The 1950s are out and change is in the air. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a fun musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ’do. This musical will dance its way into your heart when it hits the stage of San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pm
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in pre-WWII Berlin, falls in love with the vivacious Sally Bowles, a singer at the local Kit Kat Klub. Their dream-like romance is tested by the political upheaval that changes their lives dramatically. Even after 50 years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
Get ready for some laugh-out-loud fun hitting the stage a mere 200 feet from BART. Oakland’s Pan Theatre hosts weekly improv shows filled with stories, scenes and characters that are birthed on the spot and hit the ground running. You’ll get a rotating roster of montages, one-acts and classic theater games, á la Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The unpredictable cast may even ask you to pitch some of your own ideas into the comedy incubator.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
The three Magrath sisters gather in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to await news of their grandfather’s death. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. The play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future — but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You’ll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll cruise past Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Blue & Gold Fleet’s Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson’s daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
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Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. Soon they start being murdered; one by one. One of them must be the killer! Prepare for this masterpiece of suspense, mystery and murder based on one of the best selling books of all time!
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pm
Laugh City features Oakland’s top stand-up comics who have appeared on Comedy Central, Conan, Hulu, Netflix, Chelsea Lately and Showtime and a rotating list of hosts and openers who are regulars at Punchline, Laugh Factory and Comedy Store. Enjoy a full bar, including signature cocktails, and a post-show DJ spinning hip-hop, dance hall, Latin music and throwback jams. Laugh City is walking distance from the 12th & 19th St. Bart and a handful of late-night eateries. A night at Laugh City is always a spirited night of fun and laughter.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 7:30pm
Come see the Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area’s top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
You’ve seen plays, movies and TV shows, and the one thing they all have in common is … the script. In Closing Night, Fremont’s Made Up Theatre throws the script out the window and makes up a play on the spot, based on a title from the audience. That’s right. It’s an actor’s nightmare, but it’s an improvisor’s delight! Plus, you’ll witness a unique and hilarious format to kick off the show.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
Comedy Allstars features an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:45pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay’s historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat — either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
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Founded in Concord, California in 1999, Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces have been entertaining audiences worldwide with their engaging original sound and highly entertaining live stage show. The Hi-Energy 3-piece ensemble performs Rockabilly and Honky Tonk from the late 50s Sun Records Era, with guitar influences from such greats as Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, adding the 5-string banjo for special highlights in the show. The band has performed at major music festivals and events at the legendary Viva Las Vegas Rock n Roll event in Las Vegas, Hot August Nights in Reno for the Peppermill Casino, The Shake the Shack Festival in Seattle, and many other engagements throughout the US as well as appearances in Holland, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Adding to this special event is internationally renowned violinist, Mads Tolling, whom Music Critic Adam Broner calls “…a cross-genre genius!” Originally from Denmark, he won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover albums and was nominated for a third Grammy in 2014, along with being named Winner of DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Awards.
Secret Liaisons, mistaken identities, outrageous coincidences, ridiculous misunderstandings and surprisingly effective disguises race across, hide behind and knock about the stage in Synergy Theater’s Spontaneous Farce: An Improvised Romp! Completely improvised and all based on audience suggestions, this hilarious slapstick comedy will have you howling with laughter and begging for more!
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 3:15pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:15pm
Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, directed by Robert Currier, with musical direction by Paul Smith and choreography by Rick Wallace. Spamalot is a zany musical theatre production of epic proportions and riotous nonsense, complete with an irreverent nod to the legend of King Arthur and the search for a shrub.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kabir Singh got picked on for being the only Indian kid at his school — until his family moved to Bombay, India, where he got picked on for being the only American kid at his school. Luckily, he learned to laugh about it — and you’ll be laughing too when he hits the stage at Cobb’s Comedy Club with old-school stand-up comic Jeremy Curry and some of their funniest friends.
Punch Line Comedy Sessions at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club features a selection of our favorite local comedians, including Andrew Holmgren, Chazz Hawkins and Chris Storin and hosted by Rudy Ortiz.
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 8:00pm (Andrew Holmgren, Chazz Hawkins & Chris Storin/Hosted by Rudy Ortiz)
Sail around the most iconic parts of the San Francisco Bay aboard a traditional sailboat. Be part of a centuries-old nautical tradition as you watch the crew raise sails, and grab a drink as you enjoy the sunset from the special vantage of the water. It’s a perfect way to liven up your weekend — an ideal mix of luxury and adventure.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
For some 30 years, Cobb’s Comedy Club has been one of the hottest venues on the stand-up circuit, hosting both up-and-comers and established comics. Known for developing some of the country’s top performers — including stars like Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt and Margaret Cho — the club’s famed showcases feature the funniest rising comics in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom already boast major TV credits. A fixture in San Francisco’s famous North Beach, Cobb’s offers a complete dinner menu and full-service bar for a complete evening of entertainment.
