TWiT Brick House Directions and Info
Visiting the Brick House
Fans are welcome to visit our studios and join the audience for a show Saturday through Wednesday. (The Brick House is closed to visitors on Thursdays and Fridays.)
If you wish to visit the TWiT Brick House, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Include the date and time of your arrival, the show(s) you would like to watch, and your name and the names of anyone else coming with you. (You can find our schedule at twit.tv/cal.) We recommend coming 15 minutes before the show you plan on watching for seating, but please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the start of a show. Shows in the main studio can accommodate 20-30 audience members. Shows in Leo's office can accommodate up to 5 audience members. Leo is off on Thursdays and Fridays and the Brick House is closed to visitors on those days. On major holidays and during the week of Christmas, TWiT is closed to visitors and not in production.
We do not allow backpacks, bags, or large purses into the studio. Additionally, no weapons of any kind (firearms, knives, pocket knives, etc.) are permitted in the studio. Finally, you will be asked upon arrival to sign a waiver. In light of recent events, all persons entering the studio may be subject to search.
Children and Pets
We love dogs, but please don't bring them to the studio.
We love kids, but it can be unreasonable to expect them to sit still and quiet for long stretches of time during the taping of a show, and to not touch anything. We discourage bringing children under 12, especially during a broadcast, and ask that you notify us in advance if you are bringing children with you. If you do bring your children with you to the studio they must be supervised by you at all times.
Please Remember Your Equipment!
When you leave, PLEASE remember all your equipment. We have a variety of folks that visit and a small, busy staff, and it may take us a while to locate and return your USB key, flash drive, Bluetooth headset, camera lens cap, cable, power cord, jacket, iPhone, or purse. We'll try to get your lost items back to you as best we can, but we can't be responsible for anything left at the Brick House.
You're On Live Internet TV!
The easiest way to think of TWiT TV is as an always-on reality television show about the making of an Internet TV network. Anything said or done in the studio by Leo, hosts, guests, or in-studio audience will be broadcast live to our audio and video channels. There is no beginning and no end - it's always live, and the cameras are always on. Depending on what time and show you're here for, all or some of the video will later be repurposed and reposted online in other forms by either us or our fans. But don't worry, it's fun! Also, if you're visiting the studio to interview Leo himself for another publication or show, that interview, too, will be broadcast live to our fans.
Getting a Copy of TWiT's audio or video
All TWiT TV shows are posted in audio and video formats to the twit.tv website as well as to TWiT's YouTube channels or on the page for each show. Audio and video are almost always posted the same day. However, if you would like to be certain that you get your own copy of the video, you can follow the step-by-step instructions at "How to Record TWiT" and "Converting TWiT Video". To be more precise, coordinate to have a very tech-savvy friend with a high speed connection watch the network while you're in studio and record it for you. It is perfectly acceptable to put any TWiT clip on YouTube (although rather than just using QuickTime Pro, you may wish to re-edit individual segments on a multitrack editor to adjust for any syncing issues).
Want to get a peek tour of inside the TWiT Brick House without leaving home? View the Google Street View tour and find all the hidden treasures!
Directions To The TWiT Brick House
From the Golden Gate Bridge/San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
The drive from the Golden Gate Bridge takes 45 minutes with no traffic (other parts of San Francisco add as much as 20-30 minutes, from San Francisco International Airport add 40 minutes or more). During the rush hour from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, allow an extra hour for the drive. There is no northbound rush hour at any other time.
After heading north on 101 for 32 miles after the Golden Gate Bridge, the easiest exit is the 3rd Petaluma exit: E Washington St. Turn left onto East Washington Street (toward Central Petaluma) and continue 1.3 miles to Keller Street. Turn left. Continue half a block and park in the free parking structure on your left. The first level allows four-hour parking, and the top two levels allow 10-hour parking. Parking is free and you do not need a ticket or validation. You can follow the Google maps link below. (Note: Google/Yahoo maps suggest you exit at Petaluma Blvd South instead. This route will also get you here. Either way works, but the way we've suggested is easiest).
