For the past decade, the Throckmorton Theatre has been one of the favorite Bay Area haunts for big time comedians. Throughout June, many of the famous funny people who have graced its stage – and many who haven’t – will be on the vaunted venue’s walls, as acclaimed Bay Area photographer Dan Dion showcases his “Legends & Superstars” work.

Over the past two decades, Dion has earned the respect of nearly every major comedian in the business, from Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin to Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno and Mill Valley’s own late Robin Williams.

“I love what I do because I know that what I’m doing is creating an archive, a collection, a document of comedy,” Dion says in the Weekly Flickr. “I’ve been doing it for 20 years and I’m not a comedian myself, but this has allowed me to become a respected part of their community because they respect what I do it and I love it.”

“Legends & Superstars” will also include portraits and performance photos of Johnny Cash, Lily Tomlin, John Lee Hooker, Cheech & Chong, Don Rickles, Beck, Stephen Colbert, Debbie Harry, and many more. He will also, for the first time ever, be exhibiting his 360-degree panoramic photographs of vintage venues from the Bay Area – The Paramount, The Warfield, The Fillmore, The Fox, and the Purple Onion. Dion was the house photographer at the Fillmore in San Francisco for 20 years.

In addition to exhibiting Dion’s “Legends & Superstars” work throughout June, the Throckmorton is hosting a wine reception for Dion on Tuesday, June 2 from 5–7pm as part of the First Tuesday Artwalk. More info

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