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Summer/Fall 2012: What’s New in SF?

“What’s New” is a listing of new venues, attractions and activities compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association.


July 31, 2012 — “What’s New” is a listing of new venues, attractions and activities compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and a list of “Recent and Coming Attractions” are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website, The next edition of “What’s New” will be sent in September 2012.

When in San Francisco be sure to visit the San Francisco Visitor Information Center. Located at 900 Market St. on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza near the cable car turnaround at the foot of Powell Street, the center is open Monday-Saturday (and Sundays May through October).

Public transit is highly recommended when traveling around San Francisco. For bus schedules and information on San Francisco’s cable cars, historic streetcars and light rail system, visit or call 511 ( or 510-893-8729 if calling from outside area code 415.


$56 Million Moscone Center Renovations Completed on May 15, 2012
San Francisco’s Moscone Center has emerged from a two-year, $56 million renovation of the North and South buildings with a combined 1.2 million square feet of function space and a number of upgrades that were customer-driven. “Our very first step was to ask our customers what changes they’d like to see. The point of this whole project was to meet their needs and exceed their expectations,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association. The renovation was funded by a public/private partnership with the San Francisco Travel Association, the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District (SFTID). Moscone is now replete with design elements that link the interior of the building with its site in the heart of one of the world’s most iconic cities. Designers accessed everything from the international orange of the Golden Gate Bridge to the aquatic blue of the San Francisco Bay for the color pallet. Thirty-seven graphics depicting San Francisco and the Bay Area’s beautiful natural setting were installed on the walls throughout Moscone North and South. The buildings have also been transformed with new carpet, paint, lighting and ceilings; restroom renovations; upgraded lobbies and kitchens, and significant infrastructure projects including major upgrades to HVAC systems, elevators and escalators. And what isn’t visible may be the biggest hit of all with future convention attendees: a $4.5 million wireless system that can provide high speed service to as many as 60,000 devices at one time. Attendees using Google Maps “My Location” feature will also be able to find their way more easily to meeting rooms, food services, restrooms and more in the building. For information visit or call 415-974-6900.
Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615,

Golden State Warriors Announce Plan to Build Arena on San Francisco Waterfront by 2017
On May 22, 2012 San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the Golden State Warriors, whose home court is currently Oakland, plan to build a new sports and entertainment arena on the San Francisco waterfront at Pier 30–32 in time for the 2017–18 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. According to Warriors Co-Executive Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob, the arena will be privately financed. The new arena will also provide a spectacular new venue for top-tier concerts, cultural events and conventions. Under the agreement, the City of San Francisco will provide the land and the Warriors will pay to repair the piers and privately finance the arena project; the cost of repairs is estimated at $75 to $100 million. For information visit
Media contacts: Nathan Ballard, 415-235-6283 or P.J. Johnston, 415-260-8417.

San Francisco Visitor Information Center Returns to Hallidie Plaza Location July 23, 2012
After an extensive remodeling of San Francisco’s Visitor Information Center, located at Powell and Market streets on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, it reopened on July 23, 2012. The new center will still feature a “high touch” experience, something that the VIC is noted for; however, visitors now have access to interactive screens at the rear of the center and staff is “dealing” information from casino-style tables at two locations in the 5,000-square-foot location. Gensler is the architect of record for the remodeling and all construction was completed by Webcor. The center has been located at Hallidie Plaza since Aug. 6, 1976. “The staff and the volunteers at the Visitor Information Center are curators of the San Francisco experience, providing one-on-one interaction with visitors from around the world while providing impeccable service in 14 different languages,” noted Chris Clark, vice president, Integrated Marketing Services. More than 400,000 guests visit the center annually; an estimated 80 percent are international. For information visit or call 415-391-2000.
Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615,

San Francisco’s New Pier 27 Cruise Terminal “Tops Out”
Construction on Schedule for 34th America’s Cup Village in 2013 On July 18, 2012 San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee joined the Port of San Francisco, Department of Public Works, Turner Construction and the maritime community to celebrate the “topping out” of the Pier 27 Cruise Terminal project. The traditional topping out ceremony signifies the half-way mark of a construction project, and is demonstrated by the hoisting of the final steel beam into place at the top of the building being built. The Port is building the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 over an approximate one-year period. The new terminal building will be used first as the venue for the 34th America’s Cup Village in 2013. After the America’s Cup event, the Port will complete the cruise terminal in 2014 to make it operational for cruise ships, and create a new 2.5 acre public park known as the Northeast Wharf Plaza. The entire project, which will be completed in two phases, is estimated to cost $90 million.

The new cruise terminal will accommodate vessels up to 1,200 feet long, carrying 2,600 passengers, and has the capacity at key areas to allow it to service vessels carrying as many as 5,000 passengers. On non-cruise days, the terminal will be used as a special event facility. The Port of San Francisco is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013. For information visit
Media contact: Renée Dunn Martin, 415-274-0488,

San Francisco’s Outdoor Marketplaces Turn 40; Street Artists Offer “One-of-a-Kind” Handicrafts
Now there’s street food, but four decades ago there were street artists pioneering curbside commerce. Inaugurated in 1972, San Francisco’s Street Artist Licensing Program, under the direction of the San Francisco Arts Commission, has nurtured talented artists by licensing them to sell their work. Jewelry, photography, sculpture, apparel, leather craft and blown glasswork are among the one-of-a-kind, made-in-the-U.S. handicrafts sold on the city’s bustling streets. Some 30 selling areas, primarily downtown and on Fisherman’s Wharf, are available to the artists. Of the approximately 400 artists who participate in the program, an estimated 55 percent live in the city. The anniversary was marked on June 30, 2012 at Justin Herman Plaza, one of the premier sites for the sellers. For information visit or call 415-252-2581.
Media contacts: Kate Patterson, 415-252-4638, or Alyssa Licouris, 415-252-2581,

New METREON Opens First Phase of Transformation, CityTarget Opening in October
In March 2012 Westfield opened the first venues at the new METREON, 135 Fourth St., as part of the initial phase of improvements at the downtown San Francisco destination for dining, shopping, entertainment and special events. The improvements offer expansive views of Yerba Buena Gardens, a new dining terrace, eateries, shops and renovated AMC theaters and City View event space. METREON’s transformation will be complete with the opening of CityTarget, the city’s first Target store.

Oct. 12–13, 2012 marks the long-awaited arrival of CityTarget to San Francisco. CityTarget focuses on the urban shopper, and San Francisco will be one of a select group of major metropolitan areas to benefit from this new store format, which will offer guests a selection of merchandise tailored for city-dwellers, including fresh grocery offerings. For information visit or call 415-369-6000. Media contacts: Casey Shaughnessy, Courtney Finley, Lauren Englehardt or Dana Pelfini, Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500, Golden Gate Bridge Celebrates 75th Anniversary in 2012 with “75 Tributes” Spanning the Year

May 27, 2012 marked 75 years for the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Area celebrated with gusto the history, beauty and ingenuity of this famous span. Bridge officials estimate that more than 200,000 people attended the Golden Gate Festival on May 27 and some 500,000 spectators witnessed the fireworks that closed the festival on the evening of May 27. Activities and special commemorative events will continue throughout the remainder of the year and the visitor experience on the south end of the bridge has been completely redesigned. Improvements to the site include:

  • New 3,500-square-foot Bridge Pavilion to welcome visitors, house celebratory merchandise and display interpretive exhibits
  • Conversion of the iconic Round House from a gift shop to a space for visitor and education programs
  • Revitalization of the bridge plaza to serve as a gathering and orientation space
  • Restoration of trails and scenic vistas
  • A “green screen” photo area where visitors can picture themselves in locations not accessible to the general public such as the top of the tower or climbing the cables
  • New, personally guided, 45-minute (day) and 60-minute (evening) bridge tours utilizing the latest in audio technology spring through fall
  • Completion of a dramatic new Golden Gate Overlook on the southwest side of the bridge

A complete schedule is posted on
Media contacts: Mary Currie, 415-923-2222, or David Shaw, 415-561-3064,

San Francisco Hosts America’s Cup World Series Races
Aug. 21–26 and Oct. 2–7, 2012, and the 34th America’s Cup in Fall 2013
The 161-year-old America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and has evolved into one of the world’s leading sporting competitions featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats — the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans.

The 34th America's Cup is an umbrella term that covers several events - the AC World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series), the Red Bull Youth America's Cup and the America's Cup Finals in 2013:

  • The America’s Cup World Series is a professional circuit that brings America’s Cup-level racing and the America’s Cup experience to top international venues. There are two seasons of the AC World Series. The 2011–12 AC World Series concluded on July 1, 2012 in Newport, R.I. The 2012-13 AC World Series opens in San Francisco Aug. 21–26 and Oct. 2–7, 2012 as well as other international ports before concluding on May 19, 2013, prior to the beginning of the 34th America’s Cup events in San Francisco in July 2013. Countries currently represented in the AC World Series races include competitors from France, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and ORACLE TEAM USA.
  • Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, is used to determine who will race the Defender in the America’s Cup Finals. Scheduled for July 4–Sept. 1, 2013 on San Francisco Bay, the Louis Vuitton Cup will draw challengers from around the world for the opportunity to compete for the America’s Cup; 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Cup, first held in Newport, R.I. in 1983. Teams officially registered as challengers for the Louis Vuitton Cup are Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing (Sweden), Luna Rossa Challenge (Italy),Team Korea and defender ORACLE TEAM USA. The entry deadline is Aug. 1, 2013.
  • The America’s Cup Finals will take place Sept. 7–22, 2013 in San Francisco Bay and will pit the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup against the Cup’s defender – ORACLE TEAM USA. The events will be sailed in the cutting-edge AC72 wing-sailed catamarans, the next generation America’s Cup boats that are 131-feet tall, 72-feet long and are capable of speeds of more than 35 mph.
  • Dates for the recently announced Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, open to national teams of sailors ages 19–23, are yet to be confirmed, but expected to be in August/September 2013, in the heart of the AC34 racing season.

Construction has begun at Pier 27 which will serve as the heart of the spectator village for AC34 and is slated to be completed by February 2013. The AC Village will feature an amphitheater for 10,000 fans, entertainment including live music and dance, exhibitions of past America’s Cup winners, and other exciting activities.

The America's Cup World Series is being covered by NBC, with live broadcasts on national television on Aug. 26 and Oct. 7, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PT.

