Super Sideman: Sax player Mark Rivera on touring with Billy Joel, working with Ringo Starr, and where to find the best slice in Brooklyn
Some people declare their major at 19. Or lose their virginity. Or try a Manhattan for the first time. At 19, Mark Rivera was just getting his first real gig: playing sax for Sam & Dave. From that auspicious breakthrough, Rivera worked on a number of projects, any one of which could have been a career-defining highlight: marquee gigs working with Foreigner, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Ringo Starr.
Clothing layers are a must in the Bay Area. From the time the marine layer settles in at 6am and the time you break for lunch, there could be a rapid swing in temperature. And our micro-climates practically guarantee that the weather at your house is not even the same as the weather at your work. While we layer during every season, we especially like to layer up in the fall and winter, even if we still have to shed our scarves and overcoats by noon everyday.
Anchor is America’s first and oldest craft brewery, with roots dating back to the California gold rush. Even with the efficient beer production technologies of today, Anchor still handcrafts its beers from an all-malt mash in its traditional copper brewhouse in Portrero Hill. Walking into Anchor’s facility transports you back to 1965 when Fritz Maytag, of the clothes washer fame, purchased the failing brewery. There is the original bar where customers could buy beer directly from the brewery. The smell of malted, heated cereal fills the air. Even the name, Anchor Steam, evokes a different time and approach to beer.
Visit the new St. Croix shop-in-shop at Wingtip, where we are offering an expanded selection of American-made shirts, sweaters, pants, and more. PLUS: Visit Bespoke to see the new fall line from Mark Pomerantz.
You may not know her name, but you’ve seen her work. Catherine Thomas is the costume designer you call when you need a hero to look his best while firing a gun, accurately, in a rapidly descending plane (Liam Neeson in Non Stop) or when you need a swarm of paperdoll bad guys to all look like menacing Japanese Reservoir Dogs (the Crazy 88s in Kill Bill Vol. 1) or when you need the right hat for the right officer who needs it to stay tilted just-so even while they bust down a casino. That last challenge comes courtesy of Public Morals the long-gestating cop drama from Ed Burns and Steven Spielberg that gets rolled out on TNT tonight. In this interview we talk with Thomas about her menswear tips, her storied career, and what makes Public Morals style different from, say Mad Men
Agave’s Japanese Clouds shirts are the epitome of casual sophistication, with an extremely soft and comfortable touch. They are made from cotton, hand-picked from mills in the United States, Italy, and Japan. The fabric is yarn-dyed and “gauze”-weight. This fall, the Japanese Clouds shirts are offered in both checks and solids.
The Club at Wingtip is pleased to announce a vast expansion of the wines by-the-glass program in the club. Our new Wine Directors, Michael Hildbold and Adam Ono, have created the Wingtip Cellar Collection. Twenty-plus rare, old, or otherwise prestigious wines to pour by the taste and by the glass using the Coravin wine preservation system. This system perfectly preserves the wines, allowing Wingtip to offer such an incredible range. The Wingtip Cellar Collection will be offered Tuesday through Friday nights, poured tableside by our sommeliers.
1st Course: Oysters with Dukes Citadelle Gin Martini
2nd Course: Padron Peppers with French 75
3rd Course: Jerked Chicken with Stiggins’ Pineapple Allspice Rum Daiquiri
4th/Digestive Course: Cheese Pairing with Pierre Ferrand Reserve 20-year
Every Thursday for the past year, Matt Gill has been rolling a cart around the club, full of specially selected cheeses. Some selections are tied to a specific theme, like goat’s milk or all blue cheeses or even Halloween pairings (e.g. brie and cotton candy). July was spent lasering in on all-American cheese. Other weeks, Gill just picks what he likes, what he wants to share with club members. On those days, just listen and hold on. On those days, just listen and hold on. Gill will enchant you with his ripened testimony until everything goes quiet and you sail away on the seas of cheese. His passion for cheese and its related specialty foods knows no bounds. Except camel. He’s not totally sold on artisanal camel meat–yet.
The 50-Year Echo: Grace Cathedral Celebrates Vince Guaraldi’s “Masterwork”
In May 1965, pianist Vince Guaraldi dragged his “saloon music” up from North Beach to the top of Nob Hill, and laid it bare before the altar of the newly-completed Grace Cathedral. He had a well-oiled rhythm section backing him, and a corps of 60 voices. James Easton and S.S. Weiss from Fantasy Records only had a couple hours to set up their whole portable tape rig (couldn’t disturb the other services), but they were used to strange setups; they once recorded Guaraldi at the crowded Nighthawk from the comfort of the men’s room (no other space to set up). While the public clamored to get into the sanctuary, the dissenters were likely there, too, gathering fuel for their next death threat against the event’s mastermind, Reverend Charles Gompertz. Critic Ralph Gleason was in the audience, too, and that night, perhaps while smoking a pipe of his custom Dunhill blend, #965, he would ink a fresh and enthusiastic review.Posted on August 12, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
What’s So “Undateable” About Ron Funches?
Funnyman and actor Ron Funches takes the stage at the Outside Lands festival this weekend. While music is the main attraction, the Barbary Stage hosts a plethora of comedians. This year’s line-up includes veteran stand-up comic, Tig Notaro, and the renowned comedy houses The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. Performing among them is our current favorite comic, Funches, who was kind enough to take some time to chat with us about his acting, his vices, and what he has in store for Golden Gate Park this weekend.Posted on August 7, 2015 by Tim Niven
Spill The Wine: The Urban Wine Xperience
The Oakland Urban Wine Xperience is an annual event put on by the East Bay Vintners Alliance. The 19 East Bay wineries represented are housed primarily in renovated warehouses, with grapes sourced from Oregon, Sonoma, Napa, Amador County, and the central coast of California. While many similar events focus on one varietal of grape and draw a crowd that has a uniform persona, the Oakland Vintners work with a variety of grapes and blends that reflects Oakland’s wide variety of people and styles, all of which were present.Posted on August 6, 2015 by Peter Fielder
Bond 24: What We Know So Far
Bond’s latest outing bows Oct 26 in the UK and Nov 6 in the US. You probably know that Daniel Craig is still the man in the suit, but you may not know that “Spectre” will likely be Sam Mendes’ last turn at the helm. Here are some more bits of intel on Bond 24.Posted on August 4, 2015 by davidmacfaddenelliott
Pinot Days 2015 Report
Four stories below the City View room at the Metreon, where the Pinot Days Grand Festival Tasting was held, a stage in a grassy park was set for a Brazilian band. The sound crew tinkered with the system while the musicians tested their instruments: conga drums, an electronic harpsichord, and electric guitars. About 100 different wineries were then preparing their own instruments: decanters, stemware, and the stars– bottles of pinot noir. Similar to the band, these winemakers melded a variety of contributing influences into a personal style, their personal takes on common themes or grapes.Posted on July 31, 2015 by Peter Fielder
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).Posted on July 24, 2015 by Tim Niven