By: Evelyn Thoen
Over Spring break, my dad and I went to San Francisco for three days. I had a great time visiting art museums and seeing Radiohead in concert.
Monday: On Monday I visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. There was an amazing exhibit on Matisse and Diebenkorn, two artists who created art mainly in the early/mid-1900’s. The large exhibit featured 100 pieces from multiple collections. Unfortunately, since each collection has different rules, I couldn’t take any pictures, as photography was completely prohibited.
A painting by Diebenkorn
After visiting the art museum, I traveled by historic cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf. We ate dinner at Fog Harbor Fish House, which was delicious. I would recommend the fish and chips. The waiters were very nice and accommodating if you had a tight schedule or if you had time to relax and enjoy the view of the bay. Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Pier 39 and sea lions!
The weather had been overcast, but it started to drizzle when we left. There were lots of sea lions on the end of the dock, which were hilarious and cute to watch, as they slept or fought each other.
Tuesday: On Tuesday, we basically camped out outside the location of the concert, which was the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley. We met lots of people, some of whom had been to the concert the previous night as well. It was pretty chill; people were friendly and came and went over the afternoon. It was nice to relax and I was able to read a whole book. Finally, we were let in around 5pm. My dad and I got great spots at the first ledge of the pit/standing room area. This was an ideal location as we were pretty close to the stage but we were just high enough that we could see over the heads of everyone in the main pit area.
The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
For those of you who don’t know, Radiohead is an alternative rock band from England that formed in 1985. Their music ranges from more alternative to experimental, with some electronic influences as well. To date, they have released nine albums. This concert was part of a tour in support of their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Their albums have been called some of the best music of the 1990’s and 2000’s. If you haven’t heard of this band, you’re missing out. I would recommend listening to their latest album or In Rainbows.
The opening band was a rock band from Baghdad. They played some interesting instruments and were overall a nice opening band. Then around 6:30 Radiohead went on. They opened with three songs from their latest album, then played a mix of newer and older songs from various albums. Overall, they played 25 songs, including two encores. The audience was really into it and sang along to many of the songs. Seeing Radiohead live was an incredible experience. The concert was mesmerizing.
Wednesday: On Wednesday I went to the de Young, which is another art museum. My favorite exhibit was a large collection of mainly film photographs and collages by the artist Danny Lyon. Lyon took photographs for activist magazines and also documented people’s lives, such as those living in a Texas prison. He widely documented the Civil Rights movement as well. His photography was captivating and insightful. While this exhibit is only up for the rest of the month, I would highly recommend the de Young museum as a whole to anyone visiting in the area.
A collage by Danny Lyon
An art installation at the de Young (Leonardo Drew, #197)
After visiting the art museum, we drove to the Golden Gate Bridge. We took some pictures and then walked across the bridge and back. The weather was perfect, sunny but not too warm.
All in all, San Francisco and the Oakland/Berkeley area is a really fun place to explore, visit some art museums, eat good food, or see a concert. I would definitely recommend visiting over summer vacation!