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What’s New in San Francisco - February/March 2017

“What’s New in San Francisco” is compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and other San Francisco stories and ideas are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website.

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SAN FRANCISCO NEWS

50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017

In 1967 nearly 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, turning San Francisco into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. During this transformative time, music, fashion, art and new ideas flourished and there was a feeling that everything was possible.  

That feeling never left the city. The young hippies that gathered in the city 50 years ago, and the sons and daughters of those who wore flowers in their hair, went on to stand up for civil rights and the environment, dared to question authority and still flock to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, forever linking the city to the counterculture and the ideas it launched, nurtured and spread.  

For visitors to San Francisco in 2017, the 50th anniversary will be a celebration with major exhibitions at some of the region’s top museums, special events and concerts looking back at the Summer of 1967 and exploring what that period meant then and now.  

San Francisco Travel and the California Historical Society have joined forces on the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. At www.summerof.love, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this seminal summer through its own exhibition and work with cultural partners such as the de Young Museum.   

To help visitors plan their “trip,” the San Francisco Travel Association has launched a special website, www.summeroflove2017.com, which provides an ever-expanding guide to the whole groovy scene, including events and itinerary ideas.  

For a guide to Summer of Love media resources, visit https://sftravel.box.com.  Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615, laurie@sftravel.com.

Attention Dog Lovers: San Francisco is #1 Most Walkable City

San Francisco was named “The #1 Most Walkable City for Dogs” in America by Care.com.  The study gathered data from 29 cities and ranked them based on the following metrics: average minutes per dog walk from Care.com positions, dog parks per 10,000 residents from The Trust for Public Land's Center for City Park Excellence, and the 2016 City & Neighborhood Ranking from WalkScore.com.  According to animal whisperer Cesar Millan, a daily 30- to 60-minute walk is ideal (but some breeds need more time outdoors than others). Only San Francisco, America's top-ranked dog-walking city, met Millan's goal. In San Francisco, dog walkers spent an average of 32 minutes per walk.  It also turned out that the more dog parks a city had, the more motivated pet parents seemed to be to take their pets out every day. From the data, Care.com discovered that, per 10,000 people, San Francisco has three. . 

 Golden State Warriors Break Ground for Chase Center on January 17, 2017

The Golden State Warriors and GSW Arena LLC officially broke ground for Chase Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex to be built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, on Jan. 17, 2017 at the site of the future arena (300 South St.). 

Chase Center, which is scheduled to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, will play host to a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and conventions, in addition to Warriors basketball.

The 18,000-seat Chase Center will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities the neighborhood currently lacks, along with a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park. Chase Center will be located on a major Muni Metro rail line with easy links to BART and other transit options. When complete, it will be the only privately financed facility of its kind built on private property in the modern era of professional sports.

Chase Center will be built on a vacant lot that has been slated for development since 1998. The team entered into an agreement to purchase the property at Third and 16th Streets in Mission Bay in 2014, and has spent two years participating in a public planning process. The project won approval from all regulatory agencies and city commissions, including a unanimous vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Superior Court and, most recently, the California State Court of Appeals upheld the project, paving the way for breaking ground this month. 

For more information on the Chase Center visit www.chasecenter.com.  Media contact: Raymond Ridder, 510-986-5384 or Lisa Goodwin, 510-986-2253.

FOOD & DRINK NEWS

Through Feb. 19, 2017 - San Francisco Beer Week Celebrates America's First Craft Brewing Region 

Craft beer - along with its runaway international hit, American IPA - was born of the Bay Area's spirit of innovation. More than 100 breweries now operate in one of the world's most creative regions. The Bay Area continues to be a hotbed of beer innovation, where trends and techniques are created, rediscovered and riffed on. SF Beer Week 2017 spotlights the ever-increasing innovation taking shape in breweries across the local landscape. The San Francisco Brewers Guild and Northern California's finest breweries will host hundreds of craft beer celebrations through Feb. 19, 2017.  Flipping beer styles on their heads, wielding a growing influence on celebrity chefs' dishes and renowned restaurants’ beverage menus, adapting beer-making techniques, creating specialized businesses like fermentation-only facilities, embracing entrepreneurial endeavors as with California's first artisan malting company – it’s clear that innovation continues apace in the City by the Bay and the region. 

For more information, visit www.sfbeerweek.org.  Media contact: Marina Harrison, 650-947-9296, marina@jpcutlermedia.com

March 3, 2017 – Off the Grid Returns to Fort Mason for its Seventh Season

Off the Grid Markets kicks off the seventh season of Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center on March 3. Guests can expect a new layout from California’s largest recurring night market, an expanded, rotating lineup featuring 13 food trucks and 15 open-air kitchen vendors, including favorites like Senor Sisig, A 16, The Chairman, Jeepney Guy and Johnny Doughnuts.

This year’s market will include 17 new vendors including Tia Chi Jianbing, Chef Yaku, Aburaya Japanese, Revenge Pie, Capelo's BBQ, and Turnt Up Tacos & Tortas.   Inspired by the festive night markets in Asia and Morocco, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center will return every Friday night, from 5-10 p.m. March through October. 

