Summer 2013: What's New in San Francisco?
By: Cindy Hu
(July 25, 2013) — “What’s New” is compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and a list of “Recent and Coming Attractions” are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website, www.sanfrancisco.travel. The next edition of “What’s New” will be sent in October 2013.
When in San Francisco be sure to visit the San Francisco Visitor Information Center. Located at 900 Market St. on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza near the cable car turnaround at the foot of Powell Street, the center is open Monday-Saturday (and Sundays May through October).
Public transit is highly recommended when traveling around San Francisco. For bus schedules and information on San Francisco’s cable cars, historic streetcars and light rail system, visit www.sfmta.org or call 511 (www.511.org) or 510-893-8729 if calling from outside area code 415.
San Francisco Bay Area to Host NFL Super Bowl 50 in 2016
On May 21, 2013 NFL owners announced that Super Bowl 50 will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016 in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl Bid Committee. The successful bid was delivered to the National Football League (NFL) by Tipping Point CEO and Founder Daniel Lurie and San Francisco 49ers Owner Jed York in a live “pitch” to 32 NFL owners in Boston. Lurie led the presentation to the owners along with Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO, San Francisco Travel Association, York and Bay Area Council Director Jim Wunderman. The Super Bowl bid includes more than 22,000 hotel rooms set aside for the event, along with official and unofficial events to be hosted throughout the Bay Area region, with free public celebrations and the NFL Experience at Moscone Center and downtown San Francisco. The date of the game will be announced at a later date. The first AFL-NFL world championship gate was played on Jan. 15, 1967 in Los Angeles; the last Super Bowl to be played in the San Francisco Bay Area was at Stanford Stadium in 1985. For information visit www.sanfrancisco.travel. Media contacts: Nathan Ballard, 415-235-6283, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.J. Johnston, 415-260-8417.
“New” Jefferson Street Debuts in Heart of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf on June 20, 2013
A “new”Jefferson Street was unveiled on June 20, 2013 in the heart of San Francisco’s legendary Fisherman’s Wharf. The makeover will help transform the Fisherman’s Wharf area into one of the world’s most beautiful ports and a destination not only for visitors but also for residents by creating an esplanade with cement streets, outdoor cafes and sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. This is Phase One of the City of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan which calls for the redesign of Jefferson Street from Hyde to Powell streets. The six-month improvement project, completed just prior to start of America’s Cup races, yielded the following improvements to streets and sidewalks:
- Widening of sidewalks along Jefferson from Hyde to Jones street
- Change from two westbound traffic lanes to one lane in each direction on Jefferson
- Westbound Jefferson between Powell and Mason streets will be limited to streetcars and bicycles only from noon-6 p.m. on weekends during summer months (June, July and August). Drivers should opt for using westbound Beach, North Point for Bay streets instead.
- On-street parking will be removed on Jefferson between Taylor and Hyde streets; approximately 6,000 parking spaces are available in nearby garages.
Brannan Street Wharf Opens in South Beach Neighborhood Near AT&T Park July 2013
On July 17, 2013 San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and a number of local officials celebrated the opening of the Brannan Street Wharf, a newly constructed two-acre public park on the Embarcadero in the heart of the South Beach neighborhood. The $26 million wharf includes a neighborhood green; a waterside walkway with seating and picnic tables; a shade structure; and interpretive features about the height of the tide and the site’s rich maritime and cultural history. It is located on the Embarcadero at the former sites of Piers 34 and 36. The Wharf includes a 52-foot long interpretive exhibit featuring the multi-faceted history and importance of the site to maritime shipping, Chinese immigration, and labor struggles that established San Francisco as the base for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. For information visit www.sfport.com or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renée Dunn Martin, 415-274-0488, email@example.com.
Tickets Available to Watch America’s Cup 34 on San Francisco Bay Through Sept. 21, 2013
One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name. The Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series (July-August 2013), leading to the America’s Cup Finals (September 2013), will be held for the first time in San Francisco Bay, a natural sailing arena, in AC72 wing sail catamarans. The America’s Cup Finals will match the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup against the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, beginning Sept. 7, 2013. Individual and group tickets are available in the following seating locations:
- America’s Cup Village: The America’s Cup Village represents the largest, most centralized land-based viewing experience. Located in the heart of Marina Green, the grandstands offer unobstructed views of the Bay and the starting line for spectators to enjoy the racing. Fans will experience live race commentary and have access to nearby stores and exhibits. Within America’s Cup Village, fans can purchase tickets to The Deck, East Grandstands, West Grandstands and Race Course Bleachers.
- SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Historic WWII Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien offers a “50-yard line” view of the race course. “Liberty Ship Experience” guests will witness the intense AC action up-close from the decks of this National Historic Landmark, while enjoying luxurious appointments, modern amenities and access to food and beverage concessions.
- PIER 39: Complete with open bleacher seats and a lounge area with reception-style furniture, the PIER 39 Rooftop Lounge experience is the premier public spectator event for the 2013 America’s Cup. Its elevated nature offers unparalleled views of the entire race course for the America’s Cup Finals. Live race footage and commentary will be broadcast throughout the venue. Gourmet catering options, including alcohol, are included with each ticket.
- On-Water: Fans will have the opportunity to purchase individual tickets or charter an Official Stake Boat or Support Boat to view the action at a premium location on the Bay. This program includes a wide variety of vessels to accommodate all price points and capacities.
For details on each space, including amenities and pricing, visit wwwamericascup.com/experience. Admission to both the America’s Cup Park (Piers 27/29) and the America’s Cup Village (Marina Green) is free. In addition, a limited number of bleacher seats at the America’s Cup Village are free each day on a “first come, first served basis” as well as on Wednesdays during Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin and Semi-Final racing. Fans can purchase tickets to guarantee their seating and enjoy an upgraded experience for an even higher level of enjoyment. Tickets for on-shore and on-water experiences are now available as well as hospitality options at both the America’s Cup Park and the America’s Cup Village. Media contact: Irene Corosu, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://mediacenter.americascup.com/.
America’s Cup By Sea …and Land; Series of Special Events and Exhibitions Open as Part of AC34
A series of special events and exhibitions have been organized in connection with the America’s Cup races. Among the major ones are:
Through Sept. 22, 2013
Asian Art Museum
This summer as the America’s Cup Challenger Series takes to San Francisco Bay, the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., will feature an exhibition of Japanese art from the rarely seen collection of Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and owner of ORACLE TEAM USA, defender of the 2013 America’s Cup. In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection will introduce approximately 60 exceptional artworks spanning 1,100 years. The exhibition explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings, where artworks are often temporarily presented in response to a special occasion or to reflect the change of seasons. Included in the exhibition are significant works by noted artists of the Momoyama (1573–1615) and Edo (1615–1868) periods along with other important examples of religious art, lacquer, metalwork and armor. For information visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500. Media contact: Asian Art Museum Office of Communications, 415-581-3560, email@example.com.
Through Sept. 29, 2013
Built for Speed
California Academy of Sciences
Built for Speed at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, explores some of the swiftest marine animals and their fascinating adaptations—from streamlined body shapes and retractable fins to piston-like muscles. Highlights include models of a sailfish, mako shark, yellowfin tuna, and Humboldt squid; the assembling of an 18-foot-long orca skeleton that washed ashore in Point Reyes; a dramatic 45-foot-long racing boat from ORACLE TEAM USA (the America's Cup defending champions); and "Ocean Action" stations artfully constructed from marine debris, with tips for protecting our oceans. For information visit www.calacademy.org or call 415-379-8000. Media contact: Andrew Ng, 415-379-5123, firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Oct. 12, 2013
America’s Cup Concert Series
America’s Cup Pavilion
In addition to the races, America’s Cup is also featuring a concert series in partnership with Live Nation. The summer concert series, at the America’s Cup Pavilion, located between Piers 27/29, will highlight headliner entertainment at San Francisco’s first outdoor, waterfront concert venue. Mong some of the performers scheduled are : Train, Aug. 11; The Jonas Brothers, Aug. 13; Steely Dan, Aug. 17; Heart, Aug. 28; Jason Mraz, Sept. 1; Sammy Hagar, Sept. 7; Journey with Tower of Power, Sept. 16, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Sept. 20, Fall Out Boy with Panic! At the Disco, Sept. 21, The Lumineers with Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff, Sept. 25, The Avett Brothers with Nicholas David, Oct. 12. For tickets visit http://www.americascup.com/en/concert-series.
Through Oct. 13, 2013
Impressionists on the Water
Legion of Honor
Organized by the Fine Arts Museums to coincide with San Francisco’s hosting of the America's Cup, Impressionists on the Water explores the significant role sailing played in the lives of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustave Caillebotte, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Théo van Rysselberghe, Pierre Bonnard, and others reveal the artists’ deep understanding of and engagement with the new sport of pleasure boating and competition. Paintings on loan from international collections including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and private collections are joined by paintings and works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings. For information visit www.legionofhonor.org or call 415-750-3600. Media contact: Erin Garcia, email@example.com.
Aquarium of the Bay Opens New Permanent Exhibit — Otters: Watershed Ambassadors
Aquarium of the Bay’s newest exhibit, Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, debuted on June 28, 2013 at Pier 39 on San Francisco’s renowned waterfront. Featuring playful North American river otters, this new permanent exhibit will educate guests about the importance of the health and conservation of natural resources. River otters were chosen as the ambassador species for this conservation issue because they depend on healthy watersheds to survive. The new exhibit features three North American river otters—Shasta, Tubbs and Wildcat—each named after local watershed destinations. Designed in part by award-winning San Francisco architectural firm EHDD, the new exhibit showcases the river otters in a creative water and land habitat, surrounded by sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. The exhibit includes freshwater pools of varying depths stocked with minnows and crayfish, plenty of dry land and dig pits for the otters to enjoy. Live plants can be found throughout the exhibit as well as a six-foot tall living wall, a unique element in this $1.3 million expansion. For information visit www.aquariumofthebay.org or call 415-623-5300. Media contact: Mallory Johnson, 415-623-5340, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Park Service Offers Learning Experience on Historic Schooner Alma Through Nov. 23, 2013
Visitors to San Francisco from now through Nov. 23 can enjoy three-hour San Francisco sailing adventures aboard the 60-foot, 1891 scow schooner Alma, berthed at Hyde Street Pier in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. Available on select days, the Alma transports passengers to a long ago era in this unique, hands-on educational sailing program with the National Park Service. Now in its seventh season, the cruise combines views of San Francisco with local history. Boarding is at 12:30 for this three-hour sail which departs at 1 p.m. from Hyde Street Pier, at Hyde and Jefferson Streets. Rates: $40 adult, $30 senior, $20 child, under six free with adult. The Alma will also offer special America’s Cup outings on race-days; boarding time is 11:30 a.m. for these special excursions and rates are $50 adult, $40 senior, $30 child, under six free with adult. For reservations for all sails call 415-447-5000 or visit http://www.nps.gov/safr. The historic Alma is U.S. Coast Guard certified, can carry 37 passengers maximum, and is wheelchair accessible with assistance. Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006.
New Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Connections to
Napa Valley Wine Train Make Visiting Napa Valley Easier
In June 2013 the Napa Valley Wine Train announced a new car-free alternative for their guests and is offering a connection to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Wine Train passengers can now take BART to the North Concord/Martinez station and board a motor coach to the Wine Train station; departures are at 9-9:15 a.m. for lunch and 5-5:15 p.m. for dinner during normal Napa Valley Wine Train operations. Round trip transportation between BART and the Wine Train is $30 per person; BART fare is not included. The BART Connection is available in conjunction with any Wine Train lunch or Winery Tour package. Advance reservations are required. The Napa Valley Wine Train has also been connecting to ferry service offered from the Ferry Building to Vallejo as a package exclusive to the Wine Train for more than four years. For information visit www.winetrain.com or call 800-427-4124 for reservations. Media contact: Kira Devitt, 707-253-2160. email@example.com.
