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What's New July/August 2017

July 27, 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,



July 27, 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,


Visit the Summer of Love Media Resources Page for contacts, press releases, images and more about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.   See the Summer of Love Fact Sheet for a current list of events and activities.

Summer Digital Visitor Guide

The Summer of Love is in full bloom in the City by the Bay and San Francisco Travel has suggestions for activities to add to your bucket list and new restaurants to sample in the newest edition of their digital visitor guide.

Offering a distinctive insider tone, the guide is filled with reasons to visit San Francisco this season, from ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love to suggestions for Bay Area adventures, including a road trip to Monterey.

The new guide is designed to reach more visitors earlier in the inspiration and trip-planning phases through strategic distribution via paid, owned and earned channels, and complements the in-market focus of the printed Official Visitors Planning Guide product.

Many of the articles in the new guide also link to deeper content on San Francisco Travel’s website. “As we developed the editorial content for this new guide,” noted Lynn Bruni-Perkins, Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, “the goal was to match the content with articles that had high readership on our website and give readers a quick roadmap to access those stories.” 

Media contact: Laurie Armstrong Gossy, 415-290-6830,


Tickets on Sale Now for Rugby World Cup Sevens Coming July 20-22, 2018

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 other events year-round, is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA. It is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay. 

Tickets and travel packages for RWC Sevens 2018 are on sale now.   More information is available at the new RWC Sevens 2018 website.

Media contact: Sarah Hawkins, 415-697-9574,


Eat Drink SF Returns Aug. 24-27, 2017

Now in its ninth year, Eat Drink SF has become San Francisco’s premiere food and drink festival, bringing together renowned tastemakers to celebrate world-class chefs and restaurants. With four 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 vying for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Grand Tasting sessions are the signature of the event and showcase the Bay Area’s top-tier, diverse dining scene.  Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite:  Grand Tasting:;  Taco Knockdown:

For more information, visit Media contact: Emily Rudisill, 717-368-9928,

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  Media contact: Caitlin Sandberg Brancale, 530-400-9207,

 “A Night at the Palace” Immersive Experience with Boxcar Theatre

Boxcar Theatre has opened the first of several new shows to run in rotation with its runaway hit, “The Speakeasy.” “A Night at the Palace” welcomes audiences to the immersive, Prohibition-era world of “The Speakeasy,” with a mix of lighthearted cabaret acts and interactive scenes. At “A Night at the Palace,” the cabaret is swinging, the casino tables are hot and the drinks are cold and strong.

The event allows audience members to enter and leave as they choose. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m. Cocktail attire is required. Cell phones and other similar devices must be silenced and out of sight.

With the opening of “A Night at the Palace,” Boxcar’s marquee show, “The Speakeasy,” will continue running on Thursday and Saturday nights. Additional shows, including late-night neo-vaudeville acts and other special events will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

To make a reservation, visit In keeping with historical speakeasies of the 1920s, the address of The Palace Theatre will remain undisclosed to ticket buyers until the day of the event. The day before their reservation, patrons will receive a text or email providing instructions with a secondary address and a passcode for entry.

Media Contact: John Hill,, 510-435-7128.


Aug. 5-12, 2017 - Aquarium of the Bay Shares the Summer of Love…of the Ocean

Get far out and go below this Summer of Love at the Aquarium of the Bay, located on PIER 39, where visitors learn about bay creatures and how to better protect the ocean.  Special Summer of Love programs planned for August 5-12, 2017 at the Aquarium and nearby Sea Lion Center include: Love for the Ocean Crafts, Jelly Love Talks, Sea Lion Shenanigans, Sea Lions and the Ghosts Below, as well as Party for the Planet, where folks can learn how to throw a sustainable party this summer and how to make a reusable bag out of a t-shirt. Whether participating in awareness efforts such as the #strawlessocean campaign, or building initiatives such as Conservation Impact Programs, the Aquarium of the Bay and have a broad impact on conservation challenges facing the global environment. Aquarium activities are free with general admission; Sea Lion Center activities are free for all PIER visitors. Click here for more information:

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jacqueline Murray,

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 Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006,

Aug. 27, 2017 - San Francisco Giant Race Ends at AT&T Park

The 8th annual San Francisco Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race and Family Relay all finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The Half Marathon, 10K and 5K courses tour the scenic San Francisco waterfront. Participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and exclusive runner bobblehead featuring a Giants player. Kids Race and Family Relay participants receive a medal and bobblehead.  

