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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Five: Sips With Soul, In-N-Out Pops Up in Australia

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Plus the lead contamination of Flint's water supply gets deeper, a notorious club becomes a "vibe dining" establishment, and the one eatery the New York Times recommended to Super Bowl attendees.

Sips With Soul Returns
David Lawrence and Monetta White might be busy with Black Bark BBQ, but that's not stopping them from celebrating Black History Month at their first restaurant, 1300 on Fillmore. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Sips With Soul will return, pairing wine from more than a dozen African-American vintners with Lawrence's own bites. (And live jazz, natch.)
Sips With Soul, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $125, at 1300 on Fillmore, 415-771-7100 or 1300fillmore.com

The Mass Poisoning of Flint
The complicity of the Michigan state government in what happened to Flint is truly staggering, according to Salon. And the Guardian faults the EPA for its inaction over a six-month period, now that thousands of mostly low-income, mostly African-American children have irreversible lead poisoning. And according to Rolling Stone, there were warnings: Flint's congressman opposed the idea from its inception, calling the Flint River "historically ... an industrial sewer." Imagine if ISIS had contaminated the water supply of a U.S. city with 100,000 people, or if it had happened to a lily-white Detroit suburb like Gross Pointe Farms? Would Fox News dismiss it as a crass bid for Democratic votes (in an already reliably blue state)?

In-N-Out Pops Up in Oz
According to Grub Street, an In-N-Out pop-up in Sydney was a smashing success in spite of triple-digit temperatures and crinkle-cut chips in lieu of french fries. Why else is this notable? Well, for starts, In-N-Out is notoriously averse to expansion. The chain doesn't franchise, and because it doesn't freeze anything, every In-N-Out has to be located relatively close to the company's two distribution centers (in Dallas and Baldwin Park, Calif.) Second, while American pop culture generally sells well worldwide, the Aussies have a long history of rejecting U.S. chains. VICE notes that the seventh continent seems to hate Starbucks, because Australia had a thriving cafe culture long before the mermaid came to town. And yesterday, Mashable compiled a list of other failures, including Krispy Kreme, Taco Bell, Boston Market, and Burger King. In-N-Out is special.

The Next Chapter for Limelight
Did you ever read Disco Bloodbath or see Party Monster? NYC's notorious Club Kids, led by the homicidal Michael Alig, ruled the '90s, and one of their haunts was Limelight, a Chelsea club housed in a former church that eventually became a restaurant, a gym, and seriously depressing mini-mall. According to the New York Times, it's now destined to become another restaurant, one that will specialize in "vibe dining" (which sounds like a bunch of jaded pretty people not eating what they order and excusing themselves every 15 minutes to use the restroom).

Let the Little Lighthouse Guide You
Elsewhere in the NYT, the Travel Section recommends El Farolito to Super Bowl budget travelers (or people who blew 10 grand on a ticket). Oh boy.


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Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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