Enjoy a Seahorse Summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Through Sept. 2, 2013
“The Secret Lives of Seahorses,” the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s most popular special exhibition to date, closes permanently on Sept. 2, 2013. It’s the last chance to commune with more than 15 species of seahorses and their kin—one of the largest and most diverse exhibits of seahorses and their family in the nation. As guests explore the elusive world of seahorses in four multimedia galleries, they learn about the surprising ways these fascinating fishes grow up, choose mates and give birth. The exhibition highlights the fragile habitats that seahorses call home, and conservation stations provide visitors with tools to help protect these mythical animals and the precious coastal environments where they live. Meanwhile, the remodeled Sea Otter exhibit opened on March 23, 2013. Visitors can watch and learn more about the aquarium’s sea otters via new monitors, video signage and other hands-on features. For information visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call 831-648-4800. Media contacts: Angela Hains, 831-647-6804; firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Jeffries, 831-644-7548; email@example.com.
Jelly Belly Candy Palooza at Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield, California
The folks at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield, CA (47 miles north of San Francisco) are celebrating everything sweet in life at Jelly Belly Candy Palooza, a candy festival with carnival rides, candy displays and tastings. Enjoy food from local businesses, entertainment and music. This free event happens on Saturday, Sept. 28- 29 from 9 a.m. until dusk. Free self-guided tours of the Jelly Belly factory will be available throughout the event. Partake in samplings, shop for unique confections and enjoy other fun events. Parking is free. Free candy factory tours are offered daily as well from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. For information visit www.JellyBelly.com or call 800-953-5592. Media contacts:
Tomi Holt, 707-399-2389 or Jana Perry, 707-399-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Cirque Dreams Splashtastic Through Aug. 18, 2013
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is Northern California's only combined marine life, wildlife and wild rides theme park. The 135-acre park features three worlds in one kingdom, with exciting wildlife shows, interactive animal encounters and exhibits and the daring and thrilling roller coasters. Cirque Dreams Splashtastic - the Most Amazing Show Above H20, a new, cutting edge spectacular dolphin show experience will be at Six Flags through Aug. 18, 2013. This dynamic visual spectacle combines Cirque Dreams acrobats' amazing feats of strength with the graceful leaps and bows of the popular marine mammals at the park. The teaming of the internationally renowned company of acrobats, aerialists and astounding Cirque Dreams acts alongside the dolphins will amaze in the air, over water and throughout the Dolphin Harbor Theater. For information visit www.sixflags.com or call 707-644-4000. Media contact: Nancy Chan, email@example.com, 707-556-5227.
New Ride Announced at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
A new $5.5 million spinning roller coaster will debut at the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in summer 2013. With a nod to its location adjacent to the Monterey Bay with views of the ocean, the Undertow promises a thrilling ride for passengers as it zips and turns at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The ride will feature individual cars hosting four passengers each, with each pair facing in the opposite direction. The experience is different each time for riders, depending on the weight and position of people in the car. The Undertow is the Boardwalk’s first major attraction since the Haunted Castle opened in 2010. For information visit www.beachboardwalk.com or call 831-423-5590. Media contact: Christina Glynn, 831-429-7281 ext. 112, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pier 48 Offers More than 118,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space on San Francisco Bay
Extending over San Francisco Bay at McCovey Cove near AT&T Park, Pier 48 offers an event space for as many as 7,000 guests and features three unique event spaces: Shed A with approximately 80,000-square-feet of event space; Shed C, ideal for an exclusive VIP party, lounge vignette, prep kitchen or green room, and The Valley, a customizable outdoor space adjacent to Shed A and accessible through large open walkways. For information Joey Nevin, AT&T Park, 415-972-1807, email@example.com.
Locally Grown Weddings and Events Launches Venue Matchmaker Service
Finding the perfect place to get married or have a launch party should be a fun adventure, but with so many options in the San Francisco Bay Area, it can be a daunting task on the to-do list. In November 2012, the Locally Grown Weddings and Events team launched its Venue Matchmaker Service to help their clients find venues. With more than 40 years of experience under their collective belts, they are able to save couples and companies precious time while showing off unique and memorable locations throughout Northern California. Founded in 2010, Locally Grown Weddings and Events is an environmentally-responsible event production company that specializes in unique, creative and sustainable weddings and events. For information visit www.locallygrownweddings.com or call 415-264-3810. Media contact: Madeline Trait, 415-409-9341, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystic Hotel Unveils New Event Space: Charlie Palmer’s Berlinetta Lounge
In November 2012 Charlie Palmer’s Mystic Hotel, 417 Stockton St., unveiled the Berlinetta Lounge, a new sophisticated event space now available for private gatherings. Nestled in the heart of Union Square, the new meeting space along with the hotel’s Burritt Room + Tavern provide a stylish and modern setting for corporate entertaining. Located on the lobby floor, the Lounge offers a versatile canvas for event planners to create private soirées for small groups of 10, to larger meetings and events for up to 80. The venue includes lush lounge seating, LCD TVs, communal tables, and a customizable bar equipped with classic, artisanal spirits and an exclusive reserve wine list ideal for any special occasion. When guests choose to host their event at Berlinetta Lounge, the custom catering menu will feature Michelin-starred Chef Palmer’s modern American tavern-inspired bites from Burritt Room + Tavern, created by Executive Chef Ashley Weaver. For information visit www.mystichotel.com or call 415-400-0500. Media contact: Jane Flandez, 415-392-2211, email@example.com
Stern Grove Festival Offers Admission Free Concerts Through Aug. 18, 2013
The Stern Grove Festival is a beloved San Francisco tradition that began in 1938. One of the longest running admission-free outdoor music festival in the U.S. celebrates its 76thanniversary season through Aug. 18 for 10 consecutive Sundays at 2 p.m. The San Francisco Ballet (July 28) and Opera (Aug. 18) each performs in “nature’s music box” – Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Other headliners include Shuggie Otis (Aug. 4) and Pink Martini (Aug. 11). Weekday Kids’ Days programs at Stern invite children to explore music and more; pre-registration is required for these free programs. Hands-on art programs also precede every concert at the KidStage in the West Meadow from noon-1 p.m. Informative pre-concert “Troc Talks” begin at noon in the Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse on select Sundays. For the complete schedule visit www.sterngrove.org or call 415-252-6252. Media contact: Anne Abrams, 415-506-0902, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Butterflies & Blooms Returns to Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park Through Oct. 20, 201
The popular exhibit Butterflies & Blooms returns to San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers through Oct. 20, 2013. The beloved greenhouse’s Special Exhibits gallery will be transformed into an intimate cottage setting aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Visitors can see a dazzling array or more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, red admirals and even several giant moths such as the impressive cecropia moth. The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery also lets visitors observe one of the most critical stages of the butterfly’s life cycle, the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. For information visit www.conservatoryofflowers.com or call 415-831-2090. Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, email@example.com.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Season Continues Through Oct. 27, 2013
One of the newer traditions of summer, the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival runs through Oct. 27. More than 90 free events will feature music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children’s programs with artists from Africa, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, China, Venezuela and the Bay Area. New this year is the Poetry Tuesdays series curated by Litquake’s Robin Ekiss. The popular series Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie!, an open-air salsa dance party in Jessie Square, takes place on the second Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission and Howard streets and Third and Fourth streets in downtown San Francisco. The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival also hosts annual cultural celebrations: 12th Annual Afro Solo Jazz in the Gardens (Aug. 3) and Pistahan: Filipino American Arts Exposition (Aug. 10-11). For more information and the complete schedule, visit www.ybgfestival.org or call 415-543-1718. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Japan Film Festival Announced for July 27-Aug. 4, 2013
The 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, the popular yearly San Francisco summertime Japanese pop culture event, has announced the launch of the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the first fully-dedicated annual Japanese film event for Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The week-long Japan Film Festival of San Francisco will take place at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., July 27-Aug. 4. The festival will also be a prominent feature of the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, taking place across Japantown, July 27-28. Nine live-action films representing a vivid cross-section of the best in recent Japanese cinema will have their exclusive U.S. and/or San Francisco premiere at the festival as well as anime feature films. A complete schedule and advance ticket information is available on www.jffsf.org. Media contact: Erik Jansen, 714-620-5017, email@example.com.
SF Chefs 2013, San Francisco’s Food, Wine and Spirits Festival Returns, July 28–Aug. 4, 2013
SF Chefs, San Francisco’s food, wine and spirits festival, celebrates its return for the fifth year as one of the West Coast’s premier events, July 28-Aug. 4, 2013, with the Grand Tasting Tent events taking place in Union Square Aug. 2-4. SF Chefs is produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), with title sponsorship by Wells Fargo. New for the five-year anniversary, each Grand Tasting Tent event will feature a different culinary theme: the festival’s opening event will be Aug. 2; on Saturday, the five tastes (bitter, sour, salty, sweet or umami) will be highlighted in each chef’s dish; on Saturday evening, it’s decadence after dark and each dish will be inspired by the chef’s favorite song, musician or band. Sunday morning guests can look forward to brunch treats in the tent. On July 28 female chefs and sommeliers will be celebrated at an evening event at Prospect. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Westin St. Francis sips and tastes from the best bars in the bay will be the draw. Various events will support the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Meals On Wheels of San Francisco, Blessings in a Backpack, Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund, La Cocina and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Fund. For information visit www.sfchefsfoodwine.com. Media contact: Yasemin Sussman, 415-781-5700, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Craft Council Show “Makes Room” for Local Interior Designers and Architects Aug. 2-4, 2013
In addition to featuring the work of hundreds of top contemporary artists, the American Craft Council will partner with nine noted San Francisco-based interior designers and architects to present “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Crafts” at their Fort Mason Center show, Aug. 2-4, 2013. Attendees will be able to visit eight room designs, each of them inspired by a carefully-selected piece of craft. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2013 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 10,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts. For information visit www.craftcouncil.org/sf or call 612-206-3100. Media contacts: Erin Cullerton, 323-522-6391, email@example.com or Ann Chou, 213-935-8328, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul McCartney and Red Hot Chili Peppers Among Headliners
for Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Aug. 9-11, 2013
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, the world’s only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone called “one of America’s best,” will once again take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park Aug. 9-11, 2013. Headliners include more than 60 musicians and performing groups including Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D’Angelo, Jurassic 5 and The National. The event is developed by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Taking its reputation as the world's only gourmet music festival seriously, Outside Lands will once again expand on its food and drink options in 2013. Last year, the festival offered a record-breaking total of more than 200 menu items, and introduced Beer Lands with more than 30 California craft brews. For information visit www.sfoutsidelands.com. Media contact: Ken Weinstein, email@example.com.
Litquake Announces 2013 Fall Festival Lineup Oct. 11-19, 2013
Litquake’s 2013 lineup is pulsing with literary life, with luminaries as varied and as well-known as TC Boyle and Mary Gaitskill leading a charge that will also include best-selling author of international detective fiction, Anne Perry. The programming for 2013 will be more varied than ever, and take place in as always, a variety of venues. For the first time, San Francisco’s semi-notorious Armory—former home of the National Guard and now the home of kink.com—will host a Litquake reading at its nearby Armory Club. Notable events happening outside of the city limits include writer, actress, performance artist and “pop culture analyst” Sandra Tsing Loh appearing at the San Jose Center for the Literary Arts on Oct. 15. Loh will also appear at the Litquake edition of Porchlight on Oct. 14; Delia Ephron is on the docket for Oct. 15 at Z Space, and 2013 also sees the much anticipated return of Words on the Waves, on Saturday, Oct. 19. Words on the Waves takes place on the fabled houseboats of Sausalito. This year’s edition will include The New York Times best-selling author Joyce Maynard, poet Dean Rader, and the SMITH magazine six-word memoirs. The recipient of this year’s Barbary Coast award is the bearded Bay Area legend, Ron Turner, founder and publisher of Last Gasp. The Barbary Coast Awards will be held Oct.16 at Z Space. The Barbary Coast Awards is always a multi-media affair—complete with musical performances—that brings together a formidable line up to pay homage to the recipient. As it has for the past few years, Litquake also will bring writers from France, Mexico and Africa. Other notable events include Jerry Stahl as part of the RADAR show at the San Francisco Public Library, The Literary Death Match at the Elbo Room, Barely Published at the Make-Out Room, Why There Are Words with Jane Smiley in Sausalito, Flight of Poets at Hotel Rex, the Reverend Cecil Williams at Glide Memorial, an evening on perception and the nature of reality at The Mechanics Institute, Quiet Lighting at the Conservatory of Flowers and much more. Also, Litquake will co-present Isabele Allende in conversation with Bill Petrocelli at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Litquake offers its first ever programming highlighting literature written by native Americans on Oct. 14. Opening night, Oct. 13, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first book published by Jules Verne and the closing Lit Crawl on Oct. 19 will feature more than 80 venues. For information visit www.litquake.org. Media contact: Liam Passmore, 415-865-0860, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Than 40 Programs Slated for 10th Annual Architecture and the City Festival Sept. 1-30, 2013
As the nation's largest architectural festival of its kind, AIA San Francisco's annual Architecture and the City festival, Sept. 1-30, celebrates the richness and diversity of the local design community with behind the scenes tours, walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more throughout the city. Whether visitors are looking to become involved with the local architecture and design community or simply want to learn more about the city, Architecture and the City offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience San Francisco. More than 40 festival programs throughout the month will address varying aspects of the design and planning process. Architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city, from theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories. San Francisco's architectural heritage consists of the buildings and spaces visitors see and touch, but also the structures that were never built and the plans that never came to be. The 2013 festival theme, Unbuilt San Francisco, will explore a parallel history of this ever-provocative city. For information visit www.aiasf.org/archandcity or call 415-362-7397. Media contact: Helen Wong,415-362-7397, email@example.com.
