By Ella Chakarian By Ella Chakarian | September 16, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature
From the perfect spot for a fall staycation to taking in the work of renowned artist Banksy, the month ahead delivers plenty of hot options for enjoying the city.
Banksy’s “Flag Wall”
The renowned and often clandestine artwork of artist Banksy is part of a new exhibit at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in San Francisco. The Art of Banksy, produced by Starvox Entertainment, marks the largest touring exhibition of the anonymous artist’s authentic works from private collectors worldwide. “This is truly a special group of collectors, who are keen to have their works on display to the public,” says Corey Ross, president and CEO of Starvox Entertainment. “They believe the pieces are significant and want to share them with others, as opposed to simply keeping them in private homes or warehouses.” The show will feature more than 80 of Banksy’s works, ranging from sculptures to screen prints dating from 1997 to 2008. “Through his stunts and publicity, Banksy has become a public figure, and this exhibit allows the public to reflect on the artist and his controversial work and ideas,” Ross continues. “Once our guests see the exhibit, the wonderful thing is the conversation that happens over a drink afterward as they dissect what they’ve seen.” Opens Nov. 22
Chorus’ rooftop pool
From an intimate lobby bar to a world-class rooftop fitness center, the latest luxury building in the city has some seriously showstopping amenities. Chorus features interiors created by San Francisco-based designer Parisa O’Connell. The property can accommodate every lifestyle, with a hidden Skybox Lounge for entertainment, an arcade for kids and a lounge (dubbed the Belvedere Room) for taking in the skyline and sipping a cocktail. Residents also will find work-from-home lounges and conference rooms. “Chorus is a return to art deco architecture and pays homage to the glamour years of San Francisco but with all the modern desires of today,” says Roman Speron of Align Residential. “The collection of amenities lives like a private members club, centered around service.” The best part? The ground floor also is home to the City Ballet and Chorus Hall, an exciting destination for the performing arts. 30 Otis St., 415.707.3030
From left: Coat and dress, fall/ winter 1986; dress, fall/winter 1986; dress, fall/winter 1988, by Patrick Kelly
The de Young Museum will showcase Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, featuring 80 of Kelly’s sophisticated ensembles that highlight the enduring message of love in the context of fashion history. The exhibit, divided into six sections, outlines the designer’s influences, including his childhood in the American South, Black history and his experiences in the club and gay culture scenes in New York and Paris. Oct. 23-April 24, 2022, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.750.3600
Get ready for a haunted night at The Immortal Reckoning.
In quintessential haunted fashion, Bay Area production company Into the Dark will present The Immortal Reckoning, a fully immersive experience at The San Francisco Mint. The experience will also feature a vampire-themed pop-up bar and a guided exhibition of rare artifacts related to the supernatural. Shortly after, guests will pass through a portal and into a space filled with metaphysical creatures and will be tasked with action-packed adventure throughout the show. Guests can expect elaborately immersive sets, audience interactivity and a wild night of storytelling. Through Oct. 31, 88 55th St.
Inside HUF’s new SF store
San Francisco is getting a fresh wave of streetwear with the homecoming of skate and sneaker brand HUF. The city-native label, which was established in 2002 by legendary skater Keith Hufnagel, recently left Los Angeles and returned to where it all started with a new storefront that pays homage to Hufnagel’s accomplishments in the industry. “San Francisco was always home for HUF, and ever since we left the city for L.A., it always felt like a piece of ourselves was missing,” says Hanni El Khatib, HUF’s brand director. The bright new store will feature 50 units of the exclusive collectible HUF x Haroshi Vinyl Middle Finger in a revised orange colorway, along with the brand’s standard men’s and women’s collections and select San Francisco-branded apparel and skate decks. Khatib continues, “The new shop is not only a return to our roots as a brand but it’s something even more symbolic— San Francisco is the heartbeat of HUF.” 968 Valencia St., 415.913.7782
BEI San Francisco Sum lounge
After a $30 million transformation in the heart of the city, BEI San Francisco has relaunched as a Trademark Collection by Wyndham hotel. The contemporary hotel near the Financial District and Union Square boasts an abundance of amenities, from in-room livestream workouts and yoga classes on the terrace to Sunday brunch, concert series and day parties. The hotel’s co-work, co-live rooms allow the flexibility to plug in and get to work, and unplug when it’s time to relax. Surrounded by world-class restaurants like Birdsong, Rich Table and Zuni Café—and minutes from the Civic Center Plaza and Moscone Center— the hotel is a sublime destination for any weekend jaunt. 50 Eighth St., 415.626.6103
Photography by: BANKSY PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ART OF BANKSY; CHORUS PHOTO COURTESY OF ALIGN RESIDENTIAL; PATRICK KELLY PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, GIFT OF BJORN GUIL AMELAN AND BILL T. JONES IN HONOR OF MONICA BROWN; RECKONING PHOTO BY JOSE A. GUZMAN; HUF PHOTO BY PAUL DYER; BEI PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND