What with libraries being all hip now, we thought we'd let you in on the latest happenings over at the SF Public Library and its awesome booster organization, the Friends of the SF Public Library. To celebrate our city book emporium's 50th year of epic book sales, the Friends are staging the library's first-ever mid-year sale, featuring a quarter of a million books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and other multimedia goodies waiting to be taken home with you.
Last week, our pals over at sister site California Home & Design enlisted you to sound off and crown your favorite building in our beloved San Francisco. The nominations ran from century-old palaces to post-modern behemoths, and even an abandoned bank building. With so many eye-popping buildings in this town, it was a tough race. Want to see who took the gold? Click here to see the winner!
For this week's Scenes of the City we visited Alemany Farm on the southern slope of Bernal Heights and several other gardens in SF and checked out spring planting, cleaning and maintaining. Also check out details of the Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration here (scheduled for April 23). Enjoy.
Pineapple Sage grows readily in the cool SF climate and smells like, you guessed it, a pungent pineapple.
When I innocently started my fried chicken sandwich quest last week, I had no idea that it would demand such gluttony. Who knew there were so many to be had (in San Francisco ... we're 7x7, for those of you screaming Bakesale Betty collectively)? Recommended to me from Twitter and the comments on my last blog were sandwiches from:
We're pretty keen on dogs over here at 7x7–if you haven't noticed–but it's time to give some love to our other favorite furry household companions, cats. There's a new kitty hotel in San Francisco called Mission: Cats, which combines everyone's love of live cat webcams (owners can check in on their cats while they're out of town) with plush digs for your cat to get comfortable in when you're on that much-needed vacation.
Image: Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 17
There's tons of great music this week—Yuck, New Pornographers, !!!, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill—but Aussie psych rock band Tame Impala is so hot right now that a live show is a must-see.
When: 8 p.m., Mon. 4/18
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
When the Fukushima nuclear crisis–now ranked at level 7– banned certain Japanese exports, we all wondered what effect the disaster would have on something San Franciscans love to eat: sushi. Henry Icinose of San Francisco's ABS Seafood Inc., the fish supplier to ICHI Sushi in Bernal Heights, tells 7x7 that most of the fish his company purchases comes from the Fukuoka area of Japan, far south of Fukushima, below Tokyo and Sendai.
If you’ve ever idly wondered what post-apocalyptic New Jersey might look like, wonder no more. When the world collapses in on itself and starts to melt into space - literally, like cheese over nachos - plan on monster seahorses and Canadians who’ve decided cannibalism is a good response to the end of life as we know it.
Mika escapes to the moon, in hopes of solving the mystery of her destroyed hands. Her brother Kale pursues her through a surreal world of mutant dogs, cannibals, and giant sea creatures so they can both find forgiveness at the end of the world. Innovative and intriguing, Into the Clear Blue Sky is the second play in a world premiere trilogy by J.C. Lee.
NYC may have fashion week, but we in SF have fashion month. Each Spring, from mid-April to mid-May, a range of annual fashion shows present SF's best emerging talent. From $10,000 student collections, to recycled independent clothing, designers across the city have been sketching, patterning, draping, cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and refitting like mad - and it all comes down to these seven shows:
1. San Francisco State University's Runway 2011: Enchantment, Thursday April 21, 7pm at the San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street), $15-$25.
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