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February/March 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 (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 March 2009.

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“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, www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com. The next edition of “What’s New” will be sent in March 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 www.sfmta.org or call 311 (San Francisco) or 415-701-2311 if calling from outside area code 415. The new 74X-CultureBus offers express service to many of the city’s major museums. For information visit www.sfculturebus.org.

CITY NEWS

American Express Official Card Partner for San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
American Express is now the Official Card Partner of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB).  This new partnership benefits both American Express® Cardmembers and San Francisco merchants with programs and offers created to showcase the many options San Francisco offers to dine, shop and visit. Some of the first programs to take place as a part of this partnership include:

  • "American Express Exclusive Offers — Only in San Francisco." These value-added offers from San Francisco retailers, hotels, restaurants and attractions run through Dec. 31, 2009.  A complete listing of offers is available at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/offers.
  • "Get 3 Nights for 2."  This lodging promotion, which runs through June 30, 2009, offers three hotel nights for the price of two when reserved with any American Express Card and booked on www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/offers.

Media contact: Angela Jackson, 415-227-2603, [email protected].

EVENTS

Composers from Brazil, Cambodia, Poland, Denmark and the U.S. Gather In San Francisco for 14th Annual Other Minds Music Festival—March 5-7, 2009
The 14th annual Other Minds Festival will bring together nine of the most exciting and innovative composers from around the world for concerts and artist talks, March 5-7, 2009. The concert presentations feature four world premieres including “The Tavern” by American artist Ben Johnston, the U.S. premiere of a work by Estonian Arvo Pärt for eight cellos, “de-composed” songs based on Brazilian classics and three more world premieres, including a new work commissioned by Other Minds. All performances are at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. For information visit www.otherminds.org or call 415-934-8134. Tickets are available at 415-292-1233, www.jccsf.org/arts. Media contact: Adam Fong, 415-934-8134, [email protected].

Largest and Most Prestigious Showcase of Movies by and about Asians and Asian Americans Returns to San Francisco—March 12-22, 2009
The 27th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), which showcases the best Asian and Asian American films from around the globe, will take place March 12-22, 2009 in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. The SFIAAFF is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Film screenings, filmmaker tributes and panel discussions take place at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St. as well the Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, and the Camera 12 Cinemas, 201 S. Second St., San Jose. The 2009 SFIAAFF will present two world premieres: H.P. Mendoza’s “Fruitfly” and “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee,” Deann Borshay Liem’s follow-up to her acclaimed documentary “First Person Plural.” The festival's program is the largest showcase of its kind in the world. For more information or tickets visit www.asianamericanmedia.org. Media contact: Larsen Associates, 415-957-1205, [email protected].

Cherry Blossom Festival Salutes Japanese American Culture—April 11-12 and 18-19, 2009
One of California’s most distinguished celebrations of Asian traditions, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival marks its 42nd year April 11-12 and 18-19, 2009. Each year, more than 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American community. The event spans two weekends and climaxes with a grand parade on Sunday, April 19. Entertainment stages feature Japanese dancers, martial artists and taiko drummers. Leave time to explore the oldest Japantown in the United States, roam the food bazaar and traditional arts and crafts fair. This year Hello Kitty and her entourage are also making a visit from Japan's Puroland; they will transform the Children's Village to Hello Kitty Land on the weekend of April 11-12, and perform at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Exhibits and demonstrations of ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (brush/ink painting), calligraphy, bonsai (tree dwarfing), origami, and doll-making will also fill the Japan Center. Classical and folk dancers will perform both weekends. Experts in karate, kendo (a style of fencing with bamboo swords), aikido, and judo will also demonstrate their skills. For information visit www.nccbf.org or call 415-563-2313. Media contact: Lorin Kagehiro, 510-915-4574, [email protected].

Pacific Heights Mansion Site for San Francisco Decorator Showcase—April 25-May 25, 2009
The West Coast’s most prominent and emerging interior and landscape designers will soon converge on 2830 Pacific Ave. in San Francisco’s prestigious Pacific Heights neighborhood to transform a stately four-story Georgian mansion into the 2009 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, California’s premier design showhouse.  Now in its 32nd year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase will run April 25 through Memorial Day, May 25, 2009. The elegant and formal Georgian mansion was originally designed and built in 1910 by San Francisco architect Nathaniel Blaisdell.  The main level’s spacious public areas include a parlor, living room, large family kitchen and a formal dining room leading out to a landscaped garden terrace.  The second level includes five bedrooms and a formal library.  The penthouse level features a stunning wrap-around terrace with panoramic bay views. The home is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays (except for Memorial Day). Tickets are available at the door and are $30 for general admission and $25 for seniors. Group rates are available and must be arranged in advance by calling 415-447-3115.  For information visit www.decoratorshowcase.org. Media contacts: Grier Mathews, 415-246-4054, [email protected], or Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, [email protected].

