How rare to come upon an authentic space of wonder in the middle of the city grid.
William Augustus Merralls, a British engineer and inventor, built this Victorian oasis next to his home on an old dairy farm, in the new Sunnyside District in 1898. Merralls’s original vision was to gather up exotic treasures for his own private delight. His home (now 258 Monterey) still stands today. A serial entrepreneur, Merralls made his money in the invention and sale … Read More
Eliyahu Sills and Jason Ranjit Parmar, appearing as a duo, brought their inspiring musical talents for an intimate evening of the ney, (reed flute of the Middle East), Bansuri (bamboo flute from India), oud, Indian tablas and various percussion, for a contemplative evening of Indian Ragas along with Jewish & Sufi music from The Middle East and North Africa.
Travis Wernet, aka Outlaw Dervish, opened with an energetic, meditative solo didgeridoo set, drawing on Australian Aboriginal musical traditions in a … Read More
What a wonderful evening of classical and musical theatre songs performed by Kelsey Lauritano, Vocal Arts major at Juilliard and graduate of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Piano accompanist is Jillian Kim, student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and SOTA 2012 alumna.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Admission Free, and light desserts served. Donations appreciated.
The evening is generously sponsored and organized by Ann Oglanian, CEO and President of ReGroup LLC and … Read More
A big thank you to the SF Shakespeare Festival touring troupe, Shakespeare On Tour, for the well-received free public one-hour performance of Shakespeare’s, “Julius Caesar” on the fateful Ides of March (3/15/14 @ 2 pm.)
It makes the Friends all the more excited about our recent funding for theatrical lighting in the Conservatory. Stay tuned for future evening theater performances.
Suitable for all ages, this exciting tale of politics and corruption in ancient Rome contains Mark Antony’s stirring and … Read More
A big thank you to everyone who came out for the great day! Stay dry and stay warm!
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1-3. Free.
Multi-media artist and recycler Monica Lee inspires us once again our card making party. This year, she and artist Dorothy Yuki add ornaments! Check out her wonderful pictures and blog post about earlier incarnations day! Gather up your old holiday cards, gift-wrap, calendars, and magazines. Lots of examples and inspiration for handmade cards and ornaments using … Read More
Light floods the interior of the Conservatory, trimmed in salvaged old growth redwood. A custom ringed chandelier is an unforgettable signature element. The solid wood wall in the interior used to lead to the east wing of the Conservatory, demolished in 1978 when a permit was given in error. The Conservatory is officially San Francisco Historical Landmark #78.
Here’s a one-minute video featuring the interior of the Conservatory on Grand Re-Opening Day (to view on a mobile device, … Read More