The San Francisco Insider – Drew’s Tips: What to do on Labor Day Weekend!

Ready for a break after your week of studying hard for your English courses? The San Francisco Insider is a regular contribution from EC San Francisco teacher Drew Rogers, who knows how to make the most of anybody’s stay in the San Francisco Bay Area! … As you may know, Burning Man began Monday and goes through the next Monday, which you may know is Labor Day; but those who think it’s too expensive, far away, tough to get a ticket, find a friend to go with—are all wrong—simply look for last minute deals that ALWAYS happen—it’s merely a question of will (or won’t)! I’ve gone on Friday for a 3 day pass and got the full “burner” experience as well, and I nailed a very reasonable ticket on Craigslist, found a ride easily and camped with “strangers” who became friends—it’s the magic of BM! For most of you, though, this coming Labor Day weekend will be more about local stuff: music, picnics, bbqs, hikes, bikes, or just relaxing and seeing the big city shrink to its lowest (except tourists) population during the summer—and that means you’ll see Fog City relax, move slower and quieter than ever! Suggestions? Well, start TODAY! Union Square hosts monthly dance lessons and music, and today you will be treated some some very fun stuff if you want to experience a very American music and dance genre: Rockabilly! Swing in the Square is a swinging live concert and dance series taking place every fourth Wednesday from May to September from 6-8 pm. Find the information here. To begin your weekend, try either the weekly free music/art venue at the world class de Young Museum from 5pm to 8:30pm   Or if you prefer MJ, then you are lucky for 3 reasons: Friday you can get your dance on with a Tribute to … Read more

The San Francisco Insider – Drew’s Tips: Friday nights at the De Young

Ready for a break after your week of studying hard for your English courses? The San Francisco Insider is a regular contribution from EC San Francisco teacher Drew Rogers, who knows how to make the most of anybody’s stay in the San Francisco Bay Area! … We are lucky to have so many cultural freebies in this city, and  the first event I’ll bring up is a grand tradition called Friday nights at the De Young (museum). Depending on the month or even week, musical acts change depending on the cultural event. For instance, generally, near Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican band will perform; or if it’s a Spanish theme, well, guess who shows up on stage? It goes from 5:30–8:30pm  every Friday, all ages welcome; cash bar, cafe/restaurant, free live music, arts and crafts–and see the museum  for free as well! So how else do you explore your journey in this robust town? Well, the first thing to do is check out my favorite budget-friendly center where you only need fast fingers to win prizes (I have) while perusing the various events both in SF as well as in the Bay area. Yes, http://sf.funcheap.com was started by a  student  who moved here with little money to waste, and his friend got tired of lending him money; so he did what every smart  student might do: he went to every event that was free– or almost free– and now he’s parlayed that into his own website that lists daily activities for the week with live links/info (and he’s now a VIP everywhere making good $$)! On this site you’ll find everything from a world famous DJ playing late nights for only $5 (last weekend, Mark Farina) to only paying $8 for ice skate rentals with  2 hour skate at Yerba Buena ice rink behind the Metreon. Btw, that special is every Wednesday night starting at … Read more