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June/July 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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“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 July 2010.

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CITY NEWS

San Francisco Mayor Newsom Signs New Sister City Agreements with City of Amman, Jordan
On April 23, 2010 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Honorable Omar Maani, Mayor of the City of Amman, Jordan, signed a declaration strengthening ties and establishing a sister city relationship between the two cities. This declaration marks the 17th sister city for San Francisco and City’s first in an Arabic-speaking country. “San Francisco has an established international reputation for economic innovation and cultural diversity,” said Mayor Newsom. “Our sister city relationship with Amman will expand our relationships throughout the world and forge new and stronger cultural and economic ties across peoples and borders.” Both Mayors reaffirmed their commitment to work together to carry out exchanges in such fields as science, medicine, environmental technology, commerce, art and culture, public health, sports, tourism and others to promote prosperity and contribute toward the development of deeper bonds of mutual understanding between the citizens of the respective cities. For information visit www.sfgov.org.
Media contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131, [email protected].

PERFORMING ARTS

SFJAZZ Announces New SFJAZZ Center in the Heart of San Francisco
SFJAZZ, the organization behind more than 100 concerts, including the renowned San Francisco Jazz Festival, has announced plans to build their first permanent home at 205 Franklin St. The Hayes Valley location is just blocks from Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. SFJAZZ plans to break ground on the new facility in the summer of 2011. The 35,000-square-foot, transparent structure designed by Mark Cavagnero of Mark Cavagnero Associates, will include an auditorium with flexible seating for 350 to 700; an 80-seat multi-purpose “black box” performance and education space; three rehearsal spaces; a digital learning lab, and a sidewalk-level restaurant/café. Cavagnero recently completed the Oakland Museum of California expansion. For information visit www.sfjazz.org or call 415-398-5655.
Media contact: Jessica Lee, 415-359-2312, [email protected].

San Francisco Production of Wicked Will Close Sept. 5, 2010
The San Francisco production of the smash hit musicalWicked will play its final performance on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, ending its record-breaking run at the Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St. Upon closing, Wicked will have played 660 performances and 12 previews. “The San Francisco-born musical that has conquered the world" (San Francisco Chronicle), and recently called "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, Wicked has already amassed more than $1.8 billion globally in ticket sales and has been seen by more than 23 million people worldwide. Tickets range in price from $30 to $99 and 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, [email protected] .

Spend an Invigorating Musical Summer with the San Francisco Symphony Through July 25, 2010
“Cool nights. Hot classics.” That’s how the San Francisco Symphony describes their Summer & the Symphony concert lineup June 1-July 25, 2010 at Davies Symphony Hall. The orchestra’s series of classical concerts focuses on individual composers and themes, including concerts devoted to the music of Beethoven; Tchaikovsky; a “New World” program with music by Dvořák, Grofé and Duke Ellington; and an all-Russian program with music from Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff. The orchestra will also perform a number of special concerts, including two concerts of Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu’s music from the top-selling video game series Final Fantasy. Vocalist Idina Menzel, star of Wicked and Rent, will perform Broadway hits and favorites with the orchestra on July 9. On July 17 a performance of Bernard Herrmann’s score from the movie Psycho will be accompanied by a screening of the classic Hitchcock film. Free outdoor concerts are also set for Stern Grove and Dolores Park. For information visit www.sfsymphony.org/summer or call 415-864-6000.
Media contact: Public Relations, 415-503-5474, [email protected].

The SF Playhouse Replaces The Full Monty with The Fantasticks June 15-Sept. 4, 2010
The SF Playhouse has announced a change in its summer programming. The Fantasticks will replace the previously announced show, The Full Monty, June 15-Sept. 4, 2010. The original production of The Fantasticks opened on May 3, 1960 in a small Greenwich Village theatre in New York City. “On this 50th anniversary of my favorite musical, I could not resist the opportunity to take a look at The Fantasticks from a new angle,” said SF Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English. Classic songs such as “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain” take on new meaning against a backdrop of global warming and depletion of the ozone layer in this tale of “The Boy” and “The Girl” who find that “no” really meant “yes,” and discover in the end that love conquers all. For information visit www.sfplayhouse.org or call 415-677-9596.
Media contact: Susi Damilano, 415-677-9596, [email protected]

Admission-Free Summer Concerts Return to Stern Grove June 20-Aug. 22, 2010
Stern Grove Festival has announced its 73rd season of 10 admission-free concerts, Sundays at 2 p.m., June 20-Aug. 22, 2010. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, is the setting every summer for a stellar line-up of performances in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the U.S. An eclectic line-up of performers includes Afropop diva Angélique Kidjo, alt-rockers They Might Be Giants, singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Joes, funk legend Maceo Parker, Hawaiian favorite Hapa, Italian superstar Jovanotti, local indie rockers Rogue Wave; annual favorites the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and San Francisco Ballet and much more. For information and details on additional programming for children, visit www.sterngrove.org or call 415-252-6252.
Media contact: Monica Ware, 415-252-6253, ext. 102, [email protected].

