Vaudeville gem gets a face-lift

Eureka, Calif.

Feb. 2: One of California’s rare surviving vaudeville and silent movie houses will be back in business Feb. 2 after a multimillion-dollar makeover. The building, now dubbed the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, was built in 1920 by the San Francisco architects Reid Bros. More than $3 million has been spent to restore the Spanish Colonial Revival landmark to its original condition with orchestra pit and organ loft, according to a spokesman. The Arkley will host musical acts, live theater and cinema. Coming up Feb. 2 is Kenny Rogers; on Feb. 16, the Moscow Festival Ballet; Feb. 25, the Flying Karamazov Brothers; March 3, the Temptations.

The theater is at 412 G St. Info: (707) 442-1956,

San Francisco


Feb. 15-18: The city’s orchid society anticipates elegant, brightly colored and bizarre blossoms popping up at its 55th Pacific Orchid Exposition, a showcase of more than 150,000 unique orchid species and outrageous hybrids. It’s billed as the second-largest such show in the world. Docents will conduct tours, and there will be educational demonstrations plus viewings of award-winning orchids.

Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, 99 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. $12 adults, 12 and younger $8. Info: (415) 665-2468,


March 1-11: If your bag of Be Mine candy hearts on Valentine’s Day leaves you longing for something more, try the Return to Romance Music Festival in Hawaii. Its centerpiece is a concert at photogenic Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu, where crooners perform the 20 most romantic songs ever written, as decided by votes from top music-industry professionals, according to organizers. Other highlights: the Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii at Honolulu’s historic Iolani Palace and smooth jazz at the Waikiki Shell, in Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamond Head. Performers scheduled to appear include Natalie Cole, Lucie Arnaz, Patti Austin, Wayman Tisdale, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and more. In the works is a sunset wedding accompanied by an orchestra and followed by fireworks. (No word on whether the lucky couple has yet been chosen.) Plans call for the bride to arrive in a double-hulled, flower-covered canoe. You must admit: This is a fine romance.


Venues vary. Tickets $45-$75 per show. Info: (808) 545-7664 or

-- Amy Hubbard

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