(November 14, 2012) — “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 January 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).

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ATTRACTIONS

PIER 39 Opens 7D Experience, First of Its Kind in North America
On Oct. 1, 2012 PIER 39 opened the 7D Experience, the most advanced film attraction in the world and the first of its kind in North America. This new technology-based attraction allows guests to experience the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of interacting with film itself, all without leaving their seat. The attraction features a state-of-the-art digital theater with surround sound, 3D effects, full motion seats and the newest in interactive laser technology. Competitors will attempt to eliminate various animated characters. The sharpshooter with the best score will have their photos and scores posted on the big screen for everyone to view and, of course, bragging rights. Everyone will also have an opportunity to view and purchase their action shot as well. For information visit www.pier39.com. Media contact: Sue Muzzin, 415-705-5500, sue@pier39.com.

Winter May Be Almost Here, But Things Are Just Warming Up at PIER 39
Winter may be almost here, but things are just warming up at PIER 39 in San Francisco. PIER 39 has recently welcomed these new additions: Solve It Think Out of the Box is stocked with wooden games and puzzles to challenge the mind; Club Tattoo, which opened in October, offers some of the world’s hottest tattoo and body piercings, and guests are invited to take in a view of the bay from the deck of PIER 39’s newest family owned restaurant, Mangos Taqueria & Cantina. PIER 39 invites everyone to join their special friends from the Disneyland® Resort at the annual PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon-6:30 p.m. Come experience the magic, sing songs and give hugs to Disneyland friends and welcome the holiday season with a day of holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family. The fun culminates at 6 p.m. with the illumination of PIER 39’s majestic 60-foot tree. For information visit www.pier39.com. Media contact: Sue Muzzin, 415-705-5500, sue@pier39.com.

K1 Speed’s Newest Indoor Karting Center Now Open in South San Francisco October 2012
In October 2012 the largest indoor karting company in the United States opened its newest track at 160 Beacon St. in South San Francisco. K1 Speed operates indoor go-kart tracks throughout the country; the company’s newest facility joins several others in Northern California including other locations in Santa Clara and Sacramento. Open to the public seven days a week and available for private rentals and parties, K1 Speed’s new South San Francisco center is a world-class entertainment venue that is designed not only to please motoring enthusiasts, but people of all ages and from all walks of life. Powered by high-performance, zero-emission electric motors, the karts at K1 Speed are designed in Europe and can reach speeds approaching 45 m.p.h. The company offers “Arrive & Drive” races that allows racers of all ages (height restrictions and other factors will apply) to compete in 14-lap heats against the clock. For special events and parties, K1 Speed offers party packages, private room rentals, corporate packages and facility rentals. There’s even a Challenge GP karting league for those want to take up the sport full-time. For more information, visit www.K1Speed.com or call 855-517-7333. Media contact: Susan Graver, 949-250-0242. ext. 3008, susan@k1speed.com.

CityPASS Offers Visitors Significant Savings
San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklets save nearly 50 percent on attraction admissions and make it a breeze to plan a getaway to everyone’s favorite “City by the Bay.” Each San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet covers pre-paid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the de Young and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums. 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 $69 for adults (value $132.90) and $39 for kids, 5-12. 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, deborah@citypass.com.

The Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf Brings “Emperor Norton”
Back to Life for San Francisco Welcome Center & History Museum
The Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf recently completed a new wax figure of one of San Francisco’s most colorful and celebrated early citizens — Joshua A. Norton, known to all as “Emperor Norton.” Crafted over the last six months by the Wax Production Studio of The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, the life-size figure is dressed in Civil War-era military attire, based on contemporary photographs of Emperor Norton in full regalia befitting his noble title. The Emperor Norton from the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf was created to help mark the grand opening of the San Francisco Welcome Center & History Museum, 449 Powell St. For information visit www.waxmuseum.com or call 415-202-0416. Media contact: David Perry, 415-693-0583, news@davidperry.com.

