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July/August 2010: 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.

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July 26, 2010 — “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 website, www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com. The next edition of “What’s New” will be sent in August 2010.

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CITY NEWS

San Francisco Mayor Signs New Sister City Agreements with Barcelona, Spain
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, joined by a trade delegation on behalf of the Honorable Jordi Hereu, mayor of the City of Barcelona, signed a declaration strengthening ties and establishing a Sister City relationship between the two cities on July 19, 2010. This declaration marks the 18th Sister City for San Francisco. “Our Sister City relationship with Barcelona will expand our relationships throughout the world and forge new and stronger cultural ties with Spain,” said Mayor Newsom. For information visit www.sfgov.org.
Media contact: Francis Tsang, 415-554-6131, francis.tsang@sfgov.org.

PERFORMING ARTS Yo-Yo Brings Silk Road Ensemble to San Francisco for First Time as Part of San Francisco Performances 2010-2011 Season
“Bringing Great Artists Center Stage,” is the tagline for a new visual identity for San Francisco Performances (SFP) and the 2010-11 season makes good on this promise. Yo-Yo Ma will bring the multi-cultural Silk Road Project to San Francisco for the first time. Philip Glass’ new violin concerto The American Four Seasons will be performed by violinist/leader Robert McDuffie with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The Dance Series highlights American choreographer-led companies included the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Special events include the return of the butoh troupe Sankai Juku and the West Coast premiere of a new violin concerto by Billy Childs, co-commissioned by SFP. The season runs from Oct. 8, 2010-May 24, 2011 at venues in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Subscriptions are on sale now; single tickets go on sale Aug. 23, 2010. For ticket information and the complete performance schedule, visit www.sfperformances.org or call 415-398-6449.
Media contact: Karen Hershenson, 415-677-0328, karen@sfperformances.org.

Dreamgirls Headed for Curran Theatre Aug. 24-Sept. 26, 2010
Tickets are on sale for the new production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit musical Dreamgirls which plays at the Curran Theatre Aug. 24–Sept. 26, 2010. The cast of 26 will include Moya Angela as Effie White and feature as “The Dreams:” Syesha Mercado as Deena Jones, Adrienne Warren as Lorrell Robinson, and Margaret Hoffman as Michelle Morris. Full of onstage joy and backstage drama,Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White are performing as “The Dreamettes” when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll sensation James “Thunder” Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to personal and professional crossroads. Tickets may be purchased online at www.shnsf.com, by calling 888-SHN-1799 and at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office, 1192 Market St.
Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415-551-2056, egarcia@shnsf.com.

Wicked and Peter Pan Close Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010
San Francisco will bid a fond farewell to Wicked and Peter Panwhen both shows close Sept. 5, 2010, the Sunday before the Monday Labor Day holiday. Conceived by an award-winning creative team and featuring 22 actors, stunning puppets, epic music, dazzling flying sequences and remarkable CGI, Peter Pan made its U.S. premiere on April 27 in San Francisco directly following its successful debut in London in July 2009. By the time the show closes, more than 130,000 people will have seen the show in the world's first 360-degree CGI theatre tent on the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building. Tickets may be purchased online at www.peterpantheshow.com or by calling 888-PPANTIX (888-772-6849). Wicked, “the San Francisco-born musical that has conquered the world" (San Francisco Chronicle), and recently called "the defining musical of the decade" byThe New York Times, has been seen by more than 23 million people worldwide. Upon closing, Wicked will have played 660 performances and 12 previews in San Francisco. Tickets may be purchased online at www.shnsf.com, www.ticketmaster.com/wicked, through Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone 415-512-7770, 800-982-2787, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office.
Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415-551-2056, egarcia@shnsf.com.

San Francisco Opera Season Opens with Aida Sept. 10, 2010
Conductor Nicola Luisotti’s 2010–11 performance season will begin Sept. 10, 2010 as he takes the podium for his second year as music director of the San Francisco Opera. The season opens with Aida. Sixty-six performances of 10 opera productions, seven of them new to San Francisco audiences, are planned. Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include Cyrano de Bergerac with Placido Domingo and Karita Mattila’s role debut as Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case. The season runs Sept. 10-Dec. 5, 2010 and May 19-July 3, 2011, culminating with three complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungenconducted by Donald Runnicles, former music director of the Company and Wagner authority. For information visit www.sfopera.com or call 415-864-3330.
Media contact: Jon Finck, 415-565-6472, jfinck@sfopera.com.

