San Francisco loves City Arts and Lectures! And, I love it too. Over the years, I’ve seen former President Jimmy Carter, activist Angela Davis with Michael Franti, writers Nick Hornby and Margaret Atwood and Karen Armstrong to name a few. At the new location, I got to see Marina Abramović and John Waters.
The wonderful thing about these discussions is that it’s just a conversation. It’s intimate and enlightening. You feel special, as if you were in the right place at the right party.
The new home for City Arts and Lectures, the Nourse Theater, sat empty for over 30 years before renovation. The Beaux-Arts style building stands out today as something special and beautiful. The seating is original, which means it’s very small by today’s standards. If you need extra legroom, be sure to get an aisle seat.
The current program includes Colson Whitehead, Alec Baldwin, and Robert Sapolsky. Many new and exciting events and discussions pop up throughout the season. Tickets for Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellberg sold out in minutes. But you can hear the rebroadcast on the radio (88.5, KQED-fm) or the podcast hosted by the indelible Linda Hunt. The schedule for rebroadcasts is posted on the website.