For information visit
Media contact: Irene Corosu, or


Hilton San Francisco Union Square Completes $53 Million Transformation June 2012
The Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St., has completed a $53 million project that transformed 550 guest rooms and function space. The project, completed in June 2012, incorporates 21st century design features to reinforce the hotel’s positioning as the city’s premier hotel and conference venue. The renovation is part of a three-year, $3 billion plan of significant property renovations currently underway across the global portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide. Major improvements designed to enhance the guest experience include the addition of a second window to improve views of the city and sound-proofing. The guest rooms also feature new furniture, soft goods, refrigerators and wired and wireless high-speed Internet service. The hotel’s 20,000-square-foot Continental Ballroom and 31 of the additional meeting rooms (ranging in size from 430 to 1,090 square feet) have been expanded and updated with contemporary design features. Those facilities, together with the hotel’s new 13,500 square-foot Golden Gate Ballroom, comprise a significant part of the 134,500 square feet of function space in the hotel. For information visit or call 415-771-1400.
Media contact: Scott Baublitz, 415-923-5085, or visit

Kimpton’s Hotel Triton Debuts New Look June 2012
Kimpton’s 144-room Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave., has been given a makeover steeped in San Francisco’s literary tradition and Beat era heritage. Quotes from author Jack Kerouac are featured on the wallpaper and guests may also browse through editions of Kerouac’s “On the Road” or Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” found on the bedside table. Crimson dragons tattoed on the guest room walls pay homage to the hotel’s location just steps from the dragon-adorned gateway to Chinatown. Additional design elements include sage green wainscoting, bright yellow lacquered headboards, sawhorse desks, chalkboard message boards and industrial-style lighting. The hotel offers several celebrity suites as well including one designed by comedian Kathy Griffin, another dedicated to the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and a third stocked with Haagen Dazs products for guests with a sweet tooth. Tapping into San Francisco’s local creative community, the Triton will be inviting San Francisco-based poets, musicians, artists and performers to the evening wine hour and the hotel also features a rotating monthly art gallery on the mezzanine level where guests may purchase local artwork. For information visit or call 800-800-1299 or 415-394-0500.
Media contacts: Nancy Uber, 415-672-2950, or Stephanie Moustirats, 415-955-5487,

Hotel Adagio’s Multi-Million Dollar Transformation Completed July 2012
A multi-million dollar transformation of the 171-room Hotel Adagio, 550 Geary St. in Union Square, was completed in July 2012. The transformation includes refurbishment of each of the property’s 171 guest rooms, penthouse suites and public spaces, expanded meeting and event space, as well as a new concept for the restaurant and lobby-level bar. While respecting the historic Spanish Revival architecture reflected in the hotel’s exterior, interior restyling uses a chic, modern design aesthetic. In addition to guest room and public area redesign, the project includes a complete renovation and re-conception of the hotel’s onsite restaurant, and a new bar The Mortimer (replacing Bar Adagio), is being groomed to create a new neighborhood nightlife option catering to visitors and locals, with a revamped cocktail menu, communal seating and entertainment. The renovation also includes the creation of additional meeting space. The meeting space expansion, coupled with a redesign of the hotel’s penthouse level suites allows guests to buyout the entire 16th floor which includes three guestrooms, two luxury suites and two meeting rooms with a wrap-around outdoor terrace featuring San Francisco views. The property now features more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space. For information visit or call 800-228-8830.
Media contact: Rana Kay, 619-846-0448,

Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf Multi-Million Dollar April 2012 Remodeling Includes Tribute to the Historic Golden Gate Bridge
The 75th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was an integral part of the multi-million dollar remodeling and renovations completed in April 2012 at the 355-room Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf, 250 Beach St. This iconic hotel, which has long been a favorite for leisure and business travelers because of its ideal location at Fisherman’s Wharf, is celebrating the 2012 anniversary of the historic Golden Gate Bridge with a photographic mural placed over the bed in each guest room, many of which feature views of San Francisco Bay or the hotel’s courtyard. All of the guest rooms have been completely refreshed and feature Sleep Number Beds™ with plush bedding and comforters, contemporary seating and privacy window treatments. New spa style bathrooms feature granite countertops, expanded showers and custom vanities. In addition guests will enjoy 37-inch flat screen TVs, work desks with an ergonomic chair, in-room coffee makers and dry bars (in select rooms). Rooms that feature a terrace have stylish new patio furniture. Additional amenities include concierge and bell service, complimentary wireless service throughout the hotel, a business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a year-round heated outdoor swimming pool with new resort style lounges. For information visit or call 415-392-6700.
Media contact: Gayle B. MacIntyre, 404-643-8222,

Renoir Hotel, Recently Purchased by The Kor Group, Becomes Home to A Temporary Offering, a Pop-Up Collaboration of Local Businesses
The Kor Group (Kor) has been bringing new life to San Francisco’s mid-Market district since June 2012 with A Temporary Offering (ATO), a new pop-up concept that integrates virtually an entire city block and creates an urban destination on the ground floor of Kor’s newly acquired Renoir Hotel, 45 McAllister St. ATO consists of three carefully curated venues:

  • A restaurant helmed by FoodLab with daily lunch service and a line-up of both A-list and up-and-coming chefs populating the space by night as well as a large, licensed commercial kitchen available for rent.
  • Rio Grande, a bar created by renowned cocktail and spirit consulting company The Bon Vivants.
  • Trailhead, the Luggage Store Gallery's satellite retail project bringing together locally-roasted coffee, a youth-initiated high-end denim boutique, seedling farm outlet, and local artist-made ephemera— including books, zines, and maps.

Kor purchased the historic Renoir Hotel, located in the heart of mid-Market at Seventh and Market streets, in February 2012. They immediately set out to engage the local community and find ways to creatively activate the hotel’s vacant retail spaces. ATO will create both a destination for food, drink and art as well as a place for local entrepreneurs to test new ideas and showcase their skills in a relaxed setting that encourages experimentation and embraces the neighborhood. For information visit or or call 415-626-5200.
Media contacts: Bridget Dixon,, or Carissa Remitz, , 415-274-2510.


SHN Upcoming Shows Include “War Horse,” “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon”
Formerly known as Best of Broadway, the SHN Series brings Broadway to the Bay Area with a dynamic series at the SHN Orpheum, SHN Curran and SHN Golden Gate Theatres. Upcoming shows in order of performances are:

  • The London and Broadway’s smash hit, “War Horse” gallops into the SHN Curran Theatre, Aug. 2–26, 2012. The powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I, comes alive through life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life.

SHN’s just announced 2012-13 season includes:

  • Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to the SHN Orpheum Theatre, Nov. 1–Jan. 13, 2013 for the first time since its triumphant 43-week run here in 2004. Winner of six Tony Awards, “The Lion King” has been seen by more than 13.5 million people in more than 60 cities across North America.
  • “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, will play a limited engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre Nov. 27–Dec. 30, 2012. Declared “the best musical of the century,” by The New York Times, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Parker and Stone are the creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is the co-creator of the hit musical comedy, “Avenue Q.”
  • The new Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s time classic musical masterpiece, “Anything Goes,” comes to the SHN Curran Theatre Jan. 8–Feb. 3, 2013. The rewrite of the 1934 musical comedy unfolds on board the S.S. American on a trans-Atlantic crossing and features hits songs such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”
  • The spellbinding “Wicked, returns home to the Bay Area again to the Orpheum Theatre Jan. 23–Feb. 17, 2013. The untold story of the witches of Oz, long before Dorothy dropped in, “Wicked” tells the unforgettable story of two girls who meet in the land of Oz — one born with emerald-green skin who is smart and misunderstood and the other who is conventionally beautiful, ambitions and “very, very popular” as one of the show’s signature songs confirms.

For ticket information visit
Media contact: Erin Garcia, 415-551-2075,

San Francisco Jazz Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 30 Concerts Aug. 25–Dec. 7, 2012; SFJAZZ Center Opens on Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21, 2013
The San Francisco Jazz Festival will run Aug. 25–Dec. 7, 2012, present 30 concerts celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary. Festival highlights include Brecker Brothers Reunion Band with Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Dave Weckl Sept. 28; “Miles Smiles” with Robben Ford, Kenny Garrett, Joey DeFrancesco, Wallace Roney and Omar Hakim Sept. 29; Sonny Rollins on Sept. 30, Gilberto Gil Oct. 2; Branford Marsalis, solo, at Grace Cathedral Oct. 5; Marcus Miler Oct. 11; Robert Glasper Experiment Nov.1; Ornette Coleman Nov. 9; Buika Nov. 16; and Arturo Sandoval Dec. 1. SFJAZZ is nearing the completion of the new SFJAZZ Center, the first stand-alone performance and education center dedicated to jazz. Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the center will open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21 2013. Located at 205 Franklin St. in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley, the SFJAZZ Center will be a hub of art, music, culture and community in the Civic Center performing arts district. For information, visit or call 866-920-5299.
Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410,

San Francisco Symphony Enters Second 100 Years Sept. 5, 2012
The San Francisco Symphony’s 101st season opens Sept. 5, 2012 with two weeks of concerts of Russian and German masterworks led by conductor Semyon Bychkov. Joining Bychkov and the Orchestra is violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The second week of concerts, beginning Sept.12, is devoted to performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad.” In its Opening Gala concert on Sept.19, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads violinist Joshua Bell and the Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Chausson’s “Poème,” selections from Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Ravel’s “Boléro.”The orchestra’s 101st season highlights include explorations of music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and enhanced concert experiences around Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” and Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” by Thomas. He will also conduct the SFS in the first concert performances by an orchestra of Leonard Bernstein’s complete “West Side Story.” The orchestra will perform two world premieres, three U.S. premieres, three West Coast premieres and 13 San Francisco Symphony premieres and also inaugurates the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in January 2013. Soprano Renée Fleming and pianist András Schiff will perform in Project San Francisco residencies. In addition to Zuckerman, distinguished guests include Joshua Bell, Julia Fischer, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Marc-André Hamelin, Gil Shaham, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, David Robertson, Vasily Petrenko and Marek Janowski, with debuts by Vladimir Jurowski, Jaap van Zweden, Juraj Valcuha, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Michael Fabiano and The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble. The Great Performers Series will feature concerts by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra plus recitals by Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renée Fleming with Susan Graham, and Matthias Goerne with Christoph Eschenbach. Details are available at or call 415-864-6000.
Media contact: Public Relations, 415-503-5474,

San Francisco Opera Opens 2012–13 Season Sept. 7, 2012 Repertory Season Includes Three World Premiere Commissions
The San Francisco Opera Company’s 2012–13 repertory season includes three world premiere commissions slated for 2013 by Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison (“The Secret Garden”), Mark Adamo (“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”), and Tobias Picker and J.D. McClatchy (“Dolores Claiborne”). The Company’s 90th season opens Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 with a gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The Opera Ball, the Company’s celebrated signature benefit event, will precede the opening night performance at the historic War Memorial Opera House. In addition to “Rigoletto,” which features two international casts of singers, San Francisco Opera’s 2012–13 season offers Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto gem “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (“TheCapulets and the Montagues”); the Bay Area premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” commissioned and produced by San Francisco Opera, The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Calgary Opera and the State Opera of South Australia; Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”; Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” interpreted by two casts of widely acclaimed singers; Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (“The Tales of Hoffmann”); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “ Cosi fan tutte;” the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene,” and the world premiere of Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s “The Secret Garden,“ a co-production with Cal Performances. All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. For information visit or call 415-864-3330.
Media contact: Robin Freeman, 415-565-6451,

