Warmer weather in The City lets performances go outside Stern Grove, San Francisco’s picturesque amphitheater surrounded by eucalyptus and redwood trees, kicks off its 70th season of free performances June 17 with longtime Bay Area favorites, Huey Lewis and the News. Opening for the pop group will be the bluesy Paul Thorn Band.
All shows begin at 2 p.m.; Sigmund Stern Grove is at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. Because no tickets are required, and seated is available on a first-come, first-served basis, patrons are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic. (Veterans know the grove is typically packed.) Public transportation also is highly recommended; the site is served by Muni metro lines K and M, and Muni bus lines 23 and 28. Free shuttles are available for seniors and disabled visitors.
Here’s the season’s full lineup:
» June 17 — Huey Lewis and the News, Paul Thorn Band
» June 24 — The Idan Raichel Project and HYIM and the Fat Oakland Orchestra
» July 1 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
» July 8 — San Francisco Symphony
» July 15 — Os Mutantes and Los Amigos Invisibles
» July 22 — “Breathing Under Water” featuring Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale, Non-Stop Bhangra Collective
» July 29 — Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective, Emeline Michel
» Aug. 5 — Hugh Masekela, Goapele
» Aug. 12 — San Francisco Ballet
» Aug. 19 — San Francisco Opera
For more details, visit www.sterngrove.org or call (415) 252-6252.
S.F. Symphony summer music
The San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Symphony have announced the lineup for 2007’s Summer in the City, a series of concerts in July, all but one presented at 8 p.m. in Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. Most performances feature the San Francisco Symphony.
Here’s the schedule:
» July 6-7 — Pink Martini, dance band
» July 12 — “Tango and More!” with Catherine Cook, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Binelli, bandoneón; and dancers Pilar Álvarez and Claudio Hoffmann
» July 13 — “Mozart and Beethoven” with Jeremy Denk, piano
» July 14 — Chris Botti, jazz trumpet
» July 15, 4 p.m. — Free concert in Dolores Park, with James Gaffigan leads the Symphony,with Daniel Binelli, bandoneón
» July 18 — “Classical Romance” with Gabriela Martinez, piano
» July 19 — “An Evening With Tchaikovsky” with Karen Gomyo, violin
» July 20-21 — Johnny Mathis, vocalist
» July 27 — Neil Sedaka, vocalist
» July 28 — Patti LuPone, vocalist
Tickets cost $18-$83 and are available by calling (415) 864-6000 or visiting www.sfsymphony.org.