49 Hours of SF: May Moments
By: Cindy Hu
Photo by Rommi Linnik
From May 6-12 SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Discover locally made products, the people who make them and where to buy them. Think of it as the perfect opportunity to shop for Mother’s Day coming up on May 12.
Butterflies & Blooms
When we were little, we called them butterfly kisses. Mom and Dad would just brush your cheek with their eyelashes. It’s almost like that at the Conservatory of Flowers when Butterflies & Blooms returns on May 8. The popular exhibit will transform the special exhibits gallery into an intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Visitors will be able to see more than 20 species through Oct. 20, including magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, red admirals and even several giant moths
Welcome, Mr. Feinstein
Entertainer Michael Feinstein opens Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, on May 8 with performances by two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes). The new, 140-seat cabaret will be the setting for local, regional and national entertainers. Among those announced are Foster Sutton, May 8-12; Mitzi Gaynor, May 15-19; Spencer Day, May 23-25; Ann Campton Callaway and Liz Callaway, May 29-June 2.
Kid Lit With a Twist
Two exhibits opening this month revisit some beloved children’s classics. At The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio, Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole features 40 works by artist Garcia along with 10 Alice in Wonderland concept paintings by Disney artist Mary Blair, May 9-Nov. 3. Also at the museum Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons includes 50 works by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Paired with 50 statements from fellow authors, noted personalities and celebrities including Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Spike Jonze on the influence of his work, the exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, May 23-July 7.
Bay Area-based comedians Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (daughter of Indian immigrants, Samson Koletkar (Indian/Jewish immigrant) and others take on a topic that even Congress doesn't know how to touch in "ImmigraNation," a comedy show about immigration and America on Tuesday, May 14 at The Punchline Comedy Club. The show also features comedians Karinda Dobbins (African American comic; Nickelodeon's "NickMom Night Out"), James Fluty (Latino comic; Current TV), and Steve Lee (TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong).
Asian Heritage Street Celebration
The ninth annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., leading up to the Little Saigon district. Featuring an estimated 20-30 food trucks and vendors, the celebration will offer shoppers creative arts and crafts items. Other new features this year include a fashion show and an expanded Faces of Asia Cultural Procession with awards and prizes given to the best and most colorful contingents. The Asian Art Museum will once again offer free admission to all fair goers.
A San Francisco Original: Bay to Breakers
On May 19th San Francisco will celebrate the 102nd running of one of the most famous footraces in the world: Bay to Breakers, presented by craigslist. Established in 1912 it is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces. The name reflects the 12K course which takes tens of thousands of participants beginning at 8 a.m. from the starting point near The Embarcadero (the “bay” side of the city) to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of Ocean Beach. The 7.46-mile race features world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and fun-loving folks out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco. Registration closes May 16.
Honoring Harvey Milk
On Wednesday, May 22, The GLBT History Museum will honor Harvey Milk as part of a statewide day of significance honoring him on his birthday. Among the activities planned are free admission to the museum; brief docent tours of the museum highlighting Milk and his times; and screenings of scarce videos of Milk. Throughout the week of May 20, the exhibit of Milk’s belongings in the museum's Front Gallery will feature a vintage tape recorder playing Milk’s political will. More events are planned throughout the Castro including a special showing of the movie Milk at the Castro Theatre on May 22 and a discussion of the new book, An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings at Books, Inc. The following month on June 26 - 28, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will celebrate their 35th anniversary season with the concert Harvey Milk 2013.
Carnaval San Francisco
Carnaval San Francisco will be celebrated in San Francisco’s Mission District over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26. Showcasing the best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, this year’s theme is Carnaval Harlem Shake. Eight city blocks will be bursting with music, dance and exotic food from the many countries that celebrate Carnaval. The Grand Parade on Sunday, May 26, is a dazzling display of pageantry.
Georgian Mansion on Our Minds
A stellar lineup of West Coast design firms has transformed the Herbst Manor, 2800 Pacific Ave., into the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase through May 27. The iconic Georgian mansion is located atop Pacific Heights at the corner of Divisadero and Pacific, one of the City’s most visible locations. This year, 24 spaces have been transformed by 27 of the West Coast’s top designers and will be open to the public. Herbst Manor was built in 1899 by Ernest Coxhead, the architect for San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Episcopal Church as well as several homes in Pacific Heights. The home has had four owners over the past 114 years and is a rich depository of San Francisco history.
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