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5 Reasons You Must See Godzilla Return to the Big Screen and Destroy SF

If you're skeptical about dishing out the cash to see this weekend's blockbuster monster flick, don't be. Godzilla destroying SF is an absolute must-watch (and not just to get the 1998 flop with Matthew Broderick out of your head). From excellent actors to a plot that hits close to home, here are five reasons you should buy your ticket, like now.

640 Skulls Go On Display at Cal Academy

With a collection of craniums spanning millennia, the California Academy of Sciences’ new Skulls exhibit approaches the sometimes macabre subject from a perspective that both scientists and artists can appreciate.

What We're Reading Now: Food Blogs, Twitter Bots, and "The Noble Hustle"

I swoon for Colson Whitehead's sentences the way screaming tweens fall for Bieber ballads, so I was thrilled to see that he was adapting his fantastic 2011 piece for Grantland about playing in the World Series of Poker into a full book, The Noble Hustle.

Arab Spring and Occupy Oakland Fuse in Sanaz Mazinani's "Conference of the Birds"

When I watch Sanaz Mazinani’s mesmerizing video and photography series, Conference of the Birds, I’m lulled by the sounds of birds singing, and I’m drawn into the elegant, repetitive circular patterns. Then other surprising elements emerge: the cry of protestors from the Occupy movement in Oakland, images of flags fragment and the soothing yet urgent voice of a foreign news correspondent speaks, and all are combined to create a disturbing yet seductive message.

"The Descendants" Author, Kaui Hart Hemmings, Talks SF and Her New Book

Bestselling author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings, comes to San Francisco tomorrow to talk shop with Michelle Richmond, author of the new novel Golden State. Hemmings celebrates the release of her second novel, The Possibilities, which explores the struggles of a grieving mother as she faces the death of her son, Cully, who died in an avalanche near their home in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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

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)!

This Week in Live Music: James Blunt, Charles Bradley, and More

Your heartfelt Internet story of the week comes from LA, home to a band called Vulfpeck. As Vice points out in this absurd-but-true tale, Vulfpeck realized that by asking fans to stream a silent album while they were sleeping, they could cash in on the streams.

Luxury, Fashion, and Tech Merge at Jason Campbell's Pop-Up Shop

Global stylist Jason Campbell is after the closets of Silicon Valley executives. This week he brought his unique approach to creating hyper-organized, fashion forward closets to the hoodie-sporting execs of the tech world. 

What to Expect at the Bay Area's Top Summer Music Festivals

The music festival gods look kindly upon San Francisco year-round, but the summer schedule overflows with outdoor music celebrations. The list below is by no means comprehensive — these are the heavy-hitters — and it’s still another reminder that Bay Area live music junkies are likely the most spoiled lot in the world.

Bill Fontana's New North Beach Sound Sculpture Plays the Sounds of SF

This weekend, one of the city's most unique, permanent, public artworks will finally be revealed along with the opening of the North Beach Branch Library. A sound sculpture by internationally acclaimed sound artist Bill Fontana will play the sounds of the city back to its residents. 

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