Over the past few decades, California’s wine industry has undergone a transformation from being a well-kept secret to containing some of the most highly regarded and sought-after wines in the world. Place-names like the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley are synonymous with high quality vineyards, grape processing, and vinting. Among the top tiers of this wine paradise is Wente Vineyards.
On our blog we often find ourselves highlighting festivals, regional wine tours, and street fairs. Today, however, we want to turn our travel spotlight onto something a little less time-consuming, a little more compact, and a hell-of-a-lot of fun: Beach Blanket Babylon.
Nicknamed Snoop by his mother for his appearance, Calvin Broadus Jr. was raised in Long Beach, California, where he frequently ran into trouble with the law. Not long after high school graduation, he was arrested, beginning a three-year period where he was frequently imprisoned. Able to find an escape from a life of crime through music, Snoop Dogg was introduced to the world in 1992 when he was prominently featured on Dr. Dre’s album “The Chronic.” Snoop quickly became one of the most famous stars in rap, partially because of his signature drawled rhyming style, and partially because his lyrics seemed to imply "realness" due to his troubled history. His much anticipated solo album “Doggystyle” was released in 1993 and was an instant success.
As life settles down after the holidays, your home might feel a bit quiet. Why not head out to a show at one of the Bay Area’s favorite music venues? On Saturday, January 16th, Big Head Todd and Mike Doughty will perform at The Fillmore! Have you purchased your tickets yet?
There are many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year also known as the Lunar New Year. For example, communities across the world partake in fireworks, lion dances, duilian decorations, dragon dances, and much more. Many celebrating families gift money-filled red envelopes to one another, a gesture symbolic of good fortune. Meals are often a staple of these celebrations, and dishes such as Buddha’s delight and fish that symbolize surplus are served. While there are a variety of customs, and not all celebrations look alike, participants seem to agree on this one thing: Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate family.
On Saturday, February 6th, Metallica will rock AT&T Park. These headliners will follow Cage the Elephant led by Matthew Shutlz. Some of Cage the Elephant’s hits have included “In One Ear,” “Back Against the Wall,” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.”
Miles Davis. Herbie Hancock. Dave Brubeck. These are some of the jazz greats we most admire. Louis Armstrong, however, just might be our all-time favorite. Do you know how he earned his nickname, “Satchmo”? What do you know about Armstrong’s final performances? Are you familiar with his world-renowned sets at the Warldorf Astoria Hotel? From January 13th through February 7th of 2016, A.C.T.’s Geary Theater will be hosting a truly unique performance, Satchmo at the Warldorf.
When was the last time that you spent an evening at the theatre? Whether you have season tickets to one of the finest venues in the Greater Bay Area, or you haven’t attended a show in far too long, Aubergine, which will be showcased via the Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California, is a performance that shouldn’t be missed. Aubergine will be playing at Peet’s Theatre at 2025 Addision from February 5th of 2016 through March 20th of 2016.
People that can float through life recognized by a single name are a rare breed. A few of the limited examples include Bono, Cher, Drake, Flea, Oprah, and Morrissey. On Tuesday December 29th at 8 pm at the Masonic Auditorium (1111 California Street, San Francisco), alt-rock star Morrissey will remind the Bay Area how he earned his fame.
On Tuesday, February 23rd at The Masonic, Metric will showcase their lapidary talents. Formed in 1998, the soaring vocals of Emily Haines are accompanied by a sound that is sometime synth and sometimes indie. Metric defies categorization, but some music critics have labeled them new wave. Regardless, their music is reliably recognizable as Metric, yet it’s always completely new.