Spring — and love — is in the air and in the music, as the San Francisco Symphony performs passionate works by Richard Wagner. Under the baton of conductor Marek Janowski, you’ll hear the SFS take on Tannhäuser’s hedonistic adventure in the Venusberg followed by the enrapturing Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Plus, the “fierce and impressive” (San Francisco Classical Voice) James Ehnes brings Bruch’s rousing Violin Concerto No. 1 to the stage of Davies Symphony Hall for this series of concerts.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm
Hailed by Bay Area critics as “visceral and haunting” (Mercury News), “a sensory bombardment” (SF Chronicle) and “vibrantly theatrical and pointedly contemporary” (SF Examiner), The Jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle — the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the at the Afghan Café. Take a seat in a place where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle now arrives at the Curran in San Francisco with Miriam Buether’s award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran has been completely transformed and, in the process, the capacity has been reduced to an intimate 600 seats.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Savoy Brown)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pm (Kev Choice Ensemble)
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, May 4, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
After 19 Grammys and tens of millions in record sales, Tony Bennett still defies gravity. This unstoppable legend is recording albums with today’s hottest stars (Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood), mentoring the next generation on American Idol, performing at the World Series, and — lucky us! — touring. He’s won over a whole new generation of fans with his wit, charm and helluva voice. Whether crooning signature songs like “Steppin’ Out (With My Baby)” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” waxing poetic on hits like “The Good Life” or performing the standards he recorded with Lady Gaga on their chart-topping album, the honey-toned NEA Jazz Master never disappoints. Don’t miss this golden chance to see him and special guest Antonia Bennett live in concert at the City National Civic in San Jose.
Following its smash hit sold-out world premiere at Z Space in 2018, Weightless makes a triumphant return to the Bay Area with this limited two-week engagement at A.C.T. The San Francisco Chronicle gave the show its highest rating (Leaping Little Man), calling it "a complete theatre experience. Magical. Gorgeous. A glimpse of the future of theatre.” This thrilling work weaves myth with evocative indie rock to tell a gripping story of sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. Through intimate storytelling, rollicking performances, and the Kilbanes’ celebrated sound, Weightless explores the bonds of sisterhood and the power of the female voice. Featuring: Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses (The Kilbanes) with Lila Blue, Julia Brothers, Dan Harris and Joshua Pollock.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 3:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pm
Founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble is an innovative collective of renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries that’s been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “a kind of roving musical laboratory” by the Boston Globe and “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun. Now they’re coming to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall with an all-new multimedia experience, Heroes Take Their Stands, created by folklorist Ahmad Sadri and co-commissioned by Cal Performances. As part of this special project, composers and collaborators from different parts of the world have created new works that explore the stories of five heroic figures across time and cultures, from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Elektra from Greek mythology and beyond. Each work was developed as part of a conversation between composer and collaborator, resulting in a multi-part theatrical performance featuring more than a dozen live instrumentalists with dance, video, animation and pre-recorded music.
Enter the Enchanted Gardens and experience the beauty of “Naina’s Magical Garden” and the “Secret Garden” through elegantly choreographed divertissements from Opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, Ballet Le Corsaire and more. Featuring special guest artists from the Washington Ballet, Principal Dancers Katherine Barkman and Rolando Sarabia and the award-winning Bayer Ballet, which has received several prestigious awards, including the Gold Metal from World Ballet Competition (WBC); “Outstanding School,” “Outstanding Teacher,” and “Best Ensemble” for 2018 & 2019 by the World’s Largest Global Network of Dance, Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). Experience the exquisite Russian Vaganova style in its purest form, within classical, neo-classical and character repertoire. This production will inspire the entire family, from the novice spectator to the seasoned dance enthusiast. Enjoy a beautiful day of ballet at the historic San Francisco landmark, Palace of Fine Arts.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 3:30pm
From big bands to jazz choirs, Colombian singers to jazz harpists, The Jazz Room concerts at the Village Theatre & Art Gallery are your one-stop spot for all things swingin’. Don’t miss these performances presented by the town of Danville and singer-songwriter Eve Marie Shahoian.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
In his one-man biographical musicals, Hershey Felder has brought to life everyone from Beethoven to Irving Berlin, and in Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, the virtuoso performer takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. Experience it at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Monday, May 6, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:30pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:30pm (Kyle Rowland Blues Band)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:30pm (J.C. Smith Band )Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pm (Sue Foley)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 9:00pm (Artur Menezes)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 9:30pm (Nick Schnebelen)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:30pm (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute with Alan Iglesias & Crossfire)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pm (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute with Alan Iglesias & Crossfire)
It’s one of the most influential books of all time, and yet its origins remain somewhat mysterious. In The Good Book, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson weave themes of devotion, creation and legacy into the story of the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. A young man tries to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest, while a modern-day Biblical scholar and atheist struggles with doubt. Their stories highlight an incredible exploration into how the Bible came to be. From ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America, this production of The Good Book at Peet’s Theatre at Berkeley Rep takes you on a powerful and exuberant journey through the most enduring book in Western history.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
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’ll 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. The experience is always fresh, and there’s a new theme for 2019: Age of Scofflaws.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 4:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 6:00pmMonday, May 6, 2019 / 6:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 6:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pm
Iconic cellist Mischa Maisky has collaborated with conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel. His chamber music partners have included artists such as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few. In this program at the San Francisco War Memorial Building’s Herbst Theatre, he’ll perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich. The addition of his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, makes it a family affair not to be missed.
