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Primates Plunder San Francisco in Delightful Return to 'Planet of the Apes'

“Ten years from now, it will be the 1968 version that people are still renting.” So predicted Roger Ebert, after Tim Burton’s scattershot Planet of the Apes remake, released a decade ago this summer, did more to discredit primates than Charlton Heston ever could.

Whether the stench of that earlier experiment still lingers could help determine the future of a still-vital franchise, confidently revived this week in Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If the prospect of watching James Franco play with primates in Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't enough to get you off the couch this weekend, we've got several worthy alternatives in this week's Indie Theater Roundup, which comes complete with an Easter egg of sorts: a YouTube video of the late Patrick Swayze recalling his least favorite line in Dirty Dancing! Enjoy.

. The Guard

Secret Recipe: Braised Chicken Pappardelle from Piccino


7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

In May, Piccino moved to a new part of its Dogpatch neighborhood to 1001 Minnesota St. (at 22nd), where it still offers an ever-changing, seasonal menu chock full of pizzas, tender meatballs, and, of course, pasta. This week, they're bringing back a braised chicken pappardelle. The chicken is tender, pull-apart good—a rare kind of ragu you'd normally only see with beef or lamb. Blink and you'll miss it though, so just in case, here's the recipe to try at home. 

Market Watch: Pickling and Jamming

With all the beautiful produce at the market this season I am finding it hard to resist any of it. Cucumbers, pole beans, tomatoes, nectarines all seem to call my name when I walk through the market and consequently I often find myself at home with more than I know what to do with. My husband, being a true aficionado of all things pickled, has begun to help me with my overbuying problem by putting up some of these goodies to save for later in the season when their fresh counterparts will no longer be available.

Local Designer Beverley Siri's Fall Social Dress Favorites

Siri's calling cards are its gorgeous dresses for weddings, but those are just the tip of the iceberg in the boutique's vast and versatile collection. Just in time for social season, Siri’s social event dresses have clean, modern silhouettes in luxurious fabrics. Think glamorous nights at the opera or the opening of the 100th anniversary of the SF Symphony, both fast-approaching this fall. Talk about two perfect occasions to be a showstopper in Siri’s gowns. Here are designer Beverley Siri's handpicked social dresses that can be worn to any social event and gala this fall.

Grand Canal Gown

Bodega Bay With Kids: What To Do, Where to Eat and Where to Stay

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

There’s so much to do in this mellow little town on the Pacific Coast that you’ll find yourself just having to stay one more day, even if it’s just to write all those “wish you were here” cards to friends and family!

When to go: May through October, when the weather is mildest.

Look of the Week: Kitchen Cute

Whether you're an aspiring chef or a hip housewife, one thing's for sure -- cooking is sexy. Add to the appeal with a comfy-chic kitchen ensemble.

This look is casual enough for everyday cooking, and classy enough to greet any surprise guests (with that homemade tart you just happen to have in the oven).   

The Fem-Bot Fizz: Cocktail #4 in SVEDKA and 7x7's Mixology Competition

To celebrate the last month of Summer 2011, 7x7 and SVEDKA are teaming up to honor the city's bartenders and their skills of invention with an epic mixology competition! You can vote for your favorite featured bartender and their lascivious libation from August 1st through August 31st. You (yes, you!) will be entered to win a $50 bar tab at the winning watering hole. The winner of the San Francisco contest will be revealed on September 7th. Have fun trying all the great cocktails!

Here's our fourth featured bartender, Daniel Bishop from Polk Street's Mayes Oyster House. He mixed up the Fem -Bot Fizz using SVEDKA vodka. Visit Daniel at the bar at Mayes, or try his recipe at home.

Labayen Dance/SF and The DanceWright Project at Dance Mission Theater

Banding together  to unleash a flurry of new dance on the local populace, Labayen Dance/SF and The DanceWright Project bring powerful longevity and a fresh eclectic style to Dance Mission Theater this weekend. 

Combining the dramatic movement of the Asian dance canon with the ripe motion of ballet, Flood Pain Series #3 is a striking piece that looks at relationships between individuals and the larger world. Labayen fuses the delicacy of Asian culture with America's special brand of unflinching brashness into an original physicality and he hopes will serve as a vehicle for understanding the intrinsic humanity beneath every culture.

Chronicle Books' Three-Day Summer Warehouse Sale Starts...Now!

Need to get a bridal or baby shower gift? How about some new cookbooks? Get all your gifting (for yourself and friends) done at Chronicle Books' Summer Warehouse sale, which starts today and runs through through Saturday at their Second Street warehouse. Browse through hundreds of titles — all at 65% off — to pamper lonely coffee tables and shelves.  

680 Second St. (Between Brannan and Townsend)

Thursday 8/4 9am-7pm

Friday 8/5 9am-7pm

Saturday 8/6 10am-3pm

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