Archive for September, 2004

It’s Getting Hot in Herrre

So, SF might be pretty toasty by 2050. Personally, I’m cool with that. And of course, global warming is still an unproven theory (5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . okay, go ahead, scream at me, I just said it because a) it’s true and b) I knew it would piss people off). Of course, the other bonus is that it might help hike emissions standards and force more people to acknowledge that no, you don’t need that SUV, you just want that SUV. That big, oil guzzling, American-security-jeaopardizing, Civic-terrorizing, hunk of needless floss. That SUV.
At any rate – I’m loving the weather this week, so more of this wouldn’t be so bad . . . . .

What? Eastbay Again?

I swear I live in SF and aren’t just posing re: living here but really am a EBay mole.
Something else nifty:
Impact Theatre’s production of “Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies,” running
Thursdays-Saturdays now through October 2, at 8pm.
“Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies,” by Matt Chaffee, is a comedy
about men, women, and the Virgin-Whore complex. Nick loves Tessa. She’s
a whore. He thinks she’s a virgin. Baby Boy loves Yvonne. She’s
confused. He thinks she’s a whore. Jennifer loves Tommy. Tommy thinks
she’s a whore. She tries to convince him she’s a virgin. And Lindsay?
Well, in the immortal words of Tone-Loc, she gets paid to do the wild
thing. Frankly sexual, bitingly honest, and shockingly funny, Fluffy
Bunnies shoots an unforgiving look at misconceptions and game-playing.
The show was a huge hit in Los Angeles and is making its Bay Area debut
at Impact.
Impact Theatre
The details:
Aug 27-Oct 2, Thu-Sat 8pm
La Val’s Subterranean, 1834 Euclid, Berkeley
Sounds highly topical when you’ve lived in SF for a while.

Frjtz

Yeah, I really think there should be an “i” in there somewhere.
I just love this place on Hayes @ Laguna. Order up a large paper cone of the garlic fries and take your pick of seventeen different dips. We were there Friday night with our special glasses of Chimay and Leffe and tried out the curry ketchup, ginger orange mayo, chipotle remoulade, and balsamic mayo. A large order for $4.50 will get you a choice of two dips and a small order for $3.00 will get you one. We always get two larges and share around the various dips.
The great thing about all the dips is how you can choose a few to off-set the others. Our orange mayo was a nice, sweet foil to the chipotle remoulade. It’s even better when the big, sticky garlic dice drops from the fries into the dip cups — it adds yet another of layer of fabulous french fry flavor.
They’ve also got salads, sandwiches, and sweet and savory crêpes and they’re all named for artists. I’ve had the Van Gogh (classic sweet crêpe of butter, lemon juice, and sugar), the Claudel (caramelized apples, cinnamon, almonds, and whipped cream), the Daum (roasted pineapple, shaved coconut, brown sugar, toasted almonds, and whipped cream) and the Kandinsky (Nutella, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream).
Check it out:
579 Hayes Street @ Laguna
Hayes Valley
415.864.7654
900 North Point @ Larkin
Ghirardelli Square
415.928.3886

www.frjtzfries.com

Sweet Jesus – Save Yourselves! Leave the Car Home!

With 500k expected for the bike race, 2 free concerts, and football game, I think we can safely assume the SF population will be double the norm today.
So do yourself a favor – just don’t drive here today. Even the Chron advises against it.
I’ll be at the DMB concert, myself. Feeling a bit wistful for college these days . . . .

Tonight Tonight

Since, after Min Jung’s post, you’re inevitably heading over to the East Bay tonight anyway, why not head over to the French Fry Factory to check out the Kitchen Sink Rent Party? For $5 you get music by Da Hawnay Troof, Warbler, Chen Santa Maria, I Explode You and DJ Megaweapon, plus you get to see some amazing art by Oakland’s Laurenn McCubbin from the book Rent Girl, by Michelle Tea.

That’s tonight, folks, at 9 PM. Do it.

Extra info: The French Fry Factory is located at 278 4th St., Oakland. Kitchen Sink is the magazine ‘for people who think too much’, and was voted ‘Best Cultural Happening’ by San Francisco Magazine‘s Best of the Bay Area. They are currently printing their 8th issue.

6th Annual 9/11 Power to the Peaceful Festival

Saw this over on Boing Boing. There’s going to be a free concert for peace tomorrow in Golden Gate Park featuring Michael Franti, and various other performers. Here’s a small bit of the info from the event webpage:
On Saturday, September 11th, the visionary musician, international speaker and human rights worker, Michael Franti and his group Spearhead with Guerrilla Management bring you the 6th Annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.
6th Annual
911 Power to the Peaceful Festival
Saturday September 11, 2004 (11am-5pm)
Speedway Meadow – Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA, USA
For more info on the history of the event, and a list of who else is playing, go on over to the event’s webpage.

Candlelight Vigil TONIGHT – From MoveOn.org

Care of MoveOn.org

Candlelight Vigils to Honor 1,000 Dead
In the past four days, clashes with Iraqi insurgents have claimed the lives of 17 American soldiers. With these deaths, we mark a grim milestone: over 1,000 military men and women have now died in this misconceived war. On September 9th at 8pm, we’re joining with the Win Without War coalition to hold hundreds of candlelight vigils. Gathered together silently in towns across the country, we’ll reflect on this terrible moment and honor the fallen.


