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What’s New in San Francisco - May / June 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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SUMMER OF LOVE NEWS

Just like in 1967, the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love is gaining momentum.  So far, more than 60 festivals, performances, exhibitions and activities have been planned to celebrate the time that changed San Francisco and the world forever.  The celebration also includes a range of service and volunteerism events inspired by the original Summer of Love and the “San Francisco values” of compassion, generosity and acceptance.

June 21-Oct. 21, 2017 - Conservatory of Flowers to be Illuminated in a Special Summer of Love Tribute

Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large-scale light-based art, the installation uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

 Illuminate and the Obscura team promise a nightly spectacle of spinning flower mandalas, animated butterflies, and much, much more. The free public installation will be on view nightly from sundown until midnight throughout the summer.  

The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,750 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland tropics, highland tropics, aquatic plants, potted plants, and special exhibits. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing wood and glass conservatory in North America and has attracted millions of visitors to Golden Gate Park since it first opened its doors. It is designated as a city, state and national historic landmark and was one of the 100 most endangered sites of the World Monuments Fund.

Media contact: Joey Kahn, 415-629-2559, joey.kahn@sfgov.org. 

Summer of Love Hotel Packages

To help visitors plan their “trips,” 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.  

Ten hotels offering Summer of Love packages are featured at www.sftravel.com/sf-hotels-summer-love-packages. 

At www.summerof.love, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this landmark summer through its own exhibition and work with cultural partners such as the de Young Museum.   

For a guide to Summer of Love media resources, visit https://sftravel.box.com/s/dk5xrf31ek2tkm3g1stptpl0s6y8reuu.  Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615, laurie@sftravel.com.

SAN FRANCISCO NEWS

RewardExpert Lauds San Francisco as One of the U.S.’ Most Kid-Friendly Cities

RewardExpert compared 53 of the largest metropoles in the U.S. and evaluated them on 16 key metrics across three categories - kid-friendly recreation, city profile and affordability – and found San Francisco the #2 most kid-friendly city to visit in 2017, adding, “Any trip to San Fran wouldn’t be complete without visiting Golden Gate Park. With over 1,000 acres to explore, and free to the public, Golden Gate Park is a wonderful destination for children. Don’t forget to hop on the trolley for a ride. The city is easy to get around with public transportation. According to our data, San Francisco has a transit score of 80.4, which is second best overall.”  www.rewardexpert.com/blog/studies/most-kid-friendly-cities-to-visit-in-2017 

San Francisco is Readers’ Pick for BestLGBTQI Destination in  2017 SmarterTravel Editors’ Choice Awards

San Franciscowas voted Readers’ Pick for Best LGBTQI (Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex) Destination in the 2017 SmarterTravel Editors’ Choice Awards. This year, the world’s major online travel resource for everything from unbiased travel news and timely expert advice to fresh travel tips and daily destination features, recognized a total of 21 winners across 14 different categories.

The editors wrote, “There is perhaps nowhere more famously gay friendly than San Francisco. It’s a city where LGBTQ-travelers cannot only feel safe, but also celebrated. Discover the city's historic importance for gay culture at the GLBT History Museum, then hang out in the Castro, where history proudly lives in the still-thriving neighborhood. Events throughout the year bring residents of all identities out to celebrate LGBTQI culture.”

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For more information, visit https://www.smartertravel.com.  Media contact: Rachael Van Reen, rvanreen@smartertravel.com

FlightNetwork Names San Francisco Travel One of “20 of the World’s Best Tourism Organizations”

FlightNetwork of Canada named San Francisco Travel to its list of “20 of the World’s Best Tourism Organizations,” saying, “San Francisco Travel is a prime example of a tourism bureau who is successfully managing to promote a destination based upon the active personalities within it. Through insightful interviews with local choreographers, museum directors, and chefs, the “How I See San Francisco” campaign serves not only as a profile of some of San Francisco’s finest, but it acts as a fresh way to plug both must-see attractions and lesser-known neighborhood joints. Aside from a solid map functionality on the homepage, there is also an Airbnb-supported component where hosts can log their favorite hangouts. It’s a creative spin on celebrating San Francisco’s diverse communities and hotspots—something other bureaus would benefit from taking note of.”

For more information, visit www.flightnetwork.com/,.  Media contact: Matthew Greenspan, 647-484-5251  matthew.greenspan@flightnetwork.com.   

San Francisco is the Only City in the U.S. Where All Residents Are Within a 10-Minute Walk from a Park

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Recreation and Park Department have announced that San Francisco is the first and only city in the United States where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk. The findings were part of the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Park Score, an assessment of the nation’s 100 largest cities. 

During Mayor Lee’s tenure, San Francisco has invested $355 million in parks and open space projects. For his upcoming two-year budget, Mayor Lee will include $84.4 million in capital projects for the Recreation and Park Department, maintaining record levels of investment in the city’s parks and open spaces. The $84 million investment in capital projects represents an 81 percent increase from 2015 levels.

“In San Francisco, we want everyone to enjoy the prosperity of this city, which is why it is particularly meaningful that we have a parks system that is accessible and enjoyable for all of our residents,” said Mayor Lee. “We are proud to be the first city in the nation to have a least one open space within a 10-minute walk of every resident. We are maintaining our record investment into our local parks so that all San Franciscans can continue to enjoy our wonderful natural environment.”

To achieve the distinction as the nation’s first city with every resident living within a 10-minute walk of a park or open space, the Recreation and Park Department has been actively maximizing the recreational use of park land citywide as well as acquiring new land to develop into public parks. 