The year’s updated layout will have two main sections. One area will be focused on atmosphere – offering communal dining, drinking, as well as music and dancing. The other will be focused on eating and providing a more intimate gathering area.  Centered in the action will be a large bar offering craft cocktails, local wines and more from San Francisco-favorite Rye on the Road. 

Decorated by twinkly lights, colorful hanging lanterns and a rotation of images projected onto the landmark buildings, guests will immediately feel the energy of the market.

For more information, visit www.offthegrid.com.  Media contact: Madeline Janning, 415-274-2510, madeline@wagstaffworldwide.com.   

March 6-12 2017 - La Cocina’s Inaugural Restaurant Week  

Tickets for La Cocina Restaurant Week, a series of interactive dinners celebrating the voices, talents and accomplishments of La Cocina restaurateurs, are now available. These restaurants are the manifestations of dreams of chefs who have participated in La Cocina's incubation program. Each chef will be paired with a partner restaurant or sponsor to create a prix fixe meal. This weeklong series was made possible with support from OpenTable and illy Caffé. 

The seven dinners include:

  • March 6 at El Buen Comer with Pizzeria Delfina and illy Caffé
  • March 7 at El Huarache Loco with Three Twins Ice Cream, Belcampo and Marin Country Mart
  • March 8 at A16 during their Festa Della Donna with El Pípila.
  • March 9 at Sabores del Sur with a guest chef collaborator to be announced  
  • March 10 at Los Cilantros with Arguello Restaurant
  • March 11 at D’Maize with Smitten Ice Cream
  • March 12 at Nyum Bai with Sophina Uong of Mestiza Taqueria and Emeryville Public Market

Now in its 12th year of incubating food businesses, La Cocina has facilitated the opening of 19 restaurants and cafés and five production facilities. The program continues to be a best-in-class economic development program, inspiring national replication and creating real and lasting economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women entrepreneurs. 

For more information, visit www.lacocinarestaurantweek.com.  Media contact: Jessica Mataka, jessica@lacocinasf.org

March 22-26, 2017 - Flavor! Napa Valley Returns 

Flavor! Napa Valley takes place during Napa Valley’s “Cabernet Season” and celebrates both Napa Valley and CIA graduate chefs and winemakers with five days of exclusive food and wine experiences that bring out the best flavors of the legendary Napa Valley. The complete Flavor! Napa Valley schedule, as well as exclusive hotel packages at Silverado Resort and Spa and other Napa Valley lodging partners may be found at FlavorNapaValley.com. Multi-day ticket packages are also available. 

Highlights of Flavor! Napa Valley 2017 events include:

  • March 22, 2017 – “First Taste – A Downtown Social,” presented by the Downtown Napa Association at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia 
  • March 23, 2017 – “Chef and Winemaker Golf Tournament and Reception” at Silverado Resort and Spa 
  • March 23, 2017 – “Napa Valley Icons Dinner” presented by the Silverado Resort and Spa at Silverado Resort and Spa 
  • March 24 – “Rising Stars of the Napa Valley,” presented by Robert Mondavi Winery at Robert Mondavi Winery 
  • March 25 – “Legendary Napa Valley, The Grand Tasting” at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 
  • March 26 – “Bubbles and Brunch” at Domaine Chandon 

Flavor! Napa Valley also includes Napa Valley wine tours; terroir to table events, chef demonstrations and wine classes.  

For more information, visit FlavorNapaValley.com.  Media contact: Angela Jackson, Angela@visitnapavalley.com, 707-260-0114.

The Speakeasy Brings 1923 to Life

The Speakeasy is an immersive theatrical experience.  With 35 characters and numerous interweaving storylines happening simultaneously, guests are free to “choose-your-own-adventure” in this drama filled night of theatre. Explore the Palace Theater and its many rooms while getting pulled into meaningful one-on-one encounters. Enjoy bootlegged hooch in the illicit bar or try your hand at dice, cards or roulette in the casino as the stories unfold all around. A vaudeville cabaret, hosted by emcee Eddie, presents sword swallowers, magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedy acts, dancing girls and the resident chanteuse, Miss Velma Louise Cole. Step back in time and experience life in the 1920’s through all its ups and downs. 

For more information and reservations, visit www.thespeakeasysf.com.   Media contact: John Hill, 510-435-7128, jbhill23@gmail.com

SF on Tap Offers San Francisco’s Original Walking Craft Beer Tours

SF on Tap’s tours unite up to 12 “new drinking buddies” as they visit three breweries or bars in 3.5 hours. The tours evenly balance beer education, craft beer drinking and celebration.  Every Saturday it is possible to go “Big Sippin’ in SoMa,” or one could choose to “Celebrate the Haight” on any given Sunday. Included in the tour price are many samples of freshly made beer at each stop, insights into each brewery visited and every beer served, as well as a tour of one brewing facility, plus commentary about the history and importance of the San Francisco craft beer scene.  Monday through Friday tours explore Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach on a hybrid beer/neighborhood tour. Clients discover great sights, stories, history and photo ops in these fabled neighborhoods while stopping at three bars along the way to relax, enjoy great local brews, joke with others on tour and raise their beer IQs. All tours can be combined with the official tour of Alcatraz.

