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Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto Captures "Acts of God"

Acclaimed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is known for his masterful images of dioramas and portraits of wax figures, which play with our perception of reality. I was already familiar with his work, but nothing prepared me for the brilliant photographic mural of The Last Supper at Fraenkel Gallery, in his show “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God”.

Sponsored: Drenched in Puppy Love at SPCA's Grand Re-Opening

7x7 and the San Francisco SPCA joined forces to throw a playfully chic bash in honor of the grand re-opening of the SPCA's Potrero Hill location. With vegan food trucks, a bar featuring pet-named cocktails, and a lively music set spun by a local DJ, the event was an energetic (and adorable) start to the weekend.

From Street Tagger to Calligraffiti Artist in Action

Niels "SHoe" Meulman

Since he first picked up a can of spray paint in 1979 and began tagging under the name Shoe, Dutch artist Niels Meulman has been thinking about how to leave his mark on the world—quite literally.

Never Before Seen Marilyn Monroe Photos Come to SF

As a teenager, I (along with thousands of other young girls, I'm sure) had a picture of Marilyn Monroe hanging on my wall. Though, to my credit, it wasn't the iconic photo of her skirt blowing up, or even that one where she's pumping iron. Instead, it was a small postcard I bought from the gift store of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that showed Marilyn looking away from the camera, pensive, and almost sad.

The Faces Behind Mid Market-SoMa-Tenderloin Turmoil

No neighborhood—no, not even the city's precious Mission District—has received as much hand-wringing over the last year than the apex of Mid Market, SoMa, and the Tenderloin. And with good reason.

This Week's Hottest Events: Designing for the POTUS, Street Cinema, 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)!

Win a Signed Print of Lawrie Brown's "Yellow Ice Cream"

By Lawrie Brown’s own admission, paranoia about the artificial additives prevalent in mass-produced comestibles inspired the photographer’s popular “Colored Food” series, which is now riding a viral wave through the Interwebs.

This Week in Live Music: 10,000 Maniacs, Cowboy Junkies, Ester Rada, and More

More venue news for San Francisco music lushes, this time an update for one of the most pristine music halls on the West Coast. The Nob Hill Masonic Center and its billion dollar views are currently undergoing a renovation project, which is due for September completion.

Scenes of the City: Homegrown Artist Stephen Namara Shares His Studio

For this week's Scenes of the City we spent some time with San Francisco artist Stephen Namara, a member of the Hunters Point Shipyard Artist group. Namara is an oil painter who uses a variety of techniques – including a cotton sock – to apply dry pigments.

Chelsea Peretti Talks Her SF Comedy Special, Burrito Wars, and Danity Kane

Chelsea Peretti is not only a Bay Area treasure (Oakland to be exact), but as the name of her stand-up tour indicates, she's an "American Treasure" as well.

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