Carnaval, California’s Largest Annual Multi-Cultural Event, Slated for—May 23-24, 2009
Themed “Roots of Revival: Seeds of Change,” Carnaval San Francisco 2009 offers something for everyone who loves Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Carnaval is California’s largest multi-cultural celebration, showcasing the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a dynamic array of food, music, drumming, dancing, live music and artistry, including works created by Mission District residents and Bay Area artists. The Carnaval San Francisco Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, May 23- 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located on Harrison street, between 16th and 22nd streets, the festival will offer food, music, dance, art, crafts and other fun activities and events on several stages for the entire family to enjoy. The world famous Carnaval Grand Parade on Sunday, May 24 starts at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets where it will proceed west to Mission street.  From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area. Carnaval’s Grand Parade is a unique multi-cultural event that celebrates the traditions of many countries and cultures around the world. For information visit www.carnavalsf.com or call 415-651-1811. Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, [email protected].

PERFORMING ARTS

ODC/Dance Presents Annual Spring Season: ‘ODC/Dance/Downtown’—March 12-29, 2009
ODC/Dance, San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company, returns to the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., March 12-29, 2009 for its 38th annual spring season, “ODC/Dance Downtown.” It features one world premiere by ODC Founder/Artistic Director Brenda Way: “In the Memory of the Forest,” and one world premiere by Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson: “grassland.” The spring season also features five repertory favorites. To order tickets call 415-978-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ybca.org or www.odcdance.org. Media contact: Mona Baroudi, 415-615-2735, [email protected].

Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Includes Return of ‘Signs and Wonders’—April 17-26, 2009
San Francisco-based Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet home season, April 17-26, 2009 will feature a world premiere work set to the music of Arcangelo Corelli and Francis Poulenc, and the return of King’s acclaimed work, “Signs and Wonders.” The season takes place at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. King’s celebrated “Signs and Wonders,” originally commissioned by Dance Theatre of Harlem, has since toured around the world to critical acclaim. In addition to the eight performances slated for this spring, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet’s home season also includes a free Family Day on Sunday, April 19, with activities for visitors of all ages prior to the matinee performance. For information visit www.linesballet.org. Tickets are available at www.ybca.org or call 415-978-2787. Media contact: Mona Baroudi, 415-615-2735, [email protected].

Broadway Revival of ‘South Pacific’ Headed for San Francisco in September 2009
SHN will present the all-new production of the Lincoln Center Theater prize-winning musical classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's “South Pacific” at the Golden Gate Theatre, One Taylor St., in September 2009. “South Pacific” swept the 2007-2008 theater awards winning seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award for Best Musical Revival. Directed by Bay Area native Bartlett Sher, this production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's “South Pacific” will begin its national tour following the San Francisco engagement. Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize winning book “Tales of the South Pacific,” the play has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical features such classic songs as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime.” “South Pacific” premiered at the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949 and went on to enjoy a five-year Broadway run winning countless awards. Tickets are currently only available by subscribing to the 2008-2009 Best of Broadway season by calling 415-551-2050 or visiting www.shnsf.com. Media contact: Jennifer McVey, 415-551-2075, [email protected].

Burn the Floor Makes San Francisco Premiere at Post Street Theatre—Jan. 30, 2009
“Burn the Floor,” the Ballroom and Latin dance spectacular that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries worldwide, will make its San Francisco premiere in a limited six-week engagement Jan. 30-April 12, 2009, at the Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St.  A breathtaking blend of Latin and Ballroom dance first conceived during Sir Elton John's 50th birthday celebration in 1997, “Burn the Floor’s” troupe of 16 award-winning dancers, two percussionists and two vocalists hail from around the globe — the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Australia, Sweden, the Philippines — and includes Australian Ballroom dance champions and World Latin American champions. For information visit www.poststreettheatre.com or www.burnthefloor.com. Tickets are available at the Post Street Theatre box office or by calling 415-771-6900 and online at ticketmaster.com. Media contact: Ed Kiley415-296-0677 .

