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Inside the Chinese New Year Parade with Ben Fong-Torres

Watching the Chinese New Year Parade is a guaranteed rollicking good time: dragons, dancers, and amazing floats are all a part of the scene that has been happening locally since the 1860s and is one of the biggest celebrations of Asian culture. For an insider’s take on this fun parade happening on Saturday, February 15, 7x7 caught up with Ben Fong-Torres, who will celebrate his 18th round as co-anchor for the festivities for the KTVU television station.

16 Ways to Laugh Your Ass Off

SF Sketchfest starts on January 23 and mixes in with all the regular flood of comedy that comes through the city. Get ready for an onslaught of funny in the upcoming weeks. It's going to be spectacular.

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.

This Week's Hottest Events: FOG Design+Art Fair, Downton Abbey, and Gary Shteyngart

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"All Possible Futures"
This group show explores the potential of graphic design, questioning the boundaries of concepts, processes, technologies, and forms.

San Francisco Artist Meryl Pataky's Neon Palm Trees at Art Basel Miami

Last month, the art elite and their groupies descended on Miami for the annual Art Basel fair.

Parking Magic or Illusion?

Dear Parking Guru,

In my neighborhood, a neighbor has a “no parking” sign on a the fence of a single-family home residential property. It has been up for a while and the house is now for sale. Can you "reserve" sidewalk parking in front of your home? Is this legal?

And the Winner Is…: San Francisco's Favorite Charities 2013 Check Presentation

7x7 and Pacific Gas & Electric honored the finalists of our annual search for San Francisco's Favorite Charities in the beautifully remodeled Biada Lounge of Sens Restaurant overlooking the Embarcadero.

Answering the Call of Duty: 7 Films to Watch

Peter Berg, known to many as the creator of Friday Night Lights, has always had a thing for realism. His new film Lone Survivor might be his most realistic yet, but it also resembles nothing more than a rigorous game of the online war sim Call of Duty.

Get Cultured: Interactive Theater in the Tenderloin, and A.C.T.'s Latest

A bunch of new productions will be premiering around the Bay by month's end, including a pair of new plays at Berkeley Rep, but first up we have a high-budget, fascinating "immersive theater" experience from the Boxcar Theater company happening in the Tenderloin, and a revival of a century-old George Bernard Shaw anti-war play at A.C.T.

Five Art Openings to Kick Off the New Year

Many of us are settling into the first full week of work after the holidays…while adhering (or at least thinking about adhering) to New Year’s resolutions. Reward yourself for a job well done by indulging your creative side at five new art exhibits.

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