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What to See at the San Francisco Film Festival

Thursday April 24, 2014

Tonight is the start of two weeks of cinema paradise in San Francisco: 170 films from 55 countries, brought to us by the San Francisco International Film Festival. The opener, The Two Faces of January, is a "darker relative of The Talented Mr. Ripley,"  based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, says San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. Interviews with Jeremy Irons, director Richard Linklater, a production designer and others will give insiders' views of the movie-making world, and there are parties and live performances, too-- see our film fest guide for the run down.

Palo Alto, SFIFF's centerpiece selection, is based on James Franco's short story collection of the same title. About troubled teens on the Peninsula, it's directed by Gia Coppola of the filmmaking dynasty and stars Franco, Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer (Val's son). Check our article on SFIFF films starring the Bay Area for details on Palo Alto and several other cool features and documentaries.

Easter & Earth Day in San Francisco

Friday April 18, 2014

Easter basket

Photo by Jeffrey Coolidge/Photodisc.

This week is full of celebration and commemoration. Passover, which pays tribute to spring and freedom, continues through next Tuesday; the Jewish Community Center hosts a lunch seder and a party tomorrow. Starting Saturday, egg hunts and Easter Bunny clones erupt all over the Bay Area. Although most of the festivities are geared toward kids, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence includes a grown-up version with Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary contests--see our Easter activities article for details.  If you want to multi-task your Easter, head to one of San Francisco's lavish Easter brunches, where you'll both eat and be entertained.

It's also time to honor our planet and Mother Nature. Civic Center on Saturday is the site of Earth Day SF, a festival of demos, entertainment and info on everything from electric cars to eco-fashions. That's just one of this month's many Earth Day events in the Bay Area. And Friday, April 18, is an earth-shattering date: the anniversary of the San Francisco 1906 quake.



Play in the Street

Friday April 11, 2014

Your mom probably told you to never play in the street. But she wasn't talking about San Francisco in 2014, where the streets are the place to be.  On Saturday, march in the street to the Mission, where you can ogle classic cars, dance and play games in honor of Cesar Chavez. On Saturday, Sunday and next weekend, Japantown's streets will be filled with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. (See our April calendar for info on both street fairs).  And on Sunday, streets near City Hall and in the Tenderloin will be car-free and abuzz with everything from belly dancing to mural painting to dental screenings, thanks to the Sunday Streets program.  Time to go out and play!



San Francisco Baseball & Ballet

Thursday April 3, 2014


Special Giants game dates include April 9, when
Hunter Pence bobbleheads are to be handed out.
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Giants.

This is the week of three noteworthy openings.  The San Francisco Giants' 2014 season started Monday in Phoenix, and on April 8, the team will be back in town for its first home game at AT&T Park. Besides next Tuesday's the home opener, the season offers everything from giveaways of bats and bobbleheads to a tribute to Jackie Robinson. Check our round up of special spring Giant games for details.

At War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Ballet is unveiling two programs, offered concurrently. Shostakovich Trilogy, by American Ballet Theatre's Alexei Ratmansky, is a high-energy piece that's demanding on the dancers and that's won plaudits from critics. A triple-bill opening on Friday night includes a Mark Morris ballet, The Rite of Spring and the world premiere of a ballet by SF Ballet artistic director Helgi Tomasson.

Beyond baseball and ballet, our April events calendar lists other action around town.

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