The tiny dark speck center-top of this wave is Shane Desmond in the final heat of 2010 Mavericks.
The call has gone out: Only 2 days for surfing champs from around the world to get their bods and boards to that sweet little town with the 30-foot waves an hour south of San Francisco for the awesome Maverick’s Invitational Big Wave Surfing Championship. Normally you don’t need to leave San Francisco’s Theater District to get big thrills, but Mavericks, it’s legend.
Word is that they’re selling viewing tickets for Friday’s all-day event from the mavericksinvitational website, with some viewing areas very reasonably priced. Hopefully the new viewing areas fix previous years’ free-for-all spectator mania that cause injuries among landlubbers who apparently didn’t know that a “big wave” competition would have, well, big waves. Bring binoculars or telescopes or whatever and stand waaaaay the heck back.
Speaking of Northern California sports: Is it just me, or did other San Franciscans see some bad calls by refs in Seattle? Anyway, kudos to our SF 49ers for a game well played. You guys really gave it up for the Gipper and kept us on the edge of our seats — all we San Franciscans expect. Thanks.
Oh, and don’t forget to check-out the new improved waterfall at Yerba Buena Park, where a tribute to MLK is worth a little spray under the falls.
San Francisco celebrated the forever awesome accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is a local favorite — unless you’re trying to drive from the CalTrain Station to Yerba Buena Garden around 11am. Actually, just don’t do it. Walk the route. It’s only a little over a mile. Everyone partied hearty all afternoon at Yerba Buena Garden with music and inspiration galore.
Click for the SF MLK parade route, beginning Monday, January 19, 11am.
Click for the official SF MLK website.
Click for a full Bay Area schedule of 2014 MLK festivities.
This is the weather we hate to love. When even New Yorkers take notice of California’s drought – in the midst of their own big Climate Change woes – you know it’s bad. Westerners might have forgotten that Sandy is more than just a girl’s name, but down at the New York Times they’ve taken the day off from remediation efforts for sea level rise to focus on our water woes.
In San Francisco, this is a chance for natives and tourists to bond around new water conservation habits. Share a glass of water with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and let the restaurant save the gallon of water it takes a commercial dishwasher to clean a single glass. Let’s get creative here, gang, because that snow pack isn’t looking good for Eau de Hetch Hetchy.
Click to read about Governor Brown’s declaration of a state of drought emergency.
Click for a recent New York Times article on the California drought.
No, it’s not too early to plan Valentine’s Day outings for your sweetheart in San Francisco where restaurants and events will be especially booked with visitors in town for the Chinese New Year parade on February 15. And just so you know: The end of this month is the official start of the Year of the Horse. The spirit of the horse is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and capable, a good usher for self-improvement. Or so says the mythology.
Read about the Feb. 15 parade and its route in San Francisco: http://www.chineseparade.com/
Make Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations on OpenTable.com, or hey, celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse during the great deals of Dine About Town week January 15-30: http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=4&ref=296&pid=67
Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th at 7pm
Free Play Reading at San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco
SCHOONER, by Rinne Groff, Directed by Marissa Wolf
Featuring: Karen Grassle, Carrie Paff, and Mark Anderson Phillips
Bill English & Susi Damilano of SF Playhouse
How cool is this: San Francisco Playhouse has created a reading series so we theatre-lovers can witness the play-development process. Truth be known, some of the “readings” they sponsor for new plays are more exciting than the fancy finished productions in other theaters. Bring a bottle of wine to share, and bring a friend who will thank you for it.
All for FREE.
In this new comedy by Rinne Groff, Melissa is a successful businesswoman while her husband, Eric, is a struggling graphic-artist/stay-at-home-father. In the midst of deciding whether or not to have a third child, this couple must also contend with Melissa’s mother who has just moved in with them and Melissa’s father who may be lost at sea.
Monday, January 6th at 7pm
SF Playhouse, 450 Post Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco
Click here to read the invitation.
Let your inner diva shine! T’would be grand if your friends and family entered Chanticleer’s music video contest to win a free trip to San Francisco, right? Learn more details here:
And don’t miss Chanticleer’s Christmas performances Dec. 15 & 22 at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave. in San Francisco. Click here to buy tickets from City Box Office.
Gotta love that SF Playhouse for producing world-class plays from award-winning authors (like Bengal Tiger now its final three hard-hitting performances) while fostering new works in their Sandbox series, like Ideation, previewing tonight. And it’s all local talent – unlike theaters like the Golden Gate that bring-in tour groups. Want to get inspired by intimate theater? Get a season subscription to SF Playhouse.
Always thought there was something a little sad about a gal falling in love with Peter Pan? You might need to see Peter/Wendy at the Custom Made Theatre Co. Cheap previews start this Friday at the Gough Street Theater (at Bush) in San Francisco.
Being normal is weird. Or so say San Franciscans raised on extreme diversity. To those folks, the Custom Made Theatre Company’s production of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal is a come-to-mama revival. The extended performances through this Sunday are technically sold-out, but cancelled seats belong to those who show-up half an hour before showtime or call ahead.
1620 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 (510) 207-5774
Bill English (R) directs "Bengal Tiger"
So we’re all really, really happy to see the BART strike end and smooth transportation restored to your fair city, but only SF Playhouse has turned it into an entertainment bargain. Celebrate with 25% off theater tickets purchased before this Friday using the code BART25 and get a surreal look at the Middle East with Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
“It’s funny. It’s poignant… A succession of gripping moments”. -SF Chronicle