What’s Happening This Week: August 17, 2020

LA Greater Area

Descanso: The Sky Beneath Our Feet

Imagine walking through a magnificent oak forest – and hearing music it inspired with every step. That 72-speaker experience is at Descanso Gardens – just extended through September.

Sharpen your dance moves

Motown? Argentine tango? Sexy samba? You know you want to try. This year’s Dance DTLA has gone digital, and LA’s top dance instructors are still moving and shaking in quarantine.

Seek out SoCal’s hidden oases

Fragrant gardens. Lavender fields. Bird sanctuaries. Ocean views. With beauty this magical, why are these places so little known?

70 outdoor eating spaces

So many restaurants have created (or expanded) al fresco dining settings. Here are 70 highlights across the basin – from sidewalk cafes and parking lot spots to patios.

San Francisco Bay Area

Meatless State of Mind

Luckily for Bay Area residents, there are plenty of healthy (and not so healthy) vegan options available for takeout and delivery, including the higher-end fare of Millennium in Oakland, plant-based Mexican from San Francisco’s Gracias Madre, and even vegan sushi from Shizen.

SF Ballet Returns… sort of

As much as restaurants and perhaps even more so, arts and culture institutions have been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic and shutdown. So it’s nice to see San Francisco Ballet emerging from its shelter-in-place slumber with  the mesmerizing “Dance of Dreams,” a six-minute dance compilation available for viewing on the company’s website, sfballet.org.

Apple season has arrived

And now for some good news: It’s Gravenstein apple season in Sonoma County! Here’s how to get your seasonal fix of this sweet-and-sour local specialty, while supporting local farms and businesses that could sure use the help. I can already smell that apple pie cooking…

Float Therapy in Russian River

It’s an annual tradition when the hot North Bay weather descends to break out the inner tubes and cool off while floating along the Russian River. And guess what: It just happens to be a perfect social distancing summer activity. Check out this handy guide to planning the ultimate floating trip. Don’t forget the beers. 

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