SF Life Insider’s Guide: Celebrate Mom, Art, Theater, Podcast
It’s that time of year when we celebrate Moms – check out our local gift guide. Maybe take Mom to see an art exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California – Edith Heath: A life in Clay. Or head to the Legion of Honor for a fantasy couture collection. Maybe Mom enjoys the theatre, we have some fun ones for you or her. Cheers to all you Moms, Grand moms, aunties, cousins and well, all of you! Listen in to this week’s Happy Hour Podcast…it’s about hair loss. And join me in NYC at the Renewal Summit.
Meet Amy Gibson: The Voice of Hair Loss
Amy Gibson has been dealing with hair loss for most of her life. A former actress, she discovered she had alopecia at age 13 while on a soap opera. Years wearing wigs, and being ashamed, led her to eventually create her her discreet wig business in Beverly Hills. She offers safe and comfortable solutions for women dealing with the effects of medical hair loss as well as those who want to feel more confident and increase their self-esteem. LISTEN IN HERE OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS.
Mother’s Day Gift Guide
We love supporting Women-Run Bay Area Brands, and here are some of our favs that will make Mom’s heart soar.
Endless cups of tea await courtesy of Flowerhead Tea’s Rose Garden Gift Set. Inspired by teatime in Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden (bonus points if you take mom there, too), this set includes more than 25 servings of both Double Mint Rose and Mrs. Rooiboson, plus the flower-filled bath soak Le Bain Siasane; a rose oil- and CBD-infused Hydrosol; and rose mints. The gift wrap will come in handy for last minute gifting too! $74. flowerheadtea.com
Introduce your wine-loving mom to a woman sommelier–owned canned wine brand via Nomadica’s Adventure Pack. Go for the Still 12-can pack, which equals four bottles and features three Napa Valley wines: a barbera, a chardonnay, and a rosé blend. Rest assured that Nomadica’s wines are not your average canned drink—they’re sugar- and chemical-free, vegan, and made from sustainably farmed grapes. Plus, the art wrapped around each can offers an abstract interpretation of the wine’s tasting notes. $78 explorenomadica.com
Local artist Kristina Micotti’s Dog Therapy belongs on every doting dog mom’s coffee table. Inside, find cheeky illustrations of 40 dogs (and their words of advice), plus interactive fun—think recipes and a dog drawing guide. $15 chroniclebooks.com
Lauren Wolf Jewelry’s wear-forever Opal Octagon Silver Studs feature oxidized sterling silver and a little extra meaning from the stone, which symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. Each of Wolf’s piece is produced locally, drawing from the designer’s time metalsmithing in Mexico. $250 shopesqueleto.com
After just one woodworking workshop with Oakland’s Aleksandra Zee, crafty moms will leave with their very own art piece featuring natural and white wood. Each session includes a tool safety lesson, plenty of instruction, a Q&A, and snacks and drinks. If she can’t make an in-person workshop, opt for a digital cutting board workshop and a copy of Zee’s book, The Way of the Woodshop. The next workshop is April 30th. $375 aleksandrazee.com
Fabulous Exhibit at DeYoung Legion of Honor
The marvelously gilt galleries of the Legion of Honor are more spectacular than ever lately thanks to the exquisite retrospective for iconic Chinese couturier Guo Pei. Prepare to be dazzled. A living Chinese icon gets a lavish retrospective. Shout-out to the person who named the new Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy exhibition at the Legion of Honor. It’s the clearest way to sum up the premier Chinese designer’s work.
Of course, “mind-blowing, heart-thumping, meticulously crafted, East-meets-West wearable art” works, too. The fashion designer is best known for lavish embroidery that draws on artistic Chinese traditions, unconventional design techniques, and exquisite craftsmanship. Her couture fantasy fuses the influences of China’s imperial past with the grandeur of European court life, architecture, export art, and floral and botanical motifs. Themes that show up often in her magical designs include rebirth, Chinese legends, and religion. tickets.famsf.org.
Edith Heath: A Life in Clay at OMCA
Experience the impact and legacy of one of America’s most influential designers and the founder of Heath Ceramics, Edith Heath. Trailblazer. Rebel. Revolutionary. Discover her story and how she transformed the ceramics industry, creating dinnerware from California clay for “Sunday best” and everyday use. Driven by the power of good design, and a commitment to her craft, Heath’s vision continues to live on through her stoneware and tile over 70 years later. Durable, not delicate, simple, yet stylish, Heath Ceramics is an icon of American design. This is not a traditional ceramics or craft exhibition – it combines historic objects, photographs, documentary video and personal memorabilia to showcase Heath’s legacy and story. Do not miss it! Get the details.
May 14- June 16. ON THE TOWN
One of this tomato’s favorite musicals is being performed at South Bay Musical Theatre at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Combine a soaring Leonard Bernstein score, witty lyrics by Comden and Green, and a sweet tale about three sailors grabbing 24 hours of shore leave in New York City before being deployed overseas, and you get an American classic that is renowned for its timeless exuberance. With brash, spectacular, and slightly bittersweet abandon, ON THE TOWN is a tale about seizing the day and living life to its fullest. It features the seductively upbeat “I Can Cook, Too;” the melancholically beautiful ballad, “Lonely Town;” and that most beloved of toe-tapping tunes, “New York, New York.” www.SouthBayMT.com