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The J Pink Party Sunday August 9, 2014

BATS’ Summer Improv Festival in association with BoBA are giving away 2 tickets to three shows, one pair each night,  six tickets in total. Winners can attend Friday or Saturday for the following shows:

  • Improvised Downton Abbey
  • San Francisco Secrets
  • Improvised Game of Thrones

For a chance to win, please subscribe to the newsletter. Winners announced 12N 7/31 

The Eclipse - April 2014 Eclipse & Golden Gate Bridge
Photo Courtesy of Mike Moir

Bay Bridge - Courtesty of Stephanie Tovrea Guilin, SLG Photography

Pier 39: Fresh seafood and sea lions
Photo courtesy of California Travel and Tourism Commission/Andreas Hub
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco: Best rooms with a view
Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental
San Francisco Pride: The largest LGBT gathering on the planet
Photo courtesy of Victorgrigas
Alcatraz Island: Former home of Al "Scarface" Capone and Robert "Birdman" Stroud
Photo courtesy of Dawn Ellner
Chinatown: A city within the city
Photo courtesy of Ed Schipul
Beach Blanket Babylon: Longest running musical revue in the country
Photo courtesy of Beach Blanket Babylon

San Pedro Square San Jose
 henner7

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 David Herberg

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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 
 Andrew Sims

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San Jose State University (Tower Hall with Ivy)
 d. yalamidis-gr

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Knight Ridder Building San Jose
 JiPR

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 stevenjssanders

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Adobe World Headquarters San Jose
 RamaReddy Vogireddy

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VTA Train and Bus Stop Downtown San Jose
 Nathan Cook

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The Sainte Claire Hotel San Jose
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Balloon Ride Over Napa: Get a romantic bird's eye view
Photo courtesy of chadh
Di Rosa: Art, wine and gardens
Photo courtesy of Di Rosa
Cycling Napa: An active winery tour
Photo courtesy of Neeta Lind
The French Laundry: Award-winning French cuisine
Photo courtesy of Matthew Hine
Auberge du Soleil: One of Napa's best hotels
Photo courtesy of Auberge du Soleil
Uptown Theatre: Live entertainment
Photo courtesy of Uptown Theatre
Harvest STOMP: Napa's annual fall festival
Photo courtesy of fall-line
World Class Spas: Relaxation and romance
Photo courtesy of Villagio Inn & Spa
Yountville: Home to some of Napa's best restaurants
Photo courtesy of Dave Dugdale
Mustard Flowers: Napa beautiful during low season
Photo courtesy of RC Designer

Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega, CA. It was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County. The church is located directly next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds. Photo Courtesy of Kenneth Bradley Photography

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T Minus 28 Months and Counting

 

Bust out the gin and tonics because this is shaping up to be one heck of a long hot summer. Weather- wise and politics- wise. All over the world, hostilities are flaring like out of control wildfires. While here at home, it’s the words that have grown from fiery to scalding. And the only way to describe the actions- incendiary. 
 
Impeachment and lawsuits and child immigration are all raging hot topics. The partisan sweltering also includes the 2016 presidential sweepstakes, which is heating up like an egg frying on a chrome bumper in a Death Valley parking lot at high noon in August. 

Napa Valley Wine Train

 
All Aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train in Napa, CA!

By Adrianne Goff

Sun setting over the Napa Valley, Photo by Wendell H. Wilson
Sun setting over the Napa Valley, Photo by Wendell H. Wilson

The Napa Valley Wine Train is 3-hour, 36-mile round-trip gourmet journey from the historic town of Napa through one of the world’s best known regions of wine to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back. Much of the railroad parallels Route 29 and passes through the towns of Yountville, Rutherford and Oakville. 2014 is a milestone year for The Napa Valley Wine Train, as they celebrate 150 years of preservation of the railroad and 25 years in business.  The train has been in operation since September 16, 1989 and has carried more than 2 million passengers. 

iFly SF Bay

 
Cop an Altitude at iFLY in Union City

By Adrianne Goff, Best of Bay Area

Would you like to fly through the sky, performing graceful acrobatics like the skydivers you see on TV, but are a bit too acrophobic to jump out of an actual airplane? Then you are in luck Bay Area, iFLY in Union City, CA allows even the most timid flyer to “cop an altitude” with their top of the line indoor skydiving facility. Indoor skydiving centers can be found all over the world and they are the closest thing to jumping out of an airplane.

Wendell H. Wilson and Instructor Charles  Chuck  Reid. Photo courtesy of iFLY
Wendell H. Wilson and Instructor Charles "Chuck" Reid. Photo courtesy of iFLY

Bay Area Talent Spotlight

Nathan Chan
Columbia-Juilliard Exchange, 2015. Economics and Music. Originally from Hillsborough, California.

Twenty-year-old cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at the age of three years old, conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra on a set of variations by Mozart. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic (London), Northern Sinfonia (UK), Albany Symphony, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, among others. 

He made a Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12, recorded with the legendary singer Roberta Flack at age 13, and at age 15, released a CD of the live World Premiere performance of the Quadruple Concerto – ‘Velesslavitsa’ by Alexander Prior on the European label, Toccata Classics.  He was featured in the Peabody Award winning HBO Television documentary, "The Music In Me", the Grammy Award winning radio show, "From The Top", NPR's Performance Today with Fred Child and was one of the featured artists of the acclaimed 3-part British Television documentary, “The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies”. Nathan is a 2012 Davidson Fellow. Nathan currently attends the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange program and studies with Richard Aaron, where he recently won the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition playing Strauss's "Don Quixote" under Leonard Slatkin.

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