If there were 13 symbols in the Lunar New Year calendar then 2015 would not be the Year of the Sheep, but, rather, the Year of the Spy. Sam Mendes’ “Spectre” has been recently released this week along with a flood of spy films this year such as Kingsman, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., and another Mission Impossible flick. (We didn’t make it to “Hitman: Agent 47.” Any good?) Don’t get us wrong here, we enjoy high-octane espionage flicks as much as the next guy, if not more, but with so many of them out we needed to compare them into a Battle Royale type-situation, to see which franchise is truly the best.
Halloween is less than a week away, and if you haven’t put together your costume or decided what you’re gonna wear, fear not, for we have your back. Here’s a list of costumes you can put together at Wingtip–or perhaps from your own well-equipped closet.
Last month, Wingtip’s very own Brandon Bigalke competed in Bombay Sapphire’s Regional Finals for the 9th Annual “World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” competition. Held at the of-the-moment Mission bar Forgery, the event was the last stop on the tour, pitting six bartenders against each other to find out who would represent San Francisco at the North American Finals.
Now the next James Bond installment, Spectre, is on the horizon. So what better way to get jazzed up (See what I did there?) about Bond 24 than to check out the San Francisco Symphony’s “The Spy Who Loved Me: Music from the Bond Films & Favorite Spy Movie Themes,” featuring Sheena Easton, who performed the theme from Bond 12, “For Your Eyes Only” (which hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981).
The beat generation was raised at a bookstore, just a stone’s throw from Wingtip, on a jagged block of Columbus Avenue, nestled between San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown districts. City Lights Bookstore was opened in 1953, the brainchild of Peter D. Martin, but it was co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti who turned it into a place where poets could read and publish works that weren’t necessarily “fit to print,” in the established sense.
Whether you need to pick up some libations for the festivities, or if you find yourself in a swarm of green and need a quiet nip, or if you’re feeling the affects of said festivities and need a warm meal, we have what cures your ailments this Saint Paddy’s Day:
We don’t currently offer many art reviews at Wingtip’s Modern Gentleman’s Blog, but the occasion of the “Skating Minister” visiting the De Young Museum for the next few months has piqued our interest. This 1790s painting, allegedly by Henry Raeburn, is fully dubbed “The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch,” and usually resides at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, so it is a rare treat to lay eyes on this dapper gent.
Over the past week-and-a-half, auteurs, wannabes, and looky-loos crowded into Park City, Utah, for the annual Sundance film festival. One of the largest “independent” film festivals in the nation, this yearly affair brings us the newest works and projects by Hollywood’s top talents as well as regional unknowns. We’re always excited to see which films have been bought for distribution, as well as which sartorial choices have been brought to the blistering temps, so we decided this year, Why not look at both?
SF Gate and the SF mayor’s office teamed up to make this Wednesday the official #LoveLocalSF day. Businesses and organizations all across the city are participating, and we’re pleased to get in on the fun by offering a 20% Discount off full-priced merchandise all Wednesday (in-store only; does not apply to alcohol). So wear the official color, red, and stop by for a deep pre-, pre-holiday discount.
The 49ers beat the Packers and it’s time to find something else to watch. The BBC is showing an MGM documentary called Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 to commemorate 50 years of James Bond. A little over halfway through the show, they flash a still photograph of Sean Connery and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli talking to each other. While the still is only on-screen for a couple seconds, the backdrop is something I’ve looked at almost every day for the last two years, since first stepping foot in the original Bank of Italy (later, Bank of America) building at 550 Montgomery.