HOTELS Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Geolo Capital Form Capital Partnership
On June 7, 2010 Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second largest independent boutique hotel company in the U.S., announced that it had entered into a strategic capital partnership with Geolo Capital, the private equity investment arm of the John A. Pritzker family. Geolo Capital will take a majority stake in Joie de Vivre’s business and provide capital to fund the boutique hotel brand’s expansion outside of California. As part of the transaction, Geolo Capital has established an investment fund with the objective of acquiring $300 million to $500 million of hospitality assets over the next five years. Geolo plans to double Joie de Vivre’s revenues and grow the number of managed properties over that time period from the current 33 in California to approximately 50 throughout the U.S., adding hotels and resorts in key gateway cities and resort markets through new third party management agreements, joint ventures and acquisitions. Under the agreement, John Pritzker, Geolo’s founding partner and director and a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, will become chairman of the company. Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre’s founder and CEO, will retain a significant ownership interest in Joie de Vivre and remain actively involved as CEO. Last year Geolo acquired Carmel Valley Ranch, an iconic resort property on 400 acres of land in the lush Carmel Valley. The Ranch will join the Joie de Vivre Hotels collection in 2010 as part of its luxury portfolio, which includes Joie de Vivre’s flagship property, Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. For information visit www.geolo.com or www.jdvhotels.com.
Media contact: Lori Lincoln, 415-773-1067, llincoln@jdvhospitality.com.

New Urban Guest House Debuts in Civic Center: Sleep Over Sauce!
Chef Ben and the Hosley brothers, Nate, Trip and Matt, have opened a new, urban, eight-room boutique inn and guest house above their award-winning restaurant, Sauce, at 135 Gough St. Located in San Francisco’s Civic Center area, each of the guest bedrooms is named after a San Francisco neighborhood; the largest of the bedrooms, the Haight Suite, is reportedly where singer Janis Joplin lived for a year in the 60s. All amenities are eco-friendly. Guests shouldn’t waste any time hunting for the front desk; they won’t find one. The bartender at Sauce also doubles as the innkeeper. Described by the owners as “a great little spot for your company or family to gather,” rooms offer comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Sleep Over Sauce! also has a business center and common area for gathering or relaxing. Rates start at $110 per night. For information visit www.sleepsf.com or call 415-621-0896.
Media contact: Trip Hosley, 415-252-1423, trip@saucesf.com.

MUSEUMS Renovated and Expanded Oakland Museum of California Reopened May 1, 2010
Created in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) reopened on May 1, 2010. Still anchored to its founding vision, the museum is introducing innovative exhibitions and programming in a building that has been completely renovated and expanded. The $62.2 million project includes art, history and natural science exhibits that feature visitor-generated content; installations that provide multiple perspectives on California art, history and nature; unconventional exhibition design that draws on the aesthetic of theater stage sets; exhibitions that reflect the experiences of different migrant groups, supported by multilingual wall text in English, Spanish and Chinese; and “transparent” wall text that provides insight into research and choices by curators and other museum staff. For the first time the museum has a dedicated space for media works. Visitors will also encounter several new works commissioned by OMCA including a large-scale wall installation by painter and graffiti artist Barry McGee. The Gallery of California Art holds more than 800 works from OMCA’s collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world. The Gallery of California History tells the story of Coming to California and employs more than 2,200 historical artifacts, works of art, ethnographic materials and original photographs to illuminate the influence of successive waves of migration. A new Gallery of California Natural Sciences is slated to open in 2012. One of the first exhibits on deck for the museum’s inaugural year will be PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation July 31, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011. General admission is $12, $9 seniors and students with valid I.D.; $6 youths ages 9-17, and free for children 8 and under. OMCA is located at 1000 Oak St., one block from the Lake Merritt BART station. For information visit www.museumca.org or call 510-238-2200.
Media contact: Scott Horton, 510-735-9200, communications@museumca.org.

