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What’s New in San Francisco - June / July 2017

“What’s New in San Francisco” is compiled by the San Francisco Travel Association. Past editions of “What’s New” and other San Francisco stories and ideas are available in the Media section of San Francisco Travel’s website.

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SUMMER OF LOVE NEWS

Visit the Summer of Love Media Resources Page for contacts, press releases, images and more about the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. See the Summer of Love Fact Sheet for a current list of events and activities.

June 21-Oct. 21, 2017 – “Illumination” Celebrates Summer of Love 50th at the Conservatory of Flowers 

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Conservatory of Flowers celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with “Illumination,” a light art installation that transforms the building into a canvas of elegant illuminated scenes every night through October 21, 2017.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the light art installation, initiated by Ben Davis of Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, together with Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisite scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children. The approximately 15-minute-long series of images includes spinning flower mandalas, animated butterflies, and much, much more.

The free public installation is on view nightly from sundown until midnight through October 21, 2017. 

This event is presented by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the Conservatory of Flowers, Illuminate, Obscura Digital, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Media contacts Conservatory of Flowers:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com and San Francisco Recreation and Park: Joey Kahn, 415-831-2741, joey.kahn@sfgov.org.

Summer of Love Hotel Packages

To help visitors plan their “trips,” the San Francisco Travel Association has launched a special website, www.summeroflove2017.com, which provides an ever-expanding guide to the whole groovy scene, including events and itinerary ideas.  

Ten hotels offering Summer of Love packages are featured at www.sftravel.com/sf-hotels-summer-love-packages

At www.summerof.love, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this landmark summer through its own exhibition and work with cultural partners such as the de Young Museum.   

For a guide to Summer of Love media resources, visit https://sftravel.box.com/s/dk5xrf31ek2tkm3g1stptpl0s6y8reuu.  Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615, laurie@sftravel.com.

SAN FRANCISCO NEWS

U.S. News & World Report Names San Francisco To List of “Best Places to Visit in the U.S.A.”

U.S. News & World Report named San Francisco #5 on the list of “The 25 Best Places to Visit in the U.S.A.” Why visit?  The editors wrote, “San Francisco's culture has been affected by diverse ethnic groups and many social movements. The best way to perceive the City by the Bay's character is to explore each neighborhood. From the Mission to the Castro, visitors appreciate each enclave's offerings.”  Deciding factors included attractions, hotels and dining options as well as votes from thousands of travelers. 

Media contact: Anna Beth Jager, 202-955-2555, ajager@usnews.com

San Francisco Named Top Three City in Trust for Public Lands Newest Park Ratings

San Francisco is the first city in ParkScore history to receive a perfect score for park access on The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index. The city climbed to third place from last year’s fifth spot, pulling ahead of Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA. San Francisco also earned a perfect “5 park benches” evaluation from the nonprofit organization. ParkScores are based on three factors: Park Access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); Park Size, which is based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; and Facilities and Investment, which combines park spending per resident with the availability of four popular park amenities: basketball hoops, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, and recreation and senior centers.  In addition to ranking park systems in the 100 most populous U.S. cities, ParkScore also provides a one-to-five park bench rating summary that provides a snapshot of local park quality. In 2017, three cities received the highest possible 5-bench rating: Minneapolis, Saint Paul and San Francisco.  

For more information, visit www.parkscore.tpl.org.  Media contact: Joey Kahn, 415-629-2559,  joey.kahn@sfgov.org

Tickets on Sale July 20, 2017 for Rugby World Cup Sevens Coming July 20-22, 2018

The world’s best rugby sevens players will thrill U.S. crowds at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on July 20-22, 2018 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  

The three-day tournament features 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams competing for the title of world champions. The 45,000-seat stadium, which is home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and events year-round, is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay.  

Supporters can now plan their trip to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.  Tickets and travel packages for RWC Sevens 2018 are on sale now.   More information is available at the new RWC Sevens 2018 website.

Media contact: Sarah Hawkins, 415-697-9574, sarah.hawkins@rwcsevens2018.com

July 9, 2017 - Across the Bay 12K, An Unforgettable Run Across the Golden Gate Bridge

The Across the Bay 12k features San Francisco’s most scenic course–a point to point journey starting in Sausalito, running across the Golden Gate Bridge, and finishing in Aquatic Park. The 5k starts and finishes in San Francisco. The shuttle ride to the starting area from San Francisco or Sausalito is free.  Edgewood Center for Children and Families is the Official Charity Partner and all participants receive a finisher’s medal and race tech tee designed by the local artists at San Franpsycho. 

For more information, visit http://race415.com/.  Media contact: 831-419-0763info@representrunning.com. 

Aug. 27, 2017 - San Francisco Giant Race Ends at AT&T Park

The 8th annual San Francisco Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Race and Family Relay all finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The Half Marathon, 10K and 5K courses tour the scenic San Francisco waterfront and participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and exclusive runner bobblehead featuring a Giants player. Kids Race and Family Relay participants receive a medal and bobblehead. 

For more information, visit www.giantrace.com. Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1821, rdavis@giantsenterprises.com.

FOOD & DRINK NEWS

Eat Drink SF Returns Aug. 24-27, 2017

Now in its ninth year, Eat Drink SF has become San Francisco’s premiere food and drink festival, bringing together renowned tastemakers to celebrate world-class chefs and restaurants. With four days of curated programming from Aug. 24-27, 2017 the festival will kick off with the legendary Taco Knockdown where more than 15 chefs compete with their most creative take on the taco for a panel of expert judges as well as vie for the coveted People’s Choice award. Grand Tasting sessions are the signature of the event and showcase the Bay Area’s top-tier and diverse dining scene.  Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite:  Grand Tasting: https://eatdrinksf2017.eventbrite.com;  Taco Knockdown: https://tacoknockdown2017.eventbrite.com

For more information, visit http://eatdrink-sf.com/. Media contact: Emily Rudisill, 717-368-9928, emily@magnumpr.co 

Through Aug. 4, 2017 - Summer Classes, Tastings and Demos at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, the ultimate Napa Valley destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine, offers a wide range of classes this summer for home cooks of all abilities. 

Among the daily events and classes offered this summer are an exclusive chef’s tour of Napa Valley, intimate cooking classes that include a meal, food pairings, and Sunday classes for families. Wine tasting classes, like “How to Taste Wine in 90 Seconds” and “The Unexpected Napa Valley,” explore what makes California wine unique. All classes are open to the public and require no advanced skills. 

