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San Francisco Counterculture Article

Culture, Counterculture, Summer of Love, Castro, Love Parade, Gay mecca

San Francisco has often been a magnet for America's counterculture. During the 1950s, City Lights Bookstore in the North Beach neighborhood was an important publisher of Beat Generation literature. Some of the story of the evolving arts scene of the 1950s is told in the article San Francisco...

Culture in San Francisco Article

Culture

The culture of San Francisco is major and diverse in terms of arts, music, festivals, museums, and architecture. San Francisco's diversity of cultures along with its eccentricities are so great that they have greatly influenced the country and the world at large over the years. Museums in San...

Performing arts Article

Culture, Theatre, Opera, Ballet

San Francisco has had a thriving improv theatre community, with a distinctly different style of improv than much of the rest of the country. Unlike Chicago where one venue will host three 30-45 minute shows in one evening, most San Francisco improv shows are 2 hours long, complete with their own...

Museums in San Francisco Article

SFMOMA, Culture, Palace of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, Museum

The Museum of Modern ArtThe Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 151 3rd Street (415) 357-4000 The Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) contains 20th Century and contemporary pieces. It moved to its iconic building in South of Market in 1995 and attracts 600,000 visitors annually. The California Palace of the...

Grace Cathedral Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Church, Culture

Inspired by Notre Dame in Paris, the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the US stands on the site of Charles Crocker’s Nob Hill mansion, which was destroyed in the 1906 disaster. Construction began in 1910 but was not completed until 1964. Despite its Gothic look, it is constructed of steel...

Yerba Buena Gardens Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, Yerba Buena Carousel, Esplanade, Zeum, Arts, Culture

Yerba Buena was the name of the town in the Mexican territory of Alta California that became the city of San Francisco, California, after it was claimed by the United States in 1846. Yerba Buena Gardens is the name for two blocks of public parks located between Third and Fourth, Mission and Folsom...

War Memorial Opera House Article

Culture, Earthquake, Opera, Ballet, Buildings

The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco is located on the western side of Van Ness Avenue across from the rear facade of City Hall. It is part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The house has 3.146 seats plus 200 standing room places. It has been the home of the...

Fillmore Auditorium Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Buildings, Bill Graham, Culture, Arts

The Fillmore Auditorium is a historic music venue in San Francisco. Named for its original location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition and the Pacific Heights neighborhoods. In 1968, Bill Graham moved his concerts to a...

California Palace of the Legion of Honor Article

San Francisco Landmarks, Buildings, History, Culture, Museum

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor (often abbreviated to simply Legion of Honor by locals) is a fine art museum in San Francisco. The Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels. The...

De Young Museum Article

Culture, Museum, SFMOMA, De Yong, Golden Gate Park

The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (or simply, the de Young Museum), is a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It is named after San Francisco newspaperman M. H. de Young. The de Young Museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international...