EVENTS Centennial Celebration for Angel Island Honors Immigrants and Descendants July 31, 2010
On Saturday, July 31, 2010 the Angel Island Immigration Centennial Celebration will honor Angel Island immigrants and their descendants 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Between 1910 and 1940 more than one million immigrants from 80 countries were processed through the Angel Island Immigration Station; it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997 in recognition of the historical and cultural significance of more than 200 Chinese poems etched on the walls of the Detention Barracks. Following a formal program starting at 11 a.m. there will be free, self-guided tours of the Immigration Station and cultural performances and lectures until 4 p.m. The Grace Quan, a replica of a Chinese shrimp boat, will be docked at Ayala Cove and the ship's crew from the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will welcome the public on board the junk until 4 p.m. Discounted ferry tickets are available from the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation on the Blue and Gold Fleet and Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry. Visit www.aiisf.org or call 415-262-4429 to buy discounted ferry tickets.
Media contact: Eddie Wong, 415-262-4430 (office) or 510-326-8266 (cell), ewong@aiisf.org.

Free San Francisco Theater Festival Features Beach Blanket Babylon on Aug. 8, 2010
Free, fun and varied — those three words only just begin to describe the seventh annual San Francisco Theater Festival, a one-day extravaganza of 120 shows on 14 stages Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring a performance by the cast of San Francisco’s smash hit musical revue, Beach Blanket Babylon, the festival also includes the Lamplighters Musical Theatre, stage adaptations of The Big Lebowski and 25 shows for children from The Buddy Club Children's Shows, the Bay Area's longest-running shows for families. The festival will take place at Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum, Metreon and other nearby venues: SPUR Urban Center (654 Mission St.) and the California Historical Society (678 Mission St.). New weekend additions to the festival include a free, no-host opening night reception with performances on Friday, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 6, at 111 Minna Gallery. A preview of festival performances will also be presented at venues around the city on Saturday, Aug. 7. Those venues include: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Café Royale, and the North of Market CDB Theatre (Tenderloin). All types of live theater are performed, including drama, comedy, one-acts, excerpts, great scenes, musical theater, solo performers, improv, Shakespeare, original plays and children’s shows. For information visit www.sftheaterfestival.org or call 415-543-1718.
Media contacts: Bill Schwartz, 415-291-8655, bill@sftheaterfestival.org or Miriam Goodman, 415-626-5149, yourprexpert@aol.com.

San Francisco’s Second Annual Premier Food, Wine & Spirits Week Aug. 9-15, 2010
Tickets are on sale for San Francisco’s second annual food, wine and spirits week: SF Chefs 2010, Aug. 9-15. The country’s first and only urban food, wine and spirits festival returns to San Francisco’s Union Square for its second year. The week-long celebration highlights Northern California’s amazing bounty of ingredients, chefs, winemakers, spirits professionals, bartenders, restaurants, wineries and bars. The festival will encourage attendees to “Taste,” “Mix, “Pair,” and “Engage”. Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and sponsored by Visa Signature®, the week-long culinary festival will take place throughout the city’s restaurants and the Grand Tasting Tent erected in Union Square. Featured chefs and restaurants include notables such as Charles Phan of Slanted Door, Melissa Perello of Frances, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Staffan Terje of Perbacco, Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern, Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats, Suzette Gresham of Acquerello, Jen Biesty of Scala’s Bistro, Chris Cosentino of Incanto, and Dominique Crenn of Luce. Attendees will be able to taste more than 25 wines at each Grand Tasting Tent experience. In addition to the Grand Tasting Tent and evening events, this year the festival will expand to a complete week with the introduction of SF Chefs Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer “SF Chefs 2010 Showcase Menus” highlighting the restaurant’s concept, menu and signature dishes. Classes, demonstrations, tastings, panels and seminars will occur throughout the festival. The program schedule and ticket purchase information is available at www.sfchefs2010.com.
Media contacts: Michelle Leao, 415- 781-5700, michelle@afandco.com or Sasha Bernstein, sasha@afandco.com.

Indie Artists Showcase Work at American Craft Council Show in San Francisco Aug. 13-15, 2010
From “upcycled” jewelry made from LEGO®, to “trashion” pieced together from salvaged fabrics and unexpected materials like fish skin and fruit bags, eclectic handmade pieces by 14 local and visiting artists will be showcased in the AltCraft category at this year’s American Craft Council Show in San Francisco, Aug. 13-15 at Fort Mason Center. The AltCraft artists join 250 of the nation’s premier crafts artists to showcase their work at the largest juried craft show in the West. And new this year, shoppers can get their own creative juices flowing during the ‘5 after 5’ Friday night event, where for $5 guests can shop, enjoy free wine tastings and participate in the Etsy Craft Bar on the show floor, a popular monthly event sponsored by San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Folk Art 5-8 p.m. For information or to purchase advance tickets visit www.craftcouncil.org/sf or contact the American Craft Council at 800-836-3470.
Media contact: Jessica Lee, 415-359-2312, jessica@landispr.com.

