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By @ 04/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel
Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Annie Leibovitz,

San Francisco’s exhibition and gallery culture landed two coveted, and globally in demand, exhibits from Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta this Spring. And both will have you visit two classic city landmarks to explore.

This story is brought to us by San Francisco-based Ronnie D’Amico, ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondents. (Below)Ronnie D'Amico, ManAboutWorld correspondent

WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Found in a repurposed hanger in the Presidio, WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, is a continuation of her 1999 series of famous photographs known as “Women” that Leibovitz started more than 15 years ago which documented real women of all backgrounds and levels of power. Many of the three dozen new portraits have never been displayed before and offer intimate stills of Gloria Steinem, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jane Goodall, Alice Waters, Sheryl Sandberg and more.

It makes sense for Annie to choose San Francisco as one of the 10 exhibiting cities for this traveling show. Annie attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she took her first photography class, and, in November 2015, she received a Contemporary Vision Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

If you’ll miss the San Francisco exhibits, you have a chance to see it when it moves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 25 – April 17, 2016

Saturday-Thursday: 10am–6pm (Last admission at 5pm)
Friday: 10am–8pm (Last admission at 7pm)

Cost: Free; Advance booking highly recommended.

 Location: The Presidio’s Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

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Oscar de la Renta one of the two exciting Exhibits coming to San Francisco

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta The Retrospective

 Who better than André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, to curate an Oscar de la Renta Retrospective? San Francisco’s de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, was chosen as the world premiere site for the exhibit that includes more than 130 pieces, from over five decades; a joint collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the late designer’s family.

 The Retrospective is themed and grouped by creative stages and his evolution with his earliest work for Balenciaga in Madrid to Lanvin in Paris, and then Jane Derby in New York that eventually became de la Renta’s.

There isn’t a shortage of celebrity red carpet pieces either. You’ll find Rhianna, Amy Adams, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift.

 Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 12, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Cost: Premium $50; Premiums (Members) $30; Adults $30; Seniors (65+) $25; Students (w/ current ID) $15; Youths (6–17) $15; Children (5 and under) FREE; Members FREE

Exhibits Audio tours available: $8 General, $7 Members. Purchase here.

Location: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

**For more on the San Francisco art and museum scene check out San Francisco’s Art Scene Branches Out

Photos of the exhibits:

Top: Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Middle: Courtesy Ronnie D’Amico

Bottom: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta LLC

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By @ 10/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Gay destintation update includes the new Whitney Museum in New York

The Whitney, New York

Every issue of ManAboutWorld is packed full of essential and inspiring travel information including City Seen, a round-up of new (or new to us) hotels, restaurants, attractions and events brought to us from global gay destinations by our correspondents.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
The first of a new Hyatt lifestyle brand that aims to be at the center of where you want to be, the 257-room hotel set in a historic building stakes its claim in Chicago’s premier business district. It couldn’t be more perfectly placed if we picked it ourselves. Oh, that’s right, we did. From museums and architecture boat tours to the Magnificent Mile and every kind of restaurant you can imagine — the Windy City is yours for the taking. The renovated 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper (with some stunning views) offers bright, modern rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgrade for a city view room with separate sitting area. Hotel amenities include a decent fitness center, the Cochon Volant (flying pig) French restaurant, with a casual yet crisp air, a bakery and a rooftop bar with fab views.

— Rich Martino

DALLAS, TEXAS Cafe Momentum
For a unique dining experience that will also make you feel good about yourself, head over to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant designed to provide troubled youth with valuable skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce and teach them responsibility, hopefully setting them on the right path for the future.  Under the guidance of Chef Eric Shelton, the “interns” here work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, and even do the laundry for the clothes worn here by the workers.  Not only is this place a great opportunity to see some terrific service to the community in action, but the food is good too!

Michael Verdirame

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1 Hotel South Beach 
Opened amid a flurry of new hotel brand launches around the world, 1 Hotel South Beach has been living up to its hype and has been garnering a lot of favorable press and attention among hotel critics and guests alike. This months-old oceanfront resort boasts spacious, light-drenched rooms (700 square feet on average) and an eco-consciousness baked into its DNA: the very comfortable mattresses are hemp-blend, there is a fleet of electric Teslas at your disposal (distance parameters apply), there are no bottled waters or disposable shampoo bottles and the entry key is made of wood! Also in tune with the major hotel trend of experiential travel, you’ll find a range of experiences on offer from kayaking in a nearby mangrove (which we did … it was amazing!) to stargazing and more. Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant is delicious and well worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Hotel development plans call for an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and a spa.

