Everyone I know is obsessed with oysters. Here in San Francisco, we eat oysters every which way: deep fried in po' boys, barbecued to succulent perfection, swimming in a citrus bath of Peruvian ceviche and half-drunk during happy hour along with an ice cold Guinness, lemon wedges and Tabasco. For those who count themselves true, salivating oyster-philes, it's pretty much the Super Bowl: the 11th Annual Oysterfest is coming to the Great Meadow at Fort Mason to celebrate the most revered of bivalves in a single action-packed afternoon on Saturday, May 15th.
You’re all crushed out on the tough girls with tats, roller skates and an appetite for tearing around a rink like a bat outta hell, I know you are -- I saw you sneaking into Whip It for the umpteenth time just the other day.
Well, now you’ll be able to get a taste of real-life roller-derby action -- though keep the Barbie skates at home -- when the B.ay A.rea D.erby (BAD) Girls take it to the rink for the season’s final bout -- an interleague championship -- right here in our fair city, Saturday, Oct. 24, at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion. Last year’s champs, the Oakland Outlaws, will grapple with the Richmond Wrecking Belles. It’s the big time -- and big girl fun for all.
Feel like your library is missing a something but aren't sure what? Head over to Fort Mason this weekend for the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale and you'll probably walk out with more than you thought you were ever missing. The sale, held at the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion, will offer over 300,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and books on tape. The festival is free and open to the public and all books are priced at $5 or less. All proceeds from the sale go to the SFPL's various community literacy programs, so your scavenging through stacks will be for a good cause. As an added bonus, the sale will also have the Beat Museum On Wheels parked outside, so if you start to get glassy-eyed from staring at spines, you can take a mini-tour of beat history.
Plenty of local fashion-philes have been overheard lamenting their West Coast tethers in recent days, thanks to that special time of year in New York, but we’re happy to report that style salve for runway-deprived San Franciscans is on its way.
The 27th annual Macy’s Passport benefit and fashion show takes place this week and, unlike the shows we’ve been drooling over in the Big Apple, this one is open to the public.
Spread across Fort Mason Center since mid-March, the Outdoor Exploratorium takes hands-on science outside with twenty exhibits designed to help visitors better understand natural phenomena of the Bay Area. Exhibits include a super telescope showing how the Golden Gate Bridge fluxes with temperature change; low-flow water fountain tastings of estuary salinity; motorized pier pilings covered in marine life; and sailboat wind indicators arranged to prove that you are not crazy when you think the wind in the city comes from all directions—it really does!
Because she works hard for her money....
Light Vision at M.A.C.: One of our favorite new online destinations for edgy apparel from independent designers holds a trunk show tonight at one of our favorite shopping destinations in the City. Head to M.A.C. in Hayes Valley between 6 and 8 p.m. today to view Light Vision’s inventory in person, and you’ll enjoy special discounts and sangria.
LF: Everything is 60 percent off this weekend at this Cow Hollow store. That includes the entire spring collection, shoes, accessories and jewelry.
Oh boy, this could be trouble. Saturday marks the return of Modern Economy (one of our favorite events) to Fort Mason's Conference Center. Started by Meg Mateo Ilasco in 2006, Modern Economy sales provide an outlet for independent designers from all over the US to sell their samples and overstocked goods at up to 80% off the retail price, all under one roof.
Fabulous old stuff benefits youth at the 27th San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
It was, indeed, a return to the classics at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion last week for the Patrons' Preview Party of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show benefitting Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS).
Soft lighting and well-appointed booths awaited well-heeled patrons who crammed the joint in order to get first-dibs on great stuff.
Heck, even the Ladies' loo was tricked out this year with plush carpet and bookcases stacked with show catalogs.