A.C.T. Kicks Off 2012–13 Season with the West Coast Premiere of “The Normal Heart” Sept. 13–Oct. 7, 2012
Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting, the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will open the 2012–13 season with the West Coast premiere of George C. Wolfe’s Tony Award-winning production of “The Normal Heart,” Sept. 13–Oct. 7, 2012. Larry Kramer’s landmark play focuses on the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980s. “Humor Abuse,” Lorenzo Pisoni’s one-man show about growing up as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus will also return Aug. 3–19, 2012. Also scheduled for the 2012–13 repertory season in order of appearance are:

  • Direct from its acclaimed sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff will bring her sweeping production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Elektra” to the Bay Area. A feast of poetic language with original music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang, “Elektra” features two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core acting company member René Augesen in the title role and associate artist (and Academy Award-winner) Olympia Dukakis as the fiercely partisan chorus leader, Nov. 1–25, 2012.
  • The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition “A Christmas Carol,” featuring a lively cast, delightful music, gorgeous costumes and deliciously spooky ghosts, returns Dec. 6–29, 2012.
  • George F. Walker’s “Dead Metaphor,” a hilarious dark comedy about the hypocrisies of post-war living leads off 2013, Jan. 17–Feb. 10, 2013.
  • Widely considered one of the most influential plays of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams’ sultry classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” takes the stage in a sumptuous new production, Feb. 28-March 24, 2013.
  • A.C.T. continues the tradition of introducing eclectic, unforgettable musical projects to the stage with the world premiere of “Stuck Elevator,” April 4–28, 2013. A powerful and poignant hip-hop opera, “Stuck Elevator” is based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours.
  • The Bay Area premiere of The National Theatre of Scotland's internationally acclaimed production of “Black Watch” arrives May 3-June 9, 2013. Written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany (who recently completed work on the acclaimed Broadway musical ”Once”), “Black Watch” is based on interviews Burke conducted with soldiers of the legendary Scottish regiment who served in Iraq. Using video sequences, song and dance, the production creates a complex and urgent piece of theatre told from the soldiers’ point of view.
  • The 2012–13 season culminates with a new production of Tom Stoppard’s masterwork “Arcadia, “May 16–June 9, 2013. Hailed as one of the best plays of the 20th century, Arcadia unfolds in a beautiful English country house and moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, as characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths.
  • All performances are at the American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St. For information visit or call the A.C.T. Box Office at 415-749-2228. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677,
  • Site-Specific Performance Niagara Falling Debuts on West Wall of Renoir Hotel Sept. 26-29, 2012
  • The world premiere of “Niagara Falling,” by Flyaway Productions and Dancers' Group/ONSITE, a visually arresting aerial dance and multimedia event jointly designed by choreographer Jo Kreiter and video artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge with composers Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi will be performed Sept. 26–29, 2012. The free, 30-minute, site-specific performance will juxtapose images of what is thriving and what is collapsing in the urban landscape, with a view toward inspiring audiences to imagine possibilities for civic regeneration, on the west wall of the the Renoir Hotel, Seventh and Market streets. 1192 Market St. “Niagara Falling” layers filmed images of San Francisco and Niagara Falls with live dancers suspended in life jackets and a steel life boat. Industrial chain hoists haul the dancers up the side of the Renoir Hotel to swim against the force of the Falls and the Pacific Ocean's massive swells. Performances are at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 26–29, 2012.For information visit
    Media contact: John Hill, 510-435-7128,

42nd Street Moon Announces Five Comedies for 20th Anniversary Season Opening Oct. 3, 2012
Five “solid-gold” comedies are cued up for the 20th anniversary season of 42nd Street Moon, presenters of intimate productions of “Uncommon Musicals” — classic and rarely performed shows by great 20th century composers and lyricists. All first-time productions for the organization, the shows include a political comedy, romantic comedy, singing satire, a comedy-drama and a no-holds-barred farce. In order of performance they are:

  • “Of Thee I Sing.” George and Ira Gershwin’s musical was the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Presidency and the democratic process itself are all targets in this timeless farce, Oct. 3–21, 2012.
  • “Carmelina.” The musical version of the film “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” which is also the source of the story in the hit Broadway musical,
  • “Mamma Mia,” makes its West Coast premiere, Oct. 31–Nov 18, 2012.
  • “Pal Joey.” The timeless Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart masterpiece, feature Joey Evans, the charming “heel” with big plans to get to the top of Chicago’s nightclub business, Nov. 28–Dec. 16, 2012.
  • “Carnival.” This magical and beguiling musical of the beloved film “Lili” brings the world of Lili Daurier, puppeteer Paul Berthalet, roguish magician Marco and all of their circus friends to the stage, April 3–21, 2013.
  • “Little Me.” Jason Graae stars in the final show of the season, an outrageously funny musical that critic Walter Kerr called “a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze,” May 1–19, 2013. All performances are at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. For tickets and information visit or call 415-255-8207.

Media contact: Brenda Hughes, 415-244-9770,

San Francisco Ballet Announces 2013 Repertory Season Open with “Nutcracker,” Dec. 7–28, 2012
Highlights of the San Francisco Ballet’s recently announced 2013 repertory season includes the U.S. premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length “Cinderella;” the Northern California premiere of “Nijinsky” by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer John Neumeier, which will be performed on Program 2 by the renowned Hamburg Ballet; the SF Ballet premiere of Serge Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc;” plus world premieres by Wayne McGregor, San Francisco Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky. The season will also feature works by acclaimed choreographers George Balanchine, John Cranko, Edwaard Liang, Mark Morris, Rudolf Nureyev, Ashley Page, Jerome Robbins, and San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson. The 2013 Repertory Season will open with “Nutcracker,“ which runs Dec. 7–28, 2012. Following the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, the season will consist of eight programs performed in alternating repertory, Jan. 29–May 12, 2013. For information visit or call 415-865-2000.
Media contacts: Kyra Jablonsky, 415-865-6603, or Lauren White, 415, 865-6610,

Teatro ZinZanni Reopens in 2013 After Southern California Road Show
After more than 11 years, 800,000 visitors, hundreds of guest artists and 40 different shows, Teatro ZinZanni shuttered the fabled Palais Nostalgique Spiegeltent on Pier 29 after its 2011 New Year’s Eve show, Dec. 31, 2011. Teatro’s former home on Piers 27 and 29 is scheduled to be a part of the upcoming America’s Cup. On Dec. 6, 2011 Teatro ZinZanni announced that they will build a new permanent home on the Embarcadero. The new site is a triangular parcel, located where Broadway and Davis meet the Embarcadero. In the meantime, Teatro ZinZanni will take the show on the road and head south for the winter Oct. 24, 2012–Feb.17, 2013 to Costa Mesa, CA with “Love, Chaos & Dinner.” For information visit
Media contact: Karen Ames, 415-641-7474, or Brenden Guy, 415-641-7474,


Yoshi’s Celebrates 40th Anniversary with New Concert Performances August-September 2012
This summer Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant will celebrate its 40th anniversary with milestone concert performances August-September 2012. Among those returning for anniversary concerts are Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Cobb, the Jazz Crusaders, Chick Corea and Ravi Coltrane. Presently regarded as one of the country’s premier jazz clubs, the music scene at Yoshi’s had a humble start. Opening its doors in 1972 as a 25-seat Japanese restaurant near the U.C.-Berkeley campus it outgrew that space and in 1977 the owners Yoshie Akiba, her husband Kaz Kajimura, and chef Hiroyuki Hori converted a former laundromat in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood into a 100-seat restaurant. “Now that we have a Japanese restaurant going, what’s next?” owner Kajimura recalls asking himself. The answer was the addition of a full bar and lounge with live music and then a two-story addition which was called “Upstairs at Yoshi’s.” What began as a side project to offer diners live music quietly developed into a proving ground for the finest musicians from around the Bay Area. The music performances became such a draw that in 1985 Yoshi’s expanded again and added an adjacent nightclub, ultimately named Yoshi’s Nitespot. In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Yoshi’s San Francisco opened in 2007 in the Fillmore Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore St. Approaching its five-year anniversary this November, Yoshi's San Francisco has expanded beyond jazz. Its programming includes an eclectic mix of world music, R&B, soul, and rock. For information and a complete list of performers visit
Media contacts: Alex Knowlton (Oakland), 510-238-1350, or Lisa Bautista (San Francisco), 415-655-5611,

Press Club Adds “Taste” to the Menu
Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Lane, is now offering a new food and pairing program in partnership with Taste Catering & Event Planning. The enhanced offering at one of San Francisco’s premier wine bar and lounges includes an expanded food menu with insightful wine and beer pairings, and additional support for the venue’s special private functions and on-site events. Taste Catering’s Executive Chef Chris Borges is leading the Press Club kitchen in delivering dishes such as House Local Duck and Pinot Noir Sausage served with Anson Mills farro verde and Heirloom Organics baby kale. Smaller bites, perfect for a post-work pick me-up, include selections such as Blackened Deviled Glaum Ranch Organic Eggs served with Caramelized Hobb’s Bacon. Press Club expanded its wine and beer program in April 2011 in response to customers’ requests for a broader wine tasting experience. Today, it boasts more than 60 wine labels as far flung as New Zealand, wine selections on tap as well and age-old favorites by the bottle. The beer menu offers more than 27 unique varieties, many of which change on a weekly basis. For information visit or call 415-744-5000.
Media contacts: (Press Club) Lauren Eastman, 415-867-7664, and (Taste Catering & Event Planning) Julie Richter, 415-296-0677,

Cako Adds Two New Locations in Westfield San Francisco Centre and METREON
In addition to its Union Square location, 211 O’Farrell St., Cako has added two new locations in San Francisco: Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., and METREON, 135 Fourth St. Some of their tempting cupcake flavors include maple bacon, tiramisu, s’mores, red velvet and pink lemonade. Ice cream is offered at the METREON location as well and when the mood strikes for something sweet, email Catering services also available. For information visit

E&O Reopens after Short Summer Vacation to Renovate Space on July 13, 2012
E&O Trading Company has emerged from a short summer vacation which started on May 28, 2012 with a new name, E&O Asian Kitchen, and renovated space. While preserving the historical charm of its building, the restaurant has adapted a much sleeker and modern attitude that is reflected in the look and feel of the interiors as well as the menu. Consulting Chef Arnold Wong and Chef Sharon Nahm continue to create exciting and bold flavors in modern Asian dishes and the sleek lounge offers guests a chance to enjoy shareable late night bites and creative cocktails while the house DJ spins. Wong is dipping into his roots and transforming some classics with a millennial twist: oxtail dumplings are the new take on the oxtail stew that he grew up on, and he’s created Lap Souchong Deviled Tea Eggs, based on another traditional Chinese favorite. Spanning three floors, the restaurant is also available for private events. For information visit or call 415-693-0303.
Media contact: Amanda Bowman, 415-693-0303, ext. 22,

The following restaurants have also opened in recent months:

42 Columbus Ave., 415-392-2275,
Cuisine: Basque
Neighborhood: Jackson Square
Media contact: Sabrina Thillard, 415-392-2275,
Opened: May 2012
The craggy mountains of the Basque area on the border of Spain and France have nurtured a distinctive cuisine and as of May 2012 it has found a home in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square at Bask. Two couples, American, French and Basque, are bringing the ambiance of San Sebastian to life in what was formerly Clown Alley (another beloved San Francisco institution). The menu is inspired by Spanish and Basque influences: Spanish-style tortillas filled with baked eggs, potatoes and onions; squid cooked in its own ink and Valencia rice; paella among other dishes; desserts include homemade flan, crepes stuffed with whipped cream and raisins, and a traditional Basque cake, euskal pastela. Happy hour is the time for pintxos and authentic tapas and the owners encourage everyone to “come Bask in our experience.”

