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The Virgins at Great American Music Hall

When you take three born and bred New Yorkers with a penchant for slightly scandalous song lyrics, a style that blends pop-rock with a dash of disco and a loyal following of fashionistas and hipsters alike what you get is the Virgins. Front man Donald Cumming, who’s been starting bands since grade school, formed The Virgins with fellow band mates Wade Oates and Nick Zarin-Ackerman in just 2006 but they were quickly labeled by critics as the “Next Big Thing” (which isn’t a surprise when you’ve opened up Paris Fashion Week with Patti Smith and provided the soundtrack for an entire episode of Gossip Girl).

Going Green and Global: The Edgewood Fair

The Edgewood Fair fell this year on Cinco de Mayo, an appropriate twinning opportunity for this 43rd annual event’s theme, Around the World.

“It gave us the chance to add a fun twist,” said Event co-chairwoman Janet Lautenberger, “So we’re featuring a Tortilla Heights’-sponsored Tequila tasting.”

A favorite spring frolic (Tequila or not), the fair kicked-off at the Golden Gate Club in the The Presidio with a VIP preview party which heralded the start of two-days of smart shopping at this beloved boutique event.

Convertible Clothing: Fast Fashion's Worst Nightmare?

Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.

Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.

Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.

Sun Kil Moon Ends Four-Show Tour at GAMH

Mark Kozelek is not only one of San Francisco's best musicians, he's is one of the greatest living American songwriters. He continues to prove his versatility, whether performing his own beautiful compositions or recording an entire album of Modest Mouse covers. On the heels of the May 12 release of a new Sun Kil Moon live album, Lost Verses Live, the band will close out a four-show mini-tour this Friday at the Great American Music Hall.

Schmidt's Is Sausage King

Those who know me (or who follow our 7x7bitsbites Twitter feed) know that I have been quietly obsessing over Schmidt's for quite a while now. Ever since first hearing that the space on 20th and Folsom, formerly occupied by El Farolito, was being taken over by the Walzwerk owners and that sausage, German snacks and beer were going to be in full effect only a block from my house, I have biding my time.

Life On the Line: Sometimes Just a Single Order Breaks a Cook Down

Richie Nakano, a line cook at Nopa, chronicles his experience on his blog, linecook415. For the next six weeks, his guest blog will give us a snapshot of life in the kitchen.

Sunday.
12:51am. 
398 covers.

The job of a line cook can be brutal, but the best nights are when you get into a groove. Thing is, you never know what’s going to derail you.

5 Local Outdoor Activities You Can Do in an Afternoon

June's just around the corner, signaling summer's approach, and even though San Francisco may not have gotten the memo judging by this weekend's weather alone, we've been making the best of the extended sunlight hours. Here are some of our favorite outdoor activities easily doable in a single afternoon.

1. Up, up and away! In our opinion, there's no better way of getting a taste of the Bay than from a bird's perspective. Hop on board the Airship Ventures' blimp Zeppelin and cruise from Moffett Field over to the North Bay and back again.

Who Knew? Michael Engelmann of Gary Danko Is Crowned Best Somm in America

Last month, Restaurant Gary Danko sommelier Michael Engelmann shocked the world (or at least the US sommelier community) by coming out of nowhere to win the coveted title Best Sommelier in America, a title conferred only once every two years. While Gary Danko and SF are not exactly "nowhere," it's true that Engelmann, who is not the restaurant's wine director, keeps a somewhat low profile. He's soft spoken, studious, mannered and not prone to behavior that causes him to really stand out of a crowd.

Flights of Pop Fancy and Black Moth Super Rainbow

Oh, what a difference two years can make. After gathering praise hither and yon for Dandelion Gum (Graveface, 2007) -- and making a massive impression on many a skull at South by Southwest 2008 with the combined assault of balloons, confetti and electronic-dappled noise jams -- the Pittsburgh, Penn., psychedelic experimentalists of Black Moth Super Rainbow say they’ve vaulted into a new hi-fi realm with the new Eating Us (Graveface).

Link Love: Assless Tights Shocker, Clothing Swaps and Louis Vuitton on Twitter

Sparkly little bits of recent news from the fashion blogosphere....

American Apparel shocks us with a new, assless take on pantyhose. Let’s just say they’re really, uh, cheeky....

Kate Moss is back and better than ever with her new summer collection for Topshop.

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