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Look of the Week: Mother's Day Brunch Al Fresco

With Mother's Day only three days away, chances are you've gotten the perfect card and gift taken care of. You even scored brunch reservations at Foreign Cinema to secure your 'favorite daughter' status. The only question left is the inevitable "What am I going to wear?", and if your mom is anything like ours, this sweet ensemble will leave her positively glowing (though it might also have a bit to do with the mimosas).

Timbuk2's SF Urban Grid Bag

While globalization has pushed almost all manufacturing companies out of San Francisco to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, popular bag-maker Timbuk2 prides itself on holding on to its small factory on Alabama Street in lower Potrero.

Founded by a bike-messenger 20 years ago, Timbuk2 corners the market on colorful, comfortable and versatile laptop bags, backpacks and carry-ons. While their main factories are located in China and the Philippines, custom-made bags designed by online shoppers are made in San Francisco and shipped within 24 hours (or so they promise).

James Toback Scores a Knockout with Tyson

Former heavyweight champion turned cautionary tale Mike Tyson has been described as a lot of things – a thief, a rapist, an animal unleashed and, during his professional heyday, the most terrifying fighter on the planet – but rarely has he been presented as sympathetic.

That changes in James Toback’s Tyson, a featured selection at the San Francisco International Film Festival, in which the once dominating boxer tells his story in painfully candid detail, acknowledging his eventual ambivalence toward the sport that made him a superstar and repeatedly professing his desire to lead a better, more righteous life.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

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!

Sfgirlbybay's Stylish Seven: DIY Books

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.

LAEKEN Sample Sale, Metamorphosis Hair Trims, Official Tourist at Shotwell

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.

Apple to Buy Twitter?

Sorry Facebook, Apple to buy Twitter for $700 million? Rumors circulating: Lots of money for only 140 characters!

The Real McCoy: SFJazz Gala

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.”

Manny Fabregas at Hyde Street Gallery this Friday

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.

A Sneak Peak at SFMOMA's New Rooftop Garden

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.

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