San Francisco Outside Lands Returns to Golden Gate Park Aug. 14-15, 2010
With more than 40 bands scheduled, the lineup for the third annual 2010 Outside Lands concert Aug. 14-15, 2010 includes Kings of Leon; Further featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir; The Strokes; My Morning Jacket;; Phoenix; Social Distortion and Al Green. This huge event in Golden Gate Park has upped the ante on music festivals going green and “leveraged San Francisco’s food, wine, technology and activism cultures,” according to Rolling Stone, for a “one-of-a-kind world-class experience.” More than a dozen Bay Area restaurants will be serving local fare in the Taste of the Bay Area section. Outside Lands travel packages, including accommodations at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, are available. Shuttle passes from three downtown locations ($35 for two-day pass, $19 for one-day pass) are being offered through Bauer Intelligent Transportation. For information and ticket sales visit www.sfoutsidelands.com.
Media contact: Ken Weinstein, publicity@sfoutsidelands.com .

Ceramics Annual of America Celebrates Ceramic Art Sept. 10-12, 2010
The San Francisco Bay Area is celebrated for having some of the best clay artists in the United States. This September visitors will not only be able to see their work but also submissions from artists around the world at the Ceramics Annual of America (CAA), the first event of its kind in the United States Sept. 10-12 at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion. On par with events such as the Korea World Ceramic Biennale or the Ceramics Biennial at the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy, CAA will showcase one of the largest and most diverse exhibitions of ceramic art in North America. Performers, tours, educational panels and “artistic childcare” provided by the ceramics program Kids ‘N’ Clay will be offered throughout the weekend. Featured speakers include artist Ray Gonzales, ceramics instructor Susannah Israel and Phil Linhares, chief curator for the recently reopened Oakland Museum of California. Admission is $10 per day. For information visit www.ceramicsannual.org or call 877-459-9CAA (9222).
Media contact: Lexy Van Dyke, 530-756-3938, ceramicsannual@gmail.com.

J-Pop Summit Festival Showcases Modern Japanese Film, Fashion, Music, Art, Retail Design and Popular Culture Sept. 18, 2010
On Sept. 18, 2010 a variety of fun, Japanese pop-inspired attractions including fashion shows, a theatrical film premiere, live art performances and mini-concerts by some of Japan’s hottest bands are planned for the 2010 J-Pop Summit Festival both inside New People, 1746 Post St., and also at the adjacent Peace Plaza and areas in between. Innovative artists and companies from the Bay Area and Japan will join in with an array of products for sale in open air displays on both sides of Post Street and a food court highlighting Japanese cuisine will complement the celebration. Last year, more than 35,000 people attended the first J-Pop Summit Festival, which marked the grand opening of the 20,000 square-foot New People complex. New People offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film. For information and updates on events, visit www.j-pop.com.
Media contact: Erik Jansen, 714-620-5017, erik@medialab-pr.com.

Silver Celebration: 25th Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Returns Sept. 25, 2010
Located just over the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is home to an eclectic floating homes community scattered across five marinas. On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 they will open their doors to visitors for the 25th annual tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The self-guided tour takes visitors inside 19 of the most fun and unique homes in the world. Docents will also be onboard to describe waterfront lifestyle and answer questions. Many of the homes on this year's tour have never been open to the public before. One of the homes is the Ameer. Originally built in 1910 as an ark and renovated several times, it has retained its classic features and is the last ark still floating on Richardson Bay. The tour begins at Kappas Marina, on Gate 6 Road off Bridgeway at the northern end of Sausalito. The Green at Kappas Marina is the center for food and fun throughout the day. There will be free entertainment, featuring local musicians, and an art show and sale by resident artists. Past tours have attracted more than 1,000 visitors from around the country. Advance tickets are recommended ($35 per person) as the tour regularly sells out; tickets on tour day are $40. To purchase tickets or for information, visit www.floatinghomes.org.
Media contact: Paul Winward, 415-536-1619, pwinward@att.net

