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This Week's Hottest Events: Elephants, Picnic Workshops, Runway Shows, and More

Painting by Valery Vershov

7x7 editors reveal the hottest events going on this week and give you a head's up on tickets to grab in advance (before they sell out)!

Arttitud Art Festival 

As part of artMRKT's international art fair, Arttitud features fine art in traditional and contemporary styles from a select group of Eastern-European born and trained artists. Don't miss Valery Vershov's complex paintings of luxurious interiors populated with surreal and absurd creatures and characters (seen above), or Sergey Konstantinov colorful abstracts. 

Opening reception: Friday, May 16. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $10, 111 Potrero Ave. 

Summer Workshops with Local Experts

Calling all novice grillers, local beer enthusiasts, and serious picnic seekers! Skill Exchange is bringing together a group of local experts for a crash course in essential summer skills. Highlights include: Siren Fish Co founder Anna Larsen on buying, preparing, and preserving local seafood; Fermenters Club on preparing kimchi at home, and even a workshop on how to properly sharpen knives. The day of learning, tasting, and making concludes with a grilled meal, served family style, with beer pairings from HenHouse Brewing Company.

When: Saturday, May 17. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $100. 337 Shotwell Street. Get tickets here

Lights. Camera. Fashion. 

Get front row seats to see the next big names in fashion. California College of the Arts' Annual Fashion Show showcases collections from student designers – selected by a jury of industry professionals –  with a top-notch runway presentation using professional models. 7x7 contributes the “Emerging Designer Award” to one deserving student every year, plus, we're giving away VIP tickets

When: Friday, May 16. 6:30pm VIP reception; 8:00pm runway. $40. 1111 Eight Street. Get tickets here.

Inside SF's Private Collections

Ever wonder what one-of-a-kind art works are hidden inside SF's grandest home? Now's your chance to find out. A group of local, passionate art collectors will open their homes to share their exceptional collections with the public, all in order to raise awareness for Enterprise for High School Students

When: Wednesday, May 21. $125 - $400. Get tickets here

Central Market Microhood

The Bold Italic returns to Central Market for an evening of live performance, great deals from local merchants, and unexpected surprises between 6th Street and 8th Street. Even better: The folks at Showdogs are going to be offering $4 draft beers from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 15. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. RSVP here

Celebrating Elephants

Here's a cause that's easy to get behind: saving elephants. Dr. Vicki Fishlock, Resident Scientist for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, will share some of her ongoing research looking at the fascinating social dynamics in the lives of female elephants, and how these individual relationships shape the success of families. The silent auction part of the evening will include scrumptious arrays of appetizers and beverages donated from local Bay Area restaurants, breweries, shops, and artists. All proceeds benefit Amboseli Trust for Elephants. 

When: Saturday, May 17. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. $40, The Oakland Zoo. Get tickets here