For more information, visit http://sfrecpark.org.  Media contact: Joey Kahn, 415-629-2559,  joey.kahn@sfgov.org

Rugby World Cup Sevens Coming July 20-22, 2018

USA Rugby has announced that the world’s best rugby sevens players will thrill U.S. crowds at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 20-22, 2018 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  

The three-day tournament features 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams competing for the title of world champions. The 45,000-seat stadium, which is home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and events year-round, is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay.  

Supporters can now plan their trip to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.  Tickets and travel packages for RWC Sevens 2018 will go on sale July 20, 2017.   More information is available at the new RWC Sevens 2018 website.

FOOD & DRINK NEWS

Eat Drink SF Returns Aug. 24-27, 2017

Now in its ninth year, Eat Drink SF (fka SF Chefs) has quickly become San Francisco’s premiere food and drink festival, bringing together renowned tastemakers to celebrate world-class chefs and restaurants. With four glorious days of curated programming from Aug. 24-27, 2017 the festival will kick off with the legendary Taco Knockdown where more than 15 chefs compete with their most creative take on the taco for a panel of expert judges as well as vie for the coveted People’s Choice award. Grand Tasting sessions are the signature of the event and showcase the Bay Area’s top-tier anddiverse dining scene.  Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite:  Grand TastingTaco Knockdown.

For more information, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com/. Media contact: Emily Rudisill, 717-368-9928, emily@magnumpr.co 

San Francisco Bay Area Honored with Three James Beard Awards

The San Francisco Bay Area was honored with three James Beard Awards, announced on May 1, 2017:  

 Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV) 

  • Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Best restaurant design or renovation in North America 75 Seats and Under 

  • SingleThread, Healdsburg, California

2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

  • La Taqueria, San Francisco, Owner: Miguel Jara

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.

For more information, visit https://www.jamesbeard.org

Media contact: Mary Blanton Ogushwitz or Jane Shapiro, 212-957-3005, mary.blanton@smapr.com or jane.shapiro@smapr.com

Grand Reopening for Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco After Completion of Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Following a multi-million-dollar renovation, Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco makes its has made its official debut on May 13, 2017.  The renovation includes new modern décor, a refreshed outdoor patio, expanded Rock Shop® Retail Store and brand new function room fully equipped for private events, meetings and receptions up to 120 people. The renovated cafe offers a unique look at the history and future of music with new additions to the extensive memorabilia collection. New San Francisco inspired dishes on the menu include the Java Lava Burger, Ahi Tuna Burger and Give Me S’more dessert.  The cocktail menu has also been refreshed with a new signature San Francisco cocktail, The Shark Attack.

For more information, visit www.hardrock.com/cafes/san-francisco/ and https://breadandbutterpr.app.box.com/s/u96qd377vp2emeicznhf3qnwoirw3c0i.   Media contact: Ashley Hamik, 707-849-0212, ashley@breadandbutterpr.com

June 10, 2017 – Taste of Yolo Festival Debuts in Davis

The first-ever Taste of Yolo festival is set for June 10, 2017 in Central Park in downtown Davis, 73 miles east of San Francisco. The festival celebrates the extraordinary bounty of Yolo County agriculture and cuisine. The event will run from 3-8 p.m. and offers a wide range of food, wine and beer tastings, celebrity chef demonstrations and other activities.

Nearly 90 exhibitors from Davis, Woodland, Winters, Clarksburg, Capay Valley and West Sacramento will have booths, with each community represented by a specific cluster of vendors. There will be restaurants offering bites from their menus, wineries, breweries, olive oil, nuts, honey, fresh produce and more, all from Yolo County producers. Festival attendees will also be able to buy products on site and take them home in a complementary tote bag.

The Nugget Markets cooking demonstration stage will feature three guest chefs, including nationally known headliner Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland. Also, appearing will be Chef Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento and Chef Fred Reyes of Buckhorn Steakhouse in Winters. 

For more information, visit www.tasteofyolo.com.  Media contact: Tiffany Dozier, 530-297-1900, tiffany@yolocvb.org

Sept. 16, 2017 - Third Annual SF Cheese Fest 

Attention cheese lovers! The Third Annual SF Cheese Fest will take place on Sept. 16, 2017 at the historic Social Hall San Francisco. This year’s theme of “Melting Together” promises a casual and delicious evening of music, mingling and munching in classic San Francisco style. Twenty-two of California’s best Cheese Guild-member cheese companies will sample dozens of the state’s finest cheeses alongside local makers of cured meats, pickles, jams, sauces, San Francisco brews and California wine. SF Cheese Fest is the primary fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artisan cheesemakers throughout the state. 

For more information, visit www.sfcheesefest.comMedia contact: Caitlin Sandberg Brancale, 530-400-9207, caitlin@caitlinsandberg.com.

ARTS & CULTURE NEWS

Openings

June 2-July 2, 2017 - New Conservatory Theatre Center Closes Season with World Premiere of “warplay”

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) will close its 35th anniversary celebration and 2016-17 aeason with the world premiere of “warplay” by JC Lee (“Luce” at Lincoln Center Theater, ABC's “How to Get Away with Murder”), directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle. Inspired by Homer’s” The Iliad” and the epic tale of Achilles and Patroclus, “warplay” is a shockingly funny, poetic and radical reimagining of one of the oldest love stories in all of Western literature. Two young men. A battle rages in the distance. Game on.  “warplay” was commissioned and developed as part of NCTC’s New Play Development Lab. 

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

July 13-24, 2017 - Sunset Piano brings “Flower Piano” back to SF Botanical Garden This Summer 

This July for 12 days only, San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) once again becomes the city’s own outdoor concert hall and everyone is invited to play and listen. During “Flower Piano,” July 13-24, 2017 visitors are encouraged to seek out one of the 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and play what they like, from Bach to boogie-woogie.  On select days, professional pianists will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch the performances. Other special events associated with Flower Piano include a Summer of Love Sing-along, family-friendly performances, and more. 

