July 4th in the City

San Francisco FireworksLooking toward the Alcatraz side of the San Francisco Bay is the best place in the country to spend the evening of July 4th.  Sure, other towns have music and fireworks and food, but this City has magic.  Try for Coit Tower or one of the footbridges into Pier 39, early, because there will be crowds. Happy crowds.  Dancing and singing crowds.   If you’re able-bodied, park near Fort Mason or even in one of the garages near Union Square and walk to your favorite high ground for viewing.  Roads get closed, buses and cable cars get full after the fireworks, so you’ll need to be able to walk some blocks to a taxi stand or back to your car or just stay with the street party at Fisherman’s Wharf a little later.

Oh yeah, and if you want to eat out during that weekend, make your reservations today.

Yerba Buena this June

Parangal Dance

Parangal Dance Company Image by RJ Muna

FREE admission at YBCA gallery today. And check-out the varied performance schedule with jazz, dance, acting workshops and more.  Travel around the world while sitting in your seats at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Click here to purchase tickets to the SF Ethnic Dance Festival.

http://www.ybca.org/upcoming/performance?ealink=calendar

Just Deserts for SF Playhouse

Seminar cast

cast of "Seminar"

Kudos to San Francisco Playhouse for 23 Award nominations from San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle!  Amazing, especially considering that the Critics’ Circle is, well, critical.  Only two plays left in the Playhouse’s season, so get tickets now to Seminar and everyone’s favorite irreverent musical fairy tales, Into the Woods.

Click here for tickets.

Click here to read more about the SF Playhouse nominations.

The Giants are BACK by the Bay

Photographer Ron LeValley captured 2 Giants fans in McCovey Cove. The gull wants hot dogs and Cracker Jacks.

Kudos to SF Giants fan/photographer Ron LeValley for capturing one of the many creative ways San Franciscans find to get first-hand reports during home games! Our guys are back in AT&T Park-by-the-Bay  April 8-17.

It’s called McCovey Cove, the destination of numerous boat companies, picnic sails, and private tugs to be close to the game and hear it live bayside.

Click for an example of Giants games boat tours.

Click for San Francisco Giants schedule.

Painting Meets Theatre

Think you don’t like art?  Consider yourself double-dared to remain unconverted after seeing SF Playhouse’s transformative production of Bauer.  A world premier script by Lauren Gunderson headed for New York, powerful acting, thoughtful directing, beautiful set and projected art — all based on the real life story of painter Rudolf Bauer (whose work is on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery around the corner on Geary Street).  What’s not to like, right?

Click here for tickets to SF Playhouse.

Click to see the Bauer catalog from the Weinstein Gallery, 383 Geary St.

Community Booty-Shakin

Dance Week San Francisco 2014 kicks off with another free dance-along in Union Square.  START NOW to learn an easy dance at home online, or attend one of the free rehearsals to learn it.  Bring friends or come solo to shake your booty with fellow San Franciscans!

Union Square Park, SF  Dance Light
Friday, April 25, 12-1pm

Click here to see this year’s dance performed.

Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Click here to see a video from the 2013 kick-off event.

 

Dancin Downtown SF

ODC Dance

Be transported by ODC at YBCA

Congratulations to ODC Dance for TWO stupendous premiers at YBCA in downtown San Francisco!

If you want funny, go to Program B.  Mythical multi-media world premier, go to Program A. In the dark, before the light came up for the curtain call, the nearly sold-out audience sprung to their feet screaming, whistling and clapping.  After half a dozen curtain calls, ODC can probably feel appreciated.  Ya think?

Tick tock, though.  Only a few performances left, including 4:00 today.

http://tickets.ybca.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=18161

The Luck of the Green be with Ye

Thinking of crossing Market Street tomorrow in a car for any reason?  No no, don’t do it!  It’s the annual Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 11:30 from 2nd and straight down Market — well, maybe a little more crooked than straight, but that’s why we love San Francisco, right?  Other festivities begin tonight and go through Monday, with writers and music and beer, oh my!

See the Examiner’s article for a full list of activities:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/plenty-of-ways-to-go-green-on-st-patricks-day/Content?oid=2731805

Then get out there and eat some corned beef and cabbage.