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55th SF International Film Festival Opens Thursday

The 55th SF International Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

7x7 is once again proudly sponsoring the annual cinephilic celebration, featuring a world-class program that will include new work from acclaimed filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

A Q&A with the Ladies Behind Discarded to Divine

Discarded to Divine is an innovative fundraiser for the St. Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco that challenges designers to use discarded clothes, textiles, accessories, furniture—anything they can get their hands on—to make reclaimed, one-of-a-kind creations. More than 100 unique items, including 10 jury-selected winners, were just previewed at the de Young Museum. The April 26th Gala features both a silent auction and a live runway presentation and auction of this wearable art.

Want to be a Baller? Head North of Napa for Vineyard to Vintner Weekend

Stags Leap District

While all winery-hopping events are not created equal, they do all mean VIP treatment including frills, discounts, and the opportunity to get to know the wines of a particular region. These passport-style weekends are your chance to explore a manageable territory, for a set price, while each winery showcases it's skills. 

April 27-29 is Stags Leap District’s turn to show you what they've got. Just to the north of Napa, it will be a unique show because they're known as much for exclusivity and hospitality as they are for Cabernet and history.

A Rustic, DIY Wedding at Long Ranch in Half Moon Bay

It was an adorable DIY wedding at Long Branch Saloon in Half Moon Bay, California. The bride and her sister created all of the flower arrangements and details for this rustic themed ceremony.

Foodie Agenda: Goat Fest and More

Foodie Agenda: Goat Fest and More

Today, April 18

Start your evening off with a glass of wine and a gourmet cheese platter under the arches of the Ferry Building at a fundraiser for Women's Initiative, an SF profit which helps low-income women become entrepreneurs. Chef Bobby Gignilliat will demo small plates from around the world, including ahi tuna tartare in wonton cups, bacon-wrapped plums with a balsamic-honey glaze, and Mexican chocolate fudge brownies with cinnamon whipped cream. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Local Edition Opens: The team behind Bourbon & Branch and Rickhouse has added a new spot to their portfolio. Newspaper-themed Local Edition (left) is housed in the historic Hearst Building's cavernous basement, which is also the former Call and Examiner printing room. The decor, as with its predecessors, is vintage-inspired and romantic; the vibe is 50's jazz club (red booths, dramatic lighting, curtains, cocktail waitresses in black frocks) meets old-school journalists' watering hole (period newspapers displayed in shadow boxes, typewriters lining the back walls).

7x7 Events Calendar Launches, SF Planning Problems Solved

7x7 Calendar

You know you want it. Now, you've got it. 7x7.com presents one source to help you figure out the ubiquitous San Francisco question "What's going on this week?" 

Two Sense: Help! My Boyfriend's Addicted to His iPhone!

Two Sense: Help! My Boyfriend's Addicted to His iPhone!

My boyfriend is a pretty good one in most regards, but he is addicted to his iPhone. It's never off his person, whether in a pocket or in his hand. He checks it constantly, at every break in activity or conversation, and often during activities and conversations. He tweets, Facebooks, emails and texts many friends and family dozens of times a day. At a restaurant, or on the couch watching TV, he's checking it. I'm no Luddite. I love my iPhone and social networks too. But this is excessive. I feel like I never have his total attention. Of course we've argued about it but it hasn't helped. What should I do? If I were to establish some ground rules, what would they look like? I'm about to smash the thing or throw it into the Bay.

Photos: Live in the Vineyard

On April 12th, Raymond Vineyards hosted the Napa Valley's hottest party, benefitting VH1's Save the Music Foundation. The first ever Live in the Vineyard concert open to the public featured star performer Eric Hutchinson in the stunning Crystal Cellar for a sold-out, intimate crowd of 100 people.

Raymond Vineyards, 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, raymondvineyards.com

Scenes of the City: Dolores Park's New Playground

Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not. 

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