Molly Freedenberg

Sleigh bells ring, are you drinking?

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By Molly Freedenberg

Oh, it sure is party season. How do I know? The costumes and formalwear strewn across my floor, the open bottle of hangover-fighting Vitamin B on my nightstand, and the sense of anticipation I get just looking at the calendar. Now, I know San Francisco is a party town, and there's really no season that isn't chock full of events worth attending. So what makes this one special? Its my favorite party season. I love the rain and the cold. I love Christmas in all of the ways it's taken seriously (Dickens Fair) and not so seriously (Santacon). Read more »

Gitane: Sexy, sophisticated gypsy food. Really.

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By Molly Freedenberg

To take a page from Dani Leone's book, I have a new favorite restaurant. It's Gitane, opened by the same people who brought us Cafe Claude, and it's fantastic. Of course, I might be a bit biased. The name "Gitane" means "gypsy woman," and indeed, the restaurant's interior and menu was designed with gypsy culture in mind. Having been told my whole life that I'm descended from gypsies and horse thieves (on Mom's side, from the Slavias), I felt a kinship with this place before I'd set foot inside the deceptively small building. Read more »

I want to be a porn star when I grow up: Meet Lorelei Lee

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Intrepid reporter Justin Juul hits the streets each week for our Meet Your Neighbors series, interviewing the Bay Area folks you'd like to know most. Read more »

Ex-Mormons and vodka milk: Meet Merkley???

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Intrepid reporter Justin Juul continues his Meet Your Neighbors series, interviewing the Bay Area folks you'd like to know most. Read more »

Fashion Hause: Couture for change

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Style intern Chloe Schildhause talks trends and togs. Check out her latest installment here.

It’s been over a month since Obama-lovers and fashionistas gathered for “Fashioning Change: Barack Obama Fashion Show Fundraiser,” so it seems silly to talk about the event itself – especially since Obama won.

But it’s certainly not too late to highlight the diverse fashion designers who got involved with the cause. Read more »

Fashion Hause: fAction for a good cause

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Style intern Chloe Schildhause talks trends and togs. Check out her latest installment here.

“We see fashion as art. Read more »

Fashion Hause: Be a man

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Style intern Chloe Schildhause talks trends and togs. Check out her most recent installment here.

Diane Keaton’s style in Woody Allen’s Manhattan is beyond inspiring. Her tailored blazers, high-waisted wide leg dress pants and her insistence on not wearing a bra are fashion philosophies worth living by.

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Holiday Guide 2008: Creative giving

Cheap and DIY ideas for giving on a shoestring
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culture@sfbg.com

Barack Obama may have won the election and things may be looking up, but now, in post–Election Day reality, certain things are still true: we're stuck with George W. Bush until January. Proposition 8 passed in California. And the economy still sucks. Not to rain on anyone's parade — or water down your big steaming cup of holiday cheer — but things aren't all better yet. Read more »

Drunk on hope ... and Baracktails

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By Molly Freedenberg

Thanks to the results of the presidential election, it seemed everyone I saw Tuesday night was happy and drunk. (Perhaps it also had something to do with drowning out the memory of the sad fates of Props H and 8.) And not surprisingly, many were reeling from cocktails they'd invented or renamed just for election night. My favorites? The Baracktail, a mixture of champagne and a fruity liquer, which was later rechristined The Landslide; and the Obama Bomb, a combo of Bacardi O and Red Bull.

What intoxicated you on November 4 (other than hope and triumph)? Read more »

Obama 4th, 2008: Where were you?

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By Molly Freedenberg

Some moments we don’t recognize as historic until they’ve passed. Others are so monumental, we feel their future importance even as we experience them in the present. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kennedy’s assassination, and 9/11 all were such moments – those old enough to be cognizant all remember where they were the first moment they heard the news.

Our newest such moment is, of course, election night 2008. Read more »