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"Freedom of Art"
courtesy of YBCA

Check out our 7 not-to-miss A+E happenings this week.

1.   “Freedom of Art” featuring art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at YBCA on Tuesday, February 12
Come check out prominent Beat poet and City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s paintings that evoke scenes of freedom and act as visual statements against censorship.

7 Food Finds

1. Celebrating the Sourpuss
Yuzus, kishus, and mandarinquats—oh my!  With winter well underway, so is citrus season. Make reservations for Manresa’s Citrus Modernista Dinner on Tuesday, February 26 for a multi-course meal ($140 pp) featuring the bounty of the restaurant’s garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

2. Choc it Up

Ashlee Simpson Performs at Fluid

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Notorious lip-syncher Ashlee Simpson proved the haters wrong with her singing chops at Fluid on Friday, February 1.


Scent of Lovely

courtesy of Ineke

Melissa's Playlist 02.11.08

courtesy of The Broken West

Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

Michael Tusk's Mind

I'm in the midst of working on a feature story for our April issue, and I don't think it's giving away too much to tell you that in the course of researching the piece I've been spending a lot of time with Michael Tusk, the chef/owner of Quince restaurant. I'd even like to think that in the course of these last few weeks, we've forged something of a nascent friendship. Today, in the midst of a spirited discussion about spring's finest ingredients, Mike grabbed my notebook and started sketching out his vision for a tribute to asparagus, a four-part dish that will likely debut on his tasting menu within the next few months.

Chocolate for Haters

Be mine: Charles Chocolates Triple
Chocolate Almonds.

I’m not a romantic, at least in the conventional sense. Valentine’s Day? Whatever.

My apathy is a good thing, though. It serves me well when the romantic forecast is cloudy and gray.

I'm similarly indifferent about the two things that come with February 14: red roses and chocolate. Give me dahlias, tulips or ranunculus; coconut, lemon or caramel. I've learned to steer clear of this conversation in the company of other women, though. Just saying no to chocolate is like an affront to the sisterhood.

From the Bay to the Big Apple

Guest blogger and fashion intern Sydney Pfaff is on duty to pick up the trend watch after Hayley’s kick-off of NY Fashion Week coverage on Tuesday. Here, Sydney’s top picks from the Fall 2008 ready-to-wear collections by a few of SF’s own.

Facebook Stalking Alive and Well in SF

Facebook stalking isn’t just for college freshmen anymore.

Zoe called me early this morning in a panic: “Last night, I had 182 friends on Facebook, this morning only 181.”

Zoe, the sleuthiest friend I’ve got, took only seconds to find out why. An ex-boyfriend had deleted her as a friend. He was still obsessively consumed with her life (and was therefore checking her Facebook page all the time). So, he decided to quit her, cold turkey. A good idea since Zoe’s postings don’t leave much to the imagination. It’s not hard to figure out when she’s got new men in rotation.

Classy, Casual Girl Next Door


Whitney, 22, 7x7’s marketing coordinator
Lives on: Nob Hill
Wearing: Velvet top from Anthropologie, Forever 21 jeans, Charles David shoes, Chloé bag, Fleur de Lys necklace from Ponte Vecchio, Florence Italy, my nana’s vintage ring, Tiffany rings.
My style icon: My sister Courtney, who takes Capitol Hill by storm every day in four-inch heels.
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