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If you’ve looked at any event calendars over the past couple years, chances are good that you’ve seen the term “pop-up” applied to almost everything. Pop-up restaurants, pop-up art fairs, pop-up boutique stores, pop-up desert events, and pop-up fashion shows. Pop-ups are clearly something that lies at the center of the cultural imagination. For those who may not know, a pop-up is an event or a shop that “pops up” at a fixed location for a fixed amount of time before ceasing to exist. Obviously, this loosely defined event can become almost anything, which is why it should come as no surprise that San Francisco will soon have a pop-up comedy club.
It’s one of the most vibrant events in the entire world, where colors splash against colors, transforming people’s hair and skin, their clothing, the sidewalks and the streets into a kaleidoscopic tapestry enough to make anyone’s eyes turn into pinwheels. We are speaking here of the Indian celebration of Holi, which is an important marker of the transition out of winter and into spring. While the history of Holi stretches back all the way to at least the 7th century where mentions of it are made in a play written by Emperor Harsha, it is also a wildly contemporary event that serves to obliterate normal social boundaries as people gather together to dance, sing, and revel in bursts of color.
Here at the NLS blog we love art. If you’ve read any of our posts over the past few years, then you know just how much time we’ve devoted to art festivals (and this includes film festivals, art fairs, craft art pop-ups, theatrical events, and other such artistic revels). Well, today we’re going to be sticking to that winning formula by providing you with yet another marvelous art event to place on your calendar.
Barrel Tasting weekends in the Livermore Valley are a one-of-a-kind experience. It all begins with the drive from the city out into the Livermore Valley, where the lush greens and rolling hills are dotted with grape vines. This historic area is home to some of the country’s best soil for growing wine grapes, and it is therefore only sensible that some of the country’s best wine manufacturers are calling this area home.
Have you ever wanted to recreate the magic of the Oregon Trail but without all of the starvation, death by dysentery, and caulking the wagons? Have you ever wanted it with a lot more wine involved? Then you’re in luck! This year, on March 4th, more than 50 different wineries from our friendly neighbors from Oregon will be traveling to 511 Harrison Street in San Francisco in order to present to you one of the most exciting wine-themed events of the entire year at The Oregon Trail Wine Tasting 2020.
Cultural celebrations and San Francisco go together like hands and mittens. Because of its incredible diversity and the pride that numerous cultures have in their various heritages, the City by the Bay is a natural locus for these festivals, parades, and weekends of multicultural exultation. On this blog alone, we’ve written extensively on celebrations of Pan-Asian, Filipino, Latino, and German heritages. Today, we are going to look at another such celebration, one that might at first sound so familiar as to be dismissed. Can you guess? We’ll give you a hint: green beer.
Lovers of craft beer in the Bay Area are currently deep in their element as we head towards the middle of Craft Beer Week throughout San Francisco and surrounding region. Beginning on February 7th, Craft Beer Week features hundreds of different events all around San Francisco but also stretching southward to Monterey County, northward up into Sonoma, and as far east as the Tri-Valley area. In other words, from San Francisco, you can head hours in any direction and still find yourself within the scope of the Bay Area’s stunning, legendary, and totally tasty Craft Beer Week.
Chocolate. The word alone is enough to cause mouths to salivate, to cause eyes to glaze over, and to spur a burst of delight in the souls of wild beasts. It seems almost a crime for there to exist something so creamy and chocolaty. Something so delicious, something so decadent. How is one supposed to resist?
One of the true pleasures of the winter months is the chance to spend some quality time inside without the nagging suspicion that you should be out in the warm air, in the sun, doing something spectacular with your body. Although, sometimes one of the most frustrating things about the winter months is the lack of opportunity to be out in the warm air, in the sun, doing something spectacular with your body.
The world is awash in film festivals. Far from being a complaint, this fact is one of the few delights of living in the 21st century. With equipment becoming smaller and more affordable, the ability to create movies has become increasingly viable for individuals without millions of dollars in liquid assets. And, as with all things, as the proliferation of filmmaking continues, we are also beginning to see an increase in the sorts of topics being discussed by filmmakers.