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Monday, November 16, 2009

What to Do? Monday's Pick: Eat at 111 Minna

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM


Eat @ 111 Minna

Galleries are known for serving Trader Joe's buckets of minibrownies, not sliders with heirloom pepper relish and aioli, wild boar sausages on potato rolls, flatbread with foraged mushrooms, and cupcakes by Kingdom Cake. There: We just told you most of the menu at tonight's EAT at 111 Minna. Every Monday, chef Tommy Halvorson of underground Phoenix Supper Club thinks up a special tapas-style menu, doesn't go to Phoenix Supper Club, goes instead to the gallery, and fixes up special dishes for those who want to dine alongside art and a changing lineup of DJs: tonight, that's Señor Oz from Afrolicious. For those who think Halvorson's dinner-in-a-gallery sounds like something from a Top Chef challenge, consider this: Phoenix Supper Club is a roaming restaurant with no fixed kitchen. Chef Tommy knows exactly what he's doing.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

SF to Uganda Benefit Features Live Music, Food

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Entrancing: Cheb i Sabah
  • Entrancing: Cheb i Sabah

On the heels of such global groove projects promoting humanitarian causes as NextAid and Project Ahimsa comes San Francisco to Uganda. SFtU is a silent auction fundraiser whose proceeds support three organizations involved with on-the-ground eco-sustainable, health, and education work in Uganda: Building Tomorrow, ShantiUganda, and YouthAIDS.
The event boasts a nice selection of musical talent: Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, Cheb I Sabbah, DJ Amir, master African drummers, and more.
For $25 admission, you get all that, plus food courtesy of Radio Africa Kitchen.
It all goes down next Thursday (Sept. 24), at 111 Minna. More information is here and here.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

CowgirlPalooza Today at El Rio

Posted By on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Mighty Slim Pickins - ERIN O'NEIL
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Looking for some Labor Day fun? Get your little doggies along to El Rio this afternoon for the seventh annual CowgirlPalzooza. In addition to free BBQ (while it lasts), this affordable event ($10 at the door) features musical performances by 77 El Deora, Wicked Mercies, Bootcuts , and Mighty Slim Pickins  The show begins at 4 pm and continues until the cows come home.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Southern Music and Food Fest Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Niko Villamor
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If the idea of getting crunk organically tickles your fancy, come on down to 330 Ritch tonight, when the Southern Music and Food Festival jumps off.

The food portion of the event offers such tasty treats as free-range chicken & waffles, BBQ Ribs, and sweet tea - all organic, so never mind the cholesterol. The music portion features live performances by ATL/SF emcee Niko Villamor  and Rob Roy (a French/ Filipino emcee from Jacksonville, FL) plus DJ Smiles, "fresh from ATL." The Fest costs just $5 to get in and starts at 8 pm sharp. Sounds like a good way to get over hump day. Details are here and you can peep an interview with Rob Roy here.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Fest This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Emancipator: Howard Wiley
  • Emancipator: Howard Wiley

For the past nine years, Oakland culture-keepers Eastside Arts Alliance have presented the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival , an annual, free event in San Antonio park. This year's event, which happens Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., features jazz legend David Murray, soon-to-be jazz legend Howard Wiley (performing with the Freedom Now band), Chicano funkster Fuga, and the Abraham Burton Trio, from NYC.

The MXJF is a fun, family- and kid-friendly, community-oriented, afternoon of music and art which gets better every year. In addition to the main stage acts, the park's basketball courts will be overflowing with dancers, poets, MCs, and vocalists, and there's also a graffiti battle for the visually-artistically-inclined. Other activities include arts & crafts for kids, and a food court so you can get your grub on. If you're coming from outside of Oakland, bring your bike, hop on BART, get off at Lake Merritt or Fruitvale, and enjoy a nice ride (and hopefully a nice day).

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Last Night: 'Sultry Summer Magic' at SF's Teatro Zinzanni

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Ukranian illusionist Eugeniy Voronin in Teatro Zinzanni's "Sultry Summer Magic"
As Teatro Zinzanni's new show, "Sultry Summer Magic," came to a close beneath the giant spiegeltent (that's the fancy Belgian word meaning "mirror tent") at Pier 29 Wednesday night, I only had one question. Why had I lived in San Francisco for more than a year and never been given a proper explanation - via friends, newspapers, or even marketing - of this show?


As I sat down to write about it, though, I quickly figured out the answer. Beyond the fact that tickets range from $117 to $167, which means that the attendants are mostly tourists and filthy rich people with whom I don't normally associate, there are two barriers to learning about Zinzanni. The first is that the broad words that likely come to mind to describe it - mysterious! surprising! wondrous! - are practically meaningless. If someone told me that performance was full of mystery and surprise, I probably smiled, ignored that person, and forgot about it.


