Flick Club

The first rule of Flick Club is: You do not talk about Flick Club.

Sorry fellas, I can’t help but blog about our fabulous movie night. I’m really into the classics and have to say I LOVED Casablanca. Such a great movie. Good job, Brian, on picking the movie and hosting a fabulous dinner.

I think forming clubs is a really good idea. Book club, movie night, girls night…whatever. It’s a perfect excuse to get together around a common interest. One of my book clubs is starting book #38. How incredible is that.

Here’s what we’ve watched so far:

1. Midnight Express

2. Brazil

3. Sunset Boulevard

4. Spoorloos (i.e., The Vanishing)

5. Casablanca

The Weekend in List Form


Slept in. This is a luxury I cannot fathom giving up. I have been sleeping in on weekends since I was born. I remember talking to a friend about how I sleep in until around 11am almost every weekend and he said, “What’re you like 16 years old?”

Hung out with friends and their twins. Dean’s really good with kids. I think they think he’s one of them, but just super tall.

Got car tires changed. My mechanic, the Toy Shop on Geary, is the best. If you own a Japanese car, get your car fixed at the Toy Shop. Very good at what they do, and honest with reasonable prices. I love the guys there. The only thing they don’t do are tires so we had to get those changed elsewhere.

Watched the new Skyfall movie. Entertaining. Can’t say it’s the best Bond flick ever, but pretty good. I think it’s been hyped up so much, I was disappointed.

Dinner at Mr. Pollo. I will review in another post.


Slept in

Got my toe nails painted. Cut my own nails, filed them, then went to the nail salon across the street and had them do a french paint.

Drinks at the Phoenix. The Mission is now fully packed on the weekends. We went to 3 places in a row and there wasn’t any place to sit.

Dinner at Mission Chinese. Still, hands-down, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Last weekend, I went to Chinatown and ate at Great Eastern which is the restaurant Obama got take-out from. I swear to God I gained 3 pounds when I weighed myself the next day. What a waste of calories, the food wasn’t even good. But Mission Chinese is good Chinese food, not that crappy stuff they serve in the bowels of Chinatown. After gorging on Mission Chinese, I weighed myself the next day bracing myself for another 3 pound gain and I swear to God I lost 2 pounds. Who loses weight after eating Chinese food? Mission Chinese–best diet ever.

Drinks at Beauty Bar. The place has turned into a major decrepit dive. Wow, won’t be going back there again.

Wine at a friend’s house. Can’t go wrong drinking wine with a friend who has hundreds of bottles at his home.

The Creators Project San Francisco

I had the privilege of attending the Creators Project’s inaugural West Coast event two weeks ago. I didn’t even know what it was when I signed up for it.

The Creators Project was born through a partnership between Intel and Vice magazine, and showcases art, technology, music, film, and design. The SF event was spread throughout several buildings at Fort Mason and took place over the course of the weekend. Tickets for Saturday, including the music line-up, were distributed via lottery. Sunday was open to the public, minus the musical acts.

Attending the event was similar to going to Burning Man: stand-out art and installations minus the dust. If you’ve spent time in the desert, you realize that it’s unbearably hot in the day, but also unbearably cold at night. I think we experienced San Francisco at its coldest because we were freezing our asses off at Fort Mason, especially since it’s right by the water. I turned into a popsicle, I was sooo cold. I was hungry too, but could barely wait in line at one of the food trucks. F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G!

The art installations were mesmerizing. As for music, I only cared to see Zola Jesus. I didn’t even know the headliner the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Dean had to play a clip of their music for me before we went. Art + Music + Friends = Suhweet Night

My pictures don’t do the event justice. The one I included is proof that I went. But you must watch this 1 minute video clip overview.

Oh yes, I should also mention that the event was completely free. Thank you Intel and Vice!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

I’m embarrassed to say that I had never been to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to see a performance. So I booked us tickets to see Program 2 (Dance Downtown) of ODC/Dance’s 41st annual home season. YBCA is such a beautiful, modern facility. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to see something. They have a never-ending list of events to check out: dance, lectures, film, theater, music.

During intermission, we took a stroll over to the Metreon for creamy gelato. Can’t believe Target is coming later on this year.

I had mixed feelings about the program. I enjoyed the first and last dance, but the middle one was a little too kitschy and over-the-top for me. I was hoping to catch a ballet that I’ve been dying to see in Austin, but I think poor Dean is probably over-cultured. And not sure the rest of our group would want to see a ballet either! I wanted to sign us up for a 5k historical city tour or the music tour, but no one liked that idea either. Bunch of lazy-asses.