The name fits in the case of Islands, a band that seems inspired by something exotic at almost every compositional turn. Their collective musical imagination puts them on a conceptual — wait for it — island (sorry) unto themselves, where songs double as recitations of elaborate opium dreams. The occasional steel drum doesn’t hurt the connotation, either. Bandleader Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds, also of The Unicorns and Mister Heavenly) is at the wheel of this always-fascinating project, and is largely responsible for the genius of the sprawling 2006 album Return to Sea, and the recent abstract musings of A Sleep & A Forgetting, which has been massaging critics’ brains this year. Trust that you’d be wise to get thyself over to Hotel Utah for a tropical vacation of the mind.
At the San Francisco Symphony's Davies After Hours party, you can have the best of both worlds. On March 16, after refining your palate with the American Mavericks performance of Mason Bates’ new SFS commission, Mass Transmission, give a nod to SF's thriving electronic scene as Bates transforms the night into a bumping party as DJ Masonic, with his pals David Arend on upright bass, Aaron Kahn on trumpet and Gloria Justen on electric violin.
Bouquets to Art
Usher in springtime with the 28th annual Bouquets to Art event at the de Young, which has drawn 600,000-plus visitors and has raised nearly $5 million for the fine arts museums of SF since its inception. Dress your girly best and take in the extravagant designs by more than 140 of the Bay Area's most creative floral designers.
When: Tues. 3/13 – Sat. 3/17
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
With the long winter nearly over and baseball season around the corner, itchy Giants fans can head to Scottsdale for the weekend to see a spring training game, indulge in the spa treatments the town is known for, and explore a burgeoning food and drink scene. Nonstop flights from SFO to Phoenix Sky Harbor airport abound, as do Priceline rental cars. You won’t find deep discounts during March, Scottsdale’s busiest month, but if you’ve always wanted to combine your Giants mania with a girlfriends’ or romantic spa weekend, this is the way to do it.
In celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, we're excited to kick off an epic photo contest to show the many ways we all love the crowned jewel of the Bay Area. No matter if you live here and see it everyday, or are an admirer from afar, we know you've got a soft spot in your heart for the Bridge.
If your heart beats faster at the sight of a hand-lettered banner reading "flea market today" and aisles of booths get your pulse pounding, you have probably been to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, Northern California's not-to-be-missed monthly treasure hunt (the next one happens on April 1, but you knew that).
Welcome to a column wherein we track down a cook good with an accent and milk them for all their best kept eating secrets.
Modern-day Mexico is troubled, to speak mildly. Riddled with inequality and corruption, awash in drug violence and poverty, our southern neighbor’s urban centers at times seem to border on dystopian. One has to ask, just how did such a state of affairs come to be? SFMOMA’s Photography in Mexico addresses an intimately related question. In showing where generations of Mexican photographers aimed their lenses, the exhibition traces not so much how Mexico got here, but what it has been like along the way.
It’s that time of year again when South by Southwest buzzes all over the airwaves and web waves to everyone’s delight (or possibly chagrin). The nine-day event kicked off today with the Interactive portion and, as expected, the Bay Area has a more than healthy presence here in Austin. But a three hour-line for badge pick-up? How high tech is that?
This town knows music. On any given night, you can find whatever genre you're jonesing to hear, sing, or dance along with. Here's a taste of what happened in the San Francisco music scene the past seven days...
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