In this monthly stand-up comedy series, seasoned comic Liz Grant brings a host of Bay Area and Los Angeles comedians to the Village Theatre stage in Danville. With a fresh set of headliners and featured comics for each show, every performance will be a wild and wacky night of laughs.
San Francisco is where a copywriter named Phyllis Diller first stepped out onto the stand-up stage (and stayed there for an astonishing 87 weeks). San Francisco is also where a high school dropout named Margaret Cho started doing open mics, and where Robin Williams discovered an ex-IHOP waitress named Paula Poundstone, and … See the pattern? The gender revolution that led to the current renaissance of American comedy started here and continues still, as recent rising stars Ali Wong and Emily Heller prove. Now Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) sweeps into Cobb’s Comedy Club to introduce you to the next crop of brilliant up-and-coming female comedians.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Sep 8, 2019 / 7:30pm (Presented by Bitch Talk Podcast)
Come and sit under the stars in our outdoor amphitheater. On clear nights, OrSVP usually sets up telescopes so the audience can get a closer look at some of the nearby celestial objects. The moon, of course, often gets a center stage, but whenever Saturn is visible you can get a nice view of her rings. Then enjoy the play were the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people — all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again — and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked — but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 4:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:30pm
One of the city’s longest-running weekly shows, Comedy Oakland has been bringing you top headliners, local heroes and up-and-coming stars since way back in ‘09. Sit back and have a drink or a snack at Spice Monkey, where you’ll be entertained by faces you’ve seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET and all the late-night talk shows, along with competition winners and stand-ups who’ve performed on “every habitable continent.” Comedy Oakland is produced by the world’s only Indian-Jewish comedian, Samson Koletkar, aka Mahatma Moses, and is often hosted by Date Talk podcaster Ira Summer. The live show was named “Best Place for Comedy” in the East Bay Express 2016 & 2018 Readers’ Poll.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:45pm (The (Not So) Late Show)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 9:45pm (The (Not So) Late Show)
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. They’ll take the stage at San Francisco Latin American eatery Peña Pachamama.
ShortLived, one of the nation’s largest audience-judged theater competitions, returns for the eighth time with 48 short plays, all scored by the audience, and $5,000 on the line for the winning team. The first eight weeks of competition are Regular Season Rounds, and each week features six new shorts that range from dramatic plays, comedic sketches, devised work, musicals, movement-based pieces or solo acts. The audience scores each piece and the piece that scores highest in each round clinches a spot in the finals in September. Of the eight total plays in the finals, the team that scores the highest will win the competition and the $5,000 Grand Prize. Hundreds of artists, making 48 plays, over nine weeks, scored by audiences to crown one champion and the winner of $5,000. Get local. Get arty. Get in to ShortLived.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Round 8)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pm (Round 8)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Round 8)
“Family-friendly improv comedy” is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pm
London punk meets NYC punk in this tour of absolute legends. Elvis Costello is up there with Bob Dylan as one of the top songwriters of all time, and Blondie was part of the first wave of new wavers that took the U.S. by storm in the ‘70s and ’80s. And if you’re wondering—yes, they’re definitely gonna play their biggest hits.
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / Various Departure Times
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it’s still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, past the city’s Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks and snacks.
Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton keeps a lineup flush with some of the best names in comedy — from top-tier veterans (think Arsenio Hall and J.B. Smoove) to stand-ups just getting their start. Catch up-and-coming comics from near and far as the grab the mic at Tommy T’s ongoing Comedy Showcase. It’s the perfect way to get in on the ground floor with comedians who’ll someday be household names.
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:30pm (Open Mic Night)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:30pm (James McCoy Presents Hot Comics)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pm (Thursday Night Comedy Special)Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 7:30pm (Soy Sauce, Butter & Rice with Chris Posadas)Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 8:00pm (Jeremy Curry and the Top Notch Comedy Show)Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 7:30pm (Thursday Night Comedy Special)Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 / 7:30pm (Butcher Block Comedy Showcase)
Like it or not, the United States is filled with borders, and a wall is not a realistic solution to most of them. Take a break from political posturing and media spinning with Border People, a play featuring the words and thoughts of actual people who navigate our nation’s borders daily.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 5:00pm
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander’s shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2’s Bono to Monty Python’s John Cleese and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander’s unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 6:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 9:00pm
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pm
Three legendary icons. Three beloved motion pictures. Three best-selling soundtrack albums. One epic concert celebration. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga each stole our hearts with A Star is Born. Now a cast of Broadway and cabaret’s top talents — Kelli Rabke, Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell — celebrate iconic musical moments from the 1954, 1976, and 2018 versions with award-winning songs written by some of America’s most prolific writers, including Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin (“The Man That Got Away”), Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand (“Evergreen”) and Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga (“Shallow”).