Theatre Bay Area Expands Services at Union Square TIX Booth and at TixBayArea.com
Theatre Bay Area and its subsidiary, TIX Bay Area recently launched a new and improved full-price and discounted ticketing service through the TIX Booth in Union Square and online through www.TixBayArea.com. Through new partnerships with The Destination Center and Goldstar, TIX is able to expand services, increase the quantity of arts and cultural offerings available for both full-price and discount, integrate full-experience packaging options and increase the number of locations where their arts and cultural offerings are available. For details visit www.tixbayarea.com. Media contact: Alex Lopez, 415-430-1140 x 13, alex@theatrebayarea.org

PERFORMING ARTS

Disney’s The Lion King Returns to SHN Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 13, 2013
Disney’s The Lion King returns to San Francisco for the first time since its triumphant 43-week run at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in 2004. The Lion King will play an 11-week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre through Jan. 13, 2013. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m.; select Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices start as low as $35; for complete performance schedule including holidays, visit www.shnsf.com or phone 888-746-1799. Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Groups of 15 or more may order by calling 888-746-1799, press 3.

In its 15th year The Lion King recently became the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 64 million people, grossed more than $4.8 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is the sixth longest-running musical in Broadway history.

The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor.

On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for The Lion King. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film. Media contacts: Scott Kane and Lila Green, 415-551-2075, pr@shnsf.com.

SHN Upcoming Shows Include The Book of Mormon
Formerly known as Best of Broadway, the SHN Series brings Broadway to the Bay Area with a dynamic series at the SHN Orpheum, SHN Curran and SHN Golden Gate Theatres. In
addition to The Lion King, upcoming shows in order of performances are:

The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2012. Declared “the best musical of the century,” by The New York Times, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Parker and Stone are the creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is the co-creator of the hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.
The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s musical masterpiece, Anything Goes, comes to the SHN Curran Theatre Jan. 8-Feb. 3, 2013. The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy unfolds on board the S.S. American on a trans-Atlantic crossing and features hits songs such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” 
The spellbinding Wicked returns home to the Bay Area again to the SHNOrpheum Theatre Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 2013. The untold story of the witches of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, Wicked tells the unforgettable story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz — one born with emerald-green skin who is smart and misunderstood and the other who is conventionally beautiful, ambitious and “very, very popular” as one of the show’s signature songs confirms. 
Jersey Boys, slated for March 9-April 28, 2013 at the SHN Curran Theatre, replaces the previously postpone world premiere of Diner. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the musical is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award and the 2006 Grammy Award. 
SHN also recently announced that Mary Poppins will play a special limited engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre May 8-12, 2013. One of the biggest stage musical successes to emanate from London or New York in recent years, the musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards. 
  • The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2012. Declared “the best musical of the century,” by The New York Times, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Parker and Stone are the creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is the co-creator of the hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.
  • The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s musical masterpiece, Anything Goes, comes to the SHN Curran Theatre Jan. 8-Feb. 3, 2013. The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy unfolds on board the S.S. American on a trans-Atlantic crossing and features hits songs such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” 
  • The spellbinding Wicked returns home to the Bay Area again to the SHNOrpheum Theatre Jan. 23-Feb. 17, 2013. The untold story of the witches of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, Wicked tells the unforgettable story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz — one born with emerald-green skin who is smart and misunderstood and the other who is conventionally beautiful, ambitious and “very, very popular” as one of the show’s signature songs confirms. 
  • Jersey Boys, slated for March 9-April 28, 2013 at the SHN Curran Theatre, replaces the previously postpone world premiere of Diner. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the musical is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award and the 2006 Grammy Award. 
  • SHN also recently announced that Mary Poppins will play a special limited engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre May 8-12, 2013. One of the biggest stage musical successes to emanate from London or New York in recent years, the musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards. 

For ticket information visit www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Lila Green, 415-551-2052, pr@shnsf.com.

San Francisco Jazz Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary through Dec. 2, 2012;
New SFJAZZ Center Opens on Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2013
The San Francisco Jazz Festival will run through Dec. 2, 2012, wrapping up just a few weeks before the grand opening of the new SFJAZZ Center on Jan. 21, 2013, the first stand-alone performance and education center dedicated to jazz. Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the three-story, 35,000-square-foot Center will open on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Located at 201 Franklin St. at the corner of Fell and Franklin streets in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Civic Center performing arts district.

Recent announcements include a partnership with Charles Phan who will be in charge of the food and beverage program at the Center and operate an all-day café/restaurant at the location. Phan is the award-winning executive chef and owner of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door and five other restaurants.

The week-long grand opening celebration will kick off on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21, 2013 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and a day-long open house of free events open to the public with tours highlighting the center’s special features and architecture.

