Acts and audiences alike dig this saloonlike ballroom, that recalls San Francisco’s scandalous past. Opened by a crooked politician as Blanco’s Café, the elegant bordello catered to the hedonism of the emerging metro. Now if only the frescoed ceilings, baroque details, ornate balconies, and marble columns could talk…. Over the years, acts who have played here have ranged from Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan to Arctic Monkeys, the Radiators, and She Wants Revenge. All shows are all ages 6 and up so you can bring your family, too. Purchase tickets online or over the phone ([tel] 888/233-0449) for a $4 to $5 service fee. Or download a form from the website and fax it to [tel] 415/885-5075 with your Visa or MasterCard info; there is a service fee of $2 per ticket. Stop by the box office to purchase tickets directly the night of the performance for no charge (assuming the show isn’t sold out), or buy them online at www.gamhtickets.com or Tickets.com ([tel] 800/225-2277).
- Erika Lennert