Monster Hit Young Frankenstein Comes to Golden Gate Theatre June 30-July 25, 2010
The hilarious, new musical comedy, Young Frankenstein, based on the Oscar-nominated 1974 film, is coming to the Golden Gate Theatre, June 30-July 25, 2010. The wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks will star Tony Award winners Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley in the roles of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and The Monster. Unfolding in the forbidding Castle Frankenstein and the foggy moors of Transylvania Heights, the show's raucous score includes "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and the unforgettable treatment of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' On the Ritz." For information visit www.shnsf.com.
Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415- 551-2056, [email protected].

San Francisco Opera Season Opens with Aida Sept. 10, 2010
Conductor Nicola Luisotti’s 2010–11 performance season will begin on 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 and performances of Le Nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly during the Company’s fall season. Sixty-six performances of 10 opera productions, seven of them new to San Francisco audiences are planned. Highlights of the 2010-2011season 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 Nibelungen conducted 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, [email protected].

MUSEUMS GLBT Historical Society Signs Lease for New Exhibit Space in Castro District
Twenty-five years to the month that the GLBT Historical Society was formed, a lease has been signed for an additional location in the heart of the Castro at 4127 18th St. A preview exhibition marking the 25th anniversary is slated to open this summer, and the silver anniversary exhibit will open Sept. 1, 2010. The 1,600-square-foot exhibit space is housed in a former coin laundry. Walgreens drugstore will occupy part of the footprint and pay for all remodeling of the interior space. The Castro location will debut with a soft opening surveying each element of the archives including scrapbooks, periodicals, ephemera, clothing, original photographs and a few surprises. For information visit www.glbthistory.org or call 415-777-5455.
Media contact: Paul Boneberg, 415-777-5455, [email protected].

Geometry Playground Exhibition Opens at Exploratorium June 25-Sept. 6, 2010
The word “geometry” might dredge up sweaty-palm memories of classrooms, textbooks and trying to calculate the volume of a cube. But what if geometry instead meant climbing inside cool, giant 3D shapes? Or watching movements manifested as geometric sketches on a large video screen? It turns out that seeing things, moving things and fitting things together are all ways of exploring geometry. “Geometry Playground,” a new exhibition at the Exploratorium June 25-Sept. 6, 2010 will encourage visitors to use their hands, even their entire bodies and always their brain to have a little fun with that branch of mathematics dealing with shapes. Geometry Playground, developed by the Exploratorium over the past three years, includes more than 20 exhibits and specially commissioned artworks as well as an eight-part summer film series. The Exploratorium is located inside the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. For information visit www.exploratorium.edu or call 415-EXP-LORE (397-5673).
Media contact: Linda Dackman, 415-561-0363, [email protected].

EVENTS

Weekend World Whirl: 32nd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival June 5-27, 2010
From the palaces of Bali to the village squares of Mexico and the mountains of the Andes, the 32nd Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival promises to whisk audiences away on a first class journey around the world. As The New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay noted in 2009, “What other city in the world has anything like the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival?” Each weekend June 5-27, 2010 San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts comes to vivid life as 36 companies representing dance traditions from more than 20 cultures take the stage. This year, the festival will present several special commissions, including one honoring the Mexican bicentennial. For information visit www.worldartswest.org or call 415-474-3914; tickets are available www.cityboxoffice.com.
Media contact: Jennifer Roy, 415-706-7644, [email protected].

“Double-Header” at AT&T Park: AT&T Giant Race and Giants County Fair
The summer of 2010 will see the return of the Giants County Fair at McCovey Cove, June 11-20, 2010 and the inaugural AT&T Giant Race June 12, 2010. For the second year in a row the San Francisco Giants are bringing all of the fun of a county fair to AT&T Park. Featuring more than 20 carnival rides, classic midway games, food and daily entertainment, the event drew more than 37,000 attendees in 2009. The inaugural Giant Race is a combination of the Plate to Plate 5K that has taken place in the ballpark for the past three years and the former Stadium to Stadium run. Runners will be able to compete in a half-marathon or 5K road race, finishing on the field at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. Ancillary events include a “Runners’ Night at AT&T Park” on Friday, June 11. During the San Francisco Giants-Oakland As game, runners will be able to pick up their race packets and attend a pre-race health and wellness expo in Pier 48. For information visit www.sfgiants.com or call 415-972-1800.
Media contact: Shana Daum, 415-972-2445, [email protected] or Jens Weiden, 415-972-1808, [email protected].

