After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in mistrust and intolerance. Hiding in the back of the classroom, Dennis' sullen presence has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis' silence and earn his trust -- with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection. Once this thought-provoking play has widened your scope, stick around for a post-performance discussion with Berkeley Rep staff and community leaders.
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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As the co-writer (along with his wife, Ruth Gordon) of maybe the greatest battle-of-the-sexes comedy ever, the Tracy-Hepburn classic Adam's Rib, Garson Kanin could turn out a barrage of rapid-fire witty lines like nobody. But his first big hit came on the Broadway stage with the screwball comedy Born Yesterday (later turned into an Oscar-nominated film). This remarkably modern play centers on unscrupulous tycoon Harry Brock, who, accompanied by his ex-showgirl mistress, heads off to Washington to purchase a few congressmen. Brock hires a journalist to soften Billie's rough edges for D.C. society, but the tables turn when Brock discovers that a little learning can be a dangerous thing. Don't miss Kanin's firecracker dialogue in this San Francisco Playhouse production.
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed at this Club Fugazi production: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Adele. Now running for more than 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment.
Lincoln Center Theatre's Tony-winning production of this classic musical, dubbed "breathtaking and exquisite" by The New York Times, makes a royal appearance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Set in 1860's Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. This Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is "too beautiful to miss," according to New York magazine, boasting a score with such beloved standards as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."
If you're slow on the social media uptake, not up on apps and still can't figure out how to pronounce "gif," Megabytes! is the production for you. This musical revue features comedic songs and sketches that delve into the frustrations, annoyances and occasional joys of surviving in a high-tech world. Playwright Morris Bobrow ushers you through the kinds of relatable situations your basic, everyday non-techie person knows all too well. Log off from swiping, scrolling and surfing and spend a little quality analog time at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm
Whether it's 1892 or 2018, Nobel Prize-winning writer George Bernard Shaw's scathingly satirical comedies still have the uncanny power to provide pointed commentary on what's happening in the here and now. In Widowers' Houses, an idealistic young doctor is dismayed to learn that his new girlfriend happens to be the daughter of a predatory real-estate speculator, but that's just the first difficult pill he has to swallow. Shaw penned more than 60 plays, including classics like Saint Joan and Pygmalion, but this socially-aware comedy was his first to be staged. See this ever-timely production at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
Turn-of-the-20th-century New York -- no other time and place better captures the promise of the American Dream. The streets teemed with people from all walks of life. From the extremely wealthy to greatly impoverished, they came in search of something more. And it was all set to an infectious, new kind of music pouring from the dance halls: ragtime. Bringing this roiling melting pot to life, the Tony-winning musical Ragtime (based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel) follows three ethnically diverse characters -- a white upper-class mother, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring African-American musician -- whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. Along the way, they rub shoulders with everyone from Harry Houdini to Henry Ford. This Berkeley Playhouse production will transport you back in time, while shining light on our own times, with this eminently American story.
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that will transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you'll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:30pm
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflects Nguyen's irreverent humor and pop-culture-obsessed aesthetic as it crisscrosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See American Conservatory Theater's production of this wildly imaginative, "culturally savvy comedy" (The New York Times) at A.C.T Strand Theater in San Francisco.
It's 1985 and aspiring rockstar Robbie Heart lives in his grandmother's basement biding his time as New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of every party -- until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. Robbie promptly falls for Julia, an admiring young waitress. Unfortunately, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street tycoon, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Based on the hit Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, with a score straight out of the 1980s pop songbook, The Wedding Singer at San Francisco's Victoria Theatre takes audiences back to a time when hair was big, collars were up and greed was good.