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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With its timeless rags-to-riches story complete with magical transformations and a happy ending that demonstrates the power of true love, it’s no wonder that Cinderella is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time. Now you can relive the story of Cinderella’s magical night in this delightful 50-minute musical production designed for the whole family to enjoy, performed by Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble’s talented cast of adult actors. The beautiful but put-upon Cinderella works all day under the smirking demands of her hideously cruel stepsisters. But with hard work and a lot of heart, she finds a way to make it to the prince’s ball — and even manages to capture his heart. As a special treat, everyone in the audience will have the chance to meet the characters in the lobby following the show.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
With numerous No. 1 releases, Steinway artist and composer Chad Lawson’s latest recording, re:piano, pushes the envelope with elements of looping piano and effects. His last release, The Chopin Variations, brought new interpretations to the poet of the piano. With an unmatched versatility that comes from dabbling in various musical genres throughout his long life as a musician, Lawson is one of the most exciting and dynamic pianists working today. Catch this virtuoso live when he comes to the Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building.
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.
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, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:15pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
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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Remembering James tells the story of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Spanning nearly two decades of his monumental career, you’ll see how a divided country, the growing Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the artists’ work. A six-piece band accompanies the show, bringing the passion of his music alive while offering a message of hope to a grief-stricken nation looking for a moment of healing and celebration. Enjoy Remembering James at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 4:00pm
Two-time Emmy Award and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein returns to San Francisco to perform at his namesake Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Long established as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, he’ll perform beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Feinstein’s critically acclaimed concerts spanning the globe have established him as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Don’t miss your chance to see this quintessential performer live in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:00pm
One of the Bay Area’s true cultural jewels, Smuin Contemporary Ballet continues to shine brightly at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where you’ll no doubt be dazzled by their movement and artistry with Dance Series 02. As a special 25th anniversary treat, former Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert returns to Smuin with a stunning world premiere that will continue to break the boundaries of dance. The program for this landmark year also features some of Michael Smuin’s favorite pieces including Unforgettable, Georgia and Fever, the sizzling chair solo from Dances With Songs. Highlights from Carmina Burana, Dancin’ With Gershwin and Frankie and Johnny also round out the bill.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
Glam rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger-than-life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Entertainment Weekly raves “the show swells with heart.” Don’t miss the regional premiere of Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
Baron Vaughn headlines the San Francisco Punch Line Comedy Club. Currently starring on the new USA drama Fairly Legal, he is also one of America’s funniest up-and-coming stand-up comics, with TV appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Russell Simmons Presents, and more. A graduate of Boston University’s acting program, Vaughn has also appeared in numerous TV shows and films including Cloverfield, Black Dynamite, Rescue Me and Law & Order.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
Welcome to an unforgettable night of magic, mystery and wonder starring magician and illusionist Kevin Blake. This 75-minute show is an interactive, sophisticated experience of magic and mystery full of visual illusions and mentalism. Using sleight of hand as a comedic window into finding everyday happiness in a fast-paced adult world, this oftentimes poignant piece seeks to answer the question: What is a magician who cannot believe in magic? Be there when Boxcar Theatre and Kevin Blake present Magic Man at the Speakeasy at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss created this cabaret and variety show, combining elements of sensuality and soul, with DJ sets to keep the dance floor grooving at all times. Not only was Burruss a part of the successful R&B group Xscape, but she went on to write the smash hits “No Scrubs” for TLC and “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child. Now she’s bringing Tamar Braxton and Trina with her to The Warfield in San Francisco for a sure-to-be sexy show.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
From ventriloquists to jugglers and even a bubble lady, the town of Danville knows how to keep preschoolers laughing and screaming for more. Grab the little ones for a set of amusing acts that’ll entertain everyone alike. The kids will want to get up, dance and sing along to acts like the superhero rock team The Brian Waite Band and Octopretzel music. Think they’ll be able to find escape artist Bob Kann or the illusionist Brian Scott? Find out at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 10:00am (Upbeat Kids Tunes with Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00am (Award-Winning Zappo the Magician)Friday, Jul 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Circus Arts & Comedy with Bri Crabtree)
One interview. Two legends. Plenty of secrets. Before becoming icons of American theater, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together, shut away from the world’s judgment. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out in The Gentleman Caller, these men reveal sides of themselves the public never saw — in all their vulnerabilities, flaws and triumphs. Enjoy the regional premiere of this “beautifully worded, heartfelt and spellbinding look at the brief and unlikely relationship between two of America’s greatest playwrights” (Broadway World) at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 3:00pm
