Arts and Culture This Week

August 23-September 27

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

Artistic director Robert Currier helms this witty comedy by Oscar Wilde, fea...


Sept. 27 & 28

Yatra: Journey from India to Spain

Yatra: Journey from India to Spain

World dance takes center stage with the premiere of “Yatra: Journey from Ind...


Sept. 24 & 25

Coryell, Bailey, White

Coryell, Bailey, White

Three rocking jazz players—the great fusion guitarist Larry Coryell, Return ...


Oct. 21

Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk

An evening with the author of “Fight Club,” “Invisible Monsters” and eight o...

Literary Arts

Oct. 9-12

Festival Flamenco Gitano

Festival Flamenco Gitano

For almost a decade, this world-class Flamenco festival has presented a comp...


Oct. 18

A Criminal Account of Pleasure

A Criminal Account of Pleasure

The late underground filmmaker George Kuchar, whose low-budget, adventurous ...


Opens Oct. 23

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art

The concept of “havruta”—the study of religious texts by people in pairs—roo...


UNTIL Nov. 16

Closely Considered—Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Closely Considered—Diebenkorn in Berkeley

Though Diebenkorn gets top billing, there is an impressive roster of classic...


Oct. 25

Family Halloween

Family Halloween

It’s time for kids to don their bat wings, glide into their ghost gear and/o...


Oct. 25-Feb. 5

Light Walk

Light Walk

“Come and play.” That was the invitation that Exploratorium founder Frank Op...

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Arts & Culture Itineraries

We’ve created itineraries which feature favorites of local luminaries to spark ideas.  Make your stay extraordinary by planning the most brilliant Arts & Culture itinerary of your own. 


The Classicist

Featuring Elana Altman, San Francisco Ballet Soloist

The Greenie

Featuring Michael Pollan, best-selling author and James Beard award recipient

The Trendsetter

Featuring Traci Des Jardin, Chef and Owner of Jardiniere, Americaʼs Top Chef Contestant

The Bohemian

Featuring Larry Harvey, Founder, Burning Man

The Eccentric

Featuring Jack Dorsey, co-Founder, Twitter

The Entrepreneur

Featuring Craig Newmark, Founder,

The Artist

Featuring Sanjay Patel, Artist and Pixar Animator

Editor's Picks

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass crowd in San Francisco, CA

Full 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Announced

After weeks of leaving us on the edge of our seats with clues about who is playing this year, they have finally released the entire lineup and it's amazing. Here's who will be playing at Hellman Hollow this year....more

Nob Hill Masonic

Grand Masonic Hall Reopens With Big Music Lineup

After years of fighting with Nob Hill neighbors about the kinds of crowds a consistent concert venue would bring to their hood, Live Nation’s mission of giving the Masonic Center new life comes to fruition next month....more

Skulls, a revealing new exhibit

Every skull tells a story. As unique as a thumbprint, skulls act as roadmaps in the scientific quest to understand how animals live, die, and evolve....more

Ai Weiwei coming to Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei is Coming to Alcatraz

You are looking at San Francisco's newest gallery. That's right, it's Alcatraz Island. From September 27 to April 2015, celebrated Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei's high-anticipated exhibition "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will call the island home....more

20 Reasons to Go See Free Music at Stern Grove This Summer

20 Reasons to Go See Free Music at Stern Grove This Summer

Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco’s favorite summer tradition, announced its 77th season of admission-free concerts, June 22-Aug. 24, 2014 at Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard....more

Explore the New Home of the Exploratorium

Explore the New Home of the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is now open at Pier 15 at the heart of our beloved San Francisco waterfront...more

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