September is National Yoga month, with many free events and classes happening around the city. No matter if you are a pro at supta baddha konasana or are still struggling to touch your toes, now is the perfect time to try yoga for the first time, check out a fresh studio, or experiment with a new style. Here are some ways to get your yoga on—without spending a dime.
Don't write this off as a hokey hippie retreat—last year's inaugural Wanderlust Music and Yoga Festival was hands-down the coolest summer music experience in Northern California. Starting today, you can downward dog to your heart's content, learn firsthand what acroyoga is all about and get a grand dose of music in the great outdoors.
Comedy: Tracy Morgan
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and four seasons opposite Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey on 30 Rock, SAG award winner Tracy Morgan ’s still got it going on. The Emmy nominee wraps up his current summer stand-up tour right here in SF at Cobb’s next week; the shows are bound to sell out, so if you don’t yet have tickets, start scouring Craigslist. Thursday, 7/29 - Sunday, 8/1; Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 415-928-4320
Sure, it may sound slightly contradictory—meditative chants and focused warrior poses juxtaposed with beer and indie beats—but after experiencing this weekend's Wanderlust festival firsthand, I was eager to defend the bohemian concept to all my cynical friends. I was scoffed at for attending such a "crunchy" event, but I am NOT a tie-dye wearing yogi and this affair was NOT the hippy-dippy peacefest that skeptics made it out to be. A little reminiscent of Burning Man, maybe, but I'm choosing instead to coin it more of a new age kind of lovefest. Downward dog with yoga hotshot Shiva Rea by morning, folky tunes with Jenny Lewis and Gilian Welch by day and party with fire dancers and DJs by night—Wanderlust proved to be an exercise of balance on all levels.
Amanda Palmer is in a good place right now. Not only is The Dresden Dolls singer riding the success of her 2008 solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, but she’s ready to release the record’s accompanying book of photos, she’s madly in love with the book’s renowned author, Neil Gaiman, and she’s gearing up to headline July’s Wanderlust Festival with some of her best buds.
Headlining next month's Wanderlust is familiar ground for musician/poet/activist/yogi Michael Franti. The lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead has played to adoring crowds for years, and has been practicing yoga since 2001. Wanderlust, the three-day, music-yoga-nature festival is taking place July 24-26 at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, and Michael talked to 7x7 about his involvement, as well as his upcoming, 11th annual Power to the Peaceful event, September 12 in Golden Gate Park.
Whether they're telling reporters they met at "ukulele fantasy camp" or blogging about 6 AM drink orders in Copenhagen, it's pretty clear The Honey Brothers like to have a good time. Though perhaps best known for drummer Adrian Grenier's other gig as Vincent Chase on HBO's Entourage, the band has steadily built a solid reputation of its own. Forming in the wake of 9/11, The Honey Brothers have based their eight-year career on bringing joy to their music and to their fans. Made up of band members Grenier (Honey DuContra), Andrew Vladeck (Dory Honey), Ari Gold (Hoyt Honey), D.S. Posner (Carl Honey) and Ethan Gold (Kid Honey), The Honey Brothers plan to release an LP this month and are taking their show on the road.