For more information, visit www.sfontaptours.com.  Media contact: Adam Marca, 415-938-4677, beer@sfontaptours.com 

“The Camper” Debuts at Hotel Zephyr

Hotel Zephyr, the boutique-style, art-filled waterfront hotel located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, has announced the launch of the K-OZ Camper in partnership with K-OZ Restaurant & Brewery.  Known as “The Camper,” the classic, 18-foot Shasta sleeper has been refashioned as a food truck where guests can grab a healthful, locally-sourced bite before heading out to explore San Francisco or when returning to the hotel after a day of sight-seeing.  The Camper is open to guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Located in the hotel’s popular creative outdoor space known as the Yard, The Camper is a quick-serve food and beverage stop serving sustainable, locally-sourced cuisine paired with craft beers and California wines. Items include gourmet coffee and freshly made pastries, sandwiches, salads, crepes and homemade pastas.  All items will have allergen indicators (e.g., gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and dairy) on the menu board.  Catering, private events and room service will also be available to guests from The Camper.

For more information, visit www.hotelzephyrsf.com.  Media contact: Molly Ford Leibowitz, 415-394-6500,  molly@glodownead.com.  Images are available here.

Tout Sweet Pâtisserie Moves to Geary Street Entrance at Macy’s Union Square

Tout Sweet Patisserie moved Feb. 1, 2017, from the third level of Macy’s Union Square to the ground floor, where the signature French macarons, assorted cookies, cakes and tarts are available at a new kiosk – Petit Tout Sweet.  The new location is situated at the Geary Street entrance (directly across the street from Union Square Park) for customers to quickly and conveniently purchase all their favorite treats. 

Fast and convenient, Petit Tout Sweet allows customers to make a quick pick up or get a sweet treat while on the go. Orders for specialty and individual cakes are still available for pick-up orders via the “Local Orders” section of the Tout Sweet Pâtisserie website and for delivery to one’s doorstep from Caviar. 

The move will allow Tout Sweet to focus and expand its wholesale business.  Tout Sweet currently supplies a full-line of fresh pastries to a number of hotels, country clubs, cafes and caterers throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

Tout Sweet Pâtisserie also works with event companies to create custom menus, provide staffing and dessert buffet design for all types of special events. Chef Yigit Pura also provides pastry and dessert consulting services to restaurants, bakeries and hotels.

For more information, visit www.toutsweetsf.com.  Media contact: Rachael Davison, 415-296-0677, rachaeld@charleszukow.com

Presidio Social Club Celebrates 10 Years

When the Presidio Social Club opened its doors in 2006, it was one of the first restaurants in the Presidio, tucked in San Francisco’s expansive Presidio National Park.  It built a reputation as a perfect compilation of Northern Californian sensibilities: historical preservation, locally sourced ingredients, and a knowledgeable and approachable staff.  The structure was originally a 1903 military barracks but careful renovation converted it into a playful, cozy eatery.  Through 10 years of hosting memorable celebrations, summer barbecues and more, Presidio Social Club has become an integral part of the Bay Area community and a “go to” restaurant for special occasions. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Presidio Social Club announces a special menu campaign featuring dishes from the restaurant’s storied past. Guests who order the special menu item each month will receive an illustrated recipe card, collectable to create the “PSC10 Yearbook.”  If all 10 recipes are stamped and collected, guests will become members of the “PSC10 Club, earning a surprise from the restaurant at the end of the 10 months. All dishes will also have a featured wine or cocktail pairing, and Pastry Chef Rene Cruz will be baking celebratory birthday cake flavors that will be available by the slice for dessert each month.

For information and reservations,call 415-885-1888 or visit www.presidiosocialclub.com.   Media contact: Charlotte Cleary/Nicole Kilian, 415-274-2510, charlotte@wagstaffworldwide.com, nicole@wagstaffworldwide.com

ARTS & CULTURE NEWS

Openings

Feb. 17-May 28, 2017 - “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty” at the Asian Art Museum 

Like the Roman Empire, China’s Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) forged one of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and its elite had it all: unbridled luxury, technical innovations and courtly romance. “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty” is an original exhibition of more than 160 intriguing works recently unearthed from the coastal heartland of classical Chinese culture. 

“Tomb Treasures” showcases these fresh archaeological finds, almost all never-before-seen outside of China. Surviving over 2,000 years underground, such outstandingly crafted royal burial goods reflect Han royalty’s daily lives and nightly pastimes, and confirm how the early Chinese courts sought to glorify their statures in this life and in the next one. 

Highlights include an extravagant jade burial suit made up of hundreds of “fish scale” tiles and sewn with gold threads (only a handful of these suits have ever been discovered); an exquisitely decorated lacquer and jade coffin, resplendent even after centuries underground; elegant bronze bells that still ring; and domestic wares that surprise us with their intimate reflection of private life and an abiding concern with grooming, hygiene, longevity and even sex during the Han dynasty. 

