Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

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Benise:  Spanish Nights

Benise: Spanish Nights

Spanish Guitar Entertainment LLC
Sun | Sep 25, 2016 | 2:00pm ( doors: 1:30pm )
Sun | Sep 25, 2016 | 7:30pm ( doors: 7:00pm )
Tickets: $39 - $95

The Emmy Award Winning World Music and Dance Spectacular!

Guitar virtuoso Benise (Buh-ness-say) and cast return with a brand new show - Spanish Nights!

Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, ‘Spanish Nights’ captures world music at its best. The show appeals to the hearts and souls of people of all ages, cultures, and musical backgrounds. Benise, armed with his Spanish guitar, takes us on an unprecedented and epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Argentine Tango, Indian Bollywood, Parisian Waltz, and exotic African drumming!

‘The Prince of Spanish Guitar’ - Dancing With The Stars

‘Extreme Flamenco Fusion’ - Screen India

Benise's ‘Spanish Nights’ showcases classic songs from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and The Eagles, combining them with Spanish guitar and Spanish dance. Benise’s love of both Spanish guitar and rock brings a fierce intensity to these new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems.

A former street musician, Benise began composing original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual. A celebration of culture, love, music and life, Benise’s ‘Spanish Nights’ will take us to worlds both faraway and deeply personal, and remind us that hope can be the healing thread in all of our lives.

As the show’s composer, guitarist and creative force, Benise says ‘Spanish Nights’ aims, “to take people on a musical journey. I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/Spanish guitar while combining the elements of dance and theater. This show is a celebration of culture--the culmination of all the shows we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

Directed by Amy Tinkham (Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Madonna)

Directed by Raj Kapoor (Josh Groban, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars)

Choreographed by Alex Magno (Madonna, Academy Awards, Jenifer Lopez)

Benise handpicked the “Gitanas,” the dancers in ‘Spanish Nights,’ from a global pool of brilliantly diverse talent. In breathtaking couture and innovative staging and choreography, they give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover. “This is a great show for the whole family. We have something for everyone,” comments Benise. “I hope people will be inspired by our story, the music, and the production, and have the passion to follow their dreams.” As for future tour dates, Benise adds, “I can’t wait to travel to new cities, meet new people, and play every night--it’s what I live for.”

The Theatrical World Music and Dance spectacle that has been called

“The Latin Riverdance”

This is a “Family Friendly” performance.

A show that’s magical and inspiring for all!

Driving Directions
Traffic Advisory

The Doyle Drive/Presidio Parkway Construction Project affects several streets near the Palace of Fine Arts. Below are new recommended driving routes and information on free nearby parking.

From the North Bay to Theatre Parking

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and follow signs indicating Downtown San Francisco. Stay to the left and take the Marina exit; you’ll see the sign overhead. While you might be tempted to take a right at the first stop light (Lyon Street) and pull directly into the Palace of Fine Arts, pass the Lyon Street entrance and proceed straight on Marina Boulevard. Then:

  1. Right on Baker Street
  2. Left on Jefferson Street
  3. Left on Broderick Street
  4. Left on Marina Boulevard, then immediately move into the right lane
  5. Either:
    1. Turn right on Yacht Road and follow signs for Palace of Fine Arts parking (lot is next to the St. Francis Yacht Club).
    2. Or continue on Marina onto Mason Street. The alternate parking lot will be on your left (see map). Please note that there is a walkway from this lot to the back of the main Theatre lot.

NOTE: Avoid bearing left on Marina Boulevard; that stretch of Marina Boulevard turns into an onramp for Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. If you inadvertently end up on the approach to the Bridge, don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to exit to the right just before the toll plaza. You can then make your way back to the Palace of Fine Arts through the Presidio or retry the directions from above.

From the East Bay to Theatre Parking

Cross the Bay Bridge. Follow the signs to the 9th Street exit. Stay in the right-hand lane. Go one block and turn right onto 9th Street. Stay in the left-hand lane. Immediately after Market Street, veer left onto Hayes Street. Then:

  1. Right on Van Ness Avenue (look for signs to the Golden Gate Bridge)
  2. Left on Lombard Street; once on Lombard, get into the right-hand lane
  3. Right on Divisadero Street
  4. Left on Marina Boulevard, then immediately move into the right lane
  5. Either:
    1. Turn right on Yacht Road and follow signs for Palace of Fine Arts parking (lot is next to the St. Francis Yacht Club).
    2. Or continue on Marina onto Mason Street. The alternate parking lot will be on your left (see map). Please note that there is a walkway from this lot to the back of the main Theatre lot.

NOTE: Avoid bearing left on Marina Boulevard; that stretch of Marina Boulevard turns into an onramp for Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. If you inadvertently end up on the approach to the Bridge, don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to exit to the right just before the toll plaza. You can then make your way back to the Palace of Fine Arts through the Presidio, or use the directions “From the North Bay,” above.

From the South Bay or Peninsula to Theatre Parking
From Highway 101

Take Highway 101 North to the Market Street/Van Ness exit. Take Van Ness to Lombard (look for signs to the Golden Gate Bridge). Turn left onto Lombard. Once on Lombard, get into the right-hand lane. Then:

  1. Right on Divisadero Street
  2. Left on Marina Boulevard, then immediately move into the right lane
  3. Turn right on Yacht Road and follow signs for Palace of Fine Arts parking (lot is next to the St. Francis Yacht Club). If you pass the lot, you’ll see signs on the right for additional parking at Crissy Field.

NOTE: Avoid bearing left on Marina Boulevard; that stretch of Marina Boulevard turns into an onramp for Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. If you inadvertently end up on the approach to the Bridge, don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to exit to the right just before the toll plaza. You can then make your way back to the Palace of Fine Arts through the Presidio, or use the directions “From the North Bay,” above.

From Interstate 280

Follow 19th Avenue through Golden Gate Park; 19th Avenue becomes Park Presidio Boulevard on the other side of the Park. Follow signs for the Highway 101 Detour. Then:

  1. Right on Geary Boulevard
  2. Left on Van Ness Avenue, move into left lanes
  3. Left on Lombard Street, get into the right-hand lane
  4. Right on Divisadero Street
  5. Left on Marina Boulevard, then immediately move into the right lane
  6. Turn right on Yacht Road and follow signs for Palace of Fine Arts parking (lot is next to the St. Francis Yacht Club). If you pass the lot, you’ll see signs on the right for additional parking at Crissy Field.

NOTE: Avoid bearing left on Marina Boulevard; that stretch of Marina Boulevard turns into an onramp for Highway 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. If you inadvertently end up on the approach to the Bridge, don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to exit to the right just before the toll plaza. You can then make your way back to the Palace of Fine Arts through the Presidio, or use the directions “From the North Bay,” above.

Public Transportation

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has convenient access to public transportation. We are accessible by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner.

If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.

Virtually all downtown-bound Golden Gate Transit buses stop nearby the Theatre. Ask your driver for directions or call Golden Gate Transit Information at 511 (toll-free) or 415-455-2000 (outside the Bay Area).