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Lower Haight Art Walk Tonight!

Looking for something to do outside of your typical happy hour routine? Head over to the Lower Haight tonight for an evening art walk around the neighborhood. Start with a drink at Toronado and weave your way from shop to shop, taking in live painting, music, artwork and discounts at over 25 participating stores. End the night at Molotov's (the best jukebox in the city, in our humble opinion) and you've come full drunken circle. We recommend Xapno for pretty floral arrangements and home accessories and Mickey's Monkey for eclectic furnishings, but all of the area boutiques have so much personality that you really can't go wrong. It all goes down tonight from 7 to 10 PM.

What Not to Miss at Renegade This Weekend

To say we're excited about this weekend's Renegade Craft Fair would be an understatement; we're buzzing like a chainsaw over here. For its second year in the city, the free event will go down at Fort Mason and will feature over 200 artists and crafters from the Bay Area and way beyond. With so many participants you're bound to find something (or ten things) you love, but in case you need any extra motivation we've rounded up a few of the vendors we're most excited to see:

Renegade Craft Fair Returns This Weekend

Yeehaw! It seems to be shaping into a peach of a weekend. True, it's only Tuesday, but we're not going to let a little detail like that get us down. The weather report calls for clear blue skies and mid-70s and up for the rest of the week, plus we've got all sorts of fun activities to look forward to. Sunday we'll be participating in AIDS Walk San Francisco taking place in Golden Gate Park. Will you be there? There's still time to sign up if you'd like to join in...

A Sneak Peak at SFMOMA's New Rooftop Garden

The SFMOMA opened its new Rooftop Garden to the media this morning and 7x7 got to take a sneak peak. A project twenty years in the making, the garden consists of several new spaces designed by San Francisco's Jensen Architects. The Sculpture Garden, Pavilion, and Garden Terrace sit atop the MOMA garage, connected to the main building by a bridge lined with large windows overlooking the streets. The enclosed pavilion houses sculpture not suited for exposure to the outdoors—and a Blue Bottle Coffee bar—while the terrace and garden house several large pieces that can withstand the elements. The large glass windows enclosing two sides of the pavilion can be opened on sunny days to make the space feel even more open than it already does.

SFMOMA's Artists Warehouse Sale: Original Artwork at Half the Price

If you've never been to SFMOMA's offshoot Artists Gallery in Fort Mason, then you've been missing out on some wonderfully curated exhibits featuring a dynamic mix of Bay Area artists. Not to worry, though - there's no better time than this week to make your way there, where from Wednesday through Sunday they will be holding their 16th annual Artists Warehouse Sale. Original artwork from new and established artists will be available at up to 50% off the retail price, with proceeds benefitting the programs of the gallery. Prices range from $50 to $5,000, so there really will be something for everybody's budget.

First Friday: Stay in the City!

It appears that there's nothing new at First Friday's Art Walk in Oakland this month, Johansson Projects and Rock! Paper! Scissors! are showing the same exhibits as last month, but the scene that night was so mobbed. Maybe you want to try again without the jostling in airless, crowded rooms and check out Flaming Furbelows and Heroes and Villains at their respective galleries.

If it's anything like last time, there will be vegan cheesecake vendors, impromptu performance art and artists galore setting up shop in the side street between the two blocks of art spaces and eateries that make up the bulk of the monthly Art Murmur.

Suggestions for an Arty Saturday

Did you have a great time at the opening of Receiver's latest show Me vs Me? Want more Porous Walker/Jimmy Dimarcellis but just don't know how?

Come by Receiver this Saturday at 2pm and glue toys together with Jimmy. He'll give a brief talk about all the work in this show and then lead everyone in some good old fashioned toy-gluing.

Pictures at an Exhibition

 

When dynamo Dede Wilsey goes shopping, she doesn’t fool around.

In February, the Fine Arts Museums Board Director traveled to Paris with Fine Arts Museums Director John Buchanan and his wife, Lucy Buchanan, to attend the sale of tres cher objets from the private collection of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Hayes Art Walk/Block Party Tonight

We are so, so hoping that this weekend is going to be the warm bath of sunlight that all the meteorologists keep promising it will be. One of our favorite harbingers of late Spring is being able to take an evening stroll without needing three layers, a hat and a scarf, and with Hayes Valley's monthly Art Walk/Block Party tonight, the timing couldn't be better for a temperate evening. But if, as is so often the case, those weather forecasters are pulling our chain, you'll likely find a celebratory mood in the Hayes the rest of the weekend, too - Flight 001 is comemorating 10 years in the biz with a mega-sale going on through Sunday.

A Museum as Big as The Ritz

There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.

The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.

Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.

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