San Francisco Travel Blog
During the spring, summer, and fall it is easy to get exercise. Many of us do it without even thinking about it via walking through the parks, riding our bikes up the steep hills, taking camping trips out in the surrounding natural beauty. But during winter? Suddenly staying in shape becomes a challenge. When the outdoors loses its temperate hospitality, the idea of spending much time in the elements also loses its charm. This in turn results in many of us starting to feel the sadness and depression so closely associated with the season. If only there were something we could do to get our bodies moving, our hearts pounding, and a big dumb smile to splay out over our faces.
Winter is hard for many reasons. There is the lack of sunshine, for starters, but then one has to deal with the cold and the flu and bad road conditions and the fear that spring and summer will never again return. For many, a key agony of the season is the utter lack of baseball. Sure, there are the taped playoff games from last September, but they just don’t have the same effect that comes from the electric environment that surrounds contemporary games, and they definitely don’t have the added joy of being inside the stadium, smelling the pretzels, drinking a cold beer.
Live music. Without it, where would we be? In a cold, sad world of headphones, music-playing devices, and dusty instruments. Thankfully, this world is far from being the one we inhabit, and as long as people still have hands, feet, and throats, I would wager that they will be making and performing music for a long, long time.
Winter and film go together like hats and gloves, like snow and snowballs, like skiis and mountain slopes, like, well, you get the idea. What better activity when the sun sets during the afternoon than gathering together some friends – or even just taking yourself out on a date – and going to sit in a darkened theater while narratives made of light unspool on the screen before you? If these words resonate with you, then you will be thrilled to learn about the upcoming winter film festival in San Francisco called SF Indie Fest.
It is easy to think of this time of year as one during which the pace of life dramatically slows down. For many of us, winter means solitude, quiet, and contemplation. For many others, however, this tendency towards isolation is not nearly as delicious a concept. The longer nights and colder days of winter can, for those in this camp, feel like an unnecessary and unwelcome confinement. Thankfully, if you live in the Bay Area, then there is more than enough taking place throughout these winter months that can supply you with plenty of chances to get out of your home and engage in various acts of revelry.
If we haven’t impressed this upon you enough already, San Francisco is home to more museums than most everywhere else in the world. All throughout the Bay Area lie enormous collections of artwork, from classical to ancient to modern, comprised of every material known to humankind, presented in a wealth of different styles. One of the most popular and valuable museums currently in operation in San Francisco is the Museum of the African Diaspora (known as MoAD).
Few art museums can lay claim to such an imposing title as the Legion of Honor. Since Armistice Day, November 11th of 1924, the Legion of Honor has acted as one of the primary fine art museums within the Bay Area. Modeled off of the French Pavilion that was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the museum was supposed to open its doors to the public much sooner, but the First World War delayed this event for several years. When the end of the war brought the beginning of the museum, San Francisco dedicated the building to the soldiers who had perished in the ghastly conflict.
America has perhaps done more for the cartoon art form than any other country in the world. From George Herriman to Lynda Barry, from R. Crumb to C. Schultz, the American drive to create cartoons, comics, and graphic novels has resulted in some stunning pieces of work that too often are skipped over when people begin discussing valuable art in America.
For many decades, artists from all across the globe have come to call San Francisco home or, if not, to at least benefit massively from the city’s intense engagement with art and those who make it. One of the most influential and important art institutions in the city, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (known as SFMOMA), has alone done enough to garner the City by the Bay its far-reaching reputation as a haven for artists.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the way that our senses perceive reality isn’t necessarily an actual reflection of reality itself. We know, for instance, that there are more colors than what we can see in our limited spectrum, and the history of art has taught us that the eye of the beholder is far from an objective one. Springing out of this understanding, the Museum of 3D Illusions delights in playfully challenging your perceptions while creating a highly photographable atmosphere where you and your friends can gather for several hours of fun while capturing images that will last a lifetime.