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.
Next time you're stuck at San Francisco airport trying to kill time before your flight, consider hitting the slots. No, the airport has not morphed into a full-fledged casino, but it has introduced an exhibit, For Amusement Only: Slot Machines and Other Gambling Devices of the Mechanical Age, that illustrates the technological and artistic innovations of mechanical gambling machines.
If you're anything like us, you've got a dose of the post-holiday blues, perhaps compounded by stomach-rumbling from that new diet or the nicotine shakes. Luckily, there's one resolution in 2010 that's easy to keep: "Resolution" is the theme of Thursday's Exploratorium After Dark, the science discovery museum's series of events targeted at an adult crowd. This resolution, however, refers not to that promise to hit the gym more often, but to the basis of perception: the fine differences that allow us to perceive a variety of tastes, touches, and smells (and that probably got us into trouble with all those donuts and cigarettes in the first place).
Ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep under a priceless work of art? Well, wonder no longer. One of the city's most beloved museums, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and in honor of the milestone and its own fifth birthday, the St. Regis has rolled out two limited edition MOMA suites and a MOMA Anniversary Travel Package, which lasts the duration of 2010.
San Francisco is a city for the workout obsessed. We take our runs seriously, our Lululemon seriously and our gym classes VERY seriously. So what we want to know is this: who is the city's best gym class instructor? We're talking across gyms and across classes (pilates, spin, yoga, bootcamp, cardio striptease - they're all fair game). Whose class do you make sure you get on the waiting list for? Let us know in the comments (plus the gym and the time of day they teach at). We'll do a feature on the most popular teacher.