Entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in The Haight & Hayes Valley

SFJAZZ Center

Jazz legends and singular talents from Argentina to Yemen are showcased at America's newest, largest jazz center. Hear fresh takes on classic jazz albums and poets riffing with jazz combos in the downstairs Joe Hend…
Top Choice Cinema in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The landmark 1932 New Mission cinema, now restored to its original Timothy Pfleuger–designed art deco glory, has a new mission: to upgrade dinner-and-a-movie dates. Staff deliver microbrews and tasty fare to plush b…
Top Choice Classical Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Symphony

From the moment conductor Michael Tilson Thomas bounces up on his toes and raises his baton, the audience is on the edge of their seats for another thunderous performance by the Grammy-winning SF Symphony. Don't mis…
Top Choice Live Performance in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Booksmith

Throw a stone in SF, and you'll probably hit a writer (ouch) or reader (ouch again) headed to/from Booksmith. Literary figures organize Booksmith book signings, mass giveaways of George Orwell's 1984, boozy book swa…
Top Choice Baseball in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Giants Stadium

Baseball fans roar April to October at the Giants' 81 home games. As any orange-blooded San Franciscan will remind you, the Giants have won three World Series since 2010 – and you'll know the Giants are on another w…
Top Choice Theater in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

American Conservatory Theater

Breakthrough shows launch at this turn-of-the-century landmark, which has hosted ACT's productions of Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Robert Wilson's Black Rider, with William S Burroughs' libretto and music by…
Top Choice Live Music in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Independent

Bragging rights are earned with breakthrough shows at the small but mighty Independent, featuring indie dreamers (Magnetic Fields, Death Cab for Cutie), music legends (Steel Pulse, Guided by Voices), alterna-pop (th…
Top Choice Cabaret in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Oasis

Forget what you've learned about drag on TV – at this dedicated dragstravaganza venue, the shows are so fearless, freaky-deaky and funny you'll laugh until it stops hurting. In a former gay bathhouse, drag-legendary…
Top Choice Cinema in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Roxie Cinema

This vintage 1909 cinema is a neighborhood nonprofit with an international reputation for distributing documentaries and showing controversial films banned elsewhere. Tickets to film-festival premieres, rare revival…
Top Choice Opera in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Opera

Opera was SF's gold-rush soundtrack – and SF Opera rivals the Met, with world premieres of original works ranging from Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne to Girls of the Golden West, filmmaker Peter Sellars' collabora…