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Theory Lands on Maiden Lane

In keeping up with SF’s retail shuffle, we’ve been curious to see the mysteries of 120 Maiden Lane unfold. Less than seven months ago, Helmut Lang opened its doors on downtown’s tony shopping alley. Today, the minimalist boutique has newly hung banners and signs reading Theory (check out the picture we snapped yesterday).


Beretta Opening Party

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

New swanky pizza restaurant and bar Beretta celebrated its grand opening with a party on Tuesday, April 1.


330 Ritch

DJ Scene

Those who delight in all things “saw-them-before-they-blew-up” (as in, “I saw Amy Winehouse before she blew up,” or “I saw Lily Allen before she blew up,” or “I saw the Killers before they blew up”) are likely familiar with 330 Ritch. As home to the weekly Thursday night party Popscene, the venue is the go-to place for off the moment music.

This Month In Music

courtesy of Goldfrapp

Here’s our ultimate live music guide for April. Tune in each month to get the scoop of the Hot List’s picks of the hottest tickets in town.

GZA/Genius at the Independent on Tuesday, April 1

The Black Keys at the Warfield on Wednesday, April 2

American Red Cross Bay Area’s Paint the Town Red Gala

On Saturday, March 29 members of the Bay Area Philanthropic community attended the annual Paint the Town Red Gala benefiting the Red Cross disaster relief and readiness efforts. The event, which was held at San Francisco City Hall, featured a silent auction, where attendees could bid on celebrity-made survival kits by Harry Denton, former mayor Willie Brown and musician Santana, as well as a lavish dinner and dancing.

Lost in Translation: Eating LA

I’m back from spending almost a week in LA for an unofficial spring break. As Janelle Brown, the formerly SF-based author (now situated in LA’s Los Feliz hood), said to me for a recent 7x7 interview: LA and SF are like yin and yang—they fit together perfectly.

Top 7 A+E Picks

Rupa & the April Fishes
courtesy of Rupa & the April Fishes

Here’s 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1. Tobias Wolff at 826 Valencia on Tuesday, April 1  
Spend a high-minded April Fool’s Day with acclaimed novelist Tobias Wolff and 826 Valencia co-founder Vendela Vida as they discuss coming-of-age novels from both the male and female perspectives.

The Eat + Drink List: This week's top 7

Mixt Greens gears up for number three.
courtesy of Stefanie Michejda

1. Now Open: This week’s new restaurants

Brilliant Earth Jewelry

Thanks to our annual green issue (just hitting news stands), we happily came across several worthy fashion and beauty brands that are doing their part to keep consumers–and the earth–beautiful. One SF company that’s gaining national exposure for taking a bold eco-conscious leap in the realm of jewelry is Brilliant Earth, which uses renewed or recycled platinum and gold, and sources its conflict-free diamonds from Canadian mines.

Contemporary Forties


Kristen, 24, Reservations Agent
Lives: Inner Sunset
Style Icon: Lucille Ball
Wearing: Billabong Dress, flats from Chinatown
In: Getting as many rings on one finger as possible
Out: Lunchables and wife beaters (the men, not the shirt)
Jackie O or Madonna: Jackie O. I love a big hairdo!

*Title supplied by subject to describe his look.

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