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Our Tourists, Ourselves: Learning to Love the People That Give Us $8.34 Billion a Year


The offices of 7x7 are located smack-dab in Union Square and so close to the gates of Chinatown that I can almost feel our building on Grant Street pulsing with the chirps of the toy crickets for sale. Double-deckers rumble by, clouding the air with puffs of exhaust, cable car tracks clatter, and doormen whistle for cabs.

This Week's Hottest Events: John Waters, Hugh Jackman, and Fleet Foxes

John Waters
The man behind cult classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. Demented will dirty up the JCC with his crass humor. If sick and twisted is not your thing, check out Mayor Ed Lee at the Commonwealth Club instead.  
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 5/3
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.

The Butcher's Guild: One of the First Support Groups for Ethically Minded Butchers

"Where's the beef from?" and "Is that grass-fed?" are common queries in the San Francisco food world. And with local offerings like 4505 Meats' meat-filled CSAs and things like pork happy hour at Fatted Calf in Hayes Valley, butchery practices are working their way even further into the city's vernacular. Now Avedano's Tia Harrison and Primal Cuts author Marissa Guggiana are taking things one step further wtih The Butcher's Guild, one of our country's first support groups for ethically-minded butchers. With local whole-animal advocates Ryan Farr and Chris Cosentino among the group's 23 charter members, The Guild is now reaching out to other members of the industry to expand its reach in the early going. Later this summer, they'll be recruiting lay people (i.e. meat geeks) as members.

The Bay Area's Favorite Small Business: Vote on the Top 7 Finalists!

As we look forward to SF Small Business Week (May 16-21), we've asked 7x7 readers to vote on their favorite local small business from this impressive list of 49 nominees. After three weeks of voting, here are the 7 Bay Area businesses you have voted into the final round.

Hugh Jackman at the Curran

Bask in the presence of Hugh Jackman - also known as Wolverine, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and award winning...everything. Who wouldn’t want to loll respectfully in the presence of all that? Especially as he’s serenading you with a voice that kills on Broadway - though many of us would be perfectly happy to listen to him read aloud from the phone book. 

Possibly best known for his role in X-Men, Jackman has also starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia and Rachel Weisz in The Fountain. He was served up as the object of somewhat irrational hatred on Scrubs and of gay man adoration on Will and Grace.

Stern Grove's 2011 Season Announced!

Although San Francisco summer's aren't the toastiest around, the Stern Grove Festival's annual season is enough to get us outside under the towering eucalyptus trees. The 2011 free outdoor concert lineup was just announced, and it's so good we're already planning how many bottles of champagne to pack!

Who are we most excited to see? Kicking things off on June 19th is a sure-to-be explosive performance by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (they might just shake the leaves off the trees), followed by the genre-bending Jazz Mafia Symphony's mash up of jazz, funk, hip hop, and electronica on June 26th. Neko Case and The Dodos' will be the perfect pre-party to 4th of July weekend. And we can't forget 2-tone ska masters The English Beat on July 17th and the caramel-toned vocals of Aaron Neville. See the rest of the lineup here–there's definitely something for everyone.

SF Street Style: Bold, Vintage Accessories at the SF International Film Fest

Kyla Westphal lives in the Mission, does green power marketing for 3Degrees, and can't get enough vintage. We caught her at the SF International Film Festival, waiting in line to see Circumstance, at the Kabuki Theater. Her bold scarf and gold-flaked cork wedges stood out in the crowd.

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