1. It's glass-walled on three sides. You can see the stage from Fell Street. You can look straight into the Joe Henderson Lab (a rehearsal space, nightclub and education center) from Franklin Street.

2. Trendy restaurateur Charles Phan (of The Slanted Door) runs the cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hang after the show. Enjoy coffee and a beignet, or a cocktail.

3. Located on the San Francisco cultural corridor -- down the block from the San Francisco Symphony and War Memorial Opera House -- it's accessible. The Civic Center BART station is three blocks away; the Civic Center MUNI stop is one and a half blocks away. Or you can ride your bike: Mark Cavagnero, the hall's architect, has custom-designed a bike rack.

The exterior of SFJAZZ Center reflects the buildings across the street in San Francisco, on Friday, January 4, 2013. (LiPo Ching/Staff).
The exterior of SFJAZZ Center reflects the buildings across the street in San Francisco, on Friday, January 4, 2013. (LiPo Ching/Staff). (LiPo Ching)

4. The lobby has a floating grand staircase, held aloft by shiny titanium rods.

5. The center showcases three new murals by artists Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet. One traces jazz history from its roots in Africa. The second depicts the history of San Francisco jazz from the Fillmore District to the dot.com boom. The third, titled "Jazz and the Afterlife," shows clubgoers going up to a "heaven" of harps and bagpipes or down to a swinging party in a jazz "hell," where horns blast and jazz fans celebrate.



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