Taught by CIA instructors and guest lecturers, CIA at Copia classes are held in a 72-seat, state-of-the-art wine tasting and culinary demonstration theater. Classes generally run one to two hours and range in price from $15 to $95 per person, with some events including a meal or wine tasting.

Purchase tickets and read complete class descriptions at ciaatcopia.eventbrite.com or see a calendar at www.ciaatcopia.com/classes/copia-class-calendar

Media contact; Adrienne DeAngelo, 510-658-1353, adrienne@ellipsespr.com 

Sept. 16, 2017 - Third Annual SF Cheese Fest 

Attention cheese lovers! The Third Annual SF Cheese Fest will take place on Sept. 16, 2017 at the historic Social Hall San Francisco. This year’s theme of “Melting Together” promises a casual and delicious evening of music, mingling and munching in classic San Francisco style. Twenty-two of California’s best Cheese Guild-member cheese companies will sample dozens of the state’s finest cheeses alongside local makers of cured meats, pickles, jams, sauces, San Francisco brews and California wine. SF Cheese Fest is the primary fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artisan cheesemakers throughout the state. 

For more information, visit www.sfcheesefest.comMedia contact: Caitlin Sandberg Brancale, 530-400-9207, caitlin@caitlinsandberg.com.

See Authentic Asian Dumplings Made from Scratch at the New Dumpling Time

Dumpling Time is a neighborhood dumpling-and-beer house that opened in May, 2017 at 11 Division Street in San Francisco. Comfortable, casual and fun, Dumpling Time focuses on freshly made dumplings in the Japanese and Chinese traditions.

Guests can watch as dumplings of different shapes are formed from scratch in a glass-enclosed “dumpling room.” Dumplings include pan-fried gyoza, bao, shrimp har gow, Xi’an dumplings from a family recipe and xiao long bao (soup dumplings) made with a variety of fresh fillings. Other items include noodles, garlicky green beans, shrimp toast, and colorful dessert dumplings.

The restaurant has already been featured on KGO-TV, as well as online at Bay Area BitesFood & WineEater SF, and Hoodline. Dumpling Time is open Monday-Saturday for lunch, 11 a.m. until sold out and dinner 5:30 p.m. until sold out (closed Sunday).   

Visit www.dumplingtimesf.com for more information. Media contact:  Adrienne DeAngelo, 510-658-1353, adrienne@ellipsespr.com.

Cliff House’s Famous Secret Recipe Bloody Mary Mix Available for Purchase Throughout California

The Classic Bloody Mary Mix at San Francisco’s famous Cliff House is now available for purchase. As a crown jewel of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreational Area, the Cliff House is a popular weekend brunch spot for its delicious cuisine and Bloody Mary’s paired with spectacular views of nearby cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. 

“After an excursion through the nearby Sutro Baths or a hike on Lands End trail, our Bloody Mary has become a staple in the experience this beautiful, historic district of San Francisco and we’re excited to make it available beyond our restaurant,“ said Chef Ralph Burgin, Managing Partner, Chef de Cuisine of Cliff House and CEO of Cliff House Classic.

The Bloody Mary Mix was developed in 2014 by Chef Ralph Burgin. As a part-time farmer himself, Chef Burgin grows an abundant crop of tomatoes that serves the Cliff House’s tomato needs from July through fall’s first frost.  Come summer, Chef Burgin’s 1,500 tomato plants proliferate in the hot Sonoma County sun and are added to the bar and dining room menu.  Burgin describes the product as full- bodied, complex and balanced, a nice clean kick at the end, full of UMAMI from the clam juice, with a long finish.  

Media contact: Debbie Rizzo, 617-233-8024, Debbie@drinkpr.com

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES NEWS

July 1-2, 2017 – Fillmore Jazz Festival Commemorates the Summer of Love

The 2017 Fillmore Jazz Festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love on July 1-2,2017.   San Francisco’s Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy transforms into a live music mecca blending sounds of jazz with art and soul in one of the country's most unique neighborhoods. This year’s festival theme, “Summer of Love Revisited,” will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and take a trip back to San Francisco’s historic summer of 1967 where legendary rock ‘n roll and soul bands emerged and some of the most classic albums were released. 

The Fillmore Jazz Festival was founded in 1986 and is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast. During the two-day festival, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, peruse 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and indulge in gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.  The list of musical acts includes Artist-in-Residence Kim Nalley, and favorites Miss E.C. Scott and Atta Kid. More acts will be announced soon.

For more information, visit FillmoreJazzFestival.com.  Media contact: Denise Lamott, 415-381-8793, Denise@DeniseLamottPR.com.

July 13, 2017 – 54th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest at Union Square

The 54th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest takes place at noon on July 13, 2017 in Union Square. This high-profile competition showcases the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s top bell ringers, as well as local dignitaries and thousands of spectators. Both professional ringers and amateur competitors ring for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. Money awarded to the top three amateur finalists will be donated to various Bay Area charitable organizations of their choice. Contest judges include local dignitaries, celebrities and community leaders. This event draws international, national and grass roots interest as tourists and locals get ‘round the Square to cheer their favorite contestants.

Media contact: Janis Yuen, SFMTA, 415-646-2552, janis.yuen@sfmta.com

Aug. 19, 2017 – Festival of the Sea on Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Fast-track your knowledge of maritime history with activities and music at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 2017 Festival of the Sea. This year, the Festival’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: The Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.” Learn about capstans, the 1907 Hercules’ power plant, and other “engines that made a difference” while sampling traditional music from internationally renowned acts and local performers on three stages at Hyde Street Pier.  

Family-friendly activities will include: knot tyin, rigging, caulking, steam bending, and rope-making demonstrations; a small boat launch; sail raising; living history performers; kids craft stations; and more.

Performers scheduled to appear: Kevin Burke, Diana Gameros and Maria Jose Montijo, Shay Black, The Holdstocks, Bu Falle African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Maureen Brennan, Ron and Natalie Daise, The Dogwatch Nautical Band, Patrick Landeza, Richard Adrianowicz, Simon Spalding, The Fire, Brass Farthing, Chris Maden, Megan Messinger, Sean Wahl, Laurel Wong, Amelia Hogan, Basil Trollop and Friends, Susan Walsh, Penny Opry, Steve Canright, Erin Rose Conner, and Bartholomew Faire.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr. Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov.  

