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Trumer Pils' Your City, Your Chef 2011: Vote on the 10 Finalists!

For the second year in a row, 7x7, in partnership with Trumer Pils, called upon its readers to nominate the city's most promising up-and-coming chefs (nominees must have been in the position of executive chef for no more than three years). Below are the 10 finalists with the most nominations—a fine group representing the city's next generation of culinary talent. Vote and you'll have the chance to be chosen to win a dinner party, customized to pair with Trumer Pils, specially prepared by your favorite chef. The dinner party will be featured in an upcoming issue of 7x7, along with a profile of the winning chef.

'Flight of the Conchords'' Arj Barker Comes to Cobb's

In Arj Barker’s opinion, global warming is entirely the sun’s fault. As he puts it in his stand-up routine, “When I burn my toast, I don’t blame the bread.” This is just one example of Barker’s slightly twisted observations that have captured the attention of the masses. Despite his role in HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and appearances on Comedy Central and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, the comedian has yet to really take off in the U.S. Count yourself among the intimate group to jump on the Barker bandwagon at this month’s Cobb’s Comedy Club performances.

This Little Piggie...Win Tickets to Cochon 555

The traveling culinary competition Cochon 555  — five pigs, five chefs, five winemakers — lands this Sunday in San Francisco at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Though the squeamish (or fans of Babe and Wilbur, for that matter) might want to steer clear, pork-loving epicureans should start smelling bacon bits in anticipation of this epic pig cook-off between five of SF's culinary heavyweights.

Lucky Peach Readies To Stir the Pot

























I have to give it up for McSweeney's. Just as the world was ready to say "Newspapers are dead," the publishers printed the one time only Panorama newspaper, reminding us all how exciting it can be to read newsprint with the wingspan of a vulture. And while we've been holding our hammer to put the final nail in the coffin for food magazines (R.I.P. Gourmet), McSweeney's has been readying to release Lucky Peach.

Help Workshop's Kelly Malone Kick the Big C

Kelly Malone, the undisputed DIY queen of San Francisco and head maven of Workshop and Indie Mart, is one of the most headstrong ladies in town and a friend to many. She was recently re-diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer (she was first hit with it a few years back) and sent out a call to the community to help her kick it in the butt once and for all–with rock n' roll, of course!

Royal Baths (hands down one of our favorite SF bands), Social Studies, Art Museums, Sandwitches, and Carletta Sue Kay are coming together at the Independent next Tuesday, June 7th in a fundraiser to help Malone pay for hospital bills. When she started Workshop two years ago, she sacrificed her salary and medical benefits to keep the awesome DIY classes affordable to everyone. Now, she's asking us to return the favor.

LLS's Man & Woman of the Year Winners Get Announced at Saturday's Grand Finale

Several weeks ago, we presented the esteemed candidates in the friendly race to become the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2011 Man of the Year & Woman of the Year winners. Now it's time for the winner to be unveiled in the competition's epic Grand Finale Gala, taking place this Saturday, June 4. It's a chance for friends of the organization to party for a night in support of a great cause.

La Petite Rose's 15-Step Facial Rescues Parched Summer Skin

With jet-setting season underway, you're likely to catch some sunshine this summer. While those rays add an envious glow, they also severely dry out your skin. In addition to using a broad-spectrum, high SPF sunscreen everyday, specialists also recommend treating your skin with the occasional summer facial. One of our current faves is The Plant of the Sea Facial at La Petite Rose.

We're loving this 80-minute wonder that calms, soothes, cools, hydrates, and leaves you feeling magically pampered. It's well worth the trek to the spa's Outer Richmond location.

Coachella Expanding to Two Weekends in April 2012

The mad scientists behind one of our country's best music fests just made quite the earth-shaking announcement: Coachella 2012 will take place over the course of two weekends in April. It'll give rabid fans who got shafted this year, due to insanely fast ticket sales, a better chance at scoring tickets and experiencing the festival in all its sweaty, dirty glory.

The weirdest part about the announcement? Three-day passes go on sale in two days, a good chunk of the year before they usually reveal the lineup. They're the same price as always ($269 plus fees), but would you drop that kind of dough on a lineup that likely hasn't even materialized in the brains of Coachella's organizers yet?

Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian Slay Hearts and Minds at the Independent

Last night’s Sleigh Bells/Neon Indian show at the Independent was one of those nights we’ll recall 20 years from now when we’re explaining to our robot doctor why we’ve gone partially deaf:

“Why didn’t you wear ear plugs?” the doctor will ask, unfamiliar with human masochism.
“Well. It was f-ing’ Sleigh Bells doc. They’re gloriously loud, and we didn’t want to miss a decibel,” we’ll say sans regret, adding “that’s kind of the point with some bands. Now fix me.”

Knight Fellows on "Re-Engineering Journalism"

One of the hottest debates inside newsrooms and media studies programs the past few years is whether journalism itself has any real future left, given the widespread disruptions sweeping through the traditional media industry, including the massive layoffs of newspaper reporters.

In light of this, the 45-year-old Knight Fellowship Program at Stanford has transformed itself from a mid-career sabbatical opportunity into an incubator of entrepreneurial ideas that just might help journalism better adapt and survive.

The current 20 Knight Fellows, 12 of whom come from overseas, presented their visions late last week at an event called "Re-Engineering Journalism."

Jigar Mehta, a video journalist affiliated with The New York Times, created a crowd-sourced, interactive documentary called "18 Days in Egypt," which encouraged Egyptians to contibute videos, photos, e-mails and tweets from their cellphones during their historic uprising earlier this year.

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