Los Angeles Greater Area
The long wait ends even sooner for members, during March 26-30 preview days. Everybody needs tickets. Members can get theirs starting March 19 at 10 a.m.; public tickets go on sale March 25. Six new exhibitions kick off the reopening, including the vast video installation “Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative;” a retrospective of key Japanese contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara; and sixteen new acquisitions.
If you don’t remember noticing much open-air art in Los Angeles, you probably just need to get out of your car. And what better time to explore? Start with this LA Times journalist’s musings on LA as outdoor gallery. Then wander the extensive and photo-crammed list on publicartinla.com and start building your own plein air art crawls.
High above the Arts District, a lush new outdoor space is showcasing the eclectic cuisine of Mexico City-born Angeleno Alejandro Guzman. Flavored by childhood recipes, LA vibes, and experience at Sqirl, Eggslut and Le Comptoir, Guzman’s creations are as evocative as the patio setting they’re enjoyed in.
If you didn’t guess Long Beach/San Pedro, it’s time you followed your nose to four seriously skilled bakeries where bread is getting the respect it deserves again. Turned out by bakers who understand the nuances of their craft, the floury creations of Colossus, Long Beach Bread Lab, Gusto Bread and Hey Brother Baker rise fragrantly to works of art.
San Francisco Bay Area
As everyone here knows, the Asian community is a hugely important and vibrant part of life in the Bay Area. Which makes it especially upsetting to see the multiple reported incidents of violence perpetrated in recent weeks against this population, particularly its elderly. Don’t just accept the hate: Here are some ways you can chip in to help.
The Bay is blessed with an overabundance of women-owned and -operated restaurants. What better time to support this vital section of the dining industry that during Women’s History Month. From pozole verde at Guadalupe Guerrero’s El Pipila in San Francisco to rosemary fried chicken at Fernay McPherson’s Minnie Bell’s Soul Food Movement in Emeryville to sipping Sauvignon Blanc at Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak’s Spottswoode in St. Helena, this is your guide to eating and drinking around the Bay Area.
Choose your own adventure
From forests to volcanoes to deserts to islands, the Golden State pretty much has it all. So, if you’re looking to escape city life, here’s a great guide to nine California national parks, each with distinctly unique and beautiful climates, geographies, and altitudes to recommend them.
Like most public events, San Francisco’s biggest popular music fest took the year off in 2020. But the organizers of Outside Lands have announced that the arts, food, and music festival will be happening in 2021. To add to the anticipation, they’ve pushed back the date so that it’s planned for this year’s three-day Halloween weekend. Sounds like fun.