For more information, visit www.asianart.org/exhibitions/tomb-treasures.  Media contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3500, zrose@asianart.org. Images available here

Feb. 19 and 25, 2017 - African American History Month Events atSan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park  

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates African American History Month with special programs on Feb. 19 and 25. African Americans have played a major role in maritime history. From the earliest days of the nation to modern times, they have fought in wars, invented maritime tools, created maritime music, as well as built, crewed and captained ships.  Programs include:

  • Sargent Claude Johnson: The Color of Beauty
  • Sargent Claude Johnson: The West Coast Link to the Harlem Renaissance
  • Chance and Fair Play: A Dialogue about Maritime Equality and Opportunity
  • Chanteys: The African American and Caribbean Connection
  • Star of Alaska and the African American Experience
  • From Slaves to Sailors: The Voyage to Freedom through Whaling
  • Exhibit: African Americans in the Maritime Trades

For dates, times, locations and more information, visit www.nps.gov/safr. Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov

Feb. 25-May 29, 2017 - “Monet: The Early Years” at the Legion of Honor

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will present “Monet: The Early Years” on Feb. 25- May 29, 2017 at the Legion of Honor. This will be the first major U.S. exhibition devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s (French, 1840–1926) career. Through approximately 60 paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. In this period the young painter developed his unique visual language and technique, creating striking works that manifested his interest in painting textures and the interplay of light upon surfaces.  With a selection of works gathered from some of the most important international collections – the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other public and private collections worldwide - “Monet: The Early Years” authoritatively demonstrates the artist’s early command of many genres, not only the landscapes for which he has become so renowned but also still lifes, portraits and genre scenes.

For more information, visit http://legionofhonor.famsf.org.  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org

Feb. 25-March 19 - Bay Area Children’s Theatre Presents “Pippi Longstocking” 

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s adventurous young heroine comes to San Francisco on Feb. 25, 2017 in a rollicking production of “Pippi Longstocking,” presented by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT), with support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.  “Pippi Longstocking” will play weekends at the Children's Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., through March 19, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   Whether Pippi is fending off burglars or wrestling a circus strongman, she wins over even the sternest of hearts in this stage version of Lindgren's beloved book, adapted by Thomas W. Olson, with music by Roberta Carlson and Victor Zupanc. The production is directed by Michael Mohammed and stars Jamella Cross as the unconventional Pippi. Recommended for audiences age five and up. 

For more information, visit www.bactheatre.org or call 510-296-4433Media contact:  Vivian Auslander, 510-524-2941, vivian@vivianauslander.com.    

March 3-April 2, 2017 - New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents Premiere of “Leaving The Blues” About Singer-Songwriter Alberta Hunter

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) continues its 35th Anniversary celebration in March, presenting the world premiere of Jewelle Gomez’s “Leaving the Blues,” an NCTC-commissioned play with music imagining the life of legendary Blues singer-songwriter Alberta Hunter (1895-1984). In the new play by the “Gilda Stories’” author, Hunter is backstage preparing for a professional comeback, knowing just how many doors to the past it may open. Spanning 60 years, “Leaving the Blues” imagines a journey through the public life Hunter led as an African-American musician, the private life she hid as a lesbian, and the ghosts that won’t let her forget.   “Leaving the Blues” was commissioned and developed as part of NCTC’s New Play Development Lab, and will be directed by Arturo Catricala.  This is the second play in a trilogy Gomez is writing. The first was “Waiting for Giovanni,” written in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr., and was a dream play exploring the inner life of author James Baldwin. It premiered at NCTC in the 2011-2012 Season, and was also developed in NCTC’s New Play Development Lab.  For the world premiere of “Leaving the Blues,” NCTC partners with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). NCTC and MoAD presented special events for their members, including writing workshops with Gomez and a cabaret featuring a selection from the play and discussion with Gomez.

For more information, visit www.nctcsf.org or call 415-861-8972.  Media contact:  Ben Randle, 415-694-6156, ben@nctcsf.org.

March 4, 11 and 26, 2017 - Celebrate Women’s History Month with “A Star She Steers By” at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

On three days this March, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates Women’s History Month with a boatload of walks, talks and exhibits. From shipowners, to artists, to activists, and more: learn about the women who shaped America’s maritime heritage.  San Francisco Maritime NHP, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit www.nps.gov/safr.  Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov

March 21, 2017–Oct. 4, 2017 “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” at the Walt Disney Family Museum 

Explore the dynamic work of one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators of our time: Andreas Deja. This unique exhibition showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar, and larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the much beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai. In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including his upcoming film “Mushka.” The film is animated in a colored pencil style, and is “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia,” featuring a young girl and her tiger. Deja’s extensive career bridges the rich tradition of classic hand-drawn animation and animation’s innovative future.  

For more information, visit www.waltdisney.org.  Media contact: Sarah Rothstein, 415-345-6853, SRothstein@wdfmuseum.org

April 1-March, 2017 - “Exclusion: The Presidio's Role in WWII Japanese American Incarceration” at the Presidio Officers’ Club 

This April, the Presidio Officers' Club opens a new exhibition, “Exclusion: The Presidio's Role in WWII Japanese American Incarceration.”  Learn about the decisions that lead to the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans in the United States, and the Presidio's pivotal role in executing the military orders. The exhibition invites visitors to investigate these individual, civic and national choices and to consider alternatives to and consequences of each decision. In doing so, the exhibition encourages reflection and inspires action about present-day issues of immigration, racism and mass incarceration.  

