Since becoming San Francisco City Hall’s first Artist in Residence, Jeremy Fish has spent a few days each week sitting inside a storage closet, drawing amidst cardboard boxes, old flags, and a dusty model of the building for which he has composed 100 drawings on its 100th birthday. You may have seen him roaming those august halls, seeking inspiration in his signature wood grain or hamburger patty pantsuit. The San Francisco Arts Commission chose the right guy to inaugurate this, er, closet. Those who don’t know Fish by name will certainly know his work at Upper Playground, on nearly every corner of his own neighborhood — the North Beach ship on the Grant & Green Saloon, the mural on Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, the awning on Pisto’s — but most people will know him from the giant Silly Pink Bunny statue which championed the Lower Haight until 2013. Fish loves San Francisco, and his O Glorious City will no doubt incorporate Emperor Norton, Herb Caen, and the famous twins Vivian and Marian Brown, as well as some familiar critters from his own pantheon.More
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When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Valentine’s Day can call for a special gift. Having a delicious bottle of wine engraved with a message of love can be just the thing to keep the holiday warm and loving. Join Rosenblum Cellars on February 6th for FREE bottle engraving by Say it with Wine. Arrive early and avoid the wait. Nothing says I love you like a bottle of Rosenblum wine engraved to read “I Love you!”More
The San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair has been a fixture on the Bay Scene since 1994. In a new location for 2016, booksellers and paper specialists from around the world will exhibit February 5-6 at the San Mateo County Events Center in San Mateo. Antique & Collectible Modern Books, Prints, Manuscripts, Illustrations, Art, History & Contemporary Photographs, Artists Books, Private Presses, Music, Childrens Books, Science Fiction, Postcards, California History, Poetry, Posters, Autographs, Maps, Ephemera. The enchanting world of books and paper await the enthusiast. Hours Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission $12, good both days. Accessible by public transportation, visit our web-site for directions and discount admission coupon. 650.773.4824, www.sfbookandpaperfair.comMore
We San Franciscans are experimental types, so if you’ve never given ballet a try, it’s about time you did. Three lauded names in contemporary choreography exhibit their work tonight. Picking a favorite from the diverse set won’t be easy. Chroma by Wayne McGregor and Number Nine by Christopher Wheeldon bracket the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, which flaunts costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Although Mizrahi’s topsy-turvy career has had its share of flops and successes, his work for theater and opera is consistently admirable. A previous collaboration with Morris featured a crayon-colored array of space-age suits and drop-waisted tutus, but Morris doesn’t need to rely on the designer’s bold palette to fascinate his audience. His reputation for crafting affecting, accessible dance alone is enough to make this debut worth the time, even for a novice viewer. Like Morris, Wheeldon is also a longtime collaborator with the S.F. Ballet and has concocted seven new ballets for the organization over the years. His vivid Number Nine unfolds ornately in a mere 19 minutes. It complements the stark, abstract Chroma, which also boasts a celebrity contributor -- Jack White of the White Stripes is credited with the arrangements. McGregor’s award-winning oeuvre defies the limits of the body with abstract contortions. Both creations have graced the San Francisco stage before, but they contextualize each other and will leave even a first-time ballet-goer with much to discuss.
Tue., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2012