SF LIFE: Dancing, Reading, Creating, Event for Us
Hey friends, this week it’s mostly about the creative arts! Dance week is here with hundreds of free performances around the bay. And its Independent Book Store Day tomorrow, put your kindles down and go for the real thing. In the creative arena, there is Artwear at the De Young coming up featuring a fav tomato’s art work, the Startup Art fair, and an affordable art fair in Los Gatos. Lastly, for all of you looking for the next step in your life, ReBoot Accel hosts a lively discussion you won’t want to miss.
April 28 – May 6. Dance Week
You may not be aware, but the bay area has the largest per capita concentration of dancers in America! Even if you are only doing a jig in your home or at weddings these days, I think we all have a love of movement. The 19th annual 10-day festival begins today and offers over 400 free events throughout the bay. You can take dance classes and watch free performances in a wide range of styles including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz, hip hop, ballet, traditional hula, fire dance, Samba, modern, Chinese classical, belly dance, aerial dance, West African, contact improvisation, and more
There are way too many great opportunities to list here, but some stand outs are: observing Smuin dancers up close in an open studio rehearsal tonight, Polynesian Dance Conditioning in Alameda tomorrow night and beginning salsa and Latin dance at the SF PE and Dance department. Or, I may just see you at Arete Dance Studio in Los Altos for beginning ballroom, partner dance for adults! To move and shake for the next 10 days visit http://www.bayareadance.org.
April 28. Independent Book Store Day
It’s tomorrow my literary tomato pals – independent bookstore day! Celeste Ng, author of the bestselling novels, Everything I never told you and Little Fires Everywhere (I really loved them!) is the 2018 Ambassador for this important day. We need to remember that these Indie stores are community centers and local anchors for passionate readers. Let’s make sure they continue to thrive!
Wherever you live in the Bay Area you will find a bookstore celebrating with events, author readings, sweet treats and more. Pegasus in the East Bay and Books Inc. (all over the bay) has many events for all ages. One stand out is at Books Inc. in Palo Alto presenting New York Times-bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton at 5 p.m. in for an in-conversation in honor of the paperback release of the essay collection, My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places To Browse, Read and Shop. For a complete list of events visit. http://indiemap.bookweb.org
Art Around Town
May 4-5. Artwear at the De Young.
Celebrated local tomato Ellen Brook is one of a select group of seventeen local designers being featured at Artwear at the De Young. I love this event because you get to meet the artists, ask how they created their glorious wearable art and of course purchase! Ellen’s one-of-a kind hand painted creations will astound you.
Hand painted sensuous fabrics, the ponchos flow, the scarves are scrumptious and the caftans and dusters unlike any piece you own. This is your chance to put a fab piece in your closet that no one else has! Free event admission and if you are a member you get 10% off of your purchase. I’ll see you there. May 4th and 5th only. Info at https://shop.famsf.org/ and ellen-brook.com
April 27-29. The Startup Art Fair
The fair returns to San Francisco for its fourth and supposedly most exciting year this weekend. The immersive experience features cutting-edge work from independent artists at the Hotel del Sol in the Marina. Emerging and leading contemporary artists display their creations in the hotel rooms that are transformed into exhibition spaces. There are also special performances and installations by local talents and a program of special exhibitions by nonprofit partners including the Asian American Women’s Artists Association.
In addition, there are art conversations, fresh and healthy food by It’s Jane, and of course wine tastings and signature cocktails. This isn’t your usual art show! http://www.startupartfair.com
April 26-29. Affordable Art Fair
Tomatoes, here’s one for you if you want some very affordable art. The “Very, very, rare Affordable Art Fair” is also taking place this weekend. For the past 17 years this fair has been presenting the best under-represented artists. Some are emerging, and some are established, and the work is in all sizes, mediums, styles and prices. 33 different artists will showcase their creativity. This free event hopes to create new collectors by exciting us with affordable art presented in an unpretentious environment. Free admission at a lovely gallery in Los Gatos. 805 University Ave. Suite 9. http://www.jcosplace.com/art-fair/
May 8. Event for Tomatoes
ReBoot Accel presents a lively discussion and reception with these remarkable reinventors: (aka Tomatoes extraordinaire). ReBoot Accel’s CEO Diane Flynn and Lesley Jane Seymour, former editor in chief of More Magazine, Marie-Claire, and Redbook, and founder of CoveyClub.com, This will help you rethink and reinvent yourself at this very prime age and stage – and don’t we all need to ReBoot ourselves every once in a while? May 8th, 5:30 – 7:30 2744 Sandhill Road, Menlo Park. $10 and space is limited. To RSVP: rebootaccel.com
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