SFJAZZ Center Announces 2013-14 Season Artist Lineup Sept. 5, 2013-June 8, 2014
SFJAZZ Center’s 2013-2014 Season will run Sept. 5, 2013-June 8, 2014. The award-winning SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., opened on Jan. 21, 2013 in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley and has already been recognized as one of the best new performing arts centers in the country, receiving awards from architecture and acoustic organizations. The season will be preceded with a fundraiser for SFJAZZ featuring Bill Cosby on Aug. 26. Other highlights include five-time Grammy winning trumpeter, bandleader and film composer Terence Blanchard kicking off Season 2 with a four-night residency featuring his mind-blowing new band, including saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, guitarist Lionel Loueke and drummer Kendrick Scott, Sept. 5-8; the 10th anniversary celebration of SFJAZZ Collective, Oct. 10-13; a week-long tribute to three of the finest piano masters in modern music, Oct. 16-19; the SFJAZZ debut of nine-time Grammy winning Latin Jazz pianist and 2013 NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri Nov. 29-Dec. 1; SFJAZZ holiday concerts in December; a New Year’s Eve bash with Pete Escovedo on Dec. 31; the coming together of four jazz giants vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, alto saxophonist David Sanborn, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Billy Hart, Feb. 20-23, 2014; the rare SFJAZZ Center appearance of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, March 20-23, 2014; a stunning week of iconic artists performing March 25-30 beginning with legendary South African jazz trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela who will be celebrating his 75th anniversary with SFJAZZ; the arrival of Rosanne Cash, April 10-13, 2014, along with dozens of resident artists. For complete details on the season and all performances visit www.sfjazz.org or call 866-920-5299. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 Waterfront Homes Open for Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Sept. 21, 2013
Attendees from all over the U.S. flock to the shores of Sausalito for the annual Floating Homes Tour. Fourteen waterfront homes, some dating back to the early 20th century, and present-day pleasure palaces will be open to guests. Attractions will include a row of arks, which were the forerunners of the floating home lifestyle in the Bay Area and remnants of the historic ferryboat Charles Van Damme. Docents will be on-board to describe this incredible waterfront lifestyle and to answer questions. Plus, some docents are survivors of the “houseboat wars” of the ‘70s and have many stories to share. Entertainment and an art show and sale as well as food and beverages will be available in the nearby Green. Advance tickets are recommended as the tour regularly sells out; tickets are $35 online at www.floatinghomes.org; tickets on day of tour will be $40. Media contacts: Paul Winward, 415-536-1619, email@example.com or Felicity Kirsch, 415-497-0194, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brews on the Bay Aboard Historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship Set for Oct. 19, 2013
The San Francisco Brewers Guild will celebrate 10 years of Brews on the Bay aboard the historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, noon-5 p.m. Beer fans will be able to enjoy more than 50 different beers made by San Francisco breweries, while soaking up the salty air, sunshine, live music, food and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco. Brews on the Bay is one of the most unique beer festivals in the country. This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. Attendees can expect members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild to serve unlimited eight-ounce pours of their latest and greatest IPA, farmhouse ale, session beer, barrel-aged sour, imperial stout, and many other beer styles. In addition to the local beer, Brews on the Bay will serve up local food and music. San Francisco’s best food trucks will line the pier and The Brothers Comatose will play their lively roots music on the ship’s deck. The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien is a historical landmark from the World War II Merchant Marine era, and a portion of festival proceeds will benefit the National Liberty Ship Memorial. Brews on the Bay tickets will go on sale August 5 at 10 a.m. For information visit http://sfbrewersguild.org . Media contact: Brian Stechschulte, email@example.com.
Cirque du Soleil Returns to Bay Area with Amaluna Nov. 15, 2013-January 2014
Cirque du Soleil returns to the San Francisco Bay Area with its latest big top production Amaluna which will premiere on Nov. 15, 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top near AT&T Park before heading to San Jose on Jan. 22, 2014. Directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which means “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon” and is a symbol of femininity evoking both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of a goddess who protects the planet. The new show unfolds on an island called Amaluna. For more information visit cirquedusoleil.com. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum Unveils New Connections Gallery January 2013
The Bay Area Discovery Museum unveiled the new Connections Gallery on Jan. 31, 2013. The new gallery reflects the long lasting relationships the museum has fostered with underserved preschools and communities in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. Connections, a comprehensive outreach program, aims to create sustainable relationships between the museum and the diverse communities of the Bay Area. The museum invites preschools to visit five times annually to experience child-directed play in immersive exhibits. Additionally, museum educators provide hands-on programming that deepens children’s relationships to the natural world. For information visit http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/ or call 415-339-3900. Media contact: Lindsay Saito, 415-339-3948, email@example.com.
Aloft Hotels, New High-Tech, High-Design, Low-Cost Hotel Brand Opens September 2012
With more than 60 hotels now open around the globe, Aloft Hotels has added an additional location to its portfolio, the Aloft San Francisco Airport, 401 East Millbrae Ave., Millbrae. The Aloft San Francisco Airport is the Aloft brand’s first conversion of an existing hotel and launches a brand-new phase of growth for one of the world’s most talked-about hotel brands. Opening Sept. 13, 2012 the hotel received a significant renovation and offers 252 guestrooms adjacent to one of the busiest travel hubs in the world, San Francisco International Airport. Aloft Hotels’ high-tech, high-design, low-cost concept debuted in 2008 and is considered one of the fastest and most successful hotel launches in industry history. For information visit www.aloftsanfranciscoairport.com or call 650-443-5500. Media contact: Carissa Remitz, 415-274-2510, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Elevates Culinary Innovation with
Launch of New Restaurant, Lounge, Food Truck, and Sustainable Food Initiative
Marking the near completion of the landmark hotel’s multi-phased $70 million dollar renovation, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton St., introduced a new chapter in culinary innovation with the launch of OneUP Restaurant & Lounge, a CCS Architecture-designed open kitchen restaurant and upscale bar, which opened on Nov. 14, 2012. Grand Hyatt San Francisco will also provide a cuisine preview with the launch the city’s first hotel-owned food truck, delivering a sampling of OneUP’s Northern California-influenced, American bistro cuisine across the city. Doubling as the hotel’s mobile, philanthropic arm, all profits raised by the OneUP food truck will benefit charitable organizations supporting the Bay Area community. OneUP Restaurant & Lounge will offer American bistro fare that draws from the best of the Bay Area’s locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s showcase jewel box kitchen becomes a welcoming hearth to the intimate 56-seat dining room. Guests pass through a cutting edge interactive wine and liquor library, complete with interactive touch screen menu displays, to an inviting bar and lounge. Off to the side of the bar, San Francisco’s vibrant music culture lives on in “The Studio,” a rock-and-roll-inspired private lounge. For information visit www.grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com or call 415-398-1234. Media contacts: Krislyn Hashimoto, 415-392-2235, email@example.com or Jane Flandez, 415-576-1237, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf Completes Renovation of Hotel’s Meeting Space in November 2012
The 313-room Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, 555 North Point St., completed a comprehensive $1 million dollar renovation of the hotel’s 19,000-plus square feet of function space in November 2012. “The new décor was designed to reflect the hotel’s proximity to San Francisco’s most popular destination along the waterfront in Fisherman’s Wharf. As a result, the colors, images and furnishings are reminiscent of the San Francisco Bay, the fishermen community and the merchants along Fisherman’s Wharf,” noted General Manager Matt Humphreys. Designed by Chicago’s Simeone Deary Design Group, the renovation includes new fireplaces, custom hand blown glass chandeliers, shimmering fountain and wall sconces, as well as an area that serves as a quiet workplace or for convenient, one-on-one networking. For information visit http:fishermanswharf.hyatt.com or call 415-563-1234 or 800-233-1234. Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252, email@example.com
Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco San Francisco’s Playful New Look Revealed in February 2013
In February 2013 Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, 501 Geary St., debuted a new design inspired by the brand’s founder and visionary, Bill Kimpton. Located just steps from Union Square, and in the heart of the city’s theater district, the four-star hotel now offers a whimsical and bold design that incorporates a sense of discovery and imagination intermingled with the sophistication for which the Monaco is best known. All of the hotel’s 201 guestrooms and suites have been completely transformed by design firm Andrea Dawson Designs, Inc. Each room reflects the contemporary design and the independent spirit for which San Francisco is known. The classic and dramatic architecture of the historic building is complemented by a variety of elements from all corners of the globe. Guestrooms feature elaborate French Art Nouveau headboards and luxurious silk pillows. Upon entering the lobby, with its frescoed ceilings, curved marble staircase and crackling fireplaces, guests will be transported to a time when travel had an air of epic wonder. Much of the artwork that was originally curated for the hotel in 1995 has been integrated into the new design, including The Tree of Life, created by acclaimed sculptor Albert Guibara. The Monaco offers guests an on-site fitness center and spa. The Monaco also provides more than 7,000-square-feet of meeting and event space. For information visit www.monaco-sf.com or call 866-622-5284 or 415-292-0100. Media contact: Nancy Uber, NÜ PR, 415-672-2950, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Viceroy Hotel Group Opened Hotel Zetta February 2013
Located at the convergence of Union Square and SOMA and steps away from San Francisco’s fashion, arts, technology and music scenes, the new boutique Hotel Zetta opened in February 2013 at 55 Fifth St. Formerly the Hotel Milano the 116-room property was originally built in 1913 and reopened on its 100th anniversary with 2,760-square-feet of meeting and event space, as well as the “ultimate playroom.” Viceroy Hotel Group has also announced the next innovative phase of their new boutique hotel—The S+R Lounge at Hotel Zetta. From the cocktail program to the art and design, there is a nod to all things “salvaged and rescued” explaining the lounge’s name perfectly. The cocktails and bar snacks are by Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe and Park Tavern, who are opening The Cavalier restaurant adjacent to the hotel in August. For information visit www.hotelzetta.com or call 415-543-8555. Media contact: Claudia Ross, 415-986-0346, email@example.com.
Parc 55 Wyndham Adds “55 Fitness,” Top-of-the-Line Fitness Center
The recently remodeled Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, 55 Cyril Magnin St., has created a top-of-the-line fitness center called “55 Fitness,” which opened April 17, 2013. At a cost of nearly $500,000, the newly constructed facility features high-end Synergy 360T fitness equipment as well as a wide range of Signature Series, cable motion personal training devices and Discover Series cardio units each with personal viewing screens. 55 Fitness will be complimentary for guests and open 24 hours per day. For information visit www.parc55hotel.com or call 800-595-0507. Media contact: Vanessa Karlsson, 415-781-5700, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Announces Completion of Major Renovation in June 2013
The Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, a geothermal hot springs resort, completed an extensive renovation project in June 2013 that has dramatically transformed a property that has been attracting repeat guests for five decades. Located in downtown Calistoga at 1006 Washington St., the 56-room hotel and spa was completely redesigned with a contemporary spa inspired look and feel. The 18-month long renovation has touched all aspects of the property including a redesign of the guestrooms with spa-inspired bedding, honed Italian porcelain tile showers, kitchenettes with microwave ovens and modern conveniences such as high definition LED televisions. The focal points of the renovation are the four-geothermal heated mineral pools. The pool deck was fitted with travertine tiles, new designer-inspired pool furniture and the inclusion of grape-covered arbors. Green building practices were incorporated throughout the design. For information visit www.calistogaspa.com or call 707-942-6269. Media contact: Michael Lennon, 707-942-6269, email@example.com.
