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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What to Do on Your Lunch Break Wednesday -- Flash Mob!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Flash mob in Dolores Park - THOMAS LEVINSON

I don't want to question Jay-Z, but when he sampled "Aint no love in the heart of the city" I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about San Francisco. This city has a lot of love, and this year I'm feeling it more than ever. With the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and people banding together to try and save local institutions, we're staking a claim in preserving what makes this city endlessly lovable.

To chime in on this love parade, the Westfield Centre is setting out to show you it's got more going on than Bloomie's and Beard Papa's spellbinding cream puffs. You've probably never made it to the fourth floor of the mall (who can get past the basement's culinary lure?), but if you had you'd have noticed the historic glass and steel dome, dating back to 1896. Destroyed in the 1906 fire, it was rebuilt in 1908, and throughout the early 20th century, the rotunda was apparently a hotbed of activity, with a café and bandstand that held concerts every Saturday night. People used to whisper "Meet me under the dome" and that meant something.


The Westfield Centre is reviving the dome's heyday by putting on a spectacular event titled Corazon Under the Dome, a celebration of the heart of San Francisco, a 3D light spectacular created by S.F.-based creative technology studio Obscura Digital projecting iconic S.F. images onto the dome's ceiling. Set to classic songs about San Francisco (you know where you left your heart, right?), the show's arc -- from the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love -- is sure to draw those particularly apt to nostalgic sentiments.

If I still haven't sold you, would it sweeten the deal to know that the launch of this show includes a gigantic flash mob, where the public is invited to dress in their favorite decade of S.F. history? It's your perfect opportunity to dress as a gold miner or make a daisy chain and paint your breasts. There will be a group of professional dancers representing all the decades to round out the insane dance party -- which will meet at noon this Wednesday at Union Square, and dance down Powell Street all the way to the dome at the top of the Westfield Centre.

If you're not much for flash mobs or dancing, you can lounge and watch the show at Westfield's pop-up Park Under The Dome, an indoor park with lawn chairs and a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field, built in honor of the 75th anniversary. To recap, it's a flash mob dance party ending with a light show at noon on a Wednesday. If you can think of a better thing to do on your lunch break this hump day, then you can shave my beard and call me normal.

Dance party begins at noon at southwest corner of Union Square near Powell and Geary and ends at Westfield Centre. Light show begins at 1 p.m.

Dome runs July 11 - Sept. 3. The nightly light show begins at 5 p.m. and runs every half hour until the Centre closes. Monday through Saturday, the last show is at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the last show is at 6:30 pm.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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