On Jan. 23 The First Concert, a one-time-only musical bonanza, will feature McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, SFJAZZ Beacon Award winners Bobby Hutcherson, Mary Stallings, Rebecca Mauleon, SFJAZZ Collective, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Directors, Master of Ceremonies Bill Cosby and many others. The celebration will continue with many of the same artists Jan. 23-26. The birthday of legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson will be celebrated on Jan. 27, 2013. The complete schedule for season one is posted on the website and tickets are available now.

For information, visit sfjazz.org or call 866-920-5299. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, marshall@sfjazz.org.

A.C.T. Continues 2012-13 Season with Greek Tragedy, Christmas Classic and New Works
Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has a lineup ranging from the classic to cutting edge for the balance of the 2012-13 season. In order of appearance the plays are:

  • Direct from its acclaimed sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff brings her sweeping production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Elektra to the Bay Area. A feast of poetic language with original music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang, Elektra features two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core acting company member René Augesen in the title role and associate artist (and Academy Award-winner) Olympia Dukakis as the fiercely partisan chorus leader, through Nov. 18, 2012.
  • The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, featuring a lively cast, delightful music, gorgeous costumes and deliciously spooky ghosts, returns Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2012. 
  • The West Coast premiere of Amy Herzog’s poignant comedy 4000 Miles replaces the previously announced production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2013.
  • George F. Walker’s Dead Metaphor, a hilarious dark comedy about the hypocrisies of post-war living, Feb. 28-March 24, 2013. 
  • A.C.T. continues the tradition of introducing eclectic, unforgettable musical projects to the stage with the world premiere of Stuck Elevator, April 4–28, 2013. A powerful and poignant hip-hop opera, Stuck Elevator is based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. 
  • The Bay Area premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland's internationally acclaimed production of Black Watch arrives May 3-June 9, 2013. Black Watch is based on interviews conducted with soldiers of the legendary Scottish regiment who served in Iraq. Using video sequences, song and dance, the production creates a complex and urgent piece of theater told from the soldiers’ point of view.
  • The 2012–13 season culminates with a new production of Tom Stoppard’s masterwork Arcadia, May 16–June 9, 2013. Hailed as one of the best plays of the 20th century, Arcadia unfolds in a beautiful English country house and moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, as characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths. 

All performances are at the American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St. For information visit www.act-sf.org or call the A.C.T. Box Office at 415-749-2228. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677, kevink@charleszukow.com

42nd Street Moon Continues 20th Anniversary Season through May 19, 2013
More “solid-gold” comedies are cued up for the 20th anniversary season of 42nd Street Moon, presenters of intimate productions of “uncommon musicals” — classic and rarely performed shows by great 20th century composers and lyricists. All first-time productions for the organization, the shows include in order of performance:

  • Carmelina - the musical version of the film Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, which is also the source of the story in the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia, makes its West Coast premiere, through Nov 18, 2012.
  • Pal Joey - the timeless Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart masterpiece, features Joey Evans, the charming “heel” with big plans to get to the top of Chicago’s nightclub business, Nov. 28-Dec. 16, 2012.
  • Carnival - this magical and beguiling musical of the beloved film Lili brings the world of Lili Daurier, puppeteer Paul Berthalet, roguish magician Marco and all of their circus friends to the stage, April 3-21, 2013. 
  • Little Me - Jason Graae stars in the final show of the season, an outrageously funny musical that critic Walter Kerr called “a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze,” May 1-19, 2013. 
  • All performances are at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. For tickets and information visit www.42ndstreetmoon.org or call 415-255-8207. Media contact: Brenda Hughes, 415-244-9770, brenda@theatricalpr.com.


San Francisco Ballet 2013 Repertory Season Opens Jan. 24, 2013; Nutcracker, Dec. 7-28, 2012

Highlights of the San Francisco Ballet’s recently announced 2013 repertory season includes the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella; the Northern California premiere of Nijinsky by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, which will be performed on Program 2 by the renowned Hamburg Ballet; the SF Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; plus world premieres by Wayne McGregor, San Francisco Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky. The season will also feature works by acclaimed choreographers George Balanchine, John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, and San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. The 2013 Repertory Season will open with Nutcracker, which runs Dec. 7-28, 2012. Following the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, Jan. 29-May 12, 2013. For information visit www.sfballet.org or call 415-865-2000. Media contacts: Kyra Jablonsky, 415-865-6603, kjablonsky@sfballet.org or Lauren White, 415, 865-6610, lwhite@sfballet.org.

