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.
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.
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.
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.
European holiday bazaars are one of the most exciting and hotly anticipated events of the holiday season. Brightly colored, filled with shops, and full of people they are a chance to deeply steep yourself inside of warmth and festivities, enchanting young and old alike, and becoming a cherished memory. If you live in the Bay Area and don’t see yourself flying to Dusseldorf for the weekend, then the folks at Off the Grid have provided a magnificent solution for you!
Pinot noir. One of the finest varieties of grape, one of the most sought after wines. Unfortunately, all this demand means that a lot of bad pinot noirs wind up sloshing their way up the wine distribution pyramid. Nothing dampens the party more than an unpleasant wine suddenly finding its way into everyone’s glasses.
Film, food, and fine wine. A perfect evening! A marvelous lifestyle! Or, if you happen to be in Napa Valley this November, a great film festival featuring screenings, tastings, seminars, classes, and a chance to be surrounded by others who love cinema and cuisine as much as you do.
Tiburon is one of those sorts of places that you need to see to believe. Located across the bay from San Francisco, it is home to some of the most gorgeous views of the SF skyline, the bay, and the hills shrouded in a distant fog. If you’ve never been, and if you are a fan of delicious handcrafted beers, then we have the perfect event for you to take care of these two things at the same time: the Tiburon Taps Beer Festival!
It is true that when people think of cheese they think of places such as Wisconsin or France. With the amount of history located in each of these places that revolves specifically around cheese, it is not surprising that they get the bulk of the credit for bringing the tasty, complex goodness of cheese to the world. HOWEVER: would it surprise you to learn that California is also a top competitor when it comes to places to find amazing cheese? Regardless of your answer to that question, you will not want to miss the exciting adventure that is headed your way this September at the Fifth Annual San Francisco Cheese Fest.