SF Life: Comedy Day, Fashion, Theatre, Bart, Festivals

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Time to LOL as Comedy Day in the park returns for belly laughs galore. Support new and upcoming local designers at a special pop up as part of Bloomingdale’s 150th anniversary – that’s a lot of fashion tomatoes. Labor Day is here, and annual festivals are back to celebrate our leap into fall.  Theatrical offerings are booming, and our BART has a 50th birthday with festivities to celebrate.

Sept. 18. Comedy Day

San Francisco is well known as a comedy hub and returning once more to the park is Comedy Day. This is its 41st installment featuring five hours of entertainment on one stage. This is a nonprofit event that is one of our city’s long-standing traditions. Over 40 comedians will hop on the stage to lead the crowd in belly laughs, guffaws and even subtle chuckles.The event is Sunday September 18th from 12 – 5 p.m. A million laughs are guaranteed even if the line-up of funny folk has not been confirmed yet.  Head to the website for updates. http://comedyday.org/

Sept 10. Designers Pop Up

We tomatoes love our fashion, don’t we?  Or is that just me?  I’m always looking for that special something that not everyone has, and here is our opportunity to do just that. This special Bay Area Designers Pop-Up takes place Saturday September 10, 1 – 6pm as part of Bloomingdale’s 150th Anniversary. One-of-a-kind designs in womenswear, menswear and accessories will be available to purchase. Come early for the best selection. The pop-up is sponsored by the Fashion Incubator located on the street level floor of Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. Meet the designers and find your favorites before you go. Get the details.


Now-Sept. 25. GODDESS at Berkely Rep

All Goddess Tomatoes will want to head to Berkeley Rep for the play GODDESS a fabulous musical. A mysterious singer arrives at Moto Moto, a steamy Afro-jazz club in Mombasa, Kenya. She casts an entrancing spell on everyone, including a young man who has returned home from studying in America.

Inspired by the myth of Marimba, the Goddess who created beautiful songs from her heartbreak, this is a rousing tale of romance, the supernatural, and the quest towards one’s truest self. Now playing through September 25. https://www.berkeleyrep.org/

Sept. 21-Oct. 16. The Play That Goes Wrong

Is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. Now it comes to The Stage in San Jose. This hilarious mash-up of Monty Python, mystery, and door-slamming farces raises the curtain on the opening night of the newest production by Cornley University Drama Society, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to very, very wrong.

Their 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted on stage including an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Still, the accident-prone thespians bravely battle the odds to make it through to their final curtain call with hilarious consequences! 490 South 1st St. San Jose. www.thestage.org

Sept. 3-5. King’s Mountain Art Fair

Located on the forested grounds of the King’s Mountain Community Center and Firehouse, the annual returns to its glorious location once more. A fixture in the bay area for over 50 years, the primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery quality fine arts and crafts, giving us the rare opportunity to meet, interact with, view the works of, and purchase art from the individuals who have created it.

Every year, they honor our local art scene with the Mountain Artists section of the fair. This special part of the fair showcases local talent, ranging from the professional fine artist to the hobby craftsperson. These artists reside in Kings Mountain. September 3, 4 and 5th from 10 – 5. Get the details.

Sept. 10-11. Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

It’s been a whopping 50 years since the inception of this event. Their tag line is “A Festival Like no Other” and this year’s event will outshine past years and other local festivals. The streets will close, and you can eat the best food, shop ‘til you drop and enjoy some very special golden anniversary events.

This year get ready to splash some paint around at the featured event “EVERYBODYCANPAINT”.  Bay Area artist Richard Art Felix is an internationally exhibited and collected mixed-media artist and public artist. At this year’s Golden Anniversary Felix will bring an all-inclusive collaborative mobile ART TEMPLE experience for festival goers to express themselves in the “thinking and creating” format that he has developed doing hundreds of events around the world. Felix and his team will construct a large-scale ART TEMPLE, uniquely themed for the festival as “What Is the Future You Want To Create. Many more special features await. Get the details.

Sept. 10. Celebrate BART Turns 50

Happy Birthday BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit also celebrates its Golden Anniversary. On September 11th, BART turns 50.  Celebrating its storied history and contributions to the region there will be storytelling, in-person and virtual events, a short story contest, and more. Lake Merritt Station will become a veritable BART museum with areas usually reserved for advertising filled with archival photos, historic BART maps, and a timeline of BART milestones.  The party and family fun festival takes place on September 10th.

Food trucks, Music, the front of a train cab will serve as a photo booth, 10 feet of train tracks to show people the components and how they work and of course, so much more. The Powell Street Station is the place to be if you want to revisit the 1970’s. From this Friday through the 9th, head there for a throw-back event and revisit 1976 when BART partnered with Atari to place a 6-game, 6-sided console on the platform level to promote the gaming company’s new games and bring revenue to BART through the 25-cent per play cost. To commemorate BART has rented4 vintage full-size arcade games for the event, including: Pac-Man, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Galaga .All games will be set to free play at all times. And lastly, 50% Off BART Fares All September using a clipper card. https://www.bart.gov/50years




  • 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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