Brasserie S&P
345 California Center, 415-986-2020,
Cuisine: Californian
Neighborhood: Financial District
Media contact: Edwina A. Kluender, 415-276-9780,
Opened: May 2012
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco hotel provides a stylish setting for the latest addition to San Francisco’s culinary scene with its signature restaurant, Brasserie S&P, which opened mid-May. Serving brasserie-style, San Francisco cuisine and refined cocktails complemented with a diverse wine program, Brasserie S&P offers all-day dining from a creative menu, designed by Executive Chef Adam Mali, which incorporates the finest, seasonal ingredients found in California. Named in part for the hotel’s location at Sansome and Pine streets in the heart of the financial district, the 90-seat restaurant blends seamlessly with the bar to offer a lively, sophisticated yet informal dining experience. Guests can enjoy an extensive array of cocktails, plus a wide selection of gin and tonics, craft beers, and more than 600 wine selections, accompanying a delicious menu to satisfy the palate of discerning guests.

Burritt Room + Tavern
417 Stockton St. 415-400-0561,
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Union Square
Media contact: Erin Jevis, 212-755-7050, ext. 21,
Opened: April 2012
The debut of Mystic Hotel by restaurateur and hotelier Charlie Palmer has also brought with it the new Burritt Room + Tavern on the second floor of the property. Like a private club, enjoy handcrafted cocktails in the Burritt Room, the intimate film noir-inspired bar named for Burritt Alley, where detective Sam Spade's partner Miles Archer was gunned down in The Maltese Falcon. Then, step into the speakeasy vibe of renowned Chef Charlie Palmer’s adjoining Burritt Tavern, where walled-in and curtained booths create dark corners for private conversations and Executive Chef Ashley Weaver turns out classic food like steaks and chops done right. Weaver also takes advantage of the Bay area's tremendous green markets as well as the extraordinary offerings from local food artisans in menus built around prized regional specialties from Dungeness crab to West Coast oysters.

Lucky Strike San Francisco
200 King St., 415-400-8260,
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Media contact: Brandon Thomsen, 818-933-3758,
Opened: March 2012
The first Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge debuted in Hollywood in 2003 and was inspired by “Hollywood Star Lanes,” a legendary bowling alley that was the setting for the film, “The Big Lebowski.” Wrapped in a stimulating atmosphere of art, music and an energetic crowd, Lucky Strike San Francisco located near AT&T Park offers 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, giant projection screens featuring local art, lounge seating and several private rooms with pool tables, ping-pong tables and other games. Menu options range from sliders to fondue for the entire group to share.

Original Joe's
601 Union St., 415-775-4877,
Cuisine: Italian - Northern Italian
Neighborhood: North Beach
Media contact:
Opened: January 2012
Although Original Joe’s first opened its doors in 1937, a devastating fire closed them in 2007. In January 2012 and just in time for their 75th anniversary, the restaurant reopened in historic North Beach, overlooking Washington Square Park. Considered the quintessential, classic San Francisco dining experience, Original Joe’s, with its signature red leather booths and legendary smooth cocktails, serves classic Italian American comfort food at its finest. The restaurant was opened by Tony Rodin in the depths of the Great Depression; his legendary work ethic and love for his restaurant grew Original Joe’s from a 14-stool counter, to one of San Francisco’s culinary landmarks. Three generations later and counting, his family ensures that classic Italian-American cooking with healthy portions and reasonable prices are prepared behind its iconic counter, exhibition style, for all to see.

Sauce Belden
56 Belden Place 415-397-8800,
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Financial District
Media contact: Trip Hosley, 415-252-1423,
Opened: March 2012
A sister restaurant to Sauce at 131 Gough St. in San Francisco’s Civic Center area, Sauce Belden opened just in time for St. Patrick’s Day in the city’s financial district. Sauce owners encourage robust appetites: “Go ahead and lick your plate, we’ll understand” pops up on the home page of their website and the menu responds with fresh takes on casual American comfort food staples at this family-owned, upscale spot. And the new “daily meal deal” offers two happy hours: 2:30–7 p.m. and 11 p.m.–2:30 a.m. for $10.

Wo Hing General Store
584 Valencia St., 415-552-2510,
Cuisine: Chinese
Neighborhood: Mission District
Media contact: Shelley Spicer, or, 415-321-3011
Opened: October 2011
Renowned chef of The Slanted Door, Charles Phan, brings farm to fork Chinese street food to the Valencia corridor in San Francisco's vibrant Mission District. “Details” magazine recently dubbed the design by architect Olle Lundberg one of the “10 sexiest new restaurants in America.” A supporter of local farmers and ranchers, Wo Hing General Store menu items include small and large plates — ranging from Shanghai dumplings to red Sichuan-braised Niman Ranch beef brisket. Dry noodles are also a house specialty along with jook, a kind of rice porridge made with Lundberg organic short grain rice.

Sweet Inspiration Bakery Cafe
2239 Market St., 415-621-8664,
Cuisine: Bakery/Cafe
Neighborhood: Castro
Media contact: Michael Colter, 415-621-8664,
Opened: April 2012
This authentic “mom-and-pop” establishment is easily reached via the historic F-line streetcar. House-made cakes whole and by the slice, espresso drinks and American meal items are the inducements here and Second Sundays now feature live entertainment. Among some of the cake offerings: Chocolate Peanut Butter cake, which features alternating layers of fudge and peanut butter frosting; Quatro Leches cake, a twist on Tres Leches cake, which includes four kinds of milk: evaporated, whole, coconut and condensed. And for those late risers, a full breakfast is served until 1 p.m.


Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) Moves to San Francisco’s Dogpatch Neighborhood in Fall 2012
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) announced in February 2012 that it will move to an 8,000-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center, 2569 Third St., in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Scheduled to be open by fall 2012, the move will allow MCD to significantly expand its exhibition space and build its first-ever dedicated education room for its popular public programs, including MakeArt workshops and special events. The new location comes following MCD’s comprehensive search for a location that will allow for the continued growth of its artistic mission and future exhibition plans. MCD’s addition to the neighborhood will support the continued transformation of the Dogpatch area into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Dating to 1915 the three-block-long American Industrial Center structure was originally home to American Can Company, fitting in with the industrial and manufacturing industries in the area at the time. Today, as Dogpatch has evolved and benefitted from public access provided by San Francisco’s Third Street light rail, the building houses a mix of tenants including San Francisco Art Institute, architects, artists, photographers and graphic designers. For information visit or call 415-773-0303.
Media contact: Rob Farmer, 415-359-2316, or Tarah Beaven, 415-359-2306,

Earthquake Exhibit “Rumbles” into California Academy of Sciences as of May 26, 2012
Prepare to be moved! The new 8,000-square-foot “Earthquake” exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., delves into the science behind earthquakes and shares how societies prepare for and respond to these destructive phenomena. Occupying the entire west hall of the Academy, the exhibit features a number of large-scale installations, including a walk-through model of the Earth, an enclosure for live baby ostriches (yes, there are surprising connections between earthquakes and ostriches), an earthquake simulator resembling an old Victorian home, and an interactive “obstacle course” designed to teach earthquake preparedness. Concurrently, a new planetarium show launches audiences on a breathtaking tour through space and time—flying over the San Andreas fault before diving into the planet’s interior, traveling back in time to witness both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago, and much more. For information visit or call 415-379-8000.
Media contact: Andrew Ng, 415-379-5123, or

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents U.S. Premiere of David Shrigley: Brain Activity Through Sept. 23, 2012
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), 701 Mission St., is the only U.S. venue to present “David Shrigley: Brain Activity,” which came to San Francisco directly from a very successful debut at London’s Hayward Gallery. The eclectic show opened at YBCA on June 22, 2012 and runs through Sept. 23, 2012. Based in Glasgow, Shrigley is known for his pared-down drawings and animations that make wry and witty observations on a range of everyday situations and subjects. Known to provoke laughter in the normally hushed spaces of an art gallery and as author Dave Eggers noted, “… probably the funniest gallery-type artist who ever lived,” Shrigley infuses a comedic sensibility into a serious fine art practice. Exhibition highlights include a selection of animations, hand-crafted sculptures made of unusual materials and installations that take liberties with scale. For information visit or call 415-978-ARTS (2787).
Media contact: Maureen Dixon, 415-321-1307,

Walt Disney Family Museum Adds New Monthly After-Hours Party “Animate Your Night” Beginning July 27, 2012
San Francisco’s “culture and cocktails” scene adds another hot spot to the roster: Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., in the Presidio. Beginning July 27, 2012, 7–10 p.m., guests will experience the galleries in a whole new light with “Animate Your Night,” a new museum-wide after-hours party that includes music, performances, film screenings, hands-on art activities, nibbles and a cash bar. Each evening will have a theme related to the museum’s exhibitions and programs. The inaugural event will pay tribute to the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London with “Animate Your Night: Ready, Steady, Go!” featuring an animated environment using green screen technology; pub grub and “The Olympian” signature cocktail; screenings of Disney Olympic classics, a gallery talk about the museum’s 1960 Olympic Torch from the Squaw Valley Olympic Games in 1960 and dancing to British beats with DJ Syl the Thryl. Tickets are $10. For the complete schedule visit or call 415-345-6800.
Media contact: Andi Wang, 415-345-6816,

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Offer an Eclectic Exhibition Season
In one of its most diverse exhibitions schedules in recent memory, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer an eclectic and arresting array of work including a world exclusive:

Through Aug. 19, 2012
“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”
de Young Museum
Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. This dynamic, multimedia exhibition includes 120 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between the early 1970s and 2010, along with numerous sketches, archival documents, fashion photographs, and video clips that spotlight Gaultier’s collaborations with filmmakers, choreographers and musicians, most notably Madonna. For this presentation, Gaultier partnered with the Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Création in the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing.

