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Turn-tables and Cellos: A Hip-Hop Symphony

Hip-hop and symphony are words you wouldn't normally use in the same sentence. Try telling that to the standing-room only crowd at the Palace of Fine Arts who turned out for the acclaimed debut of "Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony" back in April. Composed by Adam Theis (founding member of Jazz Mafia), the symphony is rooted in jazz but with a classic call and response hip-hop vibe (where else can you hear turntables and cellos battle?). If you missed it, don't fret. The unique event returns to the stage on August 20-22 at Yoshi's San Francisco and features players such as The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Lyrics Born, Joe Bagale and more.

2009 Burger Bonanza: Acme's Classic

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

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Bourdain Redeems Himself (Somewhat) With Missing Drinking Scene

Well, I finally got around to watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations SF episode over the weekend. Now I am--like most everyone else--a big Bourdain fan. His unvarnished commentary and loose-cannon opinions are often a delight in the relentlessly enthusiastic and back-scratching world of food media. But how would I feel when those sights are trained on my beloved home, the SF Bay Area?

Creative Bloggers Unite at Blog Out Loud

If you haven't noticed the increasing number of designers, boutique owners, and stylists with blogs, well, you must not be on the internet much. Blogs are becoming increasingly more popular with creative professionals, not just as an outlet for expressing ideas, but also as a fundamental tool for growing one's brand and business. If you're thinking of getting your own piece of the internet up and running, or if you're a seasoned blogging veteran, you might want to check out the Blog Out Loud event happening this Sunday (August 23rd) from 5 to 7 PM at BellJar in the Mission.

Want to Cook at Chez Panisse? Bid Now.

If you're not feeling flush, pool some money with your friends because the San Francisco Street Food Festival silent auction started today and the offerings are enough to make a foodie weep with want:

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Spruce, A Perfect Little Paradise

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

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Link Love: Orange is the New Red and The $72,753.98 Balenciaga Dress

We know. It's Monday. Sorry about that. But at least you can start your week off with some good reads from our feeds…

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, T Magazine enlisted the likes of Jeff Koons, Frank Gehry and Alber Elbaz to have their way with the issue, and the results are simply smashing.

No funds to go on a whirlwind European shopping spree this summer? Save the airplane fare and check out our latest e-commerce obsession, farfetch.com.

The Inbox: Port O'Brien, The Matches, and Jack Kerouac?

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel. Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Port O'Brien:

Personal tragedy struck this indie Americana/freak-folk band from Oakland midway through recording their third album Threadbare (drops 10/6). On "My Will is Good" a rolling drumbeat, eerie echos and whispers, and stirring strings set the stage for a haunting and introspective sound.

Love At First Blank: Move Over Lady GaGa, Here’s Amanda Blank


Love at first dirty rap? That could be the case with blue-eyed rapper and songwriter Amanda Blank. After making the rounds opening for dance pop duchess Santigold, the performer released her debut, I Love You (Downtown), earlier this month. In an alternate universe Blank would be the one ordering everyone to dance, rather than Lady Gaga. Or not: She’s a little too verbose, a little too rangy -- there are too many thoughts jangling around that head to boil it all down as simply as LG. Blank plays Rickshaw Stop Aug. 30.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: Hayes Valley Studio for $1095

We can find little fault with the interior of this studio, which features freshly refinished hardwood floors and a recently remodeled (if a tad generic) kitchen.  So why so low? Our one guess would be that since the location is on Franklin instead of Hayes, it's bound to be somewhat noisier and a bit less savory compared to a block or so West. That said, the close proximity to Hayes Valley - one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city - makes it definitely worth a peak. Other cons would be that the unit is on the ground floor, no laundry facilities in the building (though there are apparently some in close proximity), and there's street parking only. But it's all about location, right?

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