For more information, visit Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1821,

Sept. 30, 2017 - 32nd Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour   

The 2017 Floating Homes Tour will be themed “Homefront on the Waterfront,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of Marinship, which helped to foster today’s waterfront community. Sixteen unique floating homes will be featured, including a selection built from WWII surplus. Other attractions will include art and music by talented residents, 40’s music and accompanying dancers, plus food and drink for purchase. Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to come in 40’s attire.

This tour is sponsored by the Floating Homes Association (FHA), a non-profit volunteer organization, with proceeds benefitting Sausalito Village and Friends of the Marin City Library.

Free shuttles with nearby parking make visiting the floating homes community easy and convenient.  The tour is self-guided, with directional handouts, and docents will be available to answer questions. Plus, artists and writers from the community will be exhibiting for your purchase.

The $50 advance reservations are recommended.  Admission at the gate the day of the tour will be $55.  For more information, visit  Media contact: Felicity Kirsch, 415-888-3919,

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.  Highlights for August include Craft Day with the Museum of Craft & Design, special discount days like Early Bird Specials and Reverse Happy Hour, and a free screening of “Inside Out” at Outdoor Movie Night.

Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice. Seating/seating space is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reserved seating available.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the common area of PIER 39. For more information, visit  Media contact: Alissa Giusti, 415-705-5562,

Bespoke Experiences Expands into the San Francisco Bay Area

The luxury private travel designers at Bespoke Experiences, with their flagship headquarters in New Orleans, are launching a niche market expansion in the Bay Area. This expansion augments their teams in San Diego, CA, Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL.

Chief Experience Officer and Co-Owner Jennifer Simpson explains: “Currently, most of our guests are exploring the city proper before taking a day trip up to wine country. However, we’re launching an initiative that allows guests who are already there to explore within and beyond the valleys.”

Bespoke Experiences is North America's leading provider of domestic luxury custom travel experiences: a premier in-market luxury tour operator specializing in the design and execution of custom, private luxury travel itineraries. They create, curate and deliver exquisitely crafted, truly bespoke luxury travel experiences for domestic and international clientele designed to enhance private tours by delving deeper into the culture in order to tell a richly inspiring travel story personalized to the clients’ exacting needs and specific locale.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jennifer Simpson, 866-514-8874 ext. 5,

CoolEffect and You - Supporting the World’s Best Carbon-Reducing Projects

One of the newest partners of San Francisco Travel is providing a way for individuals, event organizers and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Cool Effect – a local Bay Area-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit crowdfunding platform that supports the world’s best carbon-reducing projects – enables individual or collective carbon reduction by contributing directly to a project that is verifiably reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are currently 11 carbon-cutting projects across the globe featured on the platform, each providing full transparency on the direct benefits to the communities where each project lives.

Cool Effect recently was a lead partner for the March for Science, providing a way for all attendees to offset their travel. In addition to partnering with the recent global science and climate action movements, the non-profit also recently announced a partnership with Salesforce to help them achieve net zero emissions 33 years ahead of schedule.

For more information, visit Media contact: Victoria Rainone, 415-400-4214, ext. 2.,

Edible Excursions Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017

Edible Excursions, a locally-owned, walking food tour company serving San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, is proud to announce that they’ve been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017, based on consistently great guest reviews. Only select businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this recognition.