Mum’s the Word: Silent Film Festival Marks 15th Anniversary July 15-18, 2010
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the largest and most important festival of its kind in North America, will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the majestic silent-era movie palace Castro Theatre July 15-18, 2010. Since 1996 the Silent Film Festival has dazzled audiences with films from the silent era, bringing to light beloved classics and new discoveries. The festival takes great care to secure the best prints and present the films on the big screen as they were made to be seen. However, these films were never intended to be presented in silence and the Silent Film Festival enlists the talents of an extraordinary collection of musicians from around the world to accompany each movie. This year the festival will expand from three days to four, with the addition of more films (representing seven countries), more musicians, and a special program called “Variations on a Theme: Musicians on the Craft of Composing and Performing for Silent Film” moderated by Chloe Veltman, The New York Times contributor. Returning musicians include pianists Stephen Horne and Donald Sosin, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and the “master of the Mighty Wurlitzer,” Dennis James. The Alloy Orchestra will grace the festival with their composition for the rediscovery of the century — Fritz Lang’s original version of Metropolis. The Matti Bye Ensemble from Sweden will make their West Coast premiere; musician/composer Bye won the Golden Beetle, the Swedish Oscar, for his score for Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments, Sweden’s 2009 submission to the Academy Awards. For information visit www.silentfilm.org.
Media contact: Anita Monga, 510-843-4245, [email protected].

SPORTS

Kraft Foods to Sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game at AT&T Park Jan. 9, 2011
The San Francisco Bowl Game Association has announced that Kraft Foods will be the sponsor of the annual college football game played at AT&T Park. The game will now be known as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and 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, [email protected].

World Cup Broadcasts Slated for San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Starting June 11, 2010
Tens of thousands of viewers are expected to congregate for lunchtime broadcasts of World Cup games starting June 11 in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. While most games will air at 11:30 a.m., a few start at 7 a.m. Plans call for a 13- by 18-foot video screen on the western edge of the plaza. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) in partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes and America Scores Bay Area are presenting the broadcasts. The San Francisco RPD will also team up with America Scores to offer youth soccer programming on all game days, including kick-arounds and mini-games. For information visit www.parks.sfgov.org.
Media contact: Elton Pon, 415-831-2782, [email protected].

San Francisco Marathon Draws Runners from Around the World for July 25 Race
On July 25 upwards of 22,000 runners from all over the world will flock to the City by the Bay for the San Francisco Marathon™, the coolest mid-summer marathon in the United States. The average starting line temperature for the race is a perfect (for marathoners) 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 C). The course through America's number one rated running city and across the famed Golden Gate Bridge offers several options: full marathon, two half-marathons (choose a half), 5K or progressive marathon. The race benefits Youth Run4Fun, a youth running program in San Francisco benefiting underserved schools; runners have the option of earning free race registration by fundraising for Youth Run4Fun. For more information or to register online, visit www.thesfmarathon.com or call 888-958-6668.
Media contact: Press Coordinator, 888-958-6668, [email protected], Attn: Sabrina.

California Golden Bears to Play 2011 Home Football Season at AT&T Park
Cal Athletics and the San Francisco Giants have announced that while California Memorial Stadium is undergoing its long-awaited retrofit and renovation, the Golden Bears will play their 2011 home football season at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Cal will spend the upcoming 2010 football season in Memorial Stadium before major construction begins after the team’s final home game, and the Bears will return to campus for the 2012 campaign. Cal’s 2011 schedule is not yet complete and will be released at a later date. For information visit www.calbears.com.
Media contact: Kyle McRae, 510-219-9340, [email protected]

ATTRACTIONS

Pier 39 Reopens Expanded California Welcome Center on May 4, 2010
A new, larger California Welcome Center (CWC) has opened on Pier 39. The second most visited location of the 17 California Welcome Centers throughout the state, the Pier 39 location on Level 2 draws nearly 300,000 visitors annually. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the CWC offers tourism information displays, brochures from California destinations, attractions, performing arts and accommodations; reservation services; Internet access; attraction ticket sales,regional and California merchandise. For information visit www.visitcwc.com.
Media contact: Amanda Moreland, 916-319-5424, [email protected] or Kat Burnside, 916-319-5421, [email protected].