Aug. 5-12, 2017 - Aquarium of the Bay Shares the Summer of Love…of the Ocean

Get far out and go below this Summer of Love at Aquarium of the Bay, located on PIER 39, where visitors learn about bay creatures and how to better protect the ocean.  Special Summer of Love programs planned for August 5-12, 2017 at the aquarium and nearby Sea Lion Center include: Love for the Ocean Crafts, Jelly Love Talks, Sea Lion Shenanigans, Sea Lions and the Ghosts Below, as well as Party for the Planet – where folks can learn how to throw a sustainable party this summer and how to make a reusable bag out of a t-shirt. Whether participating in awareness efforts such as the #strawlessocean campaign, or building initiatives such as Conservation Impact Programs, the Aquarium of the Bay and bay.org have a broad impact upon on conservation challenges facing the global environment. Aquarium activities are free with general admission. Sea Lion Center activities free for all PIER visitors. Click here for more information:  

For more information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org.  Media contact: Jacqueline Murray, Jacqueline@bay.org

Through Aug. 31, 2017-  Big Wildflower Season Expected at San Francisco Botanical Garden  

After years of drought, the winter brought much needed rain to California, and some very wild flowers are getting ready to put on a particularly vibrant show this spring and summer right in the heart of the city at San Francisco Botanical Garden.  Many of the more than 8,500 kinds of plants in the garden’s collections are native to Mediterranean habitats worldwide, flowering brilliantly after a wet winter soaks ground parched during the rainless summer. Starting in April and extending through August, the largest portion of the garden’s collections comes into bloom.  The season will bring vivid and wild profusions of flowers in the Garden of California Native Plants, the Mediterranean Garden, and the Zellerbach Garden of Perennials. A spectacular variety of protea will explode with huge, fiery flowers in the South African Garden. In the Succulent Garden, the puya will send up massive towers of unearthly flowers that look like something from outer space. And nearby, a native of Mexico, the magic dogwood, will dazzle with spiraling, white flowers that perch on its limbs like exotic lanterns.  Visitors can take advantage of free must-see maps for both spring and summer, docent-led tours, and more, as well as unique classes and activities.

For more information, visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

Through Sept. 30, 2017 – Free Live Music Series at The Yard

Through the end of September, The Yard’s free live music series takes place every Saturday at 4-7 p.m. (game day timing may vary).  The Yard is located at Mission Rock on the corner of Third  Street and Terry Francois Blvd. opposite AT&T Park.  Guests will enjoy live music in a festive, outdoor environment under the summer sky.  Local talent agency Fog and the Machine has helped to curate a wide array of musical styles and performances.  

For additional information, please visit The Yard’s event calendar at www.theyardsf.com.  Media contact: Laura Nichol, 415-972-1827, lnichol@giantsenterprises.com.  

PIER 39’s 39-Week 39th Anniversary Celebration Continues with Weekly Events

PIER 39’s 39-week 39th Anniversary Celebration continues through October.  Each Friday brings something different, including special events, giveaways, discounts and more.  Highlights for July include:

  • Independence Day Celebration, July 4 - Rock out to live music by WJM at 1:30 p.m. and “Tainted Love –The Best of the 80s Live” at 5 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., look to the sky for the City & County of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display.  
  • Coca-Cola Days, July 7-9 - The Share a Coke national tour returns to PIER 39. Stop by the Entrance Plaza to experience Coca-Cola ice cold. Receive a personalized Share an Ice Cold Coke can and sample drinks from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.  
  • Treat Yourself Friday, July 14 - Download a coupon at www.pier39.com, be one of the first 39 people to present it at Trish’s Mini Donuts and receive a free bucket of mini donuts. *  
  • Christmas in July, July 21 - Download a coupon at www.pier39.com and be one of the first 100 people to present the coupon at the Christmas in San Francisco shop to receive a free commemorative PIER 39 ornament.*  
  • Outdoor Movie Night – “Mrs. Doubtfire,” July 28 - Grab your blankets and head to the end of The PIER for the free outdoor movie.  Before the show, take advantage of special Movie Night discounts at participating PIER 39 businesses. * At 8:30 p.m., settle in for a free screening of local favorite “Mrs. Doubtfire.” **  

Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice. *Restrictions apply. See coupons for details. **Seating/seating space is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reserved seating available.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the common area of PIER 39. more information, visit www.pier39.com/39.  Media contact: Alissa Giusti, 415-705-5562, afiset@pier39.com

The California Academy of Sciences Becomes First Major Museum to Commit to Paris Accords

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, announced on June 13, 2017 that it will become the first major museum to commit to following—and exceeding—the Paris Accords, a landmark set of international climate agreements, by reducing the museum’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2025.  

As the first museum to earn a Double LEED Platinum rating, the Academy’s cutting-edge sustainable design by renowned architect Renzo Piano has made the institution a model in green building since its reopening in 2008. As the only museum in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and four-story rainforest all under one living roof, Academy exhibits engage over 1.5 million visitors each year with the wonders of the natural world and the sustainability of our planet’s most precious ecosystems. Beyond the museum’s walls, Academy scientists are working to address the most pressing environmental issues of our time through global expeditions, world-leading scientific research, and innovative public engagement programs. 

“American leadership on climate change can be found everywhere, just not in Washington, D.C.,” says Foley. “It can be seen, alive and well, in our cities and towns, counties and states, tech centers and big businesses, farms and ranches, universities and museums, places of worship, and in countless homes across the nation. While 21st century climate leadership may be on hiatus in Washington, D.C., right now, I believe that American climate leadership has never been stronger.”

For more information, visit www.calacademy.org.  Media contact: Kelly Mendez, 415-379-5133, kmendez@calacademy.org and Haley Bowling, 415-379-5123, hbowling@calacademy.org

Aquarium of the Bay Receives Prestigious Smithsonian Affiliate Status

San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium, Aquarium of the Bay, has proudly announced its new designation as a Smithsonian Affiliate. This prestigious designation makes it one of only three institutions in San Francisco and the only dedicated aquarium in the state of California to be honored as an affiliate. Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, an educational and research organization dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge.  

The Aquarium of the Bay, which just celebrated its 21st anniversary, provides an unparalleled window to San Francisco Bay’s amazing marine biodiversity. The Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 animals including sevengill sharks, bat rays, North American river otters, and more. Focused on education and conservation, Aquarium of the Bay is the only aquarium dedicated to conserving the marine life and ecosystems of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. 

“Being a Smithsonian Affiliate is not only a distinct honor for Aquarium of the Bay, it also opens the door for us to reach millions of visitors through our programs centered on the San Francisco Bay’s incredible array of marine life,” said George Jacob, Executive Director of the Aquarium.  

For more information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org.  Media contact: Jacqueline Murray, 415-623-5343, Jacqueline@bay.org,  Meredith Metz, 415-262-4731, Meredith@bay.org

1886 Square-Rigger Balclutha Closed for Three-Month Drydock Visit, Reopening Fall 2017

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 1886 sailing ship Balclutha is closed for a three-month visit to an Alameda drydock. Yard work will include regular maintenance and installation of a new chair lift to her cargo hold exhibits. Balclutha will re-open at her Hyde Street Pier berth in the fall of 2017.