This award-winning enterprise, one of the first to offer walking food tours in the country way back in 2004, adds this honor to its long list of previous industry recognition. The company was awarded the Viator Top Rated Tour Award two years in a row, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 2013 Ebby Award, both recognized distinctions in the field. The company has received tremendous national media attention for its service, including media coverage in The New York TimesConde Nast Traveler and Saveur. Local press has also lauded Edible Excursions. In 2013, San Francisco Magazine called the company “Best Neighborhood Tastearound”, and SF Weekly recognized the company for its “Best Mission Tour” in 2011.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Lisa Rogovin, 415-806-5970,

The Presidio Trust Receives a California Heritage Council Award for the Rehabilitation of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center

The Presidio Trust, National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy were honored by the California Heritage Council (CHC) with an Award of Recognition for the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of Building 210, the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center.

Since its grand opening in February 2017, the new Presidio Visitor Center has hosted over 44,000 visitors, representing a major milestone for the Presidio’s transformation from a military post into a new kind of national park. Originally built in 1900 at the north end of the Main Post as a guardhouse and prison, Building 210 contained cells to hold prisoners convicted of violating military laws and regulations. After 1951, Building 210 was used as a travel agency, bank and a U.S. Post Office. Now, the unique, state-of-the-art William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center is a platform for discovery, using inspiring video, engaging exhibits, interactive tools, and knowledgeable staff to help visitors uncover the incredible array of experiences that are possible at the Presidio. It is the park’s new front door and the launching pad for the ultimate Presidio adventure.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Lisa Petrie, 415-707-9489,


Six New Hotels in 2017

Four new hotels open in San Francisco this year – all with rooftop lounges.  2017 will see 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.) open this year.

The former Tuscan Inn at 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.  

More information and media contacts:


Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Their Families Through Labor Day at the Chinese Historical Society of America

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) has become a Blue Star Museum. Through Labor Day 2017, active duty military members and their families are eligible for free museum admission to CHSA.

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move.

More information about the program and a list of participating museums is available at  Media contact: Amy Lam,


Through September 17, 2017 – “Sarah Lucas: Good Muse” at the Legion of Honor

Sarah Lucas has gained notoriety for creating sculptures and installations that showcase the innate crudeness of stereotypical conceptions of gender and sexuality. From the outset, Lucas has used self-portraiture to debunk conservative notions of femininity, adopting stances associated with male behavior that purposefully foster sexual ambiguity. Lucas’s penchant for androgyny has also filtered into her sculpture, with bodies that flaunt both male and female attitudes and attributes while denying any clear association with either. 

In conjunction with “Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation,” the Legion of Honor has invited Lucas to bring a contemporary perspective to our understanding and appreciation of Rodin. Purposefully confrontational in its allusions to sexual acts, both verbal and physical, her work highlights Rodin’s erotic side, albeit confronting his idealizing male gaze with work that takes a demonstrative stance against female objectification and for the empowerment of woman.

For more information, visit Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 

415-750-3554, Images can be downloaded via this link.

Through Sept. 17, 2017 – “2017 SECA Art Award” at SFMOMA

The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition highlights five Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery, in their first major museum presentations: Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney and Lindsey White. Everett’s paintings reveal traces of their making, evidence of deliberate and repetitive actions focused on movement and materials. In her intricately patterned compositions, McCarthy transforms surfaces into bursts of line and vibrant color. Using made and found photographs, McFarland reckons with the challenges of representing the landscape. Mooney incorporates natural, industrial and hand-crafted elements in sculptures that explore the relationships between bodies and objects. In her most recent work, White takes humor seriously, making photographs and sculptures inspired by stage performers such as comedians and magicians. The SECA Art Award, established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, has recognized and brought broader visibility to more than 70 Bay Area artists.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172,

