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Featuring performances from a diverse range of professional artists and bands from across the world, SFJAZZ Center is a modern concert venue in San Francisco. Located on the corner of Fell Street and Franklin Street, the center comprises the flexible Robert N. Miner Auditorium which has a capacity to host a maximum of 700 spectators, a smaller 80-seat rehearsal room and a cafe. The auditorium is equipped with latest infrastructure amenities where spectators can sit back, relax and watch the scintillating performances on stage.
This gleaming, mirror-walled, glass-enclosed cylinder seats 2,743 and the acoustics are phenomenal. If the minimalist look of the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is somewhat disquieting, given the Beaux Arts look of the rest of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, never mind. Like the symphony itself, the 9,000 pipes of the Ruffati organ that looms behind the stage makes quite a statement.
Since 1923, San Francisco Opera has debuted the performances of several well-respected artists including Marie Collier, conductor Silvio Varviso, and director Francis Ford Coppola. Founded by Gaetano Merolo, the War Memorial Opera House, housed in the War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, has been the home of the Opera since 1932. Tours are available only during the opera season. The concert is held on the Sunday following opening night of the Fall Season. San Francisco Opera is the second largest opera company in North America. The Opera's mission is to enrich, be creative and innovative, take leadership and present opera performances of the highest international quality.
The Herbst Theatre is part of the War Memorial & Performing Arts Center located across the street from San Francisco's stunning City Hall. Herbst plays host to a plethora of cultural events ranging from lectures and discussions (by the likes of Ricky Jay and Dave Eggers) to full-on rock concerts (by such luminaries as Ryan Adams and Beirut). It features a 928-seat recital hall as well as murals painted by renowned artist Frank Brangwyn for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco.
In 1981, the Orpheum Theatre opened under new management with the hilarious musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Sixteen years later, a massive and privately funded renovation took place at the Orpheum, unveiling an ornate and stunning theater that has become synonymous with elegance in San Francisco. Blockbuster musicals have been housed here, and continues with its tradition of entertaining and inspiring awe in its audiences.
The African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco is a great place to learn and appreciate the history, culture and art of African Americans. The complex has an art gallery that has been host to various art exhibitions by Afro-American artists. There Buriel Clay Theater on the first floor of the complex holds various plays, concerts and dance performances.
As a key player in the "Best of Broadway" seasons since 1979, the Golden Gate Theatre has hosted show-stopping musicals like A Chorus Line, which re-opened the theater on December 27, 1979. This was followed by Camelot with Richard Burton, Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury, My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison, Bette Midler, and Liza Minnelli, Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall, 42nd Street, Cabaret, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, and Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, among many more. With its grand and complicated past, this theater has survived numerous renovations and uses and has emerged as a house full of theatrical memories.
Located in the historic Mission District, the Victoria Theater, a former vaudeville house, is a 480-seater place considered the oldest theater house in all of San Francisco. Built in 1908, this theater has been screening films for a long time right from locally made movies to film festivals and even concerts. Features include amazing Dolby quality sound and a 35mm video screen. Many international film-makers have used this venue while filming, making it an important landmark. Personalities like Whoopie Goldberg, Bill Irwin, Donald O'Connor and Micheal Moore have made appearances here. This venue can also be rented out for live stage productions and other events.
With a welcoming ambiance, Intersection for the Arts tops the list as being extremely unpretentious. Equipped with a huge space for exhibiting versatile art and crafts and a box theater for showcasing plays and movies, the venue is the pride of the Mission District. Many of the plays that take place here are not commercial but for the good of the community and neighborhood in particular. The artistic types are sure to meet like-minded people and be able to network with a diverse group of creative individuals. A non-profit organization without the glamorous facade—visit it once to believe it!
The Curran Theatre's "Best of Broadway" series brings the highest quality musical theater productions and award-winning plays to the Bay Area. Over the years, Best of Broadway subscribers have enjoyed everything from the Tony Award-winning play Fences, to the spectacular, historical musical Les Miserables. Not merely a memory or a monument, the Curran is still what it was intended to be: a living piece of history and enjoyment in San Francisco.
Het A.C.T. huist al sinds 1965 in het Geary Theater. Deze groep met zijn prijswinnende repertoire is de trainingsplek voor acteurs als Rene Auberjonois en Annette Benning. Ze presenteren nieuw werk zoals de bejubelde stukken als August Wilson en Tom Stoppard en proberen nieuwe innovatieve aanpakken om de klassiekers weer tot leven te brengen. Een oude, uitmuntende productie van Tartuffe was aangepast aan het Amerikaanse zuiden, in de jaren 50 en met een voornamelijk Afrikaan-Amerikaanse cast. Bijna al hun stukken worden door de critici toegejuicht, zoals de meer recentelijk The Quality of Life door Jane Anderson. Hun jaarlijkse muzikale versie van A Christmas Carol is een traditie in San Francisco. Het Geary Theater zelf is een juweel van elegantie zonder pretenties. Zie hun website om kaartjes te kopen.
Fijne en beeldende kunst zijn de focus van het Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, die een galerie, een bioscoop, een theater voor live optredens en een prachtig gevormde tuin met schitterende fonteinen heeft. Neem de tijd om degene te bezoeken die is gewijd aan Martin Luther King Jr. die de wandelaars uitnodigt om achter een waterval te lopen terwijl ze de citaten van hem en andere vermoorde leiders van de Civil Rights moments beschouwen. Muziek en theatergezelschappen treden op tussen de vijfeneenhalf acre grote tuin tijdens de lunch van mei tot september. Tegelijk met voorstellingen en informatieve lezingen en seminars, poëzie workshops en lokale artiestenprogramma's.