San Francisco PinotFest 2019

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OK, we admit it. We’re suckers for Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir wine events. Even better when an event takes place in San Francisco, our home town. PinotFest, The Great Big Bacchanalia, is one of those local SF events that we try to make every year. The 21st annual event will take place on November [Read more …]

Why to Avoid Iceland Air

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Although we travel about 6 months a year, we rarely post reviews of individual airlines. We have been on some good ones and some not so good ones. Probably the best has been Emirates. Their coach is more like business class in the US. And the flight attendants are very good.  Many people [Read more …]

Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting 2019

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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are passionate about wine. On any trip,we always scout out local wine regions to educate ourselves and our readers about wines, wine events and wine regions. Living in San Francisco, some of the best wine regions and events are close to home. Just two hours north [Read more …]

Rethinking the Legacy of Andy Warhol

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What do you think of when you hear Andy Warhol? His Campbell’s Soup cans and Three Elvises? His prognostication of 15 minutes of fame, as the “creator” of the Pop Art movement? His early embrace of an openly gay lifestyle? Warhol certainly deserves recognition for all of these. A retrospective of Andy Warhol  “A to [Read more …]

The Jungle: Bringing Calais France to San Francisco

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The Jungle Sometimes we forget history and it takes a good play to remind us.The Jungle is one such play. It reminds us of the horror that African and Middle Eastern refugees faced when they fled their countries in hopes of gaining amnesty in England. Twp. men who volunteered and created a theater at a [Read more …]

Claude Monet and his Giverny Waterlilies

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Monet: The Late Years San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum has outdone itself with its stunning 2019 exhibition, Monet: The Late Years. The exhibit covers the last 13 years of the pioneering Impressionist master’s life (1913-1926). It includes almost 50 paintings of his Giverny home and gardens. Although many publicly revered, financially successful artists spend their last [Read more …]

Polar Bear Expedition Overview

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We went to Churchill Manitoba Canada to learn about and to see polar bears–the world’s largest land predator. Along the way, we learned a lot about polar bears and other animals and fauna of the subarctic tundra. While we didn’t necessary look at this trip as educational in terms of climate change, one cannot help [Read more …]

New York City Art

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You can find New York City Art in museums. But you can also find it in other places. Look around you on the streets. Go into galleries. We always find things that catch our eye. On our Fall 2018 trip to New York City, we found a lot of interesting art. School of Visual Arts [Read more …]

DeYoung Museum

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San Francisco’s DeYoung museum is always a treat to visit. We recently checked out two lovely and illuminating special exhibits. Contemporary Muslim Fashions   We are used to seeing the traditional, loose-fitting black abayas and hijabs that Muslim women wear. But this exhibit shows eye-opening fashion that is unlike what we expected. The exhibition showed [Read more …]

The Unreal Garden

A Virtual Stroll through San Francisco’s Unreal Garden What happens when technology and creativity cross paths? Lots of interesting things. And one right in San Francisco. The Unreal Garden is an immersive, 3D Augmented Reality extravaganza that brings art to life. At first glance, you only see a rather pallid-looking physical representation [Read more …]