SF’s Flower Power Pianos

All you closet pianists, get out to the SF Botanical Garden in GG Park before July 20th and sit down at one of the twelve “Flower Pianos” and play a tune for the passers-by!


Or hear one of the scheduled pianists this Saturday:


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.

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.


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.

Valentines: Start your Engines

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

Play-Reading Series at SF Playhouse

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

Susi and Bill, SF Playhouse

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.


Celebrate Fall Equinox

A real Harvest Moon (the last full moon before the Autumnal Equinox) peeks into some lucky fogless San Francisco neighborhoods.  Now’s the time to think about how to celebrate the passing of summer into the official start of a new season:

  • Sing the ancient Vak goddess song with Ann Dyer at the Forum at YBCA.

Vak: Song of Becoming
Fri-Sat, Sep 20-21, 8 PM
YBCA Forum, 710 Mission Street in San Francisco
General: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door
Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
YBCA listing and tickets: http://www.ybca.org/ann-dyer

  • Meditate on world peace.  Why not?  Can’t hurt, might help.  Because the earth does not tilt toward or away from the sun during an equinox, the length of the day is the same on all parts of the earth.  It’s a small point of unity starting at 8:44pm, to be exact.  See Wikipedia on Autumnal Equinox.

Gay Pride Gala

SF Gay Pride 2011With two recent Supreme Court rulings clearing the legal path for gay marriages in California, the June 30 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade this Sunday will be a mega-whopper celebration!

Make your dinner reservations yesterday, and avoid trying to cross Market Street until late evening.  Other than that, just wander through this colorful City celebration and enjoy.

Information: http://sfpride.org/parade/

Parade Route: http://goo.gl/maps/Cwni