Ballet, the opera and now blue notes.
San Francisco is poised to add to its status as a world-class mecca for the performing arts next week when the $60 million SFJAZZ center in Hayes Valley opens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
With the nearby Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco Ballet, Herbst Theater and War Memorial Auditorium, the formerly moribund area near Civic Center is now a culture center unrivaled on the West Coast, according to Len Auerbach, the consultant responsible for the center’s acoustics.
It was St. Patrick’s Day 2010 when David Bates noticed a young bartender struggling to keep up with the thirsty customers at Club Deluxe. “Trying not to be a creep,” Bates, 29, a bartender himself back East, approached the young woman and asked if she needed help. Days later, Bates was hired and today the Boston native, who ironically is a self-proclaimed Manhattan cocktail “kind of guy,” commutes about 45 seconds to work as he resides above the establishment. Read More
Even if you build it, they may not come. Timing is everything. And sometimes, it really is the economy. Platitudes tell the story of the Fillmore district today and its ailing marquee tenants, even as property owners and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development continue to pump money into it. Read More
San Francisco will soon have a stand-alone center dedicated to jazz, and a groundbreaking event is planned for today to highlight the venue.The SFJAZZ Center at 205 Fell St. will feature a 700-seat concert hall, and will house artistic and educational programs for musicians and the community. Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development will host a workshop on potential uses for the Fillmore Muni substation. The City had originally sold the two-story building on the corner of Fillmore and Turk streets to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency for $900,000, but plans to turn it into a jazz center fizzled and it was sold back. Read More
High-end jazz restaurants in the low-income Fillmore district are pouring money into marketing efforts in hopes of increasing interest in the floundering businesses.The promotions have cost $50,000 in public funds, and $35,000 more is set to be spent on a logo, marketing slogan and banners.The Fillmore was home to the West Coast’s most vibrant jazz scene until redevelopment efforts in the 1950s and 1960s devastated music venues. Read More