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What's New in San Francisco - August / September 2016

“What’s New in San Francisco” is 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


Aug. 19, 2016 - Tony Bennett Commemorative Statue Unveiled on the Lawn at Fairmont Hotel San Francisco

In recognition of internationally renowned singer, painter and civic leader Tony Bennett’s contributions to San Francisco and his 90th birthday, San Francisco honored the singer with the unveiling of an eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Bennett atop Nob Hill on the lawn of Fairmont San Francisco on Aug. 19, 2016.  

Bay Area sculptor Bruce Wolfe worked on the statue of Tony Bennett for two months and, with a team of experts, is currently putting the finishing touches on it before its installation at Fairmont San Francisco. The first step was to sketch Bennett. Bruce then created the statue using “old-fashioned” wet gray/brown clay.  Next, a rubber and plaster mold was made, a process that captures all the details, especially in the face and is followed by the pouring of the wax.  From the wax molds and the bronze pieces were made and welded together to create the statue. Wolfe has also created statues of George P. Shultz, Steve Silver, Harvey Milk and Margaret Thatcher.

In honor of Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday, Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream created a special flavor called Duet, a Tahitian Vanilla ice cream swirled with Limoncello sorbet and house-made fennel biscotti. Inspired by his “Duets” album, the ice cream is an unexpected pairing of two classics with an Italian twist.  The ice cream was served at the public dedication and unveiling of the statue.  The limited edition flavor was available at both Humphry Slocombe locations (2790 Harrison St. and 1 Ferry Building) on Aug. 19-21, 2016. 

On Friday, Aug. 19. the World Champion San Francisco Giants paid tribute to the legend with “Tony Bennett Night” as they took on the New York Mets. The Giants celebrated Bennett in a pre-game ceremony and throughout the game. Bennett performed “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” for the fans. 

Media contact: Melissa Farrar, Fairmont San Francisco, 415-772-5041, and Charles Zukow, 415-296-0677,


 Aug. 25–28, 2016 – Eat Drink SF Celebrates the Bay Area’s World Class Restaurants

Eat Drink SF (formerly known as SF Chefs) was founded by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) in 2009 to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class restaurant community. Eat Drink SF is now celebrating its eighth year, which is also the GGRA’s 80th Anniversary. Each year, more than 160 restaurants participate in Eat Drink SF’s events which include Taco Knockdown and its signature Grand Tasting sessions. With more than 8,500 attendees, Eat Drink SF provides an opportunity for top local chefs and bartenders to connect directly with enthusiastic food lovers. Guests also have the opportunity to sample beverages from more than 70 bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. EDSF 2016 kicks off with Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila on August 25 and the four Grand Tastings take place August 26-28 at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center.

2016 Festival Highlights:

• 8,500 food, wine and cocktail lovers in attendance
• 160+ talented chefs and culinary personalities participate
• 23 culinary, wine and cocktail demos and classes
• 4 Grand Tastings
• Taco Knockdown presented by Milagro Tequila

This year, Eat Drink SF has added a special Grand Tasting on Aug. 28, to celebrate the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s 80th anniversary and honor the legacy restaurants in the Bay Area. The Sunday Afternoon Grand Tasting will feature Bay Area bars and restaurants that have been open for at least 20 years and that have helped shape the distinct flavor of the local culinary experience including Alfred’s Steakhouse, Scoma's, Sutro's at the Cliff House, Tosca and Goat Hill Pizza.

San Francisco's Buena Vista Café will bring its famous Irish Coffee, featuring Tullamore D.E.W., to all four Grand Tastings.  

The San Francisco Brewers Guild will be pouring local, craft beers at all Grand Tastings in the “Backyard Bites” section.

For more information, visit Media contacts: Shawna Sund and Danielle Logan, 415-274-2510,

San Francisco’s Lord Stanley Named to Bon Appetit’s America’s Best New Restaurants in 2016

San Francisco’s Lord Stanley took the #3 spot on Bon Appetit’s list of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants, announced on August 16, 2016.  The Perennial and Tacos Cala were among the 50 nominees.

In describing her experience at Lord Stanley, Senior Editor Julia Kramer wrote, “Genius! It was like that moment in Pleasantville when the world changed from black-and-white to Technicolor. Already, I loved it here.”

For the complete list of restaurants, visit,  

Through Oct. 20, 2016 - Ferry Building Offers Third Thursday Night Café

The Ferry Building North Arcade Shops now offer the Night Cafe every third Thursday through October from 3 to 7 p.m.  Café tables, candlelight and music can be enjoyed outside the arcades, along the Embarcadero.  Highlights include:

  • Fort Point will feature an assortment of draft beers—available by the pint or growler.
  • Marla Bakery will pour wine and offer savory accompaniments.
  • Sow Juice will offer an array of prepared juices made with fresh-from-the-field ingredients.
  • Blue Bottle will offer coffee drinks until 7 p.m. for those seeking an evening jolt.
  • Dandelion Chocolate will have an assortment of delicious pastries as well as their hot chocolate selections.

For more information, visit  Media contact: Jane Connors, 415-983-8001,  

Aug. 27, 2016 – ThirstyBear Organic Brewery Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Outdoor Summer Block Party and 20 Local Breweries     

San Francisco's longest operating brewery-restaurant ThirstyBear Organic Brewery celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 with their biggest bash ever.  The outdoor block party takes place directly behind (and within) ThirstyBear's 18,000 square feet brewery-restaurant. The anniversary event features more than 40 craft beers from 20 of ThirstyBear's favorite local breweries. Homegrown foot-stompin' bluegrass string band The Brothers Comatose perform a two-hour show, and SF Flamenco Dance Company also performs. 

Along with its many Bay Area contemporaries, ThirstyBear has helped establish Northern California as one of the top beer destinations in the world. To recognize reaching such a pivotal milestone of brewing for 20 years in San Francisco, ThirstyBear invites an impressive list of their closest brewery colleagues to join the fun.

ThirstyBear's Executive Chef Rob McCarthy pairs the Bay Area's finest beers with his signature seafood and vegetarian paellas, artisan cheeses, Spanish tapas, and whole roasted pigs raised on its brewery grain at Willow Farm (Pescadero, CA). Nationally renowned bartenders Daniel Shoemaker (Teardrop Lounge, Portland, OR) and Erik Atkins (Slanted Door, San Francisco) serve up artisan cocktails along with sangria and wine.

Tickets are available at For more information, visit Media contact: Jesse Cutler, 510-338-0881,

Sept. 17, 2016 - Second Annual SF Cheese Fest Celebrates “Preservation: Salt, Sugar, Culture and Tradition”

The California Artisan Cheese Guild will hold the second annual SF Cheese Fest on Sept. 17, 2016 at the historic Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St., San Francisco.  This year’s theme, “Preservation: Salt, Sugar, Culture and Tradition,” unites local makers dedicated to keeping the tradition of cultured foods alive. Twenty-four Guild member cheese companies will sample dozens of California’s finest cheeses alongside local makers of cured meats, pickles, jams, sauces, craft beer and wine.    

