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COSTUMED RUNNERS HIT THE PAVEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO’S BAY TO BREAKERS 12K RUN

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 | 7 a.m. – 12 p.m

Boston and New York and LA may have their marathons, but San Francisco has the historic Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12k, one of the world’s largest and oldest foot races. The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of Ocean Beach. The 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and fun-lovers out for a soothing day of jogging and walking through San Francisco.

The Bay to Breakers, first held on January 1, 1912, was a precursor to the athletic events being planned for the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition. It tallied 218 registrants, 186 starters, and 121 names on the finisher’s list. Since then, Bay to Breakers has served as a testament to San Francisco’s uniqueness. The race celebrates the human spirit with a wave of athleticism, fun, and frivolity that flows across the City from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The Bay to Breakers draws more than 50,000 participants and 100,000 spectators annually. It even set a Guinness Book record, with 110,000 participants in 1986.

In the true spirit of San Francisco the race is an egalitarian celebration. Thousands of costumed participants join with families, weekend runners and strollers, and hoof their way through the heart of San Francisco, energized by live music and armies of raucous spectators lining the route. Throughout its long history Bay to Breakers has showcased the City’s color and its affection for eclectic traditions. Although runners come from across the country and around the globe, the race is still a San Francisco experience and a reflection of life between the breakers and the Bay.

Zazzle Bay to Breakers Final Mile is free and open to the public. The Final Mile festival will happen along MLK drive between the Great Highway and 41st Avenue. Meet up with friends and family after the race at the ‘alphabet’ A-Z garden. Enjoy food from a variety of vendors, and a score of interactive activities.

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We recommend staying at,

The Prescott Hotel, located in downtown San Francisco within two blocks of Union Square, offers Kimpton’s trademark style and sophistication with all the seemingly little touches that turn moments into memories. A Kimpton Hotel, the Prescott Hotel offers 3.5 star luxury just steps from San Francisco’s most loved attractions. Shop, dine and enjoy the sights of Union Square, take in a show in the Theater District, or take care of business in the Financial District.  

After numerous restorations and enhancements, the award-winning InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel San Francisco retains the original character of old-world luxury and style and graciously combines this with new-world amenities and services. Standing tall at the prestigious address of One Nob Hill, this 4.5 star luxury hotel offers classic elegance and a prime location from which to discover San Francisco.

A member of the Morgans Hotel Group, Clift San Francisco is situated just two blocks from the city’s most desired location, Union Square. Housed in a nearly century-old building with a classic stone exterior, the Clift Hotel surprises guests and visitors alike with its daring design, attempting to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.

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WHERE THE STARS STAY AND PLAY

 They know something, those stars and celebs. They know how to live, how to party and celebrate in style—and they know where to do it. Stars have a sonar for good living and luxury. Which is not to say they own the patent on living well, or have the last word on it. If celebrity is not within reach, celebrity living is.

For nearly 80 years, the The Jumeirah Essex House sign has soared above the Manhattan skyline. Nowadays it’s one of New York’s A-list go-to luxury hotels. Sheryl Crow frequents. Angelina Jolie owns a penthouse there. A 90 million dollar reno in 2007 brought this classic gem into the 21st century. Located near Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center. Take New York Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge or a steam bath at The Spa. Offers rooms with unobstructed views of Central Park.

Striking but mood-lit palatial rooms; three pools; and a prime ocean location make The Setai the best Miami offers. Performers from Jay-Z to Cat Power have laid down tracks at the Lenny Kravitz-designed on-site recording studio, and the hotel plays host to major fashion and entertainment events. Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Gisele, U2, and Madonna have stayed. Will Smith partied at The Setai with Trey Songz.

The Clift in San Francisco owes its dark and sexy design to Philippe Starck and draws a slick night-clubbing crowd to its famous Redwood Room bar. Notable patrons: Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lucinda Williams, Parker Posey, and Lily Tomlin.

Caesars in Las Vegas is the hotel of choice for the ultimate high roller, Barack Obama. The President reposed more than once among the imperial statues at Caesars Palace during his presidential campaign. More recently, the Obama family rented a 22,000-square-foot suite with its own private pool while in town for a fundraiser. But Caesars boasts plenty of regular celebrity: its Pure Nightclub has staged a slew of B-lister birthday celebrations (Khloe Kardashian, Perez Hilton and Nicky Hilton).

Where else would the stars wind up, in the end, except Hollywood? Smack dab on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was founded in the 1920s by Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo, but now hosts bad-boy parties (vide elite club Teddy’s). Jessica Biel threw Justin Timberlake a birthday bash there in 2009; Jay-Z and Beyonce partied there. Khloe Kardashian attended the 2009 Roosevelt Labor Day pool party. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Piven, Mischa Barton, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Orlando Bloom have been spotted skulking through its lobbies.

So whether you stay in the skyscraper hotels of Manhattan, or by the beach in Miami, you’ll never know when a celebrity may make an appearance. Keep your eyes peeled, and of course, make sure to share your stories and photos with us here.

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GET READY FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

April 19–May 3, 2012

Few festivals better suit their city than the San Francisco International Film Festival. The vibe is decidedly West Coast, laid back, low key, and remarkably intimate. It’s a festival programmed by film-lovers for people who love film. Renowned as a showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation, in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, the San Francisco International Film Festival offers a wide range of marquee premieres, international competitions, documentaries, new digital media work, live music performances and gala events.

Founded in 1957, SFIFF is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, it features some 150 films and live events, with more than 100 filmmakers and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000. Keenly anticipated by film buffs, championed by civic leaders, respected by filmmakers and closely watched by industry professionals, SFIFF is a key event in the Bay Area’s cultural calendar and a crucial stop on the international festival circuit.

Filmmaking is and always has been a powerful medium and will continue to be in all its mutating forms, be it television, or online media. SFIFF is deeply rooted in the finest traditions of film appreciation, both as an art form and as an agent for social change.

This season SFIFF will again feature full-length films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and new digital media, as well as panels and seminars, awards events, and retrospectives. Its acclaimed Schools at the Festival program draws 4,200 students from grades 1–12 into the festivities.

Established in 1957 to augment the Festival’s tradition of recognizing excellence, the Golden Gate Awards continue honoring filmmakers. For decades the competition has introduced Bay Area audiences to filmmakers who have transformed the medium.

WHERE TO STAY: The Clift: The Festival is hosting their Centerpiece Party here, which you won’t want to miss. This 4 star hotel’s contemporary design incorporates beautiful art pieces all around. The Redroom a cherished San Francisco landmark, features original redwood paneling and an enormous bar which legend says was carved from a single redwood tree. Book with us for a complimentary upgrade.

Campton Place: This 4.5 star Taj hotel is conveniently located by Union Square, is home to the Michelin Star Campton Place Restaurant known for its Mediterranean-influenced modern Californian cuisine. Complimentary upgrades are available until April 30th, 2012.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins: Perched atop Nob Hill overlooking San Francisco, The Mark Hopkins Hotel is one of the city’s most historic and grand landmarks. Enjoy breathtaking views o the city and its famous 1000 Martinis menu atop the aptly named, Top of the Mark sky lounge. Stay with us for fantastic rates during the festival.

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