They’re Back … Pier 39 Welcomes Return of California Sea Lions on May 21, 2010
In 1990 California sea lions began to “haul out” on docks at Pier 39 and for the next two decades were a popular “natural attraction” for tourists visiting San Francisco. Often hundreds of sea lions lounged about Pier 39’s K-Dock, displacing the boats that had once docked there. And then in November 2009 the numbers dwindled. Marine biologists speculate that they were chasing a new food source, most likely anchovies and sardines, and huge numbers of them were spotted off the Monterey Bay and Oregon coasts. The sea lions have slowly migrated back to Pier 39 and the population has averaged at about 150-300 for the past month. A celebration marking their return and their 20th anniversary was held on May 21, 2010. The Marine Mammal Center, an organization devoted to advancing rehabilitation, scientific discovery and education relating to marine mammals, partners with Pier 39 to monitor their sea lion population. Weather permitting, volunteers are on hand Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions. For information visit www.pier39.com or call 415-705-5500.
Media contact: Sue Muzzin, 415-705-5500, [email protected].

Iconic American Artist Hunt Slonem Returns to San Francisco With Inaugural Exhibition at New Gallery 12 Gallagher Lane
Located near San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens on an alley just off Fourth Street near Moscone Center, 12 Gallagher Lane – A Hunt Slonem Gallery debuted with Slonem’s first exclusive show, “Flora, Fauna, Faces & Features,” a vibrant overview of the internationally renowned artist’s work. A new show, “Spring Awakenings” is currently on view; 12 Gallagher Lane is Slonem’s first ever permanent exhibition on the West Coast. The newly renovated 3,300- square-foot gallery is split between a grand 2,500-square-foot first floor, and an 800-square-foot private loft area. With plantation shutters and lively colors, the exterior of 12 Gallagher Lane is reminiscent of Slonem’s two restored plantation homes in Louisiana. Inside the space, period pieces such as a Roman marble bathtub, a Baccarat chandelier, sculptures and a 1929 gilded piano complement the ebonized white oak floors. Formerly known as 366 Clementina, the building once housed a gymnasium and features a vaulted ceiling. Available for private events, the gallery will accommodate groups up to 100 for sit-down, 150 for receptions. For information visit www.12gallagherlane.com or call 415-896-5700.
Media contact: Alli Goldstein, 415-392-2230, [email protected].

FAMILY NEWS

Target Sponsors Free Arts & Wonder Family Event July 16-18, 2010
San Francisco’s leading museums are having a free for all and the whole family is invited for a weekend of fun. Seven San Francisco museums and cultural destinations will team up with Target for a creative marathon of free family fun, Friday-Sunday, July 16-18, 2010. The de Young Museum, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Zeum: San Francisco¹s Children¹s Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will take turns welcoming families with free admission, free hands-on art making activities and special family-friendly free performances. Hours and days of participation will vary by institution; for information visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target (website goes live June 4, 2010) or call 415-391-2000.
Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, [email protected].

GREEN NEWS

AT&T Park Becomes the First Major League Ballpark to Receive LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants since April 2000, received U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance in April 2010. This LEED Silver Certification for an existing building makes AT&T Park the first major league ballpark to receive this honor and recognizes the Giants and its partners, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Linc Facility Services and Centerplate, for their efforts to achieve sustainability and efficiencies in the daily operations of AT&T Park. AT&T Park and the Giants received LEED Silver Certification for an existing building, one of the toughest category certifications to achieve under the latest rating system, for sustainability and efficiencies in the areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation in operations. For information visit www.sfgiants.com or call 415-972-2000.
Media contact: Shana Daum, 415-972-2496, [email protected]

RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS

La Costanera - Contemporary Peruvian Cuisine
8150 Cabrillo Highway, 650-720-1600, www.lacostanerarestaurant.com
Location: Montara (Beach Communities – South of San Francisco)
Media contact: Lisa Nourse, 415-533-0041, [email protected]
Sister restaurant to the award-winning Mochica restaurant located in San Francisco’s trendy SOMA neighborhood, La Costanera is a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant located on the California coast in Montara. Chef Carlos Altamirano prepares delicious food crafted with the freshest ingredients using a combination of locally-sourced ingredients and authentic Peruvian items, many of which are brought to him regularly from Peru. The space is grand, with floor to ceiling windows, three stories and 10,000 square feet of oceanfront space, beach views and sea breeze. San Francisco based designer and artist Michael Brennan (Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Cortez) transformed the restaurant, formerly home to the Chart House, using salvaged materials including driftwood, shells and ship models to create a sense of place and establish a natural, beach-inspired rusticity. Group dining options range from 10-300. Opened September 2009.

