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Where to Find Perfectly Poured Pints of Cask Ale

If the gray skies and cold temperatures at this time of year are reminding you more of foggy London than sunny California, embrace your inner beer-loving Brit and order a properly pulled pint of cask ale on your next pub visit. Transforms Into Lady Gaga's Workshop Lady Gaga Workshop

Today is a very special day at Barney's New York. It's the first day the whimsical world of Lady Gaga comes to life for Barney's very special holiday project called Gaga's Workshop. Their online store has been transformed into an interactive fashion carnival bursting with limited-edition, exclusive products created by Gaga herself, Nicola Formichetti, and the artists Eli Sudbrack and Hamaide Pierson of assume vivid astro focus.

The Definitive Black Friday + Small Business Saturday Guide 2011

Black and Plaid Friday Sales:

440 Brannan (440 Brannan St.):  Stop by, enjoy complimentary drinks and bites, and mingle with designers from 3pm-10pm. New garments for men and women will be available for purchase. 

Cary.Lane (560 Laguna St.):  With loads of new merch for men and women, enjoy an extra 40% off the already discounted prices.

SFO's Rockin' New Exhibit: The Evolution of the Record

If you’re traveling by plane this holiday season, SFO’s Terminal 2 has a rockin’ new exhibit worth checking out. As you head to your gate (or deal with crazy flight delays), snag a glimpse of "Revolutions per Minute: The Evolution of the Record” and “The Art of the Album Cover.”

Katy Perry Bedazzles Her Worshipping Fans at Oracle Arena

When we get past the pomp and circumstance, pageantry and omnipotence and media ubiquity and 12 million Twitter followers of Katy Perry, when we dig deeper than the 30-second sound bytes and three-minute music videos, when we’re confronted with the actual person, rather than the image bestowed, what are we left with? What is this thing underneath the guise of Katy Perryness?

Celebrate Post-Thanksgiving with a Holiday Jazz Festival This Weekend in Tahoe

Looking for something smooth to take the edge off the beginning of the holiday season?

Then head over to Incline Village this weekend for the annual Holiday Jazz Festival at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Brad Thomas Parsons (Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All)

Tuesday, November 29, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

TechShop Stages A Full-On Maker Revolution in SoMa

It’s 10:30 p.m. on a Monday, and SoMa’s TechShop is buzzing with activity. Sparks are flying, the band saw is kicking up dust, and nerdy hipsters are in the conference room plotting prototypes. The creative energy filling the raw industrial space is palpable, and the brainpower is suffocating. The vision of former MythBusters science adviser and serial entrepreneur Jim Newton, TechShop is a membership-based workshop and fabrication studio filled with the kind of equipment you haven’t seen since high school shop class—only much more sophisticated and high tech. An avid maker himself, Newton wanted to build a space for fellow do-it-yourself buffs.

Photos: 7x7 and Virgin America Celebrate the New Route to Puerto Vallarta

On November 17, 7x7 toasted Virgin America's new route to Puerta Vallarta with an invitation-only party at Tres (130 Townsend St. in SoMa.)

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. We'll showcase a new playlist every week so you can start things off right. Today, we give you a collection of bright, sparkly songs that could cheer anyone out of a gloomy, weather-induced funk.

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