Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing August 14, 2009

This listing is compiled by the Vision Loss Resource Center at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It is compiled weekly as a service to the blind and visually impaired community of Northern California. If you have meeting or event information that would be appropriate for inclusion in this list please email This list will be updated every Friday. Information for each Friday’s listing must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to publication.  The entertainment and recreation listing are also available on the LightHouse website at:



Audio described movie listings by geographic area:




AMC Bay Street 16:
5614 Shellmond Drive

Now playing in auditorium 5:

“District 9”


Rialto Theatre:
San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito

Now playing

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

“500 Days of Summer”

Separate admission for each show.



AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street

Now showing in auditorium 8:

“500 Days of Summer”



AMC Cupertino Square 16:

North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek



Now playing in auditorium 3:

“District 9”


AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.

Mercado Santa Clara Center

Santa Clara


Now playing in auditorium 8:

“Julie & Julia”



Live Performances described by Visual Voice:

“Tinyard Hill”

Presented by Theater Works

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

August 16  2:00pm

The times above are the show times. For descriptions of costumes and set arrive 25 minutes earlier.  Be sure to mention Visual Voice at the box office. 



Live Performance Described by Audiovision:

Presented by SHN

”August: Osage County

Curran Theatre

445 Geary St.

San Francisco

August 29: 2PM

To charge tickets and reserve one of the 20 receivers for the show call 415-551-2027 and request Audiovision tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office, 1192 Market Street, San Francisco. Tickets purchased in person at the Orpheum Box Office have no convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. 



Live Performance Described by Audiovision:

Presented by Broadway San Jose


San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

211 W. Almaden Blvd.

San Jose

September 19     2:00pm

Tickets can be purchased at the San Jose Tix Box Office, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, via phone 408-792-4111 or on the website .  Be sure to ask for Audiovision tickets and reserve a headset.



Live Described Performance:  

Presented by SHN


Orpheum Theatre

1192 Market St.

San Francisco

This show is open ended and has a recorded descriptive sound track.  This means that every performance is accessible.  To charge tickets call 415-551-2027 and request a descriptive headset with your tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the box office without the convenience fee.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. 






Free Family Fun Day

Sponsored by:

Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities

August 16    1:00pm-4:00pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

3200 California St

San Francisco

This free event is a great opportunity for youth and families to enjoy this accessible facility.  There will be Arts and Crafts facilitated by JCCSF art teachers. Two swim sessions, activities in the Gym, snacks and refreshments.  The roof top playground will be available.  This is a great opportunity to have fun, relax and network with other families.  For reservations contact or call 415-920-5040.



Tandems Across the Bay Bike Club:

The club has several volunteers with tandems and rides on weekends and holidays, from The Fishermen’s Wharf Area.  The easy-going rides are usually across the Golden Gate Bridge and return to San Francisco via Ferry. There is usually a picnic after the ride.  To schedule a ride or just ask questions contact the club at:



Bowling Team Now Forming:

The LightHouse Bowling Team is looking for members who can meet a few hours once a week to bowl together and have a good time. Transportation will be provided from the Lighthouse to the bowling alley.  All skill levels welcome.  If you are interested please call Theresa Navarro at 415-694-7334 or via email:



Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP):

Adventure fitness and recreation are touch phrases for BORP.  BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides.  BORP makes every effort to accommodate each person’s needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. Trips are planned with a wide spectrum of abilities in mind, including wheelchair users, slow walkers, and people with visual impairments. For event listings call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398 or check out the BORP website at



Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors:

Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415- 281-0212 for announcements or visit:






Peer To Peer Support Group:

August 22 1:00pm-3:00pm

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

214 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco

These meetings are casually structured to discuss different aspects of life with a visual impairment. Every individual is visually impaired  



Family Concert:

August 16  2:00pm-3:00pm

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Osher Salon

50 Oak Street

San Francisco

Bring your family to a concert especially for kids.  Ayaka Isono, a concert pianist who lost her vision several years ago, and her musician friends will host.  Listen to the music, touch the instruments, and ask the musicians questions. You don’t need to sit still!  Children of all ages are welcome.  This is a free event but donations will be accepted. To RSVP, please call 510-323-4934



Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:

December 21                  9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

February  27, 2010    6:00p.m. to  8:00 p.m.

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco

The exhibit offers 50 objects from tomb of King Tut and 80 more from the tombs of his ancestors.  This exhibit illuminates the 18th Dynasty, Egypt’s Golden Age.  These Access days offer smaller crowds and reduced ticket prices.  There will be additional seating as well.  Objects for visitors to touch will be available at both Access Days.  Ticket prices are $18.50 and a limited number of $10.00 tickets for those with financial need.  Contact Tish Brown 415-750-7650 or for applications and more information.



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