SF LIFE: Art Everywhere, Restaurant Weeks, Celebrate MLK

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It’s an art explosion this month at the Fog Design and Art Fair along with the Untitled Art Fair – both local. Or head to Napa for the Lighted Art Festival – very bright indeed. Restaurant Weeks are here in SF and Oakland – a great chance to try some new eats. This weekend we celebrate the life and legacy of MKL.  See some ways you can participate. Enjoy galoshes weather tomatoes!

Lighted Art

Napa Lighted Art Festival

If you are looking for a way out of SF this weekend, take a “night” trip to Napa for the Lighted Art Festival. In this Art after Dark event, iconic architecture becomes the painting in this unique lighted art walk. Original artwork created by local and international artists will be installed at approximately 16 locations in downtown Napa.

Supporting the innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium celebrates the union of creative arts, technology and lights. All the cool stuff – video art, 3D video mapping projections, lighted sculptures and interactive exhibits. Now through the 20th. www.donapa.com

Fog Design and Art

Fog design and art

This art and design fair is the biggest of its kind. Celebrating today’s most significant creative and contributors to the world of both design and the visual arts, you can see exhibits from 45 leading international galleries. New this year is 21POP – a special installation created by Stanlee Gatti.

The presentation of the fair is intimate, there is dynamic programming amidst a community-led mission to champion art and design in our historic Fort Mason setting. The artist talks are a constant source of information and this weekend you will be inspired by the various artists in conversation. Now through the 20th. http://www.fogfair.com

Untitled Art Fair

You can make it a totally art filled weekend by attending the younger and smaller Untitled Art Fair at Pier 35. Out techies are apparently investing in more artwork and the attendance at both of these fairs has bloomed. Primarily focused on art (leaving design to the other fair), and some unusual pieces at that, there are enough creative in the world to keep us visually stimulated for decades. SF is now a key player in the art collectors world, so the best of the best can be found this weekend. Again, the programs offered will feed your soul. Data as art material and Sound in the Sky are two of the sound showcases offered. You will either be inspired to create or purchase after this weekend!


MLK Events

As the nation gets ready to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, our city has a variety of ways that showcase this historical leader. In the Name of Love is a non-denominational musical tribute to MLS, Jr. that includes jazz performances, historical footage of Dr. King and a gospel choir at the Oakland Scottish rite center. www.livingjazz.org

On January 21st, visit the exhibits at Museum of the African Diaspora and enjoy a day of performance art inspired by the carnival tradition to celebrate the great man. Admission is free. www.moadsf.org

We love our parades and marches and the MLK2019  – whose theme for the day is “We are in this Together, hosts a variety of events. The walk being one of them. At 11:00 a.m. join others at the Caltrain station and walk to Yerba Buena Gardens where you can visit the Health and Wellness Festival, celebrate with a musical fest or watch liberation films. http://www.norcalmlkfoundation.org


  • Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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