Balclutha’s steel-plated hull will be sandblasted, inspected and freshly painted. Her poop deck will be repaired, and then recaulked. All of her yards (the masts’ horizontal crosspieces) will be removed and inspected.

Also during this drydocking, a new chair lift will be fitted into a shelterdeck hatch, making the ship’s cargo hold (and “Cargo is King” exhibit) much more accessible to Park visitors with mobility issues. The electric lift is the first phase of a long-term initiative to increase access for more park visitors to experience this square-rigged National Historic Landmark.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Maritime Museum, Visitor Center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and Maritime Research Center. 

For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr,  Media contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov.

Parts of Alcatraz Closed for Restoration in 2017

This year will be a unique time to visit Alcatraz Island.  Portions of the Cellhouse West Wall are temporarily shrouded while this important historic structure is repaired and restored. With the exception of the hospital wing, all areas traditionally open at this time of year remain so. There are limited areas on Alcatraz that are always closed, due to their fragile, potentially harmful, condition. Restoration of the cellhouse will be complete in early 2018.    

For more information, visit more information visit www.alcatrazcruises.com.  Media contact: Molly Blaisdell, 925-300-7252, molly@hooklineandthinker.com

HOTEL NEWS

Six New Hotels in 2017

Four new hotels open in San Francisco this year – all with rooftop lounges.  Virgin Hotels San Francisco (196 chambers, 250 Fourth St.), San Francisco Proper (135 rooms, McAllister at Market Street), Hotel Via (159 rooms, 138 King St.) and Yotel San Francisco (203 cabins, 1095 Market St.) all open this summer.  

The former Tuscan Inn in Fisherman’s Wharf has been reborn as the Hotel Zoe (221 rooms, 425 North Point St) and joins the “z” group of Hotel Zephyr, Hotel Zetta, Hotel Zelos and Hotel Zeppelin.   

More information and media contacts:

ARTS & CULTURE NEWS

Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Their Families Through Labor Day at the Chinese Historical Society of America

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) has become a Blue Star Museum. Through Labor Day 2017, active duty military members and their families are eligible for free museum admission to CHSA.

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move.

More information about the program and a list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums?mc_cid=65b5b37013&mc_eid=cbc6c3320c.  Media contact: Amy Lam, amy@chsa.org

Openings

June 17-Sept. 4, 2017 – A Fantastical World Made of Cardboard, “Welcome to WildCard” at the Exploratorium

Welcome to WildCard,” Exploratorium’s new summer show, opens June 17, 2017. The show features an elaborate, immersive cardboard landscape brought to life by hidden speakers and dynamic lighting effects, limited only by the visitors’ imagination. The immersive cardboard dreamscape is being constructed at a location in the Marin Headlands by the Cardboard Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) and the installation at the Exploratorium will take place between June 5 and June 13. “Welcome To WildCard” will also include the adult-only Thursday night program on July 6thAfter Dark: Immerse, as well as family-friendly programs every Friday that bring local artists to the Exploratorium to lead workshops with visitors in the creation of their own projects from everyday materials. The Exhibition also includes a unique Cardboard Café modeled on a 1950’s diner, where visitors can have a cup of coffee and a snack and talk about what details they caught, and which ones they missed, as they moved through the exhibit.

For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu.  Media contact: Martin Rock mrock@exploratorium.edu, 415-528-4327. 

June 23-Oct. 1, 2017 – “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum

The 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco conjures images of hippies frolicking in the park with daisies in their hair. But the power of flowers to inspire peace and love goes back far more than 50 years and far beyond our city shores. From June 23 – Oct. 1, 2017, the Asian Art Museum presents “Flower Power,” an original exhibition of pan-Asian artworks that reveals the powerful language of flowers across times and cultures.

The exhibition brings to light unexpected connections among gloriously gilded folding screens, modern-looking lacquers, rare porcelains, sumptuous textiles, and contemporary installations of live flowers and sensory-igniting multimedia. Drawn primarily from the museum’s renowned collection, dozens of masterpieces are displayed in a way that highlights their shared botanical bounty. Visitors to “Flower Power,” will discover that for centuries humans have used flowers to communicate ideals from the refined to the revolutionary.   

For more information, visit http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions/flower-power.  Media contact: Zac Rose, 415-581-3711, zrose@asianart.org

June 24-Sept. 24, 2017 - “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” at the Legion of Honor

Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of modern life in the French capital: high-fashion hats and the women who created them. Degas’s fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called “the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris.” Despite the importance of millinery as a subject in Degas’s oeuvre, there has been little discussion of its place in Impressionist iconography, until now. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco bring new light to the subject with this presentation of Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade.

This landmark exhibition features more than 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas, as well as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Approximately 40 spectacular examples of period hats—including nine from the Fine Arts Museums’ collections—also will be displayed.

For more information, visit https://www.famsf.org/press-room.  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org, Francisco Rosas, 415-750-8906, frosas@famsf.org

June 24–Oct. 9, 2017 – “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” at SFMOMA

As a young man in the late 19th century, Edvard Munch’s Bohemian pictures placed him among the most celebrated and controversial artists of his generation. But, as he confessed in 1939, his true “breakthrough came very late in life, really only starting when I was 50 years old.” Featuring approximately 45 landmark compositions produced between the 1880s and the 1940s, this focused reappraisal uses the artist’s late paintings as a starting point from which to reevaluate his entire career. Organized in partnership with the Munch Museum, Oslo, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed” brings together Munch’s most candid and technically daring compositions to reveal a singular modern painter and an artist largely unknown to audiences today.

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org.  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172, jilynch@SFMOMA.org

June 24, 2017 – “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” at the Curran

The sixth edition of “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” will travel to San Francisco’s Curran, 445 Geary St., on June 24, 2017. The concert will star Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery, Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Additional artists will be announced.

A concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, “Concert for America” has been hailed by the “New York Times” as “striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.”  Created and hosted by Sirius XM’s Seth Rudesky and James Wesley, who also organized the “Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love” recording, “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at The Town Hall, which serves as its New York home.

Proceeds from “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out” will benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights:Sierra Club Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Tickets are available at SFCURRAN.com.   For more information, visit www.ConcertsforAmerica.com. Media contact: Michael Jorgensen, 415-358-6456, michael@sfcurran.com.  