Inn at the Presidio Adds Four-Guestroom Funston House July 1, 2013
On July 1, 2013 Inn at the Presidio, 42 Moraga Ave., expanded to include four guestrooms in a beautiful Victorian-style home that once housed U.S. Army officers and their families. The Funston House, located on historic “Officers’ Row,” was built in 1862 and is newly rehabilitated. Individual suites can be reserved or the entire home may be rented for a wedding or family reunion. Funston House includes four bedrooms, a common living room, a dining room, and outdoor porch and patio. For information visit http://www.innatthepresidio.com/index.php or call 415-800-7356. Media contact: Paul Burditch, 415-874-9696, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Galleria Park Hotel Completes 18-Month, Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Summer, 2013
This summer the Galleria Park Hotel, 191 Sutter St., will complete an 18-month, multi-million dollar renovation to celebrate its rich heritage. The current building, built on the site of two historic properties, dates to 1911 and is the most historic property within the Joie de Vivre collection. Key aspects of the renovation include a chic redesign of the hotel’s 177 guestrooms and suites; the introduction of Franck Leclerc’s Gaspar Brasserie, where guests can savor French fare by celebrated chefs Brigitte Batson and Patrick Kelly; new landscaping and décor on the hotel’s outdoor terrace; remodeling and enhanced functionality of 2,000-square-feet of meeting space; Internet hardware upgrade; new art selected by Lost Art Salon, and new Fitness Studio equipment. The Galleria Park Hotel also offers a hosted daily wine hour, complimentary Wi-Fi access and pets-stay-free policy. For information visit www.galleriapark.com or call 800-738-7477. Media contact: Samara Diapoulos, 415-385-6507, email@example.com
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Debuts New Mansion, Hillside Cottages and Event Space in Fall 2013
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito is renovating its historic mansion, upper hillside cottages and meeting and event space set to debut this fall. The unveiling will showcase its historic mansion built in 1885, the restructuring and redesign of the Mansion’s 11 rooms including the new 5,000 square-foot Alexandrite Suite and 1,700 square-foot Junto meeting and event space below, plus the renovation of its seven upper hillside cottages. Set on a lush hillside in the heart of Sausalito’s village center, Casa Madrona was first built as the dream home for William Barrett. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property offers 63 guest accommodations including 22 hillside cottages (15 completely renovated), many with private decks, fireplaces and water views; 10 Victorian rooms located atop the property, within the historic William Barrett Mansion, and 31 contemporary rooms in a newly renovated wing designed with contemporary bayside décor. The hotel’s new 3,000-square-foot Spa at Casa Madrona offers an extensive treatment menu and nourishing products from the bay. Casa Madrona also offers 5,000-square-feet of additional, flexible event space. For reservations or additional information visit www.casamadrona.com or call 800-288-0502. Media contact: Lindsay Schropp Brean, 619-255-7069, Lindsay@JPublicRelations.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport Announces a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
The 393-room DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, completed an $8 million dollar renovation in the fall of 2012. Started in late January 2012, the renovation included guestrooms, main lobby and expansion of event space. The popular new restaurant and pub, 37 North, is an entirely new concept and specializes in artisan menu selections, draft wines and signature cocktails. All of the 12,300-square-feet of flexible event space has been redecorated including the expansion of the Grand Ballroom to 3,000 square feet and the outdoor Courtyard pre-function space. For information visit www.sanfranciscoairport.doubletree.com or call 650-344-5500. Media contact: Kerri Marshall, 650-373 2267, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Installs “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock”
Exhibit in Lobby Through Oct. 25, 2013
Those who can’t secure tickets to Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, can now learn more about this popular destination in the atrium lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Five Embarcadero Center. Produced by Alcatraz Cruises, providers of ferry service to the island, the 3,000-square-foot display, “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock,” features the many eras and stories from the island including those of its infamous inmates. Specific installations in this museum-quality exhibit include a model of the island; its military history and current status as a national park; a replica of a prison cell; special “Alcatraz: The Last Day” photo exhibition by Life magazine photographer Leigh Wiener, and images of its lush gardens and wildlife. The exhibit will be on view through Oct. 25, 2013. The hotel’s restaurant will also introduce a commemorative menu from “the Rock.” For information visit http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/exhibit/index.html. Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252, email@example.com.
SFMOMA Expansion Plans Include Extensive Off-Site Programming Beginning May 22, 2013
The physical space known as SFMOMA closed on June 2, 2013. Much of its collection, however, remains in view and shared through a series of collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, site-specific installations and neighborhood festivals that will take place throughout the Bay Area during the construction of its new building which will triple the exhibit and gallery space. The building is slated for completion in early 2016. Instead of relocating to a temporary space during the time leading up to the opening of the new building, SFMOMA is using the time to experiment, engage with new cultural partners and create innovative ways for audiences to experience its collection. Highlights include:
- Through May 26, 2014
Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field
Eight large-scale steel sculptures will be installed at Crissy Field in this major outdoor exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s iconic works. It will be largest display of the artist’s work ever shown on the West Coast.
- Through Oct. 27, 2013
Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art at Contemporary Jewish Museum
This show assembles approximately 60 works in various media —painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation —to create a conversation about the spiritual dimensions of 20th- and 21st-century art.
- Sept. 14-Nov. 17, 2013
SECA Art Award
Recipients of SFMOMA’s biennial SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) award honoring local artists will present new commissioned works at various Bay Area locations.
- Sept. 11, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 (Bakersfield Museum of Art)
- Sept. 28, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014 (Sonoma County Museum)
Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
A survey of a century of photography, this exhibition features approximately 100 photographs beginning with works from the medium’s first artistic flowering following the Mexican Revolution (1910-20).
- Nov. 9, 2013-March 2, 2014
The Los Altos Project: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley
Organized by SFMOMA, the show will feature existing artworks as well as several newly commissioned, site-specific artist projects that respond to the history and culture of this Silicon Valley community.
- Nov. 9, 2013-Sept. 7, 2014 (Special Presentation of SFMOMA’s Collection)
Matisse from SFMOMA
On view at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), this jewel-sized exhibition will feature 23 paintings, drawings and bronzes from SFMOMA’s internationally acclaimed collection of work by Henri Matisse, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the FAMSF collection.
- Nov. 13, 2013-March 16, 2014
Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
This show of more than 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs and illustrated books considers how artists ranging from Giorgio di Chirico to Man Ray responded to the polarities of flesh and metal, body and machine.
- February-June 2014
Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
SFMOMA’s growing collection of photographs from South Africa paired with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts multidisciplinary approach to programming yields a presentation that will focus on three critical moments in South African history: the ‘60s, the mid-‘90s (post-apartheid) and the present.
- June 20-Sept. 14, 2014
Gorgeous, Asian Art Museum
Key works from SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum will be presented in provocative new contexts and pose the question, “What is gorgeous?” Some of the juxtapositions include the placement of a Rothko painting near a Buddhist mandala.
- Fall 2014
Doug Aitkins Empire
A multi-location exhibition of Doug Aitken's Empire trilogy (2008–14), which will present all three video installations reflecting on migration and myths of the West simultaneously for the first time.
- Feb. 22-May 10, 2015, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Dates TBD, California Museum of Photography, University of California-Riverside
The Provoke Era: Japanese Photograph from the Collection of SFMOMA
SFMOMA has one of the world’s preeminent collections of Japanese photography. Named for the magazine Provoke, which sought to break the rules of traditional photography, this exhibition traces how Japanese photographers responded to Japan’s shifting social and political climate.
Presentations of the museum’s New Work series showcasing recent work by national and international artists will take place at off-site locations to be announced. For information visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415-357-4000. Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland Museum of California Completes
Final Phase of Seven-Year Reinstallation of Collections
Created in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), 1000 Oak St., just completed on May 31, 2013 a groundbreaking reinstallation of its collections that has been seven years in the making. The latest is the newly transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences which showcases the Golden State as one of the world’s top biodiversity “hotspots.” In the reinstalled gallery, visitors will experience seven real places throughout California: Oakland, Sutter Buttes, Mount Shasta, Yosemite, The Tehachapis, Coachella Valley and Cordell Bank. Showcasing a fresh focus on California’s natural history, the threats it faces, and humans’ relationships with nature, the reinstalled Gallery draws on the museum’s extensive holdings and community resources. This interdisciplinary gallery will feature relevant art and historical connections alongside repurposed natural science dioramas that merge new multimedia and interactive elements. At 25,000-square-feet, the vast gallery space is the only museum presentation of its kind to showcase a collective portrait of California’s rich biodiversity alongside human’s interaction with the natural world. For information visit www.museumca.org or call 510-318-8400. Media contact: Kelly Koski, 510-318-8453, email@example.com.
Market Days at Exploratorium Begin July 20, 2013
A juicy new series of free Exploratorium programs for all ages is ripe for the picking on San Francisco’s Embarcadero this summer. Exploratorium Market Days brings together scientists, artists and educators to present an abundant bazaar of delicious new ideas and activities in the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15 on the third Saturday of each month July 20-Oct. 19, 2013. Just a short walk from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the Exploratorium’s Market Days will offer a bounty of free entertainment – from startling encounters with cutting-edge technology to sensory explorations of spices and herbs, to transformations of trash into wondrous new masterpieces. Events are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the free public plaza in front of Pier 15. For information visit www.exploratorium.edu or call 415-528-4444. Media contact: Linda Dackman, 415-528-4363, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) Offers Two New
Exhibitions at New Location in San Francisco’s Dogpatch
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD), 2569 Third St, which opened in its new 8,000-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center in April, 2013 has opened two new exhibitions. On view through Sept. 15, 2013 Holly Lane: Carving Allegories features 12 elaborately carved and deftly painted works of art that are best described as carved frame-painting hybrids, as well as sculptural works of gilded carved wood. Armed with one small bench-top scroll saw and an arsenal of Old World hand carving tools, Lane creates meticulously designed and carved frames that are equal in merit to her skillfully crafted paintings. Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller will be on view through Oct. 6, 2013. This show explores the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc. and draws from the Herman Miller Design Collection. Using drawings, models, prototypes, photographs, oral histories and original designed objects, the exhibition showcases the creation and evolution of many masterpieces of 20th and 21st century design. For information visit www.sfmcd.org or call 415-773-0303. Media contact: Wendy Norris, 415-307-3853, email@example.com.
California Historical Society Features Social Media and Technology to
Crowd-Source Exhibit on Diverse History of San Francisco Bay Through Aug. 25, 2013
Entitled Curating the Bay: Crowdsourcing a New Environmental History, the new exhibit at the 142-year-old California Historical Society is an experiment that stages artifacts from its collection including photographs, paintings and documents – many of which have not been publicly exhibited before – and invites the public to contribute their own stories, knowledge, photographs, and other sources to create a richer, more diverse history of San Francisco Bay. By asking visitors to fill in the blanks rather than presenting them with a finished narrative, it opens up the process of curating to the public both in the exhibition and online as part of www.yearofthebay.org. Visitors will take a voyage of discovery through an exhibition that brings more than 250 objects, ranging from the journal of Chester Smith Lyman who arrived through the Golden Gate in 1847 to a marked-up manuscript of an influential article proclaiming “1969—The Year We Save, or Lose, San Francisco Bay.” For information visit www.californiahistoricalsociety.org or call 415-357-1848. Media contact: Kevin Herglotz, 415-874-9650, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contemporary Jewish Museum Showcases Photos of Allen Ginsberg and SFMOMA Collaboration
From poetry to painting, a summer of art at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) includes personal photographs taken by Allen Ginsberg of the Beat Movement and Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art. Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg through Sept. 8, 2013 includes more than 70 photographs of the young rebels and writers who defined the generation, including Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs. The second show, Beyond Belief, on view through Oct. 27, 2013, is the first in a series of collaborative museum exhibitions that SFMOMA has developed as part of its extensive off-site programming during the two-and-a-half year construction phase of its major expansion project. Co-organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the SFMOMA, Beyond Belief is an expansive exhibition conceived as a journey into the connections between spirituality and modern and contemporary art. Spanning the years from 1911 to 2011, the exhibition features more than 60 works on loan to the CJM from SFMOMA’s internationally acclaimed collection. For information visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800. Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, email@example.com.
