BottleRock 2015 is coming up fast, and some of the best live performers are making their way to Napa for some sun- and wine-soaked partying. Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Robert Plant, The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Passion Pit, Snoop Dogg, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, and many more are prepped to rock the vineyards, and we have four pairs of 3-day general admission passes to give away to our favorite people—7x7 readers!
If you didn’t know by now that art galleries are a good place to score booze, you haven’t been living. To be fair, it’s mostly Two-Buck Chuck or PBR, but if you aren’t picky, then you're in luck—now you can pregame and get your culture fix at the same time. Just try to keep it together (you’re in public), and please note that “donation-based” doesn’t mean “be rude.” Let's keep it classy, people.
Get your weekend on with these can't-miss Bay Area happenings.
We're always proud to claim design luminary Yves Behar as San Francisco's own, and the curly-haired superstar has outdone himself once again: Just feast your eyes upon his futuristic design for the Alchemy Lounge, a pop-up cocktail bar at Milan's Teatro Versace.
If someone handed you Allen Ginsberg's number and told you to give him a call, you'd probably think they were nuts—after all, the legendary Beat poet died in 1997. But while you may not be able to call Ginsberg to chat about the new season of Game of Thrones, you can now call a number and hear one of his greatest poems, thanks to a new project, Call Allen.
Cole Valley, the tiny neighborhood nestled beneath Sutro Forest, is all about community and living the nice, slow life in an oasis hidden from the rest of the city. While it's oft mistaken as a part of the Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley is a neighborhood in its own right (even if tourists have never heard of it), and is worth some exploration: There is something for everyone here, whether you are looking to fuel up on food or challenge your inner hiker.
Re-reading your childhood diaries is usually cause for embarrassment (after all, the Mortified series wouldn't exist without them). But for Heidi Julavits, they served as the inspiration to keep a new diary, which chronicles her fortysomething life as a writer, mother, and wife. The result is The Folded Clock, an unusual take on a memoir that veers between past and present, encompassing everything from her love of The Bachelorette to the end of her first marriage. Equal parts funny, searching, and sad, it's the kind of book that prompts you to reexamine the simplest daily routines in your own life.
Summer will be here before we know it, and now's the time to start filling up your calendar with the Bay Area's best art, music, and design events coming down the pipeline. From al fresco jazz to a renegade craft fair, here are the seven can't-miss arts events this summer.
San Francisco Art Institute, the Bay Area’s intrepid home for renegade art and innovative education, is throwing its annual fȇte on May 13, 2015, with Gala Vernissage and Varnished: The After Party. For one night only, this celebration takes over the historic Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center, summoning art, artists, and the people who love them to the edge of the bay. All proceeds benefit student-artist scholarships at SFAI.