Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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36 2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A RANDY MIRAMONTEZ/SHUTTERSTOCK . OPPOSITE: MICHAEL WARWICK/SHUTTERSTOCK; EURNGKWAN/SHUTTERSTOCK CA.PERFORMING ARTS ยป FIND A PERFORMANCE Berkeley Repertory Theatre We Players Center Theatre Group California Shakespeare Company The Marsh Aurora Theater Company San Francisco Mime Troupe Blank Theater San Francisco Symphony Los Angeles Philharmonic California Ballet Company SF Jazz Center Kuumbwa Jazz Center Yoshi's Jazz Club The Jazz Bakery Catalina Brick by Brick Circus Vargas States. The California Ballet Company in San Diego has attained a stellar interna- tional reputation, and remains the largest professional ballet company in Southern California. Celebrating its ninth season in 2015, the Los Angeles Ballet is a relatively recent addition to the scene, while the reinvigorated Oakland Ballet is celebrating its golden 50 th anniversary. Jazz & Blues Here's a quick sampler of the state's best jazz and blues clubs. Working-class Oakland is a hotbed of jazz, with clubs like Yoshi's (in Jack London Square), Geoffrey's Inner Circle and Birdland leading the pack. Across the bay in San Francisco, don't miss the SF Jazz Center, and visit The Saloon and Club Deluxe for blues; in Santa Cruz, it's the Kuumbwa Jazz Center; in Fullerton, Steamers; the Baked Potato and Catalina in Hollywood; Charlie O's in Van Nuys; and The Torch Club (for Blues) in Sacramento. In LA, find the hottest new offerings at the Jazz Bakery. Rock 'n' Roll From the Doors to the Dead, California has been Ground Zero for great live music. Here are a few of California's legendary Rock 'n' Roll haunts, still going strong. For great live music, check out what's on at the Fillmore and Warfield in San Francisco, as well as the Fox and glorious Paramount Theater in Oakland. A bit north, Sweet- water in Mill Valley, Marin County often has great artists. Looking to rock it in LA? Check out the Troubador, Roxy and Whisky a Go Go, an LA institution since 1964. Some other great venues include the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and "the Brick" (Brick by Brick) in San Diego. Circus & Cabaret Originally founded in 1969 by the late Clif- ford Vargas, the Circus Vargas is California's largest home-grown circus, featuring a vast Big Top that covers two acres and requires 30 people to put up and pull down. The Cirque du Soleil is also a frequent visitor to the state, with scheduled appearances in most of the major cities. Their 2015 shows, in northern and southern California, will include Kurios and Varekai. JOHN McVIE (L) and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac perform at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, November 2014, right; Circus Vargas poster, below.

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