Back by popular demand and now in its third year, Flower Piano is a project of piano ninjas Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell who together launched Sunset Piano in 2013 when ffortissimo covertly rolled an old grand piano onto the bluffs over Half Moon Bay. Since then, Sunset Piano has expanded this impromptu musical and social experiment, temporarily placing pianos in a wide variety of unexpected natural and urban settings around the Bay Area every year, from the top of Montara Mountain to Market Street.         

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

July 20–Oct. 22, 2017 – “Archie Rand: The 613” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Starting in 2000, Archie Rand (b. 1949), a painter and muralist from Brooklyn, New York, spent five years creating “The 613,” a monumental installation of 613 small canvas (20 x 16 inches) paintings arranged in a huge grid comprising 1,700 square feet. They reflect on the 613 laws governing traditional Jewish behavior and were described by Peter Steinfels of “The New York Times” as, “rendered in the style of comics and pulp fiction book jackets, a dash of ‘Mad Magazine,’ a spoonful of ‘Tales of the Crypt,’ some grotesques, some superheroes, always action, emotion, drama.” This will be the first museum showing in the world of the full work, and, by invitation of Executive Director Lori Starr, Rand has created a new painting on what some consider to be number 614: never forget.  Rand’s work is displayed around the world, including in the collections of SFMOMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His graphic works and books are in over 400 public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

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

July 20, 2017–Jan. 9, 2018 – “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art: Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund “

The Contemporary Jewish Museum repurposes the centuries-old practice of havruta—the study of religious texts by people in pairs—for the contemporary art community. Bay Area-based artist Allison Smith collaborates with craft and design historian Christina Zetterlund in the next installation of the exhibition series, “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.”  Smith has created a number of projects that consider traditional craft and historical reenactments in the context of the United States. For this project, Smith collaborates with Christina Zetterlund, a craft and design historian and theoretician based at the Konstfack in Sweden. Smith first met Zetterlund during her recent residency in Stockholm and they discovered a shared interest in the politics of handcraft and its use in both progressive and conservative social movements. Through a series of emails, shared texts, Skype sessions, and in-person visits in Stockholm and San Francisco, their exchanges will explore the role of traditional craft in constructions of nationalism and processes of colonization, culminating in an installation that plays with the conventions of period rooms and living history museums. 

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

July 20, 2017–Jan.7, 2018 – “Kutiman: offgrid offline” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum 

Kutiman (b. 1982) is an Israeli musician, composer, producer, and video mixologist on the cutting edge of contemporary composition. He is well known for his projects that knit together pieces of audio and video from the internet into seamless and exquisite works of art. Kutiman extends the traditions of assemblage, appropriation, and found art into the realm of music and sound composition.   The work “offgrid” is made up of 12 monitors that play a 38-minute-long video and music composition on a loop. It is made up of minutely edited snippets of music uploaded to the web played by soloists. Also on view will be Kutiman’s critically acclaimed videos “Thru You, 2009” and “Thru You Too, 2014.”  Kutiman lives in Zicchron Yaacov, Israel. He studied music at Rimon Music College in Tel Aviv and in 2003 went to Jamaica where he worked with the Marley family. In 2006, he signed to a German label, Melting Pot, and began putting out recordings. In 2010, he won the ACUM (The Israel Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers of Musical Works) award for producing. Kutiman is best known for his viral video/audio mashup online albums “Thru You” and “Thru You Too (2014)” the latter of which was awarded a 2015 Webby Award.  

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

June 23-Oct. 1, 2017 – “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum

The 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco conjures images of hippies frolicking in the park with daisies in their hair. But the power of flowers to inspire peace and love goes back far more than 50 years and far beyond our city shores. From June 23 – Oct. 1, 2017, the Asian Art Museum presents Flower Power, an original exhibition of pan-Asian artworks that reveals the powerful language of flowers across times and cultures.

The exhibition brings to light unexpected connections among gloriously gilded folding screens, modern-looking lacquers, rare porcelains, sumptuous textiles, and contemporary installations of live flowers and sensory-igniting multimedia. Drawn primarily from the museum’s renowned collection, dozens of masterpieces are displayed in a way that highlights their shared botanical bounty. Visitors to Flower Power will discover that for centuries humans have used flowers to communicate ideals from the refined to the revolutionary.   

For more information, visit http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/flower-power.  Media contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3711, zrose@asianart.org

June 24, 2017 – “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” at the Curran

The sixth edition of “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” will travel to San Francisco’s Curran, 445 Geary St., on June 24, 2017. The concert will star Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery, Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

A concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, “Concert for America” has been hailed by the New York Times as “striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.”  Created and hosted by Sirius XM’s Seth Rudesky and James Wesley, who also organized the “Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love” recording, “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at The Town Hall, which serves as its New York home.

Proceeds from “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” will benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights:Sierra Club Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Tickets are available at SFCURRAN.com.   For more information, visit www.ConcertsforAmerica.com. Media contact: Michael Jorgensen, 415-358-6456, michael@sfcurran.com.  

July 29, 2017 – James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at AT&T Park

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor & His All-Star Band will perform at four iconic ballparks this summer, including his first-ever appearance at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 29, 2017. This very special evening of music will also feature Taylor's special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band. This is Taylor’s only California performance date this summer.

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 Another Planet Entertainment, are set to co-produce the July 29 performance at the home of the San Francisco Giants.

Taylor's shows at some of the nation's biggest ballparks have been a home run for fans and critics alike. In addition to AT&T Park, Taylor’s ballpark tour will feature shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

For more information, visit http://apeconcerts.com.  Media contact:  Giants Enterprises - Rory Davis, rdavis@giantsenterprises.com, Another Planet Entertainment - Sarah Fink Dempsey, sarah@anotherplanetent.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.   