Through Nov. 26, 2017 – “Noguchi's Playscapes” at SFMOMA

“Noguchi’s Playscapes” presents ideas about the democratization of art and public space by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988). The artist was a fervent believer that sculpture is an aesthetic and cultural tool capable of creating synergy between individuality and society. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, Noguchi designed a number of public spaces where visitors could actively engage with art. The exhibition gathers his designs for several playgrounds, stand-alone play structures and other works that, while serious in subject, employ playful elements to engage the viewer. The body of work presented has become hugely influential for contemporary landscape architects, urban planners, artists and education specialists. Noguchi’s playscapes provoke a reconsideration of the role of art in recreation, education and community.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172,


Through 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  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Through 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  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Through June 24, 2018 – “offgrid” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s (CJM) soaring Yud Gallery will be home for the next year to "offgrid," a 38-minute-long, Internet-sourced audio/visual surround sound meditation on the psychedelic jazz of the 1950s and 60s by one of Israel’s most celebrated artists. Kutiman (born Ofir Kutiel in Jerusalem in 1982) is a master of YouTube mashups, subtly and intricately knitting together snippets of everything from instructional music videos to amateur drum solos that others have uploaded. Many of the videos in his "Thru You" series have received millions of views and have earned him a devoted following — even a spot on Time’s “Fifty Best Inventions of 2009” list.

"offgrid" was developed for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and shown there in 2016. The immersive work, coming to the United States for the first time in this showing at CJM, is comprised of 12 monitors equally spaced around the gallery on which various solo instrument players appear and disappear in thousands of combinations from 96 unrelated YouTube clips. The exhibition also includes a separate monitor outside of the main gallery that will show a compilation of Kutiman’s "Thru You" videos.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Through Jan. 1, 2018 – “Soundtracks” at SFMOMA

“Soundtracks” is the museum’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art. Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building. Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Moving beyond medium-specific histories of sound art and electronic music, this cross-generational presentation highlights past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from more than 20 contemporary artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, O Grivo and Susan Philipsz, among others. "Soundtracks" is accompanied by a map and an online catalogue.

For more information, visit Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172,

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.

For more information, visit  Media contacts:  Giants Enterprises: Rory Davis,, Another Planet Entertainment: Sarah Fink Dempsey,

Aug. 6, 2017 – Jerry Day Celebrates 15 Years and the Legacy of Jerry Garcia

Jerry Day celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco's native son, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. This annual event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as it celebrates his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, and recognizes his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco.   

This year’s lineup includes Melvin Seals & JGB, appearing for their 10th year in a row, plus Stu Allen & Mars Hotel and the return of Midnight North.

By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, Jerry Day creates something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood.

For more information, visit  Media contact:

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 artist to do so this decade.

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 Aug. 13 performance at the home of the San Francisco Giants. 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit and  Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1800,

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 Theatre and Pomegranate 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.

“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 hand-made an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.

For more information,  Media contact: Michael Jorgensen, 415-358-6456

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 or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Sept. 30, 2017-Feb. 11, 2018 – “Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire at the de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to premiere Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire,” the first major exhibition on Teotihuacan in the U.S. in over 20 years, organized in collaboration with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). The ancient metropolis of Teotihuacan is one of the largest and most important archeological sites in the world. At its peak, Teotihuacan was the cultural, political, economic, and religious center of Mesoamerica, and inhabited by a multiethnic population of more than 100,000 people. This historic exhibition will feature over 200 artifacts and artworks from the site, many recently excavated and on view in the U.S. for the first time.

For more information, visit

Oct. 14, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018 – “Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter” at the Legion of Honor

Marking the centenary of Rodin’s death in 1917 and that of Gustav Klimt's in 1918,” Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter” examines the diverse connections between these artists and their impact upon the world. While Rodin is widely regarded as “the father of modern sculpture,” Klimt was a groundbreaking painter and a founding member of the modernist Vienna Secession movement.

This exhibition marks the first survey of Klimt’s work in California. Sharing the galleries with the Legion of Honor’s important holdings of Rodin works will be examples from Klimt’s oeuvre on loan from public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the artist’s estate in Vienna and the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, which holds the world’s largest and finest collection of Klimt paintings anywhere.

