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The films, live music, and cocktails that San Francisco staffers are geeking out about this week.

A scene from the film Tangarines.

Ellen Cushing, Senior Editor: Pizzaiolo may be famous for its pizza (duh), but don't sleep on the expertly crafted cocktail menu. Take, for example, the Solange (named, I can only presume, for the second-best Knowles sister)—rum, housemade peach brandy, lemon, and falernum, refreshing and springy and damn near perfect with a wild-nettle-and-ricotta-salata pie on the impossibly sunny back patio.

Sara Deseran, Editor-at-Large: My longtime and beloved hair stylist (I mean like this woman knows way too much about me) Glenda Darling has finally opened her own salon. Called Smoke & Mirrors (256 Sutter St., 2nd Floor, 415-515-3175) and located in Union Square, it's going to be my new destination for a little shopping and chopping. And ladies, since you asked: Yes, Glenda gets blonde just right. She knows how to do short and punky just as much as long and coiffed. And, if your husband asks, she'll even make you look as hot as Robin Wright on House of Cards. Ok, she'll do her best.

Rebecca Flint Marx, Senior Editor: Bryant Terry's new cookbook Afro-Vegan. Terry is an Oakland-based author, chef, food justice activist, and, yes, vegan, and this, his fourth cookbook, takes recipes from the African diaspora—think Southern and Caribbean—and, for lack of a better word, veganizes them into these vibrant, alluring dishes. I'm currently plotting to cook my way through it, cover to cover.

Scott Lucas, Web Editor: The San Francisco International Film Festival starts tomorrow. As part of our big (soon-to-be-uploaded) guide, I watched two movies—Tangerines and Trap Street—that are among the best films I've seen all year. The first is a personal meditation on war and loss set in Georgian-Abkhazian war in 1992. The second is a paranoid thriller about surveillance set in mainland China. It's funny how when you set out to curate the best movies in the world, you end up finding some really great films.

Annie Tittiger, Managing Editor: Lagunitas Brewing Company just released its summer concert lineup, and for anyone who's a fan of acoustic folk, blues, and rock it's going to be hard not to trot up to Petaluma every week: The Wood Brothers, The Revivalists, Allen Stone, and Foxygen are just a handful of the bands playing there this summer. Only catch: all the shows take place during the week, so prepare to play hooky (which we, of course, do not endorse...).

Adam Brinklow, Editorial Fellow: I've started "collecting" the strangest food-related tie-ins to popular media that have popped up around the Bay Area. A deli on Shattuck in downtown Berkeley advertises a "Breaking Bad" themed sandwich called the Heisenberg. Because that's a great hook for a lunch special: drug manufacture and mass murder. But at least the sandwich is something you'd actually want to eat; the Baskin-Robbins down the street serves "Spider-Man" themed ice cream. It's red and blue and looks like packing foam. At least they resisted the urge to fill it with real spiders.

Carly Salzberg, Editorial Intern: I am in love with this venue. They are not only skilled at preserving and booking fabulous live jazz and blues performances but they know how to lay down the intimate vibes.

 

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