June 29-Aug. 20, 2017 - Sophie Calle “Missing” at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents Sophie Calle’s “Missing,” a large-scale exhibition curated by Ars Citizen of the internationally acclaimed French artist. Featuring four of Calle’s most prominent projects, the exhibition is her most extensive to date in the United States.

Conceived as a journey, “Missing” gathers five of Sophie Calle’s major projects – itinerant since their creation – into a site-responsive presentation across the historic and scenic FMCAC campus on the San Francisco waterfront. The corpus offers an overview of Calle’s art since the 1980s, and includes her iconic projects spanning the last decade: “Take Care of Yourself,” “Rachel Monique” and “Voir la mer.”

  • Unveiling through a narrative of intimate stories, both personal and collective, “Missing” emphasizes the analogy of mother and sea (“mère” and “mer” in French), while proposing a reflection on the universal concepts of disappearance, loss and absence, central in the artist’s work and exploration.
  • “Rachel Monique” (2007)—Installed in the former U.S. Army Chapel, the poignant and poetic multimedia installation features the personality and final moments of Sophie Calle’s mother.   “Take Care of Yourself “(2007)—Located in Gallery 308, “Take Care of Yourself” documents 107 women interpreting a break-up letter Calle received from an ex-lover. 
  • “Voir la mer” (2011)—In the Firehouse with a stunning view of San Francisco Bay, viewers will experience the film installation featuring residents of Istanbul, Turkey, seeing the ocean for the first time.  
  • “The Last Image” (2010), also displayed in the Firehouse, is a series of photographs and texts that portrays the last visual memory of blind people.

For more information, visit https://fortmason.org/event/missing. Media contact: Nick Kinsey, nick@fortmason.org.     

July 8-16, 2017 - San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

The 2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival—the largest and most comprehensive world dance and music event of its kind in the U.S. - will feature performances by 24 Bay Area-based groups and hundreds of performers at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House July 8-16, 2017. The” New York Times” said, “I know of no regular event that more effectively, more movingly, recommends this country’s diverse inclusiveness than the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.” This year, dance and music traditions from around the world including Persian/Iranian, European, Hawaiian, Mexican, Congolese, Brazilian, Indian classical and Bollywood styles, Peruvian, Cuban, Balinese, Zimbabwean, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Balinese, West African and more take center stage for two weekends only. The dancers of the 2017 Festival will be joined by some of the Bay Area’s most accomplished and respected musicians, including percussionist John Santos and tabla master Zakir Hussain. Two different programs will be presented at the Opera House July 8 and 9 and July 15 and 16.  

A complete list of dates and artists may be found at www.worldartswest.org. Media contact: Scott Horton, 510-735-9200, Bluescott260@hotmail.com

July 13-24, 2017 - Sunset Piano brings “Flower Piano” back to SF Botanical Garden This Summer 

This July for 12 days only, San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) once again becomes the city’s own outdoor concert hall and everyone is invited to play and listen. During “Flower Piano,” July 13-24, 2017 visitors are encouraged to seek out one of the 12 pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and play what they like, from Bach to boogie-woogie.  On select days, professional pianists will be scheduled to perform as well, and the public is welcome to watch the performances. Other special events associated with Flower Piano include a Summer of Love Sing-along, family-friendly performances, and more.

Back by popular demand and now in its third year, Flower Piano is a project of Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell who together launched Sunset Piano in 2013 when ffortissimo covertly rolled an old grand piano onto the bluffs over Half Moon Bay. Since then, Sunset Piano has expanded this impromptu musical and social experiment, temporarily placing pianos in a wide variety of unexpected natural and urban settings around the Bay Area every year, from the top of Montara Mountain to Market Street.

For more information, visit www.SFBotanicalGarden.org. Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com.

July 15, 2017 - The Asian Art Museum Celebrates Summer of Love with Record-Breaking Lotus Live

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Asian Art Museum will attempt to earn the Guinness World Records title for the largest human flower with Lotus Life.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love and the museum’s special exhibitionFlower Power,” Lotus Live brings together 3,000 members of the community to form a beautiful lotus flower that can be seen from the sky. 

Rising from muddy waters, the lotus blossom is celebrated across Asia as a symbol of transcendence and compassion. Likewise, LOTUS LIVE invites participants to stand united and rise above these challenging times and to express their cherished San Francisco values of diversity and inclusivity through peaceful action. This will be a fun, participatory event for the San Francisco community, one that reflects the spirit and energy of the Summer of Love.

The Asian Art Museum will be offering all participants free admission to the museum’s “Flower Power” exhibition, a commemorative photo, a souvenir event poster, and a chance to win great prizes. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lotus-live-earn-the-guinness-world-recordstm-title-for-largest-human-flower-tickets-35088099450

For more information, visit http://www.asianart.org/campaign/lotus-live. Media Contact: Tim Hallman, thallman@asianart.org

July 15–Sept. 17, 2017 – “2017 SECA Art Award”

The “2017 SECA Art Award” exhibition highlights five Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery, in their first major museum presentations: Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney and Lindsey White. Everett’s paintings reveal traces of their making, evidence of deliberate and repetitive actions focused on movement and materials. In her intricately patterned compositions, McCarthy transforms surfaces into bursts of line and vibrant color. Using made and found photographs, McFarland reckons with the challenges of representing the landscape. Mooney incorporates natural, industrial and hand-crafted elements in sculptures that explore the relationships between bodies and objects. In her most recent work, White takes humor seriously, making photographs and sculptures inspired by stage performers such as comedians and magicians. The SECA Art Award, established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, has recognized and brought broader visibility to more than 70 Bay Area artists.

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org.  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172, jilynch@SFMOMA.org.

July 15–Nov. 26, 2017 – “Noguchi's Playscapes”

“Noguchi’s Playscapes” presents ideas about the democratization of art and public space by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988). The artist was a fervent believer that sculpture is an aesthetic and cultural tool capable of creating synergy between individuality and society. Observing that playgrounds offer a physical and social interaction not typically seen in a museum, Noguchi designed a number of public spaces where visitors could actively engage with art. The exhibition gathers his designs for several playgrounds, stand-alone play structures and other works that, while serious in subject, employ playful elements to engage the viewer. The body of work presented has become hugely influential for contemporary landscape architects, urban planners, artists and education specialists. Noguchi’s playscapes provoke a reconsideration of the role of art in recreation, education and community.

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org.  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172, jilynch@SFMOMA.org.

