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'Romeo & Juliet' Gets Reborn at CalShakes

The summer is a fairly quiet time for Bay Area theater, but over in Orinda the California Shakespeare Theater usually puts on some terrific renditions of both Shakespeare plays and classic plays through the season. Next up, starting previews on July 3, is Shakespeare's beloved tragic romance Romeo & Juliet, directed by Shana Cooper. 

Bar Food That Goes Beyond Beer Nuts

Scotch Egg Trick Dog

The Spaniards have had it right all along. Drinking snacks, which they call tapas, need not be dumbed down and greasy. They just have to be delicious, flavorful, and easy to chow. Now, the city’s American bars—and not just self-styled gastropubs—are following suit, keeping people on stools a little longer with tasty noshes to soak up a buzz.

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Knocks Prop 8 Back to CA; Gatherings Today at City Hall, in Castro

It's a big, big Gay Pride week for San Francisco, and this morning the Supreme Court unveiled their final marquee decisions of the term, dismissing Prop. 8 on standing grounds, and once and for all striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

A Look at Saison's New A La Carte Salon Menu

It's been a year of transition for Saison, which left its deep Mission digs of three years, behind the Stable Cafe, in early December and relocated to a new space in SoMa.

Foodie Updates: Chez Panisse Reopens; The Willows Debuts In SoMa; and More

Chez Panisse

This week's roundup of restaurant news includes the reopening of Chez Panisse following the fire they had in March, the opening of a spinoff of The Sycamore called The Willows, a new wine bar in Hayes Valley called Fig & Thistle, and the induction of a group of historic S.F. bars and restaurants into the San Francisco Architectural Heritage society's Legacy Bars & Restaurants Guide.

Prepare Yourselves for the Prop 8 and DOMA Decisions Next Week

Prop 8

Everyone is waiting with Facebook-posting fingers poised for the Supreme Court's biggest decisions to drop as they finish up their current term this month.

The Best Bay Area Drinking of 2013

Best of Drink

We present to you our favorite Bay Area gems in the libations department.

Interview With (Hot) Pride Grand Marshal Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson

Broadway star and Tony nominee Cheyenne Jackson has been making a name for himself lately in film and television, appearing on 30 Rock, Glee, and most recently making a prominent cameo in HBO's Liberace exposé, Behind the Candelabra. Next week he'll be in San Francisco to perform with the San Francisco Symphony in their concert version of West Side Story, and he'll also be serving as a Grand Marshal in the LGBT Pride Parade on June 30, and celebrating the release of his first solo album, I'm Blue, Skies, on June 25. 7x7 talked with him by phone from L.A. about his music career, the current state of Broadway, and a few TV pilots that went nowhere.

The Five Coolest Pop-Ups in San Francisco

True foodinistas may be quick to say that pop-ups are so 2009, but the fact of the matter is that the nonstaurant scene in San Francisco is still going strong.

Foodie Updates: State Bird Provisions to Expand; Virgil's Sea Room Debuts

This week in food news, State Bird Provisions is expanding into a next door space that had been slated to become Hapa Ramen, Hapa Ramen is opening in the Mission instead, a new chef comes on board at Hi Lo, and new bar Virgil's Sea Room opens next door to El Rio.

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