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Round and Round the Garden

American Conservatory's latest proves your average English garden can play host to a maelstrom of romantic peccadilloes, from lovers lurking in the ivy to oblivious would-be lovers shamelessly using not-so-ailing family cats as an excuse to appear each and every day. Round and Round the Garden is Alan Ayckbourn's comic ode to family entanglements, where "family entanglements" equal "Norman the librarian trying to seduce his two sisters-in-law." While he also attempts to cajole his estranged wife back into marital harmony. Predictably, things go south.

SFMOMA Announces Announces Finalists for Expansion

SFMOMA announced four firms that are the finalists in the museum’s hunt for an architect to design its forthcoming expansion, which will triple the size of its galleries. Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, and Snøhetta, made the final cut based on their past work and interviews conducted over two-days last month (as opposed to design proposals for the new expansion).

Photos: 7x7 Celebrates The Joys of Travel at Coda Jazz Supperclub

7x7 continued our "Happier Hours" series with a lovely cocktail reception at Coda in the Mission. A stylish crowd gathered to mingle with "The Wanderers" -- some of the Bay Area's savviest travelers who were featured in our April issue -- including Ami "The Spiritual Seeker" Mehta, Clay "The Chowhound" McLachlan, and Harlow "The Adventurer" Salvador Newton. Guests enjoyed delectable bites, specially-made Karlsson's vodka cocktails, and ice-cold Peroni and Pilsner beers -- plus cool grooves from DJ Emdee of Debaser!

Disposable Film Festival's Bike-In Movie Night

For the second year in a row, the Disposable Film Festival will join the Bike Week celebration with a bike-in movie screening in the parking lot of the Good Hotel. This year's festivities start at 4pm with tasty treats from ForageSF's Underground Market. Show up by 7 to get in on the raffle, which includes Crumpler bags, 2 nights at the Good Hotel, and a limited edition bicycle from Globe Bikes. Screening begins at 8pm. Cost? Nothing! Just bring a blanket or your camping chairs, and the SFBC volunteers will take care of parking your bike. Check out the video after the break for an idea of what last year's event looked like.

Rookie Marin Filmmakers Recruit Ed Harris to Star in Their Own Family Drama

Even a cursory glance at his résumé should tell you that four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, 59, has never hesitated to take chances, as he did when he made his directorial debut with Pollock (2000), a startlingly intense portrait of the tortured American painter. But this is pushing it.

Approached backstage at the Castro Theatre in 2006 by identical twins Logan and Noah Miller, who identified themselves only as “the independent filmmakers,” Harris did what few stars of his stature would: He listened to their feverish pitch for Touching Home, the new drama about two baseball-obsessed brothers struggling to reconnect with an alcoholic father.

Home Movies: ‘Whiteout,’ ‘Edge of Darkness’ and ‘Daybreakers’ Find Demons in Our Midst

Kate Beckinsale is rarely acknowledged as an action star whose credentials in the genre rival Sigourney Weaver’s, but she should be.

She held off wolves, vampires and assorted snarling lowlifes in Underworld (2003) and its underrated sequel, Evolution (2006). She forcefully avoided becoming the star of Frank Whaley’s next snuff film in the scrappy thriller Vacancy (2007). And early in Whiteout, long before she’s called on to tame a masked killer, she gamely hops in the shower, dutifully pandering to her male demographic.

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