A one-of-a kind artist and performer, Lady Gaga 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

Sept. 15, 17, 22 and 24, 2017 – Taylor Mac’s Groundbreaking Performance Art Concert “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”   

The Curran and Stanford Live at Stanford University, in association with Magic TheatreandPomegranate Arts will present California native Taylor Mac’s groundbreaking performance art concert “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” in its entirety for the first time since the historic 24-hour marathon performance at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall. Over four performances, audience members can experience Mac’s pièce de résistance, which The New York Times’ Wesley Morris called “one of the great experiences of my life.” For the upcoming performances at the Curran Theater, the concert will be reworked into four six-hour Chapters, with performances at the Curran (445 Geary Street) Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., Sept. 17, at 2 p.m., Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. 

“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is Mac’s multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country, and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day. In performing the work, Mac is joined by an orchestra—led by Music Director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs—plus an ensemble of “Dandy Minions” and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War I soldiers and Yum Yum from The Mikado. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has handmade an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.

For more information, https://sfcurran.com/shows/taylor-mac/.  Media contact: Michael Jorgensen, 415-358-6456 michael@sfcurran.com

Sept. 28, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018 – “Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

In “Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 14 diverse contemporary artists act as modern maggids—interpreting traditional Jewish folktales and characters in new, commissioned works inspired by the rich Jewish tradition of stories that incorporate cautionary tales, traditional wisdom, and the supernatural.

The Hebrew concept of maggid has multiple meanings and layers. The most basic definition is that of a religious teacher and teller of stories. Contrasted with the more formally trained rabbis, the lay maggids acted as repositories and transmitters of cultural knowledge, folklore, and social norms and mores. 

The exhibition explores concepts such as transformation and metamorphosis, good and evil, moral education, political and class metaphors, the role of women, and storytelling in contemporary art. It features new commissioned works including sculpture by Elizabeth Higgins O’Connor and Julia Goodman; installations by Michael Arcega, Tracey Snelling, the team of Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, and Mike Rothfeld; photography by Dina Goldstein and Youngsuk Suh; paintings by Vera Iliatova, M. Louise Stanley, and Inez Storer; and video by Chris Sollars.

Each work is accompanied by a listening station where visitors can hear Bay Area storytellers reading the folk tales that served as the artist’s primary inspiration.

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

Continuing

Through May 27 and June 2-July 1, 2017 - “Ghosts and Shadows,” Vivarium” and “Eruption” at 111 Minna Gallery

Transforming with ever-changing art exhibitions, 111 Minna Gallery offers an impressive art exhibit line up this spring. May brings exquisitely rendered subjects by artist Michael Reedy balanced by a strong palette of progressive graphic designs and accompanied by non-objective, swirling landscapes delivered in charcoal and ink by Scott Tulay. As the weather warms in June so does the content in Minna’s art program as they present otherworldly landscapes by painter Adrian Cox, offset with the high energy, architectural elements present in the oil paintings of Oakland based artist Scott Greenwalt. 

Save the opening dates:

  • May 5-27, 2017 - “Ghosts and Shadows” by Michael Reedy and Scott Tulay   
  • June 2-July 1, 2017 – “Vivarium” by Adrian Cox and “Eruption” by Scott Greenwalt  

For more information, visit  http://111minnagallery.com.  Media contact: Micah LeBrun, 415-974-1719, micah@111minnagallery.com

Through Aug. 27, 2017 – Three New Spring Exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

“Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy” - MoAD presents the work of Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist, Todd Gray, who investigates the erasures and potentiality of imaging blackness through photography, sculpture and performance. Comprised of his most recent works in which Gray collages his archived photographs of Iggy Pop and Michael Jackson with his California Mission series, Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy examines California as a site of new narratives and reflections of power. Interested in colonialism as both a psychic and material phenomenon, Gray explores blackness and labor within celebrity.Todd Gray lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. He received both his BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is Professor Emeritus, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach. Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Tucson Museum of Art, Detroit Museum of Art, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago among others. Performance works have been presented at institutions such as the Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater, REDCAT, Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. 

“The Ease of Fiction” – Curated by Dexter Wimberly, this exhibition presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact and fiction. The exhibiting artists, ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Nigeria), Duhirwe Rushemeza (b. 1977, Rwanda), Sherin Guirguis (b. 1974, Egypt), and Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana), present recent paintings, drawings and sculptural works that explore issues of cultural identity, personal agency, and the very notion of “African art.”  The exhibition’s title evokes the idea that people are often more comfortable accepting or believing what is told to them by those in power, rather than challenging and investigating the authenticity of information presented as historical fact. Interweaving their personal experiences and memories into broader historical contexts, these artists create work that is in strident opposition to passive acceptance.  The artists’ cultural backgrounds, as well as geographic diversity, create an opportunity for a provocative examination of varied perspectives of the truth. Although these artists are from four different African countries, their work addresses universal issues that are relevant across all borders.

“Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967” - As Jimi Hendrix walked out onto the stage at Monterey Pop, he was also stepping out for his American Rock and Roll debut. Playing with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he introduced himself to California at the festival before the U.S. release of his first album. Hendrix solidified himself as a music idol with a performance enlivened by rock theatrics, sexual flamboyance and magnetic guitar riffs. An integrated band with a black front man, The Jimi Hendrix Experience represented racial and sexual freedom as goals of the 1960s counterculture. Composed of photographs taken of Jimi Hendrix in 1967 by Gered Mankowitz, and Jerry de Wilde, this exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the infamous Summer of Love and the entrance of Jimi Hendrix as one the greatest guitarists of all time.  Free and open to the public in the first floor gallery of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

For more information, visit www.moadsf.org.  Media contact: Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148, msabb@moadsf.org

Through 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.   

