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Our editors’ picks for happenings around town—starting tonight.

Image Courtesy of 440 Brannan Studio/Showroom

What: Local Designer Showcase
Where: 440 Brannan Studio/Showroom, 440 Brannan St.
When: Tonight, July 17, 6-11 p.m.
Why: Complimentary cocktails and 20% all items by local designers Gr Dano, Saffron Rare Threads, Sara Shepherd, Verrieres & Sako, Distilled and Hieros.

What: Murad Skincare Seminar
When: Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dining in the Dark

Take away one sense and the others are heightened—that's what they say, right? You can test that theory in spades at Dining in the Dark, a program that launched in Europe and has now made its way to L.A., San Diego and recently, SF. The experiment takes place in Crimson Lounge, the downstairs private-event space of Indigo restaurant in Hayes Valley, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Special Screening of Filmmaker Adam Hootnick's Award-Winning Documentary, Unsettled.

On July 9 an invite-only crowd gathered at the Embarcadero Center Cinema for a private screening of Unsettled, a film by former MTV news producer and some-time SF resident Adam Hootnick, about six Israeli twenty-somethings coping with the historic 2005 evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. Post-show, Hootnick graciously entertained questions from the audience, but was eager to lead a procession to nearby Sens Restaurant for the after-party hosted by the San Francisco Sentry and the SF Arts Fund. There, against a dramatic backdrop featuring the Bay Bridge, guests sipped on Moet, nibbled on hazelnut tarts and tried to steal the director's attention, if only for one brief congratulatory moment.

New Restaurant: Russell Jackson's Lafitte

Cutting to the chase: Russell Jackson tells 7x7
about his new restaurant, Lafitte.
Photograph by John Benson

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: Russell Jackson is an intense guy, no shrinking violet. Though he’s got chops from some notable restaurants (including the now-defunct Russell’s in Los Angeles) the last few years he has been flying under the radar, operating a little underground supper club called Subculture Dining, all the while looking for a San Francisco space for a restaurant of his own.

The Islands Perform at Bimbo's 365 Club

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Canadian rockers the Islands performed their eclectic blend of neo-psychedelic indie pop at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Monday, June 16.


Annual Nordstrom Fall Preview Benefits Raphael House

On Wednesday, July 9, models walked the runway for Nordstrom’s Annual Designer Preview at the Herbst Pavilion. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek of fall collections by such fashion icons as Bill Blass, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Valentino, Vera Wang and Versace. Attendees sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres while shopping for the night’s featured looks at a special on-site boutique. Ticket proceeds were donated to Raphael House, a San Francisco nonprofit for homeless families seeking help.

Claire Spaht, Kris Anthony

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.

Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon

Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7

photography by Joe Budd

1. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, corn 

On July 23, Elizabeth Falkner wakes taste buds from their slumber with a three-course tequila-and-corn dinner at Orson. For $65, you can sample your way through chilled corn soup, rib eye with corn-ricotta gnocchi and ham hock with corn hash, all paired with original tequila cocktails. Book your table for the party by calling 415-777-1508.

The Napa Valley: Where Meadowood Meets Mixteca

I took a trip up to Napa this last weekend. My boyfriend Joe and I stayed at Meadowood. Despite its location off the Silverado Trail, there’s not a vineyard in sight. It's kind of a wine country getaway in the heart of the wine country. I like that.
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