Friscosity

A weblog about San Francisco, CA.

August 17, 2004

SFist

If you're looking for a well-maintained weblog with frequent news on the best and brightest of our fair city then we strongly encourage you to visit the newly launched SFist.

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July 08, 2004

August Bay Area Photologgers Get-Together

Many thanks are owed to the tipster who left a pointer to Heather Champ's Bay Area photologgers information site. The next get-together is on August 14th at 3 p.m. and will be held at the Reverie Cafe at 848 Cole St. in San Francisco. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Posted by Walt to the Photography category at 6:56 PM.
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April 19, 2004

Food Food Food!

If any of you out there have not had a chance to make it to the Ferry Building, you definitely need to!!! The Ferry Building is perfect for those of you that have a problem committing to any one food type for a meal (like myself).

There is a raw seafood bar (Hog Island), a great Italian deli with fabulous sandwhiches (Mistrelli's), a wonderful roast chicken, pork, other meat products and great roasted potatoes place (Mistrals), a new Slanted Door (for those of you who are fans of the Vietnamese restaurant previously in the Mission which then relocated to South Beach). Among others, there are organic produce markets, Acme bread, Sharfenburger Chocolates, a Caviar store, a french bakery, Cow Girl Cremery, and a Ciao Bella Gelato.

And to top it all off, there is an organic farmers market every Tuesday (and Saturday, I think).

The Ferry Building is open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm and is located at Market and Embarcadero.

Posted by Annabelle Lam to the Food and Drink category at 12:19 PM.
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April 15, 2004

Blogging the Giants

If you lean in real close to your monitor, you can actually smell the pixels rotting on this poor, neglected website. That all ends now.

In honor of tomorrow's first Giants home game of the season, go check out BaseballBlogs.org and (more specifically) their listing of Giants-related blogs. The site also collects posts from all these sites and groups them together so you can get all your Giants news in a single-page digest.

Thanks to Sean for the tip and if anyone out there would like to blog about the Giants for Friscosity, please leave a comment.

Posted by Walt to the Sports category at 9:30 PM.
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March 18, 2004

"Good Bye Lenin!" In Theaters Now

Good Bye Lenin! -- A wonderfully interesting and complex film from Germany is now playing.Good Bye Lenin! is a remarkable film that took Germany by storm last year as the country’s number one movie at the box office. Fortunately for the United States, it premiered in Park City, Utah at Sundance earlier this year where I was lucky enough to see it. The film is a heart-warming tale, equal parts laughs and drama. I'd suggest not watching the trailer for this one if you can avoid it and seeing it without any real notion of what it's about. Without going into any specifics, the film tracks an Eastern German family's transition to a unified Germany around the time the Berlin Wall fell.

I had the chance to meet Daniel Brüehl, the brilliant, charismatic young actor that plays the starring role after the showing at Sundance. There's a tenderness crafted by director Wolfgang Becker communicated through Brüehl’s character Alex that is reminiscent of what Jean-Pierre Jeunet expressed via Audrey Tautou in Amelie (although with a German twist). These films are similar in their warmth of characters and story development yet completely original in their actual stories.

At the time, audience members were asking questions such as “Hey, when will this open in the U.S.?” and the answer was “We’re not entirely sure yet. It depends on if someone picks it up.” I’m very glad to see that this film is beginning embraced by independent cinema in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The film is now playing at the Embcaradero and other theaters in San Francisco.

Posted by Rob Christensen to the Film category at 11:47 AM.
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March 14, 2004

SF Station

SF Station tracks anything and everything San Francisco in a web 'zine format. Check it out today for the latest on St. Patrick's day celebrations around the city.

Posted by Walt to the Journalism category at 9:00 AM.
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Flavorpill SF

Flavorpill is "a free, weekly email covering arts, music, and cultural events." There are localizations for San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London. This week's SF edition covers A Low Tech Odyssey (art), Red Trousers (film), and lots of music. Check it out, subscribe, we did. =-)

Posted by Walt to the Journalism category at 8:52 AM.
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March 13, 2004

Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz at the Castro

Sing-A-Long Wizard of OzThe Castro Theater is welcoming quite possibly the craziest, zaniest celebration that you may have the opportunity to see and participate in this entire year. The Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz is running March 12-25 and is being hosted by Connie Champagne. On opening night, the show offered a special guest appearance by "munchkin" Margaret Pellegrini and movie critic for KORN Jan Wahl. On the 18th the show will feature a Toto look-a-like contest.

Details from the event announcement:

Follow the yellow brick road as Connie Champagne hosts Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, the new, interactive theatrical film experience based on the most beloved motion picture of all time. Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, comes to Castro Theatre, March 12-25. For tickets contact Ticketweb.

Opening Night, Friday, March 12 will be hosted by KRON's Jan Wahl. Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini, who appeared in the Wizard of Oz, will be a special guest. Also there will be a special performance from nationally renowned Dorothy Gale interpreter Elaine Horn. Partial Proceeds from the evening benefit Frameline. On Thursday, March 18 there will be a one-night only Toto Look-A-Like Contest with special guest judges from SF SPCA and PAWS, hosted by Jan Wahl. So get out your basket, dress up your dog, and join the fun. To enter call (415) 863-0611.

Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz is a splashy night of theatre and film mixed with a festive costume-filled celebration. This Oscar-winning film will be presented as never seen before fully restored for the big screen. Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the story of Dorothy and her fantastical journey through Oz by joining in and singing along to some of history's best-known and loved songs (subtitled for new fans) in a theatre filled with audience members dressed up as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch of the West and other favorite Wizard of Oz characters.

Posted by Rob Christensen to the Film category at 6:17 PM.
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March 11, 2004

Art Deco Exhibit Coming to San Francisco

Art Deco at the Legion of HonorAs someone who has always been terribly fascinated by the Art Deco movement of the early art of the 20th century, I'm very excited to report that the Legion of Honor fine arts museum of San Francisco is showcasing a landmark exhibition.

Evidently, this is the first exhibition to explore Art Deco as a global phenomenon and its influences across San Francisco, New York, Bombay and Shanghai. A description from the Legion of web site claim "the style transformed the look of everything, from art, architecture, and auto design to fashion, Hollywood films and travel."

Over 300 sculptures, paintings, examples of architecture, glass, metal, jewelry, graphic art, industrial design, film and photography will be on display.

I've always appreciated Art Deco for its clean, modern, sexy-sleek style. Shapes were very often overly gemoetric and the colors employed many golden hues.

It's a treat that San Francisco will be showcasing this event and I hope you have a chance to check it out. Tickets are available now.

Personally, I'd like to see art deco experience a renaissance in the early part of this century. There's an assocation bound to arto deco design and the future that projects an optimism about the future. :)

Posted by Rob Christensen to the Arts category at 2:04 PM.
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March 09, 2004

SXSW 2004

We're heading to Austin in a few days for the South by Southwest Interactive festival. If you're planning on attending and are interested in writing for the site or just have suggestions about things to cover, leave a comment or a tip and we'll plan a little Friscosity meetup.

Posted by Walt to the Friscosity category at 12:48 PM.
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