Germans are well known for their love of festivals. The best known of these is, of course Oktoberfest, but there are numerous others, no less thrilling, that have the misfortune of often being overshadowed by their wildly popular (and wildly mischievous) autumnal cousin. One of the other best loved German festivals is Sommerfest, and this joint German/Austrian celebration of summer, long days, and warm nights will be coming to the Bay Area on July 15th!
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, then you know that there are two things that we love more than almost anything else: film festivals and cultural events. This being the case, it will come as no surprise that for this entry, we are excited to highlight an upcoming event that merges both of our passions into one not-to-be-missed event. What could it be? Why, the 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!
Bodybuilding. 40 years ago, it was an oddity. 20 years ago, an amusing thing for people like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today? An obsession, a lifestyle, a path to happiness for millions of people across the globe. It helps that the designation of “bodybuilding” no longer just applies to those who put on pounds of rippling muscle. Now, while that pursuit certainly still applies to many within the bodybuilding community, there are much more people exploring alternative ways of getting—and keeping—in shape: from powerlifting to jiu-jitsu, the practice is so much more than thigh-sized biceps and bulging veins.
One of the best parts about the summer—aside from the warm weather, the cool water, and the long days—are the county fairs. Almost all of us have been to more than one, and that smell of hay, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and hot metal emanating from the ancient looking rides can easily take us on a Proustian revel through our own lost time. If this sounds familiar to you, and if you long to experience it all once again, then no time is better than the beginning of July. Why? Because that’s when the Marion County Fair comes to the Bay Area!
Wine: it is a constant feature of this blog. We love it, and we suspect that you might feel the same way. One of the greatest things about the Bay Area is its proximity to some of the best vineyards in this hemisphere. With Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley so close at hand, the finest wines crafted by some of the finest vintners is available to us. With such a plethora of marvelous wine choices, the difficulty comes in trying to narrow down the search for the wine that is truly your perfect palate match. This is why events such as the 2018 Oakland Wine Festival are so essential: they give you the opportunity to experience many different wines at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase that many bottles.
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: