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Eat It: Oysters, Pork and Sake Galore

Swap Cookbooks at 18 Reasons
If your shelves are groaning under the weight of cookbooks you never use, head to the cookbook swap at 18 Reasons on Thursday, February 25, between 7 and 9 p.m., and trade the old for the new. You can take as many as you bring, and admission is only $5.

Noise Pop News: Butterfly Bones + Man/Miracle Split 7"

We're still tripping off of Butterfly Bones' looped beats, and heavy synths from the last Rumble at Cafe du Nord just a few short weeks ago.

Our Pick of the Litter: Fave Etsy Local Finds

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shops for this week's round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

 

 

1. Brass Art Deco Necklace from kategraydesigns, $65: This vintage Art Deco pendant looks equally amazing whether worn layered or solo.

 

 

Local Designer Goes to Bat for Lashes’ Head

If you’ve seen Bat for Lashes lately, it’s likely you’ve also seen the work of San Francisco accessories designer Nico Lopez, who creates adornments such as feather headpieces and shoulder-dusting recycled leather earrings under her label 1228.

Noise Pop Last Night: Yoko Ono and Deerhoof at the Fox

Confession: I don't know Yoko Ono's music, I've never seen her perform and I had no idea what was in store for Noise Pop's opening night. But being that this marked the band's reunion tour after a 20+ year break, there was no question that I must go. And if the standing ovation Yoko got just by walking onto the stage was any indication, no matter what followed, she would do no wrong.

Escape the Rain this Weekend at the Pacific Orchid Expo

We didn't make it to Carnaval this year... or any year, for that matter. Instead we'll get pumped about celebrating not with booze, not with crazy parades filled with debauchery, but with... the Pacific Orchid Expo? Okay, it's not exactly the same as partying it up in Rio, but for orchidophiles, it's about as exciting as it gets.

Restaurants That Aren't Part of the Popular Crowd

If San Francisco's restaurant world was a high-school cafeteria, there would be one table in the middle where the cool kids sit: This table perpetually has seats reserved for the Delfinas, the Zunis, the A16s, the Slanted Doors.

But we (and I include myself in this) so often forget about restaurants on the periphery—the wallflowers, the Duckies (am I dating myself with this reference?). The restaurants that open quietly, in true neighborhood spirit. They often don't have a publicist or even … a website. There are plenty of these establishments, and in 7x7's ongoing quest to bring to you the latest and greatest, I unfortunately rarely find the time to patronize them.

5 Rising Local Stars to See At Noise Pop Before They Blow Up

The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival has officially begun, and we already got you covered on all the must-see marquee acts playing throughout the jam packed week. We thought we would take a moment, however, to introduce you to some of Noise Pop's more overlooked local treasures -- those opening this year, headlining next year acts that you will wish you caught before they blew up. While Noise Pop is always a week of extremely difficult choices, below are five rising local artists we highly recommend checking out. Don't worry, you can thank us next year.

Dave Eggers Is Under Joanna Newsom's Spell

Nevada City native and Mills College drop out Joanna Newsom makes us want to geek out. She plays the freakin' harp, has the hot elf thing down pat (hello Armani modeling contract) and is dating SNL's Andy Samberg. She's also one of the most talented and prolific musicians of our day and just dropped a TRIPLE (yes, triple) album today entitled Have One On Me. And if that's not enough, there's now an entire scholarly book dedicated to her work, featuring fawning essays by Dave Eggers (who bemoans the fact that "she turned out to be pretty") and Christian Kiefer.

Bye to Frumpy Fleece, Hello to Looking Hot in Tahoe

Who says fleece has to be frumpy? One local designer is on a quest to make the soft, versatile fabric into fashion-forward attire ready for après ski, an evening out or even a much-more-stylish jaunt to the grocery store.

“There’s a lot of gear fleece out there, but there’s no reason that it can’t be sexy like any other top,” says Jeanne Feldkamp, a Potrero Hill resident and longtime skier who launched the Fleece-A-Nista line of jackets, tops and accessories in January.

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