Klimt and Rodin are known to have met only once at the “Beethoven Exhibition” mounted by the Vienna Secession in 1902. Rodin was especially fascinated by the notion of the collaborative “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk) achieved through the mutually enriching juxtaposition of painting, sculpture, music, and installation design.

For more information, visit   Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,

Oct. 21-22, 2017 - 14th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances

The 14th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD) travels from South of Market to Kezar Triangle in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 21-22, 2017.  An annual, admission-free festival that takes place each October, SFTD has been dubbed “art for citizens” and “a gift to the City.” A total of 12 two-hour tours are scheduled over the weekend, six each day starting at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. 

The festival is eclectic with a variety of styles. This year, audiences will get a taste of traditional Tibetan folk dance and music, dance theater, contact improvisation, hip hop, taiko drumming and much more. Featured performers include Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, Embodiment Project, Hope Mohr Dance, Little Seismic Dance Company, Maze Daiko and Epiphany Dance Theater. Live music will accompany many of the performances. 

The tours start at the California Institute of Integral Studies at 1453 Mission St. and audiences are advised to arrive early to register. At each site, trained volunteers greet audience members, and act as guides leading audiences along the performance journey. Attendees have the option to walk or bike to the performance sites on their own.

Route maps will be available on site and online at Media contact: John Hill,

Oct. 28, 2017 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA 100 Summit

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) has announced its YBCA 100, an annual list of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture. Now in its fourth year, YBCA 100 celebrates the provocateurs, instigators, and innovators who are using their creative platforms to motivate social change.

On Oct. 28, 2017, the YBCA 100 list comes to life with YBCA 100 Summit. Many of the YBCA 100 honorees will participate in an entire day of talks, panels and special performances. The day brings together hundreds of thought leaders from different sectors—including art, philanthropy, business, activism, technology, and education—to discuss the urgent questions and issues facing the community.

Open to the public, the event includes keynote addresses by Jill Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series’ “Transparent” and “I Love Dick,” and Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU of Northern America, with talks and panel discussions with journalist, filmmaker, and CEO of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas; activist and BART board president Lateefah Simon and others. The day's events will also include performances by dancer Lil Buck, award- winning poet Saul Williams and more.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Voleine Amilcar, 415-978-2700 Ex.116;, Tiffany Woolf; 917-532-3366;

Oct. 28, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018 – “Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World” at the Legion of Honor

“Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World” presents ancient sculpture to Bay Area audiences as never before: in vibrant color. The exhibition will reintroduce ‘polychromy,' the painting of sculpture to dazzling and powerful effect. Defying the idea of the stark white marble of antiquity, the installation is the result of over 30 years of groundbreaking research in pigmentation of ancient sculpture by international scientists and archaeologists. On view at the Legion of Honor will be nearly 40 reproductions of well-known Greek and Roman artworks painted in brightly colored authentic pigments, uniquely juxtaposed with 30 statues and carved reliefs from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome from FAMSF’s’ own holdings, supplemented with magnificent loans from Californian and European collections.

When the idea of classicism took hold during the Renaissance, artists like Michelangelo and other masters hailed form and composition, instead of color, as the most prominent and venerable features of ancient sculpture. Over time, knowledge of color in ancient sculpture became all but forgotten and any evidence of polychromy was ignored. But even today, after millennia of burial and exposure to the elements, faint traces of color pigments on ancient sculptures can sometimes be detected with the naked eye.  

For more information, visit  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,, Francisco Rosas, 415-750-8906,

Nov. 18, 2017-March 25,2018 – “Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules” at SFMOMA

A fuse was lit in the art world in 1953, when Robert Rauschenberg convinced artist Willem de Kooning to allow him to erase one of his drawings. Fellow artist Jasper Johns executed the inscription within the frame: “ERASED DE KOONING DRAWING ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG 1953.” Now seen as a bombshell that shook the foundations of Abstract Expressionism, Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) is an outstanding example of Rauschenberg’s irreverent yet incisive style, and it famously pushes the limits of what art can be.