Litquake Literary Festival Honors Lawrence Ferlinghetti Oct. 1-9, 2010
Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, will award its fourth annual Barbary Coast Award to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, writer, poet and founder of legendary bookstore, City Lights. Now 93, he is being honored for his immense contributions to Bay Area letters in an evening scheduled to include Tom Waits and Miami Steve (aka Steve Van Zandt, aka Silvio Dante of The Sopranos) among other luminaries. Prior recipients of the Barbary Coast include Armistead Maupin, Tobias Wolff and Amy Tan. Slated for Oct. 1-9, Litquake is famed for transforming readings into a spectator sport. New on deck this year: a pre-festival Lit Crawl in New York on Sept. 11 that will feature Sean Wilsey, Cintra Wilson, Ben Greenman —all Litquake San Francisco veterans — as well as New York Times writer and author Bruce Weber; “imported” new writers from Ireland taking center stage at Porchlight, the popular storytelling series co-anchored by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte; a co-presentation with SFMOMA of Rebecca Solnit’s forthcoming Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas; The Daily Show's Kristen Schaal, and a host of other literary all-stars, artisans, journeymen and emerging voices. The full schedule is being finalized and is expected to be announced Aug. 1. For information visit www.litquake.org or call 415-750-1497.
Media contact: Liam Passmore, 415-865-0860, liam@shaveandahaircut.biz.

20th Annual Potrero Hill Festival Features Music and Artists Oct. 16, 2010
The 20th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns on Oct. 16, 2010 with a full day of delicious food, exciting performers, art and craft works from locals, and lots of activities for kids. Starting at 9 a.m. the festival kicks off with a New Orleans style brunch at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St. Students from the California Culinary Academy will be cooking and serving a gourmet breakfast to the sounds of Dixieland music up until 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 ages eight and over, $5 under eight; they can be purchased at http://potrerofestival.eventbrite.com or at the door. The Potrero Hill Festival continues into the afternoon until 4:30 p.m. with a street fair along 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin Streets. Shuttle buses will operate from the Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St., down to the street fair where local merchants will show their wares, arts and crafts. A stage featuring some of the area's most exciting performers will provide the musical entertainment; there will also be a kids activities area. For information visit www.potrerofestival.com.
Media contact: Larsen Associates, 415- 957-1205, larsenassc@aol.com.

Cinema by the Bay Encore Slated for Nov. 5-7, 2010
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) will mount its second annual Cinema by the Bay festival, Nov. 5-7, 2010. Conceived as a celebration of the passion, innovation and diversity of Bay Area filmmaking; the pioneering spirit of local directors, and the incredible depth and breadth of the region's film and media production, the three-day festival will feature the best new work produced in or about the San Francisco Bay Area and provide audiences with an opportunity to focus on the engaged and eclectic nature of the region's film culture. The Film Society shows the best of world cinema year-round on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; presents the longest-running film festival in the Americas, the SF International (April 21-May 5, 2011); and presents the San Francisco International Animation Festival, New Italian Cinema, Cinema by the Bay, Taiwan Film Days and French Cinema Now each fall. For information visit www.sffs.org.
Media contact: Hilary Hart, 415-561-5022, hilary@sffs.org.

SPORTS Kraft Foods to Sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game at AT&T Park Jan. 9, 2011
Kraft Foods will be the sponsor of the annual college football game played at AT&T Park. The game, now known as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, is set for Jan. 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. (PST). The game, one of college football’s most popular bowl games, pits teams from the Pacific-10 (PAC-10) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will be the culmination of a 2010 national hunger initiative in collaboration with Feeding America. ESPN will broadcast the game in prime time. For information visit www.kraftbowl.org or call 415-625-2870.
Media contact: Doug Kelly, 916-202-0552, dkelly@kraftbowl.org.

ATTRACTIONS Red and White Fleet and USS Potomac Form Partnership for Event and Meeting Bookings
To better serve the facility needs of those planning events in the San Francisco Bay Area, Red and White Fleet will now handle bookings for special events, meetings and VIP gatherings aboard the USS Potomac, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 165-foot Floating White House. Designed for VIP occasions, the USS Potomac will accommodate up to 120 guests. Red and White Fleet staff members will guide clients through the process of planning private cruises while providing several catering and entertainment options, as well as the luxury of sailing on San Francisco Bay. Private events aboard the USS Potomac will depart from Pier 43½ in the heart of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, in addition to other Bay Area locations. Adding to the cruising experience, the USS Potomac will provide educational museum docents onboard each private cruise to offer tours and the ship's history. The USS Potomac is berthed at Jack London Square, Oakland, where it provides daily on-site tours, history cruises and maintains a small FDR and USS Potomac Museum.
Media contacts: Molly Blaisdell, 925-388-0164, mocahill@aol.com or Bruce Burtch, 415-454-0839, bruce@bruceburtch.com.

