Local event: Outside Lands Festival

Who said we can see many rock stars at Starbucks in San Francisco? If I remember rightly, it was Eric Martin, the vocalist of Mr. Big, who has been in the Bay Area since 1980’s. To tell you the truth, I got excited when I read this in a magazine. However, since arriving in San Francisco I have seen a number of Starbucks. I thought to myself, ‘don’t be disappointed- this was to be expected’. If there are people out there still dreaming of seeing these stars, they should go to the Golden Gate Park on the second weekend in August. The Outside Lands Festival (aka Outside Lands) is a music festival that has been held annually since 2008. The title was named after the nickname of western neighborhoods in 19th century because once there was nothing but a vast wasteland. According to the official web page, the festival will take place at the Golden Gate Park, amongst the Polo Field and Lindley Meadow. Outside Lands also satisfies the human desire for food, drink and comedy, whilst there is plenty of outside artwork on display. Last year’s line-up was as good as it get with both Kings of Leon and Muse making appearances. This year’s headliners include legendary musicians Neil Young, Metallica, and Stevie Wonder. Personally, I want to see Metallica as a loyal heavy metal fan, but I am not sure if I can survive in so many people who are eager to be right in front of the stage. Even if you’re not a die-hard music fan, there will be enough musical talent to draw your attention: Foo Fighters, Beck, Jack White, Norah Jones, and Tom Morello (former guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave). Need I say more? When it comes to buying tickets, getting directions, and making detailed plans, these hyperlinks below are full of facts! – Ticketmaster – StubHub – Official web page … Read more

Student Activity: Alfred Hitchcock Walking Tour

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), was a famous director of the popular Thriller film genre. Hitchcock remains well-known for presenting tense relations between people and objects, managing to relate fear and terror to everyday matter. Meeting at the fountain in Huntington Park, between Taylor and Mason St., the Alfred Hitchcock Walking Tour will take you on an exciting yet terrifying journey ending in Union Square! (Get ready for a steep downhill walk!) Often referred to as the ‘master of suspense’, Hitchcock was a big fan of San Francisco and loved to feature its beauty in several of his films. Across Nob Hill to Union Square, the tour will take you to some of the hotels, clubs and stores featured in titles such as Vertigo and other famous productions. You will also learn more about why Hitchcock chose these landmarks to achieve frightening cinematic effect! Interested in what the city of San Francisco was like fifty years ago? Well, this walking tour is for you! Although Hitchcock’s terrifying productions started with ‘The Lodger’ in 1925, his most famous movies were those during his time in Hollywood after leaving England. These movies included Rebecca (1940), based on a best-selling suspense novel; Suspicion (1941), about a woman who believes her husband is a murderer and Shadow of a Doubt (1943), the tale of a small-town psychopath  a Good Samaritan (http://www.bookrags.com/biography/alfred-hitchcock/). After consistently setting the standard for gripping thrillers, Hitchcock’s movies during the 1950s started to become more thematically complex, as he looked to implement new artistic elements. I Confess (1953), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955) are just a handful of successful titles. In 1960 (and perhaps the peak of his career), Hitchcock’s  notoriously terrifying film Psycho changed the world’s perception of terror and suspense. Sadly, Hitchcock passed away twenty years later … Read more

San Francisco Fog Horn

San Francisco has many sounds, and most of them are incredibly loud and usually unwelcome (i.e. sirens). However, there is one sound that is soothing and makes me feel right at home here in San Francisco, and that is the fog horn. The low hum signals the ships in the fog and I love it, even though the chances of seeing the sun that day will be slim 😉 If you are new to the city, I hope you hear and appreciate it just as I do. By Kelly Lyman

Fillmore Jazz Festival (July 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday)

Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 90,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From from morning to evening, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse fine art and crafts through over 8 blocks and enjoy food and beverages. The festival takes place on July 7 & 8, from 10am to 6pm on Fillmore Street in San Francisco Between Jackson and Eddy Streets. All performances are free. If you would like to look into the event in detail, See web pages below. The Fillmore was a national center for jazz during the 1940s and 1950s when it was known as the “Harlem of the West” and attracted many famous jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and the “Bird”(Charlie Parker). In the 1990s, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency created the Historic Fillmore Jazz Preservation District to encourage the development of entertainment and commercial businesses in this historical area. A Jazz Heritage Center was created within a major new apartment and commercial development, the Fillmore Heritage Center, which also houses the San Francisco branch of Yoshi’s jazz club. References : http://sf.funcheap.com/fillmore-jazz-festival-saturday/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fillmore_District,_San_Francisco by Iuha Park (EC Student Ambassador)

Friday Nights at the de Young (July 6, Friday)

Friday Nights at the de Young is after-hours is art “happenings” on every Friday evening (from 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm) including a mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, special performances, hands-on art activities and exhibition tours. Each evening has a unique theme with the special exhibitions and permanent collections at the de Young. Local artists conduct workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in artist/curator conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious Friday Nights menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8:15. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all. The de Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118). References: http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays by Iuha Park (EC Student Ambassador)

Independence Day: Wednesday, July 4 (school holiday!)

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events. Similar to other summer events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at places like parks, fairgrounds, or town squares. For private events, Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off. The first week of July is one of the busiest American travel periods of the year because many people use the holiday for vacation trips. In San Francisco, 2012 Fourth of July celebration is held at pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf. It is from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm on this Wednesday including performance of some local bands, the highlight is fireworks display at 9:30 pm. If you would like to look into the event in detail, See web pages below. References : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States) http://www.pier39.com/Events/events.cfm by Iuha Park (EC Student Ambassador)