Hayes Valley is a cool, revitalized neighborhood in the Western Addition. The main commercial stretch, Hayes Street, teems with upscale boutiques for designer fashions and home decor, plus dessert shops, chill watering holes and a wide array of on-trend restaurants. The close-knit neighborhood features a community garden, a pocket park with art installations, and access to music and theater near the Civic Center.
Founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola, an Italian conductor and pianist, the San Francisco Opera is an American opera company. The first performance given by San Francisco Opera was La bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, on 26 September 1923, in the city's Civic Auditorium and conducted by Merola.
During the nine years following the opening season, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House was conceived. The building was designed by Arthur Brown Jr., the architect who also created San Francisco's Coit Tower and City Hall.
The San Francisco Symphony, founded in 1911, is an American orchestra based in San Francisco, California. Since 1980 the orchestra has been resident at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in the City's Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park in San Francisco. It is home to the famous 'Painted Ladies', a tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers. The view provide a stunning contrast; the grassy square an ideal midday break.
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