The NBA season is heating up and the Sacramento Kings are hitting the court at Golden 1 Center. After making some big moves in the offseason, the Kings are newly reinvigorated with an exciting young team. With Rookie of the Year contender De'Aaron Fox bringing a jolt to the offense and eight-time All-Star Vince Carter adding some veteran leadership, the Kings are setting their sights on the playoffs. To get there, they'll have to battle it out with a tough Western Conference first. You won't miss a single play now that the Kings are in their shiny new arena, which features one of the largest screens in the NBA showing replays in 4K Ultra HD. Plus, there's free Wi-Fi, so you can Instagram all the selfies and slam dunks you can snap. Don't forget to nab some of the locally sourced concessions items, like a juicy pork sandwich from Porchetta House and a Fieldwork IPA.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Los Angeles Lakers)Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Minnesota Timberwolves)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Brooklyn Nets)Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Utah Jazz)Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 6:00pm (vs. New York Knicks)Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Orlando Magic)Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Miami Heat)
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 9:30pm (Rick Estrin & the Nightcats )Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 10:00pm (Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band )Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 9:30pm (Annika Chambers )Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 9:00pm (Jules Leyhe )Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain Special Guest: Mz Dee)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 9:30pm (Harvey Mandel)Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & Special Guest Eamonn Flynn)Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 9:30pm (Kyle Rowland Blues Band)
Michael Yo -- the self-described "half-black brother with a Korean mother" -- was one of the most popular panelists on E!'s hit talk show Chelsea Lately, and he's appeared on everything from Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Extra to feature films such as Losing Control and The Bling Ring. Yo served as a celebrity correspondent for E! News, and was the host of the live satellite radio show Yo on E! He's also brought his hilarious celebrity gossip to CNN, Fox and MSNBC. Catch Michael Yo in the Bay Area at Cobb's Comedy Club.
A transsexual, a Russian president and an American president are the stars of Transitions, a new play about gender and sexuality in the world of geopolitics. Catch the world premiere of this new work by playwright John Fisher at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
You've heard his snaps in West Side Story, passion in Candide and melancholy in Trouble in Tahiti -- but now the SF Symphony celebrates the Bliss of Bernstein. Time flies when you are busy becoming the most famous and prolific composer and conductor of the 20th century -- Leonard is turning 100 and it's time to party. This classical concert kicks off with the exuberant spirit of the legend's Divertimento, a joyful and witty piece that was inspired by his youth. Swooping in next with his "thoughtfulness and visceral power" (The New York Times), violinist Vadim Gluzman will continue the smile on your face with the birthday boy's lyrical Serenade. The icing on the cake features another composer's work, who Bernstein notably recorded and conducted, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. At the helm of this lighthearted centennial tribute is conductor Andrey Boreyko at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.
What a piece of swimwear lacks in fabric, it makes up for in super high stakes. Such is the premise of Lucas Hnath's splashy new drama, Red Speedo. Set on the eve of Olympic trials, the story follows swimmer Ray as he faces the pressures of a lucrative endorsement deal, his difficult family and the unforgiving weight of success. Directed by Markus Potter, Red Speedo is a sharp and stylish play that explores the dangers of survival of the fittest and America's toxic obsession with glory. Dive into the world of competitive swimming when Red Speedo takes the stage of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
"You can learn a lot of things from the flowers" ... especially at this year's Alice in Wonderland-inspired Pacific Orchid Exposition. Delight at the sight of 150,000 unique orchids from across the globe as the American Orchid Society celebrates with its whimsical theme: Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland. Because of its diverse microclimate, the Bay Area is widely acknowledged as one of the best orchid growing regions in the world and is home to thousands of exotic species. Spend a golden afternoon at San Francisco's Hall of Flowers enjoying the largest orchid show in the U.S., now in its 66th year.