Aquarium of the Bay, The Marine Mammal Center, The Bay Institute and Pier 39 Launch Sea Lion Interpretive Program
A new visitor outreach program to provide insight into the boisterous world of the hundreds of California sea lions that reside at Pier 39 launched on July 6, 2010. Educators from The Marine Mammal Center and Aquarium of the Bay have begun a new visitor outreach program. Speaking above the barks of the animals, naturalists will lead daily discussions 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the important role the animals play to the Northern California Coast ecosystem, explain their crowd-pleasing habits and answer questions. “The collaboration between Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute, The Marine Mammal Center and Pier 39 is a natural fit in every way,” said Pier 39’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kathy Paver. “The health of the Bay and its marine life is of utmost importance to Pier 39,” she added. The new interpretive program is a collaboration between Aquarium of the Bay, The Marine Mammal Center, The Bay Institute and Pier 39. For information visit www.pier39.com.
Media contact: Sue Muzzin, 415-705-5500, sue@pier39.com.

Cain Schulte Gallery San Francisco Union Square Locale Offers Versatile Gallery and Event Space
In April 2010 Cain Schulte Gallery San Francisco moved to a larger and permanent gallery space at 251 Post St. in Union Square. In conjunction with the move, the gallery welcomes new co-directors Andre Rozanoff and Tim Hyland, who will be active partners in running the gallery with founder Marina Cain. With 1,400 square feet of exhibition space and direct exposure onto Post Street, the gallery's new venue with its open space, high ceilings and natural light streaming from the floor-to-ceiling windows, will create a unique setting that will allow artists to present works and installations that draw upon the dramatic location. Cain Schulte represents national and international artists, focusing on emerging and mid-career contemporary artists working in a range of media. The space is available for receptions up to 100; catering, DJ and other services available on request. For information visit www.cainschulte.com or call 415-543-1550.
Media contact: Tim Hyland, 415-359-7598, hyland@cainschulte.com.

Levi’s® Brand Opens First Levi’s® Workshop in San Francisco; Interactive Experience Pays Homage to Workwear Roots through Aug. 28, 2010
Since its inception in 1873 as one of the original purveyors of American workwear, the Levi's® brand has been the uniform of choice for great American pioneers. This July and August the Levi's® brand celebrates a new generation of pioneers and creative communities across the country with the launch of Levi’s® Workshops in San Francisco, not far from one of Levi’s® original factories. Taking a new, innovative approach to integrating community involvement with retailing, the first Levi’s® Workshop debuted July 1, 2010 at 580 Valencia St.; a second expression of the program will debut this fall in New York City. Levi’s® Workshops is a multi-use space, featuring a functional workshop, community event space and retail storefront. The San Francisco location focuses on printmaking and for eight weeks through the end of August will host a range of interactive demonstrations, educational programming and events. Letterpress, silkscreen and photocopy equipment has been installed and visitors are encouraged to create their own printed items. Local “pioneers” Alice Waters, chef, author and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant; Craig Newmark, best known for founding Craigslist.org, and Aaron Rose, artist, film director, curator and writer, have been enlisted for several special programs. For details on hours and events, visit http://workshops.levi.com.
Media contact: Kelsey Comstock, 212-889-1700, Kelsey@turnerpr.com.

RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS

Coda Live Music Supper Club
1710 Mission St., 415-551-CODA (2632), www.codalive.com
Location: Mission District
Media contact: Bruce Hanson, 415-551-CODA (2632), bhanson@codalive.com
Coda’s Northern California-influenced cuisine boasts innovative flavor combinations. The menu is designed so that guests can share dishes or choose individual courses to create a signature dining experience of their own. Ingredients are locally sourced to create the freshest dishes possible and to support local farmers and purveyors whenever possible. Coda also offers an innovative wine-by-the-barrel concept. Filled straight from winery barrels and brought to Coda in oxygen-free containers, the wine is kept fresh on-site. This green-friendly concept saves bottles, corks and money on some of the most sought-after wines from local wine regions. As one of San Francisco’s premier live music venues, Coda also showcases world renowned jazz, soul and funk musicians nightly. Opened August 2009.