July 20–Oct. 22, 2017 – “Archie Rand: The 613” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Starting in 2000, Archie Rand (b. 1949), a painter and muralist from Brooklyn, New York, spent five years creating “The 613,” a monumental installation of 613 small canvas (20 x 16 inches) paintings arranged in a huge grid comprising 1,700 square feet. They reflect on the 613 laws governing traditional Jewish behavior and were described by Peter Steinfels of “The New York Times” as, “rendered in the style of comics and pulp fiction book jackets, a dash of ‘Mad Magazine,’ a spoonful of ‘Tales of the Crypt,’ some grotesques, some superheroes, always action, emotion, drama.” This will be the first museum showing in the world of the full work, and, by invitation of Executive Director Lori Starr, Rand has created a new painting on what some consider to be number 614: never forget.  Rand’s work is displayed around the world, including in the collections of SFMOMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His graphic works and books are in over 400 public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org.  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

July 20, 2017–Jan. 9, 2018 – “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art: Allison Smith and Christina Zetterlund “ 

The Contemporary Jewish Museum repurposes the centuries-old practice of havruta—the study of religious texts by people in pairs—for the contemporary art community. Bay Area-based artist Allison Smith collaborates with craft and design historian Christina Zetterlund in the next installation of the exhibition series, “In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art.”  Smith has created a number of projects that consider traditional craft and historical reenactments in the context of the United States. For this project, Smith collaborates with Christina Zetterlund, a craft and design historian and theoretician based at the Konstfack in Sweden. Smith first met Zetterlund during her recent residency in Stockholm and they discovered a shared interest in the politics of handcraft and its use in both progressive and conservative social movements. Through a series of emails, shared texts, Skype sessions, and in-person visits in Stockholm and San Francisco, their exchanges will explore the role of traditional craft in constructions of nationalism and processes of colonization, culminating in an installation that plays with the conventions of period rooms and living history museums. 

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org.  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

July 20, 2017–June 24, 2018 – “offgrid” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum 

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s (CJM) soaring Yud Gallery will be home for the next year to "offgrid," a 38-minute-long, Internet-sourced audio visual surround sound meditation on the psychedelic jazz of the 1950s and 60s by one of Israel’s most celebrated artists. Kutiman (born Ofir Kutiel in Jerusalem in 1982) is a master of YouTube mashups, subtly and intricately knitting together snippets of everything from instructional music videos to amateur drum solos that others have uploaded. Many of the videos in his "Thru You" series have received millions of views and have earned him a devoted following and even a spot on Time magazine’s “Fifty Best Inventions of 2009” list. 

"offgrid" was developed for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and shown there in 2016. The immersive work, coming to the United States for the first time in this showing at The CJM, is comprised of twelve monitors equally spaced around the gallery on which various solo instrument players appear and disappear in thousands of combinations from 96 unrelated YouTube clips. The exhibition also includes a separate monitor outside of the main gallery that will show a compilation of Kutiman’s "Thru You" videos. 

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org.  Media contact: Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

July 15, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018 – “Soundtracks”

“Soundtracks” is the museum’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art. Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building. Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Moving beyond medium-specific histories of sound art and electronic music, this cross-generational presentation highlights past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from more than 20 contemporary artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, O Grivo and Susan Philipsz, among others. Soundtracks is accompanied by a map and an online catalogue.

For more information, visit www.sfmoma.org.  Media contact: Jill Lynch, 415-357-4172, jilynch@SFMOMA.org.

July 29, 2017 – James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at AT&T Park

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor & His All-Star Band will perform at four iconic ballparks this summer, including his first-ever appearance at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 29, 2017. This very special evening of music will also feature Taylor's special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band. This is Taylor’s only California performance date this summer.

After a banner year that saw AT&T Park host three shows in 2016 – The Night Before featuring Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and San Francisco Fest On the Green – Giants Enterprises, in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, are set to co-produce the July 29 performance at the home of the San Francisco Giants.

Taylor's shows at some of the nation's biggest ballparks have been a home run for fans and critics alike. In addition to AT&T Park, Taylor’s ballpark tour will feature shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

For more information, visit http://apeconcerts.com/events/james-taylor-his-all-star-band/.  Media contacts:  Giants Enterprises: Rory Davis, rdavis@giantsenterprises.com, Another Planet Entertainment: Sarah Fink Dempsey, sarah@anotherplanetent.com

Aug. 6, 2017 – Jerry Day Celebrates 15 Years and the Legacy of Jerry Garcia 

Jerry Day celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. This annual event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as it celebrates his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, and recognizes his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, Jerry Day creates something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.

For more information, visit www.jerryday.org.  Media contact: jerrydaysf@gmail.com

Aug. 13, 2017 - Lady Gaga in Concert at AT&T Park

Grammy and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Lady Gaga will perform Aug. 13, 2017 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.   

A one-of-a kind artist and performer, Lady Gaga has amassed an outstanding 30 million global album sales and 150 million single sales, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time.  Her fifth studio album "Joanne" was recently released and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking her fourth consecutive #1 album - the first female to do so in the 2010s.

After a banner year that saw AT&T Park host three shows in 2016 -  The Night Before featuring Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and San Francisco Fest On the Green - Giants Enterprises, in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, are set to co-produce the Aug. 13 performance at the home of the San Francisco Giants.  

For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.ladygaga.com and www.livenation.com.  Media contact: Rory Davis, 415-972-1800,  rdavis@giantsenterprises.com

Sept. 15, 17, 22 and 24, 2017 – Taylor Mac’s Groundbreaking Performance Art Concert “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”   

The Curran and Stanford Live at Stanford University, in association with Magic Theatreand Pomegranate Arts will present California native Taylor Mac’s groundbreaking performance art concert “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” in its entirety for the first time since the historic 24-hour marathon performance at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall. Over four performances, audience members can experience Mac’s pièce de résistance, which “The New York Times’” Wesley Morris called “one of the great experiences of my life.” For the upcoming performances at the Curran Theater, the concert will be reworked into four six-hour Chapters.

“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” is Mac’s multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country, and in its disparate communities, from 1776 to the present day. In performing the work, Mac is joined by an orchestra—led by Music Director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs—plus an ensemble of “Dandy Minions” and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War I soldiers and Yum Yum from “The Mikado.” Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has hand-made an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.

For more information, https://sfcurran.com/shows/taylor-mac/.  Media contact: Michael Jorgensen, 415-358-6456 michael@sfcurran.com

Sept. 28, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018 – “Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

In “Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 14 diverse contemporary artists act as modern maggids—interpreting traditional Jewish folktales and characters in new, commissioned works inspired by the rich Jewish tradition of stories that incorporate cautionary tales, traditional wisdom, and the supernatural.

