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August/September 2009: What’s New in San Francisco?

“What’s New” is a listing of new venues, attractions and activities compiled by the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.


The Presidents Cup tees up Oct. 6-11 for its first visit to the West Coast and Cirque du Soleil's new big top production OVO makes its U.S. premiere this November ... all Only in San Francisco.

“What’s New” is a listing of new venues, attractions and activities compiled by the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB). Past editions of “What’s New” and a list of “Recent and Coming Attractions” are available in the Media section of the SFCVB’s Web site, The next edition of “What’s New” will be sent in September 2009.

Public transit is highly recommended when visiting San Francisco. For bus schedules and information on San Francisco’s cable cars, historic streetcars and light rail system visit or call 311 (San Francisco) or 415-701-2311 if calling from outside area code 415.


Top 10 International and U.S. Players Qualify for The Presidents Cup 2009 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Scheduled for San Francisco’s Harding Park Oct. 6-11
On Aug. 16, 2009 the top 10 players for the International and U.S. Teams that will compete in The Presidents Cup 2009, Oct. 6-11 at Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco, were determined with the conclusion of the PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn. The top 10 international players (excluding those eligible for the European Ryder Cup Team) from the Official World Golf Ranking after the conclusion of the PGA Championship automatically made the International Team. The top 10 U.S. players who earned the most official PGA TOUR money from the 2007 Wyndham Championship through the 2009 PGA Championship (with money earned in 2009 counting as double) automatically made the U.S. Team.

Players on the International Team, captained by Greg Norman, are: Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Vijay Singh, Fiji; Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Retief Goosen, South Africa; Ernie Els, South Africa; Angel Cabrera, Argentina; Mike Weir, Canada; Robert Allenby, Australia; Y.E. Yang, Korea, and Tim Clark, South Africa.

Players on the U.S. Team, captained by Fred Couples, are: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Sean O’Hair, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard. Norman and Couples will each make two captain’s selections on Sept. 8 to round out their 12-man teams.

The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers — 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe — is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. This is the first time The Presidents Cup has been held on the West Coast. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. For tickets to the event, visit or call 877-PREZ-TIX (773-9849).
Media contact: Laura Hill, PGA TOUR, 904-273-7655,

OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s Latest Big Top Touring Production, makes U.S. Premiere in San Francisco Nov. 27, 2009
Cirque Club members may purchase advance tickets for OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s latest big top production, making its U.S. premiere in San Francisco Nov. 27, 2009, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Cirque Club membership is free and registration is simple. After a limited run in San Francisco, OVO will open in San Jose Feb. 4, 2010. OVO, which means “egg” in Portuguese, utilizes this timeless symbol of the life cycle and adapts it to a colony of insects who are awestruck and intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears in their midst. A cast of 54 performing artists from 13 countries will make the teeming world of these quirky critters come alive. A stunning trapeze act employing the skills of six flyers is the biggest of its kind ever presented under Cirque du Soleil’s distinctive blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top). The finale features 20 artists running, jumping and leaping straight up a 26-foot vertical wall. Look for the Grand Chapiteau at AT&T Park, corner of Third street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard. For information visit
Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677,

San Francisco’s de Young Museum Only Venue in the World to Host Two Impressionist Exhibitions from Musee d’Orsay May 2010-January 2011
Two consecutive special exhibitions, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay will be on view at the de Young Museum for a combined eight months beginning in May 2010 and ending in January 2011. Each exhibition will include approximately 100 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection and highlights the work of nearly 40 artists including Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rousseau, Seurat, Sisley, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh and Vuillard. The Musée d’Orsay will loan the exhibitions while it undergoes a partial closure for refurbishment and reinstallation in anticipation of the Musée’s 25th anniversary in 2011. The de Young will be the only museum in the world to host both exhibitions. The first exhibition opens May 22, 2010 and runs through Sept. 6, 2010. The second exhibition, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post- Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay opens Sept. 25, 2010 and runs through Jan. 18, 2011. Tickets for the general public will go on sale March 15, 2010. For information visit or call 415-750-3600.
Media contacts: Jill Lynch, 415-750-3553,; Robin Wander, 415-750-2604, or Amelie Hardivillier,

