Get thee to the de Young. You have just over a week to see the Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond exhibit before these post-impressionist masterpieces are shipped back to the Musee d'Orsay for good. In case you didn't hear, the de Young has had the privilege of being the only museum in the world to play host to two exhibitions of work on loan from the esteemed Musee d'Orsay while it undergoes extensive renovations. The first exhibit focused on the birth of Impressionism and drew more than 432,000 visitors. Bets are, that by the time it's over, the current exhibit will have drawn even more.
On cold days like these, nothing warms me over more than a mug of rich hot chocolate. The cuppa cocoa from TCHO's Pier 17 cafe is made with three varieties of sustainable chocolate to be stirred, not shaken.
3-4 tablespoons TCHO crumbles
3/4 cup steamed milk, divided
1. Mix the chocolate in with half of the steaming milk. Stir briskly until the crumbles melt.
2. Stir in the remaining milk, and enjoy!
You can check 7x7's concert roll on the right-hand side of the homepage for concerts of the rock, pop and dance varieties, but for the more classical-music inclined, here's our roundup what we're anticipating to be the best performances of the month.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Masters at classical guitar genre-bending (their repertoire jumps from Bach to bluegrass to samba to African drum circle), the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays Herbst Theatre next weekend. Known on Youtube for its deconstructed version of Pachelbel’s Canon (check it out here), the group has been together for thirty years, playing inventive, critically acclaimed music around the world.
It's just like San Francisco to welcome the new year with the 2011 No Pants! Subway Ride, this Sunday from noon to 6pm, on BART and MUNI. While we're excited to see which unmentionables make their way out of those top drawers, we're opting to keep it classy. After all, "skimpy" is no excuse to skimp on style.
When I'm freezing, I don't venture very far for food. Fortunately, Locavore is two blocks away from my apartment in Bernal Heights. Though the exterior looks a bit like a dance club, the restaurant's chef Jason Moniz and partners Mario Duarte and Cesar Ascarrunz have lovingly crafted a sophisticated and welcoming space that's downright cozy. There's a wooden community table in the center, lots of candlelight, black and white photos of pigs, and chicken-wire light fixtures that could be hokey, only it's not. A gray concrete ceiling and floor adds a touch of modernity.
In this Sunday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (6 pm PST), No. 13 Nevada will face off against Boston College at AT&T Park. In addition to being a great football warm-up for AT&T Park (Cal will play their home games there next fall while they renovate their Berkeley stadium), the bowl celebrates Kraft's Huddle to Fight Hunger Program, which has helped feed over 20 million Americans to date. Check out a video below from Joe Montana and lusted-after sports journalist Erin Andrews, who served as celebrity ambassadors for the program.
Wanna go to the game? The first person to tweet their undying fandom to either team to @7x7Magazine wins two tickets. Go!
Things move so fast in the world of technology that we can sometimes lose sight of just how new some of it still is. And sometimes that very newness can cause problems.
As I was sitting in a Cole Valley café recently, watching Craig Newmark of Craigslist demonstrate how he uses his iPad (on a tiny easel) to handle customer support issues, it struck me that only a year ago this scene never could have happened.
After all, Cupertino-based Apple only introduced the iPad, probably the most super-hyped tech product of all time, in late January 2009.
You know those MRIs they've taken of monk's brains that are literally glowy from all that happy, relaxed meditation? Chances are (given your post-vacation to-do list) yours is not looking like that right now.
The Exploratorium After Dark, which goes down the first Thursday of every month, turns to meditation tomorrow, exploring the cutting-edge research being done in the area.
Oregon transplants to the Bay Area will get an event of Super Bowl caliber this Monday when they huddle in bars to watch the BCS Championship Game (go Ducks!). But for those with their focus on the Super Bowl on February 6th, this Jetsetter flash sale is for you. For the next two days, here's what they're offering: Two tickets to the Super bowl at Cowboy Stadium (the Black Eyed Peas play halftime), a private ride to and from the stadium, access to the ESPN Game Day Super Party VIP Lounge, access to the Maxim Party, and three nights at the InerContinental Dallas. If your New Year's resolution was to "go big," here's to walking the walk. Book here.
Remember, 7x7 readers get $50 off any Jetsetter trip by booking through this link.
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