Local jazz band The Hot Baked Goods will keep the “culture alive” at Social Hall SF, a renovated 1909 landmark building preserved with intimate and historic flavor.  Pioneering cheese companies Redwood Hill, Cowgirl Creamery, Laura Chenel’s, Marin French Cheese, Point Reyes Farmstead and Sierra Cheese are joined by artisan makers such as Bleating Heart, Nicasio Valley Cheese, Orland Farmstead and Tomales Farmstead, along with newcomers such as Chevoo and Pazzo Marco, among others.  Beverages will be provided by local partners in preservation Magnolia Brewing, Fort Point Brewing and CACG member Herb Lamb Vineyards; and sweet and salty treats from Mission Cheese, Creminelli charcuterie, Mimi’s Confiture, CC Made, and Friend In Cheeses will provide an array of texture and flavor pairings to complement the cheeses.

Tickets are available at or through Eventbrite at Media contact: Caitlin Sandberg, 530-400-9207,

Nov. 4, 2016 - James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: San Francisco

Celebrating its fourth year, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Tour is a national culinary program that takes place in 10 cities, including San Francisco, over six weekends each fall. Taste America All-Star Anita Lo (Annisa) will collaborate with Local Star and James Beard Award-winner Charles Phan (Slanted Door), and Pastry Chef Belinda Leong (B. Patisserie) to create a one-of-a-kind four-course dining experience. This unique partnering of culinary greats will also feature a tasting reception, where Host Chef Daniel Corey (Luce), Tim Archuleta (ICHI Sushi + NI Bar), Srijith Gopinathan (Taj Campton), Brandon Jew (Mr. Jiu’s), Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji), Pim Techamuanvivit (Kin Khao), and Martin Yan (M.Y. China) will dazzle guests with their individual culinary styles. Weekend festivities will also include in-store celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, book signings, tastings and more at Sur La Table.  

For more information, visit Media contact: Emily Martin, 415-781-5700,

Nov. 14, 2016 - Golden Gate Restaurant Association Presents New Saucy Awards® to Recognize Excellence in Bay Area Culinary Community 

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, has announced its first-ever awards gala, The Saucy Awards®, to recognize the San Francisco Bay Area restaurant and bar community for its excellence. The Saucy Awards®, aka The Saucys, will benefit the GGRA’s non-profit, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship & Education Foundation (GGRASF), as a part of its initiative to advance and support the hospitality industry in the Bay Area.

All hospitality industry professionals and concepts, not exclusive to GGRA members, within seven Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma) can be nominated by their peers and can also nominate themselves. The Saucy Awards® steering committee consists of six industry veterans & luminaries, including Willie L. Brown Jr. (Former Mayor, San Francisco), Marcy Coburn (Executive Director, CUESA), Joyce Goldstein (Chef/Author/Consultant), Virginia Miller (Food & Drink Editor), Leslie Sbrocco (Wine Educator/TV/Author), Patricia Unterman (Food Writer & Critic/Restaurant Owner), and more to be announced.  

The winners will be announced at the Saucy Awards® Gala on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Herbst Theater followed by a reception in the Green Room. 

For more information on The Saucy Awards®, visit  Media contacts: Shawna Sund and Danielle Logan, 415.274.2510,

Napa Valley Wine Train Adds Six-hour, 36-Mile Quattro Vino Excursion

The Napa Valley Wine Train has added an exciting new experience that enables guests to visit and taste at four of Napa Valley’s most iconic wineries, Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, Merryvale and V. Sattui. Featuring a four-course, Napa Valley style meal curated by Napa Valley Wine Train’s new executive chef, Donald Young, guests will relax in a 36-seat, restyled Pullman railcar while soaking in the beautiful wine country scenery. Tickets for the six-hour, 36 mile Quattro Vino excursion start at $269 a person and include train fare, wine tastings and the on-aboard four-course meal.  The Quattro Vino railcar is available for private events.

Since purchasing the Napa Valley Wine Train in September 2015 in partnership with Brooks Street, Noble House Hotels & Resorts has been making small enhancements to the Wine Train, including the 36-seat Pullman railcar that is home to the Quattro Vino, Donald Young’s new hire and forthcoming holiday programming featuring the iconic Santa Train. 

For more information about the Napa Valley Wine Train or to purchase tickets visit Media contact: Laura Gigounas, 415-394-6500,


Through Sept. 5, 2016 – “Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen” at the Exploratorium

This spring West Coast audiences will have a unique opportunity to see and experience the global phenomena known as Strandbeests (“beach animals”), the wind-powered creatures that blur the lines among art, science and engineering. Open through Labor Day weekend, this temporary exhibition will close on Sept. 5, 2016.

“Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen” features large-scale kinetic sculptures, including Jansen’s newest Animaris Umerus Segundus, as well as artist sketches, immersive video and the lyrical photography by Lena Herzog, who spent more than seven years documenting the Strandbeests’ evolution. The exhibition, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), is the first large-scale museum presentation of Jansen's Strandbeests in the Americas. The Exploratorium serves as the exclusive West Coast venue.

First conceived as a thought experiment in the spirit of Albert Einstein, Strandbeests have evolved over the last 20 years through Jansen's passionate process of prodigious tinkering, iteration and adaptation. Made entirely of PVC pipe and zip ties, the animals were originally inspired by the threat of rising sea levels; the mechanical creatures were functional and able to pile sand back up on the dunes. Over time, the animals evolved as Jansen became more fascinated with exploring ideas around the origins of life.

For more information, see Media contact: Shannon Eliot,, 415-528-4444.

Through Sept. 11, 2016 – “Wild West: Plains to the Pacific” at the Legion of Honor

This exhibition explores a variety of artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States. Subjects include mining, agriculture and other forms of land usage from the mid-19th century to the present day. “Wild West” brings together a wide selection of works of art drawn entirely from the Museums’ rich collections reflecting the evolving mythology of the American West. “Wild West” features 175 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, many of which are being displayed for the first time. Wild West is a complement to “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West” – on view at the de Young.

For more information, visit Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 310-592-5238,

Through Sept. 18, 2016 – “Emperors’ Treasures” at the Asian Art Museum

Behold a treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created in “Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum.” Passed from dynasty to dynasty and once sheltered in Beijing’s Forbidden City, these masterpieces of Chinese art were conveyed to Taiwan amid conflict and now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. 

Discover more than 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art, more than half of which are on view in the U.S. for the first time. Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, these artworks inherited an aura of mystery that has fueled an enduring fascination. 

