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January 20, 2016

Check Out These Super Bowl Themed Events

The Super Bowl isn't just for sports fans anymore. Experience San Francisco's rich cultural community before the big game. Follow this list of upcoming arts and culture events to make sure you hit all the highlights.

The Nation’s Game: The NFL from the Pro Football Hall of Fame
When: Through Feb. 28, 2016
Where: San Francisco International Airport | Terminal 3 | Departures Level 2 | Boarding Area F
Hours: Daily
What: This exhibition by the Pro Football Hall of Fame features game-worn artifacts and memorabilia from all 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL). Among the objects on display are items belonging to Hall of Famers from across generations and throughout the league, including Joe Montana’s home jersey, Walter Payton’s helmet and Jim Brown’s shoulder pads. Note: this exhibit can be experienced after passing through airport security.  
Neighborhood: South San Francisco 
Visitor Tip: This event is free

The Bay Lights Re-lighting
When: Jan. 30, 2016  
Where: San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span
Hours:  7:25 p.m. 
What: The Bay Lights, by artist Leo Villareal, transformed the Bay Bridge into a canvas of light by producing an iconic light sculpture. Join the excitement as Villareal finesses The Bay Lights for its permanent re-lighting on the evening of Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

San Francisco’s Cultural-Caped-Crusader Concierges
Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2016  
Where: Visitor Information Kiosks: Market Street at Spear Street and Market Street at Main Street
Hours: 4 - 8 p.m. 
What: Dawning Steam Punk-inspired LED-lit capes and top hats, the Cultural Concierge will help connect visitors to Super Bowl City with San Francisco’s arts and culture attractions. San Francisco Travel has enlisted a crew of cultural insiders to share insider tips  about arts events and happenings throughout the city during Super Bowl week. Wearing Victorian capes and top hats glowing with LED-lights, San Francisco’s Cultural Concierge are available to shed their light on how best to experience San Francisco’s famous cultural events and attractions. Meet the Cultural Concierges at either of San Francisco Travel’s two Visitor Information Kiosks near Super Bowl City for an Instagram worthy selfie. They may also be spotted roaming the crowds offering illuminating ideas to visitors. 
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena, South of Market, Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City and NFL Experience

Super Bowl City Art Walk: The Last 50 Years in Bay Area Art  
When: Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2016
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero at Market Street
Hours: Super Bowl City hours of operation    
What: In an effort to celebrate the art of the Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area Host Committee will highlight the best visual artwork of the region of the last 50 years with a commemorative art walk in Super Bowl City (SBC). Large format digital reproductions of art will be a part of all the directional signage, the decor and fencing in and around Super Bowl City. The work represents both traditional art disciplines (painting, drawing, sculpture) and applied arts (graphic design, industrial design and decorative art). The artists who will be featured include: Annie Galvin, Carol Kummer, Chad Hasegawa, Eric Rewitzer, Paul Madonna, Phillip Hua, Rachel Znerold, Michele de la Menardiere, Spencer Aldworth Brown, and Stacy Carter. 
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

Live Music Performances at the Super Bowl City Stage
When: Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2016   
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, the Embarcadero at Market Street
Hours: Super Bowl City hours of operation  
What: Alicia Keys is joining the Super Bowl celebration as the R&B-pop vocalist-pianist, known for such smash singles as "No One" and "Girl on Fire," performs a free show on Feb. 6 at Super Bowl City. The 15-time Grammy winner is one of several acts that will perform at this admission-free fan village, which offers music, cultural events, interactive activities and more in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.   
Neighborhood: Embarcadero
Visitor Tip: This event is free | Near Super Bowl City

San Francisco Travel’s NFL Experience
When: Jan. 30 - Feb. 7, 2016
Where: Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street
Hours: Jan. 30: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m; Jan. 31: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Feb. 1 - 5: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Feb. 6: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Feb. 7: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
What: The San Francisco Travel Association will host a booth at the NFL Experience, offering attendees a chance to win one of three spectacular Bay Area vacations, including: I Left My Heart in San Francisco package, Napa Valley Wine Country package, and Sonoma Valley Wine Country package. You will also have an opportunity to get your photo taken with legendary San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana in wax, which is on loan from Madame Tussauds extensive wax figure collection. 
Neighborhood: Yerba Buena
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

A Concert of Champions
When: Feb. 3 - 4, 2016
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue
Hours: 8 p.m.
What: Hosted by NFL Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, A Concert of Champions features the iconic, Emmy award-winning sports filmmaking of NFL Films—cinema that combines sweeping images of stadium pageantry, stirring music and dramatic script lines—on the big screen with a live score performed by the San Francisco Symphony A Concert of Champions promises to unite sports fans and arts supporters as no other evening can.
Neighborhood: Civic Center 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience

A Super Football Themed Beach Blanket Babylon
Feb. 3 - 7, 2016
Where: Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd.
Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 8 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
What: Join us for San Francisco's hilarious pop-culture musical revue that is full of football excitement! Celebrating more than 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Neighborhood: North Beach
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead

Concussion: Brain Injury and the NFL
Feb. 4, 2016
Where: Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street (between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street)
Hours: 7:30 p.m.  
What: Bennet Omalu became the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage as a major factor in the deaths of some professional athletes in 2002. His life and work is chronicled in the highly anticipated film Concussion starring Will Smith as Dr. Omalu. Dr. Omalu will be in conversation with Stone Phillips, former anchor on Dateline NBC, who has reported extensively on head trauma and sports and is himself a former college football quarterback.
Neighborhood: Civic Center 
Visitor Tip: Tickets required, so plan ahead | Near NFL Experience


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