Through Oct. 14, 2012
Man Ray|Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism
Legion of Honor
Approximately 115 photographs, paintings, drawings and manuscripts explore the creative interaction between Man Ray and Lee Miller, two giants of European Surrealism. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the pair’s artistic relationship. It also includes selected works by artists in Ray and Miller’s circle in Paris, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Roland Penrose, Dora Maar, and a small sculpture by Alexander Calder.

Oct. 6, 2012–Feb. 17, 2013
Nureyev: A Life in Dance
de Young Museum
Dedicated to the life and work of the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, this exhibition showcases more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection. Nureyev loved sumptuous shows and was particular about his costumes; the costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use, bearing witness to the lives and bodies of Nureyev and his partners.

Jan. 26 –June 2, 2013
“Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis”
de Young Museum
The de Young will be the first venue in the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This jewel box of a museum, housing one of the world's most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly 30 years. The exhibition features 35 paintings representing 17th-century painting in the Dutch Republic. Among the works traveling to the U.S. is the Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated masterpiece Girl with the Pearl Earring (c. 1665).
For information visit or call 415-750-3600.
Media contact: Clara Hatcher, 415-750-3554,

Asian Art Museum Showcases “Phantoms of Asia” through Sept. 2, 2012
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 200 Larkin St., presents “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past,” the first large scale exhibition of contemporary art organized by the museum through Sept. 2, 2012. To set this foray into contemporary art into context, Director Dr. Jay Xu noted that “when art was first made, it was all ‘contemporary’ art.” “Phantoms” explores cross-cultural Asian perspectives of spirituality and the cosmos through a compelling interplay of 140 artworks from the present (60 works by 31 contemporary artists) and past (80 objects—some 2,000 years old—from the museum's renowned collection). Together, the artworks invite visitors to view traditional objects not as relics of the past, but as vibrant connections to the present. All public spaces and galleries within the museum include elements of the exhibition, providing visitors an immersive experience. Highlights include Breathing Flower, a 24-foot kinetic sculpture of a red lotus by Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea) which has been installed in Civic Center Plaza, a site-specific drawing made with masking tape in the museum’s North Court, and installations from some of today's top artists, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Raqib Shaw among others. For information visit or call 415-581-3500.
Media contact: Cara Vivian, 415-581-3560,

Contemporary Jewish Museum Extends “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought” through Sept. 9, 2012
Inspired by the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, this three-part show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., which opened in February, has been extended through Sept. 9, 2012. Part One of the exhibition, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, builds upon the museum’s long-standing tradition of asking artists from a variety of backgrounds to explore a Jewish ceremonial object, holiday or concept. More than 50 artists across the U.S. created new works of art in response to this year’s invitation. Part Two: “An International Survey of Trees in Contemporary Art” is a selection of more than 20 works by international artists who have examined the tree — conceptually or formally — in their work. Part three of the exhibition is a site-specific piece in Jessie Square by Rebar using recycled lumber to create a group of brightly colored gem-shaped planters. A number of public programs are planned in association with the exhibition. Later this year CJM opens “The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936–1951,” Oct. 11, 2012–Jan. 21, 2013 and “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” Nov. 15, 2012–Feb. 24, 2013. For information visit or call 415-655-7800.
Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Museum of the African Diaspora Exhibition Features Nine Influential Bay Area Artists through Sept. 23, 2012
“Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction!,” celebrating Bay Area abstract artists, launches the Museum of the African Diaspora’s (MoAD) Curator’s Choice exhibition series by featuring nine influential Bay Area artists. Over several decades starting in the 1970s, they consistently chose abstraction over figuration as their preferred approach to art-making. Dr. Lizzetta Le-Falle Collins, organizer of the exhibition, former MoAD Director of Curatorial Affairs and noted scholar of African American art has elected to inaugurate MoAD’s new visual arts exhibition series with more than 35 paintings by Robert Colescott, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Mike Henderson, Joan Brown, Dewey Crumpler, Jay DeFeo, Arthur Monroe and Squeak Carnwath. “Choose Paint!” celebrates their influence on the Bay Area art scene and examines the aesthetic beauty of their work, the expressive power of the medium and the cross cultural exchange between this selected group of black and white artists who helped define the West Coast abstract art movement. The exhibition is on view at MoAD, 685 Mission St., through Sept. 23, 2012. For information visit or call 415-358-7200. For information visit
Media contact: Michael DeFlorimonte, 415-203-9801,

SFMOMA Announces Extensive Off-Site Programming Beginning Summer 2013
As part of the next phase of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s expansion plans which will double its gallery and exhibition space, the museum has announced plans to mount an array of collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, site-specific installations and neighborhood festivals that will take place throughout the Bay Area during the construction of its new building, which will begin in summer 2013. The building is slated for completion in early 2016. Instead of relocating to a temporary space during the time leading up to the opening of the new building, SFMOMA is using the time to experiment, engage with new cultural partners and create innovative ways for audiences to experience its collection. Beginning in June 2013, SFMOMA will co-present major exhibitions at partner museums featuring works drawn entirely or in part from SFMOMA’s holdings. Highlights include an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, a presentation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum.

Additional projects include:

  • a multi-location exhibition of Doug Aitken's “Empire” trilogy (2008–14), which will present all three video installations simultaneously for the first time.
  • a commissioned outdoor pavilion showcasing work by Los Angeles–based architect Greg Lynn, which will serve as a floating venue for museum programming along San Francisco's waterfront during the America's Cup races in 2013.

SFMOMA will also present Live Art festivals and neighborhood-based initiatives; bring touring presentations of its renowned photography collection to communities throughout California, and create new partnerships with local schools. In the weeks leading up to the final day of public museum operation in the current building, which will be June 2, 2013, the museum will host a series of public celebrations. For information visit or call 415-357-4000.
Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172, SFMOMA

Showcases Works of Cindy Sherman and Jasper Johns
As SFMOMA prepares for the groundbreaking for the $555 million expansion in the summer of 2013, it will continue to present a full range of exhibitions for the coming year. Among those announced are:

Through Sept. 9, 2012
“New Work: Katharina Wulff”
Imbued with whimsy and gloom, vulnerability and strength, Katharina Wulff’s figurative paintings depict imaginary, far-off locales often populated by strange animals and alluring visages. This latest installment of SFMOMA’s “New Work” series—and the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. as well as the first time her work is being shown on the West Coast—features paintings and drawings made during the past five years, along with several new works created for the exhibition.

Through Oct. 8, 2012
“Cindy Sherman”
Cindy Sherman creates provocative artworks that explore wide-ranging issues of identity and representation. Working as her own model, she deftly transforms her appearance using wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics and props to create tableaux and characters inspired by images formed by popular culture as well as art history. This major retrospective brings together more than 150 photographs by one of the most influential artists of our time.

Through Oct. 8, 2012
“Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media”
Exploring the blurry line between the fine arts and the performing arts, this exhibition presents works in various media from the past three decades that respond to and embrace theatricality in contemporary art practice. Works include Janet Cardiff’s “The Telephone Call,” a participatory project in which visitors can check out a video camera and follow a self-guided narrative through the museum; Guy Ben-Ner’s “Stealing Beauty” video, which shows the artist and his family in IKEA model rooms; and a new project from Bay Area–based artist Tucker Nichols, commissioned by SFMOMA for the exhibition’s in-gallery cinema and performance space. Also in the exhibition are seminal historic works by Charles Atlas, James Coleman, General Idea and Steve McQueen, as well as more recent works by Sharon Hayes, Craigie Horsfield and Mika Tajima, among others. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.

Sept. 15–Dec. 31, 2012
“Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art”
An international group exhibition, “Six Lines of Flight” features key artists from six cities around the world who have developed unique artistic organizations and/or collectives, contributed to their own communities, and helped each city become a burgeoning art center. The cities include Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Francisco and Tangier, Morocco—places that, like San Francisco, are not considered primary artistic centers but act as critical cross-cultural platforms for those living and working there. Cultivating an awareness of their collective, international contingency is a primary motivation underlying the exhibition.

“Jasper Johns: Seeing with the Mind's Eye”
Nov. 3, 2012–Feb. 3, 2013
A remarkably strong relationship has developed over the past 40 years between artist Jasper Johns and various museums and private collectors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Johns’s painting Land’s End (1963 is a cornerstone post-war work in the museum’s collection. In 1978, SFMOMA presented a major survey of Johns’s career, and in 2000 organized “Jasper Johns: New Paintings and Works on Paper,”which traveled nationally. Continuing SFMOMA’s significant involvement with the artist, this exhibition brings together for the first time works from Bay Area collections both public and private, and will be supplemented with key works in the Johns’s own collection.

For information visit or call 415-357-4000.
Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172,

The Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary of
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Nov. 15, 2012–April 14, 2013

The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery St., will present a special exhibition “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic” celebrating Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film Nov. 15, 2012–April 14, 2013. The exhibition celebrates Walt Disney’s vision and the artistry of his dedicated staff, illustrating how they shaped and defined an entirely new American art form through their creation of this groundbreaking film. Guided by the vision of a master storyteller, 32 animators, 1032 assistants, 107 in-betweeners, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special effects animators and 158 inkers and painters and countless production staff came together to create the masterpiece. The exhibition features more than 200 works of art including conceptual drawings, early character studies, detailed story sketches and animation drawings. Also featured are delicate thumbnail layout watercolors, meticulously rendered pencil layouts, rare watercolor backgrounds, colorful cels and vintage posters all illustrating how Walt Disney advanced the creation of an entirely new art form. The Walt Disney Studios began work on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1934 and it was released on Dec. 21, 1937. For information visit or call 415-345-6800. Media contacts: Andi Wang, 415-345-6816, or Libby Garrison, 415-345-6822,

China’s Terracotta Warriors Return to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Feb. 22–May 27, 2013
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Asian Art Museum in its Civic Center location, “China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy” will be on view Feb. 22-May 27, 2013. Featuring 120 rare objects, including 10 terracotta figures, from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in recent history, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey from the birth and rise of the Qin Empire to the life and rule of the First Emperor, his quest for immortality, his death, burial and complex legacy. The exhibition includes bronze ritual and jade artifacts, gold and silver ornaments, and palatial architectural components—some on view for the first time in the U.S. The objects are drawn from more than 13 institutions in China, including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute, and the Shaanxi History Museum. The Asian Art Museum was among the first museums outside China to feature some of the terracotta figures in a major exhibition held in 1994. For information visit or call 415-581-3500.
Media contact: Cara Vivian, 415-581-3560,


