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Editors Pick Their Must-Have Items for June

7x7 editors pick their favorites from the latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond.

Hats Off to 40 Years of Beach Blanket Babylon

Local institution Beach Blanket Babylon has been entertaining San Franciscans with its gravity-defying hats and spectacular costumes for 40 years! To commemorate their record-breakings success (and passage into middle age), the musical theatre company is hosting a special public celebration this week. 

The Jazzy Legacy Behind The Independent

In 1967, Herman Warren sat with 49er Kermit Alexander in a bar called Emanon at 628 Divisadero Street. Warren owned Sugar Hill, a blues venue on Broadway, but joked with Alexander about opening up a low-key hangout spot. At first it was only a joke — until he threw down an impromptu offer to claim the space. 

This Week's Hottest Events: Michael Douglas and Neil DeGrasse Tyson in SF

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)!

Summer Camp Grows Up at Hamel Family Wines

On May 17, Hamel Family Wines invited family and friends to the grand opening of their winery with rustic fanfare. Tossing aside pretense in favor of a kitschy-chic camping theme, Hamel encouraged guests to let loose and reconnect with their inner camper.

This Week in Live Music: tUnE-yArDs, Lady Gaga, The Faint, and More

Put some aloe on those sunburns from Bottle Rock Music Festival and rally. This week’s local live music slate involves some serious gems:

The Best of SF 2014: Everything You Need to Know

7x7 Magazine's annual Best of SF showcases all you could ever hope to eat, drink, see, buy, know, and do in the city.

Cris Benton Captures South San Francisco's Colorful Saltscapes

Once upon the 1860s, much of the South San Francisco landscape was a vast plain of marsh and mud. Then small-time salt manufacturers began to use levees to further their production of the briny stuff. From the ground, this watery terrain is only as special as the sky that’s reflected on its surface, but take a bird’s-eye view—or, in the case of photographer Cris Benton, a kite’s-eye view—and suddenly the turf turns otherworldly.

Hot 20 Community Choice 2014: Nominate the Bay Area's Brightest Leaders

7x7’s annual Hot 20 is one of our most anticipated features each year. It's a celebration of the region’s most influential movers and shakers who make the Bay Area such an exciting place to live.

What We're Reading Now: Hitchhiking John Waters, McSweeney's Latin America Issue

If I was to drive by John Waters with his thumb out, you can bet I'd be pulling over the car. And indeed, the film director, "Pope of Trash," and sometime SF resident was able to convince an assortment of Americans to do just that, as he embarked on a nationwide hitchhiking journey to our shores from his native Baltimore.

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