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 3, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:00pm
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, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm (The (Not So) Late Show)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)
Experience the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman and their all-new show Ancient Land. Ireland’s greatest voices, musicians and dancers perform in a joyful show celebrating Ireland’s centuries-old heritage. Don’t miss this glorious and magical event at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, May 5, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, May 6, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, May 7, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, May 8, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, May 9, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 10, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, May 11, 2019 / Various Departure Times
Bursting with one show-stopping number after another, Pippin is the magical, musical fairy tale featuring a fabulous score from three-time Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). The Tony-winning musical follows the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, as he struggles to find his life’s meaning. Along the way, he samples the glories of the battlefield, the intrigues of political power and the pleasures of the flesh — all part of his quest to find out where he fits in. As narrated by a troupe of magical performers, this exuberant journey of existential fulfillment is one of Broadway’s most enduring and beloved classics, and it’s coming to the Berkeley Playhouse.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pm
A recent winner of the San Francisco Stage Magic Competition and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather’s and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, Please Enjoy Responsibly. Kane began honing his craft as a teenager on the streets of Old Sacramento where he attracted audiences with his deft magic and charming personality. In his show, minds are read, whiskey bottles appear out of nowhere and a paintball gun is fired at the man responsible for it all. Don’t miss his San Francisco appearance at the EXIT Theatre.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jul 5, 2019 / 8:30pm
Join Dustin Lance Black, influential LGBTQ+ activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Milk, as he reveals his unexpectedly conservative origins in his new memoir, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, providing personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America. Black’s memoir chronicles his coming of age in a military, Mormon household in Texas and moving to more liberal California after his mother’s remarriage. Finding himself at odds with the religious and political atmosphere of his family and his community’s condemnation of his sexuality, Black kept his identity a secret. He ultimately found release and professional success in the arts and reveals that throughout his often difficult childhood, he and his mother always managed to share a powerful bond of support. When Black played an instrumental role in the overturning of California’s antigay marriage Proposition 8, she was next to him despite a lifetime of opposition. Join Dustin Lance Black at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre as he reflects on his personal journey to self-acceptance and success and shares his unique perspective on bridging the many divides in our country today.
This is All Out Comedy Theater’s main stage show, just shorter and dirtier. All Out Comedy Theater’s signature, fast-paced Saturday night improv sets are packed to the brim with side-splitting unscripted comedy. Using the audience’s suggestions, the cast creates short form scenes and games. All Out Comedy Theater’s Main Stage cast caters the 9:30pm show to a grown up crowd —anything goes. Each night has four comedians from the Main Stage ensemble of professional actors from all over the Bay Area.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 9:30pm
In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroine Becky Sharp scrambles up social ladders and hurdles over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Conjuring an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women,” acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature’s most celebrated novels in this production at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm
KILL THE DEBBIE DOWNERS! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM OFF! is a newly devised theatre piece inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Live music, movement, and text creates an original exploration of Chekhov’s lasting themes of memories fading, revolutions looming, and visions of the future beckoning. There will be laughter through tears, a gun in act one, and the end of an era.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm
Enjoy a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan. They’ll offer you inspiration for creating a bright future full of laughter, connection and purpose. This delightful event has all the best ingredients: warm, deeply personal storytelling; refreshing candor and a well of empathy for the fears, inadequacies and self-consciousness we so often carry; the promise that through love and connection it’s possible to listen well, admit when we’re wrong, make peace with uncertainty, find our way through loss and laugh at the days to come; wit and insights on parenting, marriage, friendship and dreams (it’s not too late). Whenever they’re together, Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan love settling in for lots of laughter and fun. They could talk all day about being raised by dads who loved them ridiculously, their shared crush on Tom Brokaw, Kelly’s brief flirtation as a shoplifter in the ’80s, the glories and doldrums of writing, and so much more. Jen has written New York Times best-selling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. As “Chief BFF,” she believes we can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives. Noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including The Middle Place and her latest Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say. Bring the best women you know to a night you’ll not soon forget.