This special work was acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) from Rauschenberg through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis, an instrumental member of the board of trustees who befriended Rauschenberg late in her life. It now anchors the museum’s exceptional holdings of the artist’s early work and is a highlight in the West Coast exclusive of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, on view at SFMOMA from Nov.18, 2017 through March 25, 2018.

Formerly presented at Tate Modern, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the exhibition’s iteration in San Francisco pays special tribute to SFMOMA’s close and longstanding relationship with Rauschenberg. From hosting his first retrospective—organized by Walter Hopps in 1976—to spearheading the recent Rauschenberg Research Project—an ambitious digital resource published on that makes art historical and conservation research about Rauschenberg works widely accessible—SFMOMA has long been devoted to this extraordinary and trail-blazing figure. This presentation is also dedicated to Phyllis C. Wattis, in honor of her generosity and cherished relationship with the artist and SFMOMA.  

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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 or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Through Sept. 4, 2017 – A Fantastical World Made of Cardboard, “Welcome to WildCard” at the Exploratorium

Welcome to WildCard,” the Exploratorium’s new summer show features an elaborate, immersive cardboard landscape brought to life by hidden speakers and dynamic lighting effects, limited only by the visitors’ imagination. The immersive cardboard dreamscape was constructed at a location in the Marin Headlands by the Cardboard Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) and the installation at the Exploratorium took place between June 5 and June 13. “Welcome to WildCard” also includes family-friendly programs every Friday that bring local artists to the Exploratorium to lead workshops with visitors in the creation of their own projects from everyday materials. The Exhibition also includes a unique Cardboard Café modeled on a 1950’s diner, where visitors can have a cup of coffee and a snack and talk about which details they caught and which ones they missed as they moved through the exhibit.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Martin Rock, 415-528-4327.

Through Sept. 24, 2017 - “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor

Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of modern life in the French capital: high-fashion hats and the women who created them. Degas’s fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called “the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris.” Despite the importance of millinery as a subject in Degas’s oeuvre, there has been little discussion of its place in Impressionist iconography — until now. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco bring new light to the subject with this presentation of "Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade".

This landmark exhibition features more than 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas, as well as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Approximately 40 spectacular examples of period hats—including nine from the Fine Arts Museums’ collections—also will be displayed.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,, Francisco Rosas, 415-750-8906,

Through 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. 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.

On view through Oct. 1, 2017, 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  Media contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3711,

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, larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the 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. Itis “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  Media contact: Sarah Rothstein, 415-345-6853,

Through Oct. 9, 2017 – “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” at SFMOMA

As a young man in the late 19th century, Edvard Munch’s Bohemian pictures placed him among the most celebrated and controversial artists of his generation. But, as he confessed in 1939, his true “breakthrough came very late in life, really only starting when I was 50 years old.” Featuring approximately 45 landmark compositions produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, this focused reappraisal uses the artist’s late paintings as a starting point from which to reevaluate his entire career. Organized in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” brings together Munch’s most candid and technically daring compositions to reveal a singular modern painter and an artist largely unknown to audiences today.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172,

Through Aug. 20, 2017 - Sophie Calle's “Missing” at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents Sophie Calle’s “Missing,” a large-scale exhibition of the internationally acclaimed French artist, curated by Ars Citizen. Featuring four of Calle’s most prominent projects, the exhibition is her most extensive to date in the United States.

Conceived as a journey, “Missing” gathers five of Sophie Calle’s major projects – itinerant since their creation – into a site-responsive presentation across the historic and scenic FMCAC campus on the San Francisco waterfront. The corpus offers an overview of Calle’s art since the 1980s, and includes her iconic projects spanning the last decade: “Take Care of Yourself,” “Rachel Monique” and “Voir la mer.”

Through a narrative of intimate stories, both personal and collective, “Missing” emphasizes the analogy of mother and sea (“mère” and “mer” in French), while proposing a reflection on the universal concepts of disappearance, loss and absence, central in the artist’s work and exploration.

