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Bay Area COVID-19 closings: Concerts, meetings, school events

With Santa Clara County announcing a mandatory ban on all gatherings of more than 1,000 people, groups and organizations throughout the Bay Area are postponing or canceling their events, leaving everyone from music lovers to high school seniors on the outs.

Coachella and its country music counterpart, Stagecoach, announced late Tuesday that it is officially postponing the Southern California festivals until October. Coachella moves to Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, and Stagecoach will be Oct. 23-25. Meanwhile, tickets for Outside Lands went on sale as scheduled today, even though lineup hasn’t been announced yet.

Late Monday night, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium disclosed it was postponing a concert by electronic music star Nghtmre, moving it from Friday to June 6 “due to circumstances beyond our control.” As of now, other performances at the venue that fall outside of the city and county’s two-week ban on large gatherings at city-owned facilities, remain on the schedule.

As always, ticket holders should check with the venue for updates and information on rescheduling or getting refunds.

Rock band Pearl Jam reluctantly announced Monday it is postponing the North American leg of its Gigaton world tour because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Performances in 17 U.S. and Canadian locations, including two Bay Area concerts on April 18 and 19, are postponed indefinitely.

Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the JazzSchool) said late Monday it is canceling classes, workshops and concerts through March 30.

Symphony Silicon Valley has canceled its programs for March and April, rescheduling its “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” In Concert from April 4-5 to Nov. 7-8; and “Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven,” featuring Bay Area pianist Jon Nakamatsu, which had been set for March 21-22, to June 6-7. Also a concert celebrating Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale director  Elena Sharkova’s 20th anniversary has been postponed from March 29 to May 10.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Club has canceled or postponed all in-person events in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Marin. In a statement on its website, the club said is working on “offering the opportunity to participate in some events virtually.”

Teatro Visión, a Chicanx theater company in San Jose, announced its decision to cancel a visit and workshops by La Quinta Teatro, which were scheduled for March 16-20 and March 23-27. The groups says it will be rescheduling the visit. It still plans to produce “Esperanza Rising,” April 29 through May 2, and tickets for that production remain on sale.

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Palo Alto has cancelled 30 events in March including the Norooz Persian New Year Festival that has been planned for March 14, Arbor Day Festival that was set for March 15, and the Racing Hearts 5K/10K Race that was scheduled for March 29 in downtown Palo Alto. For more information on programs and events, visit the city’s website.

San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College have joined UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Jose State and Santa Clara University in canceling in-person classes in favor of online when possible.

UC Berkeley also announced Monday that it is canceling or postponing all events where more than 150 people are expected, but is permitting Cal Performances and intercollegiate athletics to go on as scheduled. The restrictions will continue through March 29, at which time the policies will be re-evaluated. For those holding tickets to Cal Performance and who are not comfortable attending, the organization has relaxed its ticket refund policy. For more information, go to the website.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, in collaboration with Davies Symphony Hall and City Box Office, has canceled performances of Penned in Pink, initially scheduled for March 26, and Palo Alto High School on March 28.

San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Company, citing San Francisco’s ban on large gatherings in city-owned buildings, has canceled all performances of the Lynn Nottage play “Intimate Apparel,” which had scheduled to run march 13-29 at the Buriel Clay Theater.

Broadway San Jose has canceled all performances of The Illusionists — Live from Boadway, which were scheduled for March 24-25. Ticket buyers will automatically be refunded at their original point of purchase. Broadway San Jose subscribers can call 866-395-2929. Those who purchased on Ticketmaster, can call 800-653-8000, and those who bought their tickets from the Civic box office, either in person or by phone, should call 408-792-4111 or email tickets@sanjose.org.

The Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University has canceled all concert series, including the Core Ensemble’s production of “Ain’t I a Woman,” which had been set for March 15. The production will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

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San Jose Shamrock Run 10K & 5K benefiting the San Jose-Dublin Sister Cities Scholarship Program has been canceled, but will instead transform into a virtual run. The group is switching all registered participants to virtual runners and will mail everyone a finisher medal, t-shirt, and race bib. Runners can expect to receive this by the end of next week.

The opening celebration for the new exhibition “Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, the Lost Years” at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is being postponed as are all public programs and tours through March 22. The museum is still open for regular exhibit viewing hours, however.

Sakura Matsuri, Inc. has decided to cancel the 53rd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, scheduled April 11-12 and 17-19, in San Francisco’s Japantown. Organizers said it was a difficult decision, but the health of visitors and participants were the utmost importance to them.

The 10th Annual Albany FilmFest, which was planned for March 21-29, has been canceled “until further notice.”

The Pleasanton Downtown Association announced late Tuesday that because of COVID-19 concerns it is canceling the St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl scheduled for March 14.

Contra Costa Civic Theatre has decided to follow the recommendations of the Contra Costa County Health Department and postpone the opening of its newest production, “The Waverly Gallery.” The new dates are March 27 through April 12, and those who already bought tickets can exchange them online or contact the theatre’s box office at boxoffice@ccct.org or 510-524-9012.

Antioch High School canceled its Grad Night Disneyland field trip after learning it would not be able to reschedule if a second cancellation became necessary.

This story will be updated through out the day, so check back for the latest information.

Recent announcements

Tony Robbins announced Monday that it was postponing the “Unleash the Power Within” event planned for March 12-15 at San Jose’s SAP Center.

The large gathering ban in Santa Clara also includes three Sharks games, two Barracuda games, five nights of Cirque du Soleil, a Marc Anthony concert. It was not immediately clear how the Sharks games and the impact on their National Hockey League schedule would be handled.

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S.F. Symphony performances at Davies Symphony Hall, S.F. Ballet performances of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the War Memorial Building have been listed as canceled, as have all performances at Herbst Theatre, including concerts and recitals for SF Performances. In a related move, Philharmonia Baroque has canceled its performances March 12-15, which included a concert at the Herbst and other affected venues.

New Conservatory Theatre, which operates in a city-owned building at 25 Van Ness Ave., has announced it is canceling all performances of” The Book of Mountains and Seas” through March 21.

The City of Dublin announced Monday it was calling off its annual two-day St. Patrick’s Day festival, which was set for March 14-15. The festival, which included a parade, pancake breakfast, a fun run and more than 200 vendors, draws about 80,000 visitors each year.

ArtSPARK, Symphony Silicon Valley’s educational outreach program, has canceled “It’s About Time: Music, Math & More,” planned for March 23-24 in San Jose, but plans to offer the program next year. The symphony website currently lists its next concert, featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu as a guest soloist, as still scheduled for March 21-22. Check for updates at www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra has canceled its Family Concert No. 3: In Harmony
with the Oakland Youth Chorus and soprano Ann Moss, which had been set for 2 p.m. March 14 at the Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco; noon March 15 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and 3:30 p.m. March 15 at the Palo Alto Community Center. The next planned performance is Kay Stern and Friends Classical at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, slated for April 13.

Arts presenter Stanford Live says it is complying with a university policy of canceling public events involving 150 people or more. As a result, Stanford Live performances at the university’s Bing Concert Hall are canceled through April 15. But events at the university’s smaller Bing Studio are still on, including a concert by the group Dreamers’ Circus (March 12) and performances by comedian Colin Quinn (March 13-14).

Silicon Valley Organization has canceled all upcoming networking events, including monthly member breakfasts, networking mixers and its Annual Member Celebration. Refunds will be issued to those who pre-registered, and the group says it will re-evaluate the situation in a few weeks.

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