Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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The Perfect Out-of-Town Recharge
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 19, 2007)
Mendocino County has become one of the most vaunted areas in California for romantic weekend expeditions, and for good reason. Take Heritage House Inn -- a beautiful cliffside hamlet in the diminutive borough of Little River, California, that offers 37 acres of majestic solitude from the riff-raff of city life. More »
Prepare for Enchantment
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 13, 2007)
Whether or not you were the kind of kid who practiced pulling a bunny out of a hat ad infinitum for third-grade show and tell, most of us have likely been indoctrinated with the idea that magic is a serious business. That would, after all, explain the pinched expressions of concentration that have graced patricians of spectacle like the Davids (Copperfield and Blaine) for eons. And sure, theres virtue in spectacle -- particularly when accompanied by Las Vegas pyrotechnics and nubile assistants -- but its hard not to extricate megalomaniacal stunts from the hyuk-hyuk ridicule thats invariably heaped upon their makers. More »
A Glimpse into an Icons Closet
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 29, 2007)
Coquettes and style mavens, take note -- 2007 has been a most fitting time for exhibitions that feature clothing. The de Young Museum recently enjoyed a popular exhibition on the legacy of the doyenne of hipness herself, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Now, the museum dovetails on the success of the Westwood event with an exhibition celebrating the very impressive wardrobe of another aesthetic arbiter: Nan Kempner. More »
Summer Away from the City
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 29, 2007)
Summers in the city are always hit or miss. Weather reports often augur gorgeous weather after a day or two of unexpected sunshine, but we all know that just because its June, it doesnt mean diddly-squat. A few hours of balminess might give you gleeful intimations of the French Riviera, but I dare you to drive to the other side of the city, and the banks of fog will make you feel like youre marooned on a Scandinavian fjord. And dont even get me started on the necessity of dressing in layers. More »
An Authentic Taste of San Francisco Luxury
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 06, 2007)
While the summer months may have some of us all prepped for vacation plans in balmy coastal areas or more exotic terrains, others are more than a little accustomed to the occasional stream of visitors who find themselves strangely entranced with the City by the Bay. More »
Wellness Beckons
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 01, 2007)
For harried city-dwellers, Oaklands Piedmont Avenue is like a sojourn to another time -- one where residents stop to greet each other to chat about the weather, and its safe enough to keep your doors unlocked. But the quaint, small-town feel is assuaged quite a bit by the spattering of chicness: hip yoga studios, used book stores, antique shops, and stylish fine dining populate the area with a relaxed elegance that make Piedmont Avenue an apt backdrop for a place like Meditrina World Healing Spa. More »
A Dark Rendition
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 24, 2007)
If youve never actually read Charles Dickens [b]Oliver Twist[/b], which is perhaps the most paradigmatic rags-to-riches story ever written, wellconsider yourself at home. As adulated as Dickens is among the populist echelons and the fusty literati set, his erudite moral fables of industrial England gone bad are a little timeworn, a little too simplistic in our postmodern era of six billion people and clashing metanarratives. And with all the sentimental stage and screen revivals (particularly the 1963 film version, with its hum-worthy ditties and loveable rapscallions), its easy to write [b]OT[/b] off as just another feel-good yarn. More »
Open for Interpretation
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 17, 2007)
Walking up the stairs to the Intersection for the Arts gallery, potential spectators might be somewhat bewildered at the sight that greets them; coating the steps is a sheet of white felt, covered with ostensibly Persian names, in dispassionate block letters. Among the more obscure appellations, one can pick out Saddam and Osama almost instantly, as the eyes natural tendency is to wander to whats recognizable and fill it out with familiar meaning. In some ways, you can say thats the very crux of Taraneh Hemamis collection of installation work, "Most Wanted". More »
Forget About the Wine-Tasting
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 10, 2007)
Evidently, spring is in the air, romance is upon us, and throwbacks to the tried and true dinner-n-a-movie combination just wont make the cut anymore. Thats no secret to jet-setting young urbanites and seasoned weekend lovebirds who flock to Gaige House, a cozy Sonoma County hamlet that cant help but inspire its inhabitants to turn their cell phones off and their taste for the finer things in life on. More »
Exotic Indulgences
By Nirmala Nataraj (Mar 20, 2007)
Novella Spa and Imports is one of those places -- you know the kind. As soon as you step in, youre immediately smacked with an urge to buy the entire store, particularly if your tastes tend toward the exotic and rare. Its also one of the prime spots in San Francisco for decadent beauty rites to make you feel like a sultana of yore. More »
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