Few music venues in the world are as iconic as the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea and Diana Krall have graced its stage. Now, this legendary venue is coming west. Located downstairs at the Napa Valley Opera House, the Blue Note Napa brings you that same blend of jazz greats and hot young stars on the scene, while adding a little wine country flavor to the mix. With gourmet farm to table cuisine and, of course, terrific local wines, the Blue Note Napa puts a fresh spin on the jazz club experience while keeping the focus on what matters most: the music.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 7:30pm (The Oakland Crush)Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 9:30pm (The Oakland Crush)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pm (The Lique)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 9:30pm (The Lique)Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 / 7:00pm (Miss Moonshine)Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 / 8:45pm (Miss Moonshine)Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 7:30pm (Locals "Irish Hooley" Night w/ The Gentlemen Soldiers)Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 8:45pm (Locals "Irish Hooley" Night w/ The Gentlemen Soldiers)
Flipping the tables on film noir tropes, solo performer Jill Vice's A Fatal Step tells its shadowy tale not from the point of view of a hardboiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale, those sultry - and deadly - bombshells at the heart of the genre. An SF Fringe Festival Best of Fest winner, Vice (Tipped & Tipsy) combines "an impressive array of body language and vocal talent" (Huffington Post) in her original shows. This one-woman noir centers on Sarah, who decides to take matters into her own hands when another woman dares to come between her and her handsome podiatrist. A Fatal Step has already taken home the Audience Choice award at IndyFringe, and now it comes to The Marsh.
Red and White Fleet's California Twilight Cruise is a relaxed two-hour cruise with views of the spectacular city lights, live guitar entertainment, light appetizers and a hot or cold beverage from the bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat features heated indoor viewing decks with large windows and comfortable seats as well as outdoor viewing decks for taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz.
Best known as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). In this production of the classic thriller, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges for the perfect crime ... but things don't quite go according to plan. This timeless masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Catch Dial M for Murder at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley.
Ease on down the road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they try to figure out how to get Dorothy back to Harlem. The funky musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." The timeless family classic is back at Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
BATS Improv -- named the Bay Area's Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian -- presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that's never the same show twice.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (Director’s Cut: The Oscar Goes To…)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Epic Romance)
If you love cats, or are just curious about them, this two-day cat show at the Monterey County Fairgrounds is a must-see. There'll be litters of lovable purebreds and non-pedigreed felines on display to be admired and adored.
*Cue the fan girl screams* 'cause Demi Lovato is coming to San Jose with DEE-JAY KHAAALLLEEDDD! (You'll understand this reference if you read it literally) and Kehlani. America's Grammy-nominated sweetheart truly needs no bio, but if you must get a quick overview, she probably captured your heart when she starred alongside the hunky Joe Jonas in Camp Rock (talk about a throwback) before launching her solo career with "Heart Attack." Lovato's since become a role model for her open struggle against an eating disorder, and a straight up bad b**ch -- Just watch her Project X-esque music video for "Sorry Not Sorry," the first single off the critically acclaimed Tell Me You Love Me. Multi-platinum megastar DJ Khaled of We the Best, who's collaborated with everyone from Justin Bieber to Drake, along with hip-hop/R&B atist Kehlani (SweetSexySavage) join her for the perfect concert at the SAP Center.
"What They Said About Love was funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance," said Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com. Actor and writer Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can't -- tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love -- what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06 and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love -- and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. See the show named Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival now at The Marsh Berkeley.
You've seen Star Trek on TV and in the movies. Maybe you've even seen it performed live on stage. But you've never seen Star Trek like this before. Back by popular demand, the Drag Kings take over the stage at Oasis for a performance of Star Trek Live starring some of San Francisco's best drag performers. This performance adapts Turnabout Intruder, the gender-bending final episode of the original Star Trek series in which Captain Kirk switches bodies with an emotionally unstable ex-girlfriend. Don't miss Leigh Crow -- the world's only female William Shatner impersonator -- in this production that will set your phasers to "stunned."
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, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm
San Francisco's Circus Center presents its acclaimed monthly entertainment series, Circus Center Cabaret. It's a unique mix of live jazz and a rotating cast of the Bay Area's best circus and variety performers, presented in an intimate venue with a full bar. In the February edition, Love, San Francisco Style, Cabaret Chanteuse Madame Leanne Borghesi will school you in the art of seduction. Whatever your kink, orientation or appetite, you'll find your fancy suited by our intimate cabaret experience. Fall head over heels for Madame Leanne's vocal prowess, luxuriate in the musical embrace of the Roger Glenn Trio, and satisfy your desire for excellent entertainment with a delightful array of performing artists. Join us as we celebrate and honor Love, San Francisco Style -- now with reserved seating and improved sightlines!