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Young actors ages 8-19 take on the Sondheim musical classic that explores what happens when the fairy-tale world gets a little too real for its famous characters, who don’t quite find the happily ever afters they were looking for. Check out this A.C.T. YC production at The Strand, smack in the middle of the hip, happening Central Market district.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 7:00pm
Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You’ll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
Russian River Adventures’ inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures’ bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you’ll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you’re so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours… even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)
Enjoy a two-hour tour of San Francisco Bay, highlighted by romantic sunset views, live guitar music and a light appetizer buffet including sandwiches, fruit and cheese. You’ll view the city’s stunning skyline featuring Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, along with historic landmarks and the natural beauty of the Bay Area. This scenic cruise sails by Alcatraz and Angel Island National Park, under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the gorgeous Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito shores. One drink is included (alcoholic or nonalcoholic), and more drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the full on-board bar.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
A good friend sees and encourages your passions and potential, even when society doesn’t. Bring a pre-show picnic and the friends who see the best in you to Billy Elliot at Woodminster Amphitheater, a classic musical celebrating what makes you unique and powerful in a way no one else can imitate.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Open Captioning)
Combining great Japanese cuisine and live music, Yoshi’s Oakland has quickly become one of the world’s most respected venues for jazz, rock, blues and more. What started as a small sushi bar has blossomed into an award-winning live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Yoshi’s Oakland has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, and has also expanded its focus to present a variety of musical genres — and even popular comedians.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 8:30pm (Joey Alexander)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Uncle Los Music)
Get ready, grab your shoes and dance the summer away. We got great music director, the legendary DJ Kobie and Dj Ola-Tunde will holding it down on 1’s and 2’s with versatile musical genres ranging from Afro-beat, Reggae, Dance hall, Nigeria Music, Soca music, CocaFeTe, Makosa Music and east African Music. With live performances by DELIX and A’Dunyae The Specialist. This event will be hosted by the best of the best in bay area entertainment life, alongside with #skyconcepts @skyconcepts.
6,000 square feet of unforgettable music, fashion and pop culture where you will see, smell, hear, taste and touch the greatest hits of the 1990s. The ’90s Experience will transport you to the most iconic era. Bathing all five senses, this interactive and fun-filled experience at Jack London Square in Oakland caters to a wide demographic of socially engaged individuals. Whether you’ve lived the ’90s or experience it for the first time, you will party like it’s 1999!
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Trying to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia, Deloris falls in love with a very tough — and very married — gangster boyfriend named Curtis, and when Deloris witnesses him commit a murder she ends up in hiding on police orders in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
This “sort of” irreverent adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull takes off and flies high. There may never have been so much unrequited love as there is in both The Seagull and Stupid F**king Bird, nor has unrequited love en masse ever been so entertaining. Smart, funny, inventive, sometimes moving, Stupid F**king Bird is a hell of an entertaining way to pass an evening. And it’s not stupid at all. No f**king way.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pm
Young, tattooed and undeniably hip, Cindy Kaza is about as far from the wrinkled gypsy fortuneteller stereotype as you can get. But the differences aren’t only cosmetic. Unlike other so-called psychics who channel tantalizing but vague messages from beyond, Kaza “brings through” extremely specific evidence like names, personality traits and favorite phrases of those now on the other side. Trained at the famed Arthur Findlay School of Intuitive Sciences in England, Kaza is not only clairvoyant (clear seeing) but clairaudient (clear hearing) and clairsentient (clear feeling). All three unique gifts will be on display in a moving and thrilling presentation at Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse in Pleasanton.
Will Spank Horton and Na’im Lynn are The Plastic Cup Boyz. The Plastic Cup Boyz have traveled the world supporting Kevin Hart in the world of comedy and on the party scene. These funny individuals make up a team of today’s best comedy talents, whether it’s performing in front of 15,000 people in an arena or having a few drinks after the show. The Plastic Cup Boyz are the present and future of comedy.