Characterized by their extraordinary splendor, beauty and richness, these objects represent the highlights of China’s artistic accomplishments. Through exquisite paintings, ceramics, jades and more, “Emperors’ Treasures” explores the identities of nine rulers who reigned from the 12th through 20th centuries. By examining each ruler’s contribution to the arts and the eras’ changing styles, this exhibition reveals how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China. 

For more information, visit Media Contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3560,

Through Sept. 18, 2016 – “Dandy Lion: (Re)articulating Black Masculine Identity” at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

“Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity” is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

For more information, visit Media contact: Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148,

Through Sept. 18, 2016 – “The Grace Jones Project” at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

“The Grace Jones Project” at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) explores the influence of model, actress and singer Grace Jones. The exhibition brings together more than 20 works by an intergenerational group of artists working primarily in photography, video and performance. Some artists pay direct tribute to Jones while others demonstrate a Jones-like sensibility in their engagement with the black body and queer identity.   Central to the exhibition are vintage album covers and performance videos highlighting the music and stage personae that made Jones a cultural icon, and one of the most important performers to emerge in the late 20th century. Featuring work from artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite, Xaviera Simmons and Simone Leigh, this exhibition looks to Grace Jones as a cultural and artistic idol.

For more information, visit Media contact:  Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148,  

Through Sept. 25, 2016 – “Altered State: Marijuana in California” at Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California presents the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on the science, history, sociology, politics and issues that surround marijuana in California today and make it one of the state’s hottest topics. Designed as a catalyst for conversation and reflection around the marijuana plant, its uses, evolving public attitudes, and the complex policy and social issues surrounding it, the exhibition explores the many ways that people consider cannabis, presented through the perspectives, knowledge, and opinions of a diverse range of community members and groups. With marijuana increasingly in the news, and California on the verge of making important decisions around marijuana that will impact people living in this state, the exhibition provides a community space where people can come together to learn, question, discuss, and add their voice to the different points of views surrounding this complex and evolving topic.  Divided into 10  sections, the exhibition explores topics such as “Sacred Ganja,” “Profitable Pot,” “Criminal Dope,” “Medical Marijuana,” “Evil Weed” and others.

For more information, visit Media contact: Scott Horton, 510-229-9739.

Through Sept. 25, 2016 – “Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding” at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SFMA) celebrates the summer with their unique new exhibition “Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding.”  Curated by surf historian Richard Kenvin, 60-80 surfboards created in the late 1940s to contemporary times capture the evolution of the art of surfboard making and its myriad global influences. From the alaia boards of ancient Hawaii to the surf bathing boards of England, Japan and Africa and the pioneering post-war work of Bob Simmons, traditional crafts, minimalist design and hydrodynamic engineering converge in a fascinating exhibit of surf craft.

Originally displayed at San Diego’s Mingei International Museum in 2014, “Surf Craft” will be at SVMA through Sept. 25, 2016. Exciting exhibition programming spanning curator talks, forums, workshops, and film screenings will bring a who’s who of the surfing and shaping worlds to Sonoma, including Bob Simmons, Carl Ekstrom, Steve Lis, Terry Hendricks, George Greenough, Stanley Pleskunas, Skip Frye, Danny Hess and Jon Wegener.  

For more information, visit Media contact: Michael Coats, 707-935-6203,

Through Sept. 30, 2016:  “A Fastidious Art” at the American Bookbinders Museum

Marbled and printed endpapers range from delicately simple to extravagantly complex. In addition to their artistry and aesthetic embellishment, decorative endpapers are an important feature in the history and development of the modern book. “A Fastidious Art” presents marbled and printed papers from the American Bookbinders Museum’s own collection, as well as a significant collection of endpapers on loan from Kathleen Manning, of Manning’s Books and Prints in Pacifica, CA.  “Although often overlooked, beautiful end papers were an intricate part of book design,” says Manning. “I've collected them as works of art that can stand alone.” These papers will be on display at the American Bookbinders Museum through Sept. 30, 2016.  The exhibition is free to the public. The American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St., is open Tues.-Sat. at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

For more information, visit Media contact: Anna Links, 415-824-9754,

Through Oct. 9, 2016 – “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West” at the de Young Museum

This exhibition explores Ed Ruscha’s engagement with the American West and its starring role in our national mythology. The Fine Arts Museums have a long relationship with Ruscha, having acquired the artist’s complete graphic archive in 2000, including all published editions of his prints and a pledge to acquire those made in the future. This exhibition draws heavily from the institution’s permanent collections, and reinforces a commitment to bringing major exhibitions of postwar American art to the Bay Area.  This thematic exhibition of 99 works is organized into several sections including Ruscha’s vast horizons, gas station architecture, billboards and roadside signs, Los Angeles apartment buildings, the Hollywood sign, imagery drawn from Western films, topographic street grids and text-based works. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 310-592-5238,

Through Oct. 16, 2016 – “Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall” at the GLBT History Museum

Through Oct. 16, 2016, the GLBT History Museum will present a historical retrospective of erotic illustrations by artists who worked for gay men's magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. "Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall" originated at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. The San Francisco show is its only scheduled West Coast appearance. 

Curated by artist Robert W. Richards, this exhibition of a largely forgotten body of work not only explores the male form, but also offers an examination of erotic fantasies as experienced through publications that were available at nearly every newsstand in America, but that men often hid under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. 

"Many of the early magazines pretended to be bodybuilding, strength and health journals," says Richards. "Sometimes they were called anatomy guides for artists. However, most of the men bought these magazines because they were gay. It was nearly their only opportunity to see handsome, well-made, virtually naked men. Buying one of these publications required an act of courage, especially if the small-town drugstore owner had known the buyer and his family most of their lives."

For more information, visit Media contact: Marke Bieschke, 415-517-5910,

Through Oct. 30, 2016: “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “A Clockwork Orange” are just a few of Stanley Kubrick’s films that are now considered to be among the most influential masterpieces in motion picture history. “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition,”  the first dedicated to Kubrick’s life and work, presents materials from the private estate of the film director, inaccessible until 2003, and covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for LOOK magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s.

Some of the approximately 800 objects on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum include annotated screenplays, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. Among the iconic items are the little dresses of the sisters from “The Shining,” the ‘Born to kill’ helmet of Private Joker from “Full Metal Jacket,” and a model of the centrifuge from “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In addition, the exhibition explores “Napoleon” and “The Aryan Papers,” two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team.

 For more information, visit Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Through Jan. 9, 2017 – “Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio” at The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents “Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio,” on view through Jan. 9, 2017.  This never-before-seen exhibition created by the museum allows visitors to discover the artistic process and step behind-the-scenes to explore how one of the most influential animated films in history was produced: Walt Disney’s 1940 feature-length masterpiece Pinocchio.