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. As a radiologist tasked with diagnosing strokes, Dr. Diane Barnes was very aware of this fact. Nevertheless, when a stroke happened to her, she waited 20 hours before going to the hospital. In My Stroke of Luck, doctor-turned-actor Barnes recounts her experience of realizing she was having a stroke, her path to recovery and more. It's a heartfelt and humorous look at love, family and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See this amazing one-woman show when it comes to the stage of at The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 5:00pmSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 5:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm
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.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Political pioneer and unsung hero Shirley Chisolm helped pave the way for the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In 1968, the New York City native became the first African-American woman elected to Congress and, four years later, she became both the first African-American to run for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's nomination. Dr. Mona Vaughn-Scott's bio-play Unbought & Unbossed maps the road leading to the campaign trail. Uncover a significant, yet overlooked chapter in American history when Chilsolm's story comes to the Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find purpose in a modern age of greater gay rights and political urgency in this play at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. When an unexpected event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin's anger and passion is renewed. Hilarious, sharp and deeply moving, Still at Risk is a powerful look at the personal and political hazards of rewriting the past, and one man's attempt to move forward.
Sometimes the simplest of sounds can take you right back to a moment in time. Magic Theatre favorite John Kolvenbach (Sister Play, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish) returns to direct the world premiere of his own Reel to Reel. Fascinated by the relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach's newest work is the story of a 55-year marriage as told through the mundane snippets of conversations, arguments and household noises. What emerges is an audiotape collage of love, aging and death.
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.
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.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 4:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 3:45pm)
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.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm
Set in an island paradise during World War II, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific brings the themes of romance, duty and prejudice together to create a classic story that still rings true today. Both heartbreaking and thought-provoking, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner, and U.S. Lieutenant Cable who falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise. Enjoy South Pacific on the stage of the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.
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, snacks and more.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)
Strap in for a wild ride through other dimensions with San Francisco's mind-blowing 7D Experience at Pier 39. Step into the 20-seat theater, but don't spend too much time marveling at the movie screen -- sit down, buckle up and get ready to experience the thrills of a 3D movie, a rocking roller coaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game ... all at once. With this Laser Maze Challenge and DarkRide Combo Ticket, you'll also get the opportunity to put your agility, speed and action movie skills to the test as you navigate your way through a web of criss-crossing laser beams. There are multiple dark rides to be enjoyed -- featuring everything from zombies to werewolves to Mad Max-style mayhem and more -- so the 7D Experience is bound to have you coming back for even more fun.
What happens when the games we play for fun stop being fun, and stop being games? Aspiring video game designer Katja and her longtime friend Trent are an unstoppable team against the animated monsters of the virtual underworlds of SpearLight, an online role-playing game. But after a humiliating falling out, Trent marshals an army of internet trolls to wage real-life war against her. Comic and poignant, Non-Player Character is a timely, bold exploration of the games we play and who's winning.
Partners in life and in performance, Korean-German dancer Honji Wang and French-Spanish dancer Sébastien Ramirez explore the complexities of human relationships and modern identities through their inventive dance-theater aesthetic. Their acclaimed hip-hop-meets-tanztheater opus Borderline features a cast of six performers hooked up to an aerial rigging system, allowing them to defy gravity as the nuanced choreography explores visual metaphors of flight, struggle, freedom, constraint and the forces that connect us and tear us apart. Watch Company Wang Ramirez fly into action when Borderline comes to Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley.
Year of the Dog marks a time for renewal, so start off 2018 on the right paw with some much-needed fun and games at the Lunar New Year Street Festival. The Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays in the Asian community, and this vibrant festival at Newpark Mall promises to go all-out. Bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious multicultural cuisine, live entertainment, karaoke and more at this ultimate celebration.
