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Black Mambas, Drinking in Italy, and the Great Midwest: 7x7 at Lit Crawl

Pages and pints flew during the 10th annual Lit Crawl, the grand finale to the nine-day reading frenzy that is Litquake. This year, flocks of bibliophiles gathered at The Chapel in the Mission. The space soon overflowed with bon vivants, bookworms, and unsuspecting (but totally down) bar guests.

Art in the Streets: October 24th at The NWBLK

illy Art in the Streets

San Francisco was built by artists. Sure, LA's no slouch, and NYC has style to spare, but SF is the heart of free-wheeling artistic expression and creative experimentation. We make music, write plays, direct films, dance in the streets—all on a tiny, seven-mile by seven-mile fog-shrouded peninsula at the edge of the Western world. SF invented American café culture—we just called them coffee houses.

The Fall Take on Tequila: Curtis Hefley's Family Reunion

After sampling four artistically-poured tequila cocktails, all a refreshing departure from the ho-hum margarita, we have a winner! Bartender Curtis Hefley’s perfectly crafted “the Family Reunion,” which combines maple syrup, absinthe, and Hornitos Black Barrel tequila for a most flavorful homecoming.

7x7 at Litquake 2014: "Travel Misadventures" at The Chapel on October 18th

7x7 Travel Misadventures

In case you haven't noticed, our fair city has been overrun by bibliophiles, which can only mean that we're in the throes of Litquake! We've already waxed poetic about our eight can't-miss events, but we couldn't resist squeezing in a little self-promotion for good measure. 7x7 is again a proud sponsor of Lit Crawl, the facinating and rowdy Litquake finale! Join us at The Chapel Saturday, Oct.

Things that Go Bump in the Night: Skulls Edition

Skulls at Cal Academy of Sciences

If you’re anything like us, you’ve no doubt been scouring the depths of the interweb for inspiration for a costume unique enough for your Halloween festivities. If the perfect getup remains elusive, come to The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for just the push your imagination desires.

SF's Top 49 Charities: Vote Now!

San Francisco's Favorite Charity 2014

Update: this round of voting has ended. We'll release the names of the top seven finalists soon

Back in September, we called upon you to tell us about the Bay Area charitable organizations that matter most. After receiving a staggering number of nominations (way to go, San Francisco!), we've narrowed the nominees down to the top 49.

Drink This Now: Redford's "Sazonado" Cocktail with Cachaça 51

Kelvin Martinez of Redford

After sampling a delicious array of Cachaça 51 craft cocktails from San Francisco's top bartenders, our readers have spoken, and we have a winner! Redford bartender Kelvin Martinez's "Sazonado" cocktail emerged as the reader favorite with its full-bodied, aromatic character and it light, refreshing feel that transitions perfectly into fall.

Art & Architecture Lovers Geek Out at Autodesk Design Night: The Future of Cities

At Autodesk Gallery's monthly Design Night parties, the irresistible combination of cocktails and learning-focused activities demystifies the magic of tech, design, and architecture, and makes it not only accessible but (dare we say?) downright friendly. 

Startups, Tech, and Top Execs at NewCo Silicon Valley

NewCo Silicon Valley

Tesla, Google, eBay, and LinkedIn—for most of us, the closest we'll ever get to these companies is by typing in their URL. But in a few short weeks, these heavy hitters will literally open their doors to the public for info sessions and meet-and-greets with top execs during NewCo Silicon Valley.

Eight Can't-Miss Events at Litquake 2014

Litquake SF

A hush fell over San Francisco this morning as the city started counting down the last 48 hours before the most highly anticipated bibliophile event of the year. OK, we're being a bit hyperbolic, but it is indeed time for Litquake, the annual convergence of all words written, found, and spoken. The nine-day series of events begins this Friday and runs through the grand finale next Saturday evening. Mark your calendars with our eight must-see picks, and get your read on!

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