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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mind Your Neck: Elixir Celebrating Bastille Day with Actual Guillotine

Posted By on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:19 PM

click to enlarge Sure, they're French. - H. JOSEPH E./YELP
Bastille Day, a chance to observe fashionable Frenchies toast their July 14 national holiday: air kisses on both cheeks, heavy accents, delectable vittles (yes, there will be cake), and everything from Lillet Rouge to heartier adult beverages.

You might not think of Elixir as a Bastille Day destination, even if it is close to a certain popular crêpe spot. But tomorrow night, the Mission bar is hosting a unique first-time twist on the holiday. Along with booze, wine, giveaways, and prizes, Elixir promises a functioning guillotine, doing double duty as a prop to hype Matt Stewart's first novel, The French Revolution (Soft Skull Press, $15.95).

Stewart ― who first published his book last year on Twitter in over 3,700 tweets ― is a local author who calls The French Revolution a fictional family saga set mostly in San Francisco, "patterned on the extreme plot swings of the historical French Revolution." Elixir has scheduled what it calls "revolutionary readings" with that guillotine display. Our only question: Where do you go about getting a real guillotine? Elixir?

Elixir's Bastille Day Book Launch Extravaganza

When: Weds., July 14, 8 p.m.

Where: 3200 16th St. (at Guerrero), 552-1633

Cost: Free; take cash for drinks and a copy of Stewart's book

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