Guest-curated by John Canemaker—an Academy Award®, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, and author—this immersive exhibition invites the visitor to experience the production processes of the pre-digital era, providing a glimpse into how legendary animators worked and thought. Pinocchio inspired advances in character development and three-dimensional design, and the exhibition allows guests to enjoy the art created by the animators and designers of The Walt Disney Studios to create the stunning work featured in the film.

Featuring more than 300 objects, this unique, original exhibition takes a closer look at the settings, color, mood, character relationships, style and costumes of this remarkable film, which has dazzled audiences for more than 75 years.

Learn more at Media contact: Victoria Rainone,, 415-660-9971.

Through January, 2017 - New Ansel Adams Exhibit at Cavallo Point Lodge Mercantile and Art Gallery

Cavallo Point Lodge, an upscale environmentally sustainable resort set within Golden Gate National Parks, is home to a new exhibition from legendary photographer Ansel Adams in the Mercantile and Art Gallery. The show features two of Adams’ “Portfolios (II & IV),” in conjunction with the lodge’s sister property, Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA and The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA.  “Portfolio II “’The National Parks & Monuments,’” one of seven limited-edition portfolios produced by the famed photographer, will be on display for the general public at Cavallo Point through early fall and then moves on to The Post Gallery at Post Ranch Inn, which is currently exhibiting “Portfolio IV.”

Over the course of his long and storied career, Ansel Adams produced seven limited-edition portfolios, referring to the 90 photographs all told as “an excellent cross section of my work.”  Portfolio II contains photographs from national parks all over the country, reflecting Adams’ passion for preserving and protecting those areas for generations to come. 

The complete portfolio is on sale for $125,000, with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Turning Green and Golden Gate Parks Conservancy. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Kelsey Gummow, 415-986-7212,

Through Jan. 15, 2017 – “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational,” New Art Exhibition by Nelson Saiers on Alcatraz

Alcatraz, best known for the historic federal penitentiary and occupation by the Indians of All Tribes, also has a long tradition of welcoming artists to provoke thought about freedom and incarceration.  Starting in mid-July, the National Park Service and Nelson Saiers - artist and math Ph.D. - are opening an installation called “Shortening: Making Irrational Rational.”  The exhibit will be installed in the New Industries Building, which will be open July 15 through Jan. 15, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.  Access to the exhibit is included in the ferry price and can be purchased at

“Shortening: Making Irrational Rational” incorporates properties of the number Pi, prison vernacular and NFL football jerseys to weigh in on the "irrationally" long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses and the need to shorten those sentences.  The installation will show the first 200 digits of Pi on 100 NFL football jerseys.  

For more information, visit Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252,

Sept. 6, 2016-May 28, 2017 – SFJAZZ’ Fifth Anniversary Season

SFJAZZ presents its Fifth Anniversary Season since the SFJAZZ Center’s opening in January 2013. The Center has been recognized as one of the best performing arts centers in the country receiving numerous architecture, design, and acoustic awards. 

The Fifth Anniversary Season kicks off Sept. 8, 2016 with four evenings with Pat Metheny, the 20-time Grammy-winner and towering figure in the world of jazz guitar.

Other programming highlights include Julian Lage Trio, Billy Hart with Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner & Ben Street, Chick Corea with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade, Ludovico Einaudi, GoGo Penguin, Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider with Joshua Redman, Joel Harrison 5 with Brian Blade, Van Morrison, Trumpet Festival, SFJAZZ Collective, Mariza, Diego El Cigala, Burt Bacharach, Chucho Valdés with the Joe Lovano Quintet, Dorado Schmitt & Django All-Stars, Petra Haden & Jesse Harris, Robert Glasper Experiment, Aaron Neville, New Year’s with Maceo Parker, Chris Botti, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, John Santos Sextet, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, The Cookers, Paris Combo, Dianne Reeves, Scott Amendola Quintet with Nels Cline, Goran Bregovic, Miguel Zenón Quartet, Destani Wolf, Tiffany Austin, Jackie Ryan, Laurie Antonioli, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Anoushka Shankar, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, Hermeto Pascoal, King Sunny Adé, ECM Festival, Nels Cline: Lovers, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival, Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Dayna Stephens, Patrick Wolff, Howard Wiley, Mad Duran, Omar Sosa, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Gerald Clayton, Eliane Elias, A Tribute To Ernesto Lecuona with Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Michel Camilo, and more.

For more information, visit Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410,

Sept. 7, 2016 – San Francisco Symphony Kicks Off 105th Season

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) kick off their 105th season with the Opening Night Gala on Sept. 7, 2016 featuring opera stars Renée Fleming and Susan Graham. Presenting an 11-month season of more than 200 concerts at Davies Symphony Hall and around the world, MTT and the SFS build on their landmark 21-year artistic partnership, one characterized by wide-ranging programs that champion masterworks of the core repertory and deepen their longstanding relationships with contemporary composers.  

Figuring prominently in the 2016-17 season are birthday celebrations for three longtime artistic collaborators of the SFS: John Adams (70th), Steve Reich (80th), and Lou Harrison’s centennial. Other highlights include a new, semi-staged production of Mahler’s “Das klagende Lied” conceived by MTT; performances of Berlioz’s massive choral symphony “Roméo et Juliette;” commissions and premieres of new works by Bright Sheng, Robin Holloway, and Michael Tilson Thomas; two new recordings on SFS Media; the third season of experimental SoundBox programs; and two high-profile tours of Asia and the Eastern U.S. Throughout the season the SFS will also present a number of family-friendly programs such as Holiday and Music for Families concerts, and the ever-popular Film Series. 

For tickets and information, visit Media contact: 415-503-5474,,

Sept. 10-Dec. 18, 2016 – “Home Land Security” at Presidio’s Fort Winfield Scott

Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, “Home Land Security” brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect and cross in its name.

The exhibition extends FOR-SITE’s focus on provocative art about place, inviting viewers into decommissioned batteries, an administrative building, and a chapel — some open to the public for the first time — that served for decades as key sites in the U.S. Army’s Coastal Defense System. The 16 featured artists represent diverse points of origin — including China, Cuba, Iran, Israel, Poland, South Korea, Syria, the United States and Vietnam — underscoring the universality of themes of home, safety, and defense in an increasingly pervasive climate of fear and distrust. The artworks, which encompass media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and performance, respond to both personal and cultural concerns, with the historic sites of Fort Winfield Scott providing a new context for signature pieces and a showcase for site-specific commissions.

“Home Land Security” builds on previous artistic collaborations with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and commemorates the park service’s centennial. 

