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CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
America’s oldest professional ballet company performed one of the first American productions of both “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as the first 20th century “American Coppélia.” A vital ensemble, it is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600.
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
This professional school in the Civic Center neighborhood offers an array of musical programs, many of them free to the public. 50 Oak St., 415.864.7326.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
Located in the historic War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second largest opera company in North America, bringing exciting performances to the stage each season. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330.
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Founded in 1911, the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000.
LIVE MUSIC FEINSTEIN’S
Located within the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, this elegant, intimate, 140-seat nightclub is operated in partnership with multi-platinum-selling entertainer Michael Feinstein and presents a wide range of local, regional and national entertainers. 222 Mason St., 866.663.1060.
SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS
For 40 years, this group has served as an international
standard bearer for a powerful mix of extraordinary musical excellence and mission- driven activism. It continues to inspire through performances and involvement in human rights, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBT organizations. 415.865.3650
This is the first stand-alone performance venue of its kind in the country built specifically for jazz. The 35,000-squarefoot glass structure seating 300 to 700 people, located in bustling Hayes Valley a block from Davies Symphony Hall, boasts the acoustic qualities of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299. THEATER AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER Offering classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company located just outside Union Square. 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228.
BEACH BLANKET BABYLON
No trip to San Francisco is complete without seeing Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon,” the hilariously campy revue that has been a local favorite since 1974, known for its hats and wigs and spoofs of current events and celebrities in ever- evolving numbers. Persons under 21 not admitted to evening performances. 678 Green St., 415.421.4222.
Located on the second floor of the charming Kensington Park Hotel, this theater company is dedicated to presenting critically-acclaimed works in an intimate setting that allows the audience to really connect with the performance, whether it’s a world premiere or an invigorated classic. 450 Post St., 415.677.9596.
For more than 30 years, this has been the preeminent theatrical entertainment company in San Francisco, owning and operating two of the city’s major venues: the historic Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. It delivers a range of theatrical experiences: original Broadway cast productions, pre- Broadway world premieres and current hits fresh from Broadway. 1182 Market St., 888.746.1799. BAY AREA GRATON RESORT & CASINO The behemoth $825 million, 340,000-square-foot resort is home to 3,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 144 table games and an elegant dedicated poker room. As much a dining as a gaming destination, the complex packs in more than a dozen eateries. 288 Golf Course Dr. W, Rohnert Park, 707.588.7100.
WEILL HALL AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER
Located on the Sonoma State University campus in wine country, this is a worldclass indoor- outdoor music complex hosting performances by symphonies and renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma and many more. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.