Visitors to Museum of the African Diaspora Enjoy Two New Exhibits:
Gordon Parks Centennial and Nigerian Artist J.D. Ojeikere Through Sept. 29, 2013
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) honors Gordon Parks, one of America’s finest journalists, in Gordon Parks: Photographs at his Centennial, an exhibition featuring Life magazine’s first African American staff photographer. Photo essays for the magazine covered subjects ranging from Paris fashion shows, to the Black Panthers, to slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro. A selection of his most popular iconic works, mounted in honor of Parks’s 100th birthday will be on view through Sept. 29, 2103. A second exhibition, J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, the first showing of the work of Nigerian national treasure J.D. Ojeikere on the West Coast, is about preserving cultural traditions in the face of Nigeria’s change from colonial rule to independence. Ojeikere’s photographs, which date from 1955 to 2008, document traditional dress and hairstyles along with the Western-style adaptations that enabled the youth of Lagos to feel themselves part of the modern world. On view through Sept. 29, 2103, the exhibit is curated by Olabisi Silva, director of the Contemporary Centre for Art, Lagos. For information visit www.moadsf.org or call 415-358-7200. Media contact: Michael DeFlorimonte, 415-203-9801, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Special Exhibition
Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong Aug. 15, 2013-Feb. 3, 2014
From Aug. 15, 2013 to Feb. 3, 2014, The Walt Disney Family Museum will present the exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Organized by Michal Labrie, the museum’s director of collections, the exhibition will focus on the life and work of Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong—a celebrated painter, muralist, kite maker, lithographer, Hollywood sketch artist, calligrapher, ceramicist, and Disney Legend. At age 102, Wong is the oldest living Chinese-American artist. This retrospective features more than 150 works including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, painted scarves, kites, and more. Although he never met Walt Disney, it was the ethereal beauty of Wong’s Eastern influenced paintings that caught Disney’s eye and became the inspiration for the animated feature Bambi, which changed the way animation art was presented, and continues to be an inspiration to contemporary artists. On Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a free Family Kite Day Festival on the Presidio’s Main Post Lawn to celebrate the opening of the exhibition with food, games and fun including kite making, kite flying demonstrations, and an antique ladder-climbing demonstration by the San Francisco Fire Department and much more. For information visit www.waltdisney.org or call 415-345-6800. Media contacts: Andi Wang, 415-345-6816, email@example.com or Libby Garrison, 415-345-6822, firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition On View at de Young Museum Oct. 26, 2013-Jan. 20, 2014
Assembled by David Hockney exclusively for the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. in Golden Gate Park, David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, marks the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 works will be shown in 18,000-square-feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum. The exhibition builds on the success of a recent exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but encompasses a much larger scope, and includes many portraits, still lifes and landscapes. In addition to watercolors, charcoals, oil paintings and works in other media, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (which includes the de Young and Legion of Honor) will also be the first to exhibit and publish The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen). This work consists of 25 charcoal drawings completed in May 2013. For information visit www.deyoungmuseum.com or call 415-750-3600. Media contact: Erin Garcia, email@example.com.
Feinstein’s at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco Opens in Union Square
Hotel Nikko San Francisco and multi-platinum-selling entertainer Michael Feinstein opened Feinstein’s at the Nikko in May. Located within the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason St., Feinstein’s at the Nikko presents a wide range of local, regional and national entertainers in an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. Guests will enjoy a variety of food and beverage options before and during performances. Multi-platinum selling entertainer Feinstein will bring his new show Swingin’ Back Home to San Francisco Sept. 11, 13-15, 2013. Paying tribute to the great singers who reinvented the popular song, Feinstein will perform such beloved classics as “Without a Song” and “Lady is a Tramp” in swing style. Other upcoming performances include Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, Christine Ebersole, Jack Jones and Tommy Tune. For more information visit www.feinsteinssf.com. For ticket reservations call 866-663-1063 or visit www.ticketweb.com. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contemporary Maori Ensemble Makes Mainland Debut in
San Francisco as Part of National Tour July 27, 2013
New Zealand’s Atamira Dance Company will make its mainland U.S. debut in San Francisco on July 27, 2013. Presented by the San Francisco International Arts Festival, the performance is part of the ensemble’s first national American tour. Atamira Dance Company is the leading creator and presenter of Maori contemporary dance theatre of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Prior to the concert, on the morning of Saturday July 27, company members are scheduled to bestow a Maori ceremonial blessing on the New Zealand America’s Cup boat. On the afternoon of Sunday July 28 they will teach members of the public to perform a traditional KA MATE KA MATE. This will be followed by an Ohlone Welcome Ceremony performed by members of the Ohlone Nation. Atamira will respond with a performance of the famous Maori HAKA (traditional chant and dance). There will then be a traditional Maori Hangi banquet (with food cooked for several hours in a earth pit) presented in collaboration with New Zealand American Association of San Francisco. The performance will be at Joe Goode Performance Annex, 401 Alabama St. For tickets visit www.sfiaf.org or call 800-838-3006 or 415-399-9554. Media contact: Andrew Wood, 415-399-9554, email@example.com.
San Francisco Playhouse Ends 10th Season with Re-Imagined Camelot Through Sept.21, 2013
Now in a new venue at 450 Post St., San Francisco Playhouse will end its tenth season with a re-imagined Camelot starring these award-winning actors: Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Tony Award-winner for his performance on Broadway in Rent, as Lancelot; Johnny Moreno as Arthur; Monique Hafen as Guenevere, and Charles Dean as Merlin/Pelinore, all three winners of BATCC Awards for Best Actors in a Musical for last summer’s San Francisco Playhouse hit, My Fair Lady. Inspired by the extraordinary success of Bill English’s re-imagination of My Fair Lady, winner of multiple Bay Area Critics’ Awards including Best Production, this Camelot will delve into a barbaric world where shining knights are little more than bikers with clubs, Arthur is a dreamer with a crazy idea, Guenevere an angry Goth princess, Modred, a budding Richard III, and Lancelot, a religious zealot unaware of his sexual nature. Nina Ball designed the set. Think “Camelot” meets “Game of Thrones” and the enchanting score remains intact with such romantic favorites as “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “Follow Me.” San Francisco Playhouse’s 11th season opens on Oct. 1, 2013 and runs through Sept. 6, 2014. For information visit www.sfplayhouse.org or call 415-677-9596. Media contact: Anne Abrams, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lamplighters Music Theatre Returns for 61st Season August 2013-March 2014
Another rollicking year of Lamplighters merriment is about to start. The 61st season will include Iolanthe, Gilbert & Sullivan’s tale of fairies, half-fairies and English noblemen in August at various locations including Lam Research Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Aug. 16-18, 2013. Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss’s immortal tale conducted by George Cleve, music director for San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, arrives in the city Feb. 21-23, 2014 after stops in Walnut Creek, Napa, Livermore and Mountain View. The final event in the season is an H.M.S. Pinafore singalong at two locations: Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, on March 21, 2014 and San Francisco’s First Unitarian Church on March 23, 2014. For complete details and tickets visit www.lamplighters.org/tickets.html. Media contact: Joanne Kay, 415-227-4797, email@example.com.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical Plays Special
Engagement at SHN Orpheum Theatre Aug. 21-31, 2013
The hit Broadway sensation, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, will play a special engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theater, Aug. 21-31, 2013. With more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony Award®-winning costumes, the show features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites including “I Will Survive.” Wad McCollum, Scott Willis and Bryan West star as a trio of friends on the road trip of a lifetime in the middle of the Australian outback, where they end up finding more than they ever could have dreamed. For information visit www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Lila Green, 415-551-2075, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Symphony 2013-14 Season Celebrates Benjamin Britten Centenary;
Opening Gala of 102nd Season Features Audra McDonald on Sept. 3, 2013
The San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) 102nd season opens Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Orchestra in its annual Opening Gala concert and celebration at Davies Symphony Hall with soprano Audra McDonald and the Orchestra offering a program of works by American composers including Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Antheil’s Jazz Symphony. Season highlights include a four-week celebration of the Benjamin Britten centenary; Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting three weeks of programs pairing the music of Beethoven with Project San Francisco composer Mason Bates; a series of new music experiences with SFS musicians, composers, and artists in small, newly-created alternative space in Davies Symphony Hall; West Coast premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s new work Lineage to be performed as part of inaugural New Voices composer initiative; season-long focus on J.S. Bach including performances with pianist András Schiff, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, conductor Ton Koopman, and organist Martin Haselböck; SFS Chorus 40th anniversary highlighting major works from Bach to Britten; new season-long film series; distinguished guest conductors include Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Marek Janowski, Edwin Outwater and Osmo Vänskä; and returning guest soloists include Emanuel Ax, Christine Brewer, Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer, Kirill Gerstein, Hélène Grimaud, Janine Jansen, Leila Josefowicz, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Garrick Ohlsson, Gil Shaham, Stuart Skelton, Toby Spence, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Simon Trpčeski, Elza van den Heever, Yuja Wang, and Alisa Weilerstein. Thomas marks his 19th season as Music Director with the SFS in 2013-14, and is currently the longest-tenured music director of any major American orchestra. For information visit www.sfsymphony.org or call 415-864-6000. Media contact: Public Relations, 415-503-5474, email@example.com.
San Francisco Opera Opens 91st Season with Gala Opening Night of Boito’s Faust Drama Sept. 6, 2013
The San Francisco Opera, the second largest opera company in North America, will open its 91st season on Sept. 6, 2013 with Boito’s Mefistofele, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an illustrious cast that includes Ildar Abdrazakov, Patricia Racette and Ramón Vargas. A highlight of the Company’s 91st season will be the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne, a new opera commissioned by San Francisco Opera based on the 1992 novel by Stephen King. Other season highlights include the Company’s official celebration of the bicentennial birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner with four works; six productions new to Bay Area audiences; and the Company debut of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s landmark 1927 musical drama Show Boat. In addition to planned main-stage performances, San Francisco Opera will offer two beloved al fresco concerts: Opera in the Park at Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow and Opera at Sigmund Stern Grove; the annual Adler Fellows Gala Concert; the Schwabacher Recital Series; and the very popular free community simulcast, Opera at the Ballpark, presented live at AT&T Park, home of the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue. For complete details on the 2013-14 season visit www.sfopera.com or call 415-864-3330. Media contact: Robin Freeman, 415-565-6451, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Releases Details
of 2013-14 Repertory Season Opening Sept. 11, 2013
With the recent announcement that the internationally acclaimed music-infused production, The Suit, would be the final show in their upcoming season, A.C.T. is gearing up for the opening of their 2013-14 season on Sept. 11, 2013. Plays this year include:
- The musical 1776 will open the season with a vivid musical rendition of the revolutionary events that shaped our country. This West Coast premiere of Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati’s triumphant new staging is filled with glorious music and unforgettable characters. Sept. 11-Oct. 6, 2013
- Academy Award nominee David Strathairn returns in a captivating solo drama Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger. In this gripping ghost story an eccentric librarian discovers a weather-beaten book in a return bin—113 years overdue. Sparked by a message left in its margins, he embarks on a magical quest that takes him around the world and 2,000 years into the past. Oct. 23-Nov. 17, 2013
- After its record-breaking run last season, A.C.T. is joyously welcoming back the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition, the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Now in its 37th year, this play is a cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become an annual holiday outing for families around the Bay Area. Bay Area favorite James Carpenter returns for his eighth year in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dec. 4–28, 2013
- Continuing its mission of bringing reimagined classic works to the stage, A.C.T. will present a sumptuous new production of George Bernard Shaw’s political comedy Major Barbara. In this intriguing tangle of religion and business, a Salvation Army officer becomes disillusioned when her church accepts money from a whiskey distiller and an armaments manufacturer—her own father. This is the first staging of Major Barbara during A.C.T.’s tenure at The Geary Theater. Jan. 8–Feb. 2, 2014
- Next, A.C.T. will travel to 1940s Italy with Napoli! a vivid new translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s poignant Italian comedy. De Filippo’s masterful blend of humor and pathos tells the story of an unforgettable and wildly entertaining family determined to survive at any cost. This production celebrates the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. Feb. 12–March 9, 2014
- With spring comes the Northern California premiere of the sexy new comedy Venus in Fur, the 2012 Tony Award-nominated play that electrified (and titillated) Broadway audiences. March 19–April 13, 2014
- The Suit, making its West Coast premiere, is the tale of a husband who makes his wife treat the suit of a lover who has fled, as an “honored guest.” Traditional African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this simple yet surprising tale, set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg. April 23-May 18, 2014
- Following the run of The Suit, A.C.T.’s 2013–14 season will culminate with the U.S. premiere of James Fenton’s beautiful reinvention of The Orphan of Zhao, a classic Chinese legend that has its roots back in the fourth century BCE, directed by Carey Perloff. The inimitable stage and screen star (and San Francisco’s own) BD Wong will make his A.C.T. debut in this luminous production. June 4–29, 2014
SHN 2013-14 Season Includes Return of The Book of Mormon
and Pre-Broadway Premiere of Carol King’s Beautiful Opening Sept. 24, 2013
The SHN 2013-2014 season will feature five productions at the SHN Curran, SHN Golden Gate, and SHN Orpheum Theatres in San Francisco. Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon which played a record-breaking five-week run in the winter of 2012 will return for a limited engagement Nov. 27, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014. The season includes the pre-Broadway premiere Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Sept. 24-Oct. 20, 2013; the five-time Tony Award®-winning musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher, Nov. 5-Dec. 1, 2013; and the national tour launch of the Tony Award®-winning Best Musical Revival, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Nov. 10-Dec. 8, 2013, 2012 Tony Award®-Winning Best Musical Once, June 17-July 13, 2014. Pippin, Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival plus three more Tony Awards®, Sept. 24-Oct. 19, 2014. For information visit www.shnsf.com or call audience services at 888-76-1799. Media contact: Lila Green, 415-551-2075, email@example.com.
