Direct from engagements in Fresno and San Jose, the touring show is literally parked at the San Francisco Opera from January 1st to 7th.
Elderly volunteers act as security guards for the Shen Yun vehicles along Franklin Street, and when I took these photos this afternoon, they rushed to give me an advertising flyer.
Ten years ago Sid Chen and I reviewed this show when it was new and being billed as a Chinese New Years Spectacular. We had no idea going in that it was a mixture of spangled kitsch and Falun Gong anti-Peoples Republic of China propaganda. I assume most people currently attending the show similarly have no idea what of what they are going to see, which is a strange bit of bait and switch marketing.
For the delirious review from a decade ago (Sid can be very funny), click here.