Your walk through Civic Center just got more interesting. Beyond the Jun Kaneko heads outside the War Memorial building and the 24-foot red lotus outside the Asian Art Museum is the new window display "Air & Space Museum," which transforms the storefront space at 155 Grove into a botanical garden of sorts. Local artist Randy Colosky (who's been all over SF of late, with shows at Gallery Hijinks, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, and Incline Gallery) has built a synthetic growing station that will yield an array of plants over the course of the exhibition. Now that's a work in progress.
Feel like a kid again with special screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Bring a candy bar to accompany your wine at this Top of the Mark summer movie series pick or stick around for the SF Film Society Q&A with the people who made the giant stop-motion animation peach come alive.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 8/7 and 11 a.m., Sat. 8/11
Just a short jaunt from LA, Huntington Beach is decidedly OC. Picture suburban-feeling developments, big, beautiful houses, and long stretches of beach, plus a relaxed summer vibe that seems to last all year long. Still an up-and-coming destination, Huntington Beach makes a sweet weekend getaway if you're looking for some warmer-than-SF summer weather and a little R&R.
"Return to Mars" at the Exploratorium
Coinciding with the Aug. 5 scheduled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars, the Exploratorium is hosting a similar full-scale model of the NASA rover, plus six weeks of special programming including behind-the-scenes interviews with NASA scientists and engineers. Don't miss the museum's Mars-themed After Dark event on Aug. 2.
When: Wed. 8/1–Sun. 9/16
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.
Unless you're living in a cave, you've heard about the forthcoming collab between Target and Neiman Marcus, scheduled to make its big debut on Dec. 1. We're all waiting with bated breath to find out who the 24 CFDA designers are, so today we bring you a special behind-the-scenes look at who's creating the exclusive products for this collection.
TWO Trunk Show
Bay Area native and Prada vet Monica Patel shows off her latest collection of caftans and dresses made from hand-loomed Indian saris. Patel has recently been featured in Harper's Bazaar and InStyle, so you'd be wise to check out her wares.
When: 3-7 p.m., Mon. 7/23
Where: March, 3075 Sacramento St.
The folks behind Noise Pop and Finger on the Pulse (the Brooklyn duo known for making parties out of good eats and tunes) are heating up the south side of the city with a block party that will get every San Franciscan going. Eight hot young chefs, seven indie bands and DJs, local brews from Speakeasy, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous root beer floats are the name of the game at Noisette's Saturday (8/4) afternoon affair. Here's the lowdown on what the expect.
Laugh at (ahem, with) the Parks and Rec goofball during his new standup routine Buried Alive. Ansari promises all new material not previously seen in his Dangerously Delicious special.
When: Wed. 7/18–Fri. 7/20
Where: Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St. (Thursday's show is at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts)
Victor Hugo's classic about the survival of the human spirit returns to the stage in a new 25th anniversary production, complete with scenery inspired by paintings by the writer himself. Whether you've seen it once or twenty times, Les Mis is one of those stories that never gets old.
When: Tues. 7/10–Sun. 8/26
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.
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