MUSEUMS

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Announces Opening Day for Vanguard Museum
and 21st Century Learning Center on Pier 15 on Embarcadero on April 17, 2013
On Nov. 1, 2012 The Exploratorium announced that the much-anticipated opening date for the iconic museum’s new home on Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, at the heart of the waterfront, has been confirmed for Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Known for creating original, interactive exhibits on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world, the Exploratorium will use the new space to reach more people than ever before and expand its mission to change the way the world learns.

The Exploratorium set a goal of raising $300 million dollars for the construction and transition to the new space, and to establish an endowment to support the museum’s programming and exhibit development into the future. The $250 million dollars raised to date bring the Exploratorium more than 80 percent of the way to fulfilling the capital campaign, with construction at the new site now approximately 90 percent complete. The new location at Pier 15 will triple the space indoors and out, double the number of classrooms and triple the capacity for professional development programs for science educators.

After almost 44 years at the Palace of Fine Arts, this historic move will place the Exploratorium at the heart of San Francisco’s waterfront, giving visitors opportunities to experience the Bay in completely new ways. On opening day, Wednesday April 17, 2013, there will be special programming and activities from between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For information visit www.exploratorium.edu/piers or call 415-561-0360. Media contact: Linda Dackman 415-528-4363

Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) Moves to San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood in Early 2013
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) announced in February 2012 that it will move to an 8,000-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center, 2569 Third St., in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Scheduled to be open in early 2013, the move will allow MCD to significantly expand its exhibition space and build its first-ever dedicated education room for its popular public programs, including MakeArt workshops and special events. The new location comes following MCD’s comprehensive search for a location that will allow for the continued growth of its artistic mission and future exhibition plans. MCD’s addition to the neighborhood will support the continued transformation of the Dogpatch area into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Dating to 1915 the three-block-long American Industrial Center structure was originally home to American Can Company, fitting in with the industrial and manufacturing industries in the area at the time. Today, as Dogpatch has evolved and benefitted from public access provided by San Francisco’s Third Street light rail, the building houses a mix of tenants including San Francisco Art Institute, architects, artists, photographers and graphic designers.

As the museum prepares to complete construction, a pop-up exhibition at the Dogpatch Café and Gallery will feature Charlotte Kruk - Eye Candy, Nov. 15, 2012-Jan. 25, 2013. Bay Area artist Charlotte Kruk creates wearable sculptures that humorously comment on a culture often known for comparing women, particularly well-dressed women, to decorations, consumables, even eye candy.

For information visit www.sfmcd.org or call 415-773-0303. Media contact: Rob Farmer, 415-359-2316, rob@landispr.com or Tarah Beaven, 415-359-2306, tarah@landispr.com.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Offer an Eclectic Exhibition Season
In one of its most diverse exhibitions schedules in recent memory, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer an eclectic and arresting array of work including a world exclusive:

Through Feb. 17, 2013
Nureyev: A Life in Dance
de Young Museum
Dedicated to the life and work of the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, this exhibition showcases more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection. Nureyev loved sumptuous shows and was particular about his costumes; the costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use, bearing witness to the lives and bodies of Nureyev and his partners.

Nov. 17, 2012-March 17, 2013
Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette
Legion of Honor
Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, features many of the objects that have never been shown in the United States and indeed, several have never left France, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789. Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette is a dazzling illustration of the story of French royal patronage, displayed for the first time in the United States in this exclusive presentation.

Jan. 26 –June 2, 2013
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis
de Young Museum
The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This jewel box of a museum, housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. The exhibition features 35 paintings representing 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the U.S. is the Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated masterpiece Girl with the Pearl Earring (c. 1665).

For information visit www.famsf.org or call 415-750-3600. Media contact: Clara Hatcher, 415-750-3554, chatcher@famsf.org.

Asian Art Museum Prepares for America’s Cup with Special Exhibition June 28-Sept. 22, 2013
Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy Continues through Jan. 13, 2013

Next summer from June 28-Sept. 22, 2013, 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 80 exceptional artworks spanning 1,300 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.

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy is a compelling new exhibition currently on view through Jan. 13, 2013. All borrowed from the collection of Bay Area entrepreneur Jerry Yang, the exhibition features 40 calligraphies, including 15 noted masterworks, many on public view for the first time. The calligraphies are supplemented with three major abstract expressionist paintings on loan from SFMOMA by Brice Marden, Franz Kline and Mark Tobey, plus a 20-minute newly commissioned video by acclaimed international contemporary artist Xu Bing.