Participating artists: Shiva Ahmadi, Tamman Azzam, Tirtzah Bassel, Yashar Azar Emdadian, Al Farrow, Díaz Lewis (Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Díaz-Perera), Liza Lou, Mandana Moghaddam, Trevor Paglen, Shahpour Pouyan, Michele Pred, The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero, Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn, and Phunam Thúc), Do Ho Suh, Bill Viola, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Yin Xiuzhen. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-269-7043,

Sept. 14–Oct. 9, 2016 – “King Charles III” at American Conservatory Theater’s Geary

American Conservatory Theater kicks off its 50th subscription season with the 2015 Oliver Award’s Best New Play, “King Charles III.”  With its witty echoes of Shakespearean drama, Mike Bartlett’s brilliant contemporary work of speculative history blurs the boundaries of truth and tragedy. Queen Elizabeth is dead. Prince Charles ascends to the throne, but what kind of ruler will he make for this once-united kingdom? Flanked by wife Camilla and sons William and Harry, Charles challenges an uncompromising Parliament, but it is his daughter-in-law, Princess Kate, who shows the real ambition for the sceptered isle. Is Charles the man who would be king, or was he born to succeed only in name? Nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards, this imaginative glimpse of future history is a theatrical event of crowning achievement. “King Charles III” is a coproduction with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Tickets are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or visiting Media contact: Kevin Kopjak,415-296-0677,

Oct. 8, 2016-Jan. 19, 2017 – “The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France” at the Legion of Honor

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France” is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to brothers Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain, who created some of the most beautiful and enigmatic works of art in history. Organized in conjunction with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens in France, this presentation features more than 40 of the brothers’ masterpieces and spans their full artistic achievement.

For more information, visit

Media contact:Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554,

Oct. 15-16, 2016 - 13th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances Travels from the Castro to the Financial District   

On Oct. 15-16, 2016, San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD) returns with performances from the Castro to the Financial District/South of Market. An annual, admission-free festival that takes place each October, SFTD has been dubbed “art for citizens” and “a gift to the city.” Twelve tours are scheduled over the weekend, six each day starting at 11 a.m., 11:45a.m.,  12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.. Each tour runs approximately two hours.

The festival aims always to be eclectic with a presentation of a variety of dance styles. This year, audiences will get a taste of classical Indian dance, dance theater, contact improvisation, traditional Filipino folk dance, and much more. Featured performers include Chitresh Das Dance Company, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, James Graham Dance Theatre, Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique, Laura Elaine Ellis, Parangal Dance Company and Epiphany Productions. Live music will accompany many of the performances.

The tours start at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, and audiences are advised to arrive early to register. At each site, trained volunteers greet audience members, and act as guides leading audiences along the performance journey. Attendees have the option to walk or bike to the performance sites on their own. 

Route maps will be available on site and online at   Media contact: John Hill,, 510-435-7128.

Oct. 17-Nov. 6, 2016 – Harvey Fierstein’s New “Casa Valentina” at New Conservatory Theatre

New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) opens its 2016-17 season celebrating its 35th anniversary in October, with the regional premiere of Casa Valentina by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (“Torch Song Trilogy,” “Kinky Boots,” “Newsies,” “La Cage aux Folles).” “Casa Valentina” is Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years and NCTC’s production follows its premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway. In summer 1962, most men who went to the Catskills went to escape the heat. Others made their way to Casa Valentina, an inconspicuous bungalow colony catering to a discreet clientele: heterosexual men who would escape their families to spend their weekends safely dressing and acting as women. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, “Casa Valentina” offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. "Never underestimate Harvey Fierstein's gift for revealing new worlds within worlds we think we know well,” says NY Newsday. “Moving, beguiling and, yes, again historically significant.” Casa Valentina runs Oct. 7- Nov.  6, 2016. 

Tickets are available at or by calling 415-861-8972. Media contact: Ben Randle, 415-694-6156,

Oct. 18–Nov.12, 2016 – “The Hard Problem” at American Conservatory Theater’s Geary Theater

Tom Stoppard continues his long-term collaboration with A.C.T. and Artistic Director Carey Perloff on his first new play in nearly a decade, “The Hard Problem,” a provocative drama of sex, science, and supercomputing. Razor-sharp psychology grad Hilary wins a prestigious brain research position that forces her to confront her lover (and math tutor) in a fight to defend the soul, altruism, and even God from modern science. But as she competes for funding against a rival project racing to unlock the mathematical secrets behind stock market risk, Hilary realizes that her biggest threat is closer to home—her own genetic secret. From one of theater’s greatest voices, “The Hard Problem” shows Stoppard at his best as he dives deep into this compelling conflict of mind versus matter. 

Tickets are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or visiting Media contact: Kevin Kopjak,415-296-0677,

Oct. 21, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017 – “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe” at the Asian Art Museum

Bloody battles, daring rescues, passionate romance and a shape-shifting monkey warrior. This fall, the Asian Art Museum presents “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe,” an exhibition of ancient and contemporary artwork depicting sacred stories that together are as old as the Bible, longer than the Odyssey, and a source of creative inspiration across southern Asia.  One of the world’s great adventure stories, the Rama epic teems with excitement as well as moral quandaries that continue to shape how we view our lives today. This expansive exhibition features works from 1,500 years ago to today, illuminating through art, live performance, and masterful storytelling the enduring values and timeless appeal of key characters: Rama, the legendary prince; Sita, his long-suffering love; Hanuman, their faithful monkey lieutenant; and Ravana, the ten-headed lord of the demons.   Unprecedented in scale and scope, the tale is told through 135 sculptures and paintings, masks, puppets, and examples of temple architecture originating from India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia and borrowed from museums across the U.S., U.K. and Europe.  

For more information, visit Media Contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3560,

Nov. 2- Dec.31, 2016 - Disney’s “The Lion King” Returns to The Orpheum Theatre 

Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, Disney’s “The Lion King“ will once again leap onto the Orpheum Theatre stage in San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2016 for a limited engagement of nine weeks through Dec. 31, 2016.      

The North American touring productions of “The Lion King “have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers and grossed over $1.2 billion to date.   Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 23 global productions have been seen by more than 85 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), “The Lion King “is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.  

“The Lion King“ won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical.  “The Lion King” has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.  

The show’s director, costume designer and mask co-designer Julie Taymor, first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction of a Musical, continues to play an integral part in the show’s ongoing success.   

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from “The Lion King “animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.” 

Tickets are available for purchase at the SHN Orpheum Theatre Box Office, online at and by phone at SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799.  Media contact: Andi Wang, 415-551-2052,  

Nov. 5, 2016-Feb. 26, 2017 – “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” at the de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” a comprehensive presentation surveying the career of this towering figure in Post-war American art. Approximately 50 works, including paintings, reliefs, sculptures and maquettes, represent Frank Stella’s prolific output from the late 1950s to the present day and reveal the artist’s dramatic influence on the cultural landscape over the last six decades.  

For more information, visit contact: Miriam Newcomer. 415-750-3554,

Nov. 5-March 12, 2017 – “Danny Lyon: Message to the Future” at the de Young

The exhibition assembles 175 photographs and related films and ephemera to highlight Lyon’s concern with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be on the margins of society. The presentation includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives alongside important loans from major public and private collections in the United States. This is also the first exhibition to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker.  

