Bay seniors who speculate that the gigantic, whimsical creations of Burning Man don’t really qualify as modern art, will have their suspicions confirmed at the massive Silicon Valley Art Fair where seriously original global artists will be on display October 8-11 at the San Mateo Event Center. This is an extension of the extravaganza known as Art Miami. If this year’s exhibit is anything like last year’s prepare to be blown away. $25.
Bay seniors sniffing the scent of a revolution in Asian cooking are likely to be familiar with the name David Chang whose five Momofuku restaurants in New York City are nearly impossible reservations. The celebrated chef has just published a new cookbook and if you are hesitant to take the plunge into it, don’t worry. The San Francisco Cooking School’s Cook the Book program on October 2 will take you through some of its best spicy-sweet recipes including chicken wings, pan roasted mussels, ginger scallion noodles and confetti cookies. 6-10 pm. $160.
Bay seniors unwilling to brave the hordes at Muir Woods are advised to drive an hour south of the City to the hundreds of uncrowded acres, including many old growth redwood groves, in Portola State Park. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains just south of La Honda it is a web of six open space preserves with extensive mountain biking trails and campsites (best to reserve in advance). Even if you prefer to hike closer to the park headquarters you will still have access to cathedral-like stands of redwoods including one 35 feet in circumference and 305 feet high. Sadly, it’s another park that does not permit dogs. Seniors $9.