The Office Event Venue Opens in San Francisco’s Upper Market Neighborhood
Remember the joke about the guy calling from “the office” – an aptly named local bar, to inform his spouse that he’d be late? The owners of famed local spots The Ambassador, Bloodhound and Churchill have created their own tongue-in-cheek interpretation with their new event venue, The Office, 194 Church St., in San Francisco’s Upper Market district, which is located above its sister bar, Churchill. Known for its handcrafted cocktails and premier spirits and beer selection, The Office boldly combines class and sophistication in a laid-back atmosphere. From casual evenings to formal receptions, rental options of all different types are available with room for up to 80 guests. Features include private entrance; full bar and kitchen; private bathrooms; shuffleboard; three flat-screen TVs; projection screen; audio system with iPod and live music hookups. For information visit or call, 415-271-5760.
Media contact: Kelly Gregorio, 415-271-5760,


Yerba Buena Family Day Transforms Yerba Buena Arts District into Huge Free Family Block Party Sept. 23, 2012
Downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district will be transformed into a huge free family block party on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 from 11 a.m–4 p.m. Five of San Francisco’s top cultural destinations including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Children’s Creativity Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will welcome families with a full day of free admission, hands-on art making activities and special family-friendly performances. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for kids and their caregivers to experience all that downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district has to offer, thanks to the generous support of Target. For information visit or call 415-614-3216.
Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Sailing Lessons: Hands-On Learning Aboard 1891 National Landmark Scow Schooner Alma Returns to San Francisco Bay Continue through Nov. 17, 2012
From now through Nov. 17, 2012 three-hour sailing adventures will be offered by the National Park Service aboard the Alma, an 1891 scow schooner that once hauled cargo around San Francisco Bay. Part of the historic fleet at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the 60-foot Alma was the flatbed truck of her era. Dazzling views of the bay, stories of San Francisco’s riveting history and tried-and-true sea skills all come together in this unique, hands-on, educational sailing program. Boarding is at 12:30 p.m. at Hyde Street Pier, Hyde and Jefferson streets. Rates for this three-hour sail, which departs at 1 p.m., are $40 (adults), $30 (seniors) and $20 (children); children under six are free with an adult. Rough conditions are possible and all sailors should be prepared for cold, wind, spray and bright sun. Wear flat shoes and bring a sense of adventure. For reservations call 415-447-5000; additional information is available at
Media contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049.

Sunday Streets Continue through Oct. 21, 2012
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee has announced the return of the popular Sunday Streets program with a full schedule of car-free events. The Sunday Streets 2012 season which began in March 2012 opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to safely enjoy. Founded in 2008, Sunday Streets has grown from two events to 10 and creates miles of car-free space on city roads. San Francisco was the third city in the United States to premier this free, community-oriented initiative. Since then it has become the nation’s largest, and one of the city’s most exciting initiatives promoting benefits such as biking, walking, recreation and community-building. The program was one of only eight programs in the country to be selected for possible inclusion in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign. For the complete schedule visit


SF Chefs Returns July 30–Aug. 5, 2012
SF Chefs 2012, San Francisco’s food, wine and spirits festival will return July 30–Aug. 5, 2012. Festivities have already begun with the Dinner Party Project, with the city’s hottest chefs pairing up to create a unique, collaborative menu; demos with top chefs at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market; the exclusive 49-Square Mile Party, Celebration of Contemporary Mexican Restaurants, The Eater Chef Challenges and Food Arts Industry Series with impressive panels. Mingle with the Bay Area’s finest chefs, bar stars, and wine experts in the epicenter of culinary inspiration – San Francisco. On July 30–Aug. 5, join fellow foodies on legendary Union Square as it becomes transformed into a culinary wonderland, with the Grand Tasting Tent events happening Aug. 3–5. A selection of wines and spirits will be the perfect accompaniment to showcase dishes from San Francisco’s most coveted chefs including Gary Danko, Charles Phan, Traci Des Jardins, Tyler Florence, Hubert Keller, Emily Luchetti, Thomas McNaughton, Martin Yan and many more. With classes, demonstrations, tastings, competitions and parties – there’s something for every palate. For information visit
Media contact: Yasemin Sussman, 415-781-5700,

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Art Festival Returns to Golden Gate Park August 10–12, 2012
With more than 60 bands playing over three days, the lineup for Outside Lands includes Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, Sigur Ros, Justice and Norah Jones. Outside Lands has become known and loved for being the world's only gourmet music festival. Taste of the Bay Area will feature dozens of local restaurants; concertgoers will also have access to the Wine Lands, where some 40 wineries will be pouring, and Beer Lands is one of the latest additions. Some 16 breweries with a menu of more than 30 beers with an eye to those that are local, micro, handcrafted and world class have been curated by Dave McLean, owner of San Francisco’s famed Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. A tented area dubbed Outside Lambs will be spearheaded by Chef John Fink of The Whole Beast, the loved Bay Area outdoor cooking concept, and will also feature daily pop-ups from acclaimed chef Michael Mina's RN74, Michael Mina and Bourbon Steak House. For information visit
Media contact: Chris Vinyard, 212-619-1360,

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Art Festival Returns to Golden Gate Park August 10–12, 2012
With more than 60 bands playing over three days, the lineup for Outside Lands includes Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, Sigur Ros, Justice and Norah Jones. Outside Lands has become known and loved for being the world's only gourmet music festival. Taste of the Bay Area will feature dozens of local restaurants; concertgoers will also have access to the Wine Lands, where some 40 wineries will be pouring, and Beer Lands is one of the latest additions. Some 16 breweries with a menu of more than 30 beers with an eye to those that are local, micro, handcrafted and world class have been curated by Dave McLean, owner of San Francisco’s famed Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. A tented area dubbed Outside Lambs will be spearheaded by Chef John Fink of The Whole Beast, the loved Bay Area outdoor cooking concept, and will also feature daily pop-ups from acclaimed chef Michael Mina's RN74, Michael Mina and Bourbon Steak House. For information visit
Media contact: Chris Vinyard, 212-619-1360,

La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival Returns to Mission District Aug. 18, 2012
The fourth edition of the San Francisco Street Food Festival returns to the Mission District on Folsom Street between 20th and 26th streets on Aug. 18, 2012. Admission is free; all food is priced below $8 and much for less than $3. The festival draws some 80,000 people and features more than 70 vendors, including more than 30 La Cocina participants, some of San Francisco’s most highly-regarded restaurants, food trucks, carts, home cooks and chefs including James Beard- to Michelin-starred winners. Created to bring micro-entrepreneurs, informal food vendors and renowned chefs together to celebrate and promote great street food, the entrepreneurial spirit and vibrant Bay Area communities, the festival is preceded by the San Francisco Night Market on Aug. 17 at the Alemany Farmer’s Market and followed on Aug. 19–20 by La Cocina’s Food & Entrepreneurship Conference at SOMAarts, 934 Brannan St. La Cocina is a non-profit “incubator” that provides affordable commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs who are starting, launching or growing food businesses. For information visit
Media contacts: Margarita Rojas, 415-824-2729, ext. 305 or Mel Rosenberg, 415-318-4209,

Stern Grove Festival, “Nature’s Music Box,” Celebrates 75th Anniversary through Aug. 26, 2012
Stern Grove Festival, the longest running admission-free outdoor music festival in San Francisco, is celebrating its 75th anniversary season June 24–Aug. 26, 2012. A beloved San Francisco summer tradition in a magnificent natural setting, the annual festival offers visitors the opportunity to experience world class concerts by well-known performers as well as emerging innovative artists. The festival opened to capacity crowds on June 24, 2012 with Anita Baker, The Family Stone and the Glide Ensemble. Upcoming performances include San Francisco Ballet (July 29), Ozomatli (Aug. 5), Al Jarreau and the George Duke Trio (Aug. 12), San Francisco Opera (Aug. 19) and OK Go (Aug. 21). In addition to Target Corp. as presenting sponsor, Stern Grove Festival is presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks and Department and Commission. For information visit or call 415-252-6252.
Media contact: Anne Abrams,, 415-596-0902.

Westfield San Francisco Debuts 3-D Light Spectacular “Corazon Under the Dome” through Sept. 3, 2012
Set to San Francisco songs, “Corazon Under the Dome,” a 3-D light show celebrating the city through the decades from the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love and beyond will be projected on the Centre’s majestic 102-foot wide dome nightly through Sept. 3, 2012. Classic songs from Tony Bennett, Otis Redding, Judy Garland and Journey to name just a few accompany the seven-minute show which runs every half-hour 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The dome, which is more than 11,000-square-feet, is three times the size of a standard IMAX screen. Westfield partnered with Obscura Digital, a San Francisco-based creative technology studio, to conceive and create the innovative show using innovative 3-D mapping technology. Located in the heart of San Francisco at 865 Market St., Westfield San Francisco is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and more than 200 shops, restaurants, cafes as well as the city’s largest day spa, Burke Williams Day Spa, and a Century Theatres multiplex. For information visit
Media contact: Casey Shaughnessy, 415-394-6500,

Architecture and the City, Largest Architectural Festival in the U.S., Returns Sept. 1–30, 2012
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the ninth annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation's largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind-the-scenes tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2012 festival theme, ”Design: It's About Time,“ aims to inspire attendees to consider both the notion of permanence and the enduring power of design in the built environment, and to explore the layers of history that have shaped San Francisco. While pop-up stores and rotating storefront galleries may be due, in part, to the economic times, the adaptive reuse of older buildings and public spaces has redefined the way individuals live and work. The Architecture and the City festival has been bringing architects, designers and the general public together to celebrate San Francisco's rich architecture and design community since 2003. Presented in collaboration with nearly 100 organizations, this year's Architecture and the City features more than 40 events. For information, visit
Media contact: Helen Wong, 415-362-7398,

Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Contest Sept. 6, 2012
The bells will be ringing in San Francisco’s Union Square for the 49th annual cable car bell-ringing contest, a tradition that dates back to 1955 and has its roots in an even earlier competition held in 1949 to select three gripmen to operate a cable car on a short section of track at a railroad fair in Chicago. Every year former bell-ringing champions are invited to the contest which often pairs cable car gripmen with celebrity competitors to show off their skills on the cable car’s hefty brass bell – only fitting to signal the movement of a 15,500- to 16,800-lb. car. All-time champ, Carl Payne won the championship 10 times before joining the San Francisco Police Department. The city’s historic landmarks are also available for group charters; $764.75 per hour (two-hour minimum). Cable cars are an integral part of San Francisco’s public transit system, the San Francisco Municipal Railway, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. For information visit
Media contact: Paul Rose, 415-601-1637;