For information visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500. Media contact: Cara Vivian, 415-581-3560, cvivian@asianart.org.

Contemporary Jewish Museum Showcases New York’s Photo League and Art of Ezra Jack Keats
The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, through Jan. 21, 2013 and The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, Nov. 15, 2012-Feb. 24, 2013, are the latest offerings from the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951 is the first comprehensive museum survey in 30 years to reassess the influential New York-based Photo League’s history, significance and the cultural, social and political storms it weathered. Boasting more than 300 members between 1936-1951, the school and salon included some of the most accomplished photographers of the mid-20th century: Berenice Abbott, Consuelo Kanaga, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Weegee and many others.

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to this award-winning author and illustrator (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair and The Snowy Day. Published at the height of the American Civil Rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day became a milestone, featuring the first African American protagonist in a full-color picture book. The Snowy Day went on to inspire generations of readers, and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature. Also pioneering were the dilapidated urban settings of Keats’s stories. Picture books had rarely featured such gritty landscapes before. The exhibition features more than 80 original works from preliminary sketches and dummy books, to final paintings and collages for the artist’s most popular books.

For information visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800. Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina911@pacbell.net.

Desert Jewels from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection Bedazzles
Visitors to Museum of the African Diaspora through Jan. 21, 2013

Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission St., through Jan. 21, 2013. The exhibition of 94 spectacular pieces of jewelry and 28 photographs from Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia was collected over a period of 30 years by Xavier Guerrand-Hermes of the renowned Paris-based fashion empire. This rare and stunning collection of North African jewelry and historic late 19th- and 20th-century photographs by some of the region’s most prominent photographers is part of MoAD’s new Collector’s exhibition series of important local, national and international collections. Makings its Northern California debut, the exhibition was organized by New York’s Museum of African Art. For information visit www.moadsf.org or call 415-358-7200. Media contact: Michael DeFlorimonte, 415-203-9801, marketing@moadsf.org.

I See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural
California at California Historical Society through March 24, 2013

In many people's experience, California consists of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and the highways that connect them. In reality these urban centers make up only a fraction of the whole. According to the 2010 Census, geographically the state of California is more than 94 percent rural. Over the past two years, writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton has been telling the stories of these rural communities in her multimedia work Real Rural. For this exhibition she has delved into the collections of the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., to connect these present-day stories with the past. Featuring roughly 150 photographs, I See Beauty in This Life is a combination of large-scale color prints by Hamilton and her selections from California Historical Society's vast photography collections—material dating from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century, much of which has never been exhibited before. For information visit www.californiahistoricalsociety.org or call 415-357-1848. Media contact: Kevin Herglotz, 415-874-9650, kevin@hpastrategies.com.

SFMOMA Showcases Works of Jasper Johns
As SFMOMA prepares for the groundbreaking for the $555 million expansion in the summer of 2013, it will continue to present a full range of exhibitions for the coming year. Among those announced are:

Through Dec. 31, 2012
Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art
An international group exhibition, Six Lines of Flight, features key artists from six cities around the world who have developed unique artistic organizations and/or collectives, contributed to their own communities, and helped each city become a burgeoning art center. The cities include Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Francisco and Tangier, Morocco—places that, like San Francisco, are not considered primary artistic centers but act as critical cross-cultural platforms for those living and working there. Cultivating an awareness of their collective, international contingency is a primary motivation underlying the exhibition.

Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind's Eye
Through Feb. 3, 2013
A remarkably strong relationship has developed over the past 40 years between artist Jasper Johns and various museums and private collectors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Johns’ painting Land’s End is a cornerstone post-war work in the museum’s collection. In 1978, SFMOMA presented a major survey of Johns’s career, and in 2000 organized Jasper Johns: New Paintings and Works on Paper, which traveled nationally. Continuing SFMOMA’s significant involvement with the artist, this exhibition brings together for the first time works from Bay Area collections both public and private, and will be supplemented with key works in the Johns’ own collection.

For information visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415-357-4000. Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172, rwise@sfmoma.org.

The Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary of
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Nov. 15, 2012-April 14, 2013

The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery St., will present a special exhibition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic celebrating Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film Nov. 15, 2012-April 14, 2013. The exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film. Guided by the vision of a master storyteller, 32 animators, 1,032 assistants, 107 in-betweeners, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special effects animators and 158 inkers and painters and countless production staff came together to create the masterpiece. The exhibition features more than 200 works of art including conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches and animation drawings. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor backgrounds, colorful cels and vintage posters all illustrating how Walt Disney advanced the creation of an entirely new art form. The Walt Disney Studios began work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1934 and it was released on Dec. 21, 1937. For information visit www.waltdisney.org or call 415-345-6800. Media contacts: Andi Wang, 415-345-6816, awang@wdfmuseum.org or Libby Garrison, 415-345-6822, garrison@wdfmuseum.org.

China’s Terracotta Warriors Return to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Feb. 22-May 27, 2013

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Asian Art Museum in its Civic Center location, China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy will be on view Feb. 22-May 27, 2013. Featuring 120 rare objects, including 10 terracotta figures, from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in recent history, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey from the birth and rise of the Qin Empire to the life and rule of the First Emperor, his quest for immortality, his death, burial and complex legacy. The exhibition includes bronze ritual and jade artifacts, gold and silver ornaments, and palatial architectural components—some on view for the first time in the U.S. The objects are drawn from more than 13 institutions in China, including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute, and the Shaanxi History Museum. The Asian Art Museum was among the first museums outside China to feature some of the terracotta figures in a major exhibition held in 1994. For information visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500. Media contact: Cara Vivian, 415-581-3560, cvivian@asianart.org.

SFMOMA Announces Extensive Off-Site Programming Beginning Summer 2013
As part of the next phase of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s expansion plans which will double its gallery and exhibition space, the museum has announced plans to mount an array 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 begin in summer 2013. 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. Beginning in June 2013, SFMOMA will co-present major exhibitions at partner museums featuring works drawn entirely or in part from SFMOMA’s holdings. Highlights include an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a presentation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum.

Additional projects include:

  • a multi-location exhibition of Doug Aitken's “Empire” trilogy (2008–14), which will present all three video installations simultaneously for the first time. 
  • a commissioned outdoor pavilion showcasing work by Los Angeles–based architect Greg Lynn, which will serve as a floating venue for museum programming on the waterfront during the 2013 America's Cup races. 

 

SFMOMA will also present Live Art festivals and neighborhood-based initiatives; bring touring presentations of its renowned photography collection to communities throughout California, and create new partnerships with local schools. In the weeks leading up to the final day of public museum operation in the current building, which will be June 2, 2013, the museum will host a series of public celebrations. For information visit www.sfmoma.org or call 415-357-4000. Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172, rwise@sfmoma.org.

San Francisco’s Polk Street New Home of Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum
Good Vibrations, a San Francisco-based retailer providing a comfortable and safe environment for sex-positive products and educational materials, showcases collectibles from the 1800s and onward in an impressive vintage assortment that tells a fascinating story of history, health, and sexuality. Some of the antique vibrators were recently seen in the film, Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett in a Victorian-era romantic comedy set around the creation of the vibrator. According to Dr. Carol Queen, curator and staff sexologist, the exhibit “contextualizes the vibrators’ role in history and highlights how our attitudes toward sex and female pleasure have evolved.” The museum is located at the Good Vibrations retail store at 1620 Polk St. For information visit www.antiquevibratormuseum.com or call 415-345-0400. Media contact: Camilla Lombard, 415-974-8985, ext. 201, camillal@goodvibes.com.

Charles M. Schulz Museum Showcases The Art of Peanuts Animation Through Feb. 3, 2013
The Art of Peanuts Animation: Production Cels from the Museum’s Collection runs now through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Timed to coincide with the launch of the new Chronicle book The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation by Charles Solomon, this exhibit includes rare original production cels from animated Peanuts classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Visitors will also see cels from numerous other animated specials from the 1960s-80s, and view selected full-length animated specials in the Museum’s theater. Located in Santa Rosa on 2310 Hardies Lane, the museum is 50 minutes north of San Francisco. For information visit www.schulzmuseum.org or call 707-579 4452. Media contact: Gina Huntsinger, 707-284-1268, gina@schulzmuseum.org.

EVENTS

San Francisco Travel Association Preps for Holidays with 49 Hours of SF: Holidays Website
It’s as easy to fill 49 hours with holiday cheer in San Francisco as it is for Santa to stuff a stocking. Visitors have a city full of options: Live performances by the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony and the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon. Going to the theater for A Christmas Carol or a holiday sing-a-long at Grace Cathedral. There are tree and menorah lightings, ice skating rinks, gingerbread houses and reportedly, the world's largest sugar castle can be found here. Breakfasts with Santa, Kwanzaa celebrations and a reindeer romp at the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Zoo. Holiday-themed culinary events and fancy teas will satisfy anyone with a curious, holiday-oriented appetite. For San Francisco holiday itinerary ideas and special hotel packages, visit www.49HoursofSF.com or call 415-391-2000. Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615, larmstrong@sanfrancisco.travel.

