'Tis the season. No, not that season — it's awards season, that magical time of year when we get our fill of glitz and glam down the red carpet. We're still waiting for our invites to the Grammys and the Academy Awards (cough, cough), but that doesn't mean we can't pretend for now. In honor of said glitz and glam, we've curated some places to visit and things to do that'll make you feel like the star you are.

Raven Fitness

Exercise in A-list style

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Get in shape by literally turning your workout routine up-side down. Raven Fitness combines aerial/silks work with yoga to strengthen your body in ways you never thought possible. These low-impact classes will give you a core of steel and increase your flexibility and balance. The "anti-gravity" classes come in different forms, from yoga to suspension (think TRX) to cocooning, which is basically 20 minutes of relaxation like you’ve never quite experienced. 


Where: 321 7th St., SOMA
When: See classes & schedule online
More info: 415-967-3189; weareravenfit.com


Helpers House of Couture

Look the part

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Now that you’ve worked the body, it’s time to get ready to work the red carpet. That’s where Joy Bianchi’s Helpers House of Couture comes in. This romantic consignment shop tucked away in a Victorian house will have you dripping in designer duds and jewels. When you call 415-387-3031 to book an appointment, Joy herself will meet with you and help you find just what you need. This socialite has been on the fashion scene for years, and now her secrets can be yours.

Where: 2626 Fulton St., Inner Richmond
More info: 415-854-9642; 1stdibs.com


Gary Danko

More than a meal

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Few places exude the class and elegance you'll find at Gary Danko. This is a “we have something big to celebrate” kind of place. It would probably be easier to talk through the number of awards the restaurant hasn’t won, because it has 12 Five Diamond ratings from AAA, multiple Michelin stars, James Beard Awards and so much more. The meals are an indulgence for your stomach and your pocketbook, but the experience is priceless. 

Where: 800 North Point St., North Beach
When: Reservations accepted Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2-10 p.m.
More info: 415-749-2060 ext. 42; garydanko.com


Ball Pit Dance Party

After the party it's the ball pit party

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Now we move to the fun part of the evening: the after-party. Or in this case the Massive Ball Pit Dance Party co-hosted by Forward Motion and The Great Northern. Eighty thousand plastic balls have been ordered to fill the venue. Channel your inner kid (crushing it at your cousin's birthday bash) as you bust a move to the rhythms of Benjamin K, Tobin Ellsworth and Derek Hena. Tickets go fast, so grab yours now.

Where: The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., Potrero
When: Mar. 4, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
More info: Facebook


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.