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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.

Can’t Miss Fashion Benefit: Discarded to Divine

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.

SF Cocktail Week: A Countdown of The Top Five Events

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.

The Eat and Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Events

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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Why What Michael Bauer Doesn't Write Is Just As Important As What He Does

Michael Bauer's reviews have become a hot topic in our office these last few weeks. After Sara posted her response to his harsh review of Acme Chophouse, we received an unprecedented number of emails and comments. Some people told us off. Others, notably lots of chefs, heard just where we were coming from. Many of them said they too were sick of the Bauer tyranny, but also so afraid of his influence—both here and nationally—to go on the record about how they really feel.

Beard Awards Recap, Straight From NY (Or How to Feel Like a Groupie)

I just got back from a four-night trip to NYC. Although I was there with Joe for his birthday, it just so happened that the Beard Awards were last night. The Twitter board was jumping with SF chefs tweeting about their flights out to NYC (Coi's Daniel Patterson is apparently no longer a virgin on Virgin America).

Cell Phones and Vibrators - Sarah Ruhl Has Her Finger on the Pulse of Technological Must-Haves.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl is wowing the coasts with low tech entertainment about the newest trends in electrical intimacy and personal dependence on technology. After titillating Berkeley Rep audiences with her “vibrator play,” Ruhl’s new comedy, "Dead Man's Cell Phone" opens this weekend (May 9) at The San Francisco Playhouse.

Afternoon Playlist: Cinco de Mayo

Ah, Cinco de Mayo again. Another one of those "holidays" Americans use as an excuse to sport plastic beads and get sloppy. On this fifth of May, it's all about Corona, margaritas, and drunken tacos. To get you through this evening, we present a ten-song playlist—a little mariachi, a little Americana, but a lot of love for Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo playlist on imeem

SFMOMA's Artists Warehouse Sale: Original Artwork at Half the Price

If you've never been to SFMOMA's offshoot Artists Gallery in Fort Mason, then you've been missing out on some wonderfully curated exhibits featuring a dynamic mix of Bay Area artists. Not to worry, though - there's no better time than this week to make your way there, where from Wednesday through Sunday they will be holding their 16th annual Artists Warehouse Sale. Original artwork from new and established artists will be available at up to 50% off the retail price, with proceeds benefitting the programs of the gallery. Prices range from $50 to $5,000, so there really will be something for everybody's budget.

SF the 3rd Most Creative City in the World?

Fast Company magazine came out with its annual "Fast Cities" feature, naming San Francisco as the third most creative city in the world.  Who beat us out?  Seattle (hmm) and Cleveland (what?)  Check out which other cities made the cut here.

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