San Francisco’s Frisky Past Comes to Life in Boomtown: The Barbary Coast
at Conservatory of Flowers Railway Exhibition Nov. 16, 2012-April 14, 2013
Get ready to jump ship into San Francisco’s rowdy past as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park presents Boomtown: The Barbary Coast, an all new garden railway display celebrating San Francisco’s Gold Rush days and its infamous Barbary Coast neighborhood. In a dazzling display landscaped with hundreds of dwarf plants and several water features, model trains wend their way along miniature docks crowded with replicas of the clipper ships that brought fortune seekers to California, then zip past whimsical recreations of the city’s most important landmarks of the day including Portsmouth Square, Chinatown’s Waverly Place and Maiden Lane. Visitors will encounter a life-sized schooner at the entrance to the gallery, and interpretive signs, memorabilia and interactive activities throughout help them to understand the colorful history of the city between the 1848 discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill and the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition that signaled the city’s resurrection after the Great Quake of 1906. For information visit www.conservatoryofflowers.org or call 415-831-2090. Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483; nina911@pacbell.net

Japantown Showcase for Series for Special Events Throughout 2012
San Francisco has the oldest Japantown in the United States and it is one of only three remaining, all of which are located in California. This winter a number of special events will be held in the Japan Center’s Peace Plaza, located in the heart of Japantown at Post and Buchanan streets. Among the upcoming free events are Santa’s Workshop and a visit from Santa Claus, Dec. 8-9, 2012. For information and complete details on all events, visit www.sfjapantown.org or call 415-567-4573. Media contact: Adam Straus, 415-377-2327,adam@strausevents.com.

Inner Sunset Sunday Set for Dec. 9, 2012
The Inner Sunset, although not a high-profile neighborhood, is described by many residents as a “guarded treasure.” Easily reached via the N-Judah street car and just a few blocks south of Golden Gate Park, the Inner Sunset is also home to the University of California’s medical center and an array of stores and restaurants, many with eclectic wares and international menus. On Sunday, Dec. 9, merchants and residents will create a temporary community plaza on Irving Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues for people to sing, dance and simply gather. One of the visionaries behind this experiment is Adam Greenfield who shares his thoughts about the power of common ground to transform at http://gubbinsexperiment.blogspot.com/. More details on Inner Sunset Sundays will be posted at www.issundays.org.

Navy Claims Post-Season Berth at Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Scheduled for Dec. 29, 2012 at AT&T Park
San Francisco’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the first of 35 bowl games to identify one of its participants. The Navy Midshipmen will meet a Pac-12 team in the third Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the 12th San Francisco bowl game overall. The game, to be played at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, is set for Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 with a 1 p.m. [PST] kickoff. ESPN2 will televise the game nationwide. Tickets in all price ranges ($85-$25) are now available either online via the Bowl website or by calling 800-225-2277. Four of the previous six games have been sellout attractions. This will be Navy’s second visit to San Francisco. The Mids played in the 2004 Emerald Bowl, defeating New Mexico 31-19. Navy’s opponent will not be known until early December, when the Pac-12 regular season culminates with the Pac-12 Championship Game. That will be played on the home field of either the North or South Division winner, depending on which team is seeded highest. For more information, visit www.kraftbowl.org. Media contact: Doug Kelly, 916-202-0552, DKelly@kraftbowl.org.

World’s Largest Rare Book Fair Returns to San Francisco Feb. 15-17, 2013
In the annual celebration of the printed word, the 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to San Francisco Feb. 15-17, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair, offering something for book lovers and collectors of all stripes. More than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe will share their collections and treasures including books, manuscripts, maps and other types of printed materials such as incunabula, fine bindings, children’s and illustrated books, ephemera and more. This year’s Book Fair will include a special focus on Asian books, manuscripts and artifacts, including seminars and an extraordinary exhibit of materials created just for the fair. For information visit www.cabookfair.com or call 415-962-2500. Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, denise@deniselamottpr.com.