SFMOMA Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2010
Beginning in January 2010, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., will present a series of 75th anniversary events and exhibitions offering an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to experience the scope of SFMOMA's collection and to celebrate the formative moments, philosophies and personalities that have influenced the museum's evolution. Anniversary festivities will kick off with a free weekend celebration from Saturday, Jan. 16 through Monday, Jan. 18, 2010. Saturday programming will feature artist talks, a community talk show, and special evening performances by new media artists MTAA and visual artist Allison Smith. Sunday will be devoted to families, with hands-on art projects and participatory family interviews about art and artists. On Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the day SFMOMA was founded 75 years ago, the museum will celebrate the spirit of service by having Smith recreate the "Skills and Service" program first introduced by the museum during World War II. Smith will invite veterans and their families, as well as general museum visitors, to participate in the decoration of a memorial wreath that will be taken to the War Memorial Building on Memorial Day 2010. Throughout the anniversary season, SFMOMA will present a series of exhibitions under the heading 75 Years of Looking Forward that will tell the story of the artists, collectors, cultural mavericks and San Francisco leaders who founded, built and have animated the museum. For information visit or call 415-357-4000.
Media contact: Libby Garrison, 415-357-4177,


Parking Lots and Tunnel Areas on South Side of Golden Gate Bridge to Close for Repairs on Five Weekends Through Oct. 26, 2009; Bridge Remains Open to Traffic. The south side Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza and visitor areas will experience five weekend closures to accommodate construction improvements in the area through Oct. 26. The bridge roadway will remain open during all construction. Improvements include:

  • Repaving tourist parking lot located on the southeast side of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Repaving and adding lighting to the Bridge employee parking lot, southwest side of Bridge
  • Modifying the utilities and improving the drainage in the tunnel under the Toll Plaza
  • Repaving the roadway in tunnel under the Toll Plaza
  • Improvements for persons with disabilities in several areas

For information and updates on closures visit or call 511 or 415-455-2000 (outside San Francisco Bay Area).
Media contact: Mary Currie, 415-923-2222,

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to Be Closed Labor Day Weekend 2009, Sept. 3-8, 2009
This Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-8, 2009, crews will replace a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge east of the Yerba Buena Island (YBI) Tunnel, to connect the bridge to a temporary detour. This work is part of the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects, designed to bring the structure up to current earthquake standards.

A 300-foot double-deck section of the bridge, weighing thousands of tons, will be cut and slid away. A new double-deck section will be moved into place, allowing traffic to flow for the next few years on a half-mile long detour structure connecting the east span to the tunnel. This traffic shift will allow crews to demolish a portion of the original bridge, and build a new (permanent) connection from the tunnel to the new east span.

When the bridge reopens to traffic, motorists will experience a slightly different drive. The roadway will curve to the south, requiring drivers to slow down while approaching or leaving the Yerba Buena Island Tunnel. On the detour, the speed limit will be reduced from 50 mph to 40 mph.

Residents and visitors will have numerous alternatives for getting around the Bay Area while the entire Bay Bridge is closed during Labor Day weekend. Motorists should allow extra time for travel and use of other bridges, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge. Access to Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island for residents, employees and visitors will be maintained via special permit. For updates on other transit options, including ferries, BART and Muni, visit, which features up-to-date and detailed information on transit alternatives.
Media contact: Bay Bridge Public Information Office, 510-286-7167,

Find Parking, Post Parking. New Web-based Service Matches Drivers to Reserved Parking Places
GottaPark, a new San Francisco-based company whose motto is “Your Neighborhood Parking Network,” helps drivers reserve parking, especially in areas where parking can often be difficult to find. Reaching out to private residences, commercial businesses and other organizations interested in posting their parking for rent through their Web site, the site provides a simple online tool for drivers to find, reserve and pay for parking, and for residents and business owners to post their parking availability. Gottapark aims to tap into the vast supply of currently unused spaces. In addition to money saved on gas, customers often get a better deal pre-paying for garage space using GottaPark.
Media contact: Manjula Rajan, 877-211-PARK (7275),


San Francisco Symphony Announces New Guest Artists and Updated Programs for 2009-10 Season Opening Sept. 9, 2009
The San Francisco Symphony recently announced several new guest artists and program additions to its 2009-10 season including concerts by Lang Lang with the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Barbara Cook, Mariachi Sol de México, Cirque de la Symphonie and Pink Martini. Singer Linda Ronstadt narrates this year’sPeter and the Wolf concerts at Davies Symphony Hall and Flint Center, and Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton and Jennifer Holliday perform in Colors of Christmas. The San Francisco Symphony’s 98th season starts Wednesday, Sept. 9 with the Opening Gala to benefit the Symphony’s education and community programs, featuring Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Orchestra and special guest pianist Lang Lang. The Orchestra also announced detailed program information for the Mahler Festival Origins and Legacies concerts, programs for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra concerts and the second annual Día de los Muertos Family Concert program. The successful Davies After Hours post-concert party and performance series and the Off The Podium audience/artist question-and-answer programs both return for 2009-10. Single tickets, including a print-at-home option for online ticket buyers, go on sale Aug. 24. For information visit or call 415-864-6000.
Media contact: San Francisco Symphony Public Relations Department, 415- 503-5474,

