As concerns about our rapidly changing ecosystem become increasingly mainstream, more and more individuals are turning towards various artistic enterprises in order to try and process, discuss, and change what is happening to our planet. Certainly, many books continue to emerge on the topic, but sometimes it can feel completely overwhelming to know where to begin when it comes to keeping up with the latest science on global warming and the various things that people are trying to do in order to stop its most disastrous effects.
The approach of autumn means that numerous representatives from many, many cultures will be preparing to celebrate with a harvest festival of some sort. In San Francisco, you will have the opportunity to see more than your fair share of these events, so it is up to us here at the NLS blog to help you decide which ones to go see. What we’re going to focus on today is one of the absolute most classic autumnal events that the Bay Area has to offer: the Autumn Moon Festival.
Looking for something to do in the Bay Area at the end of August? It can seem as though San Francisco offers no end of activities, but sometimes it can become a challenge to slog through all of the options in order to try and find the perfect something. That’s why we’re here to help! On our blog today we are going to highlight a particular event that will appeal to those who love art, festivals, and maybe the chance to escape from the big city for just a few hours.
It doesn’t take Nostradamus to know that fall is already breathing on the slowing heels of summer. Even though we in the Bay Area know a gentler transition between seasons, and even though we don’t know the dramatic colors of New England or the sudden bitterness in the wind of the Midwest, we do see the leaves change and upturn the collars on our coats just like everyone else.
For lovers of kimchi and bulgogi, it is time to break out your pens and mark the 14th of September on your calendars. If you don’t, you run the risk of possibly missing one of the most marvelous events celebrating Korean-American culture in the entire Bay Area! While it might come as a surprise to you that you haven’t heard of the Chuseok Festival yet, don’t be too hard on yourself. The reason its escaped your mind up to this point is simply because this year marks the first ever version of this event in San Francisco!
Continuing with our little theme of cultural celebrations, we want to alert you, dear reader, of the wonders heading towards our city by the bay with the arrival of Aloha Polyfest! With a large portion of San Francisco residents coming from Pacific island nations (as well as Hawaii), it only makes sense that numerous events would occur throughout the year geared towards celebrating these diverse and vibrant places and traditions. Aloha Polyfest is one of the best of these festivals, which is why we are telling you about it today.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog, then you know we’ve written about music festivals. We’ve also written about dance festivals, film festivals, comedy festivals, playwriting festivals, and cultural festivals, pride festivals, and craft festivals. Is it possible, you might be asking yourself, is it possible that there are no more festivals to discuss?
A performance art as old as recorded history, theatrical performance never ceases to attract spectators as well as incredibly talented individuals to do the actual, you know, perfuming. While the content of the plays chances over time, and while things such as costumes, acting styles, and narrative forms also mutate and transform across the years, one thing remains constant: the chance to sit in a room and watch people unfold before us a story as though we weren’t even there.
These days, it can seem as though the amount of bands considered to be “necessary listening” is borderline incomprehensible. Especially if one is a fan of going and seeing the acts live, how is it possible to make it to all of the shows featuring beloved acts? Lack of time, money, and energy begin to take their toll, and soon we find ourselves wondering if it is even worth trying to go see live music anymore. Better to just stay home, make a pot of tea, and put some Keith Jarrett on the turntable. While we certainly understand this decision, we also know that for many of you it is not this easy. Which is why God invented the music festival.
As the cross-cultural events make their way through San Francisco, we take pride on this blog in being able to discuss some of the most exciting ways to learn about and celebrate some of the many unique heritages that make up our diverse city. Today, we are shining our little spotlight on the Zellerbach Hall, located at Berkeley University, as it prepares to open its doors to the public for the 41st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival which takes place on the weekend of July 6th and 7th as well as July 13th and 14th.