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‘Informant’ review: Snitch plays himself

"Informant," a riveting character study about a radical activist turned FBI snitch, takes a bizarre but inspired risk: The well-shot documentary uses its real-life subject - Brandon Darby, folk hero or traitorous [Read entire story]

Movie review, "Torn": aftermath of an attack

"Torn" is a succinct and emotionally truthful drama about the aftermath of a terrorist attack, as experienced by two families. Mahnoor Baloch plays the mother of a high school boy killed in the bombing of a Bay Area [Read entire story]

‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ review: As it was

"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" takes viewers back to the 1960s and early '70s, when Cassius Clay emerged on the scene, changed his name and risked jail to register as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Only [Read entire story]

Benu

At Benu, former French Laundry chef de cuisine Corey Lee is developing a distinct language, both visual and culinary, within the conventions of haute cuisine. The luxury the room cultivates - stark, serene - is the feel [Read entire story]

The Blue Plate

Blue Plate has long been a new American diner full of surprises. Chef-owner Cory Obenour almost always keeps meatloaf and braised shortribs on the menu, but also crispy pork belly with mussels escabeche and gnocchi with [Read entire story]

Arthouse Movie Listings October 23-29, 2013

4-Star Theatre. Space Battleship Yamato: The long-time-coming live action adaptation of the classic 1970s anime series finally reaches American shores. Sat., Oct. 26, 6 p.m. $10. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488, [Read entire story]

"Torn": Behind Every Suspected Terrorist is a Worried Mother

Jeremiah Birnbaum's moving drama Torn is an examination of grief among ordinary people in dire circumstances, and just what it means to be ordinary in post-9/11 America. After their teenage sons are killed in an [Read entire story]

"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" : A Well-Known Story Well-Told

"Your greatest trial may not be in the ring," Howard Cosell once told Muhammad Ali. "It may be with the American public." The point still stands and is proved again in Bill Siegel's gut-punching new documentary, The [Read entire story]

"Informant": Tales of a Tea Party Sweetheart

Former radical activist and current Tea Party hero Brandon Darby is the kind of divisive figure that may seem heroic to those who admire testosterone-poisoned alpha males, but seems like an insufferable nozzle to the [Read entire story]

"12 Years a Slave": A Collision of Early American Dreams

(Opens Nov. 1.) In the 1840s, a free black man from upstate New York found himself kidnapped and sold into slavery. After a dozen years in hell, his rescue came from an abolitionist played by Brad Pitt. Ah, did we lose [Read entire story]

Wrecking Ball Coffee Departs Firehouse 8; Guest Chef Closes in Oakland

Russian Hill: The multi-use space that is Firehouse 8 (1648 Pacific Avenue) no longer has their regular coffee vendor, Wrecking Ball Coffee. And the split doesn't sound amicable. [Sprudge via Eater] Embarcadero: Chef [Read entire story]

Jake Gyllenhaal Dines at Locanda

Jake at Le Fooding a couple years ago. Megastar and Alice Waters acolyte Jake Gyllenhaal was in town last week and was spotted dining at Locanda. He ordered a pretty big meal of Jewish-style artichokes, bucatini [Read entire story]

S.F.’s Tadich Grill Expands to D.C.

San Francisco's oldest continuously operating restaurant, and the third-oldest in the country, Tadich Grill, is opening a second location after 164 years in Washington, D.C. As the Business Times reports, the iconic [Read entire story]

Killer Sentenced in 2009 Killing of Sushi-Man Chef Ryosuke Yoshioka

Yoshioka Ryosuke Yoshioka, one of the most respected sushi chefs in San Francisco, was brutally murdered in a parking garage in the Inner Richmond on January 7, 2009 at the age of 59. His killer was Peter Fong, now [Read entire story]

Bauer Praises Both the Food and Drinks at Hard Water

Mr. Bauer gave his thoughts on Hard Water (Pier 3) in Sunday's Chronicle. He likes the "dramatic space" designed by Olle Lundberg, and he continues to be impressed with such bars where cocktails "have gotten so refined [Read entire story]

SoMa Streat Food Park Nears; a Wine Bar Pops Up at El Rio; and More

SoMa: The much anticipated new food-truck pod, the SoMa Streat Food Park (346 11th Street at Division) is getting close, and organizer Carlos Muela has just a few more permit hurdles before opening. There will be free [Read entire story]

Emily Luchetti Elected Chair of James Beard Board

Emily Luchetti Elected Chair of James Beard Board

San Francisco's own pastry chef extraordinaire, Emily Luchetti (Waterbar, Farallon), was just elected chair of the board of the James Beard Foundation in New York. She's served on the board for six years already, and was [Read entire story]

Reminder: Del Popolo Launches Tonight

Reminder: Del Popolo Launches Tonight

Del Popolo Former Flour + Water pizzaiolo Jon Darsky and his team have been skulking around downtown with their somewhat conspicuous, awesome, glass-walled, wood-oven pizza truck Del Popolo for the past week. [Read entire story]

Forage Kitchen Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Raises Thousands In a Few Hours

Forage Kitchen Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Raises Thousands In a Few Hours

Iso Rabins, forager. Forage Kitchen, the upcoming new venture from Underground Market founder Iso Rabins, is finally taking shape. Rabins launched a Kickstarter campaign today to raise $150,000 to build out the [Read entire story]

Butter Love Bakeshop Brings Pies to the Castro, at Least Two Days a Week

Butter Love Bakeshop Brings Pies to the Castro, at Least Two Days a Week

Butter Love's apricot-cherry pie. Butter Love Bakeshop is a one-woman, mostly delivery venture started by baker Esa Yonn-Braun. It was talked up twice in the pages of SF Weekly last year (Kauffman named her [Read entire story]