Rent Returns to San Francisco for Limited Engagement at Curran Theatre Oct. 6-18, 2009
Adam Pascall, Anthony Rapp and Gwen Stewart will reprise the roles they originated on Broadway in Rent: The Broadway Tour. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical written by Jonathan Larson returns to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., Oct. 6-18. Inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent celebrates a community of artists struggling with the tough realities of today’s economy. The song “Seasons of Love,” which opens with the words “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes" (the number of minutes in a calendar year), quickly became the anthem for the millennial generation. For ticket information visit or call Ticketmaster at 415-512-7770.
Media contact: Jennifer McVey, 415-551-2075,

SFJAZZ Announces Artist Line-Up for 27th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Oct. 10-Nov. 21, 2009
The 27th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Oct. 10-Nov. 21, 2009, ill begin with a celebration of Thelonious Monk’s birthday with pianist Eric Reed on Oct. 10. The season continues through Nov. 21 and includes some of the most illustrious names in music, including: Jake Shimabukuro; Ornette Coleman; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer; Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar; Savion Glover; Esperanza Spalding; Milton Nascimento; Gal Costa; Keb’ Mo’ and Solomon Burke; Benny Goodman Centennial Salute with Eddie Daniels, and many more. Each fall, SFJAZZ honors a member of the community who has played a vital role in preserving the traditions and fostering the growth of jazz in the Bay Area. The 2008 Beacon Award honoree, legendary saxophonist John Handy, will lead his own group with special guests at the SFJAZZ Beacon Award concert Nov. 1 at Herbst Theatre. For information visit or call 866-920-JAZZ (5299).
Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410,

SHN Announces 2009-2010 Best of Broadway Season Opening Winter 2009
SHN’s 2009-2010 Best of Broadway season will feature Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, the perennial family musicalFiddler on the Roof starring Topol, the multiple 2008 Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, the hilarious Mel Brooks monster musical Young Frankenstein, the groundbreaking new production of West Side Story and a current Broadway blockbuster to be announced. Tickets are currently available for the entire season to subscribers and range in price from $180 to $630. For information visit or call 415-551-2050 or 877-797-SUBS (7827).
Media contact: Erin Garcia,, 415-551-2056.


Fresh Air, Fresh Music in San Francisco: Rock to Bluegrass Concerts
Over the next few months, the outdoor concert scene in San Francisco is even cooler than her legendary fog. Among the concert dates coming up are:

  • Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band Headline Outside Lands
  • Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Aug. 28-30, 2009

Tickets are on sale for the three-day Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Aug. 28-30, 2009, in Golden Gate Park. More than 50 artists and groups have been announced. Among the musical groups performing are Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Jason Mraz, Ween, The Mars Volta, Thievery Corporation and Modest Mouse. The inaugural event in 2008 drew more than 150,000 concert-goers. The area that includes Golden Gate Park was known as the Outside Lands in the mid-1800s, and much of it was barren uninhabitable land. For information visit
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Free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Returns to Golden Gate Park Oct. 2-4, 2009
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has grown into one of the world’s largest and most anticipated festivals for concertgoers and musicians alike. This year the festival expands to six stages and more than 80 bands will perform at Speedway, Marx and Lindley Meadows in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 2-4. It is estimated that more than 750,000-plus attended in 2008. In addition to Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Hazel Dickens who have been with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass since it began in 2001, this year’s festival will feature Richie Havens, The Chieftains, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Old 97’s, Marianne Faithfull, Amadou & Mariam and many others. On the morning of Friday, Oct. 2, as part of Daniel Pearl Foundation Music Days (, MC Hammer and others will entertain Bay Area middle school students. A special afternoon performance on Oct. 2 will feature Todd Rundgren, John Prine and Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. Weekend performances are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4. The event is free; no tickets required. For information visit
Media contact: Tracey Buck, 415-255-0333,

