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Gondry, Carax and Bong Offer Three Different Visions of Tokyo

Planning a visit to Japan? You might think twice after Tokyo!, a deliberately mystifying triptych from three directors – French filmmakers Michel Gondry and Leos Carax, and Korea’s Bong Joon-ho – who defy cinematic convention. Here, they present the city as a blandly uninviting backdrop against which characters engage in behavior ranging from the mundane to the violent. Much like the directors, they are outsiders peering in, and less than enchanted with what they see.

Judgement Day and Kelli Rudick: The Hardest Strings We've Ever Heard

We walked in a few minutes late to the much-anticipated stringed line-up last night at Café du Nord not really expecting much. We were greeted with the romantic, whimsical melodies from The Cello Man aka Matthew Schoening. Alright, we ponder, this should be a pretty chill evening. But man, were we wrong.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Launches "Fight Like a Girl" Tee

We’re fully aware that money’s tight these days and that every purchase we make counts. That’s why we love Bloomingdale’s springtime collabo with MJ. This Marc by Marc Jacobs limited edition “Fight Like a Girl” breast cancer tee is cute, quirky, comfortable, and 50% of its $48 retail price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. No need to wait until October to “think pink”— the shirt is available at the downtown Bloomingdale's store now through the end of April.

Invasion of the Snuggies

Snuggies are a bit monk/cultish looking, yes, but you've gotta admit, they're kind of the perfect San Francisco attire.  So on March 20, wear it proud in the inaugural Snuggie Pub Crawl down Polk Stret.

Market Watch: This Week's Cream of the Crop

If anyone has the inside scoop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she’ll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, seasonality and goings-on.

1. The Hamada family of Hamada Farms, based in the Kingsburg area, has farming for almost 90 years. During the summer, their stone fruits are some of the best, but for now, pick up branches of vibrant, springy peach and quince blossoms at their booth.

New Trina Turk Fabric for Schumacher

If the slow-coming warm weather has you dreaming of Palm Springs sun, a dose of color via Trina Turk's fabric might work just as well as a plane ticket. The designer's new line of indoor/outdoor prints from Schumacher evoke modern Southern California with each bright, crisp pattern. We say a chair or some pillows in Turk's fabric would certainly help banish any lingering chills in the air.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Chaiken, Yummie Tummie, Vintage Fashion Expo

This weekend is all about classic silhouettes, solid foundations and exploring the fashions of the past.

Start in SoMa at the Chaiken Spring 2009 Sample Sale for up to 70 percent off women’s apparel and accessories from the San Francisco label’s current collection. Founder Julie Chaiken’s signature sense of easy-going yet quietly refined style comes through once again in the season’s subdued and versatile sheaths, twill shorts, jersey knit dresses and roomy leather carryalls.

Finally: Gavin’s Mane Secret Revealed

We were glad to learn we aren’t the only ones who’ve pondered the substance responsible for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s ever-so-neatly coiffed ‘do. The product or products behind the mayoral mane’s enviable hold and impressively uniform shape have intrigued us for years. Finally, today we have the answer. And we have none other than Ryan Seacrest to thank.

Seacrest opened his KIIS-FM radio program yesterday morning not with queries probing his guest’s political aspirations, but with this far more personal question: “What is that product that you put in your slick, shiny hair?”

Philanthropy Lesson #1: Time is Cheap

Meet Sophie Azouaou, 7x7’s new Community Impact Contributor. As owner of SophiSticate Interiors and host of the upcoming NBC TV show, Touching Hearts, she has established herself as a key player in the Bay Area community and is a valuable resource on ways to lend a hand. In this bi-weekly Thursday column, Sophie serves up the philanthropy dish for the budget-conscious volunteer. Tune in to get tips on giving back that put your mind and your wallet at ease.

Spring Has Sprung! Sfgirlbybay's Color-Infused Wish List

It would seem that Spring has sprung, or at the very least its trying really hard! The Cherry Blossoms came out bright and early this year and color is everywhere I look. So this week's Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven is all about color and lots of it!

1. It's time for a Spring fling! Dust off the patio furniture, invite some friends over and get your best apron out. In need of a new one? Check out the vintage-inspired aprons from Red Velvet Art - a new online shop created by three very crafty girls, filled with homemade and stylish goodness.

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