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Time is running out! The celebrated exhibition called Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso at the de Young Museum in San Francisco is almost coming to an end. If you haven’t booked your flights to USA yet, get on it!

The exhibition has been running at San Francisco’s de Young Museum since mid-June and will close its doors on September 25th, 2011. It features more than 100 pieces from the legendary Spanish artist, some of which you may not even recognize from art books and magazines from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. The exhibition includes sculpture, drawings, prints and paintings that span the artist’s career.

Portrait of Dora Maar

Highlights? La Celestine, The Matador and the Portrait of Dora Maar.

The Musée National Picasso is undergoing some major structural changes which is why many of the pieces were moved to the de Young Museum to be displayed during renovations. The pieces for the show were selected to show the wide range in styles that Picasso used during the breadth of his long career as a professional artist.

Find more information on the exhibition at

San Francisco in September… there is hardly a better time to visit this iconic Californian city! Fly from London to San Francisco with Delta Air Lines for £391 (return, tax included) this month to catch the tail-end of the Picasso exhibition and the tail-end of summer on the west coast.

What else is going on in San Francisco in September?

Last September and early October sees the city’s film buffs gear up and present their work at the annual MadCat Women’s International Film Festival which is presented at various theatres around the city, everything from radical documentaries, to pioneering art flicks.

The San Francisco Blues Festival kicks off in late September as well, held at the Great Meadow by Fort Mason. Did you know it’s the oldest festival of its kind held in the USA? The locals of San Francisco just love their blues!

The last Sunday of September is the day to head to Folsom Street for the fair in SoMa. This is not your typical street fair though, it’s a leather fair where everyone goes clad in the kinkiest leather costumes they can find at home. Visitors are often seen observing the fair with jaws down… this is as liberal as it gets! Note: probably not appropriate for the whole family.

Where are you heading this September?

Img: buck82, jmussuto / Flickr cc.

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