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ODYSSEO – The new adventure by Cavalia spends the Holidays in San Francisco

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Odysseo is the new adventure by Cavalia.

The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment once again with its latest production Odysseo - a $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic experience that is astonishing audiences and wowing critics across North America.

Prepare to be wowed

With a production nearly double the size of Cavalia, Odysseo is an immersive theatrical experience in which horses are still the stars, but this time are presented not only with riders, acrobats and aerialists, but with a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, as well as a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives and a real lake which magically appears for a splashing finale.

Following Cavalia, the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production which enjoyed extended sold-out engagements in San Francisco and San Jose, Odysseo transports spectators to a whole new level of beauty, grace, and magic this time featuring 65 magnificent horses and 45 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians.

Odysseo is a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth (the surface covered by the White Big Top is 68,000 square feet, equal to an NFL football field), the biggest stage (17,500 square feet), the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.

What is especially moving was the relationship between the horses and the artist. It’s moving.

It is not an ordinary show. It is an EXTRAordinary show. It’s called Odysseo.

The horses and artists perform in a vast space of liberty - on a stage larger than a hockey rink that has a 3-story hill on it and where a huge lake magically appears for a splashing finale. It’s just impressive and beautiful.

Known as the world’s largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels.

Odysseo is twice the size of Cavalia that came to San Fran and San Jose in the past. If you liked Cavalia, you will FALL IN LOVE with Odysseo.

I don’t want to spoil any surprises – there is so many anyway – but at some point, there is a full size merry-go-round that comes down from the grid, onto the stage. It is massive and it is impressive.

There are many touching and beautiful moments, but the ones where the horses are completely free on stage – and it happens most of the show – are particularly impressive. It is fantastic to see the horses play, have fun and express themselves with a trainer that is communicating with body language and her soft murmur.

Spectators are taken to a live Hollywood-style movie set while the touching interactions between human and horse are at the heart of the action.

Layers of mesmerizing decors combined with gravity-defying acrobatic and areal stunts and the staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery makes this humongous stage a feast for the eyes.

Due to overwhelming demand in the Bay Area, Odysseo is extending its first visit to San Francisco for the holidays! Matinee and evening performances now scheduled through Sunday, January 10, 2016. A perfect holiday outing for the whole family, creating memories lasting a lifetime.

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Introducing San Francisco’s Techiest Sound Therapy Room

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SAN FRANCISCO - The Bay Area has long been a hotbed for new-aged therapy options. Afterall, life in San Francisco has been hectic for a long time, and never more so than now if you work in the tech industry here. If it isn’t a protest happening over your company doing well, or a begrudged neighbor mad because you can afford the rent, then it’s a disgruntled boss who isn’t happy that you’re only working 90 hours when everyone else is putting in triple digits. Needless to say, people need a new way to relax, conveniently, efficiently and effectively. Add to this the fact that a lot of younger millennials do not enjoy disrobing and being rubbed down by a complete stranger for a “relaxing” massage  and you’ve got reason to create something better. Well, over the past year, several lucky people have discovered, and lauded The Bay’s newest kind of therapy service called The Relaxation Lab. The Relaxation Lab, based in San Francisco’s Castro District, is a revolutionary new blend of sound, tech, and therapeutic service that really does work, and has the unbelieveable testimonials to prove it.

The Lab’s founder, Itai Argaman, has been working in Sound for nearly 20 years and is extremely excited to be applying his expertise to helping people relax. Originally Itai trained as a Sound Engineer in his native Israel, and later traveled the world as a musician with two albums released. Itai became a sound mixer for several musicians around the world and for years has been obsessed with discovering new ways for sound to help people. The Relaxation Lab just takes that to a whole new level, as a completely new kind of therapy blending tech and soundwaves in ways that are really, uniquely similar to current life in the city.

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PRIDE [email protected]

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Friday, June 26 - Monday June 29, 2015
3600 16TH at Market, SF CA 94114

LOOKOUT announces a weekend of parties to fill you with Pride. Lookout opens at noon on Friday to start your Pride Festivities. Begin your weekend by relaxing on the balcony with a refreshing cocktail and taking in the sights on Market Street. International DJ/Producer Paul Goodyear takes to the DJ booth from 5pm til 8pm. At 8pm, Lookout’s Annual Pride Party “Line Up” begins. Our photographer takes your pics as we broadcast them on all our screens. DJ’s Andrew Gibbons & Erik Withakay take you through the party til 2am.

On Saturday, Lookout’s Pink Party is the only place to be! Opening at 11am, a full day of partying is ahead! Start the day off with our Soul Delicious Brunch served from 11am to 4pm. DJ’s Kidd Sysko and Colby B take you through the fun of Saturday afternoon in true Lookout style. At 8pm, DJ Luke Allen is on the decks for our Pink Party until 2am.

Lookout is known for the best Sunday party “JOCK” and Pride Sunday is no exception. Opening at noon, Lookout provides the best in Sunday fun. DJ’s Luke Allen, Byron Bonsall and Australian superstar DJ Dirty Nelly provide the soundtrack for your Pride until 2am.

Recovery Mondays are legendary at Lookout! Opening at 1:30pm, Lookout is the best place to unwind and recover from the Pride festivities. Hostess Pollo Del Mar will be serving her infamous Jello injectors to nurse you back to health while DJs Russ Rich and Dirty Nelly spin the beats from 3pm-9pm. It’s the perfect end to a long weekend!

