SF LIFE: Friends, Art, Shows, Fleet Week

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The Friends Experience is coming to SF. The iconic show brings a true-to- life adventure transporting us back to our fav (mine) 90’s sit-com. The 50/50 art show has arrived, read on for the details. We have a well-known Shakespearean play coming up with a twist. Fleet week is a coming, get those earplugs ready. A Balinese Shadow play will thrill you with a unique theatrical experience and go to the pumpkin patch in Palo Alto – the one where you can add to your collection of gorgeous glass pumpkins. Cheers to Pumpkin Spice season.

Oct. 13. The FRIENDS™ Experience

You’ll be transported into the world of the hit series, and tickets are now on sale. See this true-to-life adventure replicating key scenes and moments from the 90s sitcom. The experience features interactive activities, collectible merch and 12 realistic rooms replicating the show’s set. The lifelike setting will take you through the show’s key locations, including Rachel and Monica’s door, Chandler and Joey’s recliner and Central Perk’s famous couch.

You’ll have the opportunity to recreate your favorite moments from the show, snapping photos across the interactive sets. Whether you’re making memories with your ‘lobster’ by trying your luck at moving in the iconic couch or striking a pose in front of the legendary fountain, FRIENDS™ trivia spread throughout the experience will transport you into a world where ‘unagi’ reigns. GET TICKETS.

Now-Oct. 9. The Sanchez Art Center Hosts 14th Annual 50|50 Show

During this event, participating California artists create 50 small artworks within a time span of 50 days, an artistic journey requiring daring, creativity, and perseverance to undertake. View the results in a show of over 2,700 originals—paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, mixed media pieces, clay, glass, photographs, cyanotypes, and more—and purchase your favorites to take home. Our own local tomato Ellen Brook is participating, and you can see her beautiful message in a bottle paintings on display. GET THE DETAILS.

Now-Oct.2. King Lear Under the Stars

Witness a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear.  A production by Oakland’s Marcus Gardley, Lear mirrors Shakespeare’s story but reimagines it with a 21st-century, modern-verse vocabulary that makes it easier to follow. Cal Shakes, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way (Orinda); tickets at calshakes.org.

Oct. 15. On a Magical Island

Balinese Shadow Play – ever heard of it?  This beautiful puppetry art form is coming free to Noe Valley. ON A MAGICAL ISLAND is a tribute in Balinese Shadows with live music.  A Balinese shadow play is used to complete a religious ceremony and also for entertainment. It is accompanied by two or four instruments which have ten bronze keys suspended over bamboo resonators.  ShadowLight Productions presents this beautiful art form. The Director Larry Reed is one of the few Americans to be trained in this specialized art. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. https://www.shadowlight.org/

 Oct. 1-2. The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Head to a pumpkin patch where the pumpkins never rot—the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch is back. Choose from over 10,000 hand-blown and hand-crafted pumpkins ranging from teeny-tiny to gargantuan. See how it’s done with glass blowing demonstrations all weekend long; Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm.  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. (Palo Alto); details at greatglasspumpkinpatch.com.

 Oct. 7-9. Time for Fleet Week

Earplugs, cameras, blankets and binoculars are what you need for this annual experience. Watch the Fleet enter the Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge as the visiting ships steam towards their ports, and Liberty Call for our honored Sailors and Marines. San Francisco Fleet Week hosts the largest Parade of Ships on the West Coast. The procession of ships can be seen from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, with the reviewing stand at the Marina Green.

San Francisco Fire Department will provide lead escort with their fire boat shooting jets of water into the air to celebrate the Fleet’s arrival. Ship tours begin on the 5th and you can typically catch the air show practice that afternoon Honor Our Fallen concert begins at 6pm at Herbst Theater w/ U.S. Marine Corps 1st Marine Division Band – FREE but tix required. The actual air show is Friday – Sunday between 10 and 4 p.m. A host of other activities can be found at Marina Green and other locations around the city. The most popular event, K-9 heroes takes place on Saturday the 8th from 10 – 2 at DuBoce park. Everyone loves the pups. All the information can be found: https://fleetweeksf.org/



  • 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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