For more information, visit contact: Miriam Newcomer. 415-357-4000,

Nov. 11-Dec. 18, 2016 - New Conservatory Theatre Center Presents Regional Premiere of Stephen Karam’s “Sons of the Prophet”

On Nov. 11-Dec. 18, 2016 New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) will present the regional premiere of Stephen Karam’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist, “Sons of the Prophet,” to be directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle. Karam, who recently won the Tony Award for his play “The Humans,” was named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for “Sons of the Prophet,” his refreshingly honest take on how we cope with wounds that just won’t heal. If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph's health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In addition to its Pulitzer honors, “Sons of the Prophet,” received Best Play awards from New York Drama Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, hailing the discovery of an “important playwright in Stephen Karam” (New York Magazine). “Explosively funny” (The New York Times), “Sons of the Prophet,” is the funniest play about human suffering you'll ever see. 

Tickets are available at or by calling 415-861-8972. Media contact: Ben Randle, 415-694-6156,

Nov. 17, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017 – “Luzia” by Cirque du Soleil Under the Big Top at AT&T Park

“Luzia” takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. Freely inspired by Mexico, “Luzia” is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of “Luzia” weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, “Luzia” surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as integrating rain and water into contemporary circus disciplines.   It is performed under the redesigned white and gold Big Top at AT&T Park in San Francisco

Tickets range in price from $49–$185 and are available by visiting or calling 1-800-450-1480. Media contact: Kevin Kopjak, 415-296-0677,


Bay Area Children’s Theatre to Create New Musicals for 2016-2017

The Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) will bookend its 2016-2017 season with two original musicals inspired by popular children’s books.

The company opens its season with a show for all ages, “Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical,” a tune-filled re-imagining of the New York Times bestsellingpicture book about hard-working construction vehicles by Sherri Duskey Rinker, with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld.  

BACT will complete its musical arc next spring with “Fly Guy, the Musical,” inspired by the New York Times bestselling series about a boy and his pet fly by author-illustrator Tedd Arnold.  

Families can enjoy BACT productions weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Children's Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., on the following dates:

Aug. 6-28, 2016:  “Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site—The Musical” (all ages)
Nov. 19-Dec. 18, 2016:  “Seussical,” TYA(ages 3 and up)
Feb. 25-Mar. 19, 2017: “Pippi Longstocking”(ages 5 and up)
May 20-June 11, 2017: “Fly Guy—the Musical”(ages 4 and up)

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit or call 510-296-4433.  Media contact:  Vivian Auslander, 510-524-,

Sept. 10-11, 2016 - 26th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown

The 26th Annual AT&T Autumn Moon Festival, produced by the Chinatown Merchants Association, returns September 10 and 11, 2016.  For two days, San Francisco’s Chinatown on Grant Avenue will be filled with arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, food and more.

Festivities open with a grand parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. on California Street and Grant Avenue led by civic officials, beauty queens and cultural performers. The famous dragon appears Sunday at 5 p.m. as the grand finale. Festival-goers can also experience AT&T’s latest devices, such as an interactive booth featuring their augmented reality app. 

The festival will be a bargain shopper’s dream, with thousands of arts and crafts, jewelry and more for sale. Vendors will be selling many ethnic foods and sponsors will be on-hand to provide free gifts, games and raffles.

For visitors unfamiliar with this Asian tradition, the festival (celebrating the summer harvest, moon, and myth of the moon Goddess, Chang-E) is a conglomerate of Chinese culture from Chinese Opera singers to traditional dancers and martial artists. The Moon Festival is often compared as a “Chinese Thanksgiving” because of its spirit of gratitude and abundant food, including the popular moon cake. 

For more information, visit Media contact: Eva Lee, 415-982-6306,

Oct. 29, 2016 – San Francisco Costume Dash Coming to Golden Gate Park

The inaugural San Francisco Costume Dash 5k/10k is coming to Golden Gate Park, just in time for Halloween.  Last year’s debut Costume Dash race in Boston saw thousands of runners fly through the heart of the city while fully decked-out in their craziest Halloween costumes.  On Saturday, Oct. 29, the fun is hitting the West Coast for the first time.

The new event series is being brought to the city by Rugged Races, the company behind the wildly popular Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race series, who have been bringing successful events to the Bay Area since 2013.

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. with the entirety taking place at Golden Gate Park, where prizes will also be awarded for the best costumes and top finishers at an awards ceremony post-race.  The fun continues after the run with an after-party at some of San Francisco’s best bars for runners 21 and over. 

Runners ages 10 and up can register online at   through Oct. 26. Media contact: Mike DeCarlo, 908-902-8413,

Nov. 17, 2016-Jan. 7, 2017 – “Butterflies & Blooms” at the Conservatory of Flowers

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit “Butterflies & Blooms” coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing including magnificent monarchs, western swallowtails, painted ladies and more. Walk among a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms like zinnias and daisies while free-flying butterflies flit from flower to flower, drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. These goodwill ambassadors of the insect world provide a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action. The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance to the gallery also allows you to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these delicate beauties emerges.

Visitors learn about the mysterious process of metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, pollinators’ critical role in the life cycle of plants and more through fascinating interpretive signs throughout the gallery.

For more information, visit  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483,

Accessible Sensory Tours of Historic Ships Now Available at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is piloting a new program aimed at engaging visitors with visual impairments (but open to all groups) to experience the vessels in a new way - through smell, sound, touch, and feel. The new sensory tours are free with regular park admission, but must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

On these descriptive narrative tours, rangers guide visitors through a sensory experience on board the 1886 tall sailing ship Balclutha. The public are taken back to a time when sailors risked it all (bringing cargo from San Francisco around the treacherous Cape Horn to Europe) for meager pay. Visitors will feel the large, rough, twisted ropes in their hands as they haul away on the lines, smell greasy meat cooking in the galley, and hear Captain Alfred Durkee speaking (from his journals).

The 60-90 minute tours are geared toward small groups (around 10 people). At the close of each program, visitors will be invited to engage in self-guided tours of the other historic vessels.  Although the tours are free with the park’s regular $10 admission, they need to be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

The park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services can also be arranged.

For more information, visit Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006,

Beyond the Fog Unlocks Doors to Unique Experiences

Beyond The Fog is a cross between a customized tour agency and a special events company, with the San Francisco Bay Area as the backdrop.   Founder Susan Brown has access to exclusive “behind the scenes” hidden gems and the keys to unlock these special doors. “Each experience is custom-designed for your particular party,” Brown says.  “We work to find the experiences unlike any you have had before.” 

