Murals of San Francisco info

 
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THE BEST WAY TO SAN FRANCISCO From LAX, American, United, Southwest and Virgin America offer nonstop service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $118. WHERE TO GO Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd.; (415) 362-0808. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Elevator rides to the top cost $5 per...

By Christopher Reynolds // 03.06.09
 

THE BEST WAY TO SAN FRANCISCO

From LAX, American, United, Southwest and Virgin America offer nonstop service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $118.

WHERE TO GO

Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd.; (415) 362-0808. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Elevator rides to the top cost $5 per adult.

Alcatraz Cruises, Pier 33 at Fisherman's Wharf; (415) 981-7625, www.alcatrazcruises.com. Cruises start at 9 a.m. daily, with 10 to 14 departures per day. Reservations vital, available up to 90 days ahead. Adults $26 to $33, more if Angel Island is added. For more info: www.nps.gov/alcatraz.

Golden Gate Bridge,www.goldengatebridge.org. No toll for northbound traffic; southbound cars pay $6 toll. Now through Oct. 31, pedestrians are allowed on the eastern sidewalk from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cyclists have toll-free access to the bridge 24 hours a day, but (through Oct. 31) are channeled to the eastern or western sidewalks, depending on the hour. (Details at the website.)

War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building (which make up the Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Ave; (415) 621-6600, www.sfwmpac.org. Includes War Memorial Opera House, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theatre, Green Room and Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall. Hourlong volunteer-led tours are offered at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 and 2 p.m. on Mondays. $5 for adults. More tour info: (415) 552-8338. For info on events, check the War Memorial website's calendar.

City Club of San Francisco, Pacific Stock Exchange Tower, 155 Sansome St., 10th floor; (415) 362-2480, www.cityclub. The City Club, home of Diego Rivera's first U.S. mural, is private. But San Francisco City Guides (see below) offers free tours of the space at 3 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Also, from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays, the club often admits visitors who call first or inquire with the doorman.

The Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway. Visitor Center information desk is staffed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but the mural area can be seen until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St.; (415) 771-7020, www.sfai.edu. The Rivera mural dominates the Diego Rivera Gallery, left of the campus entry courtyard.

9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

City College of San Francisco: Ocean Avenue campus, 50 Phelan Ave. www.riveramural.org. This spring, the Rivera mural is in the Rivera Theater, staffed by docents and open to visitors at varying times Mondays through Saturdays; see website.

TO LEARN MORE

San Francisco City Guides, ( www.sfcityguides.org), an all-volunteer walking-tour organization arranges walks to about 30 city sites every month, including many '30s landmarks.

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St.;

(415) 391-2000, www.

California's Living New Deal Project (livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu), a survey of how the New Deal changed the state's public landscape.