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.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / Various TimesFriday, Feb. 23, 2018 / Various TimesSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / Various TimesSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / Various TimesMonday, Feb. 26, 2018 / Various TimesTuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / Various TimesWednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / Various TimesThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / Various Times
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.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
Award-winning Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado -- a San Francisco Symphony fave -- is back at the baton for a Davies Hall performance of Brahms, Shostakovich and Salonen. That would be contemporary composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, whose work Helix opens the concert. Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik solos on Shostakovich's energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, written late in the Russian composer's career, and the evening comes to a climax with Brahms' First Symphony, which took the self-critical composer the better part of two decades to write and revise, resulting in a dramatic triumph of melody and lyricism.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pm
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.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:00pm
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.
It's time to take this week's sensational news stories and put them to good use: comedy. At SF Tonight, you'll be provided with newspapers, magazines and scissors, or you can bring your favorite stories from the week's news -- hard-hitting journalism (is there still such a thing?) or the latest popular thread on Facebook -- and the talented improvisers at EndGames Improv will turn those stories into a one-of-a-kind show that may not exactly be educational, but will definitely be entertaining. You might even be surprised by a special guest. So don't let the news get you down. Spend your Saturday night with the cast of SF Tonight at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 10:30pm
Celebrated satirist Will Durst has performed for three elected presidents (if you count Al Gore ... which Durst does) and appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR and C-SPAN. Now, he's headed back to The Marsh in San Francisco with The Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness, his up-to-the-minute, lightning-paced comedic exploration of a changing America during the "Time of Trump." Hailed as "[q]uite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" by none other than The New York Times, Durst's cutting-edge commentary is pulled from the latest political headlines, and is always as timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4:00 a.m. tweet.
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 8:00pm
This is not your grandmother's gospel. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, where Jesus' betrayer Judas stands trial in purgatory as his lawyers bargain for his admission to heaven. The trial flashes through Judas' life, all the way back to his childhood, while incredible figures from history and beyond are called to testify -- figures like Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and even Satan himself. As the trial unfolds, audience members must confront old truths and examine what it means to really forgive during this A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts program production. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot ranges between hilarious dark comedy and intimate, touching drama at The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 1:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm
In a dystopian future, brutal civil war ends in a fragile peace. Determined to rebuild a democratic government, two generations of family struggle to love one another, keep each other safe and navigate conflicting political loyalties. Inside the home, parents and daughters all disagree about how to move the country forward. A soldier makes a bold sacrifice in the face of opposing responsibilities to family and country. Her daughters come to adulthood confronting wrenching choices. Two sisters must choose between following their parents' directives and their own sense of justice. Will the simmering civil war reignite or can peace prevail? This production marks the world premiere of local playwright Susan Sobeloff's newest work at The B8 Theatre in Concord.
In The Book of Moron, the latest solo show from actor-comedian Robert Dubac (The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?), we meet a man who can't remember who he is or what he believes in because he's been bombarded by so much propaganda and hype. While he's racking his brain for answers, his inner voices take turns trying to talk sense into him. Go on a head trip in Robert Dubac's one-man show as he portrays his voice of reason, his common sense, his inner idiot, his inner child and his inner a$$hole -- all of which try to wake him up from the coma of modern-day life. Don't miss The Book of Moron at the Marin Center Showcase Theatre in San Rafael.
Experience the 14-piece Tex Beneke Orchestra's dazzling showcase of big band classics from Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" and "Little Brown Jug" to the timeless swing tunes "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "Tuxedo Junction" in this concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Robert Moses' Kin presents an evening of incendiary contemporary dance that takes hold from the first move and does not let go until the last breath. Featuring creations by new roots artists, musical direction by PC Munoz, the artists of RMK and director Robert Moses, Bootstrap Tales bounces from warmth to intuition to inhumanity and back again. See it at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.
