Los Angeles Greater Area
Don’t stow your snow gear yet: Mammoth Mountain has announced skiing and snowboarding will run to at least May 31. With reported totals of 238 inches at the main lodge and 286 inches at the summit, there’s still time to hit the slopes for a white “Second Season” of shredding in the springtime sun.
Do you watch the film, or get mesmerized by the undulating underwater patterns of the David Hockney pool? You decide. Up for going full Hollywood? Dress in the theme of the film and get a free cocktail or concession candy at the bar. It’s not a nude statuette, but hey.
She was the first woman and first Black artist to win the annual National Portrait Gallery competition. Her painting of Michelle Obama captured the world. Now see how Sherald uses her art to rebuild conceived notions and redefine the range of Black American life.
Inside the new Academy Museum
Renzo Piano’s blend of iconic Deco Wilshire/Fairfax landmark and dramatic new Sphere extension is complete. Here’s an early look at the inside spaces, from domed terrace and glass bridges to jewel-like Geffen Theater and intimate Mann performance space. It all opens September 30.
San Francisco Bay Area
Wine Country North
Did you know that there’s a town in the Bay Area only two hours outside of San Francisco that combines terrific wine tasting with a laid back, unpretentious vibe? Check out this primer on visiting Hopland, the underrated Mendocino County wine country town that makes an excellent day trip or weekend getaway.
Rockridge has long been known as one of Oakland’s toniest hoods, but recent restaurant turnover has given rise to a surprisingly diverse dining scene. From wood fire oven–cooked Italian pizza to New York City–quality bagels to Chicago-style deep dish to fine dining vegan, here’s a guide to the plethora of awesome food and drink options now available along this district’s iconic College Avenue commercial strip.
Live music is another one of life’s simple pleasures that we all learned to live without this year. With things slowly returning to normalcy, the Yerba Buena Garden Festival announced a series of pop-up lunchtime concerts held outside on Yerba Buena’s grass garden oasis in downtown San Francisco. The shows will happen on Thursdays from May through October and the best part: They’re free.
If you’re looking for a delicious, luxurious, affordable vegetarian spread, look no further than Abu Salim Middle Eastern Grill. According to the SF Chron’s top food critic the Upper Haight sister restaurant to the Mission’s popular Old Jerusalem dishes “gorgeously creamy hummus and crisp falafel” in its top-shelf vegetarian combo platter. Yum.