Mijita
24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415-644-0240, www.mijitasf.com
Location: South Beach
Media contact: Liz Einbinder, 415-577-8255, liz@publichousesf.com
Mijita
is a cocina Mexicana with a Bay Area flavor. James Beard Award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins cooks from her roots using local, seasonal ingredients. “Mijita,” a term of endearment meaning “little one,” stems from Des Jardins’ grandmother who she often joined in the kitchen. Mijita’s menu features special regional dishes from Mexico, as well as classic street foods. Sit-down dining and carryout options are available. San Francisco Giants fans can take advantage of the secret entrance into AT&T Park and head straight from the adjacent Public House into the ballpark. Opened April 2010.

Public House
24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415-644-0240, www.publichousesf.com
Location: South Beach
Media contact: Liz Einbinder, 415-577-8255, liz@publichousesf.com
Located adjacent to Mijita, Public House, a modern sports pub, is designed to be a year-round destination for great sports watching. Whether it is baseball, football, March Madness or Wimbledon, the eatery’s 23 giant televisions and comfortable public house environment satisfy the needs of every kind of fan. Public House features one of the largest draft beer and cask ale offerings in San Francisco, with 24 beers on tap and three cask ales (80 percent of which are local), plus a full bar. Public House offers sit-down dining and carryout options, making grabbing food -— when going to the ballgame or heading back to the office — quick, easy and delicious. San Francisco Giants fans can take advantage of the secret entrance into AT&T Park and head straight from Public House into the ballpark. Opened April 2010.

25 Lusk
25 Lusk, Phone TBA, www.25lusk.com
Location: South of Market (SOMA)
Media contacts: Katya Sorokko, Tish Gallegos, Toby Baird or Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500, katya@glodownead.com
Slated to open in September 2010, 25 Lusk is a new entry in the burgeoning South of Market restaurant arena. Executive Chef/Managing Partner Matthew Dolan, most recently of the notable Garibaldi’s in San Francisco, and General Manager/Managing Partner Chad Bourdon are at the helm of the new spot specializing in seasonal contemporary American cuisine. Located off Townsend street between Third and Fourth streets in a historic 1917 building, 25 Lusk occupies the former site of Ogden Packing and Provision smokehouse and meat processing facility. The 9,800-square-foot space includes 120 seats in the main dining room, a spacious lower bar and lounge, 15 to 35 seats in the private dining area, 15 to 60 seats the semi-private dining area and a community dining table. Key design features include the original exposed brick and timbers, massive windows, suspended fireplaces, semi-private dining tables in the former smoke rooms, a glassed-in kitchen and semi-private chef’s table.

Velvet Room
Clift, 495 Geary St., 415-929-2300, www.clifthotel.com
Location: Union Square
Media contact: Melissa Crawford, 415-394-6500, ext. 208, melissa@glodownead.com
Velvet Room is the Clift hotel’s new entertainment venue for dining, drinking and events. Ewart Wardhaugh, known for his advocacy of sustainably-sourced, ingredient-driven fare, will serve as Velvet Room’s Executive Chef, as well as oversee Clift’s catering and in-room dining programs. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Velvet Room focuses on seasonal, ingredient-driven fare. Designed to complement Clift’s legendary Redwood Room, Velvet Room echoes the unabashed glamour and romance of a bygone era with a modern twist, while the menu offers a selection of seasonal specialties. In addition to serving as the main dining destination for Clift’s guests as well as locals, Velvet Room is positioned as an ideal venue for entertainment, featuring live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday. Velvet Room is also available for special events and will accommodate groups up to 350. Opened June 2010.

SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS

Book an Unconventional Outing with Carried Away and Experience San Francisco in a New Way
Vikki Garrod and Dianne Admire, the owners of a new tour company called Carried Away, describe themselves as “curious,” in a good way. A shared penchant for keeping up with the latest and newsworthy translates into carefully curated, personalized outings, designed for guests to experience San Francisco and the Bay Area in a unique way. Outings include The Big Soak, Retail Therapy, Town & Country, City Sampler, Breakfast by the Bay, Sunday Drive (any day of the week), Snacker’s Delight, Hills & Valleys, Urban Legends, Northern Exposure and Champagne Time. Tour in style and absolute privacy, never with strangers, in a new, luxury Ford Flex; tours can accommodate up to four people and range from two to eight hours, $79 to $499 per person. Custom tours are available; advance reservations required. For information visit www.carriedawaysf.com or call 415-786-2424.
Media contact: Vikki Garrod, 415-786- 2424, info@carriedawaysf.com.

