Northern California Entertainment and Recreation Listing October 16

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:
“Couples Retreat”

Rialto Theatre:
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito
Now playing:
“Where the Wild Things Are”


AMC Metreon 15:
101 Fourth Street
Now playing in auditorium 8:

AMC Van Ness 14:
1000 Van Ness Avenue
Now showing in auditorium 5:


AMC Cupertino Square 16:
North Wolfe Road & Stevens Creek
Now playing in auditorium 3:
“Where the Wild Things Are”

Eastridge AMC Mall 15:
1 Eastridge Mall
San Jose
Now showing in auditorium 9:

AMC Mercado 20:
311 Mission College Blvd.
Mercado Santa Clara Center
Santa Clara
Now playing in auditorium 8:
“Couples Retreat”
Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by SHN
”South Pacific”
Golden Gate Theatre
1 Taylor St.
San Francisco
October 18 :    2pm
To charge tickets and reserve one of the 20 receivers for the show call 415-551-2027 and request Audiovision tickets.  Tickets can be purchased without a convenience fee at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office 1192 Market St San Francisco.  The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.
Live Performance Described by Audiovision:
Presented by Broadway San Jose
“Spring Awakening”
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
211 W. Almaden Blvd.
San Jose
October 31     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 Performances described by Visual Voice:
“The Chosen”
Presented by Theater Works
Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
October 30        8:00pm
October 31         8:00pm
November 1    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 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.


Dance Class:
Starting October 24
Earle Baum Center
4539 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa
Join Gene Russo for a six week partner dancing class.  He will be instructing in traditional ballroom and in contemporary Latin styles.  No dance experience necessary.  For more information and to register call Gene at 707-579-2480 or via email
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:
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:


Pizza and Bingo Lunch:
To benefit the Alice Chavez Pardini Scholarship Fund of San Francisco Chapter California Council of Blind
October 17   Lunch at Noon Bingo at 1:00pm
Western Park Apartments
1280 Laguna
San Francisco
Everyone is welcome.  Door and raffle prizes will be given out as well as Bingo prizes.
Access to Parks: Accessibility to National Parks and Beyond: Presented by the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and KQED Public Media in collaboration with Access Northern California and Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program. October 22,
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
101 8th Street
There will be a screening of “This Is America,” a 45-minute companion piece to Ken Burns’ new film, “The National Parks America’s Best Idea.”  “This is America” will be audio described and closed captioned. The film highlights the diverse histories of individuals who dedicated their lives to the creation and stewardship of our national parks. Following the screening representatives from the National Park Service will present accessible recreational opportunities in the Bay Area. There will be a resource area with representatives from California State Parks, East Bay Regional Parks, Access Adventures, Environmental Traveling Companions, a wheelchair accessible tent and more. To RSVP and request accommodations please call (415) 553-3310 or e-mail  Please give 72 hours notice for accommodations requests.
Peer To Peer Support Group:
October 24  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 so discussions will be set in a comfortable, confidential setting with no judgments. Refreshments provided.
Frances Neer Visually Impaired Persons Forum:
October 24     11:00am
LightHouse for The Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco
Frank Welte, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs California Council of the Blind will discuss accessible options for banking.
The Mega Program: Self Defense for the Visually Impaired:
October 24   3:00pm-6:00pm
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco
This program was developed specifically for the visually impaired. This is the first time a Mega Self-Defense seminar will be taught in the United States. The founder, Sensei Stephen Nicholls will be teaching the seminar. The topics covered will include threat recognition, tonal indication, and common sense in self-defense.
Jitterbug “J” Cell Phone Launch Party:
October 26         11:00am-3:00pm
Adaptations, the LightHouse Store
214 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
The Jitterbug “J” is a simple and user-friendly cell phone that is slim and light. It has a large LCD color display, big backlit buttons, easy-to-use “yes/no” buttons to access all phone features and a dedicated speaker phone button. Jitterbug cell phone service offers 24 hour/7 days a week US based customer service. Come into Adaptations during the launch party and receive a 10% discount on The Jitterbug “J”, along with extra Jitterbug goodies. A Jitterbug representative will be on hand to answer all questions and help set up new cell phone service.


Ever Widening Circle features Janis Ian:
Sponsored by World Institute on Disability
October 30             7:00 pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Ever Widening Circle battles negative stereotypes of disabled people and serves as a model for presenting entertainment that is accessible for all audiences. The evening will open with writer and performer Greg Walloch and include a variety of desserts served during intermission.  To order tickets go to
or by phone 510-251-4361.
Insights Art Exhibit:
Presented by The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s Art at City Hall Program.
Through December 11
Monday – Friday 8am-6pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton  B. Goodlett Place
Lower Level- Enter on Grove Street
An exhibition of works by artists who are blind or visually impaired.
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Access Days:
December 21             9:00am to 1:00pm
February  27, 2010    6:00pm to  8:00 pm
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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