The New Clarion

August 23, 2016

The New Clarion—Home of Music, Art, Theater and Poetry

Halloween Haunted House Grand Opening Gala

Durand Garcia, Clara Hsu and David Acevedo taking a break from painting.

“People’s eyes brighten when they hear about the Halloween Haunted House Grand Opening Gala,” said Clarion’s owner Clara Hsu. After a ten-year hiatus, Hsu bought back the San Francisco Chinatown business she created in 1981 to establish a cultural center where music, theater, art and poetry are celebrated.

To broaden and strengthen the existing piano and violin classes, Hsu invited blues and jazz harmonica player Carlos Zialcita, singer-songwriter Tommy Phan, soprano and voice coach Vismaya Lhi, and Chinese traditional multi-instrumentalist Alan Yip to give lessons and workshops. David Acevedo, director of San Francisco Theatre Company and Teatro Latino comes on board as the resident theater director. Actor, director and fight choreographer Durand Garcia will give theater workshops. An art gallery is in the works with artist Maria Gonzalez curating shows and teaching art classes.

San Francisco Poetry Open Mic Podcast TV Show has also made Clarion its home. Hosted and produced by John Rhodes, it is an ongoing video project to document the poets of our times. TV taping is done on every third Monday of the month at 6pm. There is an open mic after the featured readers and the shows can be seen on Chanel 29 and YouTube.

With limited funds but abundant enthusiasm, Acevedo, Hsu and friends are aiming for an outrageous Halloween Haunted House Grand Opening Gala to celebrate regeneration, creativity and the perpetual desire for beauty.     (photo of Durand Garcia, Clara Hsu and David Acevedo by Julia Hsu.)

For information on lessons and workshops go to

Clarion Music Center is located at 816 Sacramento Street (entrance on Waverly Place), San Francisco. Tel: 415-391-1317. Monday through Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday 9-5 pm