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Photos: Maker's Mark Cocktail Party at Minna Gallery

On August 2nd, 7x7 launched the late summer event series, The Cocktail Party 2012 with Maker's Mark at the ever-popular 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco's SoMa District.

Take the Family Down Under to Queensland, Australia

Take the Family Down Under to Queensland, Australia

Vacationing in Australia is often a once in a lifetime opportunity. There’s never enough time to see it all. So before you lock in flights to glimpse the world’s most famous opera house, consider a change of scenery in Queensland. Home to the Great Barrier Reef and oldest rainforest on the planet, what’s waiting for you will be music to your eyes and ears.

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Here, a slew of artists we're more than stoked to catch at Outside Lands.

An Elegant Celebration of Love in San Francisco

Assaad and Natalie used to live a couple of blocks apart when they were children. They both went to the University of San Francisco during the same time; he went for law school and she went for her undergrad degree. But, they didn't meet until they both worked in the same office building in Burlingame three and half years ago. Their wedding was a romantic and elegant amalgamation of cultures and religions.

This Week’s Hottest Events: Outside Lands, Mortified, and Taxidermy Art

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory & James and the Giant Peach

Feel like a kid again with special screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Bring a candy bar to accompany your wine at this Top of the Mark summer movie series pick or stick around for the SF Film Society Q&A with the people who made the giant stop-motion animation peach come alive.

When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 8/7 and 11 a.m., Sat. 8/11

Five Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

Five Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

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At the height of summer, day trips turn into weekend getaways for the high season of festivals. Escape to wine country for these signature wine events from Mendocino to Monterey.

Five Great Pop-Up Restaurants To Seek Out Around Town

Wise Sons Delicatessen, Rich Table, and Radio Africa Kitchen are just a few San Francisco restaurants that started out as pop-ups. For the uninitiated: a pop-up occurs when a homeless chef or restaurant concept takes over another kitchen, bar or similar venue for a limited time to show off their talent, sell their food, and start building steam as a brand. The tough thing about pop-ups? They can be hard to track down. Here now, five of our favorites that have regular, dependable gigs and great food that's worth seeking out. 

Street Style Report: A Gorgeous Newlywed Couple in Relaxed Layers, on Fillmore St.

Street Style Report: A Newlywed Couple in Relaxed Layers, on Fillmore St.

Last weekend, we spotted newlyweds, Fidel Lirio (left) and Stephen Candelino (right), dressed down (but still looking fab) after directing a photo shoot on Fillmore St.  Fidel works as a creative director for Dockers, and Stephen is a wardrobe stylist who works with Levi's, Gap, Uniqlo and Ralph Lauren.

The dapper duo got married last June in NYC, with a small and slightly impromptu ceremony in the lobby of the Bowery Hotel. "We wanted to get married -- not have a wedding," said Fidel. "We celebrated our relationship on our terms, in the very spot (exact sofa to boot!) where we shared our first cocktail."

Five Hot Shows to See This Week Outside of Outside Lands

5 Hot Shows to See This Week Outside of Outside Lands

Not going to Outside Lands this weekend? Or maybe you’re going and need a pre-fest warm-up? Worry not, there’s plenty going on this week away from Golden Gate Park for folks in need of a live music fix. Here’s the best of the best:

The Cult of Beer Has Officially Caught On

The Cult of Beer Has Officially Caught On

As sommeliers go, David Lynch is a star. The former wine director made a splash at Quince and Cotogna with his fixed-price wine list, and he regularly writes about wine in Bon Appétit. So when Lynch opened St. Vincent, his buzzy new wine tavern on Valencia Street, and hired a certified beer sommelier, or cicerone, it came as a surprise.

That cicerone (pronounced siss-er-own) goes by the name of Sayre Piotrkowski. He is one of about 12 beer sommeliers and two master cicerones in the Bay Area now—including Rich Higgins, who designed the beer programs at Delarosa and Starbelly.

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