SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH MUSIC, ACTIVITIES, AND ART, ON NOV. 3 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL. The San Francisco Symphony celebrates Día de los Muertos 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in Davies Symphony Hall with performances by the Villalobos Brothers and the San Francisco Symphony led by conductor Jacomo Bairos. The concert, plus lobby art and activities guided by bilingual docents, immerses audiences in the vibrant cultural traditions of the holiday, marked annually in Mexico and throughout Latin America to celebrate the lives of those who have died. The concert opens with Sam Hyken’s Toccata y Fuga, a Spanish dance-infused arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The program continues with Silvestre Revueltas’ evocative Noche de Jaranas from La noche de los Mayas, composed for the 1939 film of the same name, after which Casa Círculo Cultural perform a traditional neon Quetzalcóatl serpent dance. Two works by Manuel de Falla follow: selections from El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), commissioned in 1919 by Diaghilev with costumes designed by Picasso; and selections from Falla’s Andalusian-influenced ballet El Amor Brujo, during which dancers from Casa Círculo Cultural join on stage. The program closes with the Villalobos Brothers in their original compositions, including “El San Lorenzo” and “El Pijul.” Sharing a message of “love, brotherhood, and social justice,” the Mexican-American ensemble’s songs infuse elements of jazz, classical and Mexican folk music. Davies Symphony Hall is located at 210 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. For tickets or more information visit, call (415) 864-6000 or email Group discounts available; children 18 and under receive half-price tickets. For a sneak peak at what’s in store ...


“WAITRESS,” SERVING AUDIENCES NOW, AT THE SHN GOLDEN GATE THEATRE. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, “Waitress” tells the story of Jenna — a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. Original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. Two hours and 30 minutes includes one intermission. Through Nov. 11 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco. Recommended for ages 13 and up. No children under 5 allowed. Ticket information at A limited number of $40 rush tickets will be available for every performance beginning two hours prior to curtain at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre Box Office. Tickets are subject to availability. Cash only. Two per person. Rush tickets are void if resold. Here’s a flavor of what “Waitress” serves up ...


TAKE A BACKSTAGE TOUR OF THE SAN FRANCISCO WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco sits across from the westside of San Francisco City Hall. Completed in 1932, the Opera House is one of the last Beaux-Arts/Classical Revival style structures erected in the United States. The home of the San Francisco Opera since opening night in 1932, the theater has 3,146 seats plus standing room for 200. During a 60-minute tour, guests can visit the prompter’s box, dressing rooms, wardrobe, wig and makeup departments and more as available. Guides give insight into the architecture and history of this iconic theater. Four tours are offered on Oct. 30, at noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20 general admission. $15 San Francisco Opera members and subscribers (limit four). Complimentary for San Francisco Opera Supporting Patron ($750) members and above (limit two). Contact (415) 551-6353 or For group tours contact Take a quick look at the Wigs and Makeup Shop ...

Susan Cohn is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association. She may be reached at

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