For more information, visit www.presidio.gov/presidio-trust/press. Media contact: Lisa Petrie, 415-561-5424, lpetrie@presidiotrust.gov.

April 5-19, 2017 – 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

The lineup for the 60th anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5-19, 2017 will be released on March 15, 2017 with select programs announced in advance.   The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival is recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The Festival combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, compelling documentaries, new media work, musical performances, and star-studded events.

For more information, visit www.sffs.org.  Media contact: Bill Proctor, 415-561-5024, bproctor@sffs.org

April 27-Sept. 3, 2017 – “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Roz Chast is one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the United States today. Since the 1970s, Brooklyn-born Chast has chronicled the anxieties, pleasures and perils of contemporary life in a body of work that includes over 1,200 cartoons published in The New Yorker and other magazines, several illustrated children’s books, and her award-winning 2014 visual memoir about the last years of her elderly parents’ lives, “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Autobiography and the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction.  The exhibition, making its West Coast debut at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, features approximately 250 objects including all of the original work for “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” original cartoons for The New Yorker and others, children’s book illustrations, and storytelling rugs.  Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Massachusetts.

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

Aug. 13, 2017 - Lady Gaga in Concert at AT&T Park

Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Lady Gaga will perform Aug. 13, 2017 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.   Tickets go on sale Monday, February 13 at Livenation.com at 10 a.m. 

A one-of-a kind artist and performer, she has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time.  Her fifth studio album "Joanne" was recently released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive #1 album - the first female to do so in the 2010s.

After a banner year that saw AT&T Park host three shows in 2016 -  The Night Before featuring Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and San Francisco Fest On the Green – Giants Enterprises, in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, are set to co-produce the August 13 performance at the home of the San Francisco Giants.  

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.ladygaga.com and www.livenation.com.  Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1800,  rdavis@giantsenterprises.com

Continuing

Through Feb. 25, 2017 - World Premiere Musical Comedy “The Revolution Will Not Be Harmonized” Presented by PianoFight’s Resident Sketch Comedy Group, Chardonnay 

Two hundred years in the future, the land is ruled by the mighty “Spotif-Eye,” everyone is a freelancer with an inflexible work schedule and the end of humankind draws near. This dystopian musical comedy introduces us to three sisters, a hair-obsessed Lieutenant, a mysterious Elder who speaks in song lyrics and the one algorithmically perfect song that rules them all. Will the sweet sounds of sisterhood ring out and save humanity? Will they ever taste fresh kale juice?  Will the revolution, in fact, be harmonized?

This “musical comedy that George Orwell never wrote” is presented by Chardonnay, a local female-led sketch comedy group that’s been winning over audiences with its biting wit and smooth, unoaked finish since 2009. Directed by Ellery Schaar, the cast features Cooper Carlson, Kate Jones, Giorgia Luisa, Jessica Mele, Kaeli Quick, Rachel Rockwood, Sharon Shao, Leah Shesky, Meredith Terry and Kitty Torres.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Harmonized” will be performed at PianoFight’s multi-stage, restaurant and bar venue at 144 Taylor St., San Francisco. For more information, visit www.pianofight.com.   Media contact: Kate Jones, 319-530-4329, kate@pianofight.com

Through Feb. 26, 2017 – “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50” (Extended Dates)

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents a major exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s founding on Oct. 15, 1966, in Oakland. Presenting a contemporary view of the Black Panther Party’s legacy from multiple perspectives, “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50” shows how the Party continues to inspire culture, social activism, and community empowerment efforts locally, nationally and internationally. Designed to create empathy and emotional resonance, the exhibition explores the Black Panther Party as a necessary, heroic and human response to societal needs. Informed by insights from former Black Panthers, artists, scholars and community members, the exhibition features art installations, historical photographs and media presentations, artifacts and contemporary works of art. 

For more information, visit www.museumca.org.  Media contact: Lindsay Wright, 510-318-8467, lwright@museumca.org.

Through Feb.  26, 2017 – New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents West Coast Premiere of “Daniel’s Husband”  

In January, NCTC presents the West Coast premiere of “Daniel’s Husband,” the “devastating … beautifully crafted” (“Miami Herald”) new play by Michael McKeever directed by F. Allen Sawyer. Hailed as “impressive and important” (“The Buffalo News”) in productions in Florida and Buffalo, New York, McKeever’s play explores the profound relationship choices resulting from marriage equality. Michael does not believe in same-sex marriage. His partner Daniel does. As their love story unfolds in this “work of profoundly moving art” (“The Sun-Sentinel”), these two men learn the consequences of their points of view. 

