Now that it's officially February, it's well within reason for you to freak out over Valentine's Day--or rather, lack thereof--plans. Forgot to set something up for that special someone? You're in luck: The following hotels are offering swoon-worthy packages that will no doubt propel you into the Romantics' Hall of Fame in her mind.
"Spin, Whip & Sprinkle," all Personality Hotels, San Francisco
The time has come again. Men will be in skin-tight bodysuits (for the mere reason of air-resistance, of course) and performers in glittery outfits galore. Yes, the Winter Olympics 2010 festivities are nearing, and Ghirardelli Square seems to be as excited as we are! Starting February 12, they're holding themed activities that will reassure your embarrassing obsession.
Halloween is no longer the only day of the year where you can dress up as Apolo Ohno and get candy for it. The Pub will have a viewing party of the Opening Ceremonies on February 12. Viewers are encouraged, and even rewarded, for dressing up as your favorite Olympic tribute. The prize? Gold, Silver, and Bronze shot specials. Genius.
Looking for a way to spend your weekend now that the sun has hopefully peeked its head back out to stay? Well, look no further than California's own safari park.
Yes, you read that correctly: Safari park. In California. You no longer have to travel 30 hours on a plane to Africa to experience its wildlife firsthand. Because located in the outskirts of Santa Rosa is the 400-acre Safari West, one of Northern California's best kept secrets.
Beginning Saturday morning and going through Sunday evening, there will be a host of all things Star Trek-related: videos, panels, photo discussions, auctions, autograph sessions and tributes.
The event's captains William Shatner and Patrick Stewart, as well as a handful of other celebrities (hint: other past Star Trek actors and their fellow sci-fi players), will even be joining in on the fun.
Acclaimed author Michelle Tea is one of SF's great characters, a queer role model whose quirky writing, including four memoirs and regular pieces for The Believer and McSweeney's, reflects a wide range of interests. She's also a performance-art fan who revived the all-girl tour Sister Spit, touring the world with her multi-gendered incarnation "Sister Spit: The Next Generation." Having made some fascinating art out of the workings of her own life, Tea is now offering a chance for aspiring writers and performers to learn memoir-based performance from her in an intensive workshop. Open to artists of all ages, mediums, and levels who are comfortable with public performance, "Performing Your Life" aims to find middle ground between the worlds of performance and text.
The ultra-swank Union Square nightclub Infusion Lounge is turning one this Friday night, and they're celebrating with a lot of drama: Johnny Drama, to be exact. Kevin Dillon, who plays Drama (the fame-loving older brother of Adrian Grenier's superstar Vince) on HBO's Entourage, will be the guest host at the anniversary party, which will also feature DJ Echo, DJ Crooked, and other "surprise celebrity guests" promised by the club. We imagine that they'll have plenty of champagne and smiles for the SF entourages who show up. Want to meet Dillon and celebrate the occasion? Infusion is offering a half-off guestlist if you sign up in advance, allowing partiers in the know to get in the door for $20.
Everyone knows the Cal Academy is rad. It's the greenest museum on earth and it houses some bad-ass penguins. We're giving away two tickets to their rockin' Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour, which gets you past the lines and into the Planetarium (reserved seats! hawt) and the Rainforest. We smell a pretty impressive date! To win, watch the video and answer the following questions in the comments. We'll pick a person who gets them all right to win! (Fine print: All Platinum Behind-the-Scenes Tour participants must be 8 and over).
Need to jump start those New Year's yoga resolutions? Then head to rejuvenation station - Lake Tahoe - for their Wellness Weekend, running Jan. 29 through 31 at the plush, lakeside Hyatt Regency. The weekend's ideal for both yoga enthusiasts and those who want to get more down with their downward dog.
When San Francisco etiquette coach Lisa Grotts travels, she abides by the John Steinbeck quote "A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it." While on a radio media tour a few years back, Grotts spent so much time in major airports, she began to notice a plethora of travel faux pas, "luggage carts crashing into the shins of others; angry, unhappy passengers; passengers in coach placing their luggage in first, etc. I wrote my first chapter [of the guide] that week!" she says. In November, her compilation of all her travel knowledge, "A Traveler's Passport to Etiquette" hit the shelves.
Sixty or so tech enthusiasts traveled from all over the country--and as far away as London--to convene in Stateline this weekend to discuss the evolution of social media at the second annual Tahoe Snowcial summit. Bay Area native and music mogul MC Hammer, an innovator himself in the online realm, came out to speak as the keynote on social media's promising future.