Two-Day Treasure Island Music Festival Returns Oct. 17-18, 2009
The third annual Treasure Island Music Festival, hailed as the West Coast’s most anticipated boutique music festival, will return to San Francisco Bay Oct. 17-18, 2009. Set against panoramic views of the city by the bay, the Treasure Island Music Festival will stick true to form in offering an electronic and dance centric lineup on Saturday, Oct. 17 and an indie rock lineup on Sunday, Oct.18. With two stages and no overlapping sets, fans can enjoy every note of every act. MGMT, The Flaming Lips and The Decemberists are among the more than two dozen groups in the lineup. In addition to the tunes, there will be a multitude of activities for the audience including a 60-foot tall Ferris wheel, an interactive art tent, a vendor village showcasing local designers and an array of healthy and affordable food and beverages. For information visit
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Architecture and the City Festival Features Tours, Exhibits and Lectures Through Sept. 30, 2009
The largest festival of its kind, the sixth annual Architecture and the City San Francisco Festival features a series of tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures, sustainable programs and more. The theme of the 2009 festival “Everyday, Design” celebrates the many ways design impacts daily lives. San Francisco is home to one of the largest chapters in the United States of the American Institute of Architects, producers of the festival, along with the Center for Architecture + Design. Among the offerings are a behind-the-scenes tour of Treasure Island; a run that attempts to follow the route of famous car chase scenes in San Francisco films; a bike tour of San Francisco Modern Architecture; and weekly walking tours of the everyday nooks and crannies of San Francisco. The 2009 San Francisco Living: Home Tours on Sept. 12-13 will visit state-of-the-art single-family homes in Bernal Heights, Cole Valley and Glen Park as well as affordable housing in the South of Market neighborhood, among others. Concurrent with the festival will be several exhibitions. To register for events or for information, visit or call 415-362-7397.
Media contact: Helen Wong, 415-362-7398,

Autumn Moon Festival Returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown Sept. 19-20, 2009
The 19th Annual Autumn Moon Festival will unfold the weekend of Sept. 19-20, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. During the Moon Festival, Chinatown's historic Grant Avenue will become a pedestrian-only bazaar with live entertainment between California and Broadway, and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny. The Moon Festival marks a significant holiday on the Chinese (lunar) calendar. To mark its celebration, several stages will feature traditional and contemporary musicians; martial artists, magicians and hourly lion dance performances. The festival will also screen a series of films ( including Slanted Screen, Anna May Wong - Frosted Yellow Willows and You Don’t Know Jack at the Four Seas Restaurant, 731 Grant Ave., starting at 11:30 a.m. on both days. The Moon Festival is often compared to a sort of “Chinese Thanksgiving” because of its spirit of gratitude and its inclusion of abundant food including the popular moon cake (flaky, round, semi-sweet pastries often filled with bean or lotus-seed paste and topped with a duck egg, echoing the shape of the full moon). For more information visit
Media contact: Eva Lee, 415-963-2362,

Paddles Up! San Francisco’s Treasure Island Welcomes Paddlers for 14th Annual International Dragon Boat Festival Sept. 26-27, 2009
More than 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 dragon boat paddlers are expected for the 14th annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, Sept. 26-27, 2009. The 500-meter course off Treasure Island will draw novice teams as well as competitive paddlers for the largest competitive dragon boat festival in the U.S. In addition to the exciting dragon boat racing, the festival features an entertainment stage with live dance and music performances, Dragon Land, a children's activity tent, and a variety of food, arts and crafts, and other vendors. Dragon boat racing is a tradition that originated 2,000 years ago; within the last 25 years it has been transformed into an international sport. Shuttle buses will be offered between Treasure Island and the corner of Kearny and Washington streets and the San Francisco Marriott, Fourth and Mission streets. For information visit
Media contacts: Linda Cheu, or Joyce Lee, 415-827-4027,

Blue Angels Return to Fleet Week San Francisco Oct. 8-13, 2009; Pre-Event Festivities Include Hornblower Cruise Sept. 24
The Blue Angels return to San Francisco as part of annual Fleet Week San Francisco festivities, Oct. 8-13, 2009. Inaugurated in 1981, Fleet Week brings together U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard forces for a week-long celebration highlighted by a two-day air show over the weekend, Oct. 10-11. The weekend lineup will also include the U.S. F-16 Viper West and the United States Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-22A Raptor. Team Oracle will also be performing. Fleet Week 2009 also features a variety of family events along the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Premium seating for air shows is available for purchase. A fundraiser to support Fleet Week 2009 is being held Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. aboard the California Hornblower. Tickets are $200. For information about the fundraiser, visit or call 415-788-8866. For information visit or call 650-599-5057.
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24th Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Returns Sept. 26, 2009
After a brief hiatus Sausalito’s colorful floating homes community will once again open its doors to visitors Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour takes visitors inside 20 of the most unique homes in the world. Docents will also be onboard to describe Sausalito’s waterfront lifestyle and answer questions. Six of the homes on this year's tour have never been open to the public. One of the featured homes is "Train Wreck," built from an 1889 North Pacific Railway Pullman car that was cut in half and integrated into the structure. The tour begins at Kappas Marina, on Gate 6 Road off Bridgeway at the northern end of Sausalito, just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The Green at Kappas Marina is the registration area and center for food and fun throughout the day. Past tours have attracted more than 1,500 visitors from around the country. Advance tickets, $35 per person, are recommended; purchase tickets online and view virtual tours at or call 415-332-1916.
Media contact: Debra Levy, 415-332-1803,