Osha Thai Restaurant & Lounge
311 Third St., 415-896-OSHA (6742); www.oshathai.com.
Neighborhood: SOMA/Yerba Buena
Within walking distance to The Moscone Center, Osha Thai combines the best in traditional Thai cuisine in an elegant space that features traditional and modern Thai design. Each dish is carefully prepared with a balance of flavors, texture and seasoning. This is the seventh location of the restaurant group started on Geary Street by sisters Wassana Korkhieola and Liliata Souksamlane. There is dedicated private space for 20; overall capacity ranges from 120 for sit-down, 200 for reception. Opened January 2010.

Pera
1457 18th St. 415-796-3812; www.perasf.com
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Media contact: Sherry Wilson, 415-796-3812, [email protected]
Located on scenic Potrero Hill, Pera blends Mediterranean hospitality with authentically prepared Turkish and Greek dishes from quality ingredients, many of them locally sourced. Add to this regional breads and desserts made in-house and a full array of compatible California wines, Greek, Turkish and domestic beers, and finally top it all off with Turkish coffee. Large parties are welcomed and group accommodations range from 60 for sit-down functions to 65 for receptions. Opened November 2009.

SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS

Bay Area Green Tours Offers Customized Tours and Seminars Highlighting Pioneer Green Organizations and Businesses
Berkeley-based Bay Area Green Tours (BAGT) offers customized tours and seminars highlighting pioneering organizations and businesses that succeeded at becoming green in the hub of the nation's greenest metropolitan area. BAGT explores San Francisco’s East Bay, known as “The Green Corridor,” home of the sustainable/green economy and alternative energy movement for decades. The tour options include “behind the scenes” tours of sustainable product manufacturers; automotive/renewable energy tours that take a look at electric and bio-diesel cars; “farm to fork” tours that include a breakfast at Gather, Berkeley’s newest sustainable restaurant; tours of cutting edge green buildings and architecture; and a tour designed especially for young adults to learn more about “green collar” jobs. Tours are offered on the first Thursday of every month in collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California; reservations are required. Customized tours for groups, group rates and Spanish-language tours and resource materials are also available. For information visit www.ebgt.org or call 510-704-0379.

Ride the Ducks Adds Union Square Departure Point April 1, 2010
The amphibious tour operator, Ride The Ducks, has waddled to a new pond in Union Square, starting April 1, 2010. The 90-minute sightseeing tour includes about 60 minutes on land and 30 minutes on the water. Ride The Ducks’ San Francisco sightseeing tour winds through the city’s historic streets and neighborhoods, splashes down into McCovey Cove near AT&T Park and “quacks” along the bay with an engaging captain who entertains passengers with captivating stories of San Francisco’s legendary past and tales from the intriguing present. Ride The Ducks operates daily from Fisherman’s Wharf at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor streets and Union Square, Geary at Stockton in front of Macy’s. For information visit www.sanfranciscoducks.com or call 800-452-4386.
Media contact: Rick Lenat, 415-546-0800, [email protected]

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Sun Country Airlines Expands Seasonal Service Between SFO and Minneapolis June 20, 2010
New service will start June 20 from Minneapolis to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Sun Country Airlines to serve seasonal travelers during the summer months. Travelers may choose from two non-stop flights each day June 20-Sept. 6. After then, Sun Country will run four flights each week until Sept. 29. Based in St. Paul, MN, Sun Country Airlines, which flies to popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, has earned a reputation for offering world-class service at an affordable price. Sun Country has been named a “Top Ten Domestic Airlines” by Travel+Leisure for the fourth year in a row and Condé Nast Traveler for the third year in a row. For information visit www.suncountry.com.

LAN Peru Initiates Service from SFO to Peru Beginning July 1, 2010
Beginning July 1, 2010 LAN Peru, an affiliate of LAN Airlines, will initiate operations from San Francisco to South America, offering the only non-stop service from San Francisco to South America. The company will offer 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.

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:

Date Airline Destination Frequency June 2 Swiss International Zurich, Switzerland New European carrier and new destination; daily except Tuesdays. June 6 Alaska Anchorage Daily through end of August June 9 United Anchorage Daily through end of August June 10 Delta Los Angeles Four daily non-stop flights June 22 Air France Paris Second daily flight on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through Sept. 4 June 23 Virgin America Toronto New and first international destination for SFO home carrier; daily non-stop June 28 WestJet Vancouver, Canada New destination for WestJet operating daily through end of October July 1 LAN Airlines Lima, Peru and continuing on to Sao Paulo, Brazil New destination and continent for SFO; four weekly flights (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

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

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