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 in I Think I’d Be Good At That. 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!
Diablo Ballet’s closes its 25th Season with a presentation of the iconic Swan Lake Suite, staged by Company Regisseur, Joanna Berman; the romantic Tryst by Val Caniparoli, originally created for San Francisco Ballet and set to the music of Mozart; and the beautifully dynamic Walk before Talk by KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director of ODC/Dance. Immediately following each performance, you are invited to a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm
The stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness is deeply rooted in American culture and society. Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and to raising awareness, understanding and empathy. Award-winning actor and advocate Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister Jessie Close was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew Calen Pick was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Science and evidence-based programs are essential to achieving the work of BC2M. The organization’s seven public service announcements have provided stigma-reducing messaging to more than four billion individuals. By mobilizing deeply engaged change agents, especially youth, to collectively talk about mental health, BC2M is able to encourage healthy help seeking behavior, greater resilience and self-care techniques. It is transforming feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope. The organization’s peer-led high school clubs, operating in 16 states, are a great example of how youth can, and will, change the perspectives on mental illness in our lifetime. Join Glenn, Jessie and other BC2M leaders for a conversation about the power of advocacy, science and youth leadership to reduce stigma and creative positive change in the world of mental health.
All Out Comedy Theater’s signature, fast-paced Saturday night improv sets are packed to the brim with side-splitting unscripted comedy. Using audiences suggestions, the cast creates short form scenes and games. Each night showcases four comedians from an ensemble of professional actors from all over the Bay Area.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Refuge is a dance theater performance about making your way home. It is about displacement from home and finding refuge (safety, belonging, connection). The dancers will explore what it means to be a refugee; what it is like to flee one’s homeland due to war, violence, conflict or persecution; what it is like to leave behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones. Then, there is gentrification, that displaces the long established families from their own home towns. It forces them to find their way to a new home, a new town, even a new state. There are other ways to seek refuge besides the physical state. Some seek emotional refuge from abuse, neglect or indifference. Refuge is a site-specific performance at University Theatre at California State University East Bay. Please bring a donation of any non-perishable food items to any performance to support CSUEB Campus Organization Pioneers for H.O.P.E.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
We’ve traded up our caves, tripled our life spans, written Ulysses, and gone to the moon. And along the way, melted the ice caps, oppressed the crap out of each other, and elected you-know-who. Are we getting anywhere? From the first gentrification (sorry, Neanderthals!) to the secrets of the genome, Paul Sussman’s The Wrong Kind of Pessimism takes on (and smacks down!) the big questions of Progress, Faith and Where It All Ends. See this solo show at The Marsh in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pm
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, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 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, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
“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, May 5, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Jul 7, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Jul 21, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Doors Open at 2:30pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, best known as the long-suffering league commissioner Kevin on FX’s hit show The League, headlines Cobb’s Comedy Club. Rannazzisi launched his career by moving from a doorman job at the world-famous Comedy Store on Sunset to hitting the stage as a stand-up, where he honed his skills amongst some of the most prolific comics in the business. His first TV job was as a cast member on MTV’s Punk’d after Ashton Kucher caught his stand-up act. Since then, he’s acted in several films, appeared on numerous television series and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
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 Berkeley.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, May 5, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
At turns introspective, romantic and joyously hopeful, 110 in the Shade is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken, Depression-era town. Sharp-witted but insecure rancher’s daughter Lizzie is resolving herself to live out life as a spinster, until charming stranger Starbuck comes to town with the promise to make it rain, encouraging Lizzie to dream beyond her own view of herself. Meanwhile, the town sheriff must deal with the con man as well as coming to terms with his own past. This beautiful show boasts a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks). Enjoy 110 in the Shade at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pm
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it’s time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as “an absolutely wonderful new play … as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning exploration of adult relationships still resonates today, detailing marriage and the single life in equal measure. Bobby’s turning 35. Can he find someone to settle down with? Should he? His married friends have many different opinions, and so do the girls he dates. Filled with famous songs like “Another Hundred People,” “Not Getting Married,” “The Little Things We Do Together,” “Being Alive” and the classic “The Ladies Who Lunch,” Company is a must-see!
