SF Performing Arts Overview

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One thing you can say for sure about San Francisco denizens is they aren’t a shy bunch, which may explain why there’s such a wide variety of performing arts in San Francisco.

First off, there’s an incredible theater culture in this town, so whether you want Broadway-level musicals and major international touring shows or eclectic black box performances that can be wonderful, weird, or maybe wonderfully weird, it’s all here.

Big theaters include The Curran, The Orpheum, and The Golden Gate, but you’re just as likely to catch amazing shows at smaller houses like SF Playhouse, The Magic, and the queer-centric Theatre Rhinoceros.

Burlesque gets big play in SF, as do drag shows – especially in the Castro and SoMa – while those in need of more classic forms of performing arts need only venture to The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center (SFWMPAC), which is the largest SF performing arts center and one of the largest in the entire United States.

Opera, symphony, modern and classical dance, theater, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings, and gala events all take place at the Center, and season tickets can often be had at a sizeable discount. Of course, this being San Francisco, those in need of poetry or some spoken word will no doubt find plenty close by.

Such is the wide variety of San Francisco performing arts.

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