SF LIFE: Sensorio, Night of Ideas, Diane Keaton, Theatre

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SF LIFE: Sensorio, Night of Ideas, Diane Keaton, Theatre

Weekend escapes anyone? Head to Paso Robles for Sensorio – an incredible light show in the hills. Want to spark your imagination and expand your brain? KQED’s Night of Ideas is a marathon of learning, listening and participating.  Oh so talented Tomato Diane Keaton will be chatting at City Arts and Lectures next month. Cheryl Strayed’s book Tiny Little Things has been adapted into a stage play by Nia Vardalos and this emotional show opens next week. And The Full Monty heads to the Victoria Theatre next month as well. Oh my – not for the faint of heart tomatoes! And listen I to this week’s podcast, “Do Cheaters Always Win?”


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 The Three Tomatoes Renewal Summit

I’ll be moderating a panel called “Aging Backwards” at the May 1 Three Tomatoes Renewal Summit in NYC.  Who’s in? Details coming soon.


Now-June 30. Sensorio

Just about three hours south of our beautiful city is the adorable and yet sophisticated town of Paso Robles. In addition to the fine wineries found in the area, you now have another reason to journey south. Sensorio has taken Instagram by storm. A 15-acre walk-through artwork, Field of Light is a sculptural composition that covers Sensorio’s rolling hills with an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics, gently illuminating the landscape in subtle blooms of morphing color.

Powered by solar, the stunning exhibition captivates those wandering through. You get to engage with the countryside through an ethereal light-based, sculptural experience. Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro created his largest artwork to date in this enormous multi-acre walk-through installation. Word has it that dining on the private VIP terrace is the way to go to get the best view of the Field of Light! Customize your picnic dinner that comes packed in an insulated keepsake tote bag and grab a cocktail at the Airstream on site. Now through the end of June. Sensoriopaso.com


Feb. 1. Night of Ideas

Ready to expand your horizons and get the gray matter working? A Night of Ideas takes place at the San Francisco Public Library. The Library in conjunction with KQED, The French Consulate and SFMOMA have gathered diverse voices and talent from local community organizations. Nothing else is like this all-night marathon of philosophical debate, keynotes, panels, workshops, and performances designed to spur dialogue and creative participation on the theme “Living on the Edge.”

Featuring a live broadcast of KQED’s Forum with host Mina Kim, and programs and performances organized by dozens of Bay Area culture, science, education and policy organizations. Each floor of the library is devoted to a separate theme including: Wonder and Worry, Exclusion and Belonging, Truth and Doubt, Circulation and Borders, Sights and Sounds. Your head may be spinning after this marathon – in a good way of course! Nightofideassf.com

Pour yourself a glass of wine right now, because we’re talking about the “C” word today – Cheating. Does the very word make you a little uncomfortable? High profile cheating is all over the news these days – from Jeff Bezos’s infidelity, to the college admissions scandal, and now the latest baseball scandal – cheating is everywhere. Does everyone cheat? Well here to answer these provocative questions is historian and New York Times Bestselling author, J.M. Fenster, whose latest book is titled, “Cheaters Always Win, The Story of America.”


Do Cheaters Always Win

Pour yourself a glass of wine right now, because we’re talking about the “C” word today – Cheating. Does the very word make you a little uncomfortable? High profile cheating is all over the news these days – from Jeff Bezos’s infidelity, to the college admissions scandal, and now the latest baseball scandal – cheating is everywhere. Does everyone cheat? Well here to answer these provocative questions is historian and New York Times Bestselling author, J.M. Fenster, whose latest book is titled, “Cheaters Always Win, The Story of America.” Listen in here or wherever you listen to podcasts.


Feb. 20. Diane Keaton at City Arts and Lectures

Who doesn’t love the quirky, talented, actress Diane Keaton? This Academy-award winning tomato is coming to City arts and Lectures to share her wit and wisdom. She has starred in some of the most memorable films of the past forty years,(and yes this Tomato has seen them all multiple times) including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. She is such a talented memoirist.

Then Again and the essay collection Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty are told in her own voice with humor and sass. Her new memoir, Brother & Sister, explores Keaton’s relationship with her brother, and their divergent life paths. Intertwined with photographs, journal entries, letters, and poetry, this insightful memoir contemplates the inner workings of a family, the ties that hold it together, and the special bond between siblings, even when they are pulled far apart. Hearing her tell her stories live will be a treat! Cityboxoffice.com


Jan. 28-March 7. Tiny Beautiful Things at SF PLayhouse

Cheryl Strayed, best known for her book Wild, penned Tiny Beautiful Things, also a best-selling book, which has now been adapted to a stage play. Tiny Beautiful Things follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her.

This emotionalplay is about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers. Tissues recommended. Sfplayhouse.org


Feb. 15-March 15. The Full Monty at Victoria Theatre

Tomatoes watch out – some nudity may be involved in the hilarious musical, The Full Monty opening next month. Funny lines, catchy lyrics and important messages will have you crying and laughing as you root for the six men at the heart of the play, to go “all the way”.

Body positivity is at the core of the story and although it deals with heavy issues, it ultimately leaves audiences hopeful that through learning and listening we all become better people and lift one another up. An important message for us right here, right now. You can see this musical adapted from the cult film at the Victoria Theatre from Feb.15 – March 15th.  http://www.bamsf.org

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