Tickets are available at www.nctcsf.org or by calling 415-861-8972.  Media contact:  Ben Randle, 415-694-6156, ben@nctcsf.org

Through Feb. 26, 2017 – “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” at the de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco hosts “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” a comprehensive presentation surveying the career of this towering figure in Post-war American Art. Approximately 50 works, including paintings, reliefs, sculptures and maquettes, represent Frank Stella’s prolific output from the late 1950s to the present day and reveal the artist’s dramatic influence on the cultural landscape over the last six decades.  

For more information, visit https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/stella.   Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org.

Through March 12, 2017 – “Danny Lyon: Message to the Future“ at the de Young

The exhibition assembles 175 photographs and related films and ephemera to highlight Lyon’s concern with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be on the margins of society. The presentation includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives alongside important loans from major public and private collections in the United States. This is also the first exhibition to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker.  

For more information, visit http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions. Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-357-4000, mnewcomer@famsf.org.

Through April 2, 2017 – Four New Exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), presents four new exhibitions through April 2, 2017.   “Where Is Here,” curated by Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur, presents the work of contemporary artists of African descent who are interested in claiming, making, and describing places. Toyin Ojih Odutola debuts a new body of work with “A Matter of Fact,” an exhibition that places her subjects in articulated environments and punctuates the detailed scenes with accents of vivid color. MoAD is also introducing the second annual Emerging Artists Program with Nyame Brown’s “Classroom in Neveryon.” An exhibition on the first floor showcases the photographic survey conducted by renowned international architect and designer, David Adjaye, of buildings in 53 cities across the continent of Africa with “Urban Africa.” 

Learn more at www.moadsf.org.  Media contact: Mark Sabb, 415-358-7200, msabb@moadsf.org.

Through May 28, 2017 – SFJAZZ’ Fifth Anniversary Season

SFJAZZ is presenting its Fifth Anniversary Season since the SFJAZZ Center’s opening in January 2013. The Center has been recognized as one of the best performing arts centers in the country receiving numerous architecture, design, and acoustic awards. 

For more information, visit www.sfjazz.org.   Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410, marshall@sfjazz.org. 

Through June 25, 2017 - Cary Leibowitz at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

New York–based contemporary artist Cary Leibowitz (b. 1963) creates comically self-effacing text-based works with a decidedly gay and often Jewish perspective that address issues of identity, kitsch, modernist critique, and queer politics. Since the early 1990s, when he became widely known under the moniker “Candyass,” Leibowitz has been one of the art world’s most delicious practitioners of this demonstrative self-abasement. 

In both his cheeky multiples and his irregular-format paint-on-wood “wood” works, Leibowitz mixes his obsession with popular culture, fine art and Jewishness with elements of therapy and self-loathing, interrogation and self-interrogation, institutional critique, social commentary and stand-up comedy routine. His brightly colored reductive paintings often reference seventies queer history, blending comedy and neurosis in such a way that questions about appearance and identity become a running gag.

The exhibition will feature nearly 350 original artworks and multiples from 1987 to the present: paintings, fabric works, multiples, installations, documentation, photography and ephemera related to curatorial endeavors and performance. 

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

Through Dec. 31, 2017 – Rodin Centenary at the Legion of Honor  

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor will present a completely new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in “Rodin Centenary.” Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—will be presented in a new context. The exhibition will examine the artist’s celebrated life and influential work—from his early days courting controversy with sculptures that bore unexpected levels of naturalism—to his later renown and lasting influence. “Rodin Centenary” is part of a worldwide series of major Rodin projects and will provide Bay Area audiences a significant opportunity to examine and recontextualize the legacy of the artist known as “the father of modern sculpture.” The Legion of Honor holds one of the finest collections in the world of sculpture by Rodin cast during his lifetime.

For more information, visit https://legionofhonor.famsf.org  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES NEWS

PIER 39 Celebrates 39th Birthday with 39 Fridays of Events

PIER 39 is celebrating 39 years of San Francisco views, fresh seafood, unique local shopping and more.  Each Friday for 39 weeks there will be something different such as discounts, giveaways or special events.  From Feb.  11-19, PIER 39 is bursting with flower power as more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites come to life during Tulipmania. Free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping Team depart daily at 10 a.m. from the crab statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat at Trish’s Mini Donuts. * Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania by visiting www.pier39.com.  On Feb. 17, the California Welcome Center celebrates their 20th anniversary at PIER 39 with a Grand Re-Opening in a new location with complimentary refreshments, prize giveaways and more from 4-6 p.m.* On Feb. 24, head to the Carousel Stage at the bay end of the pier for Movie Night. Before the show, grab a bite to eat at one PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special Movie Night discounts at participating PIER 39 businesses.* At 6:15 p.m., settle in for a free screening of “The Wedding Planner,” filmed in San Francisco.* 

*Restrictions apply. Visit www.pier39.com  for more information. Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice. Media contact: Alissa Giusti, 415-705-5562, afiset@pier39.com

Feb. 25, 2017 - William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center to Open in the Presidio  

There hasn’t been a central location for visitors to get to know all that the 1500-acre Presidio of San Francisco has to offer—until now. The new, state-of-the-art William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center is a place as dynamic and inventive as the Presidio itself. Housed in a refurbished 1900 guardhouse in the heart of the park with views overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, it features a two-room layout preserving its historic use and architecture. It is a multilingual platform for discovery, using inspiring video, engaging exhibits, interactive tools and knowledgeable staff to help visitors create their ultimate adventure. In today’s Presidio visitors can hike on a dozen major trails, see outdoor installations by world-renowned artists, explore cultural and historical museums, jump on a trampoline in a former airplane hangar, bird-watch at restored wetlands, soak in incredible views at scenic overlooks, participate in outdoor events, picnics and festivals and much more. Most events and activities are free, making the Presidio affordable and accessible to all. There will be a Community Day Grand Opening Celebration on February 25 at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with entertainment, food, tours and more.

