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.
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.
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
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.
Now that the intense cleaning, cooking and visiting phase of Chinese New Year has passed, the Year of the Horse fun is off to a galloping start. From tonight on, giddyap over to celebrations at the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Zoo and Asian Art Museum, in Redwood City and Oakland, and of course in San Francisco's Chinatown, all listed in our Chinese New Year guide.
The beginning of the Year of the Horse segues into Valentine's Day. Our Valentine's Day guide has the scoop on lovey-dovey events and activities, naturally, but also plenty of decidedly unromantic options, starting this week.
Itching for more? Check the February calendar for a canine fashion show, comedy, indie films and beer tastings, happening this week and weekend.
We all love dining and deals, and the winning combo lasts just through Friday in San Franciso, the East Bay and Napa. Dine About Town, Berkeley Restaurant Week and Napa Valley Restaurant Month include dozens of restaurants that are offering lunch for as low as $15 and dinner for as little as $20--but only through Jan. 31. Get the details in our January food specials article.
In other food news, the Good Food Awards, which honors great-tasting food that's sustainably grown and produced, were recently announced. Sightglass Coffee, Guittard Chocolate and Coco Delice's beer bon bon were among the Bay Area awardees. Check out all of the local winners here.
Peet's Coffee & Tea is unveiling a new store in the Marina district this weekend, the first of its kind in the U.S. Located in a historic Art Deco building and showcasing works by Bay Area artists and a "living wall" of plants, the Chestnut street outlet marks a redesign campaign that the coffee company plans to implement nationwide. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the store is throwing a grand opening party at 10 am-2 pm, with free coffee, food tasting and gifts for the first 50 customers.
The 2,500-square-foot store is more spacious and inviting than the typical Peet's (or other chain coffee shop). On the walls are art by Michael Schwab, Julio Ortiz and other local artists and a collage of Instagram photos snapped by Peet's fans. Peet's intends to open its next redesigned store--with "locally relevant materials" and architectural features--in Washington, D.C. in the spring.
The East-Bay-based Peet's was founded in Berkeley in 1966. As of this month, its locations in Northern California are also offering a new line of healthy, made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads and snack packs that include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
Peet's Coffee & Tea
2080 Chestnut St., San Francisco
Open Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 am-8 pm; Fri. 5:30 am-9 pm; Sat. 6 am-9 pm; Sun. 6 am-8 pm
Photo courtesy of Three Twins Ice Cream
One of San Francisco's best ice cream purveyors is back in business in the Lower Haight. Closed since a building fire in September 2011, Three Twins Ice Cream re-opened during the second week of January 2014, to the relief of patient fans of its Dad's Cardamom and Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi ice cream.
The Fillmore Street store scoops a dozen flavors daily on a rotating basis and also sells pre-packed pints. The newest flavors, churned out of the Three Twins factory in Petaluma, include chocolate lavender, caramel truffle swirl, vanilla honey lavender and Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate, which carries the motto "It only tastes illegal."
The cinnamon-spiked chocolate ice cream was inspired by Romo, the San Francisco Giants pitcher and Southern-California-born Mexican-American, who in the 2012 World Series victory parade wore a T-shirt emblazoned with "I JUST LOOK ILLEGAL." Three Twins founder Neal Gottlieb decided to create a matching ice cream and posted a mock-up label on social media. Romo spied Three Twins' tweet about the new flavor, re-tweeted it and a partnership was born.
"Romo's T-shirt prompted an important conversation about what it means to look illegal and immigration policy in the United States, a dialogue we hope the new flavor continues," Gottlieb said. "But it's also about being fun, quirky and witty."
As a member of 1% for the Planet, Three Twins donates 1 percent of its revenues to various environmental organizations; 1 percent of the sales of Sergio Romo's Mexican Chocolate will go to a Mexican nonprofit environmental group. Besides at the Fillmore shop, the ice cream is available at Three Twins' three outlets in Marin and Napa and in pints at Whole Foods and some natural foods and corner grocery stores.
Three Twins Ice Cream
254 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94117; (415) 487-TWIN (-8946)
Open Mondays-Thursdays at 12-10 pm; Fridays at 12-11 pm; Saturdays at 11 am-11 pm; Sundays at 11 am-10 pm.
Vanessa Zahorian in San Francisco
Photo by Erik Tomasson
We ushered in 2014 not long ago, but this weekend is already bringing more new things to celebrate. San Francisco Ballet's 2014 season opens Saturday with Giselle, the classical ballet that is romantic, tragic and eerie all at once. Our ballet season preview has the run down on Giselle and the other programs coming to the War Memorial Opera House, including last year's smash hit Cinderella, some world premieres and a co-production with American Ballet Theatre that's set to Shostakovich and that won rave reviews in New York. Also on Saturday, Chinatown and the San Francisco Botanical Garden erupt with lion dances, martial arts presentations and auspicious oranges and flowers--the first of many Chinese New Year celebrations in the city and around the Bay Area. The lunar Year of the Horse begins on Jan. 31--an opportunity for a second round of resolutions, feasting and festivities.
Entertainment at the Edwardian Ball.
Photo by Neil Girling
Fasten your seatbelts and loosen your belt: You're in for a long weekend whirlwind of great food, monumental art and time-traveling theatrics.
Tonight, pioneering chef Alice Waters and Paul Newman's daughter Nell, of Newman's Own Organics, headline an awards ceremony and reception to honor food producers from across the U.S. At tonight's Good Food Awards gala and at a market on Saturday, you can taste things like The Fatted Calf's brown-sugar ham and rosemary almond brittle from Ohio, and talk to the folks who made them. On Friday and Saturday are the incomparable Edwardian Ball and World's Faire, which features an enactment of an Edward Gorey tale, steam-powered rides and fabulous costumes and entertainment. And this is your last chance to see the de Young's exclusive exhibit of British artist David Hockney's creations, about 400 works that include iPhone drawings, just-completed acrylic portraits, charcoal landscapes and multi-screen movies. The exhibit has extended hours until its Monday close.
Still hungry? Catch a secret supper on Sunday or restaurant specials in San Francisco and Oakland, listed in our January food events article. Still restless? There's a moonlight magnolia tour tonight at the SF Botanical garden, this weekend's FOG modernism fair and on Monday, free admission to national parks--check our January calendar for details.