A quirky comedy of manners and lyrical consideration of what we owe to others, Sarah Ruhl’s tale of modern marriage and modern housekeeping follows Lane and Charles as they break up and find different ways through the world, while Matilde, Lane’s maid, searches for the perfect joke instead of cleaning the house. Called “fresh, funny…a memorable play” by the New York Times, The Clean House demonstrates that there are many kinds of love, but you still can’t get a tree on a plane.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 2:00pm
Ralph Harris is one of today’s hottest comedic and acting talents! He made his feature film debut in Dreamgirls after years of successful television work, including appearances on Seinfeld, Parenthood, Nick Freno, Living Single and In Living Color. No stranger to late night, Ralph has been featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. However Ralph is probably best known for his starring role in the ABC-TV sitcom On Our Own, which aired during the immensely popular TGIF block on Friday nights, and which currently airs in syndication on TV One. You can also catch Ralph on TV in airings of his two previously recorded Cable TV specials – Comedy Central Presents and the HBO Half-Hour Comedy Special. When he’s not filming, Ralph continues to tour the country and perform to sold-out audiences as a stand-up comedian, his first career and love — and now, he’s coming to to Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pm
Writer-performer John Fisher — who’s won just about every award ever given for Bay Area theater — brings his latest one-man show to San Francisco after a prize-winning run at New York City’s United Solo Festival. In A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin, Fisher recommends the best books on the subject, comments on the cutest battlefield generals and then provides pertinent info on the hottest actors who played said soldiers in the movies. Lauded by the Chronicle, which says his plays “bristle with wit, intelligence, and a wonderfully developed theatrical instinct,” Fisher’s new work comes to The Marsh in Berkeley.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Aug 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 5:00pm
Bob James, David Sanborn, & Marcus Miller with guests Billy Kilson & Larry Braggs. Jazz legend Bob James has a career that has defined the genre and continues to evolve at every turn. David Sanborn is universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age. Marcus Miller’s characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits. Together, these three virtuosos reunite for the first time since the release of Double Vision, the 1980s collaboration between James and Sanborn that dominated the airwaves, sold over one million copies and earned a Grammy Award.
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present Four Acts of Light & Wonder — an evening of radiant dance and live music celebrating the irrepressible nature of the human spirit. The production features a stellar cast of 40+ dancers and musicians and the premiere of three new works. From the fiercely exuberant “Gojubi” to the hauntingly introspective “The Over-Soul,” the evening offers a vibrant array of uplifting works that affirm our common humanity and capacity for joy. Not to be missed is a new rendition of Moulton’s post-modern masterpiece “Precision Ball Passing” performed by an intergenerational community cast.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 3:00pm
Original Roller Derby is back. The professional Banked Track Roller Derby from the 70’s is making a resurgence! Come and cheer your Bay Area Bombers to victory over the New York Chiefs. Local favorite top skaters on the Bay Area Bombers are: Pam Schwab, Ammie Brandon, Dena Roman, Justin Byrn and Ricky Hesson.
Devin Copeland, better known by his stage name Devin the Dude, is a Houston hip-hop artist who started out as a member of the Odd Squad, later known as the Coughee Brothaz, a group of rappers signed to Rap-A-Lot Records. The label is notable for being the home of hip-hop artists such as Geto Boys, Scarface, and Too Much Trouble. Devin Copeland moved on to become part of Scarface’s Facemob, who is also a member of the Coughee Brothaz, before going solo in 1998. Copeland has released a slew of solo albums and has also made a number of guest appearances.
World War II has just ended and an uncouth, wealthy junkyard tycoon, Harry Brock, comes to Washington aiming to “buy” a congressman and a big deal. He brings with him a charming but uneducated former chorus girl, Billie Dawn, whose lack of social graced embarrasses even Harry. Harry hires journalist Paul Verrall to smarten her up but in the process she learns just how deep Harry’s corruption goes. Sparks fly and the laughter is non-stop in this beloved classic comedy.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
Three jazz greats. One landmark album. One beautiful venue. In fact, the Mountain Winery might just be the perfect spot to take in a summer concert under the stars. But before James, Sanborn and Miller hit the stage, start off your night with a wine tasting and dinner.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Maya Angelou admirers Sabrina and Andrea have a secret that’s kept them apart for five years. David, Sabrina’s husband, is a poet tormented on writing a final poem before self-publishing his first book. The money he borrows to publish his book is questionable, and when certain people come looking for the money, a showdown ensues. Empowered after attending a Maya Angelou speaking engagement, Sabrina and Andrea walk in on the altercation and seize the moment to expose their secret. What they reveal makes an already dangerous confrontation even more dangerous.
Find a sitter, put some clean clothes on, and head to Custom Made Theatre. For a little over 90 minutes, your only responsibility will be to sit and laugh — because this play gets you. Cry it Out makes its Bay Area premiere this month.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 5:00pm (Preview)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
After five award-winning solo shows, an off-Broadway run, appearances on The Tonight Show, Netflix, Amazon Prime, NBC and elsewhere, Don Reed lets loose with his latest one-man comedy-variety show, complete with irreverent sketches, edgy stand-up, short films and music. From original characters to celeb impressions, Reed does it all, and he’s a regular at the Marsh, where he’s staged hit shows like Can You Dig It?, East 14th and The ’80s, among many more. Catch his latest at the Berkeley stage.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:30pm Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:30pm
Brian Copeland returns to The Marsh for three special performances of his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man. The longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, this is the hilarious and poignant autobiographical story about Copeland’s childhood. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, eight-year-old Copeland and his African-American family moved in. Not a Genuine Black Man is a hilarious and insightful look at Bay Area history, and at the many ways in which our upbringings make us who we are.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 7:30pm