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Newly remodeled, this museum showcases an extensive collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; Mesoamerican, Central, and South American artifacts; African art; and Oceanic art.

Formerly known as the Justice League, the Independent is a venue strictly dedicated to hosting live music events. Besides the bar, there's nothing else to divert your attention from the players on the sizable elevated stage. One of the strengths of the Independent is the variety of music booked here, usually big-name acts in the worlds of reggae, funk, blues, DJs, hip-hop, and the indie-rock circuit. Accordingly, expect to see a different crowd nearly every night of the week. Ticket price ranges from $15 to $30.

Despite what everyone says about the Fillmore, the Warfield is most likely the best rock concert venue in San Francisco. Chalk it up to the entertainment inside and out, where on Market Street you’ll see the sleaziness of the strip club next door and crackheads from nearby Tenderloin taking a hit. With the tour van right around the corner, your favorite band may be wandering the streets beforehand to catch a glimpse of the action, too. Inside, the tiered levels ensure every place you stand you’ll have a decent view of the stage. And thanks to aggressive ushers to keep everyone in line, even things in the pit rarely get out of hand. If you need a moment to relax, head to the seating upstairs to sit back and enjoy the show.

1:AM, short for First Amendment Gallery, showcases the work of renowned local and international street and urban artists in month-long exhibitions while recruiting and building up the next generation of producers by running youth-oriented mural workshops and classes on graffiti lettering and making vinyl toys like those created by hip hop artists, fashion designers, and illustrators that depict figures from Asian and American pop culture. And, if that’s not enough, 1:AM offers private workshops for your next work retreat - “to boost the morale of your employees and promote team-building.”

In addition to its frequent hip-hop and DJ showcases (including local and international acts), this SOMA club features video screenings, laser shows, and multimedia installations by artists associated with Blasthaus Gallery. Whereas many conventional club DJs swipe their sets directly from Top 40 radio playlists, Mezzanine performers get a lot more creative, challenging club-goers with new music or taking old music in new, funky directions, so it's never just about moving the crowd. Boasting two tiers and a labyrinthine dance floor, the club also includes a full bar and stage.

Offers the same high caliber of talent in the genre of jazz as the Oakland original, but the state-of-the-art venue also books R&B, soul, and world-music acts.

This kitschy SF Mission District club features a drag show on Friday nights and rotating programs on Saturdays. Architecturally, the Stud is a saloon-style bar decorated with bric-a-brac, glamour mirrors, a small stage, and a cage with room enough for two dancers.

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