Monday, March 28, 2011

BS Alert In San Francisco

Oh you know... Just a typical Sunday morning in San Francisco, heading to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to see Britney Spears perform. You know, just the norm.

Okay, I wish. My Sundays are usually consisted of doing laundry while listening to Britney in my iPod touch, not actually seeing her perform 15 feet from me.

Thanks to Jon and his rep at ABC News, he scored us 2 v.i.p. floor tickets, where we pretty much felt Ms. Spears sweat on us! And it was awesome.

Ms. "Hit-me-baby-one-more-time" herself made her way to San Francisco to film Good Morning America's Spring Concert Series at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. About a month prior to her coming, she actually announced that her performance was going to be in the Castro District, in front of the beloved movie theatre. Which would have been great because it would've been a hop and a skip away from my apartment.

Ms. Spears wasn't the only diva in the Bill Graham Auditorium yesterday. San Francisco Queens: Juanita MORE!, Donna Sachet, Sister Roma, Heklina, and MY personal favorite, Pollo Del Mar a.k.a. Queen Of All SF Media.

We're sooooo excited! And we just can't hide it! There were free 6,000 tickets given out (through Ticketmaster) and they were gone in about 14 minutes! The power of Pop Divas, I tell ya.

One hour, 3 costume changes. Since this was a filming for Good Morning America, we knew how the routine was going to go: she'll perform a song, then do 15 minute costume/set change, come out and perform another song, and repeat the process one more time. But considering the mini show was free and it's Godney... or Britney, I mean... it was worth the hour spent.

Bee-tee-dubs, Can I just say that I am OBSESSED with "Till The World Ends". It has been on repeat the last 2 weeks.

Try to find me tomorrow on Good Morning America's Concert Series! Airing on ABC at 7am. I'll be 3 rows from the front center stage wearing white!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I Wish My Closet Looked Like The Balenciaga Exhibit...

... Okay, not really. But I know plenty of women (and men) who would. With a collection of vintage dresses, jackets, hats, and gowns dating from the 1940's, can you blame them? The Balenciaga And Spain exhibit is now showing at the de Young Museum until the 4th of July, and showcases a wide collection made by Spanish Basque designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.

The exhibit, which was curated by European Vogue Editor at Large Hamish Bowles (who attended de Young's donor gala Thursday night), follows Balenciaga's career through a 120 piece retrospective collection, which is fabulous enough to inspire any man or woman to step their wardrobe game up. I know it did for me, at least. Who wants to contribute to my Balenciaga wardrobe fund?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Calling All Jackson Pollocks

So alas, another year passed and the time has come to celebrate my birthday once again. Your NoShookHands blog boy (er.. man?) is officially 26 years old. Four years away from being 30! Lets all freak out now.

In the midst of the festivities (which I am still trying to recover from, by the way), I decided to celebrate my birthday with something a little different. I rented out a time slot at 4 Cats Art Studio in Potrero Hill for a little painting time with a couple of friends.

4 Cats Art Studio is a pretty big franchise in Canada, however the one in San Francisco is the only one in the United States at the moment. The studio is geared for younger kids, but they do adult/corporate parties as well. Which, after attending the "paint splatter" session, I highly recommend.

Flowing pink champagne + splatter painting = cool art which people can't even tell you've made drunk! Tons of fun.

Dale, the owner of the Potrero Hill location (and who also shares the same birthday as me... Happy Birthday, Dale!) along with his assistant, Morgan, were fabulous and helpful in every way in the whole process.

Basically, after the initial set up of the paint and supplies, you get taken into this big splatter room where you get crazy with all your colors. Again, which is easy to do with pink champagne at 2 in the afternoon. Voila! The ending results.

This is me, getting my Jackson Pollock on. Every color is placed in a specified spot on the canvas and my technique was very strategic. Can you tell?

The big canvas we all worked on for myself, which I'm planning to have stretched and hung once I move into a bigger space. Dale was also kind enough to let me choose anything from his studio for me to take home as a gift. Thank you, Dale!

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes, gifts, hugs, and kisses! You guys sure do know how to make a gal feel special! Here's to another year... Cheers!

Monday, March 14, 2011

You Spin Me Right Round

I relived my high school adolescence again by going to prom this past weekend. An 80's prom, I mean. Funny thing is, I feel like this is how my prom should've been like. Spiked punch with an 80's cover band. What more could you ask for?

I've never seen so many ruffles, crimped hair, and shoulder pads in one room in my life. The Mezzanine hosted an 80's prom event where side pony tails were IN, and anything past 1989 was OUT. Being the sucker I am for tacky themed parties, I knew I had to attend (like I've mentioned before... Halloween is my favorite time of the year).

By the way, If your high school experience was like a real life Sixteen Candles, what role would you play?

The snobby rich girl?

The senior class douche bag?

The school's nerd with the popular party girl.

The Nu Wave kid?

Can I just say that I am in LOVE with Around the Bay Gal Xtine's dress/entire look? She thrifted the dress and borrowed her mom's vintage earrings, which are actually from the 80's. My mom's prime was in the 70's, so I really couldn't dig in her closet for anything good.

So it's been decided that next year I will be going as Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan. Done and done.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Surfaces In The De Young

Recognize these from the De Young Museum?

Okay, I'll stop with the "museum" posts for a bit. What can I say? You get same day entrance in both the De Young and Legion of Honors if you purchase general admission from either or.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Paper Dresses

I paid a little visit to the Legion of Honor in attempts to add a couple of sophistication and culture points to my life.

I've been meaning to visit the Legion forever, but being so far in the outskirts of San Francisco, trying to make time to go there has been kind of hard. But I finally made my visit after how many years of living in the city? The Legion was bigger then expected and houses more of the classical art, which to be honest isn't my favorite, but still interesting to see.

My favorite painting in the museum. I swear I feel like her sometimes. Okay, kidding... kind of.

I've been hearing a lot about the current exhibit going on right now, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, so I decided to check it out. de Borchgrave is a Belgian artist who is known for painting and making paper sculptures. Her current exhibit features dresses, jackets, costumes, etc that she constructed out of paper. Which totally look like they can be wearable garments. Can I get that in my size? So if you're into the whole fashion scene, it's worth checking out to get your fashionista juices pumping.

Her exhibit is divided into 5 sections, my favorite being the "white" room, where she did a remake a Chanel flapper dress and Christian Dior "Bar" suit. Keep a look out for those!

Haven't seen the Pulp Fashion exhibit yet? No need to fret because Ms. de Borchgrave's work is being displayed until early June, so that should be plenty of time to check it out.

Check out the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave (or classical art, if that is your thing) yourself going on right now at the Legion of Honor. By the way, we all know you get a discount if you have a student i.d., but did you know you also get a discount using your SF Clipper card? AND you can use the discount together? I didn't... What a lovely surprise.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Eerie Creepy Spooky Heights?

Sutro Heights Park. The entrance use to look like this in the 1880's...

... now looks like this. Eerie, huh? I would imagine that Sutro Heights would look more welcoming on sunnier and brighter days, but when the fog/mist is set, it looks like a scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Which is fine, because we all know how much I loved the Buffy series. Angel, you there?

Funny thing is, I never even heard of Sutro Heights. I guess the story is the former Mayor of San Francisco, Adolf Sutro, built his home here but later donated it to the city after his death since his family couldn't afford the upkeep of it. Now, it's in shambles... but a cool place to explore and take pictures, as you can see :).