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

Through Sept. 4, 2017 – “The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin” Exhibition to Open at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

“The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin,” a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will be on view May 24-Sept. 4, 2017 at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco.  The exhibition both honors the influential designer and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy.

Lawrence Halprin was among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. The Brooklyn-born Halprin began his career in 1945 with a four-year stint working for Thomas Church in San Francisco, where he collaborated with architect George Rockrise on the renowned Dewey Donnell garden in Sonoma, CA.  He opened Lawrence Halprin & Associates in 1949, and his oeuvre initially included residential gardens, campuses and housing projects. However, by the mid-1960s, his firm had turned decisively to re-designing major urban landscapes. A series of innovative parks, plazas and pedestrian malls brought international notice and critical acclaim. 

For more information, visit http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/halprinlegacy/index.html. Media contact: Joey Kahn, 415-629-2559, joey.kahn@sfgov.org

Through 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

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/exhibitions/rodin-centenary  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org.

Through March, 2018 – “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American” at the Presidio Officers’ Club

“Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration” explores the major role the Presidio of San Francisco, then a U.S. Army post, played in the World War II incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. This year-long special exhibition includes images, video, historical documents and public programs. 

As the Army's Western Defense Command, the Presidio played a pivotal role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during the war. This exhibition marks 75 years since Lt. General John L. DeWitt signed Civilian Exclusion Orders at his desk in the Presidio along with other military directives that carried out President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.

“Exclusion” invites visitors to consider the choices made by both people and institutions. How did leaders arrive at this decision? How did Japanese Americans respond to the violation of their civil liberties? And what, as a nation, have we learned that can help us address the present-day issues of immigration, racism, and mass incarceration? Curated with input from the Fred T. Korematsu Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.presidio.gov.  Media contact: Lisa Petrie, 415-561-5444, lpetrie@presidiotrust.gov

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES NEWS

PIER 39’s 39-Week 39th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Weekly Events

PIER 39’s 39-week 39th Anniversary Celebration continues through October.  Each Friday brings something different, including special events, giveaways, discounts and more.  Another Month of Fun Ahead for PIER 39’s Anniversary Celebration kicks off on June 2 when visitors can receive one free dessert with purchase of two adult entrees at participating PIER 39 restaurants and eateries.*  Play tourist for a day by entering to win the ultimate San Francisco weekend with free attraction tickets, a hotel stay and more on June 9.*  On June 16, dads can eat, play and shop for free at participating businesses in honor of Father’s Day.*  On June 23, make sure to wear a flower in your hair in the spirit of the Summer of 1967 at PIER 39’s free Summer of Love Dance Party with music from Mania, The Live Beatles Experience and DJ Bart.  The month’s fun culminates on June 30 with a free outdoor Movie Night featuring “The Parent Trap.”     

*Restrictions apply. Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice.  

For more information, visit www.pier39.com/39.  Media contact: Alissa Giusti, 415-705-5562, afiset@pier39.com. 

June 3-4, 2017 – 41st Union Street Music Festival

The Union Street Festival returns for its 41st year as the newly revamped, free Union Street Music Festival on June 3-4, 2017.  With a greater emphasis on free live music, this long-running San Francisco tradition will feature two days of local bands playing everything from jazz and blues to country, bluegrass and more. Live bands will be playing throughout the festival site on historic Union Street, allowing festivalgoers to come and go or sit and stay awhile to enjoy the music. As always, the festival will feature arts and crafts booths, festival food and beverage gardens, community groups and unique sponsors.    

Foodies will enjoy all of the dining options at the festival. For this year’s festival the beverage gardens will be set up near the entertainment areas and offering a great selection of craft beers and fine wines.

San Francisco's charming Union Street with its historic Victorians transformed into fashionable boutiques, art galleries and restaurants will also be open for business. Many of the area’s popular eateries and bars will be open for those who wish to enjoy a delicious snack, meal or drinks.   

For more information, call 800-310-6563 or visit http://www.sresproductions.com/events/union-street-festival/ or www.UnionStreetSF.com . Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, Denise@DeniseLamottPR.com

June 3-Sept. 30, 2017 – Free Live Music Series at The Yard

Beginning June 3, 2017, The Yard’s free live music series takes place every Saturday at 4-7 p.m. (game day timing may vary) through the end of September.   The Yard is located at Mission Rock on the corner of 3rd Street and Terry Francois Blvd. opposite AT&T Park.  Guests will enjoy live music in a festive, outdoor environment under the summer sky.  Local talent agency Fog and the Machine has helped to curate a wide array of musical styles and performances. 

Klez, a California soul singer/songwriter John Klezmer, kicks off the series on June 3. Joined by a full band, Klez delivers upbeat and energetic performances that are reminiscent of the old Motown greats. Klez had his single "Here Right Now" from his debut EP placed in ABC's hit TV drama “Castle.” He can be found touring between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a recent tour to Sweden. Klez is also greatly involved with Sofar Sounds, and is known to perform stripped down sets with the company at several locations around the US.

For additional information, please visit The Yard’s event calendar at www.theyardsf.com.   Media contact: Laura Nichol, 415-972-1827, lnichol@giantsenterprises.com.  

June 17-18 - San Francisco’s Italian Culture and Heritage Shine at the 63rd Annual North Beach Festival 

The 63rd Annual North Beach Festival returns on June 17-18, 2017 to San Francisco’s famed “Little Italy” neighborhood and will feature more than 125 arts and crafts booths, tasty food, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid’s chalk art area and the infamous blessing of the animals ceremony. New this year, on June 17, Circus Bella will bring its popular one-ring circus to the North Beach Festival. Featuring static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula-hoop, original clowning and more, Circus Bella is sure to uplift and entertain the audience.  The Speakeasy, San Francisco’s newest vaudeville cabaret and immersive theatre adventure will also be performing, and Silent Disco will bring everyone to their feet dancing.

