March Madness: 11 Things to Do in San Francisco
By: Cindy Hu
The Bay Lights anniversary and the return of Off the Grid are just part of what’s making us mad for March. And because Opening Day is almost here (after we get through more than 67 NCAA games), we’ve got some baseball news, too.
The Bay Lights Anniversary
The Bay Lights, a stunning light sculpture that debuted in March 2013 on the west span of the Bay Bridge will celebrate its first anniversary all month long. For starters, enjoy “Dine & Shine” artisan cocktails and dishes inspired by The Bay Lights at restaurants along the Embarcadero. On March 6 spectators are encouraged to wear lighted gear or wearable art and tune into KFOG-FM before The Bay Lights go dark at 7 p.m.; 10 minutes later you’ll hear a celebratory countdown for a relighting synched to a 20-minute soundtrack. The following night, there’s an evening bike ride and on March 8 the world premiere of Impossible Light is part of Austin’s SXSW 2014 Film Festival.
Culture and Cocktails
This month there’s a new addition to San Francisco’s lively after hours museum scene: “Unplug” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. On Thursday, March 6, enjoy live music in the “Yud” Gallery, flash tours, dialogues on contemporary topics, DIY activities, drinks and snacks. “Unplug” includes music by Cave Clove, a modern reincarnation of ‘50s doo-wop with a hint of bluegrass. If you miss the first “Unplug,” it will return on a quarterly basis.
CAAMFest Launches in Bay Area Theaters
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) launches CAAMFest with the North American premiere of How to Fight in Six Inch Heels, a lively Vietnamese box office hit. The evening continues with the opening night gala at the Asian Art Museum where guests will get an exclusive look at the world’s first yoga exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest runs March 13-23, 2014. Highlights of the 11-day festival include special presentations showcasing the work of Grace Lee and a tribute to the late Run Run Shaw. Memories to Light which features home moves is back for a second year along with workshops and panels; narrative and documentary competition; and CAAMFeast, the festival’s special food centered programs honoring chef Martin Yan and chocolatier Wendy Lieu.
Hunger Gains: Off the Grid Returns
On Friday, March 14, 2014, Off the Grid will return to its original bayside location at Fort Mason Center for the fifth season of the largest evening street food market in California. Complete with live music and a total of 35 vendors, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is one of San Francisco’s quintessential Friday night experiences. This year’s market will be outfitted with retro signage, a heated area, and an arcade of classic carnival games such as Skee-Ball and Whack-a-Mole, making it a hub for foodies and gamers alike. Fourteen new vendors will be joining 21 established favorites including an extended local keg wine program, plus cocktails from Alembic and limited release brews from Magnolia. Cheers!
Nothing to Wear?
Looking for a unique piece of opera memorabilia, or the ultimate costume? Don’t miss the San Francisco Opera Costume Shop Sale on March 22-23 at the San Francisco Opera Scene Shop, 800 Indiana St. For only the fifth time in its history, San Francisco Opera opens its extensive and historic costume warehouse to the public. This rare sale will offer hundreds of stylish and exotic items, including hats, masks, fabrics and shoes, as well as handmade costumes spanning a wide variety of styles and periods, for men, women and children. The sale includes costumes worn by some of opera’s greatest luminaries and pieces by noted fashion designers such as Gianni Versace.
C’mon. Stop looking at your iPhone for just a minute. Store windows in San Francisco are often like small stage sets and we’ve got some favorites for you to take a look at: Academy of Art University (great for browsing student work); Anthropologie (always wonderful); Cole Hardware (sort of Marcel Duchamp meets Rube Goldberg); Cliff’s Variety (adorable seasonal updates) and for prime pane peeking this month, we’re going to Macy’s Union Square. The Secret Garden is the theme of Macy’s annual flower show, March 23-April 6. Floral fanatics will be drawn to the special themed gardens which include: “The Abandoned Estate,” “Maze Garden,” “Junkyard Garden,” and “Rooftop Gardens.” For more than 60 years Macy’s has dazzled generations with over-the-top presentations of sumptuous gardens and 2014 is no exception.
So You Think You Can Dance
You can’t help it. You do pliés when you unload the dishwasher and can’t get enough of old Fred Astaire movies. Sound familiar? Then dance anywhere® on March 28, 2014 is for you. This simultaneous worldwide public art performance invites people from around the world of all ages and artistic capacities to stop at noon (PST) and dance. Whether at work, taking a lunch break, in class, running an errand, in line at the bank, at the library, grocery shopping or walking the dog in the park, the public is invited to participate.
San Francisco Giants: Authentic Opening Day Telecast
On Monday, March 31 the gates of AT&T Park will open at 5:30 p.m. for the “Authentic Opening Day” viewing party as the San Francisco Giants open the 2014 season on the road against their National League West rival, Arizona Diamondbacks. Presented by Comcast Sportsnet and the San Francisco Giants, the free telecast starts at 6:40 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and “Authentic Giants Fan” cheer cards.
Here are a few picks for the San Francisco Bay area, too:
One Singular Sensation
Time for a spring break and a change of scenery. Charge up the car and hit the road. A local favorite is the Pacific Coast Highway better known as Hwy. 1 in these parts. The California portion starts near Leggett in Mendocino County, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and runs along California’s beautiful coastline all the way to L.A. through Big Sur and Monterey and includes the much-photographed Bixby Bridge.
On March 15, 2014 the USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, will honor two local WWII Tuskegee Airmen veterans during its Living Ship Day: Burl Smith and Clyde Grimes. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots to fly for the military during World War II. Officially they were part of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces, however they became known as the Tuskegee Airmen because they were based in Tuskegee, Alabama. As part of Living Ship Day, numerous activities are scheduled throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m.
The California Artisanal Cheese Festival is coming up March 21-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma. Celebrating all things cheese, the festival brings together cheese makers, authors, chefs, brewers and wineries for three days of cheese tasting, learning and celebration. The weekend will include seminars, pairings, tastings, farm tours, hands-on cheese-making classes and cheese-focused demonstrations.
Photo by Lokan Sadari.
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