Eat, Drink & See Films – August 21-27

Our selection of some terrific things to do in the Bay Area this week.

Film Night

Film Night in the Park screens Pixar’s Toy Story

         Saturday Night in Union Square, SF

The San Francisco Neighborhood Theatre Foundation starts its annual free Film Night in the Park series on Saturday night, August 22 with Pixar’s Toy Story.

The 1995 classic celebrates its 20th anniversary. It was the breakout film that redefined modern animation and established the Bay Area’s Pixar as a Hollywood powerhouse.

A big crowd is expected at Union Square crowd so please plan to arrive early to secure your seating.  There will be the usual set-up with movie concessions on the Union Square stage and seating on the slate.  Please leave your chairs at home, but know that a limited number of seats will be set up at the rear end of the viewing area (available on a first come, first served basis).  Note that sunset is at 7:53 PM and expect the program to start at approximately 8:10 PM.  We encourage you to take public transit to Union Square.  The Powell Street BART/MUNI station is a short walk from Union Square.


Coming to 2015 Film Night in the Park

Saturday, Sept. 12th, Fargo (1996) at Washington Square Park

Saturday, Sept. 26th, Back to the Future (1985) at Dolores Park

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photo by Gamma Nine

photo by Gamma Nine

photo by Gamma Nine

Eat Drink SF

The big San Francisco Celebration of local restaurants and libations has started at Fort Mason.

For a quick tour of what Eat Drink SF will be like, click here.

Gwyneth Bordon, the Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and 11-time World Pizza Champion and restaurant owner Tony Gemignani visit KRON 4 to discuss the event.

Come and stir things up. Full schedule of events at Eat Drink SF.

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The Crossroads of Food and Rock “n” Roll

CrossroadsIn recent years, the confluence of food and music has become more apparent with festivals like Outside Lands and restaurants that double as concert venues. Both industries seem to overlap and intertwine as longtime music industry vets are leaving their careers to open restaurants, and people who are passionate about food and music are finding ways to incorporate the two. In this panel discussion you’ll hear perspectives from several Bay Area luminaries who’ve helped shape our city’s food and music scenes.

The panel:

  • Jordan Kurland, Owner, Zeitgeist Artist Management; co-owner, Noise Pop Industries; Restaurant Investor, Central Kitchen, Trick Dog and Wise Son’s Delicatessen
  • Dave McLean, Founder & Brewmaster, Magnolia Brewing Company
  • John Paluska, Owner, Comal, The Advocate, longtime Phish band manager
  • David Steele, Founding Partner, Ne Timeas Restaurant Group; Managing Partner, Noise Pop Industries
  • Dan Stone, Founder & Editor in Chief, Radio Silence – Moderator

Wednesday, August 26 , 2015 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Check in 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm.

For full details click here, and use promotional code – specialgourmet – to get a special EatDrinkFilms price!

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Lisa Mezzacappa

Lisa Mezzacappa

Film and Music at SF Jazz

This weekend celebrates the fusion of film and music when SF Jazz presents classic movies and live jazz performances.

Friday night brings Round Midnight, Bertrand Tavernier’s Oscar-winning 1986 film starring real-life jazz giant Dexter Gordon in an Oscar-nominated role as Dale Turner, an expatriate American jazz saxophonist living in Paris during the 1950s, loosely based on the lives of jazz legends Lester Young and Bud Powell.

Prior to the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, Maxine Gordon (widow of Dexter Gordon), and acclaimed jazz vocalist Ed Reed.

Saturday is Birdman with a live drum accompaniment of his Golden Globe nominated score by composer Antonio Sánchez.

Sunday afternoon will fill the theater with laughter as Buster Keaton stars in Go West with a live score performed by the legendary Clubfoot Orchestra. Cartoons with Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown and by Winsor McCay will precede the feature. A great way to introduce friends and family to the joys of silent film with live music.

MalteseSunday evening brings Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR performing a film noir influenced concert before the screening of John Huston’s Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart and set in San Francisco.

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