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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.

March's Grand Finale Events

Friday March 28, 2014

We're just days away from the end of the month, but don't write off March just yet. This weekend offers some rare events in the Bay Area, led by a talk Saturday evening by Martin Luther King III,  the eldest son of the civil rights icon (see our March calendar for details on King's talk, plus other activities).  A sextet from Ireland on its U.S. tour plays at the Plough and Stars on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon, there's storytelling by and about Irish in San Francisco--the closing events of the Crossroads Irish-American Festival, which pays tribute to March as Irish American Heritage Month.

Food & Films

Wednesday March 19, 2014


East Side Sushi was filmed in Oakland and features
a Bay Area director and cast. Photo courtesy of CAAMFest.

Food alert: The James Beard Foundation on Tuesday announced the finalists for its 2014 awards, informally known as the food Oscars, and Coqueta, State Bird Provisions, Manresa and Tartine are among the San Francisco Bay Area candidates on the list.  Our showing is respectable. but it pales in comparison to last year's--when we had one or more nominees in practically every nationwide category, and we went on to win several of the biggies. To the extent that the judges try to distribute the awards across the country and not show geographic bias, our 2013 wins may be working against us this year. See our story on the James Beard Award finalists for the low down.

Film alert: San Francisco is home to the country's biggest Asian American/Asian film fest, and the annual showcase ends Sunday. Check our preview of CAAMFest's second half--the schedule includes concerts, parties and several films made in the Bay Area (e.g., the feature East Side Sushi, starring a chef whose worries are more basic than whether or not she'll be nominated for a Beard award).

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