It’s been a busy month and recently I’ve gotten the chance to visit a number of neat theaters in San Francisco that I’ve never been to before. I’ve always wondered though, why are some places called THEATER while other places are THEATRE? Is there an actual difference and is one more correct than the other? Because with spellcheck, theatre comes up with a red dotted line below it!

San Francisco War Memorial | Herbst Theatre
My church had their Good Friday service at this theatre with all its amazing detail paintings along the wide walls

War Memorial Opera House
My church then had its Eater service next door at the San Francisco Opera House, which I can’t imagine I would have ever had the opportunity to see this view if not for this event.

Curran Theater
Last weekend I saw a super interesting show called The Encounter at the Curran Theater. The show was about an American National Geographic photographer’s encounter with the Mayoruna people of the Amazon River Basin presented as an interactive experience with headphones for each audience member.

The Grand Ole Opry House is one of the most famous places in Nashville and it’s always recommended that you visit this place during your visit. It so happened that nothing was going on during my time in Nashville aside from behind the scenes tours that cost way more than I was willing to pay, but that didn’t mean I make a quick stop over nonetheless.

I especially thought the giant guitars, one electric and the other acoustic, made the outside of the place quite fun and photo-tastic. The inside of the ticket and sales office was quite nice, too … but that’s as far as I could see for free. Maybe next time?

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A grand ole photo adventure:

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Carole Shorenstein Hays describes the Curran saying, “As a native San Franciscan, I am inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our community. I see the Curran as a start-up – a hundred year old start-up – and I want it to become a beacon for theatrical artists and diverse audiences.”

According to its website, the Curran is an almost 100 year old historic theater that has housed has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the premier live entertainment venues in North America. The above quote is the Curran’s current curator who is helping it reopen its 1,600 seat venue in January 2017. This means that the Curran is currently going through a stage. In fact, it’s under construction, so none of its actual seating can be used. This means that when I went to a show recently, we sat on chairs or the floor, but right on the stage. It was really quite the experience!

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The stage

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The program