Now in its 63rd year, The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals. The festival takes place along numerous quaint streets in the heart of the North Beach district with its restaurants, shops, bookstores, galleries and more and runs along Grant Avenue, between Columbus and Filbert; and Columbus Avenue between Broadway and Green; and Vallejo and Green Streets between Grant Avenue and Columbus.

For more information, visit http://www.sresproductions.com  Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, Denise@DeniseLamottPR.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.

Aug. 19, 2017 – Festival of the Sea on Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Fast-track your knowledge of maritime history with activities and music at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 2017 Festival of the Sea. This year, the Festival’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: The Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.” Learn about capstans, the 1907 Hercules’ power plant, and other “engines that made a difference” while sampling traditional music from internationally renowned acts and local performers on three stages at Hyde Street Pier.  

Family-friendly activities will include: knot tying; rigging, caulking, steam bending, and rope-making demonstrations; a small boat launch; sail raising; living history performers; kids craft stations; and more.

Performers scheduled to appear: Kevin Burke, Diana Gameros and Maria Jose Montijo, Shay Black, The Holdstocks, Bu Falle African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Maureen Brennan, Ron and Natalie Daise, The Dogwatch Nautical Band, Patrick Landeza, Richard Adrianowicz, Simon Spalding, The Fire, Brass Farthing, Chris Maden, Megan Messinger, Sean Wahl, Laurel Wong, Amelia Hogan, Basil Trollop and Friends, Susan Walsh, Penny Opry, Steve Canright, Erin Rose Conner, and Bartholomew Faire.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr,  Media contact: Lynn Cullivan , 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov.  

Through August 31, 2017-  Big Wildflower Season Expected at San Francisco Botanical Garden  

After years of drought, the winter brought much needed rain to California, and some very wild flowers are getting ready to put on a particularly vibrant show this spring and summer right in the heart of the city at San Francisco Botanical Garden.  Many of the more than 8,500 kinds of plants in the garden’s collections are native to Mediterranean habitats worldwide, flowering brilliantly after a wet winter soaks ground parched during the rainless summer. Starting in April and extending through August, the largest portion of the garden’s collections comes into bloom.  The season will bring vivid and wild profusions of flowers in the Garden of California Native Plants, the Mediterranean Garden, and the Zellerbach Garden of Perennials. A spectacular variety of protea will explode with huge, fiery flowers in the South African Garden. In the Succulent Garden, the puya will send up massive towers of unearthly flowers that look like something from outer space. And nearby, a native of Mexico, the magic dogwood, will dazzle with spiraling, white flowers that perch on its limbs like exotic lanterns.  Visitors can take advantage of free must-see maps for both spring and summer, docent-led tours, and more, as well as unique classes and activities.

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

Presidio Twilight Returns for Fourth Season

Off the Grid Markets and the Presidio Trust have launched the fourth season of Presidio Twilight featuring a large selection of international cuisine, live music, sunset activities, and the ambiance of San Francisco’s national park for a one-of-a-kind experience.   Located on the Main Parade Grounds of the Presidio, Presidio Twilight runs every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Lantern-lit cabanas and fire pits underscore the “picnic at dusk” atmosphere and are available to all on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Additional event activities include traditional games such as bean bag toss, hula hoops, and giant Jenga. Once a month, San Francisco astronomers bring giant telescopes for all to enjoy star gazing. Off the Grid Twilight is the companion event to the popular Presidio Picnic, which take place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   For more information, visit https://offthegrid.com/event/presidio-twilight/2017-5-25-5pm

Media contact:Lani Vaill,415-274-2510, lani@wagstaffworldwide.com

Wheel Fun Rentals Offers a New Take on the “Bike the Bridge” Experience in San Francisco

Wheel Fun Rentals is the only bike rental outfitter in San Francisco to offer a free GPS-guided audio tour with every bike rental.  Riders will enjoy the sights and sounds of the city without stopping to look at a map.  The tour is available in multiple languages, and each bike rental comes with a free single-use ear bud. (Free downloadable app offered with every rental; handheld GPS devices also available for $5 a day.)

Wheel Fun Rentals also offers the Deluxe Infinity Shifting Priority Hybrid Bike. The bike’s effortless shifting makes it easy for all ages and abilities to climb even the steepest inclines.  These bikes are chain-free, grease-free, and hassle-free with an infinite number of gears (think dimmer switch). They are lighter-weight, have more stopping power, and provide the smoothest shifting experience of any other bike on the road. 

Wheel Fun Rentals has two bike rental locations in Fisherman’s Wharf: one at Pier 43 ½, and the other at 2627 Taylor St. (at North Point). 

Founded in 1987, Wheel Fun Rentals started with four-wheel Surrey cycles, evolved into specialty bike rentals and bike tours, and now offers recreational rentals of all kinds from more than 100 outlets in 16 states. 

For more information, visit www.wheelfunrentals.com or call 805-650-7770. Media contact: Sheena Walenta 805-650-7770, sheena@wheelfunrentals.com.   

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

Discover Local Food, Wine, Beer, Sprits and Crafts at The Barlow in Sebastopol

The Barlow is a unique Bay Area outdoor market in Sebastopol, CA featuring local food, wine, beer, spirits and crafts made onsite by Sonoma County artisans. Experience more than 30 boutiques, tasting rooms and farm-to-table eateries nestled within an open-air, dog-friendly marketplace. The 12-acre campus boasts industrial-chic architecture and organic, edible landscaping - both a nod to The Barlow's rich agricultural history as an apple cannery in the early 20th century. Bring your special occasion to life at The Barlow Event Venue or enjoy a festive public event here at The Barlow--Sebastopol's premier gathering place at the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.   

