San Francisco Travel Blog
The current national climate, when looked at with even the most cursory of glances, can quickly become overwhelming. Each news headline, each Tweet by powerful global figures, each new population survey or scientific report can bring us closer and closer to the brink of complete existential despair. How do we function when each day seems littered with catastrophe?
To the delight of cinephiles and lovers of the weird, the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is returning to our chilly Bay Area for the 13th straight year of enigmatic, exciting, and enticing programing. Listed by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” (as well as making the cut for the same magazine’s list of “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Fee”), the Frozen Film Festival is founded on the principles that cinema is a valuable form of art, that it can help bring communities together, and that it is essential for as many diverse people as possible to make movies and have these movies seen by the public.
When it comes to the Up Your Alley Fair, it’s hard to know where to begin. Is it with the leather? The flogging? The BDSM? Maybe a lighter touch would better introduce the topic. With that in mind, let’s start with the uniqueness of expression on hand to be celebrated at the Up Your Alley Fair!
Ah, the immortal Bard. Few examiners of the human soul have managed to reverberate across the centuries like the pointy bearded poet from Stratford-Upon-Avon, and even fewer have resulted in major events in almost every Western city (and many non-western cities) to emerge as a chance to celebrate their life and work. We are, of course, speaking of the legendary William Shakespeare! And while his barbed quips and saucy jabs might come across as slightly antiquated (what even is a Tewkesbury Mustard?), there is no denying that he holds an unparalleled place in the minds of millions.
On of the fastest growing fads in the world of performance is immersive theater. Very likely you have heard something about it, and perhaps you’ve even gone to an immersive theater event yourself. If so, than you know the general setup. For those who might be a little further in the dark, we will illuminate:
No matter what type of music you love, there is a good chance that a music festival exists devoted solely to its celebration. From Pitchfork to Electric Forest to everything in between, almost every nook and cranny in the country seems to lay claim to its own massive gathering of musicians and fans.
San Francisco’s historic Union Square is the location of many of the city’s eclectic and unpredictable events. This summer will see no shift in that paradigm as numerous festivals, bazaars, and markets will take over this impressive space, each promising to share a unique vision to those who visit during their specific event. One of the most exciting upcoming offerings at Union Square is KalayaanSF.
For lovers of live theater, San Francisco is one of the best places on earth to land. Especially if you are interested in the unique, the otherworldly, the genre-busting, the weird, and the unexpected, San Francisco’s abundance of theater troupes and stages makes it a veritable mecca of memorable theater. One of the most well known theaters in the entire city is EXIT Theatre, and this June will see EXIT Theatre transform itself into a sort of cabaret of storytelling.
It is a well known fact that artistic trends most often begin along the fringes of artist activity. Remember when punk music was only for dirty people with shaved heads? And now, if you aren’t well versed in Blondie’s catalogue, you are something of a square. It is a fact universally acknowledged that a hip trend of today most often finds its antecedents in the underground trend of yesteryear. That being said, the avant-garde can still be an off-putting experience. What better way to overcome one’s aversion to the current cutting edge than by diving into an entire film festival devoted to it?
Jazz and it’s cousin, hip-hop are two of the only genres of music that can be said to be primarily American. With its pastiche of musical styles, its roots in African-American history, and its comfort in both carnage hall and the bar down the street, jazz exists as a mirror to our own country’s mashup of identity. Partially for this reason, because it so closely resembles us and the ways our differing identities mix and match, jazz acts as a tie that can help bind even the most disparate seeming elements of our society together.