Hobnob Tours Adds New Tour for Union Square and Chinatown
Known for their definitive walking tour of fashionable Nob Hill, Hobnob Tours is adding two more locations to its tour offerings: Union Square and Chinatown. Since 1999 Hobnob Tours has shared the grand ballrooms, floral gardens, massive mansions, Grace Cathedral and famous movie locations of Nob Hill with their guests. In 2001 Hobnob began tours of the architectural icons of the Financial District and added Adolf Sutro’s Lands End with its sea lion sanctuaries, garden statuary and spectacular ocean views later in the year. Now Union Square and Chinatown have been added to Hobnob’s repertoire. The walking tour focuses on art, artists, design and décor. Beginning at the eclectic Clift hotel lobby designed by Philippe Starck with Salvadore Dali pieces, it continues to Tony Bennett’s painted heart at Union Square and the Dewey Monument crowned by artist model Alma Spreckles. A stroll down Maiden Lane takes in the unique Frank Lloyd Wright building and then heads up Grant Avenue to the Chinatown Gate. Stops include the Gold Sage Buddhist Monastery, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Julia Morgan ballroom within the Merchants Exchange building. Dining options are available on all tours. For information visit www.hobnobtours.com or call 650-814-6303.
Media contact. Valarie Huff, 650-814-6303, valtour@comcast.net.

WINERIES, BREWERIES AND TASTING ROOMS

Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Opens its Doors to the Public July 2010
This July Sonoma-Cutrer Winery opened its doors to the public for the first time, showcasing its newly renovated tasting room and offering tours of its world class winery. While Sonoma-Cutrer has been making award-winning wines for more than two decades, this is the first time visitors have the opportunity to see first-hand how its grapes are grown and crafted into renowned wines. The tasting center will be open Thursday-Monday and tours will be offered by appointment; tastings and tours range from $10 to $25. Guests will be able to taste the wines while getting a behind-the-scenes look at how Sonoma-Cutrer wines are crafted from the grape to the bottle. Visitors will even have the opportunity to experience the world renowned croquet courts at the winery located at 4401 Slusser Rd., Windsor. For information visit www.sonomacutrer.com/tours or call 707-237-3489. Media contact: Maggie Peak, 502-774-7140 (office) or 502-807-6661 (cell), maggie_peak@b-f.com.

Sonoma’s Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar's Introduces Thematic Wine Program
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar's Sommelier, Chris Sawyer, is introducing a new thematic monthly wine program designed to help guests discover, taste and learn about different wines. The program will highlight a Winery of the Month, honoring great local wine makers, offer themed wine flights and wines-by- the-glass, as well as provide educational opportunities for guests. Additionally, each Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. celebrity wine-tenders will be on hand to give guests the opportunity to meet winemakers and discover new wines with complimentary tastings. The new program began in July with Patriotic Wine Month featuring old vine wines with a strong focus on Zinfandel (one of the first wine grapes planted in California). The theme and wineries for the next few months are: August: Organic and Biodynamic Wine Month featuring Benziger Family Winery and wines by organic and biodynamic vintners; September: Heirloom Tomato Month featuring Schug Estate Winery and heirloom tomato themed flights, and October: Little Italy Month featuring Sebastiani Winery. The Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar is located at The Lodge at Sonoma, a Renaissance Resort & Spa, 1325 Broadway, Sonoma. For information visit www.thelodgeatsonoma.com or call 707-931-2042.
Media contact: Kimberly Charles, 415-701-9463, press@charlescomm.com.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

LAN Peru Initiates Service from SFO to Peru Beginning July 1, 2010
Beginning July 1, 2010 LAN Peru, an affiliate of LAN Airlines, initiated operations from San Francisco to South America, offering the only non-stop service from San Francisco to South America. The company is offering four flights per week to Lima on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. LAN Peru’s new service to Lima will offer passengers connections to multiple destinations in the region including Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile. San Francisco will become LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ fourth U.S. gateway, in addition to New York, Los Angeles and Miami. For information visit www.flysfo.com.
Media contact: Michael C. McCarron, 650-821-4000, michael.mccarron@flysfo.com.

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