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Picks of the week: No rain check needed

It’s full steam ahead on fall: Pumpkin spice lattes are for sale again, Halloween costume discussions are getting serious and, most importantly, it’s starting to rain. The latter can put a serious damper on social plans, but there’s still plenty of great indoor events you can attend to avoid frizzy
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San Francisco Symphony gives voice to silent film

An orchestra playing along to a silent era film — sounds like a formula to draw an elderly crowd. This stigma is the unfortunate culprit which keeps a younger audience from a truly rewarding experience of attending a show at the symphony or watching cinema older than their parents (or
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An enchanting evening of song with Natalie Dessay

It is delightful to sit in an audience that is perfectly charmed, to look around and see heads tilted back as people listen, smiles on nearly every face and eyes lit up as they take it all in. There wasn’t a single bored or unhappy face under the house lights
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Violinist Gil Shaham dazzles at Davies Symphony Hall

A deep-seated anticipation permeated the atmosphere of San Francisco Symphony’s Davies Symphony Hall in the moments before violinist Gil Shaham walked onstage. Then, simultaneously with the excitement of an overeager child and the confidence of a brilliant performer, the Israeli violin virtuoso entered to spirited applause. After a friendly nod
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