Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Places & Faces

Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs

Trina Robbins presents her new book Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs in a lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. on June 24, 2010.

Forbidden City presents the stories of people who performed in Chinese nightclubs that flourished in San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1937 to 1964. They were the first, and in those days, the only venues for talented Asians who sang and danced professionally.

Members of the Grant Avenue Follies will join Robbins. Formed in the 1950s by four professional San Francisco Chinatown nightclub dancers, the Grant Avenue Follies now includes 20 dancers. They perform regularly throughout the Bay Area, raising funds for On Lok Senior Center of San Francisco and other senior citizens’ organizations.

The June 24, 2010 program is co-presented by the Art Deco Society of California and the Asian Art Museum. It will be held in Samsung Hall of the Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin Street). The lecture is free with Museum Admission ($17 adults, $13 age 65+ with ID and free to Asian Art Museum members and members of the Armed Forced with ID. Museum admission is reduced to $5 after 5:00 pm; $10 includes admission to the special exhibition Shanghai). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Although the event is open to the public, 50 front row seats will be set aside for ADSC members and guests until 6:20. Deco attire is admired, but not required.