Hip California-based airline Virgin America has just added a new stop to its ever-expanding repertoire of flights: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This land of eternal sunshine marks the 10th destination on Virgins list and will have connections to both San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). Fares start at $99 each way.
As part of a promotional tour for his new autobiography Open, tennis great Andre Agassi will appear in a conversation with broadcaster Barry MacKay in Palo Alto this Friday.
The eight-time Grand Slam winner's memoir follows a harsh upbringing with his Iranian-Armenian father, a struggle with drug abuse, his personal relationships with ex Brooke Shields and wife Steffi Graf, and of course his 21 years as one of the sport's greatest icons. The founder of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic athlete has raised more than $85 million for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an acclaimed K-12 charter school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Las Vegas.
In an effort to fit into San Francisco's green scene, the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf rolled out its "Spare the Air Explore" program on Nov. 1 as a means to encourage reducing enviromental impact while traveling.
Not merely a race, but a "social fitness experiment," the upcoming SkirtChaser 5K on Nov. 15 is an innovative concept where the women, clad in skirts (included in the entry fee), all take off from the start line at 2pm promptly, and three minutes later, the men follow (get it? "skirt chaser?"). Regardless of gender, the first person to cross the finish line will go home with $500. Awards will also be given to the second and third place finishers, as well as a special "Skivvies Award" recipient.
Is the Bay Bridge closure cramping your style? Do you live in the East Bay and are wondering how the heck you're going to get to work this week (or, more importantly, make it to your Halloween party Saturday night)? Then consider checking into one of San Francisco's Kimpton Hotel until the problems abate.
Log onto www.kimptonhotels.com and reserve your room anytime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 (dates at individual properties vary) with the rate code SFB. Rates are based upon availability and must be booked in advance online. All are cancelable before 6pm the day of your stay.
To celebrate the launch of the brand new Larkspur Collection websites, the luxe hotel group is giving away a trip to each of its eight hotels. Winners will receive deluxe accommodation for two nights in a Larkspur Collection hotel, a $150 Southwest Airlines gift card, dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant, a bottle of sparkling wine, and early check-in and late check-out.
If you missed your chance to party with your pooch at the Westin St. Francis in August, now you have your second shot. But this time, it's in costume. Hotel Monaco and Grand Cafe are teaming up with the SPCA and inviting all dogs and their people to don their best costumes at Howl-o-Ween this Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Those who came out to San Rafael for the closing night of the Mill Valley Film Festival on Sunday got a double shot of celebrity: Emily Blunt, the evening's leading lady, and her fiance, John Krasinski of The Office fame. Moments before the screening of Blunt's new film, The Young Victoria, due out just before Christmas, the doting duo pulled up to the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center for the show.
Blunt, a vision in pink Moschino, stopped briefly to talk to us about her role as a teenage Queen Victoria.
If a slightly pornographic headline didn't get your attention, maybe this will: On Friday, Oct. 23, 111 Minna Galley will open its doors to a colorful breast cancer fundraiser, "Beats for Boobs," comprising a fashion show; bumping DJ lineup; nibbles from local culinary talent; performances by hula hoopers, breakdancers and the like; and much, much more. The all-night event runs from 6pm through 2am.