For more information, visit www.thebarlow.netMedia contact: Janel Healy, janel@thebarlow.net

Bay Area National Parks generated $1 billion in economic benefit to local communities in 2016 

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 26 million visitors to national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area spent $823 million in local communities in 2016. That spending supported 10,497 local jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $1 billion. The Bay Area is also home to the most visited park in the country, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

Nineteen million visitors to Golden Gate National Recreation Area spent $590 million in communities near the park in 2016. That spending supported 7,574 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $731 million.

2016 Recreation Visitation, Visitor Spending, and Jobs

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Fort Point National Historic Site and Muir Woods National Monument)
    Total Recreation Visits: 19,026,052
    Total Visitor Spending ($2016): $590,161,400
    Jobs Supported: 7,574
    Economic Output ($2016):$731,539,600

 

  • All Bay Area National Parks *
    Total Recreation Visits: 26,134,833
    Total Visitor Spending ($2016):$822,841,400 
    Jobs Supported:10,497
    Economic Output ($2016):$1,014,446,000
    * Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Pinnacles National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/CALIFORNIA .  Media contact: Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-561-4732,    hale_sargent@nps.gov

HOTEL NEWS

Six New Hotels in 2017

Four new hotels open in San Francisco this year – all with rooftop lounges.  Virgin Hotels San Francisco (196 chambers, 250 Fourth St.), San Francisco Proper (135 rooms, McAllister at Market Street), Hotel Via (159 rooms, 138 King St.) and Yotel San Francisco (203 cabins, 1095 Market St.) all open this summer.  

The former Tuscan Inn in Fisherman’s Wharf has been reborn as the Hotel Zoe (221 rooms, 425 North Point St) and joins the “z” group of Hotel Zephyr, Hotel Zetta, Hotel Zelos and Hotel Zeppelin.   

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San Remo Hotel Receives 1000th TripAdvisor ® Review and Wins a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 

The San Remo Hotel recently reached its 1,000th guest review on TripAdvisor® – the world’s largest travel site. This comes almost after 13 years since San Remo Hotel started working with TripAdvisor®. One guest commented “Best Place to Stay with a Soul,” with others writing that it is “The Best Little Secret in San Francisco.” 

The San Remo was very much in the spotlight in 2016, when it was featured in an article in “Fodor's Guide:” "10 Stylish Hotels for under $150 a night."  The article referred to the San Remo Hotel as "A refreshingly affordable gem in pricey San Francisco."

The hotel has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012 and have earned a place in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. 

With a history of more than 110 years, the San Remo Hotel continues to serve guests from all over the world with timeless hospitality.

For more information, visit www.sanremohotel.com. Media contact:  Citlali Chevaili, 415-324-5024 , marketing@sanremohotel.com 

History and Luxury Meet at the Berkeley City Club

The Berkeley City Club is an historic hotel, private social club and event venue. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Built by famed architect Julia Morgan, the hotel is also known as the “Little Castle.”  The stunning architecture reminds many visitors of The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Miss Morgan’s most famed project. Upon opening as the Berkeley Women’s City Club, the building became a center for social, cultural, and recreational activities in the East Bay. In 1965 the club opened its door to both men and women. Today, the hotel continues to thrive as a hub for social gatherings and the stunning architecture remains preserved for people of all generations. Guests can enjoy a night in one of 38 guestrooms, hold or attend an events, swim in the beautiful lap pool, or wine and dine on delicacies at the fine dining restaurant, Julia’s. 

For more information, visit www.berkeleycityclub.com.  Media contact: Ashley Patrick, 510-280-1540, apatrick@berkeleycityclub.com

Pebble Beach Resorts to open Fairway One at The Lodge in August 2017

August 2017 will mark the debut of Fairway One at The Lodge at Pebble Beach Resorts. A distinctive addition, Fairway One will add 38 guestrooms, including 30 guestrooms in three two-story buildings and eight rooms via two four-bedroom golf cottages fronting the first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. A new meeting facility anchored by a 2,500-square-foot meeting room completes the new complex. Fairway One will offer an enhanced guest experience with oversized accommodations, a greater sense of privacy and unparalleled personalized service, all featuring spectacular ocean, garden and golf course views. It is part of a series of impressive upgrade projects taking place at the acclaimed resort, including the phased renovation of all 454 guestrooms at The Lodge, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero, and subtle but important restorations to Pebble Beach Golf Links. All enhancements are being completed in preparation for the 2018 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Open championships, held at Pebble Beach Resorts, as well as the celebration of the resort’s 100th anniversary in 2019. These investments will further solidify the reputation of Pebble Beach Resorts as North America’s premier coastal golf resort. 

For more information, visit www.pebblebeach.com; Jamie Scalici, jscalici@mower.com and Patricia Nugent, pnugent@mower.com 

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SFO)

SFO Celebrates Inaugural Service from Award-Winning Carrier Thomas Cook Airlines with Nonstop Service to Manchester

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) welcomed Thomas Cook Airlines, the award-winning airline division of the global travel company, and their new nonstop service between San Francisco and Manchester, on May 14, 2017 with an inaugural celebration. The airline plans to operate two flights per week between SFO and Manchester using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

“This is an exciting time for Thomas Cook Group Airlines as we start this amazing new service and grow our U.S. footprint even more,” said Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group. “We work closely with partner airlines, allowing us to connect to 90 destinations within the USA, as well as to fantastic European cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Milan, allowing us to offer more destinations than ever before.”