But the other option - to tell somebody about the specifics - seems an even greater disservice. It would taint the best part of Zinzanni, which is, aside from the incredible talent of its performers, its sheer unpredictability. What is given away and not given away needs careful balancing, perhaps as careful as a performance of, say, the tango on a trapeze (which is, in fact, part of the show).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bryant Terry Brings Vegan Soul Kitchen to MoAD

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Soul Recipe: Bryant Terry - EKAPHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Soul Recipe: Bryant Terry
There was a packed house last night for eco-chef Bryant Terry's official book launch for Vegan Soul Kitchen (Da Capo) at the Museum of the African Diaspora. The book, which contains over 150 recipes for "fresh, healthy, and creative African-American cuisine" (example: Roasted Red Potato Salad with Parsley-Pine Nut Pesto -yum!), may be the first of its kind, and has garnered endorsements from filmmaker Mario Van Peebles, healthy food guru John Robbins, and green jobs advocate Van Jones. It also comes with a soundtrack for every dish, an eclectic selection which ranges from Roy Hargrove to Bob Marley to Baaba Maal to Massive Attack to The Good, The Bad & the Queen--an innovative idea, and one that we wish more cookbooks had thought of.

Terry basked in the adulation of Vegans and non-Vegans alike, hinting at the crossover potential of his book, which comes at a perfect time, what with Obama in the white house and the Green movement on the rise. Musical accompaniment was provided by a jazz band (featuring the ubiquitous Kev Choice on keyboards) and DJ Joe Quixx; KPFA's Weyland Southon hosted. Overall, it was a good look for MoAD, whose programming has begun to tap into the rich, flavorful local community; and for Terry, who plans to take his book on the road to spread the gospel of Vegan soul. We just love it when food and music come together. For more info, click here.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Alex Pardee and Chef Chris Cosentino Cook Pig Head

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 8:25 AM

Alex Pardee's Letters From Digested Children opens tomorrow at Fifty24SF, so celebrity Chef Chris Cosentino decided to mark the occassion by inviting Pardee to cook up a few pig's head dishes at Cosentino's swanky SF restaurant, Incanto. I'm guessing that pig's head is a reference to either Lord of the Flies, or to Pardee's affinity for gore and horror flicks. You may also remember Cosentino cooking with Jeremy Fish before his art show last month, so look out for more team-ups with Cosentino and other Fifty24SF artists in the near future. Check for more pig's head recipes with Cosentino and Pardee over at Upper Playground's Walrus TV. --Oscar Pascual

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Famed Chef Cooks Up Beats, Not Eats, at Ruby Skye

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM


French-born and -trained chef Hubert Keller — mastermind behind the fancypants S.F. restaurant Fleur de Lys, star of the PBS cooking series Secrets of a Chef, and the first guest chef to work in the White House kitchen — is helping to celebrate his home country's Independence Day a little differently this year. No, he's not whipping up a special prix fixe menu or creating a French rebuke to the abominable concept of "Freedom Fries." He's actually going to try his hand at DJing: on Saturday, July 12, Hubert "Da Mixmasta" Keller joins house DJ Frenchy Le Freak at Ruby Skye for Monsieur Le Freak's event titled "Bastille Day." (Okay, so Bastille Day is actually July 14. . .but Mondays just aren't the best nights for a big Frenchy fête, I guess.)

What will Keller spin? If he were about 20 years younger — and that beard were more spotty and ironic — we could probably assume he'd groove to some Franco-electro bangers by Justice or maybe chill out with some rarified Air. He could also go retro with Serge Gainsbourg or Françoise Hardy. Or what about some old chansons by Yves Montand and classical gems by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc, et Boulez? You'll have to show up to find out. I'm personally betting on a heaping helping of Sir Mix-A-Lot hits. — J. Graham

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Yuppie's San Francisco Ghetto Tour: Ain't Gentrification Grand?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 12:17 PM


Join Gridskipper on their San Francisco Yuppie's Ghetto Tour of up-and-coming establishments in neighborhoods you've only driven your Prius through with the windows rolled up and the doors locked.

Bayview, Hunters Point, the crackalicious Tenderloin and Western Addition are all represented. So get out there and earn some street cred, but don't worry too much Yuppies, most of the places have been pre-screened by your cooler hipster brethren already. Also, do yourself and favor and don't ask about drink specials.

Yuppy Scum! by Magillicuddy on Flickr

-- Brian Bernbaum

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