Open Studios Preview Weekend Oct. 3-4 Kicks Off Month-Long Citywide Event for Art Lovers Through Nov. 1, 2009
ArtSpan’s Open Studios, the largest open studios event in the nation, with 600-plus participating artists over five sequential weekends, kicks off Saturday, Oct. 3 with a preview gala and opening auction at SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St. This free-for-all citywide exhibition runs the gamut from challenging installation work, painting and photography to furniture, glass, wearable art, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, drawing and more. From Oct. 3-Nov. 1 San Francisco-based artists will open their doors to the public. With more artists per square foot than any other city in the country according to the NEA, there’s a lot to see and buy. SF Open Studios is also an ideal opportunity to visit tucked away neighborhoods. Dozens of signs on front doors or garages inviting passers-by to come in are often a surprise even for the neighbors who don’t realize they are living near an atelier. Select neighborhoods will be featured each weekend. For information visit or call 415-861-9838.
Media contacts: Liam Passmore, 415-865-0860, or Wendy Norris, 415-307-3853.

It’s Story Time Again: Litquake Returns to San Francisco Oct. 9-17, 2009
The West Coast’s largest independent literary festival returns to San Francisco on Oct. 9 with a gala opening night at the Herbst Theatre. Readings, panels and events ensue all week, culminating in the notorious Lit Crawl on Oct. 17. Litquake organizers promise an even larger festival to mark the tenth anniversary, with more events, more authors, and more reasons to leave the house and come hear literature out loud, straight from the author’s mouth. Amy Tan is the recipient of the Barbary Coast Award this year; previous honorees include Armistead Maupin and Tobias Wolff. Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented close to 1,400 author appearances for an audience of more than 32,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. For information visit
Media contact: Liam Passmore, 415-865-0860,

San Francisco Celebrates Italian Heritage on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009
On Sunday Oct. 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm San Francisco’s Italian Heritage Parade will be celebrating its 141st year as the nation’s oldest Italian-American parade and San Francisco’s oldest civic event. The parade showcases marching bands, drill teams, elaborate floats, festive entertainers, special guests and local celebrities to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Beginning at Fisherman’s Wharf at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton streets, the parade winds through the “Little Italy” section of the San Francisco in the North Beach neighborhood, down Columbus Avenue, ending at Washington Square Park in front of the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available all along the route. Among the highlights of the day is the Ferrari sports car display in Washington Square Park as well as activities for children and families near the park. This time-honored tradition is also part of San Francisco’s Fleet Week festivities. For information visit
Media contact: Marilyn Baum,

Lodi Vintners Announce Inaugural Treasure Island WineFest on Oct. 11, 2009
Vintners in Lodi, Calif., located 96 miles east of San Francisco, will provide visitors access to their products at the inaugural Treasure Island WineFest, Oct. 11, 2009, taking place the last day of Fleet Week. In addition to sampling wines from 45 Lodi wineries, there will be live music and guided tasting seminars. There will be an air show flying simultaneously, promising incredible views for attendees. The cost of admission will be $55 in advance or $65 at the door. The Lodi wine region produces over 60 grape varieties, from the traditional Cabernet and Chardonnay to exciting new varietals such as Vermentino and Tempranillo. The region has experienced exponential growth since the early 1990s, with more than 75 wineries now bringing international attention to the local industry. Festival hours are 1 to 5 p.m. For information visit or or call 877-367-4757.
Media contact: Anna Goehring, 877-367-4757,

San Francisco Film Society Announces New Cinema by the Bay Festival, Oct. 23-25, 2009
The San Francisco Film Society is producing a new Cinema by the Bay festival, Oct. 23-25, 2009. Celebrating Bay Area filmmaking the three-day festival will feature new work produced in or about the San Francisco Bay Area and provide a compelling window into Bay Area film culture and practice at its best. For information visit
Media contacts: Hilary Hart, 415-561-5022, or Bill Proctor, 415-561-5024,

2009 Fabulous Food Festival Returns to Concourse Exhibition Center Nov. 7-8, 2009
San Francisco's second annual cornucopia of culinary delights, The Fabulous Food Festival, will return to the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., Nov. 7-8, 2009. Doors are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At $10 per person, this is a festival for “all the people” with an energetic festival/marketplace atmosphere, stocked from beginning to end with must-see and must-experience demos and lectures, live musical entertainment, and a slate of surprising give-a-ways and prizes. More than 150 exhibitors will offer free samples and products for purchase. Over 20 different food categories will be featured - everything from chocolate to cheese and sauces to soup. Highlighted over the entire weekend will be a full schedule of cooking demos and lectures by well-known Bay Area chefs, authors and food experts staged on the main floor. For information visit or call 415-388-7208.
Media contact: Larsen Associates, 415-957-1205,