“Rachel Monique” (2007)—Installed in the former U.S. Army Chapel, the poignant and poetic multimedia installation features the personality and final moments of Sophie Calle’s mother. 

“Take Care of Yourself “(2007)—Located in Gallery 308, “Take Care of Yourself” documents 107 women interpreting a break-up letter Calle received from an ex-lover.

“Voir la mer” (2011)—In the Firehouse, with a stunning view of San Francisco Bay, viewers will experience the film installation featuring residents of Istanbul, Turkey, seeing the ocean for the first time. 

“The Last Image” (2010) — Also displayed in the Firehouse, this is a series of photographs and texts that portrays the last visual memory of blind people.

For more information, visit Media contact: Nick Kinsey,    

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 of sculpture by Rodin cast during his lifetime in the world.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,

Through Jan. 8, 2018 – “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and enchanting illustrations of Eyvind Earle. Featuring more than 250 works, this exhibition features concept paintings for “Sleeping Beauty” and “Lady and the Tramp,” as well as Earle’s dynamic personal work. Earle’s distinctive style and interpretation of iconic American landscapes as a fine artist and printmaker have inspired generations of artists and designers.

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Through March, 2018 – “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration” 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  Media contact: Lisa Petrie, 415-561-5444,


Construction Underway for New Grand Hyatt Hotel at SFO, Scheduled to Open July 2019

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) hosted a groundbreaking event on June 20, 2017 to celebrate the start of construction on $237 million Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport, a new luxury hotel located on airport grounds, expected to open in July 2019.   

Grand Hyatt at SFO will feature 351 rooms, 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a selection of full-service and casual restaurants, a Grand Club lounge and an extensive fitness center.  The hotel is being designed to achieve both a four-star designation and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for environmentally sustainable design and operation.

Located at the entrance to SFO, the 4.7-acre hotel site is close to terminal buildings and parking garages and enjoys direct access to the AirTrain light rail system.  SFO will construct and own the property, with Hyatt managing the property under the Grand Hyatt brand.  The construction is expected to provide 350 jobs followed by an anticipated 200 hospitality jobs once the hotel opens.

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Pre-Security Mural “When Pink Elephants Fly” Brings Joy to SFO Terminal 1 During Construction

Travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport’s temporary Terminal 1 have the opportunity to see acclaimed local artist Jason Jägel transform a blank wall into a work of art.  Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, “When Pink Elephants Fly” is a colorful mural that explores the humor and humanity in modern air travel.

“Jason Jägel’s mural is an absolute crowd-pleaser,” says Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Tom DeCaigny.  “Our partners at SFO really understand the power and importance of high quality artwork to ensure a positive passenger experience.”

“While Terminal 1 is in the midst of a transformation, the presence of public artwork ensures the space continues to surprise and delight,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.

When completed, “When Pink Elephants Fly” will occupy a 41-foot wide by 25-foot high expanse located near the security entrance to Terminal 1.  The design includes a diverse cast of characters, human and animal, arranged to reflect the multi-directional movement of airport travelers and to invite broad opportunity for curiosity and identification.

SFO is redeveloping Terminal 1 (T1), one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience.  T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it welcomes each year.  When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E.  T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED® Gold certification.

The redevelopment plan for Terminal 1 generated several public art opportunities that will be developed in tandem with the new construction.  The Arts Commission aims to commission dynamic contemporary art that offers travelers and residents a powerful and continuous experience with art within the context of the airport environment.  The selection of artists to create large-scale, site-specific artworks and installations, architectural integrated pieces, and the purchase of both two dimensional and discrete artwork is currently underway.

San Francisco International Airport’s public art program, provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission through the City’s “2%-for-art” program, offers a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and site-specific artworks that reflect the Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse culture.  The collection comprises close to 100 objects in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national and international acclaim.

For more information about San Francisco International Airport, visit  Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000,

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