SF Life: Litquake, Art & Antiques, Dance & Film, Italian Heritage

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Welcome October, arguably one of the best months in the bay – and the start of all things pumpkin! Get your readers out, because our favorite literary fest has arrived. Art and Antiques are a glorious combination and you can get your fill at the fall show. The SF Dance Film festival is showing some remarkable talent this year. Everyone has a little Italian in them this weekend as the Italian Heritage Parade winds its way through North Beach. Fall, we are coming for you!

Oct. 11-18.  Litquake

SF Life: Litquake, Art & Antiques, Dance & Film, Italian Heritage

Any Tomatoes out there who love to read and enjoy all things literary? Count me in. Join fellow book lovers for critical conversations as we celebrate the written word. Authors will hold court at 160 venues over the 10 days of the fest. The mission of Litquake is to make literature more available to readers of all ages through ever-evolving performances, readings, workshops and film programs during the festival and year round. Diverse locations include the Alamo Drafthouse, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens and the Elbo Room among others.

Featured artists include several San Francisco Literary Tomatoes, Amy Tan, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Sylvia Brownrigg to name a few. On October 20th after the conclusion of the festival, Lit Crawl takes place as one of the most anticipated literary nights of the year. This massive, one-night literary pub-crawl, with authors instead of beers, brings literary partygoers to the Mission District. Lots of literary goodness this month – get your readers ready! www.litquake.org

Oct. 11-14. Fall Art & Antique Show

SF Life: Litquake, Art & Antiques, Dance & Film, Italian Heritage

Furniture, silver, ceramics – oh my! And don’t forget jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings and more – all for purchase or for browsing at the SF Art and Antique show at Fort Mason. This star-worthy experience consistently delivers. This year, the 37-year old show promises to kick up the star-power even more with a literal star theme. The Sun, The Moon & The Stars: Celestial Images in Art, Antiques & Design. This is not your grandmother’s antique show.

Each day there will be two hour-long lectures, as well as two cocktail hour sip-and-learns on Friday and Saturday. For those who are fascinated by the intersection of fashion and design, I mean, how isn’t? There is a lecture for that. Learn how to throw a fete worthy of royalty and attend book signings from the hottest interior designers. Finally, if you are headed to the closing champagne brunch you will be treated to an exclusive preview of the upcoming musical Lautrec! His Muses & Their Music, opening in 2019. Enjoy the entire celestial experience! www.sffas.org

Oct. 7. Italian Heritage Parade

SF Life: Litquake, Art & Antiques, Dance & Film, Italian Heritage

I think we can all claim to be a little bit Italian – if our love for pizza and pasta is any indication at least. The Italian Heritage Parade, in all its glory takes place this Sunday at 12:30 beginning in Fisherman’s Wharf. Our Italian population is proud and peppy as many claim to be descendants of those who arrived to seek their fortune during the Gold Rush.

The first Italian parade graced the streets of SF in 1915, known originally as The Columbus Day Parade. In the early 90’s, the parade evolved into the Italian Heritage Parade in an effort to celebrate the accomplishments and culture of all Italians and Italian-Americans. The 30-person volunteer board creates the events that surround the parade.

A black-tie Grand Ball & Banquet on October 6th, celebrates the 150th year of the parade with musical guest Franc D’Ambrosia from Phantom of the Opera. Italians love their drink made of grapes and various “pit stops” are located along the route for you to enjoy a sip or two. Ciao my tomato pals! www.sfitalianheritage.org

Now thru Oct. 14. Dance Film Fest

SF Life: Litquake, Art & Antiques, Dance & Film, Italian Heritage

The 9th annual celebration of dance on film is here now. Bear with me as I laud one of my favorite creative physical activities – Dance. The films this year are spectacular at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. This international showing of films encompasses contributions from visual artists, animators, composers and live performers. Due to the recent accessibility of digital technologies – i.e. filming on iPhones – more independent artists have become directors and producers. The broad spectrum of films will include short experimental dance pieces created specifically for the camera, as well as filmic interpretations of dance performances originally created for the stage.

On Thursday October 11th, a particularly intriguing Emmy award-winning documentary will be shown at the Brava Theater. BaseBallet: Into the Game. Six dancers transform AT&T Park into a spectacular stage. Even narrated by our own Giant’s announcer Mike Krukow and featuring his son, a local dancer. The athleticism of dance is celebrated with dancers of all abilities, including those in wheel chairs, and the remarkable feats accomplished by one-legged dancers as well. Even those non-dancer fans amongst you will be enthralled! http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org



  • 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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