SF LIFE: Grace Cathedral, Henry Winkler, Lighted Forest, Holiday Markets
And just like that Tomatoes, we head into the next holiday. We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with nourishment of all kinds, from great food to great conversations and much gratitude. Here’s what is happening over the next few weeks. Henry Winkler comes to the Curran theatre to promote his new book. Grace Cathedral has music and more before the end of the year. The Lighted Forest returns and of course Holiday Markets are beginning to spread their own special brand of cheer. Happy Holidaying.
Nov. 27. Henry Winkler at the Curran Theatre
As Tomatoes, we know you are a fan of The Fonz. Henry Winkler has written a deeply thoughtful memoir of the lifelong effects of stardom and his struggle and journey to become whole. He comes to the Curran Theatre to share his brilliance and humor in conversation with D/Arcy Carden (Emmy nominated actress for her role as “Janet” in The Good Place. Henry shares in this achingly vulnerable memoir the disheartening truth of his childhood, the difficulties of a life with severe dyslexia, the pressures of a role that takes on a life of its own, and the path forward once your wildest dream seems behind you.
Filled with profound heart, charm, and self-deprecating humor, this memoir is a memoir about so much more than a life in Hollywood and the curse of stardom. It is a meaningful testament to the power of sharing truth and kindness and of finding fulfillment within yourself. https://sfcurran.com/
Opening Dec. 7. Entwined in Gold Gate Park
We love a sparkling light display and ENTWINED in Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow is back this year. This sprawling immersive LED light installation has been lighting up the holidays since it first opened in 2020. The whimsical installation is an otherworldly ecosystem of glowing trees, bushes, and other natural elements created from colorful pixel-like LED lights. In years past, the trees ranged from 8-20 feet tall, accompanied by dozens of glowing flower clusters and bushes that created an otherworldly garden. This year, the art installation is returning better than ever with a new iteration of the beloved installation. Entwined: Elder Mother centers around the Elder Mother tree.
Standing at 30 feet tall and casting a 25-foot canopy of light that welcomes people to sit and enjoy its glow. Despite being made of metal, the new installation still moves with the wind while it glows. The Elder Mother tree is truly interactive, with 6 QR codes you can scan that allows you to control the light patterns of the tree. The evolving art installation is moving from its former home at Peacock Meadow to JKF Promenade in front of the meadow. The installation officially opens December 7, 2023, and is completely free to the public, like many of the other art installations along JFK Promenade. Free events will be held during the installation, starting with a festive tree lighting ceremony on December 7 at McLaren Lodge. GET THE DETAILS.
The Most Unique Holiday Tree in the World
All year Grace Cathedral holds special events to feed your soul. During the holidays it is even more important to take time for yourself and give to others. Grace Cathedral is partnering with Rainbow World Fund again this year to decorate the most unique holiday tree in the world. The tree will be at Grace Cathedral through January 5, 2024. The World Tree of Hope is the largest origami holiday tree in the world, decorated with over 17,000 origami cranes and stars, each hand-folded and inscribed with wishes, hopes, and dreams for the future of the world. The wishes come from people of all ages, all faiths, and all walks of life. Since 2006, Rainbow World Fund has presented the World Tree of Hope as a symbol of global unity. The lighting of this very special tree will take place on December 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. https://gracecathedral.org/
Holiday Market at SFMOMA
Holiday markets – the best. Unique and enticing gifts are always in abundance at our local craft fairs. Here is one coming up that may offer just the right thing for that hard to buy for tomato, and you will be supporting local artisans. The SFMOMA museum store presents its first annual Holiday Market that brings together a curated selection of more than twenty local designers and artisans. Here are some of the vendors we can’t wait to see.
Abacus Row jewelry by SF based designer Christine Trac. Trac founded Abacus Row, her line of beaded jewelry in 2012. She views jewelry as objects of culture and identity and approaches her work as a way of expressing subtle yet distinct narratives as objects of culture and identity and approaches her work as a way of expressing subtle yet distinct narratives. https://www.abacusrow.com/
Anchovy is a raw pearl jewelry line that embraces the magic of imperfect beauty. Founded by Lithuanian designer Giedre Kose, Anchovy’s jewelry pieces are hand made by Giedre while surrounded by deer, kids and giant fern trees. anchovy.store
Anne Gates designs ceramic pieces with longevity in mind. Her intention is that these pieces get used and loved and passed down through generations. Thoughtfully handcrafted in San Francisco, these soft goods and ceramics are sure to become modern family heirlooms. Sustainability is at the forefront of her brand. All ceramics are made in a studio that recycles clay and is conscious of water usage. All throws and coats are made of 100% recycled cotton. https://annegates.com/
Mür by Ayça is an art brand dedicated to spreading joy, established in 2019 by artist Ayca Kilicoglu in San Francisco. We sure love joy and who doesn’t need a burst of color in their home. Ayca is a Turkish-born entrepreneur who finds inspiration everywhere to design collections that ooze energy and joie de vivre! As a brand, Mür creates small batch, made to last, timeless pieces for your closet and home. murbyayca.com
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