Molly Freedenberg

Holiday Hops

Holiday Guide: Seasonal brews to chase away those cold weather blues
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We alter our schedules, our menus, and even our cocktail choices during the winter months. Why not our beers too? In fact, old world monasteries (which functioned as both breweries and spiritual centers) have been making commemorative holiday beers since monotheism was invented (and pagan producers long before that). Read more »

Good work

Holiday Guide: Ways to give when all you've got is time
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The phrase "less fortunate" takes on new meaning in times like these, when everyone's bank accounts and job opportunities seem more bleak than they used to. But according to the clichéd-yet-still-beneficent spirit of almost every holiday story ever told, this is the perfect time of year to contemplate those who truly are less fortunate than we are. (Cupboards full of ramen? Sucks. But having cupboards in which to put ramen? Rocks.) Why not get some perspective by giving your time and energy to those whose straits are even more dire than yours? Read more »

Drunk on holiday spirit

Holiday Guide: Events, performances, and places that'll get you in the mood
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I have to admit it. I love Christmas. I don't mean the day, or even the presents, though those both have their charm. But I love the whole damn holiday season and everything that comes with it. Little white lights wrapped around trees downtown, fake icicles dangling from apartment windows, plastic nativity scenes in storefronts and Muzak versions of "The Little Drummer Boy" playing in elevators. I like spray snow and real snow and cheap batting that's meant to look like snow. Read more »

Hot sex events this week: Nov 18-24

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Compiled by Molly Freedenberg

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Sir Loin Strip and Amelia Mae Paradise plan to take over Monday Night's Hubba Hubba Revue in Oakland with surprises, quirks, vaguery, folly, and fancy. Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux. Read more »

Bonus recipe: 10x cannabutter

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Want to make one of the psychedelic concotions we mention in this week's dine column? You'll need Sandy Moriarty's recipe for 10x cannabutter below.

What you'll need:

1 lb. Grade AA butter
4 oz. green leaf cannabis trimmings
water
1 large stockpot

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients into the pot and fill with water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil; the boiling temperature should be 212-degrees. Read more »

Seizing space

How Rebar and other artsy renegades reignited a movement to reclaim the urban environment
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San Francisco's streets and public spaces are undergoing a drastic transformation — and it's happening subtly, often below the radar of traditional planning processes. Much of it was triggered by the renegade actions of a few outlaw urbanists, designers, and artists.

But increasingly, their tactics and spirit are being adopted inside City Hall, and the result is starting to look like a real urban design revolution — one that harks back to a movement that was interrupted back in the 1970s.Read more »

Hello, cello

Out of the concert halls and into the clubs: the stringed instrument's newly charmed life
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molly@sfbg.com

There is something hauntingly beautiful — if not downright sexy — about the cello: a musician straddling the feminine curves of a human-sized instrument, bow sliding slowly and elegantly over the trembling strings, fingers plucking and vibrating in alternately gentle and assertive motions, and tones emitting from the smooth wood that range everywhere from soft whispers to deep moans.

It's no wonder the cello has been compared to both the human voice and, in the many portraits of women's backs painted to look like string instruments, the human body.

So perha Read more »

Hot sex events this week: Nov 4- 10

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Compiled by Molly Freedenberg

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Twinkle Toes McGee, seen here at Hubba Hubba Revue: Post-Apocalypse, teaches a series of sexy, sweaty classes during Burlesque Boot Camp. Read more »

Dia de los Awesome

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By Molly Freedenberg

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Airbrush work by Jessica Atreides and Andrew Jones at last year's Dia de las Muertos event at Five & Diamond. Photo courtesy of jonology.com.

With all the Halloween hullabaloo, it's easy to get distracted from that other awesome holiday that comes this time of year: Day of the Dead. Read more »

Beer Here: Q&A with Magnolia's Dave Mclean

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By Molly Freedenberg

In this week's issue of the Guardian, we talk about reasons to drink craft beer made locally and discuss someof the masters making noteworthy brews. But the Bay Area craft brew scene is so vibrant and varied, we could only touch on some of what makes it great. In coming weeks, we'll post longer interviews with experts at brewpubs, better beer bars, and breweries on this blog. Read more »