Thursday, April 7, 2016

Awesome Weekend

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco(Courtesy Cherry Blossom Festival)

This celebration of Japanese culture, now in its 49th year, brings dancing, singing, martial arts and traditional and non-traditional Japanese delicacies to one of the country’s three remaining Japantowns. This is the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms, attracting over 200,000 people each year. April 9-10; 16-17.

Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum

Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum  (Courtesy Bouquets to Art)

Floral designers from the Bay Area and beyond interpret works from the museum’s collection through oral arrangements and mash-ups. Throughout the week the museum also hosts a lecture, luncheon and raffle. April 5-10. 

“Women: New Portraits” By Annie Leibovitz in the Presidio

Annie Leibowitz(©Where Traveler)

This touring exhibition features new works from photographer Annie Leibovitz that celebrate influential women, from CEOs and politicians to writers and artists. 649 Old Mason St., Crissy Field in the Presidio, through April 17. 
Bunnies in the Civic Center Plaza

Intrude, 5 Illuminated Rabbits at Civic Center in San Francisco.(Courtesy of Amanda Parer)

The Civic Center Plaza hosts “Intrude,” a large-scale public artwork by artist Amanda Parer. The family-friendly public artwork is open 24 hours, 7 days a week for three weeks. The highly acclaimed installation features five monumental nylon rabbits that are inflated to 23 feet high and internally lit at night. April 4-25.

“Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art” at Asian Art Museum

“Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art” at Asian Art Museum in San FranciscoGold bowl with mythical figures, 1920–1921. (©Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.)

Spanning 1,500 years of history and diverse Asian cultures, this exhibit explores the many ways gold has been incorporated into art. The exhibit also celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary. April 1-May 8.

“Katz & Kass: New Works” at Meyerovich Gallery

This exhibit features works from two leading New York artists, Alex Katz and Deborah Kass. Katz is known for large-scale portraits and landscapes, while Kass is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is known for its pop art style. April 1-30.

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic

Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic in San Francisco (©SF Travel)

Presidio Picnic returns to the Main Parade Ground Lawn of The Presidio. Open every Sunday from 11 am-4 pm.  Bring a blanket (and be sure to be careful where you put it - lots of dog poo on the lawn) and enjoy food trucks, drinks and music. @KarltheFog may be on duty so be sure to have a jacket handy. April 10.

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