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Sidewalk Chic: The Dark Side of Civic Center

Name: Rachel Rondell

Age: 21

Occupation: Fashion Design student at Academy of Art University, whose major is Womens’ Ready to Wear

Spotted: Outside of Etiquette Lounge, 11:53 p.m.

Wearing: 5th & Row jacket (her own design/label), dress from Thrift Town (“a closet staple,” she says), and Dolce Vita heels

How would you describe your style? “Dark with a little bit of sunshine.”

Watchmen Wins a Ringing Endorsement from Illustrator Dave Gibbons

Even as rabid fans and Warner Bros. executives are at long last celebrating the arrival of the Watchmen movie, one of the men most responsible for the Hugo Award-winning tale of fallen superheroes living in an age of impending nuclear war – author Alan Moore – couldn’t care less.

Just ask his partner in creation, artist Dave Gibbons.

Can you ski down a steeper grade than your 401(k) is vertically dropping?

With 6 new feet of snow having just landed in Tahoe, last weekend looked, in the words of one first grader, just like the landscape from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  There’s more than enough new snowfall to bury a vertical first grader - and more on the way. And they’ll be a blizzard of savings for 7x7 Readers.

Last weekend marked the opening ceremonies for the 28th Annual Snowfest:"The Mountain Mardi Gras," which runs through Sunday, March 8 and includes all kinds of fun snow pursuits: think snow-themed parades, races, polar bear swims and snow sculpture contests.

Outside Lands Dates Announced

We're feeling a little post-festival depression, coming off of a whirlwind week of Noise Pop.  So the announcement of this year's Outside Lands dates comes at a perfect time.  The festival, which was a huge success last summer (minus the dirth of cabs) is going down this August 28 - 30 in Golden Gate Park.  Mark your calendars.  The festival will once again benefit the San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department, which could use a little boost these days.

Comfort Food in the Mission

As the second part of our series of guest food bloggers, 7x7 welcomes food stylist Katie Christ. Katie worked as Culinary Producer for the first season of Top Chef and in 2008, she won the first ever Food Network Challenge for food stylists. Tune in to get a taste of Katie's inspirations as she eats and drinks her way through our fair city.

Crackin’ Up: Laguna Honda Crab Feed Fundraiser

It was a rollicking good time on Friday out at the Irish Cultural Center when Supervisor Sean Elsbernd hosted his 2nd annual Crab Feed Fundraiser.

“Well the first one was actually for my re-election campaign,” said Elsbernd, laughing. “But  this year supports one of the great, city-wide institutions in District 7 -- Laguna Honda Hospital.”

Poshness in Sacramento?

It used to be that when you traveled to Sacramento, whether on business or pleasure, you'd be destined to stay the night at some impersonal chain hotel, like a Sheraton or Marriott (which are fine for some, but let's be honest, sometimes you deserve a little pampering). However, thanks to the gradual addition of a few quality inns and B&Bs, this is no longer the case. While not yet thriving like a state capital should, at the very least, Sacramento's heart is pulsating once again.

Video: Get Camera-Ready Hair and Makeup

Come behind-the-scenes at our March fashion and beauty shoot and get expert tips on camera-ready hair and makeup.



Portugal. The Man Dominates du Nord

And that’s an understatement. Easily the best performance of Noise Pop 2009, Portugal. The Man delivered nearly a 2-hour set cruising through almost the entirety of Censored Colors and even a few previews from their upcoming album.

Lead singer John Gourley and bassist Zachary Carothers played a good portion of the show with their backs to the crowd (we can’t help but wonder if John’s slight stage fright had something to do with this). Nonetheless, the performance was somewhat reminiscent of Jim Morrison in his early days - no talking, no frills, no direct connection with the crowd, but somehow one of the most solid and touching sets that we’ve ever seen.

Wicked Witch to Progressives: Poppies will Make You Sleepy….

Viral you tubery made an overnight hit of “Prop 8 the Musical” – the Funny Or Die video that received more than 1.2 million hits on its first day out. The Neil Patrick Harris fronted song and dance revealed how totally silly homosexual panic is and put the Jesus argument in its place. But as the website says the video was” Conceived and Written (six weeks later than he shoulda) by Marc Shaiman.”

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