Route to Change in 2013 for Annual Chinese New Year Parade Ushering in Year of the Snake on Feb. 23, 2013
The wily snake supersedes the dragon on Chinese New Year day, Feb. 10, 2013. San Francisco glides rings around other cities when it comes to the lunar new year. There will be street festivals, the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant, and the not-to-be-missed grand finale – the annual Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year parade on the night of Feb. 23. Because of ongoing construction for San Francisco’s Central Subway, the route of the parade will change slightly in 2013 and for subsequent years until the completion of the transit project. The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Second and Market Streets, proceeds west on Market and to Kearny, and then north on Kearny to Post, then west on Post to Powell, then north on Powell to Sutter, then east on Sutter back to Kearny Street to Columbus Avenue, where the parade will disperse. More than 100 units will participate in the parade, a San Francisco tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268-foot Golden Dragon which climaxes the parade in a hail of firecrackers. Bleacher seating ($30 per person) will be available on Kearny Street for designated areas between Pine and Bush streets or between Sacramento and California streets. For information visit www.chineseparade.com. Media contact: Karen Eng, 415-340-3055,karen.eng@cnyparade.com.

The Bay Lights, World’s Largest LED Sculpture, Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Bay Bridge
Inspired by the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge in 2011, The Bay Lights is a fine art piece designed to be installed on the western span and viewable from San Francisco and points north, but not by drivers crossing the bridge. Measuring 1.8-miles-long and 500-feet-high, the high-tech light sculpture design features 25,000 individually programmable, energy-efficient LED lights mounted on the bridge's vertical cables. The Bay Lights would remain on the bridge for two years and is projected to add $97 million to the local economy. Installation of the lights began in October 2012 by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal; completion is slated for March 2013. Once The Bay Lights is officially lit, it will be on display daily from dusk to 2 a.m. For more information, visit www.thebaylights.org. Media contact: Tami Kelly, Brazer Communications for The Bay Lights, 925-640-9997, tami@brazercommunications.com.

World Baseball Classic Semi-Finals and Finals Headed for San Francisco’s AT&T Park March 17-19, 2013
San Francisco’s AT&T Park will host the semi-finals and finals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic March 17-19 in its debut as a host city for the event. AT&T Park, which just wrapped up its 13th season as the home of the San Francisco Giants, has hosted Major League Baseball’s 2007 All-Star Game and the World Series in 2002, 2010 and 2012. The World Baseball Classic draws teams from more than two dozen countries from around the globe to test their “brand” of baseball against the other. Joe Torre, who won four World Series titles with the Yankees as part of a 29-year managerial career, will lead Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Team Japan is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, taking home both the inaugural and 2009 titles. Winners and runners-up from the second round venue, Tokyo’s Dome and the Miami, FL Marlins Park, will advance to a single-elimination championship round at AT&T Park which will consist of semi-final contests on March 17-18 and the final on March 19. Larry Baer, San Francisco Giants president and CEO, stated, “The Giants are excited to have been selected by MLB to host the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic. We believe that AT&T Park will be the perfect venue to showcase the best baseball players in the world as they represent their countries and compete in this one-of-a-kind international tournament. We look forward to bringing this international competition to one of the most international cities in the world!” For information visit www.sfgiants.com. Media contacts: media@sfgiants.com or call 415-972-2445 or Patrick Courtney or Michael Teevan, Major League Baseball, 212-931-7878, or Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, 212-826-0808.

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon set for April 7, 2013;
Race Course to Run across the Golden Gate Bridge

On Oct. 23, 2012 Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), a leading active lifestyle media and event entertainment company, announced a partnership with Project Sport, LLC to bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series to San Francisco. The inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon is set for Sunday, April 7, 2013, rebranding the US Half Marathon 2 “The Other Half,” which has been held each spring since 2010. Registration for the event is open online at Competitor.com. In true Rock 'n' Roll Marathon fashion, the San Francisco event will feature entertainment positioned along the course, interspersed with themed water and cheer stations. Headlining the post race experience will be a finish line festival with live music in celebration of each runner’s accomplishment. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series started as a single race in 1998, and has now become the “World's Largest Running Series” featuring a global tour of 32 events in 2013. Over the 15-year history of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, charity participants have raised more than $278 million for a variety of worthy causes and nonprofit organizations. Event weekend will kick off with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Moscone Convention Center on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. The free expo will be open to the public and feature the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, as well as a series of interactive fitness clinics. For more information visit www.competitor.com. Media contact: Dan Cruz, 619-925-767, dcruz@competitorgroup.com.

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