The Hebrew concept of maggid has multiple meanings and layers. The most basic definition is that of a religious teacher and teller of stories. Contrasted with the more formally trained rabbis, the lay maggids acted as repositories and transmitters of cultural knowledge, folklore, and social norms and mores. 

The exhibition explores concepts such as transformation and metamorphosis, good and evil, moral education, political and class metaphors, the role of women, and storytelling in contemporary art. It features new commissioned works including sculpture by Elizabeth Higgins O’Connor and Julia Goodman; installations by Michael Arcega, Tracey Snelling, the team of Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, and Mike Rothfeld; photography by Dina Goldstein and Youngsuk Suh; paintings by Vera Iliatova, M. Louise Stanley, and Inez Storer; and video by Chris Sollars.

Each work is accompanied by a listening station where visitors can hear Bay Area storytellers reading the folk tales that served as the artist’s primary inspiration.

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

Oct. 21-22, 2017 - 14th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances

The ​14th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances (SFTD)  travels from South of Market to Kezar Triangle in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 21 - 22, 2017 .  An annual, admission-free festival that takes place each October, SFTD has been dubbed “art for citizens” and “a gift to the City.” A total of 12 two-hour tours are scheduled over the weekend, six each day starting at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.  

The festival is eclectic with a presentation of a variety of styles. This year, audiences will get a taste of traditional Tibetan folk dance and music, dance theater, contact improvisation, hip hop, taiko drumming and much more. Featured performers include Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company, Embodiment Project, Hope Mohr Dance, Little Seismic Dance Company, Maze Daiko and Epiphany Dance Theater. Live music will accompany many of the performances. 

The tours start at the California Institute of Integral Studies at 1453 Mission St. 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 epiphanydance.org. Media contact: John Hill, johnhillpr@gmail.com.

Oct. 28, 2017 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts YBCA 100 Summit

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) has announced its YBCA 100, an annual list of the 100 people, organization, and movements that are shaping the future of culture. Now in its fourth year, YBCA 100 celebrates the provocateurs, instigators, and innovators who are using their creative platforms to motivate social change 

On Oct. 28, 2017, the YBCA 100 list comes to life with YBCA 100 Summit. Many of the YBCA 100 honorees will participate in an entire day of talks, panels and special performances. The day brings together hundreds of thought leaders from different sectors—including art, philanthropy, business, activism, technology, and education—to discuss the urgent questions and issues facing the community 

Open to the public, the event includes keynote addresses by Jill Soloway, creator of the groundbreaking Amazon series’ “Transparent”and “I Love Dick”and Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU of Northern America, with talks and panel discussions with journalist, filmmaker, CEO of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas; activist and BART board president Lateefah Simon and others. The day's events will also include performances by dancer Lil Buck, award- winning poet Saul Williams and more.

For more information, visit https://ybca.org/whats-on/2017-ybca-100-summit.  Media contact: Voleine Amilcar, 415-978-2700 Ex.116; vamilcar@ybca.org, Tiffany Woolf; 917-532-3366; tiffany@woolfpr.com

Continuing

Through Aug. 27, 2017 – Three New Spring Exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

“Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy” - MoAD presents the work of Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist, Todd Gray, who investigates the erasures and potentiality of imaging blackness through photography, sculpture and performance. Comprised of his most recent works in which Gray collages his archived photographs of Iggy Pop and Michael Jackson with his California Mission series, “Todd Gray: My Life in the Bush with MJ and Iggy” examines California as a site of new narratives and reflections of power. Interested in colonialism as both a psychic and material phenomenon, Gray explores blackness and labor within celebrity. Gray lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. He received both his BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is Professor Emeritus, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach. Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Tucson Museum of Art, Detroit Museum of Art, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago among others. Performance works have been presented at institutions such as the Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater, REDCAT, Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. 

“The Ease of Fiction” – Curated by Dexter Wimberly, this exhibition presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact and fiction. The exhibiting artists, ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Nigeria), Duhirwe Rushemeza (b. 1977, Rwanda), Sherin Guirguis (b. 1974, Egypt), and Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana), present recent paintings, drawings and sculptural works that explore issues of cultural identity, personal agency, and the very notion of “African art.”  The exhibition’s title evokes the idea that people are often more comfortable accepting or believing what is told to them by those in power, rather than challenging and investigating the authenticity of information presented as historical fact. Interweaving their personal experiences and memories into broader historical contexts, these artists create work that is in strident opposition to passive acceptance.  The artists’ cultural backgrounds, as well as geographic diversity, create an opportunity for a provocative examination of varied perspectives of the truth. Although these artists are from four different African countries, their work addresses universal issues that are relevant across all borders.

“Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967” - As Jimi Hendrix walked out onto the stage at Monterey Pop, he was also stepping out for his American rock and roll debut. Playing with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he introduced himself to California at the festival before the U.S. release of his first album. Hendrix solidified himself as a music idol with a performance enlivened by rock theatrics, sexual flamboyance and magnetic guitar riffs. An integrated band with a black front man, The Jimi Hendrix Experience represented racial and sexual freedom as goals of the 1960s counterculture. Composed of photographs taken of Jimi Hendrix in 1967 by Gered Mankowitz, and Jerry de Wilde, this exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the infamous Summer of Love and the entrance of Jimi Hendrix as one the greatest guitarists of all time.  Free and open to the public in the first floor gallery of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

For more information, visit www.moadsf.org.  Media contact: Mark Sabb, 415-318-7148, msabb@moadsf.org

Through Sept. 3, 2017 – “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Roz Chast is one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the United States today. Since the 1970s, Brooklyn-born Chast has chronicled the anxieties, pleasures and perils of contemporary life in a body of work that includes over 1,200 cartoons published in “The New Yorker” and other magazines, several illustrated children’s books, and her award-winning 2014 visual memoir about the last years of her elderly parents’ lives, “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Autobiography and the Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction.  The exhibition, making its West Coast debut at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, features approximately 250 objects including all of the original work for “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” original cartoons for “The New Yorker” and others, children’s book illustrations and storytelling rugs.   

For more information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.  Media contact:  Nina Sazevich, 415-752-2483, nina@sazevichpr.com

Through Sept. 4, 2017 – “The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin” Exhibition to Open at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

“The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin,” a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will be on view through Sept. 4, 2017 at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco.  The exhibition both honors the influential designer and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy.

Lawrence Halprin was among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. The Brooklyn-born Halprin began his career in 1945 with a four-year stint working for Thomas Church in San Francisco, where he collaborated with architect George Rockrise on the renowned Dewey Donnell garden in Sonoma, CA.  He opened Lawrence Halprin & Associates in 1949, and his oeuvre initially included residential gardens, campuses and housing projects. However, by the mid-1960s, his firm had turned decisively to re-designing major urban landscapes. A series of innovative parks, plazas and pedestrian malls brought international notice and critical acclaim. 