Contemporary Jewish Museum Is Where the Wild Things Are Sept. 8, 2009-Jan. 19, 2010
A major retrospective of 100 works by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, 81, opens this fall at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak includes original watercolors and drawings from more than 40 of his books, as well as rare sketches, never-before-seen working materials and exclusive interview footage. Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who had lost many family members in Poland during the Holocaust. The sadness and complexities of the Holocaust, the rich memories of his parents' lives in Europe and his own childhood adventures in Brooklyn inform all of his work. The exhibit, populated with many of the characters he created - from stubborn Pierre to a child named Mickey rummaging around The Night Kitchen and, of course, Max, who took on the creatures of his forested bedroom - opens Sept. 8, 2009 and closes on Jan. 19, 2010. The new film Where the Wild Things Are with a screenplay written by local writer Dave Eggers and director Spike Jonze, is slated to open Oct. 16, 2009. For information visit or call 415-655-7800.
Media contacts: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, or Jen Morris, 415-655-7834,

SF Camerawork Celebrates 35th Anniversary Beginning Sept. 10, 2009
Thirty-five years after opening their doors to the public, SF Camerawork, San Francisco’s only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to the photographic arts, will present its anniversary exhibition, An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sept. 10-Oct. 31, 2009. This landmark anniversary exhibition explores the work of artists that have contributed to the cultural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. SF Camerawork curator Chuck Mobley notes, “just as a well-written autobiography brings to forefront specific moments and characters from the past, An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area also tells a story, or rather many stories of the region over the past 35 years.” Presented in two parts, SF Camerawork’s 35th anniversary exhibition will feature major new commissioned works, in addition to historically significant works, and contemporary pieces. Among the artists featured will be Catherine Wagner, Larry Sultan, Catherine Opie, Judy Dater, Annie Leibovitz, Kota Ezawa, Jim Goldberg, Richard Misrach, John Chiara and many others. For information visit or call 415-512-2020.
Media contact: Wendy Norris, , 415-307-3853.

California Academy of Sciences Celebrates First Anniversary Sept. 26-27, 2009
On the weekend of Sept. 26-27, festivities will celebrate and commemorate the first anniversary of the California Academy of Sciences, which opened on Sept. 27, 2008 in Golden Gate Park. By then some two million visitors from around the world will have visited the new facility. Festivities will include appearances by animal ambassadors such as big cats and birds of prey, science demonstrations, performances by renowned dance troupes, and celebratory African drumming, as well as the premiere of a new planetarium show, Journey to the Stars. A stage in the Academy’s west garden will host headliner events throughout the weekend, and a tent in the east garden will feature additional activities and programs. For information visit or call 415-379-8000.
Media contact: Stephanie Stone, 415-379-5121,

Opening Set for The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco on Oct. 1, 2009
Three historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco will soon house 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name. Disney’s story will be portrayed through drawings he made in his youth; drawings and cartoons from his first company, Laugh-O-gram Films; early drawings of Mickey Mouse; storyboards, a Disney innovation; the technically innovative Multiplane Camera; the narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train he built for his Hollywood home and a model of the Disneyland that sprang from his imagination. Throughout the exhibits there will also be film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used by Disney and his staff to create his characters and films. His family will be represented in photographs, artifacts, home movies and personal correspondence. More than 200 video monitors will be incorporated in the museum as well as a wide range of materials and technologies, including interactive displays. The museum will also include a 123-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store and a café. All admission to the museum will be by timed entry tickets. Admission is $20 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-17, children under 6 free with adult admission and $15 for seniors. The museum opens Oct. 1, 2009. For information and tickets visit
Media contact: Elaine Mellis, 415-345-6893,

40th Anniversary Celebration at Exploratorium Kicks Off with a Jolt on Nov. 5, 2009
In November 2009, the Exploratorium's celebrates its 40th anniversary. It was in 1968 that San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the last remnant of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, was restored. Noted physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer, brother of J. Robert (father of the atom bomb), proposed that this cavernous structure house a science museum, or rather, an "Exploratorium," to promote understanding. In 1969, with no publicity or fanfare, the Exploratorium opened its doors to display a few exhibits. Today, the Exploratorium is considered the prototype for hands-on museums around the world, and a leader in the movement for museums as educational centers. A series of events to mark the 40th anniversary is planned. Among them are:

