Monday, November 15, 2010

Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces

This site, created by the magazine Theatre Bay Area, advertises itself as "a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, searchable database of performing arts venues and facilities in the greater Bay Area for classes, workshops, auditions, rehearsals and even performances." It's about time!

I tried a few different queries and was impressed with the ease of the search process, as well as the amount of useful data the creators have compiled. Hopefully, gaps in data (especially in pricing), will be filled in by the venues themselves as the database gains popularity.

My only question: If TBA can create this valuable resource, which covers spaces in 11 different counties, why is it that Yale undergraduates who seek a performance space in a single zip code, on a single campus, are limited to this hunk o' junk (which, if I recall correctly, was considered a major innovation)?

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