Thursday March 6, 2014
Skateboarders of all sizes and ages come to Sunday Streets.
Photo by B. Koh
This Sunday is the day to turn your clock forward and take to the streets--at least along the Embarcadero. For the whole afternoon, more than 3 miles of prime waterfront real estate will be blocked to cars and turned over to pedestrians, bikers, roller-bladers and other non-motorized humans, in the first episode of the 2014 season of Sunday Streets. Read about all of the free fun and services in store in our Sunday Streets story. Also on this weekend: an unplugging party (c'mon, you can do it!), free entrance to a dozen museums if you're a member of any of them, and a cappella, food and puppetry extravaganzas, all listed in our March events calendar.
Thursday February 20, 2014
Lake George with White Birch (1921), oil on
canvas. Private collection.
Photo: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
A playful cow, a starlit night inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night, a landscape exploding with verdant hues: These were all captured on canvas by none other than Georgia O'Keeffe. As a new exhibit at the de Young shows, there was much more to O'Keeffe's long career than the Southwest. From the 1920s to early 1930s, she spent summers on Alfred Stieglitz's upstate New York farm, planting, hiking, harvesting and absorbing the nature around her. Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George includes her first zoomed-in flower painting, privately-held works that haven't been shown since 1923 and intriguing representations of her relationship with husband, photographer and art promoter Stieglitz. Our O'Keeffe exhibit preview has more on the discoveries you'll see. What you won't are desolate deserts and sun-bleached cow skulls.
Thursday February 13, 2014
Hélène Bouchet and Ivan Urban in
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Photo by Holger Badekow.
The Hamburg Ballet's Wednesday night performance in San Francisco of A Midsummer Night's Dream demonstrated once again artistic director John Neumeier's creative choreography and masterful interpretation of classic stories. Neumeier's rendition of Shakespeare's romantic comedy moved between two starkly different worlds, the bucolic existence of humans and a futuristic, eerie realm of androgynous fairies and elves. The mythical creatures were acrobatic and gymnastic, forming geometric shapes with their torsos and limbs, a band of craftsmen moved like a pinball machine, one man (Konstanctine Tselikov, as Thisbe) donned toe shoes and danced en pointe, and the production ended on a high, with a stunning pas de deux and lift. The ballet has aged well since its 1977 premiere.
Alexandr Trusch (as the playful Puck, inadvertently mismatching couples) and Helene Bouchet (as Titania/Hippolyta) were especially impressive on Wednesday. The action was non-stop, and at times during the hour-long first act, the stage was too busy (if you've forgotten the plot since your high school English class, read the synopsis in the program). Hamburg's touring ensemble, which includes more than 50 dancers, presents the ballet again tonight only and then moves on to Chicago.
San Francisco has also given standing ovations to other Neumeier ballets in recent years. San Francisco Ballet performed his psychologically wrenching The Little Mermaid in 2010 and 2011, and in 2013, his company's performances of Nijinsky sold out.
Hamburg Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Feb. 13, at 8 pm
At the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Wednesday February 12, 2014
Erica Jasmin Cañas' Abstracting Sights
is one of the hearts designed to benefit
San Francisco General Hospital.
Photo courtesy of Heroes & Hearts.
Valentine's Day can be a minefield in many ways, and we're here to help you get through it. Got a date but no dinner plans? San Francisco has plenty of romantic restaurants, including ones run by couples. Check our gift guide for edible and non-edible treasures, and our list of the best local chocolate manufacturers and chocolatiers. You don't have to wait until Friday to celebrate, either--there's a cocktail party at the Ferry Building tonight, and a good-hearted lunch, blush-inducing confessions and a sex talk tomorrow. And on Valentine's Day, you don't need a date to have fun, as you'll see our Valentine's Day events article--and you'll find plenty of company, too.