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.
For fun and leather and maybe even some sun in San Francisco, you can’t beat the Folsom Street Fair, TODAY on Folsom near 9th. You may want to give up the idea of driving anywhere near there, though.
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.
With 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.
Parade Route: http://goo.gl/maps/Cwni
Our SF Symphony shifts south to Shoreline Amphitheater for July 4 music and fireworks. Worth the trip! Come early and bring a picnic.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Broke but love the SF Ethnic Dance Festival? Grab friends and kids for a FREE dance performance and workshop this Saturday, 11:30, at the Yerba Buena Garden’s Forum, featuring a Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro. Then enjoy our gorgeous spring weather in San Francisco’s most perfect urban park.
The World United Through Dance
Forum at YBCA — FREE Event
Saturday, June 22 11:30AM-1:30PM
Looking for something different to do with Dad for Fathers’ Day in San Francisco this weekend? Try the SF Craft Spirits Carnival for a shot or two of well-crafted alcoholic beverages.
June 15 & 16, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
“Come One, Come All! Meet the craft spirit taste makers.
This unique celebration of handcrafted ultra-premium spirits takes the energy of the craft spirits movement and distills it into a two-day Grand Tasting event.”
Click here for discounted tickets.
OMG, there have never been so many tutus on Howard Street! And dance music and great food. Get on down to Howard Street and 2nd for the How Weird Street Fair until 8:00 tonight.
All you young creative types, grab an old Hippie for elbow adornment, because those folks were the original Weird. Or was it the Beatniks?
Anyway, it’s a grand party in the streets for all of us San Franciscans with a loooooong history of nonconformity.
Oh, and forget about driving in the Financial District until Monday morning.
It’s the best Flash Dance of the year! Dancing in the streets today, noon at Union Square. There’s one section of unison movement that you can learn ahead of time, but you don’t have to do that section. There’s a giant line dance at the end that’s easy enough for your most klutzy friend. Or just watch and enjoy.