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Neighborhood Guide: What to Do In Pac Heights

Take something of San Francisco’s old-world elegance, sprinkle in a few local celebrities (you choose: an actor, a speaker of the House, a Fortune 500 CEO), add a quiet suburban hush, and you get Pacific Heights in all its grandeur.

The Gilded Glitz of The Paramount Theatre

Stage at the Paramount Theatre

Commissioned just three months after the Stock Market crash of 1929, the Paramount Theatre was designed by San Francisco’s Timothy L. Pflueger, who also designed the Castro Theatre, Top of the Mark, Bimbo’s, and most of the important architectural landmarks of the Bay Area. The theater's history is just as storied as those intricately designed walls might suggest. 

The 5 Topics Everyone Will Be Discussing Over Brunch

Impress your friends with these conversation-starters. 

Editors' Picks: 50 Shades, a Mirrored House, & More

Here's what the 7x7 editors were thinking about this week when they should have been at work.

Top Bay Area Bridges, Ranked

The Bay Area is home to world-famous bridges. Here are the top 7, ranked.

Weekend Guide: Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Wanda Sykes, & More

The 7 things you should be doing this weekend. 

We Wanna Be Friends With KQED Newsroom Host Thuy Vu

KQED "Newsroom" host Thuy Vu is responsible for keeping Bay Area residents abreast of global affairs every Friday night. The three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, who has covered everything from the devastating legacy of Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War to the impact of Burning Man on the Bay Area arts scene, let us in on some of her favorite places in the City. 

Bill Murray Commandeers Cab From Oakland To Sausalito

A curious cry for help or the antics of an artist? You decide: Bill Murray, buster of ghosts and erstwhile Suntoruy spokesman, made headlines this week after he drove a cabbie's car from Oakland to Sausalito on Thursday. Why? Because he wanted to listen to the taxi driver play his sax.

What to Do If an Earthquake Strikes While On BART

Napa's recent quake occurred at 3:20 am, less than an hour before BART trains were set to start running again. For those of us who spend a fair amount of time shuttling between Bay Area cities, there's a good chance we could be caught in the transbay tube or (even worse) high above ground on an aerial trackway when the next big one hits. 

Google's Megan Smith Named America's New Chief Technology Officer

Megan Smith, former Google Vice President (and who, as of 10:30 am Monday, has yet to be verified on Twitter!), will be America's new Chief Technology Officer. President Barack Obama made the announcement on Friday. This makes Smith our country's first female CTO.

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