42nd Street Moon Musical Theatre Company Announces 21st Season Oct. 2, 2013-May 18, 2014
42nd Street Moon has announced the lineup for its 21st season of presenting rare and uncommon musical theater. The season runs Oct. 2, 2013 to May 18, 2014, with all shows presented at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. 42nd Street Moon’s 2013-2014 season will kick off with a salute to the Man of Steel: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! (Oct. 2-20, 2013); 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in a comic book, and 42nd Street Moon will celebrate Clark Kent’s birthday with this fun musical escape. Next up is the sophisticated humor of I Married an Angel (Oct. 30-Nov 17, 2013), one of Rodgers and Hart’s most beautiful collaborations. For the holidays, 42nd Street Moon unwraps a treat for the whole family with Snoopy!!! The Musical (Nov. 27-Dec. 15, 2013). The spring brings a first for 42nd Street Moon — the world premiere of Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (April 2- 20, 2014), written by Artistic Director Greg MacKellan and Mark D. Kaufmann, This original show celebrates the fabulous Talking Picture musicals that raised America out of the Great Depression. To close out the 21st season, 42nd Street Moon will present Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers (April 30-May 18, 2014). This sophisticated musical satire pokes fun at everyone from matrons to con men to bootleggers during Prohibition and features Cole Porter’s famous song “Love for Sale.” Tickets and information visit www.42ndstmoon.org or call 415-255-8207. Media contact: Carla Befera, 650-327-1200, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dimensions Dance Theater, Bay Area’s Preeminent African-
American Dance Company Marks 40th Anniversary Oct. 5, 2013
In partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Dimensions Dance Theater, the Bay Area's preeminent African-American dance company, is proud to announce the celebration of its 40th anniversary on Oct. 5, 2013. This momentous occasion will be marked with a formal procession followed by a retrospective of the company's four decades of creativity and community-building. The evening will conclude with the world premiere of all four parts of Rhythms of Life: Down the Congo Line, a monumental work representing the legacy of traditional Congolese dance forms in the New World. Dance performances will be attended throughout by live music and ritual enactments. The performance will be at the Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. For information visit www.ybca.org or call 415-978-ARTS. Media contact: John Hill, 510-435-7128, email@example.com
First North American Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz
Plays Special Engagement at SHN Orpheum Theatre Oct. 16-27, 2013
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz will play a special engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre for two weeks only, Oct. 16-27, 2013. Starring Danielle Wade as Dorothy, who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV's reality show “Over The Rainbow,” The all-time classic The Wizard of Oz was adapted and reconceived for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. For information visit www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Lila Green, 415-551-2075, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Ballet Announces 2014 Repertory Season Dec. 11, 2013-May 11, 2014
San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has announced the repertory and performance schedule for its 81st Repertory Season. SF Ballet’s 2014 Repertory Season will include the presentation of two full-length works, including the revival of SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle and the encore presentation of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella. In addition, SF Ballet will present the West Coast premiere of a full-evening trilogy by acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The season also includes world premieres by Val Caniparoli, Liam Scarlett, and Tomasson, and features works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Natalia Makarova, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Yuri Possokhov and Jerome Robbins.The 2014 Repertory Season will begin with Nutcracker, which runs Dec. 11-29, 2013 for a total of 31 performances. Following the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, from Jan. 25-May 11, 2014. Individual tickets go on sale Nov. 20, 2013 at www.sfballet.org or by calling 415-865-2000 beginning Jan. 6, 2014. Media contacts: Kyra Jablonsky, 415-865-6603, email@example.com or Lauren White, 415-865-6610, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco’s Legendary Cliff House Celebrates 150th Anniversary in 2013
Originally constructed in 1863 the Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos, is among a small group of U.S. restaurants that are still successfully in operation. It has survived earthquakes, several fires as well as constant exposure to the elements on its site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Over the past four decades, General Manager Ralph Burgin, and proprietors Dan and Mary Hountalas, have also repositioned the restaurant as an eco-friendly operation, recycling, composting, buying locally and when possible, organic products. The Cliff House held anniversary celebrations in mid-July, 2013. For information visit www.cliffhouse.com or call 415-386-3330. Susie Biehler, 415-987-7929, email@example.com.
The following restaurants have also opened in recent months:
680 Valencia St., 415-400-5699, http://www.amber-india.com/
Neighborhood: Mission District
Media contact: Vital Shetty, 415-400-5699, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened: July, 2012
The Amber group of restaurants first location opened in Mountain View, CA, back in 1994 and for the last 18 years it has been rated among the San Francisco Chronicle’s top 100 restaurants. Amber Dhara on Valencia Street, in San Francisco’s Mission District is Amber’s sixth location. The vision of this restaurant like its counterpart in Palo Alto is to do a seasonal, regional, ecologically sustainable, unique and a delectable menu with an extensive wine and cocktail list, a big bar menu and friendly service. The food menu has been crafted after extensive research by Vijay Bist, a connoisseur of Indian food and his head chef Manish Tyagi. The culinary team integrates the typical Hindustani (Indian) style with the modern palate.
Cybelle’s Pizza on Bush
1000 Bush St., 415-885-6830, http://www.cybellesonbush.com/
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Media contact: Ayman Shehadan, 415-885-6830
Opened: July, 2012
New owners have refreshed the menu at Cybelle’s Pizza on Bush adding new items that include vegetarian and gluten-free options to the menu; This popular spot has also been featured in several movies including “What’s Up, Doc?” with Barbra Streisand, “Metro” with Eddie Murphy and “Nash Bridges” with Don Johnson.
Hakkasan San Francisco
One Kearny Street, 415-829-8148, www.hakkasan.com/sanfrancisco
Neighborhood: Union Square
Opened: December, 2012
Offering modern Cantonese cuisine, dim sum, expansive wine and sake programs, late-night dining and Ling Ling in the heart of San Francisco, Hakkasan San Francisco is a 10,000-square-foot mecca located on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building. Hakkasan presents a unique take on modern Chinese cuisine, featuring dishes that have been specifically designed for the San Francisco location, sitting alongside Hakkasan classics such as Crispy Duck Salad with pomelo, pine nuts and shallot and grilled Wagyu beef with King soya sauce. The 170-cover restaurant boasts a main dining area that affords views of San Francisco’s famous Market and Geary streets through soaring arched windows. Hakkasan also features a 25-seat V-shaped bar, two private dining rooms (seating for 20 and 10) and the 50-seat Ling Ling. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., Fourth Floor, 415-580-3001, http://www.mychinasf.com/
Neighborhood: Union Square
Media contact: Andrew Freeman, email@example.com
Opened: December 2012
M.Y China offers authentic Chinese cuisine in a modern experience, inspired by James Beard Award-winning chef and television host Martin Yan and his years of teaching the art of Chinese cuisine to everyday people. See, taste, and discover M.Y. China, where a full exhibition kitchen brings the ancient arts of the wok, hand-pulled noodles and dim sum to light in the heart of downtown San Francisco. M.Y. China features a full-service bar and selected wine, Asian beers and hand-crafted cocktails, that pair perfectly with Chinese flavors. Watch an all-star team of master-noodle pullers showcase various noodle preparations, twisting and pulling giant balls of dough into thousands of string-thin noodles in minutes, throwing 20 foot longevity noodles, or exhibiting the art of noodle dancing. The restaurant offers semi-private dining in the Temple Room (which seats up to 60) and the patio under the signature dome of the Westfield San Francisco Centre can accommodate up to 100 for receptions.
O3 Bistro & Lounge
524 Van Ness Ave., 415-934-9800, www.o3restaurant.com
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Media contact: Chester Wayne Wong, 415-934-9800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened: January 2012
Featuring Pan-Asian cuisine the restaurant has seating for 45 in the main dining room and a substantial bar and designer lounge area with room for 35 additional guests. Highlights of this chic, engaging interior include a black, silver, gray and purple color scheme, wood accents throughout, fabric covered banquettes, oversized glass windows flooded with natural light and cityscape views, contemporary chandeliers and recessed spot lighting. Sidewalk seating for 12 is available, weather permitting.
1177 California St., 415-771-6776, www.ossosteakhouse.com
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Media contact: Beth Schnitzer, 415-221-2875, email@example.com
Opened: May 2013
Osso Steakhouse brings bone-in steak standards to new heights, offering a diverse a la carte menu featuring the highest quality of four-to-six week dry aged, tender prime beef bone-in (osso) steaks. This new San Francisco steakhouse also features specialty seafood options like hot iron skillet Dungeness crab and an extensive wine list. Osso is the newest venture from Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo with Dante Serafini, the same group behind other San Francisco favorites including The Stinking Rose, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant and The Old Clam House. Located in Gramercy Towers, the restaurant’s Art Deco inspired design pays homage to the surrounding architecture. Open for dinner only; valet parking available. Private dining options range from private cabanas to sit-down for 62 and receptions for 125.
Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
3970 17th St., 415-525-3359, http://www.picapica.com/
Media contact: Adriana Lopez Vermut, 415-525-3359, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opened: January 2013
This Venezuelan-inspired fast casual restaurant is the third location for Pica Pica; the two-level, 1,500-square-foot addition in the Castro seats approximately 55, Designed by Arcsine Architecture, the décor reflects an allegiance to tropical golds, oranges, browns and green; corn-focused graphics, and rich zebra wood walls. The open kitchen on the downstairs level and bar featuring Pica Pica’s signature beers on tap, fruit sangrias, fruit frescas, South American wines and its proprietary Picaro Cabernet Sauvignon offers comfortable lounge benches for eating and drinking; upstairs there is more seating with a mix of benches, tables and chairs. The new location is also offering two unique special dishes: the "arepa tower": four grilled corn arepas featuring signature fillings (shredded beef pabellon, pulled pork pernil, chicken salad pepeada and spicy chicken catira) and the "diablo queen": two arepas featuring Rey Diablo (spicy ham with pineapple) and Reina Pepeada (chicken salad with avocado). Other options include starters to share, Venezuelan-style platters, salads and desserts. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Roka Akor San Francisco
801 Montgomery St., 415-362-8887, http://www.rokaakor.com/san-francisco
Neighborhood: Jackson Square
Media contact: Jenna Hudson, 415-394-6500, email@example.com
Opened: June 2013
Roka Akor, a stylish prime steak, seafood and sushi restaurant specializing in Robata "open charcoal" cuisine, makes a distinct statement with a sophisticated design reflecting the timeless natural beauty of Northern California and the urban dynamism of San Francisco. Designed by San Francisco-based Arcanum Architecture, Roka Akor was envisioned as a casual but sophisticated, contemporary dining and bar lounge venue featuring two levels as distinct design spaces. On the street level, an airy and modern 118-seat main dining room is anchored by an open-flame Robata grill, while downstairs the bar and lounge seats 68. The restaurant will initially be open for lunch and dinner. The Roka Bar will feature late night dining, offering a special menu created by Executive Chef Roman Petry. Petry's San Francisco menu is a reflection of local farmers and distillers, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and a minimalistic approach to preparation; in short, paying homage to well-known Japanese flavors and traditions while utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients available in the Bay Area.