Japantown Showcase for Series for Special Events Throughout 2012
San Francisco has the oldest Japantown in the United States and it is one of only three remaining, all of which are located in California. This summer and into the fall and winter a number of special events will be held in the Japan Center’s Peace Plaza, located in the heart of Japantown at Post and Buchanan streets. Among the upcoming free events are a Sumo wrestling demonstration featuring three professional Sumo wrestlers, Sept. 8; an anime festival featuring a “peoples’ choice” costume contest, Oct. 7; a “spooktacular” Halloween party, Oct. 28; Santa’s Workshop and a visit from Santa Claus, Dec. 8–9, 2012. For information and complete details on all events, visit or call 415-567-4573.
Media contact: Adam Straus, 415-377-2327,

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company Celebrates 160th Anniversary in 2012
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, one San Francisco’s premier chocolate makers, is celebrating 160 years of creating irresistible premium chocolate. To mark this milestone, Ghirardelli Chocolate has planned a number of events to celebrate and thank chocolate lovers for sharing in the company’s 160 year devotion to chocolate. Ghirardelli Chocolate, the Bay Area's first chocolate manufacturer, has a rich and vibrant history, beginning with theDomenico Ghirardelli, an Italian confectioner. After spending several years in South America operating Domingo's Chocolates, Ghirardelli landed in San Francisco and started the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. With Ghirardelli’s vision in mind, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company pioneered innovations in bean roasting and became the first company to introduce bittersweet chocolate chips. A highlight of the anniversary celebrations will be the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival at Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, Sept. 8–9, 2012. Projected to be the biggest festival to date, chocolate lovers throughout the Bay Area are invited to this two-day celebration featuring unique samples by some of the finest local dessert companies, chef demonstrations from chocolatiers, cupcake bakers and mixologists, ice-cream sundae eating contests, live music and, of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate. For information visit
Media contact: Kym Hough, 510-520-5426,

Inner Sunset Sundays Set for Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, 2012
The Inner Sunset, although not a high-profile neighborhood, is described by many residents as a “guarded treasure.” Easily reached via the N-Judah street car and just a few blocks south of Golden Gate Park, the Inner Sunset is also home to the University of California’s medical center and an array of stores and restaurants, many with eclectic wares and international menus. On four Sundays in 2012, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, merchants and residents will create a temporary community plaza on Irving Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues for people to sing, dance and simply gather. One of the visionaries behind this experiment is Adam Greenfield who shares his thoughts about the power of common ground to transform at
More details on Inner Sunset Sundays will be posted at

Tickets Now On Sale Brews on the Bay Aboard S.S. Jeremiah O’ Brien Sept. 15, 2012
The ninth annual Brews on the Bay is Saturday, Sept.15, 2012 on the deck of the historic S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45, noon-5 p.m. It will be an afternoon filled with craft beer, artisan food and live music with unparalleled views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the lands beyond. The entire San Francisco Brewers Guild will be pouring 60-plus beers, including: 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing, The Beach Chalet, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, ThirstyBear Brewing and others/ The breweries will be serving traditional beer styles and the new cask-conditioned, barrel-aged, sour, imperial juggernauts that make San Francisco craft beer some of the most exciting in the world. The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien is an historical landmark from the World War II Merchant Marine era. A portion of the proceeds from the festival go to the National Liberty Ship Memorial. Tickets for the event are $50 and include unlimited 8-oz. pours, access to the historic ship, the crew, live music and several food trucks, which will be on-site. Guests will also be able to meet the brewmasters. For information visit
Media contact: Brian Stechschulte,

27th Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour Sept. 22, 2012
Sausalito’s colorful floating homes community will open its doors to visitors Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour takes visitors inside 16 of the most unique homes in the world. Docents will be on-board to describe this incredible waterfront lifestyle and answer questions. Commodore Marina is featured on the tour this year. The smallest and most northern marina has never been open to the public before; each home there is considered a unique architectural masterpiece. One of the featured floating homes at Commodore is the “Avalon.” It was extensively remodeled by the architect/artist owner and includes a sliding glass door wall with expansive bay views overlooking a potted plant garden with whimsical creatures and water features. Commodore Marina is also home to seaplane and helicopter tours. Tickets on the day of the tour are $40. For information visit or call 415-332-1916.
Media contact: Felicity Kirsch, 415-888–3919 or 415-497-0194,


Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to Be Played at San Francisco’s AT&T Park Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012
For the second year, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will be played on a Saturday afternoon. The 11th San Francisco bowl game takes place Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. [PST], at the game’s longtime home, AT&T Park. The contest will match a team from the Pac-12 Conference against Navy. Each participant must achieve bowl eligibility (six-plus regular season victories). The game will be shown on a nationwide TV by ESPN or ESPN2. Four of the past six contests have been sellouts. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is the lone game in the 35-game bowl lineup to directly associate itself with a social cause: that of eliminating hunger in the U.S. For information visit
Media contact: Doug Kelly, 415-625-2885,

MLB Announces that San Francisco Giants Will Host Semi-Finals
and Finals of World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park in Spring 2013
Major League Baseball announced on July 25, 2012 that the San Francisco Giants will host the semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park in the spring of 2013. This is San Francisco’s debut as the host city for the World Baseball Classic which draws teams from more than two dozen countries from around the globe to test their “brand” of baseball against the other. Joe Torre, who won four World Series titles with the Yankees as part of a 29-year managerial career, will lead Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Larry Baer, San Francisco Giants President and CEO, stated, “The Giants are excited to have been selected by MLB to host the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic. We believe that AT&T Park will be the perfect venue to showcase the best baseball players in the world as they represent their countries and compete in this one-of-a-kind international tournament. We look forward to bringing this international competition to one of the most international cities in the world!” More information will be announced in the coming weeks. For information visit
Media contacts: or call 415-972-2445 or Patrick Courtney or Michael Teevan, Major League Baseball, 212-931-7878, or Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, 212-826-0808.


CityPASS Offers Visitors Significant Savings
San Francisco CityPASS, which saves 48 percent on attraction admissions, makes it a breeze to plan a getaway to everyone’s favorite “City by the Bay.” Each San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet covers pre-paid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as a choice between the Exploratorium and the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. And getting to all of these attractions — not to mention Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and other notable sights — is easy with a Muni and Cable Car 7-Day Passport, also included in each CityPASS booklet. The passport lets visitors enjoy an unlimited number of rides on all Muni buses, streetcars and the city’s famous cable cars. San Francisco CityPASS costs $69 for adults (value $132.90) and $39 for kids, 5–12. Passes, which may be purchased online at or at any of the CityPASS attractions, are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.
Media contact: Deborah Wakefield, 503-292-4418,

aRes Travel Presents the Triple Play Pass Through Oct. 31, 2012
The San Francisco Travel Association through its online reservations and ticketing provider aRes Travel is offering the Triple Play Pass, a discount offer for the Walt Disney Family Museum, the California Academy of Sciences and front cabaret seating to the internationally acclaimed “Beach Blanket Babylon.” The Triple Play Pass provides a discount of up to 25 percent off admission prices to these popular attractions and may be printed from home using aRes Travel’s exclusive print@home technology. This offer runs through Oct. 31, 2012. The Triple Play Pass may be purchased at; the pass must be purchased at least seven days in advance.
Media contact: Carmella Spencer 858-300-8632,

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Superman Ultimate Flight Roller Coaster Starts June 30, 2012
Hang on to your capes, folks. On June 30, 2012 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom opened a new roller coaster: Superman Ultimate Flight. The ride, created in a partnership between Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, features the tallest inversion west of the Mississippi and ranks alongside the tallest coaster inversions in the world. At 150-feet-high, riders experience lightning speeds of 62 miles per hour, with two upside-down twists and two vertical rolls over a track length of 863 feet. Brightly painted in Superman’s colors — vibrant blue, red and yellow — the steel coaster is visible from nearby highways and beyond from its location on the eastern side of the park. For information visit
Media contact: Nancy Chan, 707-556-5227,


Princess Cruises to Base Ship Year Round in San Francisco
In May 2012 Princess Cruises announced that for the first time it will base a ship in San Francisco year round, beginning in May 2013. The extensively renovated Grand Princess will first offer a series of Alaska cruises during the summer months from the “City by the Bay,” followed by a schedule of Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and the California Coast sailings during the fall 2013 to spring 2014 season. Last year the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess underwent the largest drydock in Princess Cruises history, adding a host of new features to allow passengers to enjoy the same onboard experience as offered by the line’s other newer ships."Princess ships have been cruising from San Francisco for more than 40 years, and we greatly appreciate the company's longstanding partnership with our city," said Monique Moyer, executive director of the Port of San Francisco. For information visit or call 800-PRINCESS (800-774-6237).
Media contacts: Karen Candy, 661-753-1540, or Julie Benson, 661-753-1530,

New Ferry Service Offered Between East Bay and South San Francisco Effective June 4, 2012
San Francisco Bay Ferry's much-anticipated service between the East Bay and South San Francisco launched June 4, 2012 providing commuters a fast, stress-free alternative to traffic on the Bay Bridge and along Hwy. 101. Commuters will have the option to enjoy a comfortable and scenic 40- to 50-minute ride aboard sleek, modern vessels equipped with free WiFi and a host of other amenities. The East Bay-South San Francisco service – the first new water transit route on the Bay in nearly 20 years – operates Monday through Friday during peak commute periods, with three morning departures from Alameda Main Street and Oakland's Jack London Square, and two evening return departures from South San Francisco’s new Oyster Point Ferry Terminal. The two vessels carry up to 149 passengers at a top speed of 25 knots. A one-way adult fare for the East Bay-South San Francisco route is $7; seniors, disabled, and youth (5–12) are $3.50. Free parking is available near each terminal. Clipper cards, credit cards and cash are accepted. For information visit
Media contact: Ernest Sanchez, 510-289-2530,

Genius Loci Cultural History Tours Explore North Beach’s “Bohemians, Beats & Beyond”
Every Saturday at 10 a.m. (or privately by appointment), social geographer Elizabeth Vasile, Ph.D., founder and managing director of Genius Loci Tours, takes small groups of visitors on a three-hour, three-mile-long walking tour of North Beach. Branded as “cultural tours for the curious mind,” these local journeys explore the cultural history of an area, in this case visiting the haunts and inspirations of major cultural figures — from the early San Francisco Bohemians of the 1860s to the activist literati of the 1930s to the Beats of the post-WWII era, and the poets, painters and others who continue to make art and mischief in today’s North Beach. All tours are capped at no more than 10 participants. A personal wireless listening device furnished to each guest ensures audio clarity and privacy. Saturday tours are $45 per person. Private tours are customized, available in English or Spanish, and start at $245/tour. To make reservations (required), visit or call 415-509-4543.
Media contact: Elizabeth Vasile, 415-509-4543,

