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  • 1. Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    SoMa | Dance

    Since 1982 this company has been staging the fluid and gorgeous ballets of choreographer and founder Alonzo King, sometimes in collaboration...Read More

  • 2. Castro Theatre

    Castro | Film

    A large neon sign marks the exterior of this 1,400-plus-seat art-deco movie palace whose exotic interior transports you back to 1922, when the...Read More

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  • 3. City Arts & Lectures

    Haight | Readings/Lectures

    Each year this program includes more than 20 fascinating conversations with writers, composers, actors, politicians, scientists, and others...Read More

  • 4. San Francisco Ballet

    Civic Center | Dance

    For ballet lovers, the nation's oldest professional company is reason alone to visit the Bay Area. SFB's performances, for the past three decades...Read More

  • 5. San Francisco Opera

    Civic Center | Opera

    Founded in 1923, this internationally recognized organization has occupied the War Memorial Opera House since the building's completion in 1932...Read More

  • 6. San Francisco Symphony

    Civic Center | Music

    One of America's top orchestras performs from September through May, with additional summer performances of light classical music and show tunes...Read More

  • 7. SFJAZZ Center

    Hayes Valley | Music

    Jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Herbie Hancock have performed at the snazzy center, as have Rosanne Cash and world-music favorite Esperanza...Read More

  • 8. SHN Orpheum Theater

    Tenderloin | Theater

    The biggest touring shows, such as Hamilton and The Lion King, are performed at this gorgeously restored 2,200-seat venue. The theater,...Read More

  • 9. Stern Grove Festival

    Sunset | Festivals

    The nation's oldest continual free summer music festival hosts Sunday-afternoon performances of symphony, opera, jazz, pop music, and dance...Read More

  • 10. War Memorial Opera House

    Civic Center | Arts Centers

    With its soaring vaulted ceilings and marble foyer, this elegant 3,146-seat venue, built in 1932, rivals the old-world theaters of Europe. Part...Read More

  • 11. Teatro ZinZanni

    Embarcadero | Theater

    In a fabulous antique Belgian dance-hall tent, contortionists, chanteuses, jugglers, illusionists, and circus performers entertain audiences...Read More

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