Thomas Cook is one of the most recognized names in travel, and the airline traces its history to Thomas Cook & Son, the first travel agency to advertise public trips by airplane. The earliest air travel offerings included trips between London and Paris or Brussels, and steadily grew to include chartered air trips to the French Riviera. Thomas Cook Airlines was established in 1999 and is now part of the airline division of the Thomas Cook Group, which consists of several sister airlines, including Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and German-based leisure airline Condor.  In 2016, Thomas Cook Airlines was named “World’s Leading Charter Airline” by the World Travel Awards.

SFO Celebrates 90 Years of Progress

On May 7, 2017 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) celebrated 90 years of progress, innovation and evolution in an industry which continues to transform.  On May 7, 1927, the City of San Francisco officially commissioned Mills Field Municipal Airport of San Francisco, which would eventually become known as SFO.  The airport commemorated the milestone with the release of a video retrospective in 4K high-definition format, featuring archival photographs, vintage color film, and rare audio interviews with pilots and flight attendants who recall the airport’s earliest days.  To view the video, please visit: www.flysfo.com/90th.

“On the 90th anniversary of SFO, we celebrate an evolution that continues to this day,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “Opening two weeks before Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Pacific, our airport has always strived to stay a step ahead, anticipating the many changes that have transformed air travel throughout the years.  But what has remained constant throughout the decades is what still guides us today: our commitment to safety, security and a world-class airport experience.”

The airport that became known as SFO began as a temporary solution to a pressing need.  The Air Mail Act of 1925 authorized the United States Post Office to establish contracts with private aircraft operators to carry mail across the country.  The western terminus of the transcontinental air mail route was established in San Francisco, creating an urgent need for a facility to handle the activity.  With limited land available within San Francisco city limits, Site #6, a 150-acre cow pasture owned by Darius Ogden Mills, was determined to be suitable to develop a temporary facility, and a three-year lease was arranged.  Early structures were held together with nuts and bolts to allow for later disassembly and relocation.  The airport recorded a mere 19 passengers in its first month of operation, which included the pilots.

An Airport of Firsts

In the decades that followed, SFO established itself as an airport of innovation, boasting a variety of “first” among airports in the United States:

1954 –  Split Upper and Lower Level Roadways 
The construction of a new terminal, later known as the Central Terminal, then Terminal 2, included an innovative two-level design to separate departures from arrival, each served by its own roadway.  This approach has since been widely adopted in airport design.

1958 –  First Passenger Loading Bridge (aka “Jetway”)                                                                                                   
SFO created one of the first Passenger Loading Bridges, commonly known as “Jetways”, to accommodate the new Boeing 707.  No longer would passengers need to walk across the tarmac to the plane; they could board directly from the terminal.

1979 –  Public Art and Accredited Museum                                                                                                                       
SFO began presenting exhibitions showcasing the cultural life of the Bay Area, and worked in collaboration with the San Francisco Arts Commission to place works of fine art throughout the terminal.  In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums, now SFO Museum, was accredited by the American Association of Museums – a first for an airport.

1981 –  First Community Noise Round Table                                                                                                                        
SFO established the nation’s first venue to hear directly from residents on aircraft noise concerns. The SFO Round Table engages with city leaders, airlines, and the FAA to discuss and find solutions to aircraft noise issues.  SFO was also among the first airports to establish a program to track and grade how airlines were adhering to flight procedures designed to reduce community noise.

1999 –  Fair Wage Standards                                                                                                                                              
SFO established a wage and benefit policy, known as the Quality Standards Program (QSP), the first of its kind in the country.  The program established training, equipment, and compensation and benefits standards for airlines and service providers whose employees perform services impacting safety and security at SFO.  The program now covers over 12,500 employees.

2011 –  First LEED® Gold Certified Terminal in the United States                                                                                    
SFO opened the renovated Terminal 2, the first airport terminal facility in the nation to be certified “gold” under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems established by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Through Dec. 10, 2017 - At Home with Arts and Crafts

A new exhibitionin the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby features a rich assortment of Arts and Crafts furnishings from the early twentieth century, from Gustav Stickley textiles to Dirk van Erp copper and art pottery by Rookwood and Paul Revere Pottery.

The Arts and Crafts movement emerged in England in the 1880s and reached its apex from the 1890s to the outbreak of World War I.  In response to the Industrial Revolution and mass-produced, machine-made objects, the movement emphasized a return to hand craftsmanship. Inspired by the writings of John Ruskin (1819–1900), who exalted the medieval craft guild system, artist and designer William Morris (1834–96) served as the movement’s spearhead.  Arts and Crafts advocates rejected the ornate designs and compositions of Victorian-era interiors.  Instead, they encouraged quality materials and construction with simple forms and motifs derived from nature.  For the first time, many women took leading roles as designers and decorators in workshops created specifically to train and employ females.

Leading proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States, Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) batch-produced unadorned, carefully constructed, oak furniture in Syracuse, New York.  His company also offered textiles and metalwork.  In 1901, Stickley launched The Craftsman periodical, which promoted Arts and Crafts nationwide.  Another pivotal American figure, Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915), founded Roycroft in East Aurora, New York.  The Roycroft community produced some of the finest furnishings and metalwork of the era.

California quickly embraced and created its own regional variations of Arts and Crafts.  A number of leading artisans called the state home; many of them lived and worked in San Francisco.  Dirk van Erp (1862-1933), considered the finest coppersmith of the Arts and Crafts era, crafted table lamps with hand-hammered copper bases accented by mica shades, which produced a warm, amber glow when lit.  Harry St. John Dixon (1890-1967) trained under van Erp and later worked for Lillian Palmer (1871-1961), who lent a considerably feminine air to Bay Area copper.                                                                                                                        

The online version of this exhibition is viewable at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/home-arts-and-crafts

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