  • Nov. 5 — “Dr. Megavolt,” Austin Richards, Ph.D., will electrify visitors to the Exploratorium After Dark event with 14-foot electrical arcs from his high voltage Tesla Coil. 6-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 7-8 — Free celebratory weekend includes three joyous shows of bubble magic with Tom Noddy, as well as behind-the-scenes tours with key staff, including tours of the machine shop, where all the exhibits are made; science demos led by the Exploratorium’s Explainers; crafts demos, such as violinmaker, blacksmith, and other DIY artisans; a special 40th anniversary film screening of Zea (1981, 5 min.), by Andre and Jean-Jacques Leduc — a visual tour-de-force that transforms the commonplace, first screened at the original Bubble Festival in 1983, over 500 exhibits and a free commemorative brochure/program.
  • Nov. 15 — K.C. Cole, the author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up — a memoir/biography of her mentor, will be joined by David Perlman, the San Francisco Chronicle’s eminent science writer, for a wide-ranging conversation looking at the origins of the Exploratorium.

For complete details on Exploratorium anniversary events visit or call 415-561-0360.
Media contact: Leslie Patterson, 415-561-0377, or Alex Smith 415-561-0367,


Adventure Ecology Opens Plastiki-Mission Control in Heart of Fisherman’s Wharf
On June 27, 2009 Adventure Ecology opened a new interactive educational center at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf: “Plastiki-Mission Control.” The Plastiki is a 60-foot catamaran made from more than 12,000 reclaimed plastic bottles. It is slated to leave San Francisco in late 2009 for a 10,000 nautical mile journey across the Pacific to Sydney, Australia. San Francisco is the “birthplace” of Plastiki and at Mission Control this is where visitors will find blueprints, sketches, expedition equipment, navigational charts, maps, touch screen films and fun and interactive work stations. Once the expeditions leaves port, “The Plastiki — Mission Control” will continue to fuel the imagination with live feeds, Web casts, blogs, voice files, photography and short films documenting the crew’s passage through the volatile Pacific Ocean. In sharing the story of the Plastiki, the crew hopes to inspire a wider community of thoughtful eco-citizens to think smart about reducing, re-using and recycling. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit or
Media contact: Katya Sorokko, 415-394-6500, or


Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run Set for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009
Dubbed “America’s Most Beautiful Run” by Sports Illustrated magazine, the 33rd annual Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 4 to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California. Both the 7K and 12K courses will start together at 9 a.m. in downtown San Francisco at the Ferry Building in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, then run through Fisherman's Wharf, along the Marina Green, through Crissy Field, which offers magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and finish at the historic Parade Grounds in the Presidio. The Glide Floss Bridge to Bridge Run is a sightseeing tour of San Francisco with beautiful vistas along the entire course. Race entry forms and registration information are available at or call 415-995-6899.
Media contact: Sheri Nelson, 415-995-6930,

2009 Emerald Bowl Set for Saturday, Dec. 26 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park
The 2009 Emerald Bowl, college football’s only postseason bowl game to match opponents from the Pacific-10 and Atlantic Coast Conferences, will be played Saturday, Dec. 26 at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco, the home of the San Francisco Giants. The game will be played in prime time for the fourth consecutive season. This year’s Emerald Bowl will have a 5 p.m. (PST) kickoff. The #4 or #5 Pacific-10 representative will meet the #5, #6 or #7 ACC squad. Team selections will be announced in early December. Last year’s Emerald Bowl paired the California Golden Bears vs. the Miami Hurricanes, with the Bears posting a 24-17 win. For information visit or call 415-947-BOWL (2695).
Media contact: Doug Kelly, 916-649-0552, or


Green Dream Tours: New Budget-Conscious Tour Saves Green, Too
Green Dream Tours was started with the vision and mission of giving the best quality San Francisco tours at the lowest price, in an environmentally friendly manner. Elie Sasson, tour guide and owner of Green Dream Tours, drives the 14-passenger biodiesel bus and the five- to six-hour tour, offered at $38 per person (exclusive of Muir Woods entry fee), makes a circuit through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods. Sasson also treats passengers to his “weekly scoop” on things to do and see in San Francisco. Departure time is 10 a.m. Monday-Friday, May through December; pickup available at local hotels and hostels. By reservation only. For information visit
Media contact: Elie Sasson, 415-830-3787,


Grand Hyatt San Francisco Offers Allergy Friendly Rooms
The Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton St., has converted 23 guestrooms on the 15th floor to create an allergy friendly environment. PURE Rooms have been specially treated to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and viruses. The conversion was completed on July 31, 2009; based on demand, other rooms may be added. There is an additional charge of $25 per night for the allergy friendly rooms. The Grand Hyatt San Francisco is currently the only hotel in Northern California to offer PURE Rooms, originally created for asthma and allergy sufferers. More than 50 of the nation’s top hotels have installed PURE to date. For information visit or call 415-398-1234.
Media contact: Roxy Stone, 415-848-6075, or Linda Ayares, 212-754-6500 ext. 262,