Levi's® Brand Opens New Store on San Francisco's Burgeoning Market Street on Aug. 1 2013
On Aug. 1, 2013 the Levi's® brand is moving its store from San Francisco's Union Square to 815 Market St., one of the world's most highly trafficked shopping corridors. At more than 7,000 square feet, the Levi's® store has an honest natural look and feel that pays homage to the Levi's® brand's commitment to quality and sustainability. Steeped in craftsmanship, the store brings to life the Levi's® brand's unique heritage through its vintage, industrial-inspired design and tailor shop. The Market Street location will house an impressive array of the latest fashion trends, the very best in denim as well as a selection of Levi's® Made & Crafted and Levi's® Vintage Collection. Also available for purchase, will be items from the "Makers" program that celebrates local artisans and features some of the best products from Bay Area designers. The new store will be one of the only two stores in the U.S. to offer Lot No. 1 jeans, Levi's® line of custom-made jeans. The LEED certified location uses reclaimed wood from the San Francisco piers, bringing to life the Levi's® brand's heritage through these specialized design elements. Located in the birthplace of the brand, the new Market Street store is the only Levi's® store in the world to feature this unique store design concept. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For information, visit www.levi.com or call 415-501-0100. Media contact: Kelly Moss, 415-501-6411, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLAX Art & Design Celebrating 75 Years as “A Candy Store for the Creative” Aug. 24, 2013
FLAX art & design, San Francisco’s oldest and well-loved retail art supply store, has been serving the creative community in the Bay Area since 1938. Still run by the Flax family, the store is centrally located at 1699 Market St. and holds 20,000-square-feet of art supplies — brushes, paints, canvases, thousands of different papers, stationery, fine pens, frames, journals, kids’ stuff and gifts. The store is the hub of the artistic community with weekly workshops, events and exhibits. As part of their 75th anniversary celebration, a customer appreciation event will be held on Aug. 24, 2013. For information visit www.flaxart.com or call 415-552-2355. Media contact: Leslie Flax, email@example.com.
Under One Roof Relocates to Crocker Galleria Mall
Under One Roof, a renowned retailer formerly located in the Castro District, reopened on the ground floor of the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St. in April, 2013 to The new store is stocked with fresh merchandise ranging from greeting cards to home décor as well as those “one of a kind” items that have become Under One Roof’s trademark. Each purchase contributes to helping support AIDS/HIV and LGBT service organizations in San Francisco. To date more than $11 million in retail merchandise has been sold on behalf of these organizations. For information visit www.underoneroof.org or call 415-503-2300. Media contact: Michael Selvidge, 415-418-7467, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Tim Offers New Line of Historically-Themed Specialty Gifts
Local historian “San Francisco Tim” has dreamed of telling San Francisco's amazing stories on items that people can use. Today, www.sanfranciscotim.com, formerly San Francisco History Factory, offers meaningful San Francisco products infused with "History Worth Repeating" and knowledge. Among the offerings are an oversized poster that depicts San Francisco’s vintage firehouses from 1883-1926, handsomely illustrated tour maps depicting historic points of interest, post cards, maps and mugs. Tim Keefe, aka “San Francisco Tim,” also authors a blog that features San Francisco destinations framed in an historical perspective and a photographic game, “Where is San Francisco Tim and what is he looking at?” is forthcoming. Media contact: Tim Keefe, 415-756-2460, email@example.com.
SFO Adds New Nonstop Flight from Copenhagen and New Daily Service to Shanghai and Paris
April was a big month for new international flights at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), including the first-ever nonstop flight from Copenhagen, Denmark and new daily service to Shanghai, China, and Paris, France. SAS opened a new route on April 8, 2013 from Copenhagen. The new route, which marks the first non-stop service between San Francisco and the Danish capital, is already bustling. With six weekly frequencies year-round and a total flight time of about 11 hours and 20 minutes, it provides the fastest travel option between the two cities and the SAS hub in Copenhagen offers easy transfers to a network of Northern European airports in Scandinavia, Russia, the Baltics, Poland and Germany.
United Adds Non-Stop Service to Paris
There is a new daily flight to Paris thanks to new service offered by United. The non-stop flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris debuted on April 26, 2013. The new flights are part of United’s continued growth in San Francisco during the last several years. Currently, the airline offers more than 300 daily flights from SFO, more than any other airline.
Virgin America Adds New Service to Austin and Anchorage Through Sept. 9, 2013
Virgin America started service from SFO to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) on May 21, 2013, and will offer seasonal service from SFO to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) with six nonstop roundtrip flights a week through Sept. 9, 2013.
China Eastern Airlines Arrives at SFO
There was a water cannon salute and welcome reception after the arrival of China Eastern Airlines’ first flight to San Francisco on April 26, 2013. China Eastern is offering a new daily flight connecting Shanghai and San Francisco. The flight will also continue on to Wuhan three times per week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), a first to an interior city in China.
Irish Carrier Aer Lingus Will Resume SFO Service in Spring 2014
The Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller have announced that the airline would return to SFO on April 2, 2014, with five flights per week, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Since San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s recent Cork-San Francisco Sister City Mission in early spring 2013, Mayor Lee and airport officials have been in discussion with Aer Lingus about the possible return of the airline to SFO. Aer Lingus had served SFO from October 2007 until October 2009, when it withdrew due to fleet consolidations. San Francisco is a center of biotechnology, life sciences and pharmaceutical research and development and is home to cutting-edge innovation companies such as Twitter, salesforce.com, Yelp, Yammer, Airbnb and Zynga. Ireland’s economy is strong in these same sectors, coupled with the vibrant Irish community in the Bay Area, SFO was a prime candidate for a new Aer Lingus destination.
City PASS Offers Visitors Significant Savings; Monterey Bay Aquarium Joins Program
The San Francisco CityPASS program[DW1] , which saves 44 percent on combined attraction admissions
and [DW2] which makes it a breeze to plan a getaway to everyone’s favorite “City by the Bay,” has added the Monterey Bay Aquarium to its 2013 program. Each San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet covers prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, a choice between the Aquarium of the Bay and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as a choice between the new Exploratorium and the de Young Museum [DW3] and Legion of Honor. And getting to all of these attractions — not to mention Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and other notable sights — is easy with a Muni and Cable Car 7-Day Passport, also included in each CityPASS booklet. The passport lets visitors enjoy an unlimited number of rides on all Muni buses, streetcars and the city’s famous cable cars. San Francisco CityPASS costs $84 for adults (value $148.90) and $59 for kids, 5-11. Passes, which may be purchased online at www.CityPASS.com or at any of the CityPASS attractions, are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Media contact: Deborah Wakefield, 503-292-4418, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided Tours of Golden Gate Bridge Return Through Oct. 6, 2013
Introduced as part of the festivities marking the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2012, guided tours of the landmark span are returning through Oct. 6, 2013. The personally-guided, 45-minute tours, created by the team responsible for the award-winning Alcatraz Night Tour, include fascinating true stories about the bridge and the people who built it. The tours depart from the historic Round House, located at the southeast corner of the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza on the San Francisco side. The tours, which have garnered a 4.5/5 star rating on Yelp, delve into why the bridge is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and include first person accounts from the workers who overcame tremendous challenges and dangers to make “the bridge that couldn’t be built” a reality. The tours use state-of-the-art audio technology so that guides can speak in a normal, conversational tone and visitors can hear every word perfectly—even during noisy traffic hours on the bridge. Tours depart daily through Oct. 6, 2013 at one-hour intervals 10:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. All tours are in English. Admission starts at $12.95 per adult; senior and junior discounts available as well as family tour packages with a photo option. Wholesale discounts are available; contact Katy Olds, email@example.com, for more information. Purchase advance tickets at www.goldengatebridgetour.com or call 877-349-7625. Walk-up tickets are sold at the Round House, subject to availability. Media contact: David Shaw, 415-561-3064, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savor Oakland Food Tours Offer the Inside Scoop on “The O’s” Cuisine and Culture
In 2012 The New York Times ranked Oakland, 10 miles to the east of San Francisco, as the #5 city in the world to visit. Food tasting and cultural tours produced by Savor Oakland Food Tours showcase what the buzz is all about. Their Jack London Square & Historic Warehouse District Walking Tour takes visitors through the Oakland waterfront and this historic neighborhood, receiving an insider’s perspective into the culture that defines “The Town” and experiencing scrumptious tastings from one-of-a-kind food eateries. On the three-and-a-half-hour tour, the guide will dish the lowdown on Oakland's food, culture and history. Steeped in Gold Rush lore, the Oakland waterfront is a symbol of Oakland’s beginning, which is now the backdrop to sophisticated restaurants and local culinary favorites. Tasting locations may include: casual sit-down locavore restaurants, award-winning wine in an urban winery, a coffee hotspot among Bay Area locals, a mouth-watering soul food establishment and sophisticated pastries in a chic bakery. Advanced reservations are required. Purchase tickets at www.savoroakland.com or by calling Zerve at 800-979 3370. Media contacts: Geneva Europa or Carlo Medina, 510-883-EATS (3287), email@example.com.
New Tideline Water Taxi Links San Francisco, Southern Marin County and East Bay
Tideline is a new on-demand water taxi service offering point-to-point on-call service on San Francisco Bay on a per fare basis. The navigable areas of operation are the San Francisco water front, Richardson Bay, Raccoon Strait, Oakland and Richmond inner harbors. The first boat in the water taxi fleet is a 12-passenger vessel manufactured in New Zealand. Boat capacities are currently up to six passengers and there are plans in place to expand. Tideline taxis will also accommodate up to four bikes or four dogs. Among the popular destinations are Hyde Street Pier, Pier 1½, Sausalito, Angel Island, Tiburon and Pier 40; Cavallo Point is pending approval. All fares, which start at $55, are for up to four people, additional passengers are $15 each. For information visit www. tidelinesf.com or call 415-339-0196. Media contact: 415-339-0196, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Basement Offers Individual and Group Guided Outdoor Adventure Program
Sports Basement, a sporting goods retailer known for top quality products at “basement” prices, also offers a guided outdoor adventure program called Sports Basement Outdoors. For individuals as well as companies holding conferences or meetings in San Francisco, Sports Basement offers an alternative to the typical corporate outing, team building event or office celebration. These options are also ideal for family outings, birthday celebrations and bachelor or bachelorette parties. Among the offerings available for groups are mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Current public tour options available to individuals include intro and beyond the basics mountain biking ($95 person with option to rent gear and have transportation to San Francisco provided), and rock climbing ($69 per person with all gear included). Corporate trips are customizable and final costs are available based on group requests. For details visit www.sportsbasement.com/sb-outdoors or call 415-575-3000. Media contact: Courtney Rheins, 415-575-3021, email@example.com.