Tapooz Travel — Accessible Tours and Adventures Creates Unique Programs for Travelers of All Abilities
Founded by Laurent Roffè and Aïcha Nystrom, Tapooz Travel — Accessible Tours and Adventures specializes in tours and adventures for travelers of all abilities, including those with disabilities, their families and friends. Working with recognized accessibility experts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tapooz Travel creates unique programs that combine tourist, cultural and outdoors activities to deliver a genuine experience of the San Francisco Bay Area to a global clientele. Local flavor, the hidden history, off-the-beaten-path adventures inform every aspect of the programs which range from a cooking class with chefs from Berkeley’s famed “Gourmet Ghetto,” kayaking in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay or an overnight stay in a Civil War-era building on Angel Island. Comprehensive multi-day programs as well as thematic one-day activities and fully customized adventures are also available. All the activities and venues are (or have been made) accessible for a wide range of mobility and visual impairments. For information visit or call 415-275-2009.
Media contact: Laurent Roffè, 415-275-2009,

See the Future of Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf Beach and Presidio on Walks with Neighborhood Vision Tours, Inc.
Raymond Leung, president of Neighborhood Vision Tours, Inc., grew up on San Francisco’s Russian Hill on the edge of Chinatown in a building across the street from the city’s cable car barn and museum. Day after day he watched as visitors would emerge from the museum to explore the city. Some were headed down the hill to explore Chinatown, others towards Union Square and some would hop on a cable car bound for Fisherman’s Wharf. After graduating from the University of California-Berkeley some years later, Leung wanted to take all those years of observing the comings and goings of those visitors and in some way engage them with the residents of the city in a more meaningful way. The result is Neighborhood Vision Tours, Inc. which launched in April 2012 and is youth-led and -managed. Leung offers visitors the option of a personal tour of Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf or the Presidio led by him or young staff members. Not intended as historic retrospectives, the tours are more focused on contemporary issues and what the future may hold for the communities they visit. Guides are paid minimum wage for the length of the tour: $10.24 per hour; tours range in length from two- to three-hours. Longer options and custom tours are also available. For tour times, starting point, reservations and additional details visit or call 415-613-7247.
Media contact: Ray Leung, 415-613-7247,

Gourmet Walks Debuts Gourmet Japantown/Fillmore Tour
Gourmet Walks, founded by Andrea Nadel, has added another gourmet adventure to its culinary rambles: the Gourmet Japantown/Fillmore Tour. Guests who join the three-hour walking tour will make stops at seven local shops and restaurants, sampling some of the best treats from five different cultures: Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and Indian. The one-mile tour is offered on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Limited to 12 people ($68 per person), it begins at the Buchanan Street Plaza in Japantown, heads up to Pacific Heights and then descends down Fillmore Street before returning to the Japan Center. Tour participants will learn about the history of the country’s oldest and largest Japantown and the “Harlem of the West” of Fillmore Street. Guides share recipes and cooking tips along with stories about the growth of Asian cuisine in San Francisco. Advanced tickets may be purchased at
Media contact: Andrea Nadel, 415-312-1119,

San Francisco Electric Tour Company Offers New Segway Evening Tour of Chinatown, North Beach and Embarcadero Waterfront
The San Francisco Electric Tour Company has added a new night time Segway tour to their existing repertoire. The new tour highlights Chinatown, North Beach and the Embarcadero waterfront. Beginning at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf before gliding through North Beach, also known as “Little Italy,” the tour makes stops in Washington Square and Chinatown before it heads back up the Embarcadero waterfront, cruising past historic piers before returning to historic Fisherman’s Wharf. The new route continues on to the cable car turnaround and Ghirardelli Square before pausing for a look at Alcatraz Island’s lighthouse offshore against the glittering backdrop of San Francisco Bay. Tours depart April-October nightly at 7:30 p.m. and November-March Friday-Saturday at 5 p.m. from 757 Beach St. Additional tours will be added for four or more guests. For reservations (encouraged) visit or call 415-474-3130.
Media contact: Brian Huber, 415-692-0925,

Discover Walks Offers Free Tours of North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf
Originally started in Paris, Discover Walks recently expanded to San Francisco and is offering free walking tours with a “real” San Franciscan to several popular areas including North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. Dressed in bright orange outfits, the guides offer the insights and experience that visitors might have if they had a good friend who was a San Francisco native. All of the walks are with guides who know the city as only a native would — the landmarks, the side streets, today’s gossip and yesterday’s storied history. From the 1906 Earthquake and the Golden Gate Bridge to Willie Brown and Joe DiMaggio, only a San Franciscan can give the local perspective — as well as the best restaurants, favorite cafés to people-watch and where to find an authentic Mission burrito at midnight. All of Discover Walks San Francisco walking tours are free of charge with tips as the sole source of income. The walks start and end at major city landmarks. For information visit or call 415-494-9255.
Media contact: Jesse Miyazaki,

Sunsail Opens New San Francisco Bay Base Featuring Matched Fleet of Sunsail First 40s
Featuring a new matched fleet of Sunsail First 40s and on-water activities including racing, corporate events, team building, charter vacations and ASA sailing schools, Sunsail has opened its first base on the West Coast. The fleet of Sunsail First 40s will be available for charter to race in numerous local regattas held throughout the year. Sunsail offers a fully comprehensive range of sailing courses, designed for every level of ability and previous experience. Courses are suitable for families, groups or individuals and cover everything from the basics of boat handling to advanced sailing skills. Schedule by the cabin or charter a full yacht to gain certification in the ASA 101, 103 and 104 courses. Sunsail’s new base is located at Sausalito Yacht Harbor, a quick 30-minute sail from the Golden Gate Bridge, offering spectacular views of the bridge, the city and world famous Alcatraz. For information visit or call 800-797-5907.
Media contacts: Josie Tucci, 727-451-7755, or Gillian Hegner, 727-437-0073,

Bay Voyager Sails Out of Oakland’s Jack London Square on Bay Adventures
Bay Voyager, a new tour boat company based in Oakland’s historic Jack London Square, offers “fast, but not thrill ride” tours on its 28-foot, 12-passenger, custom-built rigid inflatable boat (RIB). The bright yellow boat can make the passage from Jack London Square to San Francisco’s Ferry Building in nine minutes but speeds are kept significantly lower on the tour which covers about 35 miles of bay scenery including the Port of Oakland; Alcatraz, Angel, Yerba Buena and Treasure islands; the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge; Ferry Building; AT&T Park; Hyde Street Pier; the Golden Gate Bridge; Sausalito; Pt. Richmond; East Brothers Light House and Mare Island. Two- and three-hour trips including a city lights night tour, overnight camping on Angel Island as well as private charters are available; all ages are welcomed and departures from other ports are an option. For information and reservations visit or call 510-542-4200.
Media contact: Charles Jennings, 510-542-4200,


SAS opens San Francisco-Copenhagen Route Starting April 8, 2013
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is continuing to expand its services and starting April 8, 2013, SAS will open another nonstop route between the United States and Scandinavia to San Francisco International Airport. The first ever non-stop service connecting SFO to Copenhagen will offer six weekly frequencies year-round. SAS expects approximately 125,000 passengers per year on the route. SAS’s main hub in Copenhagen offers fast and efficient transfers to an extensive SAS and SAS partner route network in Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, the Baltics, Poland and Germany. SAS will depart from San Francisco to Copenhagen daily, except Tuesdays, at 5:35 pm arriving the next day in Copenhagen at 1:15 pm. Departures from Copenhagen will be daily, except Tuesdays, at 12:25 pm, arriving San Francisco at 2:24 pm same day. Flying time will be 11 hours and 20 minutes. To book travel, visit or
Media contacts: Anders Lindström, +46 70-997- 3394, or Michael C. McCarron, 650-821-4000,

United Airlines to Add Non-Stop Service to Taipei and Paris Beginning April 2013
United Airlines announced in July 2012 that it will begin daily year-round service between its hub at San Francisco International Airport and Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei beginning April 9, 2013, subject to government approval. The airline will also begin daily year-round service between San Francisco and Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris beginning April 11, 2013, also subject to government approval. The new Paris and Taipei services will augment United’s ongoing investment in air service at San Francisco International Airport. This year, the airline will operate more than 300 flights daily from San Francisco, more than any other airline. United continues to grow with 8 percent more departures this year from San Francisco compared to 2011. For information visit
Media contact: Michael C. McCarron, 650-821-4000,

San Francisco International Airport Recognized for Excellence. SFO Cited by Skytrax for Four Different Awards and Named Best Airport in the Americas by Frequent Business Traveler
Skytrax, the world’s leading airport and airline review site, recently named San Francisco International Airport’s staff service the best in North America. Skytrax also recognized SFO for having the second best Regional (U.S.) Airport (just behind Cincinnati) and being the third best Airport in North America (Cincinnati and Vancouver, were first and second, respectively). SFO’s Terminal 2 (T2), which opened in 2011, was named the fourth best terminal in the world. T2, the first LEED Gold certified terminal in the United States, was preceded by Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, Changi’s (Singapore) Terminal 3 and the newest terminal at Beijing airport, in that order. The World Airport Survey began in 1999 and “is a leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark” covering 370 airports in 2011, Skytrax officials said. More than 12 million international passengers participated in the survey. The annual survey “is 100% independent of any airport control or input, and delivers survey accuracy and award impartiality that is unmatched worldwide,” Skytrax noted, adding that the airports are judged on cleanliness, facilities, staff friendliness, amount of queuing etc. The survey also asks for passenger recommendations. In July San Francisco International Airport was also has been named Best Airport in the Americas by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler (, an online publication written for and by affluent frequent business travelers. The Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards recognize the world’s best travel companies, including airline, hotel, car rental agencies and travel websites. Award nominations were made by the publication’s editorial team of experienced travel journalists in more than 20 categories. Voting was conducted online from March 1 through May 15, and almost 50,000 votes were cast.

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

Arrivals and Departures: Upcoming New Airlines and Routes at SFO
The following new airlines and routes have recently been added or will be added at San Francisco International Airport:

Date July 1, 2012
Airline United
Destination Jackson Hole (JAC)
Frequency New summer destination through Aug. 27, 2012

July 1, 2012
Missoula (MT)
Second daily flight through Aug. 27, 2012

July 1, 2012
Kahului (OGG)
Fourth daily flight through Aug. 27, 2012

July 16, 2012
Virgin America
Boston (BOS)
Fourth daily flight through Sept. 8, 2012

Aug. 14, 2012
Virgin America
Washington, D.C. (DCA)
New LCC destination

Aug. 15, 2012
Raleigh (RDU)
New destination

Aug. 26, 2012
Hilo (ITO)
Discontinue service

Oct. 18, 2012
Virgin America
Palm Springs (PSP)
Winter season through April 30, 2013

April 8, 2013
Copenhagen (CPH)
New airline/new route

April 9, 2013
Taipei (TPE)
New United nonstop destination

April 11, 2013
Paris (CDG)
New United destination

*LCC (Low Cost Carrier)

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

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