to reserve your spot. We sold out last time so don't wait!
Tasting tickets to try both the Absinthe Verte and De Profundis (20-year aged Pear Brandy) are $10.
Entry, if not sold out, will be $40 at the door.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 from 1pm to 6pmSt. George Spirits/Hangar One DistilleryEntry Fee is $30 in advance, $40 at the door.This is a 21 and over event. Please bring your picture ID!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
• Featuring - Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur
• Mixology Contest - Five of San Francisco's hottest bartenders
• Mobile Judging - Bring your iPhone, Treo, or Blackberry. We'll be reviewing the drinks live at the event to select the winner of the mixology contest
• Limited Space - This is a private event exclusively for our active Nirvino members
• Your Mission - Rate each of the cocktails from your mobile phone and choose the best drink of the evening"
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's time for another cool indie craft fair. You Bazaar is at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (at 9th & Lincoln Ave.) this Sunday... and it's free too. Let me know if you'd like to join me.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
For all of my fellow downtown workers, Sarah Vowell will be doing a lunchtime reading and book signing at Stacey's Bookstore this Friday at 12:30. She'll be supporting her new book "The Wordy Shipmates". I'm sure it will be another great book. Let me know if you'd like to join me!
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The Independent is showing Michael Moore's Slacker Uprising for free! Here's what they say about the movie:
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It's HSB time again!! I'm planning to go on Saturday and Sunday. Let me know if you'd like to join me.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Come on ABBA fans... join me to see, and sing along with Mamma Mia. They're putting on a special sing-along version of the film this weekend at the Century Theatre in the San Francisco Centre. Let me know if you'd like to go with me sometime this weekend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friends and countrymen, it is with a heavy heart that I report on the state of Zombie Activity in our fair city of San Francisco. The time has come to once again activate the radio-attraktor towers to funnel hundreds of zombies through downtown to a secure location. This is a risky maneuver, as evidenced by carnage enshrouding last year's event. Rest assured, we have made improvements to the technology.
We will turn on the radio-attraktor towers at 2:05pm on Saturday, August 16th. All zombies in the area will be telepathically compelled to march down a route which we will disclose in a future email. The radio waves will also cause undead to crave duct tape instead of human flesh. If you are unfortunate enough to be standing along the route with a duct tape "X" on your torso, you will be attacked and consumed by the horde, after which you will be one of them. Don't wear your favorite shirt.
Please, please tell your friends and family not to be anywhere near the route at 2:05pm this Saturday! Have them sign up for updates ( http://eatbrains.com/announcements ) or follow the movement live on Twitter with up-to-the-minute zombie migration forecast, Beijing Olympic protest style ( http://twitter.com/SFZombieMob ). If we loose radio control of the mob, the result will be catastrophically gruesome!
The Zombie Wrangler
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
This looks like it will be a good sample sale this weekend at Fort Mason. Here's what they say about it:
BCBG, Ella Moss, And Splendid Sample Sale
Shop over 2,000 dresses, tops, cashmere, bags, and more. Find sizes 0-12 in all categories, including fabulous cocktail dresses. Get some retail therapy for one day only and receive 50-70% off everything! The sale will be held in the marina, at The Fort Mason Center, Building D. Parking will be available.
Let me know if you'd like to go!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I've been dying to check out the Flashdance flash mob. It's going on Saturday night on Van Ness across from City Hall. Please come with me and DANCE!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sarah Silverman is performing at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on Sunday, September 7th. Should be funny. Let me know if you want to join me...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
This looks like a very cool craft fair.... and it's FREE! It's at Fort Mason this Saturday and Sunday. I'm up for going either day, although there is a 'punk marching band' playing on Sunday at 2:00. Let me know if you'd like to go.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Warehouse Sale is a great demin sample sale. I've been a few times and always have gotten great deals on designer jeans. I'm planning to go sometime on Sunday, it goes from 10-4. Let me know if you'd like to join me!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Film Night in the Park is on again! The next film is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Washington Square Park on Saturday, June 7th at 8:30. Bundle up, bring something to eat, something to drink, and something to sit on and you'll have a great time. Let me know if you're coming along.
Friday, May 16, 2008
This looks like fun, here's the scoop:
Join the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau at a launch party in The Cellar at Macy’s Union Square June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. With your $10 donation to Meals On Wheels you’ll receive tastes from featured Dine About Town restaurants Asia de Cuba; Colibri; Cortez; First Crush; Garibaldis; Horizon; Jack Falstaff; PlumpJack Cafe and Roots; a cooking demonstration by Scott Sasaki, executive chef of Garibaldis, moderated by Marcia “the tablehopper” Gagliardi; wine tastings from Cellar 360 and Wattle Creek Winery and a keepsake “Only in San Francisco” wine glass.
Let me know if you wanna come along. We have to make a reservation here.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
This looks like fun, here's the message from Billion Dollar Babes:
Our friends at the REISS store in San Francisco are holding a private shopping night especially for Billion Dollar Babes. Mingle with friends, enjoy complimentary cocktails and shop at a 20% discount at this exclusive sale on Thursday May 8 from 6pm-9pm. To RSVP visit www.billiondollarbabes.com/reisssanfrancisco. Enjoy the sale!
Let me know if you'd like to join me!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I got this tip from Tablehopper:
"For those who like to mix lit with libations, ~CAFE ZOETROPE~ is celebrating the special spring edition of All-Story (Francis Coppola's award-winning art and literary magazine) with complimentary wine tasting and appetizers on Tuesday, March 25th, from 6pm–8pm. No reservations are required and admission is free. 916 Kearny St. at Columbus, 415-291-1700."
Let me know if you want to join me..... you know the drill!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
I'm hoping that this will cure my high school marching band trauma. Believe it or not I still have my old flute, though there are no guarantees how well I can play it!
So here's what they say about it:
Gather to make sweet noise in a semi-impromptu marching band.
Bring the following:
1. A hat!
2. An instrument!
Anything can make music: kazoos, spoons, paint cans...But PLEASE , no weapons or amplified instruments (but little Casios are ok).
We will be departing at 1:00 pm on February 10,from the corner of 18th and Church St. at Dolores Park.
Look sharp and don't forget your materials --your conductor cracks a mean whip!!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Rob Corddry (of The Daily Show) is performing at the Eureka Theater. Anyone interested in joining me?
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