Nite Tours International Launches New San Francisco Nightlife
Tour Offering an Experience Typically Reserved for VIPs
Nite Tours International, one of the world’s leaders and providers of nightlife tourism products, announced in July 2013 that it has launched a new “Sip Happens” Union Square Club Crawl. The first tour of its kind in the Bay Area, Nite Tours’ “Sip Happens” San Francisco provides party-goers a unique experience of visiting A list nightlife venues in the unforgettable and historic downtown San Francisco Union Square setting. The tour, as with all Nite Tour experiences, includes VIP venue access with no line waits (5 minutes or less) and no cover charges to four of San Francisco’s hottest nightlife venues and a VIP host that delivers a fun atmosphere throughout the night filled with excitement, dancing, games, contest and prizes. “Sip Happen” is offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and starts at 8 p.m.; the cost is $19 per person. For information visit www.nitetours.com or call 702-877-NITE (6483). Media contact: Renee Roberts, 702-337-5922, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore San Francisco Offers Scenic Running and Walking Tours for Health Conscious Travelers
Explore San Francisco is a bit like a sightseeing co-op according to Deanna Micros, owner/operator. Founder Michael Moran wanted to share with visitors a “more authentic experience” that was neighborhood centric. The outcome of that vision is some 20 tours, walking and running, that range from a deep dive into the Mission District along Valencia Street and the 16th and 24th street corridors, a Little Saigon food tour and an expedition to the home of the famous parrots. The popular Art in Nature excursion includes a guided run through the dramatic terrain of the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, home of two major museums; and Lands End explores the beautiful coastal trails. Culinary walks, visits to San Francisco’s urban wine country and the Ferry Building are recent additions and they will soon debut scooter and North Beach pub-crawl tours. Alcatraz tours are also included in some packages. For information visit www.exploresf.biz or call 415-793-1104. Media contact: Michael Moran, 415-793-1104, email@example.com
Dopios Platform Connects Travelers with Locals Who Match
Their Travel Style for Advice and Unique Experiences
Dopios ("local" in Greek) started in Athens, Greece and exported their brand of intimate travel experiences to San Francisco in September 2012. Conceived as a community marketplace that connects travelers with locals who match their travel style for advice and unique experiences, it goes beyond the typical guidebook. Now available in more than 40 destinations around the world, Dopios is founded on the principle that travel experiences should be "much more authentic and unique for each of us. Enough with the copy-paste travels and the awkwardness of visiting an unknown location." Users can get travel tips before they go, plan adventures for their next vacation, and meet new friends. The service allows travelers to search for locals by destination city, and then filter the results by their personal travel style to make finding the perfect adventure even easier. In addition to experiences, dopios also offers free travel advice from locals including: what to pack, where to stay, which are the best vegeterian places, what festivals are on at the time of visit, or any other question answered by a person with the same style and personality. Dopios' goal is to become the third step of one’s travel experience; after booking a flight and a hotel, Dopios wants to take care of everything else. For information visit www.dopios.com or call +1 (855) 665-6225. Media contacts: Alexandros Trimis, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Kritsiligkou, email@example.com.
New Tour Urban Hiker San Francisco Explores the Ups
and Downs of San Francisco’s Famous Hills and Stairways
For the past six years, Alexandra Kenin has been exploring the nooks and crannies of San Francisco, ascending stairways and traversing the city's parks and hilltops, inspired by Adah Bakalinsky’s guidebook, The Stairways of San Francisco. The end result is Urban Hiker San Francisco, a new tour company offering five routes that bring together some of the best the city has to offer. Three hikes are what she dubs her "crowd favorites." These are "Urban Jungles and City Heights" (5 miles/3 hours), which focuses on the Twin Peaks/Castro areas; "Presidio Exploration" (5 miles/3 hours), which explores this former military base and parts of Pacific Heights; and "Tales of the City" (4.5 miles/3 hours), which includes North Beach as well as Telegraph and Russian Hills. Her more off-the-beaten-path hikes include "Walk on the Wild Side” (4.5 miles/2.5 hours), which explores Glen Park and “Stairways to Heaven” (3 miles/2.5 hours), which explores Buena Vista and Corona Heights Parks. Hikes are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and are considered moderately strenuous because of hills and stairs. Tour prices are $35-$45 per person. Custom hike routes are also available. For information visit www.urbanhikersf.com or call 415-669-HIKE (4453). Media contact: Alexandra Kenin, 415-669-HIKE (4453), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magic Bus SF, the World’s First Time-Traveling Bus Tour, Adds New “Rock and Roll” Alcatraz Option
Magic Bus SF, the world’s first time-traveling bus tour, offers a multi-media experience that revisits the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury and Chinatown. As the bus travels to historic points of interest, real footage is projected on retractable screens to create a multi-media experience. A combination package of Magic Bus SF and Alcatraz tour tickets is now available for 2013, allowing visitors to experience the famous histories of the “Rock” and San Francisco’s heart of rock n’ roll, as told by original voices and videos from the period. Adult tickets for Rock and Roll and Magic SF combo ticket are $80 per person and tours must be taken on separate days. For information visit www.magicbussf.com or call 855-WOW-MAGIC (855-969-6244). Media contact: Gabriel DeRita, 415-332-8867, email@example.com.
Local Tastes of the City Tours Adds Hotel Pickup Option for “We Eat Through San Francisco” Tour
Local Tastes of the City Tours has recently added hotel pickups in their 24-passenger bus for their popular food-centric tour which makes stops at some of the best pizza and pasta purveyors around in North Beach (“Little Italy”) and includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Cliff House, Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square (“Painted Ladies” Victorians), Civic Center and Chinatown. Stop in Chinatown also includes a tea tasting followed by a surprise treat on the way back. Live narration is by a local guide. Pickup is usually between noon and 1 p.m. For information visit www.sffoodtour.com or call 415-665-0480. Media contact: Tom Medin, 415-665-0480, tom@localtastesofthe citytours.com.
Extranomical Tours Adds New Shopping and Wine Tasting Tour Combination
In November 2012 Extranomical Tours launched a new tour, Premium Outlet Shopping® & Napa Wine Tasting, that allows people to visit and shop the Vacaville Premium Outlets and combine that with wine tasting in nearby Napa and see both the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge enroute. There are more than 120 outlets at the Vacaville center and each guest receives a complimentary VIP coupon booklet valued at up to $200. Brand name designers include Coach, Gucci (the only Gucci outlet in Northern California), Burberry, Calvin Klein, Nike, Levi’s and many more. After approximately four hours of shopping (lunch not included), the tour visits Napa Valley for wine tasting (fees apply). Wineries visited depend on day of the tour and winery availability. The semi-private tour is designed for smaller groups and includes hotel pick-up/drop-off. For information visit www.extranomical.com or call 415-357-0700. Media contact: Linda Bauer, 415-357-1022, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Visit Santa Cruz Travel App Now Available
Visit Santa Cruz is the first official destination marketing mobile tool for Santa Cruz County. This free mobile travel app, available for Android and iPhone devices, enables users to discover detailed information on things to do, restaurant and attractions, and navigation and directions. Users can also book a hotel room, find a park or beach, and build a “Favorites” list to design customized itineraries. The Visit Santa Cruz travel app is devoted exclusively to the Santa Cruz area, and will also offer last-minute hotel deals and packages, breaking news, last-minute events and other information. To download Visit Santa Cruz, go to www.santacruz.org. Media contact: Christina Glynn, 831-429-7281 ext. 112, email@example.com.
San Francisco Sailing Adventure Offers New Live Sports
Monitor on Aft Deck to View AC International Yacht Racing
San Francisco Sailing Adventure has installed a new live sports monitor on the aft deck of their 44-foot Sensei, a center-cockpit Norsemen 447. Guests onboard won’t miss a thing as they experience the International Yacht Racing live and feeling the same wind and waves that the athletes are feeling while enjoying racing commentary along with the high tech graphics. Featuring teak decks, luxurious interior and fine craftsmanship, Sensei has made voyages to exotic ports around the world. All cruises include locally catered food and guests (up to six passengers) are welcomed to bring wine on board (three bottle limit) with no corkage fee. If boarding at their East Bay home docks is inconvenient, climb aboard Sensei at Pier40/South Beach or another San Francisco waterfront location. Or guests can be given a limo ride to Sensei's home dock (additional charges apply). Cruises are typically from four to five hours and several options are available. For information visit www.gotsailing.com, call 415-886-7245(SAIL) or e-mail sfsailingadventure.com. Media contact: Minori Tsugé, 415-886-7245 (SAIL), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Tour of Historic Candlestick Park, Home of San Francisco 49ers
Home to the five time Super Bowl champions, the San Francisco 49ers, and the original home of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park brims with memories and legacies. A new, 60-minute guided tour allows fans to experience the 49ers locker room and walk through the tunnel onto the field. Guests may also run the gridiron, check out the old Giants dugout, see the views from the press box way up high, peek inside a luxury suite and more. They can even re-enact “The Catch” by Joe Montana and Dwight Clark that led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl right where it happened. Tour times are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Prices range from $12 to $18, children 3 and under free. Tours must be booked in advance; no walk-ups can be accommodated. Times and dates are subject to change due to field preparations during the football season. Tours will not be offered two days prior to each home game. For information visit http://www.sfgov.org/site/frame.asp?u=http://sfrecpark.org or email email@example.com. Media contact: Amanda Tugwell, 415-819-6498, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Offers Year-Long Run Series Through Oct. 6, 2013
The “San Francisco Originals” Run Series recently debuted with Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist on May 18 kicking off the series and the Wipro San Francisco Marathon, June 16, 2013, continuing with two more iconic San Francisco running events: the San Francisco Giant Race, Aug. 4, 2013, and the Oral B Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run, Oct. 6, 2013. Each race takes runners on a visual tour of San Francisco, through eclectic neighborhoods, scenic parks and along waterfront trails. For additional information on the San Francisco Originals Run Series, please visit www.giantrace.com/sfoseries. Media contact: Scott Anderson, 415-972-1812, email@example.com.
Dew Tour Returns to San Francisco Oct. 10-13, 2013
Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has announced the dates and locations for the 2013 Dew Tour. San Francisco will be the “city” portion of the Dew Tours beach-city-mountain format which offers three large-scale, premium events including showcases that recognize key lifestyle elements of action sports such as art, photography and film. The tour will pay homage to the urban action sports heritage of San Francisco. Other locations on the tour include Ocean City, MD and Breckenridge, CO. For more details visit www.dewtour.com. Media contact: Francesca Basile, 212-561-6461, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Date Set for Dec. 27, 2013 at AT&T Park
The 12th San Francisco bowl game will take place Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. [PST]/9:30 p.m. [EST] at the game’s longtime home, AT&T Park. The game will be shown on a nationwide basis by ESPN in prime time.This year’s contest matches a team from the Pac-12 Conference against BYU. Each side must achieve bowl eligibility [6 or more regular season victories]. In the event BYU does not achieve bowl eligibility, the Bowl has an alternative agreement for an eligible Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] team to play in the game. This year’s Bowl will be the last at AT&T Park, as the game in 2014 will move to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (the future home of the San Francisco 49ers). However, the City of San Francisco will continue to house both teams, and all game-related events will take place there, as in the past. Four of the past seven games have been sellouts. For information visit www.kraftbowl.org. Media contact: Doug Kelly, 916-202-0552 or 415-625-2885, email@example.com.
Dogpatch WineWorks Opens Collective Tasting Room
San Francisco Urban Winery Offers Wines by the Glass, Flights and More
Dogpatch WineWorks, 2455 Third St., a 15,000-square-foot urban winery located in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, opened its new collective tasting room in June 2012. Open to the public every Thursday-Sunday, the tasting room will provide a space for the public to experience a collection of wines at their leisure from a number of boutique wine brands in a variety of offerings. With the winery completing its first crush in April 2011, Dogpatch WineWorks is housed in a unique loft-like environment, originally constructed in 1940s, and joins a number of creative new artisan shops and dining establishments in the area. The wine program in the tasting room is designed to allow guests the flexibility of choosing a featured flight, creating their own flight, or order wine by the glass from a rotating list. Visitors can also order full bottles to enjoy onsite, and also for carry-away. Private tastings can be arranged by appointment. The new tasting room is located at the winery’s Third Street entrance in a 3,000 square-foot space carved out from the original warehouse design. The tasting room has an industrial feel with 20-foot ceilings, painted brick walls, polished concrete floors all flooded with natural light. Walk-ins are welcome; parties of six or more can experience a seated tasting of a featured flight led by a tasting room host, by appointment only. Dogpatch WineWorks also offers educational seminars, crush camp intensives, blending sessions and winery tours for individuals as well as corporate groups. For information, visit www.dogpatchwineworks.com or call 415-525-4440. Media contact: 415-525-4440, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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