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Not Dead Yet 

San Francisco’s creative spaces fight back.

Wednesday, Aug 12 2015
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Creative spaces in San Francisco are dropping like flies — at least that's what most local media outlets say. And while it's true that many art hubs have shuttered or decamped to comparatively cheaper digs in Oakland, over the past year many other creative spaces in SF have opened and are thriving.

In this issue, we visit the new venues, art spaces, and bookstores that are bustling (and even expanding). It's a story you may not have read lately: San Francisco's arts scene is still going strong.

Whether it's the packed dancefloor of The Chapel, or the grand opening of Social Hall SF, here are eight places in San Francisco where passionate, creative people have — at least for now — staked out their claims to San Francisco's next-generation culture.

In the heart of the TL, dinner, drinks, and lots to show.

Social Hall SF
A basement, renovated and rebranded.

The Strand Theater
A.C.T.’s revitalized theater expands its programming to Mid-Market.

The Chapel
Let’s get loud on Valencia.

The Swedish American Hall
Recently renovated, this legendary venue — and everything in it — is better than ever.

Chandran Gallery
Hey, look, an art gallery is opening by Union Square!

Honey Hive
An all-ages oasis.

Green Apple Books on the Park
An S.F. institution goes analog in the Inner Sunset.


About The Author

Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.

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