My City: Cabaret, cocktails, film and Broadway theater 

Faves and raves by Ken Henderson

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AGE: “Over 50, under death”

YEARS IN THE CITY: 28

NEIGHBORHOOD:
NoPa

OCCUPATION:
Self-employed as a graphic designer and executive director of Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation; its website is www.helpisontheway.org.

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Workaholic, AIDS activist, event producer and nonprofit administrator who values friendship and believes trying to make the world a little bit better should be part of all our goals.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A FILM
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
WHERE: 1881 Post St., between Webster and Fillmore streets
WHAT: They allow cocktails and show few ads
INFO: (415) 346-3243 or www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html

The only theater with 21+ screenings that allow cocktails. And they don’t show a lot of advertisements.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE LIVE THEATER

The Orpheum Theatre
WHERE: 1192 Market St., between Hyde and Grove streets
WHAT: The biggest and best Broadway shows book there
INFO: (415) 551-2000 or www.shnsf.com

For overall theater comfort and the fact that the biggest and best Broadway shows tend to book there. Architecturally, it’s the best of the Shorenstein theaters.

FAVORITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC

The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko
WHERE: 222 Mason St., at Ellis Street
WHAT: About the only place left to see cabaret-style performances
INFO: www.therrazzroom.com

Always a variety of great performers and styles of music and just about the only place left to see cabaret-style performances.

FAVORITE PLACE TO WORK OUT
24 Hour Fitness
WHERE: 1200 Van Ness Ave., at Post Street
WHAT: Tons of great equipment, friendly crowd
INFO: (415) 776-2200 or www.24hourfitness.com

It may not be the most posh gym, but it has tons of great equipment and since I’ve been a member since they opened, I enjoy an almost unheard-of annual fee of $50 a year. Also it has a friendly, social crowd that makes working out enjoyable.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Grand Café
WHERE: 501 Geary St., at Taylor Street
WHAT: Consistently excellent dining
INFO: (415) 292-0101 or www.grandcafe-sf.com
 
Grand Café has consistently good food, great ambience and great service. You can’t go wrong there, especially for a special occasion.

FAVORITE PLACE WITHIN SF TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING
Pier 39
WHERE: Beach Street and The Embarcadero
WHAT: Easy to get to, some good restaurants, good people-watching
INFO: www.pier39.com

If I want to feel like a tourist, Pier 39 is easy to get to, has some good restaurants and is a fun place to people-watch.


FAVORITE MUSEUM

The de Young Museum
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, 50 Tea Garden Dr.
WHAT: Superb, extensive collections
INFO: (415) 750-3600 or www.deyoungmuseum.org

The de Young has great collections of both traveling and permanent art collections. It’s a great place to get lost for an afternoon or a day.

FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE A DRINK
Blackbird
WHERE: 2124 Market St., between Church and Sanchez streets
WHAT: Creative drink specials, comfortable and interesting decor
INFO: www.blackbirdbar.com

Blackbird is a new favorite neighborhood bar. The drink specials are creative, the decor comfortable and interesting, and it’s a great place to meet friends after work.

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