From Oakland International Airport (OAK)
The drive from Oakland International Airport can actually sometimes be faster to Petaluma than SFO, depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. The general directions are to go northward to freeways 880, 980, 580/80, 580, Richmond/San Rafael Bridge, and 101 until getting to Petaluma, but it's easier than it sounds. Link to best directions below:
From Sonoma County Charles Shultz Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa
We recommend the free, no-validation-needed parking structure on the corner of Western Ave and Keller Street. While you can usually park on the street in front of the TWiT Brick House, Petaluma has an unusual parking law in force every day but Sundays. The law states that you can park for two hours in one place, and then must move your car either around the corner or across an intersection. (Moving to the other side of the street isn't good enough.) Violators are monitored via cameras on traffic enforcement vehicles...and they're vigilant!
Golden Gate Transit
To travel to Petaluma and the TWiT Brick House via Public Transportation, use Golden Gate Transit's bus system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Transit) The journey takes approx. 90 mins each way from San Francisco, (92 minutes from Van Ness & Geary sts.) and runs every hour or so on weekdays.
Not every bus stop will work for you, so look for signs with the GGT logo with green, orange and blue waves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marin_010_2.jpg) on the bus stop signage. The bus from San Francisco is numbered as "101", however most of the bus stop signage will make no mention of the 101 route. The cost of this trip (as of Sept. 2011) is $9.25 each way. While no change is available on the bus, a charge card may be issued which works similar to a transfer card on future journeys. Best to use exact change — $5 and $1 bills, dollar coins and quarters.
The 101 bus makes two stops in Petaluma. First is at the corner of 4th St. and C St. The second is at E. Washington St. & Petaluma Blvd. From either stop, it is approximately an 6-minute walk to the TWiT Brick House. For the return to San Francisco, use the bus stops across the street from the drop-off point. Please note, the bus stops in Petaluma do not feature the same GGT logo as the San Francisco signage, instead, they use the newer "bridge" logo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hamilton_014_2.jpg, nor do they make any mention of the 101 route. However, have faith that the 101 will indeed arrive.
Familiarize yourself with the geography of Petaluma via Google Maps.
Visit the "SF Bay Trip Planner" and it will tell you your best route. If you need help, you can dial 5-1-1 from any phone and use the automated system.
Sonoma County Airport Express
Petaluma is the first stop when arriving from SFO. Trips from SFO to Petaluma run hourly from 5:30 am to 12:30 am. Trips from Petaluma to SFO run hourly from 3:30 am to 10:30 pm.
Petaluma is the second stop when arriving from OAK. Trips from OAK to Petaluma run hourly from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm. Trips from Petaluma to OAK run hourly from 3:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Petaluma is a 150-year-old town of 60,000 people sitting 35 miles north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Petaluma sits at the foot of Sonoma County at the gateway to the wine country of Sonoma and Napa counties. We hope you enjoy Petaluma's "Main Street" charm, which has made it the perfect backdrop for a number of films, including "American Graffiti" and "Peggy Sue Got Married."
Petaluma is thin on accommodations. The recommended location is the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. There is also a more affordable Quality Inn - Petaluma, (707) 664-1155. The Metro Hotel B&B is within walking distance of the TWiT Brick House. Best Western Petaluma Inn and Hotel Petaluma are NOT recommended.
Petaluma prides itself on not being fraught with chain stores, so there is no Fry's. However, for those in a pinch, some items can be found at World of Stereo (audio gear), Shutterbug Camera (photo/video gear), InkSale.com (actually a local store with FireWire cables), Target, Staples, K-Mart, and Radio Shack. The closest Apple stores are 15 miles north in Santa Rosa or 20 miles south in Corte Madera.
Starbucks and Peet's are downtown, within walking distance of the TWiT Brick House. Acre Coffee is about 2 blocks away at 21 4th Street. It is a staff favorite and also accepts Square mobile payments.
There are several nice restaurants suiting every palate and budget within walking distance from the TWiT Brick House. We'll direct you to a great place.