“We begin with a thorough conversation by phone.  We then select the locations and experts that best suit you.  After a customized itinerary is researched and planned, we make the reservations and email the proposal to you for your approval.  With your approval, we confirm everything with the vendors and email you the final itinerary,” Brown explains. “After everything is booked we fine tune your event, nailing down every last detail including transportation.” 

On the day of the event, Brown is on hand to introduce clients to the experts, then she fades into the background so they can enjoy the experience with friends and family. She then re-appears at the next experience to introduce the next expert. All of the details are taken care of so that the entire experience is seamless. 

For more information, visit  Media contact: Susan Brown, 415-624-4317,

Seek Fine Art Digital Art Gallery Connects Users with Galleries, Artists and Art

Seek Fine Art is a new digital art gallery guide that makes finding, viewing and purchasing art a breeze. Founded in Mill Valley, CA, the app showcases galleries and their works, artists and events by location, from well-known places to the hidden gems, so you can curate your own San Francisco art experience. The app is beautifully designed, with a laser-cut focus on art and the user experience. Galleries update their profiles with high-quality images of artwork, which users can then “like” and “follow” for notifications on any new artwork. With scroll and swipe features and social media connectability, the app is enjoyable and engaging. 

Still, art is best seen in-person and Seek Fine Art opens up a world of opportunities to discover art, meet new people and buy art that fits any budget. Use the app to surround yourself in paintings in a Noe Valley gallery or to join a vibrant underground art event downtown. Not every piece will give you goosebumps, but the app hopes to help you find art and even take it home with you. Seek Fine Art is the biggest art network in the world; use it wherever your travels take you.

For more information, visit Media contact:  Molly Moses, 805-952-3560,


Graton Resort & Casino Announces November 15 Public Opening of Resort’s Hotel Expansion

Graton Resort & Casino, a resort, gaming and entertainment destination located in Sonoma County’s wine country, has begun accepting hotel reservations in anticipation of the public opening of the resort’s expansion on November 15, 2016.  The $175 million 342,000 square-foot expansion will offer guests a full-service 200-guestroom resort and spa experience on top of the previously existing $800 million casino and entertainment facility that opened in November 2013.

Highlights of the expansion include:
•         A six-story hotel with 200 guestrooms and suites ranging from more than 500 square feet to 2,600 square feet 
•         An opulent lobby and lounge 
•         A 10,000-square-foot spa and adjacent fitness center
•         20,000-square-feet of newly added event and convention space 
•         An outdoor resort-style pool area 

In addition, Graton Resort & Casino will continue to feature its array of award-winning restaurants and casual dining options, more than 130 popular table games, an exciting selection of 3,000 slot machines, a private poker room and a high limit casino area.

For more information, visit or call 707-588-7070. Media contact: Morgan Moore,


Giants Enterprises Wins Seventh ILEA Esprit Award for MPI’s World Education Congress Opening Night

Giants Enterprises received its seventh Esprit Award at the annual International Live Events Association (ILEA) LIVE ceremony in Austin, TX in August for producing Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) Opening Night Celebration. 

More than 2,000 people attended the Barbary Coast-themed event at PIER 48 in San Francisco on August 1, 2015. The event featured everything from aerial artists and stilt walkers to trash can bands and performances covering a century of music made famous in The City by the Bay. For delighting MPI members with a “Circus of the Unique and Strange,” Giants Enterprises won in the “Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization” category beating out 14 other entries. 

“Producing an Opening Night Celebration for experienced meeting planners with high expectations is no small task, so I’m especially excited that our team was recognized for its tireless effort,” said Stephen Revetria, Senior Vice President of Giants Enterprises.

The annual WEC is MPI's signature event wherein top-rated education, networking and business opportunities are delivered to the meeting and event community. WEC participants are immersed in a program designed to energize and inspire to re-imagine what's possible within meetings and events.

“Simply put, the Opening Night Celebration was flawlessly executed,” said Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO of MPI. “Our WEC attendees were captivated by the diverse array of entertainers, and everyone left with a smile on their face.”

For more information visit Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1821,


Latest Economic Impact, Fiscal Year Stats from San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has released updated economic impact data, demonstrating the significant contribution the airport makes to Bay Area economies.  This latest report, which summarizes the 2015 Fiscal Year, included the following highlights:

  • SFO set another new all-time traffic record, serving over 51.4 million passengers.  The Airport previously reported a new record of 50 million passengers during the 2015 calendar year.
  • SFO added service to eight new international destinations during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year, including first-ever nonstop service to Delhi on Air India, Singapore on United, and Nadi on Fiji Airways.
  • SFO directly accounted for more than $7.5 billion in business activity in the 2015 Fiscal Year, and nearly 37,600 jobs.  The previous report noted $6.3 billion in business activity and 36,400 direct jobs.
  • Factoring off-site business activities that depend directly on local air service for staff movements, cargo deliveries, or visitor spending, SFO’s contributes $34.6 billion in business sales with approximately 158,400 jobs to Bay Area economies.
  • The indirect and direct spin-off activities associated with suppliers of goods and services to directly affected businesses, and the re-spending of additional worker income on consumer goods and services, raises the total regional economic impact to nearly $61.7 billion in business sales, including $20.7 billion in total payroll and over 295,300 jobs.

SFO last conducted an economic impact study in 2014.  Since then, the Airport set a new record for passenger traffic, surpassing the 50 million mark in the 2015 calendar year.  For more information, visit:

Volaris Adds Nonstop Service to Guadalajara, Mexico

Volaris started nonstop service to Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) on July 1, 2016.  The airline operates twelve flights per week.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit

Ivar C. Satero Named Director of San Francisco International Airport

Mayor Edwin M. Lee has announced the appointment of Ivar C. Satero as Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), following the retirement of Director John L. Martin who has led the world class international airport for the last 20 years.  Satero is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SFO and formerly held the position of Deputy Director for Design and Construction.

Satero has worked with SFO for the last 22 years as Chief Operating Officer, as Deputy Airport Director for Design and Construction, and prior to this as Program Manager, developing, maintaining and operating one of the fastest growing airports in the world.  Satero led the development of the Airport’s five-year strategic plan. Prior to SFO, Satero worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as Project Engineer, engineering projects for Muni Railway and Hetch Hetchy Water and Power as well as at the Department of Public Works as Project Engineer.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from San Francisco State University. Satero was selected after a national search for SFO’s next airport director.  His appointment became effective July 21, 2016.

Media contact: Doug Yakel, San Francisco International Airport,, 650-821-4000.


 AUGUST 2016

AfroSolo Arts Festival
Various venues, 415-771-AFRO (2376) 
The 22nd annual event features celebrity and emerging African American artists in various performances such as a jazz concert, visual art exhibit, solo performances, a youth performance extravaganza and more.

San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz 

AUGUST  25 - 28   
Eat Drink SF
Fort Mason Center, 415/782-2071
Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated in this interactive urban food and wine festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events.