With this special offer, first-time members of Frameline will score two tickets to the acclaimed San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival at the Castro Theater, which screens more than 100 films from over 30 countries ever year. You'll also get a festival program guide, priority entrance, discounts on tickets, DVDs, t-shirts and more. Plus, you'll be supporting innovative programs that bring acclaimed LGBTQ films and videos to audiences across the Bay Area and the world, via its online presence. Frameline's outreach also includes the Youth in Motion program, which addresses gender identity and bullying in schools, plus a film completion fund.
As a child out of East Los Angeles, Rivest Dunlap ran into more than his fair share of obstacles before finally reaching the stage. Still, his underlying dream remained unchanged; he knew he was born to make people laugh. Always one to follow his heart, Rivest quickly realized that his elementary school teachers were right: he was born to be a comedian. Five years ago, Rivest took the plunge and hasn't looked back since. Pulling from life experiences and creatively poking fun at his own complex cultural identity, his unique brand of comedy has carried him to comedy clubs all over the country, and now to Tommy T's Comedy in Pleasanton!
Treat yourself to a day of stunning coastal views, fresh ocean breezes and picturesque seaside villages. This day trip takes you by coach along the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Cruz to Monterey, where you'll have two hours of free time in the historic waterfront district of Cannery Row to enjoy a delicious local meal, explore the shops and learn about Monterey's history by visiting a local museum or one of the many preserved historic buildings. After that, it's back on the bus to travel along the scenic 17-Mile Drive, where you'll catch glimpses of the area's famous golf courses and luxury estate homes and the pristine coastline that's been the subject of countless works of art. At Carmel-by-the-Sea, you'll have an hour of free time to explore the trendy shops, art galleries and cafés that draw artists, poets and writers before heading back to the city.
Marvel at Made Up Theatre's crack quintet of comedians as they improvise an entire movie on the spot at their club in Fremont. Whatever you and your fellow audience members can dream up, 5 Play can handle. The genre of the movie is determined each night when a big wheel is spun by an audience member -- could it be you? From a nice romance or musical comedy to a rootin' tootin' western or big-budget action flick, this talented troupe has got it covered. In fact, they've won a number of awards, including the prestigious-sounding 2015 International Society of Humor Studies Conference prize for Best Improv Performance, and they've also appeared at the San Francisco, Sacto, Orange County and Sonoma County comedy festivals. These shows are free to the public, but purchasing in advance guarantees seating.
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 show was named "Best Place for Comedy" in the East Bay Express 2016 Readers' Poll.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (Friday Funnies)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 9:45pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm (Friday Funnies)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 9:45pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)
Some plays can be summed up in an image, others a phrase, but only one masterpiece can be summarized with the anguished scream "Stelllaaa!!" That masterpiece, of course, is none other than Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Set during a steamy summer in New Orleans' French Quarter, a vulnerable Blanche DuBois seeks shelter at the apartment of her pregnant sister, Stella, and Stella's husband, Stanley. Fragile Blanche and brutish, temperamental Stanley immediately clash, and tensions further escalate when the two are left alone together after Stella heads to the hospital to give birth. Experience this legendary classic, still relevant given the social and economic divides of modern-day America, when Ubuntu Theater Project brings it to The Alice Collective in Oakland.
Woman in Mind by "the comic poet of middle class life" Alan Ayckbourn, has been called "perhaps the most daring and poignant" of all the British playwright's works by The Telegraph and features a tour-de-force role for a leading lady. Essentially a first-person narrative, the play is seen through the eyes of Susan, a middle-class English housewife trapped in a lackluster marriage with a dreary, unappreciative family. After accidentally being knocked unconscious by stepping on a garden rake, Susan finds herself suddenly surrounded by the ideal fantasy family, handsomely dressed in tennis whites and sipping champagne. When her real and imaginary worlds collide, and the lines between her truth and fiction increasingly blur, those fantasies take on a comical and nightmarish life of their own. Don't miss Woman in Mind at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm
The Los Angeles Times calls it "an incredible show that rivals its competitors for sonic realism and visceral excitement," and now you can experience Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience for yourself, live at the Hofmann Theatre in Walnut Creek. From the Beatles' early days at the forefront of the British Invasion through the psychedelic era and each of the Fab Four's solo careers, this touring spectacular chronicles John, Paul, George and Ringo's rise, reign and eventual breakup complete with authentic costumes, superbly intricate live performances and soaring vocal harmonies. Each show boasts some 35 Beatles classics -- such as "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There" and more -- in a pitch-perfect tribute to one of rock's greatest groups.