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
Pioneering Latin comic Paul Rodriguez headlines Tommy T’s Comedy house in Pleasanton. Born in Mexico and raised in East L.A., Paul has been seen in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. He starred in the hit 2002 film The Original Latin Kings of Comedy, and in 2004, Comedy Central ranked him 74th on its list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time. In addition to his comedy and acting careers, Paul is widely known as an advocate for Mexican-American issues.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
For fans of his late, legendary father, country music great Merle Haggard, his youngest son Ben is no Stranger — in fact, he’s been the lead guitarist in Hag’s longtime band of the same name for the past eight years, since he was 15 years old, fitting in easily with veterans like musical director Norm Hamlet and Scott Joss. Ben was a regular on Merle Haggard’s recordings, took the stage with him and the Highwaymen (Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) as well as Blake Shelton for a memorable performance at the 2014 Grammys and for the 2012 “All for the Hall” show besides two of his idols, Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Earlier this year, Ben was featured with the Strangers backing Toby Keith for a Merle tribute on the nationally televised American Country Countdown Awards. Noel Haggard has enough life experiences to more than completely inhabit the things he sings about…and does it with the same natural phrasing and richly sonorous baritone that one would expect from someone with such a loaded last name. See these two sons of country royalty as they forge their own path to greatness live in concert at the Mystic Theatre & Music Hall in Petaluma.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:30pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
The first known instance of a “Cinderella story” appeared more than 2,000 years ago in 7 B.C. What makes this a story for the ages? It is a tale that celebrates everything we love and value: hard work, modesty, generosity, bravery, perseverance and last, but certainly not least, the firm belief that something better … something wonderful … something impossible … is possible for us all. This is the new, updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Cinderella and Prince Topher meet as intellectual, if not social, equals. There are new songs, new subplots, new characters. But all the original favorites are still there: “Impossible”, “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Sister’s Lament,” “A Lovely Night” and more.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm
Brooke Wyeth has been in continuous rebellion against her conservative parents for a long time, moving to the East Coast and adopting liberal political beliefs, but she still craves their approval. She returns home to affluent Palm Springs after a six year absence to celebrate the holidays but the warm desert air turns decidedly chilly when news of Brooke’s soon-to-be published memoir reopens painful chapters in their family history. A moving play about family love, compassion and forgiveness.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night Gala)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (Bargain Night)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
DLUX Puppets presents a fun, multimedia adaptation of Alice in Wonderland! Using state-of-the-art digitally projected scenery, high-quality life-sized puppetry, actors and popular songs from the ‘60s, ’70s, and 8’0s. DLUX Puppets’ adaptation will teach children the power of their words, thoughts and feelings, and how to have a more positive mindset.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 4:00pm
One of the funniest comedies ever written, Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has entertained theater-goers for over a century. Everyone is in love with Ernest, the irresistible bad boy of London society. The trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Wilde fills this uproarious farce with delicious bon mots, as two pairs of young lovers scramble to untangle their own web of lies and win the approval of the imperious Lady Bracknell. The Importance of Being Earnest is a wildly entertaining “trivial comedy for serious people,” that sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Catch the fun at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). Don’t miss it when it hits the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that, well, Life Sucks. Or does it? Posner’s follow-up to his hugely successful Stupid F*cking Bird is part Mel Brooks and part Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate and unexpectedly tender. Enjoy this Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pm (Opening Night w/Post Show Champagne Reception)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmMonday, May 6, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pm
Border People is based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, refugee safe houses on the northern border with Canada, and travels along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Featuring 11 monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, Border People is an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.
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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 5:30pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pm
The no-brainer way to get real laughs is to be in the company of hilarious people. With Real Live Comedians, you’ll get 90 minutes of live stand-up comedy action and other assorted funny business from some of the best talents out there. Brought to you by producer-performer Jason Mack, each show features a different host and selection of comics, plus stand-up from Mack himself, whose charmingly awkward persona and dark but silly humor has quickly won over Bay Area audiences. Get ready to laugh ’til it hurts when this comedy showcase takes the stage at the Punch Line in San Francisco.
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, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pm (Open Mic Night)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pm (Wednesday Night Hump Day With James McCoy)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pm (Longshoreman Summer Comedy C/O Steve Parker)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:15pm (Chris Posadas Laughs 4 Da Low)Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 7:30pm (Nicole Blue's Comedy Competition And Showcase)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 7:30pm (Monthly Comedy Comp With Mex E King)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pm (Jeremy Curry And Wednesday Night Fun)Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:30pm (Jose Contrareas Mid Week Fun With Friends)
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother’s Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church — not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm