From Snow to Sunglasses, Editors Pick Their Must Haves for February

From Snow to Sunglasses, Editors Pick Their Must Haves for February


7x7 editors pick their favorites from the latest shops, goods, and happenings in the Bay Area and beyond.


Next Stop: Snow

Until March 28, United Airlines is offering direct flights from SFO to Telluride—that’s right, no lengthy stopovers at Denver International. With guaranteed star sightings (oh, hello, Oprah!), Wild West charm, and world-renowned skiing, the approximately two-hour jaunt to Colorado is a clear-cut alternative to shredding in Lake Tahoe. 

Party on Wheels

The term open bar takes on a whole new meaning with Bar Car, a 1965 Airstream trailer retrofitted by restaurant investor Greg Medow (Pizzeria Delfina, Mission Bowling Club, Hobson’s Choice). Sure to be a fixture at hipster weddings and 49ers tailgates, Bar Car is straight-up stocked, and we’re not just talking about the elaborate liquor inventory. Guests can get their game on with corn toss and Russian ping-pong, and pink lawn flamingos add a wink to the throwback vibe.

Roller Call

This year’s SF IndieFest gives you a chance to imbibe White Russians with abandon and do your best Rollergirl impression. The annual Big Lebowski party (February 14) will host Dude-related merriment in the form of a costume contest and a midnight screening of the Coen Brothers’ Raymond Chandler–inspired classic. Not your style? Don your sexiest American Apparel garb and slap on some rental skates to groove out at the annual roller disco party (February 6). 

En Pointe

Famous for being the first US work of George Balanchine’s, Serenade was ostensibly created as a training piece for students of the School of American Ballet in 1934. Now this delicate work is a staple in the American ballet canon. Runs January 27–February 7 at the War Memorial Opera House. Get tickets here


Extra, Extra!

A flop when it was originally released in movie theaters, Newsies, a tale of scrappy orphans during the Newsboys Strike of 1899, became a hit when it landed on Broadway in 2012. Think of it as the male version of Annie, but instead of a ginger ’fro and Daddy Warbucks, you get newsboy caps and a singing and dancing Joseph Pulitzer (of Pulitzer Prize fame). Runs February 17–March 15 at Orpheum Theater. Get tickets here

Memorable Landscapes

The new exhibit from Oakland photographer Vanessa Marsh, “Everywhere All at Once,” is inspired by her interest in the way memories interact with space. The surreal images, of landscapes set against a dark night sky, recall the traditional method of printing photograms. Marsh admits that the pictures, like the stuff of memories, “can be hard to pinpoint, as they appear to be drawings, photographs, and possibly lithographs, all at the same time.” Runs February 5–28 at Dolby Chadwick. 

True Grit

Conceptualizing 1991’s groundbreaking John Singleton film Boyz n the Hoodas a dance piece, with music from composers as diverse as Bach, Jacques Brel, and Sam Cooke, is no easy feat. But, that’s just what MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham has done to great acclaim with Pavement. Don’t let the rolling hips and grands jetés fool you: This story comes straight from the inner city, and interprets everything from police brutality to urban survival instincts through beautiful movement and choreography. Runs February 19–21 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Get tickets here

Finer Details

The vast collection of modern trappings we’ve come to expect from Zinc Details, the venerable Fillmore Street design emporium, has expanded into a new showroom just three blocks from its original space. In addition to this spring’s launch of Design House Stockholm’s new collection, look for programming including compelling talks by industry innovators and festive mixers for aesthetes. Pacific Heights.


Lounge Act

The new American Express Centurion Lounge is an oasis of modern design at SFO’s Terminal 3. If its Napa-inspired cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow and wine wall curated by master sommelier Anthony Giglio weren’t enough, the space also beckons weary travelers with luxurious shower suites, relaxing chaises, and a business center bedecked with photos of the patron saint of technology, Steve Jobs. No secret password required for free entry, just a valid AmEx Platinum Card. 


Hands On

Tech giant Intel and designer fashion label Opening Ceremony (founded by UC Berkeley alums Carol Lim and Humberto Leon) just mastered wearable tech. Welcome My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, a bracelet of snakeskin and semiprecious gems that keeps people connected via text, meeting alerts, and notifications delivered directly to the wrist ($495).

Global Style

Mill Valley resident Yasmin Sanie-Hay recently launched Ziba Style, an online marketplace that provides makers from around the world with a platform for selling their unique crafts. The accessories are particularly special: Take, for example, the work of Nigerian designer Anita Quansah, whose elaborate collars are crafted with a lively convergence of embroidery, feathers, beads, stones, and vintage textiles that embody Africa’s vibrant indigenous cultures. 

Safety First

The Prepster luxury emergency kit, equipped with lavish goods such as TCHO Chocolate and an Eton hand-crank radio, are wittily curated by LA-based Preppi for two reasons: To bring fun and sophistication to the decidedly unsexy world of earthquake preparedness. Purchasing the kit from Cavalier by Jay Jeffers, a portion of the proceeds go to the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

Pretty Seat

A limited edition of rainbow-colored lounge chairs ($3,400) by SF-based Ollihas just been released, with new hand-embroidered patterns that take Mexican Otomi artisans up to three months to produce. The plush, 55-inch cotton cushions, emboldened with vibrant satin-stitched flora and fauna, are large enough to be considered official napping sites or, for the amorous among us, authorized canoodling spots. 

Eye Candy

Though California-based Shauns eyewear epitomizes our sun-soaked, carefree way of life (after all, no one can rock embellished wayfarers and chic cat eyes quite like a Cali girl), the label also embodies our progressive tendencies: With each purchase, the Shauns Give Sight program donates an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone in a developing country. Available at Neiman Marcus (Union Square),

Knits To Know

“What we put on our bodies is becoming as important as what we put in our bodies,” says Marissa Goodman Thieriot, founder of the eco-friendly American heritage sweater collection Tempest + Bentley. The local retail vet (she’s held posts at Esprit, Gap, Levi’s, and, most recently, Google) has designed classic cable jumpers in earthy tones and modern fits that feel good on multiple levels: The luxuriously soft wool is sourced from farms that ethically raise Columbia sheep, which, despite the name, was one of the first American breeds. 





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