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, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm (Best Of The Bay Showcase)
It's stand-up comedy and improv united: Stand-Up Improv! In this format, a comedian will perform a stand-up comedy set, and the cast of improvisors will perform scenes inspired by the comedian's set. Catch the Stand-Up & Improv Comedy Mash-Up in Fremont at Made Up Theatre!
Is there anything as painfully funny as an old photo of you and your loved ones? From awkward phases to bad haircuts to questionable poses, there's no shortage of ways your past self can embarrass you. Now, Endgames improv troupe Chivalry Club is here to twist the knife with its new show ThrowBackThursday. Putting a fun spin on audience suggestion-based improv, Chivalry Club asks you to email them a photo from your past. If your picture is chosen, the talented group of improvisers will turn your embarrassing memory into a hilarious improvised scene at the show! Catch all the fun at San Francisco's Stage Werx.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 9:00pm Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 / 9:00pm
Lucie Arnaz: Her name evokes an entire era of entertainment -- of hilarious wit, fantastic pratfalls, Latin rhythms and midcentury style. But the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is very much a present-day dynamo, an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated performer with a versatility and brio that leaves audiences dazzled. When she returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco, Arnaz will tap into her Latin roots during this musical tribute featuring many of Desi Arnaz's original orchestra arrangements with songs by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Agustin Lara, Rafael Hernandez, Margarita Lecuona, Desi Arnaz and Lucie herself.
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.
A Chorus Line starts in an empty theater, on a bare stage where casting for a new Broadway show is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed -- to have the chance to dance. This singular sensation won nine Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, thanks to its gritty, funny realism and Marvin Hamlisch's legendary score, featuring "Dance: Ten, Looks: Three," "Nothing," "What I Did For Love" and "One." Now you can peak behind the scenes and see one of Broadway's longest-running musicals when A Chorus Line comes to the El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater.
Laugh at a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians at #HellaFunny, San Francisco's hilarious traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. For this show, Viceland's Stroy Moyd takes the stage at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. The three-time winner of the Laugh Factory Hollywood's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition has opened for hot shots like Dave Chapelle, Hannibal Buress and others that have also cracked a couple jokes at this venue themselves.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm
Lots of people want to try stand-up. See somebody headline a comedy show for their first time onstage with the help of five of the Bay Area's best stand-up comedians and host Drew Harmon. Will it be the best night of somebody's life ... or the worst? Come to Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco to be a part of one of the most unique comedy shows happening that's also been featured as part of SF Sketchfest. Finally, the funniest person in the office gets their chance!
New! Dine n' Dance Salsa Thursdays! Leila By The Bay restaurant is the place to be on Thursdays for live salsa with the Charlie Barreda Trio! Great cuisine, intimate atmosphere -- classy, jazzy, all that and more! While dining, enjoy Brazilian bossas to med light samba, mix with some boleros and Latin jazz cha cha, followed by an evening of dancing (cha cha, cumbia, salsa and more!) A hidden gem in Hercules, CA, Leila by the Bay's dinner service, serving fresh California Cuisine with a Mediterranean style, commences at 6pm, with entertainment at 6:30 till 8:30pm. Cost of admission does not include food nor beverage, and one entree per person is required.
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, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm
Come kick your Saturday night off right, whether it's date night, a night out with friends or a fun way to close out a day at Dolores Park. Brave New Jokes is a premier comedy showcase in The Mission's Darger Bar. This month features comics from the San Francisco Punch Line, San Jose Improv, Rooster T Feathers and Cobb's Comedy Club.
Vandana Bali probably has both a higher and lower voice than you. This classically trained lady has a three-octave vocal range, and is influenced by fierce female pop songstresses like Whitney Houston and Ella Fitzgerald. She belts everything from Broadway hits to power ballads and pop songs at European festivals, music venues and even a Knicks game (she opened with the National Anthem). Now, Bali debuts at San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko with Follow Your Heart, a show featuring songs and stories from Broadway composers, pop icons and jazz legends.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)
Join Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball for an evening celebrating Ireland's greatest poet. Come Dance With Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country is a musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats. Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he brings new life to cherished traditions. Catch this hauntingly beautiful performance at Dance Palace in Point Reyes.
Bring your kids to an innovative kind of children's theater experience that brings their favorite bedtime story to life. At Once Upon Your Mind at All Out Comedy Theater, hear a new story that you and your kids get to choose from. Based on the actors' imaginations and your suggestions, they will re-write the story in a way that's never been told before. Things will get silly. Things will get creative, but most important, things will get interactive and fun. You may even be asked to volunteer during the show to play your favorite character. From pirates in space to a family on the farm, there's no telling where or what you can do at Once Upon Your Mind.
Social Studies Improv thoughtfully explores relationships, culture and society through long-form improvisation. They are Dave Dennison, Mona Thompson, Tony Contreras, Michelle Swaney and Freddie Sulit. Individually they have trained, performed and taught at theaters in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Catch them at All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland.
Love, lust, jealousy, deception, torture, murder, suicide -- all in one opera. An idealistic artist, a celebrated singer and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and official hypocrisy, Puccini's great masterpiece still rings true today through its powerfully dramatic and gorgeous music.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 2:00pm
Get ready for a night of fast-paced improv comedy from some of the Bay Area's most quick-witted comedians in All Out Comedy Improv. These hilarious, short-form games and scenarios will have you rolling in the aisles. Even better, this night of laughs is perfect for all ages, with clean humor on display. Watch some comedy masters at work during this performance.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 9:30pm
Enjoy a recital of solo piano music by Bay Area and E4TT Call for Scores composers, performed by E4TT pianist extraordinaire Dale Tsang. You'll hear the West Coast premiere of Spanish composer Mercedes Zavala's "Haikus" (from the "Guernica" Project), along with works by local favorites Elinor Armer, David Garner and Alden Jenks, plus Dave Collins, Derek Bermel and Martyna Kosecka. Don't miss this solo recital at the Berkeley Piano Club.
One of the top flamenco dance companies in the Americas, Carolina Lugo and her daughter Carolé Acuña's Ballet Flamenco paint a passionate visual canvas of movement with their riveting performances that feature footwork, song, castanets, syncopated handclapping and guitar. The company combines flamenco and Spanish dance for an extraordinary evening of entertainment. Under the direction of Artistic Director Lugo, the group has performed at renowned performance spaces, so seeing them in a more intimate venue like Armando's will give you a chance to catch the high-energy fire of flamenco up close.
Get a glimpse at tomorrow's hottest comics today at the Future of Comedy Showcase, a hilarious night of stand-up hosted by Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh. A high-energy, crowd-pleasing comic with an in-your-face attitude and razor-sharp wit, Kabeezy's won numerous comedy competitions, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition, and has opened for top comedy stars like Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and more. For each showcase, he'll welcome the best and brightest up-and-coming comics from the Bay Area and beyond for an evening of fun, intimate stand-up. Please see the full event description for information about upcoming performers.
The NoSleep Podcast began as an online forum for people to post first-person stories about frightening experiences. When this cyber version of spooky campfire stories took off, host and producer David Cummings decided to turn it into a podcast. Five years in, the award-winning show has racked up over 18 million downloads, along with a five-star rating on iTunes. The podcast was named USA Today's "Summer Scare" and reaped praise from The AV Club as "enjoyably creepy and consistently interesting." Cummings' deep, haunting voice brings the stories and characters to life in this live recording at the Oakland Metro Operahouse, making you feel as if you're experiencing the horror first-hand.