Rejoice in these new Bay Area experiences to celebrate the magic in everyday adventures.
Friedrich Rosenstiel, “Nam June Paik Sitting in TV Chair” (1976)
The spring reopening of the San Francisco MOMA brings legendary media artist Nam June Paik’s retrospective to light. With his grandiose video art piece “Electronic Superhighway,” the late artist transformed how the world interacts with technology and art, as well as how individuals interact with one another. His innovative perspective—which helped predict the future of communication in the digital age—earned him the title of “Father of Video Art.” Through more than 200 works of art and immersive music and technology, the exhibition will demonstrate the great impact and contribution Paik made to the world of technology. May through October, 151 Third St.
Offering pieces designed by artisans from around the globe, carefully curated boutique Baboo has been owner Galit Chay’s dream since she was young. Recently, the home decor go-to relocated to a new showroom in the San Francisco Design Center. Chay, who is originally from Israel, has amassed an eclectic collection of whimsical decor and furniture pieces from all around the world, including Ronel Jordaan’s Daisy stool, Knot Studio’s velvet pillows and various sculptural standouts. Chay’s passion for introducing San Francisco to myriad cultures is what has continued her success for all these years. 101 Henry Adams St.
After the success of Baker Street Bistro, owners Danel and David de Betelu are now gracing Polk Street with its swanky younger sister, Maison Danel, establishing that they’ve figured out the formula for an authentic Parisian experience. The recently opened bakery and tearoom, known for its afternoon tea with a side of caviar, has now permanently added a new parklet for a fanciful outdoor dining experience, heaters and all. In addition, they have also recently introduced a new subscription service that brings a taste of France right to your kitchen. Partnering with The Third Place, they provide at-home delivery for their most loved items, offering a selection of boxes of the signature butter croissants, assorted viennoiseries or an assortment of mini-viennoiseries with Bonne Maman jam. Délicieus! 1030 Polk St.
The recently renovated neighborhood of Brooklyn Basin is now adding an expansive new public park called Township Commons. Oakland-based landscape architect Einwiller Kuehl has designed nearly 8 acres of outdoor space for the vibrant mixed-use community, which incorporates remnants from the original 9th Avenue terminal like a covered area for outdoor dining on the waterfront and an expansive open-air deck made from sustainably harvested wood. Historical artifacts found during the construction process, such as the original locomotive cowcatchers from trains that visited the terminal, are incorporated into the design, which features a gray, orange, yellow and blue color scheme inspired by industrial space. As well, there are plans for public art to be installed. With recently opened shops Rocky’s Market and California Canoe & Kayak as well as a residential area nearby, the new park will be a prominent and refreshing addition to the Oakland waterfront. 288 Ninth Ave.
Free Spirits offers the great taste of your favorite liquors minus the buzz.
Whether taking a momentary break from drinking or abstaining from alcohol full time, Free Spirits is here to help make cocktail hour more pleasant. The San Francisco-based brand offers a selection of alcohol-free spirits created via a meticulous process that identifies and re‑creates the precise flavor profiles of the classics: bourbon, gin and tequila. Adding to the intrigue, each bottle is infused with B vitamins and amino acids to elevate the drinker’s mood and energy, while simultaneously appealing to every last taste bud. Whether you prefer to have a drink on the rocks in the comfort of your home or long for an exotic mixed cocktail during a night out, Free Spirits is available both online and in select bars and restaurants.
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO BY DON ROSS; PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART; COMMON PHOTO BY MARION BRENNER/COURTESY OF VENUE; FREE SPIRITS PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FREE SPIRITS COMPANY