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January 19, 2016

Arts & Culture Events in Central Market, Civic Center and the Castro

San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood hosts the city's most famed and historic venues that deliver a strong dose of culture.

Looking East
When: Through Feb. 7, 2016
Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.; Monday, Closed
What: “Looking East” explores the many movements and artists affected by Japanese art, including the great impressionist and post-impressionist painters Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet. Juxtaposing masterpieces of Western art and design with rare works by prominent Japanese artists, the exhibition reveals the interplay of new styles and themes inspired by Japan.   
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Tour San Francisco’s City Hall
Where: City of San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place  
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.
What: San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. The structure's dome is taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet. Learn more about the historic building by taking one of the free guided weekday tours.
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

7 For Eight: Magrittomania
Through Feb. 6, 2016
Where: San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue
Hours: Jan. 24, 2016, 2:00 p.m.; Jan. 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2016, 2 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2016, 8 p.m.; Feb. 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 5, 2016, 8 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Chronicle called Tomasson’s 7 for Eight “stunning” when it premiered in 2004 and said it “overflowed with spare and resonant poetry.” Yuri Possokhov’s Magrittomania is a clever and colorful homage to the surrealist painter, René Magritte. The program closes with the North American premiere of William Forsythe’s superbly crafted Pas/Parts, a daring display of technique for 15 dancers. Created for Paris Opéra Ballet in 1999, Pas/Parts has never been danced by another company—until now.
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Jersey Boys
When: Through Feb. 14, 2016
Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market Street
Hours: Tuesday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. 
What: “Jersey Boys” is the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. 
Neighborhood: Central Market
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Of Echo Systems
When: Through Feb. 20, 2016 
Where: Altman Siegel Gallery, 49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
What: Of Echo Systems is an exhibition of sculptures, prints, and video by artists Shannon Ebner, K.r.m. Mooney, and Will Rogan. The three-person exhibition presents artworks that are conceived and developed in consideration of the artist’s environment. The varied surroundings these artists reflect include private and public sites as well as physical, biological and immaterial spaces.
Neighborhood: Union Square
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Live Jazz Performances
When: Ongoing
Where: San Francisco Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street 
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Open 90 minutes prior to all shows (show times vary) 
What: Located in the heart of the Hayes Valley neighborhood at the corner of Franklin and Fell streets, the luminous new SFJAZZ Center is the first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz. Its intimate concert hall, the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, was acoustically and visually designed to enhance the creation of spontaneous music and the connection between artists and audiences. Enjoy performances by: Chris Botti, January 19-24; FORQ (Snarky Puppy), January 24; Cameron Carpenter, January 28 - 31.
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Sagittarius Ponderosa
When: Through Feb. 28, 2016
Where: New Conservatory Theatre, 25 Van Ness Ave.    
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.  
What: Shortly after Archer (still Angela to his family) makes the journey back home to the forests of Eastern Oregon, he meets a handsome stranger at night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine. What follows in this whimsical and powerful new play illuminates the transitions of life and death, the comings and goings of love, and the mysteries of the human heart.
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Bring It Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy Through the Body
Through May 7, 2016
Where: SFAC Gallery: 401 Van Ness Ave. (War Memorial Veterans Building)  
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
What: The Bring it Home exhibition centers thematically on how the presenting artists grapple with cultural identity and its relationship to the human condition. Working in media ranging from painting to digital photography, video to textiles, performance to sculpture, the artists attempt to reconcile and bridge differences—such as past and present, historical and contemporary, Eastern and Western, traditional customs and modern conventions, religious and secular. 
Neighborhood: Civic Center
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Bullet For My Valentine
When: Feb. 3, 2016
Where: Warfield, 982 Market Street
Hours: Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; Show, 7:30 p.m.  
What: UK metal band Bullet For My Valentine will return to the U.S. in 2016 for “The British Invasion Tour” in support of their newly released album, VENOM, in stores everywhere on RCA. The tour will also feature opening UK band Asking Alexandria. The band recently wrapped up a summer long run in the U.S. with Slipknot and Lamb of God and are currently gearing up for a fall European tour followed by Ozzfest in Japan and Soundwave Festival in Australia.
Neighborhood: Central Market
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

Sing-Along Beauty and the Beast
When: Feb. 5 - 10, 2016
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street  
What: This interactive presentation of Disney's classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences’ vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film.
Neighborhood: Castro
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Velocity Circus Performers
Where: Jane Warner Plaza, Market Street at Castro Street
When: Feb. 6, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
What: The Velocity Circus Performers are traditional male circus performers in contemporary costumes performing acrobatics, juggling, ladder balance, rola- bola, bouncy stilts – all ambient and interactive.
Neighborhood: Castro
Visitor Tip: This event is free

SFADA First Thursday Art
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Where: Various Locations
Hours: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA) invites visitors to join  them for “First Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30 p.m. or later.  
Neighborhood: Various
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

Free Walking Tours of San Francisco
When: Daily
Where: San Francisco City Guide Tours, Various Locations  
Hours: Vary by tour
What: San Francisco City Guides are made up of local volunteers who love the city, its history, lore and legends...and they are ready to share it all with you. These free (donations welcome), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of eight or more (except with prior reservation).
Neighborhood: Various 
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near NFL Experience

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