SF LIFE: Celebrating Women, Gems & Jewels, “Painted Ladies”, Rita Wilson, Easter

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Hey, hey tomatoes…. it’s our month, Women’s History Month that is. I have unearthed a few unique ways to celebrate. The San Francisco Maritime National Park features women storytellers regaling us with tales of “Strong Women” this weekend. Celebrate YOU with a visit to the Gem and Jewelry Show for a new bauble or just browse and drool. Or how about painting your nails with one of the vibrant shades of  Victorian “painted ladies”. In early April, Rita Wilson entertains at Feinstein’s (get your tickets now!). Lastly, you can usher in Easter with a non-denominational sunrise service at Mt. Davidson. Happy Springtime, Easter, blooming flower time of year!

March 20. San Francisco Maritime –World Storytelling Day

maritime museumYes, once again, time for us to play tourists in our own city by the bay. The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park encompasses Municipal Pier, Aquatic Park Cove and Bathhouse and Hyde Street Pier. At this park you can explore and discover the stories of the Pacific Coast maritime history. They offer such unusual and interesting events. March 20th will find a diverse range of storytellers entertaining guests in a variety of locations between 11:30 – 3:30. The theme is “Strong Women”. Locals will provide storytelling in the form of poetry, anecdotes and film. Tomatoes are invited to add your own tales if you so desire! Get more information.

March 25-26. International Gem and Jewelry Show

gems and jewels

Get your sparkle on at the International Gem and Jewelry Show at the San Mateo County Event Center. This one is for us, people who love the bling. Stunning one of a kind pieces made in the good ole USA as well as exotic locales around the world. These are beads and baubles not found at the “mall”. This is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals and jewelry in the country with a great more glitz and glimmer than you can imagine. Supposedly a good value. I’ll let you know if I find a tiara in my size and price range! Get more information.

Painted Ladies on our Nails!

Paintedladiesonpaintchimps_1-1I just had to tell you all about Jin Soon’s San Francisco inspired Spring nail polish collection. Their Painted Ladies Houses have made a worldwide impact via ads, instagram and of course featured in the opening to “Full House”. Now the colors can adorn your fingers and tootsies.  Their iconic Victorians inspired 4 yummy colors for your next mani-pedi. You can purchase these delightful polishes, just in time for Easter, at Barney’s and Bloomies or visit their website.

April 1-2. Rita Wilson at Feinstein’s Hotel Nikko

Rita WilsonYou may not be aware that famous “tomato” Rita Wilson started her career longing to be a singer. Sure she is known for her fabulous acting chops including roles in “It’s Complicated”, “The Good Wife” and “Girls” and she is a film producer to boot. However, she is currently touring and promoting her second studio album – a collection of original songs that she co-wrote. She has written with some of the best Grammy award winners/nominees and this two-night stint at the intimate venue Feinstein’s is sure to be a sellout. I took a listen on I-tunes and although I am not a music critic, I thoroughly enjoyed her sound. A little bit country with a lilting sound and a soothing voice, Rita Wilson is truly a diverse performer. Get ticket details.

Here’s a clip of Rita Wilson performing one of the songs from her album on The Today Show.

March 27. Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson

litcrossThe magnificent 103-foot-tall cross atop Mount Davidson is America’s largest, originally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934. 2016 marks the 94th anniversary of the famed Easter sunrise service held in this shining location. Non-denominational, the very heart-felt annual tradition features community leaders and local clergy along with musical performances (lilting bagpipes will be on hand!) The evening prior, the cross will be illuminated by spotlights shining as a beacon for Easter morning pilgrims. No matter your religious preference, viewing the sun as it rises over the East Bay Hills will enforce a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty of our bay area. Service starts at 7:00 a.m. Get more info.

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