For more information, visit www.presidio.gov/places/presidio-visitor-center. Lisa Petrie, 415-707-9489,  lpetrie@presidiotrust.gov, David Shaw, 415-561-3065, dshaw@parksconservancy.org, Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-786-8021, hale_sargent@nps.gov

Through March 31, 2017 -  San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Magnificent Magnolia Bloom

Every year at this time, nearly 100 magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park burst into bloom.  Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery Garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents. 

The annual floral spectacle, with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak this year from mid-January through March, and visitors to the Garden can take advantage of free Magnolia Walk maps, docent-led tours, special signage, a magnolia mobile app, and more to celebrate and learn more about these magnificent magnolias. 

San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 44 species, 42 cultivars and 16 hybrids or varieties, including many important specimens from Asia.

For more information, visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

April 22, 2017 – Alcatraz Cruises Celebrates Earth Day

Alcatraz Cruises along with Respect Our Planet will present a full day of free, family-friendly activities on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  Partnering with local environmental companies, Alcatraz Cruises’ Earth Day festivities are free and open to the public and will take place at Pier 33/Alcatraz Landing in San Francisco.  Activities and featured interactive stations will include:

  • Discover the Bay - explore water samples from the bay and watch the microorganisms on a large-display microscope - learn what role living things play in our local marine environment.
  • Arts & Crafts -  engage in educational and creative green art station for children to express their views of the Earth.
  • Gifts and Giveaways -  enter to win drawings for children who fill out a passport of vendor visits; prizes for all children who fill out passport; spinning wheel for chances to win additional prizes.
  • Other Activities - Music, face painters and other entertainment.

On Earth Day and every day, Alcatraz Cruises actively promotes sustainability efforts in San Francisco and throughout the maritime industry.  Alcatraz Cruises was the first to run hybrid ferry service in the country, the company is considered “zero waste,” consistently recycling 90 percent of its waste and it is certified by several national agencies because the company has always and continues to perform at the highest levels for quality, environment, health and safety.

For more information, visit www.alcatrazcruises.com, call 415-438-8320 or email ac-marketing@alcatrazcruises.com.

Media contacts:  Denise Rasmussen, 415-438-8320, drasmussen@alcatrazcruises.com and Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252, molly@hooklineandthinker.com.

Through June 30, 2017 – “Butterflies & Blooms” at the Conservatory of Flowers

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit “Butterflies & Blooms” coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing including magnificent monarchs, western swallowtails, painted ladies and more. Walk among a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms like zinnias and daisies while free-flying butterflies flit from flower to flower, drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. These goodwill ambassadors of the insect world provide a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action. The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance to the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these delicate beauties emerges.

Visitors learn about the mysterious process of metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, pollinators’ critical role in the life cycle of plants and more through fascinating interpretive signs throughout the gallery.

For more information, visit www.conservatoryofflowers.org.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com.

Through Aug. 31, 2017 – National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park Program

Building upon the Centennial of the National Park Service this year, the NPS is extending the Every Kid in a Park program for a second year in 2017.  The Every Kid in a Park pass is valid through Aug. 31, 2017. After completing a fun educational activity on the website, the child can download and print a pass. 

Locally, the printed pass can be traded for a more durable annual Every Kid in a Park pass at the three national park sites with entrance fees: Muir Woods National Monument, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and Pinnacles National Park

The pass grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults to most federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.   

Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov for more information.  Media contact: Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-561-4732, hale_sargent@nps.gov

Parts of Alcatraz Closed for Restoration in 2017

This year will be a unique time to visit Alcatraz Island.  Portions of the Cellhouse West Wall are temporarily shrouded while this important historic structure is repaired and restored. With the exception of the hospital wing, all areas traditionally open at this time of year remain so. There are limited areas on Alcatraz that are always closed, due to their fragile, potentially harmful, condition. Restoration of the cellhouse will be complete in early 2018.    