MUSEUMS

Cartoon Art Museum ‘Watchmen’ Exhibit Offers In-Depth Look at Film—Feb. 21-July 19, 2009
The Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., will present an in-depth look at one of the most anticipated films of 2009 and the graphic novel that inspired it in its latest exhibition, “Watchmen.” The exhibition features dozens of concept illustrations, preparatory sketches and original comic book pages illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the co-creator and illustrator of the critically-acclaimed “Watchmen” graphic novel.  Viewers will be able to follow the creation of the “Watchmen” universe from Gibbons’ conceptual sketches through his completed artwork to the actual props used in the creation of the “Watchmen” motion picture, courtesy of the Warner Bros. Corporate Archives. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – moves closer to midnight.  “Watchmen” will be released nationwide on March 6, 2009. For information visit www.cartoonart.org or call 415-CAR-TOON (227-8666). Media contact: Andrew Farago, 415-227-8666, ext. 314, [email protected].

Two Years in the Making: New Outdoor Exploratorium Opens March 13, 2009
Opening on March 13, 2009 the new Outdoor Exploratorium will feature a collection of 20 brand-new outdoor interactive science exhibits and artworks at Fort Mason, along San Francisco’s breathtaking shoreline between Aquatic Park and the Marina District, not far from the Exploratorium’s home in the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. The installation, the Exploratorium’s first extended foray into the outdoors, is a long-term experiment as the staff of the pioneering hands-on museum studies the environment and San Francisco’s waterfront. Among the exhibits is Bridge Thermometer, in which the Golden Gate Bridge is transformed into an instrument that lets visitors measure changing temperature patterns. At the Tasting the Tides site, special low-flow drinking fountains emulate the salinity typical of water flowing from the Delta through San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, and at Wind Arrows flags waving atop surrounding architecture translate into a giant wind observatory. The Outdoor Exploratorium project, forged through an Exploratorium partnership with Fort Mason Center and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has been under development since September 2006. For information visit www.exploratorium.edu or call 415-EXP-LORE (397-5673). Media contact: Leslie Patterson, 415-561-0377, [email protected].

Asian Art Museum Presents “The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan” Through May 10, 2009
With the recent coronation of 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck making front page news, the world is increasingly more curious about the remote kingdom of Bhutan. This winter at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., “The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan,” the first exhibition of its kind, provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts in Bhutan, where only 20,000 foreigners a year are allowed to enter on supervised trips. Located in the Himalayas to the east of Mt. Everest and Nepal, and bordered by India and Tibet (China), Bhutan is unique as a sovereign nation that has maintained its ancient culture, arts, and religious and political traditions intact. Significantly, Bhutan is one of the few countries in Asia that was never colonized by its neighbors or Western powers.  Many of the objects that will be on view through May 10, 2009 remain in ritual use in temples and monasteries and have never before been accessible to a Western audience.  Bhutanese monks will remain in residence at the Asian Art Museum for the duration of the exhibition, performing daily ritual observances for the sacred artworks. In an unprecedented effort, the exhibition also documents ritual Buddhist dance forms through video footage and photographs. The exhibition will include roughly 150 works of art, comprising paintings, sculptures, clay and stone carving, metalwork, textiles and ritual objects. For information visit www.asianart.org or call 415-581-3500. Media contact: Michele Dilworth, 415-581-3713, [email protected].

Pop Music and Pop Artist Andy Warhol Showcased at de Young Museum Through May 17, 2009
“Warhol Live” at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, is the first exhibition to explore the fundamental role of music in the work of pop artist, Andy Warhol. Warhol created dozens of portraits of contemporary musical artists from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, and illustrated more than 50 album covers. This exhibition recreates The Factory, Warhol’s studio, decorated with mirrors, tin foil and silver balloons, and the musical ambiance of Studio 54, the New York City hot spot. Music will be played in all the galleries and some of the artist’s films will be screened. For information visit www.deyoungmuseum.org or call 415-750-3600. Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-750-3553, [email protected].

