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Your City Your Chef 2012: Who is San Francisco's Next Culinary Star? Vote Now!

Your City Your Chef 2012: Vote Now Until July 27th

Friday, July 27, 2012: ALERT ***"VOTING IS NOW CLOSED***
Stay tuned next week when we reveal the winner of this year's Your City Your Chef!

Calling all foodies: with support from Sapporo, 7x7 launched its third annual search for San Francisco's most promising, up-and-coming chef — and it's up to you to help find the next culinary star!

Where to Stock Up on Fourth of July Party Food

The fireworks are coming. So are the s'mores, the beers, and all the patriotism you can muster. Do you know where your sausages are? Here, a guide to help you find the best potato salad, the sweetest pie, and all the Fourth Of July essentials that fall in between. 

5 Shows To Celebrate Music's Independence This Week

5 Shows To Celebrate Music's Independence

What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a litany of independent music? Get patriotic and get thee to a local music hall!

Mates of State, Monday, Independent

Married in both song and life, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel make power punk rock that warms up a room and a blood-pumping organ. They’ve matured steadily over the years, since they first started making sweet but assertive sounds in 1997. Their most recent album, Mountaintops, finds them at their most confident state yet, making accessible hooks with subtle complexity.   

Liars, Thursday, Great American Music Hall

Street Style Report: Two Looks from ACRE/SF, in North Beach

Street Style Report: Two Looks from ACRE/SF, in North Beach

After wandering North Beach for a bit of street style inspiration, my photography intern, Kim, and I came up a bit dry. We figured trekking up to ACRE/SF would be our safest bet and, there, we found then ACRE/SF and now Unionmade employee, Brian McDonough, sitting pretty behind the counter. With his model-like good looks, we figured we'd ask him to model a few looks for us from the current collection, and he agreed to. (It turns out Brian logs snapshots of his style and life on his blog, 1st Amendment.) Here's what came from this very fun, impromptu photoshoot at ACRE/SF. 

Scenes of the City: Electric Bike Shop in Bernal Heights

Brett and Karen Thurber opened The New Wheel, an innovative ebike shop in Bernal Heights, this past March. The shop features a variety of pedal assist bikes to help out with the many San Francisco hills. The "optimistic bike shop" was founded in 2010 in North Beach and features a full bike maintenance shop for conventional bikes along with electric bikes. They even have their own charging station (fashioned to look like a gas pump) at their sidewalk entrance. Stop by to meet Brett and Karen, and experience their excellent customer service and take an electric bike for a test ride around Bernal Heights.

The Most Creative Spaces in San Francisco History, Part Two

The Most Creative Spaces in San Francisco History, Part Two

Creativity and innovation are hallmarks of San Francisco, where a startup mentality continues to define us. We routinely set foot on the hallowed grounds of storied cultural landmarks—unprecedented venues at their inception that remain progressive icons today. Here, insiders reminisce on the impact of four classic SF institutions to remind us why they epitomize the city’s special spirit. In this installment, we continue with Castro Theatre and Stern Grove. Last week, we began with City Lights and The Fillmore.<--break->

In Photos: Life is a Wave Fundraising Event

Life Is A Wave, the annual fundraiser hosted by Save The Waves Coalition, once again washed through the halls of 111 Minna Gallery on Friday night, June 15th. The sixth annual bash raised $60,000 for Save The Waves and honored CA Academy of Sciences Research Associate Wallace J. Nichols with the 2012 Wave Saver Award. Supporters and revelers rocked out to Mars Today and Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat, bid for the cause in a surf-inspired auction, and enjoyed a highly entertaining "Evolution of the Wetsuit Fashion Show” showing off suits from the 1950s to present.

In Photos: Seven Days of San Francisco Music

This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene the past seven days...

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Lucas Valley Loop

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Lucas Valley Loop

We know there's an entire universe of world-class biking beyond San Francisco. That's why we're enlisting the experts at Studio Velo, hands-down one of the Bay Area's best bike shops, to give you the lowdown on what's hot and what's new in the cycling world.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Classic Cars West

In the lead-up to the Fourth, head East for a taste of good old-fashioned American summertime, Bay Area style.

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