This month, San Franciscans will celebrate everything from memorable dance productions to hot new places to dine.
Megan Lowe dance
Don’t miss this year’s 19th annual SF Trolley Dances presented by Epiphany Dance Theater. This innovative event couples Bay Area dancers (Ballet22, Charya Burt, Grrrl Brigade, Flying Angels and more) with tours of the city starting at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with stops at the Children’s Creativity Museum and Woh Hei Yuen Park with a finale along the Portsmouth Bridge at the Chinese Cultural Center. Take public transportation to each performance or walk and bike the route. Oct. 22-23, 415.647.1433, epiphanydance.net/san-francisco-trolley-dances
Explore the architecture behind the stunning Surf House in the firm’s new tome.
For architecture aficionados, SF’s Feldman Architecture’s new coffee-table read is guaranteed to please. Immersed: The California Houses of Feldman Architecture (Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers Limited) is an in-depth look at the firm’s defining residential work as broken into three sections: urban, suburban and rural. Featuring 270 photographs and 79 illustrations alongside commentary and interviews from some of architecture’s hottest names—Aaron Betsky, Daniel P. Gregory and Roman Alonso, to name a few—the tome marks the firm’s 20th anniversary and highlights its innate ability to respond to site and place in design. oropublishers.com
Juice Beauty’s latest serum renews and rejuvenates skin with peak concentrations of antioxidants.
Bay Area native Karen Behnke founded Juice Beauty in 2005 with the goal of creating luxurious skincare products with organic formulas and fast-acting ingredients (be sure to peep the Cocktail Concentrates collab with Kate Hudson), but the brand’s latest launch might be its best yet. The Stem Cellular Supergrape Youth Renew serum is crafted from extremely rare Sagrantino grapes and boasts 19 times the antioxidant capacity of other comparable ingredients in conventional serums, soothing, moisturizing, brightening and protecting the natural skin barrier. Let’s get glowing. juicebeauty.com
Cozy up among majestic Northern California redwoods at Canyon Ranch.
Communing with nature is always the central imperative at Canyon Ranch in Woodside. The gorgeous property surrounded by redwoods features a staff of wellness experts, spiritual practitioners and mental health pros to foster a weekend or more of personal growth. This fall, combine wellness activities with exceptional fare; executive chef George Maza recently joined the team to continue the kitchen’s focus on locally sourced ingredients. 16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, 650.529.1046, canyonranch.com
Nobu’s Ryokan Retreat is a sumptuous respite from daily drudgery.
Ready for a relaxing getaway? Enter the Nobu Ryokan Retreat, a luxurious private escape with two-night stays at both Nobu Hotel Palo Alto and Nobu Ryokan Malibu, plus round-trip private airport transportation from Schubach Aviation. This premier package includes a dazzling omakase dinner at Nobu Palo Alto, daily breakfast for two, a complimentary one-hour virtual personal training session and a chic wine tasting experience at Ridge Vineyards in Silicon Valley. 180 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 650.531.8888, paloalto.nobuhotels.com
Tuck into an uberfresh beet, avocado and mandarin salad.
Yet another slam dunk from Upstream Hospitality Management Company, Almighty Food Co. is an elevated yet unpretentious restaurant serving up high-quality produce and local, sustainable meats in El Dorado Hills. The menu boasts myriad vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options—think Thai curry grass-fed meatballs, farm salads and sandwiches, truffle risotto and a housemade Highball lemonlime agave soda. Did we mention it’s the perfect pit stop for a Lake Tahoe road trip? 4355 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 114, 916.510.1204, almightyeats.com
Beloved characters Calpurnia and Atticus Finch are brought to life onstage.
Aaron Sorkin’s riveting adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird graces the Golden Gate Theatre stage in the critically acclaimed production’s first national tour. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the Broadway performance tells the enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence in 1930s Alabama. Watch out for Emmy-winning actor Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch. 1 Taylor St., 888.746.1799, broadwaysf.com
Kesselman’s sculpture “Silla Tango” (2021)
SF-based artist Michael Kesselman is best known for his whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures of common objects pieced together in curious, unexpected ways. Now, presented by Andra Norris Gallery in Burlingame, five of his unique sculptures are available for purchase on three of the leading online galleries: Artsy (artsy.net), Artcloud (artcloud. com) and 1stDibs (1stdibs.com). michaelkesselman.com; andranorrisgallery.com
SF Botanical Garden’s Sunday meditation series is not to be missed.
Get focused this month with San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Meditation in the Garden series. Each Sunday morning, meditation expert Charity Kahn will lead guests in a 60-minute walking, sitting and moving meditation, promoting mindfulness and grounding in nature. Pro tip: Bring a blanket, cushion or chair to sit on for maximum comfort. 9AM Sundays, 1199 Ninth Ave., 415.661.1316, sfbg.org
Souvla’s new resto serves up a veritable Greek feast.
Greek dynamo Souvla has made it to the Dogpatch; the lauded eatery’s latest outpost opened in August and is already making waves. A welcome evolution of the brand, this location houses an intimate Greek wine bar with an extended by-the-glass menu of Greek wines and traditional small plates with bites like chilled octopus salad, spanakopita, dolmades, meatballs and Greek doughnuts. Hot tip: This location offers the “off -menu” spit-roasted, feta-brined rotisserie chicken in-house. American Industrial Center, 2505 Third St., 415.400.5458, souvla.com
Thalus Oweniamus watercolor by Alphonse Goossens (1866-1944) from Arader Galleries
French 1940s red chinoiserie cabinets attributed to Maison Jansen from Guy Regal NYC; Roman carnelian intaglio, first century A.D., from Phoenix Ancient Art
The SF Fall Show celebrates its 40th anniversary with plenty of panache as dozens of top fine arts dealers from around the world—think Artistoric, Koopman Rare Art and Rainforest Baskets—present precious paintings, antique furniture, vintage jewelry, objets d’art and so much more. Don’t miss riveting lectures from Hamish Bowles, the honorary chair and Vogue global editor-at-large, and step into the chic opening night gala (Oct. 12), a place to see and be seen. Oct. 13-16, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., 415.445.6701, sffallshow.org
Expect opulent accommodations at the new LINE Hotel San Francisco.
Newly nestled in the Tenderloin, the LINE Hotel San Francisco boasts 236 guest rooms and 242 residences among its 12 stories, plus multiple dining experiences (one with a rooftop solarium) and various luxury retail spaces. Designed by Handel Architects and Bjarke Ingels Group, the building refl ects a contemporary interpretation of the historic architecture surrounding it. We recommend the 1,500-square-foot penthouse suite with a king bedroom, living room, kitchenette, private balcony and sumptuous soaking tub, perfect for a relaxing staycation. 33 Turk St., 415.475.0000, thelinehotel.com/san-francisco
The play’s cast rocks out with heart and soul.
Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill is finally making its way west. The musical is inspired by the eponymous album by alternative rock artist Alanis Morissette and features many of her songs, including some originals. Written by the critically acclaimed Diablo Cody, this explosive production explores complex family relationships, pain, healing and, ultimately, empowerment. Golden Gate Theatre Stage, 1 Taylor St., 888.746.1799, broadwaysf.com
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