That Touch of Class: Faberge, Tiffany and Lalique Designs at Legion of Honor Through May 31, 2009
“Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique” at the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue and Clement, is the first comparative study of the work of the three greatest jewelry and decorative arts designers at the turn of the 20th century. Some of their most elaborate designs for the Paris World's Fair in 1900 are reunited for the first time in a gallery recreating the ambiance of this opulent international exposition. Included are Faberge’s famed Imperial Easter eggs, stained glass by Tiffany unseen in the western United States for many years, and precious pieces of Lalique jewelry from private and public collections. For information visit www.famsf.org or call 415-750-3600. Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-750-3553, [email protected].

This Spring at the Contemporary Jewish Museum Discover “Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949”—April 23-Sept. 8, 2009
During the artistic ferment following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, major artists joined actors, choreographers, writers and musicians to create a daring new theater.  This collaboration gave rise to extraordinary productions with highly original stage designs that redefined the concept of theater itself. In “Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949” on view from April 23 to Sept. 8, 2009, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., tells the little-known and tumultuous story of this vanguard artistic flowering, which thrived on the stage for 30 years before being extinguished during the Stalinist era. This is the only West Coast viewing of more than 200 works of art and ephemera, the majority never before exhibited and drawn from collections in Russia, France, Israel and the United States for this showing. For information visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800. Media contacts: Stacey Silver, 415-655-7833, [email protected] or Kate Patterson, 415-655-7835, [email protected].

GREEN NEWS

San Francisco ‘Flips the Switch’ for Earth Hour 2009 on March 28, 2009
On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., local time, San Francisco will join 376 cities around the world taking part in Earth Hour 2009. World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, to make a global statement of concern. San Francisco was one of the flagship cities for 2008, the inaugural year of Earth Hour USA. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said his city was looking forward to being part of Earth Hour in 2009, after the success of the event in 2008. "It was remarkable to see how, by working together, government, businesses and individuals could make a real difference through the very simple act of turning out their lights," said Mayor Newsom. "We look forward to making Earth Hour 2009 an even greater success." For information visit www.earthhourus.org.

ATTRACTIONS

Land Animals Populate New Exhibits at Aquarium of the Bay Beginning Feb. 21, 2009
Two Golden State natives, the California King Snake and Banana Slug, are creeping into Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero and Beach Street, and will receive their first public introduction at "Slither: Invasion of the Land Animals" on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1-3 p.m. "Slither" is the first of five public events providing sneak peeks into the Aquarium's much-anticipated new exhibits, which will open April 4, 2009. "Our new animals are taking Aquarium of the Bay to the next level — the above the ground level — as they are the first land-dwelling animals to make their homes here,” said CEO John Frawley. “Invasion of the Land Animals” events will include live animal showing and interaction, hands-on activities and more.  The events are free, with admission to Aquarium of the Bay. For details on “Invasion of the Land Animals” events visit www.aquariumofthebay.com or call 415-623-5300 or 888-SEA-DIVE. Media contact. Kati Schmidt, 415-623-5340, [email protected].

HOTELS

Nourish by Spa Chakra Opens Urban Retreat and Fitness Center at Hilton San Francisco
Nourish by Spa Chakra, a 13,000-square-foot urban retreat and fitness center, opened in January, 2009 at the Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell St. Ten treatment rooms accommodate facial and massage therapies, hydrotherapy, an array of body treatments, a state-of-the-art health club with Fitness by Precor™, and a retail area showcasing the renowned June Jacobs collection. The venue is also available for private functions, product launches, bridal parties and corporate events.  Individual and corporate fitness memberships, corporate programs as well as seasonal hotel and spa combination packages are also offered. For information visit www.nourish-spa.com or call 415-923-5014. Media contact: Kristina Lynch, 305-864-3434, ext. 153, [email protected] or Debbie Larkin, 415-923-5072, [email protected].

RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Pier 1 ½, The Embarcadero, 415-397-8880, www.lamarsf.com. Neighborhood: Embarcadero/Financial District. Media contact: Andrew Generalao, 415-336-0251, [email protected] Located at Pier 1½ in The Piers waterfront development along San Francisco’s scenic Embarcadero, La Mar Cebichería Peruana, was created by Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio, as an attempt to globalize and enshrine one of the best guarded treasures of Peruvian cuisine: cebiche (a.k.a. ceviche). The 11,000 square foot restaurant includes 3,000 square feet of patio space fronting on San Francisco Bay. Lunch and dinner daily. Opened September 2008.