PRIDE 2015 @ Lookout
3600 16th St at Market
(415) 431-0306 – LOOKOUTSF.COM-Facebook: Lookout

Nametag Day Makes San Francisco Get Friendlier on Saturday, June 6th

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Volunteers will distribute thousands of nametags to San Franciscans, stirring up conversation, friendship

San Francisco, CA — May 14, 2015 — On Saturday, June 6, teams of volunteers at five locations throughout San Francisco will hand out free nametags to passersby. Nametag Day organizers hope to add some familiarity, joy, and spontaneity to a day in the life of San Francisco residents and visitors.

“The goal of Nametag Day is to slow down the pace of the City just a bit and give San Francisco a small town feel for a day, so we can appreciate the people all around us,” says organizer Michael Morgenstern. “We hope to make Nametag Day an annual event and to bring San Franciscans a little closer together every year.”

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POLLO DE [email protected]

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
6pm - 12am

3600 16TH at Market
San Francisco, CA 94114

LOOKOUT announces the return of the Annual “Pollo de Mayo” celebration! Every Cinco de Mayo Pollo del Mar hosts the hottest party in the Castro! DJ’s Hawthorne & John LePage provide the music to help you celebrate! -plus Pollo will have infamous Jello shot injectors to shoot a load right down your throat! Tasty food specials from pop-up restaurant Mama Knows including her killer tacos! NO COVER!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3600 16th St at Market
(415) 431-0306 – LOOKOUTSF.COM-Facebook: Lookout

Gay-mer Mondays at Brewcade!

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Mondays suck...but not at SF's playground for adults, Brewcade™ .

Eat, drink, and be immersed in an excruciatingly exciting fanciful fight between Nintendo characters on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for 'Gay-mer Mondays'!

Not only will you get a chance to compete in a Smash Bros tournament on an 11-foot projector behind Brewcade's bar or Mario Cart on an 80-inch flatscreen (among other games), subject yourself to some of the BEST entertainment commentary by Gamer X's Matt Conn, partially remarking on the smashing and fighting entertainment, and partially....everything else. 

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ACADEMY OF FRIENDS (AOF) announces the 2015 Art and Wine Auction

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At this event, AOF will host an Art and Wine Auction to raise money for bay area HIV/AIDS organizations.

Friday, April 24th
6:00-­‐8:30 pm

111 Minna Gallery
San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2015—Academy of Friends (AOF) announces it’s first annual Art and Wine Auction sponsored by 111 Minna Gallery. The art house is a perfect place to showcase an amazing collection of artwork and wine benefitting local HIV/AIDS non-­‐profits. Tickets are $50 per person, include entry to the event plus two drink tickets, light bites and can be purchased at

At the event on April 24th, from 6:00-­‐8:30PM, AOF offers both live and silent auctions plus a selection of cocktails, wine and bites. Live auction items will include amazing artwork, unique travel adventures and a VIP tour of San Francisco with silent auction items ranging from restaurant gift certificates to theater tickets as well as local tours and jewelry. There will also be several fun door prize drawings throughout the evening.

The monies raised from the night’s auctions will benefit local HIV/AIDS Services. AOF provides grants to support organizations delivering a broad range of community services. Direct care grants, such as food, housing, counseling, financial assistance, or legal services. This year’s beneficiaries include AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), Huckleberry Youth Programs, HIV/AIDS Nightline, HIV Story Project, LGBTQ Connection, Positive Resource Center (PRC) and Project Open Hand.

Academy of Friends was founded in 1980 as a small, private Academy Awards® night party shared by 25 friends over a little food, champagne and Hollywood glamour. This annual gathering soon formalized itself into a gala party with the expressed mission of raising revenue and awareness of the scourge of HIV and AIDS affecting the greater San Francisco community. During the ensuing 35 years, Academy of Friends has become acclaimed nationwide for producing one of the biggest and best formal attire Academy Awards® parties outside of Los Angeles, all done with the express purpose of Celebrating Life and Empowering Hope.

To become an Individual Sponsor, Corporate Sponsor, learn more about the 2016 Gala, or simply to volunteer, please call 415/995 9890 or visit

Easter [email protected]

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LOOKOUT announces it's annual Easter Sunday Celebration. Join ALC Team Unpopular as they host JOCK Sunday. Lookout will be opening early with a pop-up brunch served by Terrill's House Catering. Brunch service will be from 11:30-3:30, some of the menu offerings include; deviled eggs to start, shrimp & grits with a bacon tomato relish & a bourbon apricot glaze ham sandwich.  Starting at 3:00pm, DJ Guy Ruben takes to the decks followed by Russ Rich at 6pm. Hot go-go jocks, strong drinks & great music make this THE Sunday destination. $2 cover benefits Team Unpopular's ALC fundraising.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
11:30am - 9:00pm

3600 16TH at Market
SF CA 94114

National Beer [email protected]

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LOOKOUT announces the return of National Beer Day. Celebrate with Lookout for this yearly tradition. When the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect in 1933 on this day, thirsty customers could buy a beer that was 3.2 % alcohol by weight instead of the "near beer" they had suffered with all through Prohibition. The public lined up on "New Beer's Eve" at breweries in 20 states and Washington, DC, and purchased 1.5 million barrels. April 7th has remained an unofficial holiday celebrating beer in the U.S. DJ Riley Patrick provides the tunes starting at 6pm. Discounted prices on all beers all day, plus a special pop-up food menu served from 6pm-9pm by Lookout regular pop-up restaurant artist Mama Knows.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
3:30pm - 2:00am

3600 16TH at Market
SF CA 94114