Light in the loafers or bonkers for Balanchine, friends of Dorothy or freaks for Diaghilev: High art queens of any stripe need look no further than their own San Francisco Ballet for programs hell-bent on pleasing omee-palones. Audiences clutching their pearls and fluttering their lashes in an ecstasy of arts patronage and putting on attitudinal airs with their formal wear only accounts for the snappy termagants that make up its workaday heterosexual audience. Three times a season, however, the company blows its Beaux-Arts doors open to confirmed bachelors and women in comfortable shoes with Nite Out, a postperformance cocktail reception and preperformance artist interview. This second night in the series celebrates 15 years of collaboration with world-renowned choreographer Mark Morris by featuring three of his ballets: A Garden, Joyride, and Sandpaper Ballet, works which will undoubtedly cause a sensation among those fair citizens with a little sugar in their step.
Fri., March 13, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 8, 8 p.m., 2009