midi
185 Sutter St., 415-835-6400, www.jdvhotels.com. Media contact: Lisa Nourse, 415-533-0041, [email protected]. Neighborhood: Financial District Poised at the crossroads of San Francisco’s shopping and financial districts, or “mid-district,” midi is a modern California brasserie offering three meals a day plus a full bar. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant, which is attached to Joie de Vivre’s Galleria Park Hotel, showcases an open kitchen, casual dining area and full bar on the ground level.  The upper floor serves as the main dining room with comfortable banquettes and tables, plus a dedicated private dining space for social engagements and corporate events. Chef Michelle Mah (“San Francisco Chronicle” “Rising Star Chef 2006”) will be at the helm of the 68-seat restaurant. Opens March 2009

Taverna Aventine
582 Washington St., 415-981-1500, www.aventinesf.com. Neighborhood: Embarcadero/Financial District. Media contacts: Jared Rivera, 415-640-2553, [email protected] or Adam Snyder, 415-336-6296, [email protected] Located in the heart of Jackson Square, San Francisco’s former Barbary Coast, this new eatery is located opposite the Transamerica Pyramid in a 150-year-old building. Owned by the Vintage 415 group, the two-level space has a bar on each floor and features a seasonal Californian-Italian menu. There’s also a downstairs “members only” area where private liquor lockers can be secured and members have exclusive access from 3 to 7 p.m. Much of the building’s structure, a former opium den, is intact or has been recycled and included in the new design. The cocktail list favors pre-Prohibition cocktails. Lunch Monday-Friday and limited menu 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays, bar opens at 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Opened October 2008.

Zaré at Fly Trap
606 Folsom St., 415-243-0580, www.zareflytrap.com. Neighborhood: SOMA/Yerba Buena. Media contact: Carolyn Alburger, 415-793-8834, [email protected] Zaré at Fly Trap takes the Barbary Coast appeal of a classic San Francisco restaurant, The Fly Trap, and propels it into the modern dining age. Hoss Zaré's California-Mediterranean all-day bistro menu includes Persian influences from Zaré’s homeland and is sustainably and locally sourced whenever possible. Zaré bought The Fly Trap in 2008; this historic restaurant represented something of a homecoming for him. It was the first kitchen he ran after moving to San Francisco from Iran in 1986. Zaré at Fly Trap has gained a cult-like following for its Meatball Mondays featuring meatballs the size of a large grapefruit stuffed with a seasonally appropriate surprise such as short ribs. Late night revelers can take advantage of the “Ten after Ten” dining discount.  Parties of 10 or more that are dining after 10 p.m. and celebrating a special occasion will receive 50 percent off the cost of food. The private dining room seats 26. The restaurant is open daily except Sunday. Opened August 2008.

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: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/taste/foodie411/ .

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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:

  • March 29, 2009 United Airlines will resume its second daily (evening) departure to Frankfurt, Germany
  • March 29, 2009 United Airlines will add a second daily (evening) departure to Victoria, B.C.
  • April 30, 2009 Virgin America will start low-cost carrier route with five daily flights to Orange County
  • May 1, 2009  Emirates will add four more flights for daily service to Dubai
  • May 1, 2009 JetBlue resumes one daily nonstop flight to Boston
  • May 1, 2009 JetBlue will add a daytime daily flight in addition to late evening departure to New York/JFK
  • May 5, 2009 AirTran resumes seasonal one daily nonstop service to Milwaukee, WI
  • May 9, 2009 Southwest will start new low-cost carrier service with five daily flights to Orange County
  • May 17, 2009 Alaska resumes seasonal one daily nonstop service to Anchorage

For information visit www.flysfo.com. Media contact: Michael C. McCarron, 650-821-4000, [email protected]

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For general information on hotel packages and reservations; events; activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com. For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 elsewhere.

The SFCVB also offers special micro-sites with information on: Ecotourism: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/green Food and wine: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/taste LGBT: www.onlyinsanfrancisco/gaytravel Neighborhoods:www.onlyinsanfrancisco/neighborhoods Beyond the Bay: www.onlyinsanfrancisco/beyond_san_francisco

For general information on hotel packages and reservations; events; activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com.  For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 elsewhere.

The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza.  A visitor's kit may also be ordered online at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com, by phone at 415-391-2000, by written request to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to [email protected].  Domestic and international shipping charges apply.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 30 international points on 25 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with more than 65 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.