City Arts and Lectures Tickets
City Arts and Lectures tickets
For almost four decades, City Arts & Lectures has held events with nationally known and acclaimed figures in the world of ideas and art. Every season there are more than 50 lectures, as well as on-stage conversations, held at the event venue, the Nourse Theater. There are even a few surprise performances with fantastic figures in science, performing arts, criticism and literature offering diverse ideas, perspectives and values to audience members.
While the venue hosting the event is large with space for more than 1,600 attendees, City Arts & Lectures tickets tend to sell out quickly, which is why it is smart to purchase yours early. Also, many tickets are sold to members of the Friends of City Arts & Lectures, which is worth joining to know about upcoming events.
City Arts Lectures history
Founded in 1980 by Sydney Goldstein, City Arts & Lectures has hosted hundreds of well-known and noteworthy individuals. Goldstein began organizing literary events in 1980 for the College of Marin when she booked her first ever speaker, Fran Lebowitz, who was the beginning of a series of six different fundraisers for the public library in San Francisco. All of these events took place in the Herbst Theater. At this time, organizers called the program "A Black Tie Lecture by Fran Lebowitz, with Audio-Visual Aids."
After this event, Goldstein realized that she didn't have to go back to her previous job at Marin College, where she had taken a six-month leave of absence, so she began the non-profit organization, City Arts & Lectures. Steve Barclay soon joined Goldstein, and the pair snagged Tony Kushner to perform in their event. Today, the City Arts & Lectures staff manages an email list of more than 25,000 patrons, and the Friends of City Arts & Lectures is made up of more than 1,300 members. Providing advance notice for selling tickets helps ensure each event is successful.
The biggest challenge for City Arts & Lectures happened in 2013, when the 900 seat Herbst Theatre closed for seismic retrofitting. At this point, organizers relocated the event to Nourse Theater, where it remains today.
City Arts & Lectures Biggest Guests
While City Arts & Lectures has had many big and well-known names in the years, some of the most noteworthy include Alice Waters and Robert Scheer in conversation with Davia Nelson, and Salman Rushdie, an author of 12 novels, including The Golden House, Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. While some performers offer a series of appearances to support a cause or charity, others offer just a one-time conversation.
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