For more information, visit http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/halprinlegacy/index.html. Media contact: Joey Kahn, 415-629-2559, joey.kahn@sfgov.org

Through Oct. 4, 2017 “Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja” at the Walt Disney Family Museum 

Explore the dynamic work of one of the most accomplished and versatile character animators of our time: Andreas Deja. This unique exhibition showcases original works on paper and maquettes of Deja’s most iconic characters, from menacing villains Scar and Jafar, and larger-than-life muscle men Gaston and Hercules, to the much beloved Mama Odie and Lilo Pelekai. In addition to his work for The Walt Disney Studios, Deja is known for independent projects, including his upcoming film “Mushka.” The film is animated in a colored pencil style, and is “a story of love and sacrifice set in Russia,” featuring a young girl and her tiger. Deja’s extensive career bridges the rich tradition of classic hand-drawn animation and animation’s innovative future.  

For more information, visit www.waltdisney.org.  Media contact: Sarah Rothstein, 415-345-6853, SRothstein@wdfmuseum.org

Through Dec. 31, 2017 – Rodin Centenary at the Legion of Honor  

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, the Legion of Honor will present a completely new installation of its extraordinary Rodin holdings in “Rodin Centenary.” Approximately 50 objects in bronze, marble, and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection—will be presented in a new context. The exhibition will examine the artist’s celebrated life and influential work—from his early days courting controversy with sculptures that bore unexpected levels of naturalism—to his later renown and lasting influence. “Rodin Centenary” is part of a worldwide series of major Rodin projects and will provide Bay Area audiences a significant opportunity to examine and recontextualize the legacy of the artist known as “the father of modern sculpture.” The Legion of Honor holds one of the finest collections in the world of sculpture by Rodin cast during his lifetime.

For more information, visit https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/exhibitions/rodin-centenary  Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, mnewcomer@famsf.org.

Through Jan. 8, 2018 – “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle” at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and enchanting illustrations of Eyvind Earle. Featuring more than 250 works, this exhibition features concept paintings for “Sleeping Beauty” and “Lady and the Tramp,” as well as Earle’s dynamic personal work. Earle’s distinctive style and interpretation of iconic American landscapes as a fine artist and printmaker have inspired generations of artists and designers.

For more information, visit http://waltdisney.org.  Media contact: 415-345-6816, press@wdfmuseum.org

Through March, 2018 – “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American” at the Presidio Officers’ Club

“Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration” explores the major role the Presidio of San Francisco, then a U.S. Army post, played in the World War II incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. This year-long special exhibition includes images, video, historical documents and public programs. 

As the Army's Western Defense Command, the Presidio played a pivotal role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast during the war. This exhibition marks 75 years since Lt. General John L. DeWitt signed Civilian Exclusion Orders at his desk in the Presidio along with other military directives that carried out President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.

“Exclusion” invites visitors to consider the choices made by both people and institutions. How did leaders arrive at this decision? How did Japanese Americans respond to the violation of their civil liberties? And what, as a nation, have we learned that can help us address the present-day issues of immigration, racism, and mass incarceration? Curated with input from the Fred T. Korematsu Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.presidio.gov/officers-club/exhibitions/special-exhibition-exclusion.  Media contact: Lisa Petrie, 415-561-5444, lpetrie@presidiotrust.gov

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SFO)

Construction Underway for New Grand Hyatt Hotel at SFO, Scheduled to Open July 2019

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) hosted a groundbreaking event on June 20, 20917 to celebrate the start of construction on Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport, a new luxury hotel located on airport grounds, expected to open in July 2019.   

Grand Hyatt at SFO will feature 351 rooms, 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a selection of full-service and casual restaurants, a Grand Club lounge and an extensive fitness center.  The hotel is being designed to achieve both a four-star designation and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for environmentally sustainable design and operation.

Located at the entrance to SFO, the 4.7-acre hotel site is close to terminal buildings and parking garages and enjoys direct access to the AirTrain light rail system.  SFO will construct and own the property, with Hyatt managing the property under the Grand Hyatt brand.

The $237 million Grand Hyatt at SFO is being designed by San Francisco-based architecture firm Hornberger + Worstell with ED2 International, and constructed by Webcor Builders.  The construction is expected to provide 350 jobs followed by an anticipated 200 hospitality jobs once the hotel opens.

For more information, visit: www.flysfo.com/hotel.

Pre-Security Mural “When Pink Elephants Fly” Brings Joy to SFO Terminal 1 During Construction

Travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport’s temporary Terminal 1 have the opportunity to see acclaimed local artist Jason Jägel transform a blank wall into a work of art.  Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, “When Pink Elephants Fly” is a colorful mural that explores the humor and humanity in modern air travel.

“Jason Jägel’s mural is an absolute crowd-pleaser,” says Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Tom DeCaigny.  “Our partners at SFO really understand the power and importance of high quality artwork to ensure a positive passenger experience.”

“While Terminal 1 is in the midst of a transformation, the presence of public artwork ensures the space continues to surprise and delight,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.

When completed, “When Pink Elephants Fly” will occupy a 41-foot wide by 25-foot high expanse located near the security entrance to Terminal 1.  The design includes a diverse cast of characters, human and non, arranged to reflect the multi-directional movement of airport travelers and to invite broad opportunity for curiosity and identification.

SFO is redeveloping Terminal 1 (T1), one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience.  T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it handles each year.  When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E.  T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED® Gold certification.

The redevelopment plan for Terminal 1 generated several public art opportunities that will be developed in tandem with the new construction.  The Arts Commission aims to commission dynamic contemporary art that offers the traveler and residents a powerful and continuous experience with art within the context of the airport environment.  The selection of artists to create large-scale, site-specific artworks and installations, architectural integrated pieces, and the purchase of both two dimensional and discrete artwork is currently underway.

San Francisco International Airport’s public art program, provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission through the City’s “2%-for-art” program, offers a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and site-specific artworks that reflect the Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse culture.  The collection comprises close to 100 objects in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national and international acclaim.

For more information about San Francisco International Airport, visit www.flysfo.com.  Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000, Doug.Yakel@flysfo.com

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sftravel.com, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.  San Francisco Travel operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets, and on the lower level of Macy’s Union Square.  San Francisco Travel is also a partner at the California Welcome Center at PIER 39.  

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 79 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.  Follow SFO on www.twitter.com/flysfo and www.facebook.com/flysfo.    

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