SF Life: Art On The Runway, More Art, Restaurant Week, Earth Day

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Spring has sprung and with the blooming flowers come an array of festive events. Celebrate Artists at a unique event in San Carlos, Art on the Runway, or head to Fort Mason for Art Market. The Museum of Craft and Design has a new exhibit about crafting a Bay Area life. Eating your way through SF is always a good idea and SF Restaurant week is upon us and offers fab deals at some of our favorite places to nosh. Celebrate and conserve our earth on April 22nd with events across the bay tomatoes. Enjoy the sunshine and verdant ground!

May 11. Art on the Runway

Local artists need our support and Art Bias in San Carlos is hosting its first fundraising GALA, Art on the Runway (your SF Editor will be the M.C of this first of its kind event.) Art Bias is one of the few organizations that are dedicated to supporting local artists and they are the largest community of artists on the Bay Area Peninsula.

Their vision is to empower local artists (they have been doing it for 30 years) by providing them with access to the tools and resources they need to thrive. They do this through providing the space to create (there are 50 studios under their roof), creating exhibit opportunities, professional development resources and access to meaningful programs that not only enrich the artists but also the community. Their Youth Mentorship program pairs local Sequoia High School students with Art Bias artist mentors to build the creative confidence of youth while fostering a collaborative community that brings together a diverse range of voices. This is the type of meaningful programming that the GALA will support. https://www.artbias.org/

April 20-23. Art Market SF

This is always anticipated as a wonderful opportunity for art lovers. The Bay Area’s longest running art fair, returns to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion with 85 top galleries from around the world and a program of Public Projects. Attendees can expect a vibrant and experimental event with highlights that include.

Motel 6, a sculpture by contemporary Mexican artist Miguel Calderón, which examines the game of correspondence between real spatial dimensions and our notion of them, specifically the paradox of the size of hotel billboards seeming much bigger than the actual size of the rooms themselves, by generating “a room” with the very same billboard advertising the motel.

The site specific installation, The Many Worlds (2023) by Jeffrey Gibson, an artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, has created a mobile taking the form of a suspended model of our solar system set-up to represent worlds within worlds, with the intention to open conversations regarding our physical, psychological, and emotional relationship to the land and all living things as inextricable from ourselves and each other. https://artmarketsf.com/

Now-Sept. 15. Fight and Flight: Crafting a Bay Area Life

This is a timely examination of the Bay Area arts ecosystem. The exhibition features 23 local artists who, despite the many crises of our times, continue to call the Bay Area a creative home. Their works reveal a narrative of the struggle of living and working in an untenable city–from the joy of finding chosen communities and families, to the loss of affordable housing and studio space. We love this museum for its thoughtful and unique exhibits. https://sfmcd.org/exhibitions/fight-and-flight/

April 14-23. SF Restaurant Week

This is a great chance to try new restaurants at discounted prices, as most places put forward their signature dish with special prix-fixe menus for the event. So, make room in your schedule and your belly. There are always plenty of options at the low price points of $10 lunches and $25 dinners, so it’s worth hitting multiple spots through the week if you can swing it. The beloved event comes to us courtesy of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, which has supported SF’s restaurant community throughout the pandemic and beyond. SF Restaurant Week is a great time to show your love for SF’s fantastic culinary scene and perhaps find a new favorite in the process. Check out the list of participating restaurants for 2023 and start planning, because there are dozens and dozens to choose from. This year brings a robust showing of over 150 participating restaurants including Berber, Cassava, Delfina, Doppio Zero, Fiorella, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, One Market Restaurant, Scoma’s, The Dorian, Waterbar, and plenty of other heavy hitters. If it’s cheap eats you seek, there’s a good selection of restaurants in Chinatown with $10 lunches and brunches.

April 22. Earth Day

It is always a good idea to celebrate our earth. This year, the 53rd year in the Bay Area, the celebration takes place on April 22nd. There are opportunities to clean the beach, honor the earth and so much more, all over the bay. The main event takes place at Golden Gate Park, the County Fair Building. The day is about celebrating the accomplishments of global citizen activists, coming together to enjoy music, food, creating art, and inspiring hope for the future. There will be information on how San Francisco residents can embody the green revolution and information will be provided to assist us in making impactful consumer choices. Get details.



  • Kim Selby

    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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