SEPTEMBER 1-30    
Architecture and the City
Citywide, 415-362-7397
Sponsored by AIA San Francisco, the largest architectural and design festival in the U.S. includes a series of architectural tours, film screenings, exhibitions, design lectures, home shows and more.                                                                                                             

Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito, 415-332-3555
Sausalito’s yearly art festival has been showcasing stars from the contemporary art world since 1952. Browse fine art and crafts along the beautiful bay shore.

JLVelo Giro di San Francisco 
Levi Strauss Plaza
Featuring more than 800 amateur and pro racers on a course covering northeast San Francisco, Il Giro (Italian for tour) begins at Levi Strauss Plaza and includes a day-long expo and a series of races for all levels and concludes with a pro race at 3 p.m.

San Francisco Symphony’s 105th Season Opening Night Gala
Davies Symphony Hall, 415-864-6000 (subscriptions available in March; individual tickets for concerts go on sale in July)
The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas open the orchestra’s regular season with an Opening Gala Concert.

San Francisco Opera Opening Gala
War Memorial Opera House, 415-864-3330
The season begins with the annual opening night gala.

San Francisco Fringe Festival
Exit Theatre and other downtown venues,
415-931-1094 (info)
This annual festival is a marathon of 40-plus shows with low price tickets and a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis.

Annual Peak2Peak Walk
Get a unique view of San Francisco's skyline and discover hidden stairways and paths on this 12-mile urban trek connecting neighborhoods, parks, and vistas as you walk the spine of the city, cresting 10 peaks along the way.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Ghirardelli Square, 415-431-9255
Discover unique chocolate desserts and delicacies from Ghirardelli and beyond at this annual chocolate celebration.

SEPTEMBER 10-11    
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Ave. between California and Pacific Streets, 415-982-6306
This event features multicultural entertainment, traditional lion and dragon dances, arts and crafts, lantern village, moon cakes and children's activities.

The Giant Race
AT&T Park, 415-972-1881 
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances,that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants. Families can participate in the Kids Race and Family Relay.

San Francisco Opera in the Park
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-864-3330
Enjoy this outdoor venue and free admission to an opera concert featuring arias and ensembles by the stars of the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Orchestra.

The Giant Race
AT&T Park, 415-972-1881
The Giant Race features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances that all lead through San Francisco’s historic streets and finish on the field at AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants.  

SEPTEMBER 17-18   
San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Nearly 100 dragon boat teams and 2,500 paddlers from across North America will race the 500-meter course; festival also features entertainment and children’s activities.

Comedy Day
Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 415-820-1570
Laugh out loud … it’s the free comedy “concert” featuring 40 of the U.S.’s and Bay Area’s best comedians. 

Fall Big Book Sale
Fort Mason Center
Held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, the Annual Big Book Sale will feature over 500,000 books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, vinyl and other forms of media in over 100 categories.

Oktoberfest By The Bay
Pier 48 near AT&T Park, 888-746-752
Bringing Munich’s autumn beer festival to the Bay, Oktoberfest features non-stop singing, dancing, music, German food and beverages.

Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
Sausalito, 415-332-1916
Self-guided tours include access to dozens of the most unique homes in the world; docents are onboard to describe Sausalito’s incredible waterfront style and to answer questions.

Muni Heritage Weekend
Featuring vintage streetcars, special cable cars and possibly the introduction of one newly restored vehicle, the event celebrates San Francisco’s diverse and fascinating public transit history.  

Bay Area Blues Festival
Main Street, Alhambra to Court Streets, Historic Downtown Martinez, CA
Two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, chalk art and much more are all a part of this annual homage to San Francisco’s blues roots.

Folsom Street Fair 
Folsom Street between Eighth and 13th Streets, 415-777-3247
The “daddy of all leather celebrations,” the Folsom Street Fair is the largest leather, alternative and fetish street fair in the world drawing some 400,000 attendees annually, dressed in leather, rubber, uniforms, drag or very little at all.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
This free celebration of music in the park includes a who’s who of top entertainment.


ArtSpan/SF Open Studios
Various locations, 415-861-9838
San Francisco’s most exciting artists open their doors to the public and reveal their latest projects, how they work and what’s for sale.

Castro Street Fair
Castro Street, 415-841-1824
Arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, dancing and music are all part of the fun at this gay-friendly street festival.

Union Street Wine Walk
Union Street from Gough to Steiner and Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, 800-310-6563,
Restaurants and merchants along Union Street offer hors d’oeuvres and wine samples; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations

Mill Valley Film Festival
CineArts@Sequoia and 142 Throckmorton (Mill Valley), Century Cinema (Corte Madera) and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael), 415-383-5256
Presented by the California Film Institute, the Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent and world cinema; founded in 1978 it has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers.

Fleet Week San Francisco
Aquatic Park and Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, 650-599-5057
Fleet Week is the Bay Area’s opportunity to honor the nation’s men and women of the Navy and marine services. Navy ship tours and air show. Reserved seating and corporate packages available.

A San Francisco literary festival showcases hundreds of the Bay Area’s finest writers for a week of readings, discussions, films, cross-media happenings and more.

OCTOBER 13-16  
Sundance Stompede
Various locations, 415-820-1403
San Francisco’s annual Country Western weekend for the LGBT community and friends. Join hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls as they dance their feet off with three days of workshops and three nights of open dancing.

OCTOBER 14-15, 21-22
Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show
Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., 415-404-4111,
Bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle bronco riding, team and tie-down roping and bull riding are among the competitive events.

Potrero Hill Festival
Potrero Hill, 22nd Street between Missouri and Arkansas Streets
The Potrero Hill Festival returns with a full day of fun, food, music and community activities. There will be special activities for the kids, including a puppet show and a petting zoo.

Treasure Island Music Festival
Internationally renowned artists gather for a spectacular two-day, outdoor concert festival featuring electronic music and indie pop, local designers, artists, food and beverage. The two festival stages are erected on Treasure Island offering amazing views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.

San Francisco Trolley Dances
Site-specific performances parallel major Muni routes; artists and ensembles are matched with specific sites to create 8- to 15-minute pieces in response to the physical environment, architecture and history of the area.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival
Brava Theater Center
A four-day event featuring the best dance films from around the world — and San Francisco’s own backyard. From feature documentaries on choreographic luminaries to innovative experimental shorts, the festival offers something for dance aficionados and newcomers alike.

San Francisco Barbecue Festival
The Yard at Mission Rock
A celebration of the best Bay Area BBQ, this event includes local BBQ, a beer garden, music, games and the latest in BBQ tech all right in the backyard of AT&T Park.

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Fort Mason Center, 415-989-9019
The oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the West Coast. The show includes 60 distinguished antiques dealers from America and Europe selling a broad range of antique merchandise.

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