UN Plaza/Market Street (btwn 7th and Hyde) 5-7pm (191 registered participants)
San Francisco, CA
Vigil 5:00-7:00pm
Thursday, September 9, 05:00 PM
Panhandle: Masonic (btw Oak and Fell) (66 registered participants)
San Francisco, CA
We’ll be in the Panhandle on Masonic between Oak and Fell from 8pm – 9pm.
Thursday, September 9, 08:00 PM
 
Precita Park, Precita @ Folsom Street (105 registered participants)
San Francisco, CA
Precita Park is in Bernal Heights, between Folsom and Alabama Sts. Please bring your friend, families and extra candles to share. We’ll gather at the center of the park, alongside the memorial bench.
Thursday, September 9, 08:00 PM

Reasons to Venture out of SF

When i lived in the eastbay, I’d react with either forlorn despair or scorn for my SF friends who never ventured over the bridge. Boo. Lazy. For Shame. Selfish. Blah blah blah.
Sadly now that I’ve migrated into the city, I’ve become just such a brat.
Well NO MORE.
Here’s a couple things about Oakland that I’m still fond of.
#1. Le Cheval (No current website)
Hot damn this is good vietnamese food. And not just the Pho thing that peeps are familiar with.
We’re talking amazing watercress salads, 7 course beef dishes, claypot catfish soup, firepot soup
(On!FIRE! AT! YOUR! TABLE!) and a very well stocked bar with a variety of scotches.
My friends and I occasionally joke that the hostesses there don’t wear underwear. No pantylines. I swear I’m not making this up.
1007 Clay St
Oakland, California 94607-4025
United States
Tel: (510) 763-8957
Hours
• Mon.-Sat. 11AM-9:30PM; Sunday 5-9:30PM
From Fodors.com: A longtime favorite among the city’s many Vietnamese restaurants, Le Cheval is known for big parties and family-style dining. This is a good place to try pho, Hanoi-style beef noodle soup fragrant with star anise. Other entr�es include lemon chicken, cubed beef steak, clay-pot snapper, and shark in coconut milk. It’s hard to spend more than $20 for an entire meal unless you order the special crab (at about $30). At midday, everyone seems to be downing bowls of noodles topped with marinated grilled meats and chili-laced fish sauce.
#2. Oakland Mile High Club
The Mile High Club is a live music venue and nightclub, located in beautiful Oakland, California, near Macarthur BART station, just 10 minutes from downtown San Francisco. The space is 2800 square feet and also features a large covered outdoor patio. Food and spirits are served daily, Tuesday through Saturday (unless otherwise noted). Please check our Calendar and Features Page for entertainment details and updates.
From the SF Guardian
New schools
After a much-ballyhooed reopening and then a quiet closing, legendary blues joint Eli’s Mile High Club was dormant once more at the beginning of the year. It took Lisa Nola, an intrepid young woman with no experience in running a club, to reopen the venue June 29 with a speakeasy-cabaret night of variety acts, burlesque, and music. Meanwhile, Nola, who had been working as a teacher in the East Bay, “teaching literature to middle school kittens,” is busy running and booking the venue with some help from building co-owner Mike McDonald. She had always been a music fan, and occasionally took photos of bands, and she always wanted to get more deeply involved, so when she heard from her roommate Scott of the Lovemakers that a venue was for sale, she looked into it, shocked that it was the roadhouse she’d been passing by for years.
“It looked sort of small and plain from the outside, so I was a little bit unsure about its potential,” she writes in an e-mail. “Mike arranged for many of us to go have drinks at the club one night. I walked in and I was blown away…. I truly believe it is one of the most beautiful spaces in the Bay Area.”
Two events at the Mile High club this weekend which I’ll be doing my best to rally for.
9/10
Elephone
Heavenly States
Fast Pass
9pm   $7
9/11
Replicator Tour Kickoff & Lisa Dragonlady’s Birthday Party
Ned
9pm   $7

Locus Arts: Found in Translation (tonight only)


Locus Arts is throwing down some APA art tonight. I just checked out the artist bios and good lord there are some seriously talented writers, singers, and filmmakers performing. God, it sucks being a no-talent loser .
Just a few:
Andrew Eyman is this dude who took photos of sets of abandoned stuff in paris. Couches, bicycles, mattresses, stoves, and even your momma (just kidding about moms.) He’ll be presenting a film called “badwords”, with clips of people cursing! Radical. I love profanity. If there is anything you should know about me, its that I am pro-profanity. motherfucker.
Odessa Chen will be singing in her most seductive tones (just check out the website to see what I mean…chills!) here. There’s enough radioactive sultriness here to melt a man into sludge and tears.
Oh shit, my boss just caught me blogging during the 9-5.
I gotta go.
(but check out the locusarts website, ok?)
Talk to you later,
B
Found in Translation
September 8, 2004, 8pm
Locus Arts at Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St @ Bryant, San Francisco

Quick Question

I know everyone has probably heard that our governor has endorsed the idea of bringing the RNC to Anaheim. What actually shocked me was when I heard on NPR that Schwarzenegger has also suggested that San Francisco would be a good location for the 2008 convention.

I’ve only been able to find brief mentions of his thoughts, like in this article:

He added that San Francisco would be a “great” site as well.

I know it’s far more likely that Anaheim would be chosen as a location, and that the Republican party in general will probably be looking closely at the way Schwarzenegger signs off on this next round of bills, but I can’t help but think about what it would be be like if the RNC came here. I mean, geez! Did anyone else notice how quiet it was this past week? Between Burning Man and the RNC Berkeley was practically empty. Every time the media quoted someone about the protests in New York, it seemed to sound something like:

Sandy McSignholder, a 32 year old protester from San Francisco…

Governor Schwarzenneger has said that it would be a boom for the economy, creating jobs, growth and local business. But, c’mon! The RNC in San Francisco? How could anyone think that would be a good idea?

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