If Mother's Day crept up on you like it did us, you're not totally out of luck. Rather, take advantage of the research we've done for you (or um, ourselves) and treat the woman you love to the creme de la creme in Mother's Day gifts. But hurry up while the offers still stand!
It's been rainy and a bit dreary here in San Francisco this week, so I've been catching up on my reading! This week on Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven, I'd like to share some great reads I've found of late. Some wonderful DIY books, and some new design publications and blogs I've been checking out. So curl up with a cup of tea, light a nice fire and settle in for a bit of bookish goodness.
Head to Shotwell this Thursday for a little slice of what we'd like to call Heaven. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with LAEKEN's effortlessly chic pieces (think tie-dyed silk dresses) while sipping on deliciously cheap cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to also get a free fringe trim by Metamorphosis Salon while you're there so you can properly admire your new look.
Once again, the groove reigned supreme at the Four Seasons Hotel where the SFJazz Gala celebrated its 10th anniversary Spring Festival Season by honoring masterful musician McCoy Tyner.
“McCoy is a musical visionary. He opened new doors for the rest of us to pass through” declared songbird Mary Stallings, between her set. “His music is powerful, majestic, full of truth and beauty and, above all, humanity. McCoy Tyner is my hero.”
Stored somewhere, in an old shoebox, there's a pile of old photographs that retain some random sliver of our lives. For Manny Fabregas—the next artist to take on the new Hyde Street Gallery this month—these lost and forgotten images seem to hold something beyond his imagination, something that merits a closer look. The arbitrary images that might seem worthless in a digital age are the very snapshots of people and things that he values most as source inspiration. Fabregas paints in traditional form of oil on canvas, but his works vary in social concept and format.
The SFMOMA opened its new Rooftop Garden to the media this morning and 7x7 got to take a sneak peak. A project twenty years in the making, the garden consists of several new spaces designed by San Francisco's Jensen Architects. The Sculpture Garden, Pavilion, and Garden Terrace sit atop the MOMA garage, connected to the main building by a bridge lined with large windows overlooking the streets. The enclosed pavilion houses sculpture not suited for exposure to the outdoors—and a Blue Bottle Coffee bar—while the terrace and garden house several large pieces that can withstand the elements. The large glass windows enclosing two sides of the pavilion can be opened on sunny days to make the space feel even more open than it already does.
One of San Francisco’s can’t-miss fashion events of the year takes place tomorrow night in SoMa. In case you’ve been trapped in a dressing room somewhere and haven’t heard the buzz (not likely, we know, but possible), the Discarded to Divine benefit held each year taps fashion designers to create garments from donated clothing and textiles and auctions the finished wearables off to raise much-needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s programs aiding the poor and homeless. Recycled fashion? Design for a good cause? A chance give Project Runway’s Sweet P props on her copious arm tattoos? It goes without saying that we.are.so.there.
Next Monday marks the start of the third annual San Francisco Cocktail Week, and this one is, naturally, going to be the best yet. As I said in a presentation at the CIA last week, the evolution of the cocktail has been the most significant trend in San Francisco gastronomy over the last few years. Our drinks scene here is second to none and right up there with London and New York as the most exciting and innovative in the world. Cocktail week exists not only to celebrate the local scene, but to further its development with classes, discussions, the sharing of ideas and recipes, and of course a few drinks.
Liquor! I hardly even…
You may want a wooden leg for this—once again, San Francisco Cocktail Week will be coming to town from May 11-18. The schedule for this seven day booze bonanza is packed with fabulous events, from cocktail classes taught by the city’s finest bartenders to historical bar crawls and cocktail receptions. Trust us, you want in on this. For the complete schedule (and to purchase tickets) visit sfcocktailweek.com
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