Ed Salvato 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art
My god, where do we start? The Whitney is a triumph of art and architecture and it represents an emphatic exclamation point on the development of a part of town that was once best known for its slaughterhouses. The Meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are now dotted by chic boutiques, tony bistros, camera-toting tourists and the starting point of the fabulous High Line elevated park. The industrial-looking Whitney sits at the very beginning of the High Line and offers views from every level of the museum both inside and outside. The art is, of course, simply stunning. The current exhibit, America Is Hard to See, includes a who’s who of modern American art works from the early 1900s through the present, opening with one of Marsden Hartley’s iconic images of gay love and war. Start on the 8th floor and make your way down to the 5th floor via the stairs to enjoy the unexpected views from each level. Check this link out for free tours.

Billy Kolber 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Cockscomb Restaurant
Open since December 2014 and set in a former shoe factory in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, the suggestively named restaurant is the brainchild of Top Chef winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino along with partner Oliver Wharton (who’s known for his nightlife-related projects in Las Vegas). Bring your carnivore friends. You’ll find meat-centric fare with a Spanish accent and lots of pork dishes like crispy pig’s ear and wood oven-roasted pig’s head and more daring offerings like sweetbreads and bone marrow and offal. We love the exposed concrete walls and high ceilings and the local artwork though it can be a bit loud when it’s crowded, which is like every night. But that’s ok. Start with a Negroni aperitif and work your way through some of the fabulous Spanish wines on offer and you will become one with the joyful din. After, head over to one of the many gay bars clustered in the SoMa area including Powerhouse on the weekends (if you’re feeling naughty).

Kenny Porpora

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By @ 07/28/15 in Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

London Sky Garden in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine, six cool places to goIn every issue of ManAboutWorld we bring you a slice of the gay world, including six cool places to go now in our City Seen section. This month hie thee to:

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Sky Garden
London’s full of fabulous parks with our favorite ones consisting of the gorgeous trio of green expanses stretching west to east through the middle of the city: Hyde, Green and St. James. But on your next visit, go a little farther east to London’s business district then straight up 525 feet to the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, a unique public space spanning three storeys and offering 360-degree views across the City of London. Wander around the beautifully landscaped gardens and an open-air terrace with a full-on view of the famous Shard, and grab a drink, coffee or snack and enjoy London’s highest public garden. Entrance is free though you have to reserve ahead of time via the site. This may sound horrible but on a recent visit there were no more spaces available so we booked as handicapped and got in. Photo: Ed Salvato

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

Le Marocain Restaurant (at La Mamounia)
La Mamounia is the most storied hotel in a city full of beautiful properties. It was recently shut down and lovingly and magnificently restored. Part of the experience Le Marocain Restaurant is passing through this storied palace. The restaurant, located in a traditional style riad centered around an inner courtyard, offers both traditional and contemporary cuisine. The salad course consists of a dozen small bowls of locally sourced ingredients (some quite spicy!). The movie-setting mood of the dining area is enhanced by the live traditional music and authentically attired (and handsome) waitstaff. 

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By @ 04/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
Bay to Breakers, San Francisco as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Run Oompa Loompa, run!

San Francisco is pretty much always ripe for a visit. It’s perfection in the spring, they host the world’s craziest Pride in summer, and three big gay street fairs, culminating with Folsom in the fall. Even their winters are charming. But for a city so full of crazy parties, the Bay-to-Breakers street party — a 103-year-old foot race — is the only one that officially takes over the city and gives you a glimpse into the no-limits, creative, quirky spirit of the city as a whole.

If you do come for the race check out our top recommendations in the current issue to enjoy a fun weekend in the City by the Bay. Try ManAboutWorld FREE for three months!

Photo: zappos.com/baytobreakers

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By @ 08/11/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Sydney, Travel

bahrainLast night, the Super Moon wowed spectators the world over, capturing incredible photographs of the rare event. From Bahrain to San Francisco, these are some of our favorite snapshots of the moon from our favorite cities.



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By @ 11/06/12 in Asia, Australia, Canada, Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Travel, Vancouver

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The City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it: Download our November issue and read a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what’s hot and happening in one of the most proudly out cities on the planet.

Also in this issue: Discover Costa Rica and our six Now/Next destinations — Hong Kong, Santa Fe, San Diego, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Phoenix.

Read all about it!



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