S.F. Sunday Streets Wins Numerous Awards Final Sunday: Sept. 6, 2009
Sunday Streets, an ongoing program in San Francisco that sets aside car-free zones for family-based activities on normally busy thoroughfares, has not only gained broad support among participants and local merchants, but also local and national recognition for its innovative, health and family-oriented program. Local families, kids and adults are invited to walk, jog, bike and participate in group exercise in the car-free zones. The final Sunday for this summer is Sept. 6, along the Great Highway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information visit or call 311 (San Francisco) or 415-701-2311 if calling from outside area code 415.
Media contact: Joe Arellano, 415-554-6608, or Grier Mathews, 415-246-4054,

Flights of Fancy: Family Day Kite Festival Lifts Off Sept. 19-20, 2009
Watch spectacular kites flown high above the Marina Green — from the acrobatic kites of world champions to the hand-made entries of amateurs. Family Day Kite Festival is a free, open-air, panoramic, eco-friendly event for families. The festival features all forms of kiting from kite flying to kite boarding to kite boating. Event highlights include a make-a-kite pavilion, contests for kite making and kite flying, and activities for children. Green exhibitors highlighting wind and renewable energy, sustainability, and eco-friendly products and services will also be present. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kites and sails will fill the skies and seas of the San Francisco Bay before the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge. For more information, call 415-381-0100 or visit Media contact: Ron Young, 415-381-0100,

Target Family Day Offers Free Admission to Four Museums in Yerba Buena Gardens Area; Two Performances by Circus Bella Add to Fun on Oct. 18, 2009
Target Family Day on Sunday, Oct. 18, will transform San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district into a huge family block party. SFMOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Zeum and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will team up with Target for a non-stop day of free family fun. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the day will also include hands-on art making activities and special family friendly performances. For details visit or call 415-391-2000.
Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, or Angela Jackson, 415-227-2603,


Crown & Crumpet
Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, 415-771-4252,
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Media contact: Melissa Davis, 510-540-0200,
Crown & Crumpet is a fresh take on an old tradition: the English tearoom. Opened in the newly revamped Ghirardelli Square, Crown & Crumpet infuses tradition with a large dollop of humor and panache. Eschewing the “granny look,” renowned English architect and designer Roland Courtenay Bishop created an architecturally inviting “doily-free zone” with décor designed by owners Christopher and Amy Dean. The 1,500 square foot space accommodates 45 guests inside with an additional 20 in an outdoor seating area. A range of food and beverages is available including a breakfast menu and light lunch followed by a proper afternoon tea service. In the evening the tearoom serves small bites and features an aperitif bar. Crown & Crumpet also has a retail section in the entrance stocked with tea-related gifts sources from England, jewelry, artwork from local and European artists and, of course, their signature china, complete with Crown & Crumpet logo. Opened September 2008.

The Plant Café Organic
Pier 3, 415-984-1973,
Neighborhood: The Embarcadero
Media contact: Matthew Guelke, 415-984-1973,
The Plant Café Organic has opened adjacent to La Mar Cebicheria Peruana at the newly renovated historic Pier 3. Featuring bayside, waterfront indoor and outdoor dining The Plant Café Organic offers sparkling fresh California cuisine based on 100 percent organic ingredients sourced from local farms. The menu features fresh juices, sandwiches and salads, wine and seasonal cocktails as well as pizza, sustainable seafood and organic poultry — the latter cooked using the power of the sun. Private dining options accommodate from 20 to 60 diners. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunches and a “grab-and-go” option for moveable feasts. Opened June 2009.

For more updates on the latest on San Francisco’s food scene, check out the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau’s food blog, Foodie 411, written by Marcia “the tablehopper” Gagliardi.


Arrivals and Departures: Upcoming New Airlines and Routes at SFO

The following new airlines and routes will be added at San Francisco International Airport in the upcoming months:

Aug. 16, 2009 Southwest will increase to six daily flights to Orange County.

Aug. 18, 2009 United will start nonstop daily service to Pittburgh, PA with A319 aircraft.

Sept. 25, 2009 AeroMexico increase two more frequencies to Hermosillo, Mexico, for now daily service.

Oct. 1, 2009 United adds Kansas City as a new non-stop domestic destination for United Express.

Nov. 17, 2009 JetBlue adds Ft. Lauderdale as a new destination, with one daily service with A320 aircraft.

Nov. 18, 2009 Virgin America adds Ft. Lauderdale as a new destination, with two daily services with A320 aircraft.

For information visit Media contact: Michael C. McCarron, 650-821-4000,

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