For more information, visit more information visit www.alcatrazcruises.com.  Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252, molly@hooklineandthinker.com

HOTEL NEWS

Tilden Hotel Transformed in October 2016   

Centrally located in the vibrant city of San Francisco, just steps from Union Square, the Tilden Hotel, opened in October 2016, is housed in a handsome historic 1928 building. An extensive multi-million-dollar renovation produced a completely new lobby-cum-social hub, 118 tastefully updated guestrooms, 5,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, the addition of The Douglas Room: a new late-night bar and restaurant, and curbside Café serving Equator Coffee. Like the neighborhood it calls home, the Tilden embraces authenticity and personality. The lobby’s beautiful blend of simple modern furniture, expansive archways and warm wood paneling will create a stylish and sophisticated space.  All 118 guestrooms are designed with peace in mind: calm, neutral colors and luxurious amenities create a residential atmosphere unique to the local’s experience of San Francisco, while centrally-located to all the vibrancy the city has to offer. Here, it’s the small, thoughtful details that speak to a place valuing collaboration and community: custom lighting and furniture coupled with commissioned original artwork, locally-sourced mini-bars and an artful retail solution, a core local artists program and a poet-in-residence.

For more information, call 415-673-2332 or visit www.tildenhotel.com.  Media contact: Leah Goldstein, 917-734-7565, LeahDgoldstein@gmail.com

Regency Club Lounge Renovated at Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco has completed renovation of its Regency Club Lounge, which reopened in January 2017. With 360-degree views of the city and the bay, this redesigned lounge will be a luxurious retreat including dedicated dining, business, and relaxation spaces.  The Regency Club includes VIP accommodations on the top two guest floors of the hotel and access to the private Regency Club Lounge, which has been especially designed to accommodate the needs of the most discriminating travelers. Divided into four hemispheres, featuring dining, business, entertainment and relaxation, the lounge is a welcome respite for those who want to unwind and rejuvenate in a private, club-like setting.

For more information, visit https://sanfrancisco.regency.hyatt.com and https://sanfrancisco.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotels.  Media contact:  Marisa Ochoa, 415-392-2211, marisao@cinchpr.com

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation Reveals Entirely Transformed Visage

Located just minutes from San Francisco International Airport, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., has completed a top-to-bottom renovation. The transformed hotel now features a sleek, modern design which unites refreshed guestrooms, public spaces and events spaces, as well as brand-new bistro, bar and market 3SIXTY, featuring chef-driven, local dining options.

“We’re thrilled to reintroduce our hotel after this comprehensive renovation and welcome guests into completely reinvigorated spaces. We believe the renovation improvements will transform every aspect of the guest experience—from the moment they set foot in the upscale reception area, to the stunning atrium with the new bar-centric 3SIXTY, to the flexible modern meeting spaces, and the refreshed, tranquil guestrooms,” says General Manager Irby Morvant.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport has increased its events space with the addition of two new ballrooms, giving the hotel a total of 69,285 square feet of flexible function space. With these major improvements, the property can now accommodate groups up to 2,200.

For more information, visit www.sanfranciscoairport.hyatt.com.  Media contact: Adrienne De Vore, 818-437-8211, adrienne@devorecommunications.com.

May, 2017 - Auberge du Soleil Unveiling New Guest Rooms and Suites

Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, CA,will unveil eight new guestrooms and suites in May 2017, designed by acclaimed San Francisco interior designer Suzanne Tucker. The project continues the contemporary-chic transformation of Auberge and introduces dramatic features that maximize the hotel’s panoramic hilltop views. In addition, there will be enhanced landscaping throughout the property, with special attention to the guest room level and lower area of La Pagode.

For more information, visit www.aubergedusoleil.com.  Media contact: Rachel Farnham, RFarnham@murphyobrien.com.

SENZA Hotel to Renovate Parker Mansion by Spring 2017

Napa’s SENZA Hotel, in partnership with More Associates and Construction, will complete a significant renovation to its eight-room Parker Mansion by spring 2017. The historic Parker Mansion dates back to 1870 and houses SENZA's Parker Classic and Parker Plus rooms. The revamped interior design of the Mansion, undertaken by Leslie Wilks of Leslie Wilks Design, will offer guests new modern bathrooms, oversized showers and a custom amenity line from Marin-based Prima Fleur.   For more information, visit www.senzahotel.com.   Media contact: Graham Yallop, graham@senzahotel.com 

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SFO)

SFO Shatters Annual Traffic Record with 53.1 Million Passengers in 2016

On Jan. 31, 2017, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced a new all-time record for traffic, serving 53,106,505 passengers in 2016.  This achievement eclipses the milestone of 50 million passengers set in 2015, and represents the seventh straight year of passenger traffic growth at SFO. Overall traffic grew by 6.1% year-over-year, which included double-digit growth in international passenger traffic.

SFO posted a 10% increase in international traffic in 2016. Gains included new international airlines at SFO, including the Icelandic low-cost airline WOW, Fiji Airways, and Volaris, the second-largest airline in Mexico.  In addition, United Airlines launched three new international destinations from SFO in 2016, including first-ever nonstop flights from SFO to Tel Aviv and two new cities in China: X’ian and Hangzhou. China Eastern also added the first nonstop service to Quingdao.  With these gains, SFO now serves more cities in China than any other airport in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.flysfo.com.  Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000, Doug.Yakel@flysfo.com

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sftravel.com, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.  San Francisco Travel operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets, and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square.  San Francisco Travel is also a partner at the California Welcome Center at PIER 39.  

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 79 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.  Follow SFO on www.twitter.com/flysfo and  www.facebook.com/flysfo.   

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