Olympian Kristi Yamagichi Opens the Downtown Ice in San Jose
November 17, 2019 through January 15, 2018
Only in California: Palm trees, sunshine, and ice. Wear your favorite t-shirt and shorts as you glide along the circle of palm trees at San Jose’s Downtown Ice. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! Join families and friends from all over the Bay Area for traditional and unforgettable ice-skating fun at the iconic circular rink designed so that skaters can easily and safely slide and twirl around the circle of 32 palms, each adorned by LED lights, creating a magical ambiance day and night. Join Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating, as she ushers in the new season at a ceremony on Opening Night on November 17 at 6 p.m. Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park, which occupies Plaza de Cesar Chavez starting November 24, 2017 and will extend its season until January 7, 2018.
Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park are partially supported by participants in the 5k Google Santa Run Silicon Valley to be held on Dec. 17. Dress up in costume and run a 5k race as lights descend on downtown. A children’s division will also be participating, along with a costume contest with great prizes, some fun mileage markers, and surprises along the course. Sign up at www.santarunsv.com. The rink will also be a major attraction for the thousands of families and fans coming to downtown San Jose on December 29 through January 7 for the U.S. Figuring Skating National Championships, where selections for the U.S. Olympic team will be made at the city’s SAP Center. Lots of exciting events this winter in San Jose. Don’t miss it!
Tickets and Information
Admission is $15 for children 10-under and $17 for skaters 11 and older.
Those who bring their own skates will be admitted for $10. Senior and military are admitted for $15.
120 S. Market Street in San Jose
Photo courtesy of The San Jose Downtown Association
Tapestry: Art in Action
November 18, 4PM
When a dancer enters an art gallery the inspiration and creativity have no limits. Participate for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art (on view through November 26, 2017) and special guest choreographer Sarah Bush of the Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP). Known for their site-specific collaborative dance, Bush will create short works inspired by the themes, artworks, and arrangement of Berkeley Arts Center (BAC’s) current exhibition. Audiences will explore the art through short, guided activities. Sarah Bush creates her inimitable style of movement by combining years of training in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and contact improvisation. She received a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from San Francisco State University, and has been a prolific performer in the Bay Area since 1997. She became the Artistic Director of Sarah Bush Dance Project in 2007 where she produced Rocked by Women, which the San Francisco Bay Guardian called “an explosive expression of the power of an indomitable spirit and embracing courage.” Proceeds will be donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund for victims of recent wildfires.
Photo courtesy of SBDP
The Fall Holiday Chocolate Salon in San Francisco
November 19, 10AM to 5PM
Chocolate lovers, mark your calendars! Start your holiday season on a sweet note at the 2017 Annual Fall Holiday Chocolate Salon as it returns to San Francisco. Ready your taste buds as some of the most delicious chocolatiers, confectioners, and other culinary artisans such as Cowboy Toffee, Coracao Chocolate, Dandelion Chocolate, and Z. Cioccolato, just to name a few, present their fabulous creations. Meet chocolate makers and experts as they introduce their new releases and products. Salon highlights include chocolate tasting, chef and author talks, and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. Salon Entry includes all chocolate and confection tastings and demos. Taste and experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate. This is truly a chocoholic’s delight. Wear your running or walking shoes to enjoy a run or a stroll in the stunning surroundings of Golden Gate Park, the Chocolate Salon’s location.
Tickets and Information
Prices range from $10 for kids to $20 for adults.
Kids under 6 – free
Advance tickets purchase is recommended
San Francisco County Fair Building Auditorium
Photo courtesy of the Chocolate Salon
K-Fashion Bash at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco
November 19, 12PM to 4:30PM
Join the festivities at the city’s Asian Art Museum as they invite the younger – and more stylish – friends to a day of fashion and fun in celebration of their new and magnificent exhibit of Couture Korea (on view through February 4, 2018). This exhibit showcases historical Korean fashion and its modern reinterpretations at a moment when young Seoul-based designers are making the leap to the global stage and international haute couture is finding inspiration in Korean art and culture. A must-see exhibit! Meet local designers, stylists, and trendsetters. Explore pop-up stations on fashion design, fashion photography, makeup, and accessories. Find out about the hottest trends on the streets of Seoul and San Francisco at a 1PM panel with fashion influencers Alyson Alconis of Beauty-Vanity, Mustafa Shaikh of 36 Chambers, and Fanny Singer of Permanent Collection, all moderated by the Chronicle’s style reporter Tony Bravo. End the day with a K-Pop dance party for families, teens and young adults. You just might discover your new favorite thing at one of my favorite museums in the Bay Area.
Tickets and Information
Photo courtesy of Asian Museum
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.