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The "Spiked Lassi": Cocktail #1 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!

Jello Shots, Po' Boys, and Jambalaya Croquettes, Oh My! What To Look Forward To at This Year's SF Street Food Festival

The folks behind the glorious glutton-fest known as the SF Street Food Festival invited various members of the press down to Fort Mason for a preview of what's to come at this year's Mission District takeover. Although it wasn't a full-on onslaught of the 70-something vendors who will be offering their eats on August 20, we still managed to stuff our faces with everything from piroshkis to shrimp po' boys to cake pops and ice cream. Needless to say, I immediately went home and passed out from one of the most epic food comas of my life.

Here are some of the bites I fully suggest you get your hands on this year:

This Week's Hottest Events: Pat Benatar, The Wailers, and Exploratorium After Dark

Real Estate, Dominant Legs, and Melted Toys
Indie goes pop with New Jersey boys Real Estate, plus a personal local favorite, Dominant Legs, and SF lo-fi heroes Melted Toys.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 8/2
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.

Mavis Staples Ponders American Idol, Wilco, and Winning a Grammy After 60 Years of Singing

Mavis Staples was put on this Earth to sing. She’s been performing since the age of 8, starting with her family’s group The Staple Singers, known for classic hits such as “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” Over the years, she’s used her deep, soulful voice to bring gospel to the mainstream and even marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., helping spread the civil rights message through song. Today, Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. She’s worked with musicians as varied as Bob Dylan and Prince. And in 2008, Rolling Stone named her one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In essence, she is a living legend.

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.

Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)

Friday, August 5th, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (59 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

SF Street Style: Local Jewelry Designers Spotted in Simple Pieces + Great Shoes at New Berkeley Boutique, Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall

Jewelry designers, Vivian Wang and Ingrid Chen, of Viv&Ingrid, were rocking some killer flats at a launch party last week for their new Berkeley gift shop, Viv&Ingrid at Oxford Hall. The darling boutique is full of dreamy, whimsical decor and full of pretty, witty little things -- just as every great gift shop should be.

Now, designer are typically known for dressing very casually and Viv&Ingrid were no exception. They did however, step up their shoe game -- love! I really like the detailing on both pairs of flats -- the rhinestone cut-outs on the Vivian's yellow flats, and the asymmetrical line and d'Orsay cut on Ingrid's black pointies. 

Scenes of the City: The San Francisco Marathon

For this week's Scenes of the City we got up early (4:30 am) on Sunday morning and made our way down to the Embarcadero to capture the SF Marathon.

Two runners take a moment to stretch and appreciate the early morning scenery.

Elite runner and Olympic qualifier Michael Wardian crosses the finish line in about 2 1/2 hours to win the overall marathon. 

SoMa-Based StumbleUpon Provides a "Forward Button" for Discovery on the Internet

One of the top tech companies in San Francisco floating just below the surface of broader consumer consciousness is StumbleUpon, the discovery engine that co-founder and CEO Garrett Camp calls the "forward button for the internet."

StumbleUpon helps you find and share great content out along The Long Tail, and the more you use it the better it becomes at finding those gems that make the web, at its best, so entertaining and informative.

It's a bit unusual among startups in that it's about ten years old, and has already been through a major acquisition (for $75 million by eBay in May 2007) followed by an even more unusual event in April 2009, when its founders, including Camp and his co-founder Geoff Smith, bought it back from eBay at a deep (though undisclosed) discount.

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