From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by Carmen Cusack, whose role as Alice earned her a Tony Award nomination, along with an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "a gorgeous anthem to optimism" (Variety). Score your tickets today at the Curran in San Francisco.
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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A New York Times and a Time Out New York Critics' Pick, Bess Wohl's life-affirming one-act has an awful lot to say about human connection, as seen through six urbanites gathered for a silent yoga retreat in the woods. Small Mouth Sounds tracks these strangers' valiant attempts at non-verbal communication, in a show the Times calls "as funny as it is quietly moving" as well as "a model of ingenuity." This production at San Francisco's A.C.T. Strand Theater is directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).
You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", A Christmas Story: The Musical lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse.
A hit ever since its debut on Broadway, 42nd Street follows the journey of starstruck chorus girl Peggy Sawyer as she tries to fill diva Dorothy's dancing shoes. It's a timeless tale of dedication, hard work, talent, a little bit of luck and, of course, love. Set during the Great Depression, this classic musical is filled with exhilarating tap dancing and splashy, unforgettable tunes like "We're in the Money," "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title song. This lively hit show won a Tony Award for its original 1980 production and then again for its 2001 Broadway revival, and it continues to delight audiences today. Come and meet those dancing feet when Bay Area Musicals presents 42nd Street at Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.
A powerful play that explores the 1980s AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart follows a group of queer activists, their lovers and their struggle for equality in a time of danger. This moving and always relevant piece shows at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, Mozart and Mahler make for a sure-to-be blockbuster show from the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard joins the festivities on Thanksgiving weekend for a performance of Mahler's magical Symphony No. 4, which melodiously recalls the composer's childhood. Mahler himself conducted the premiere in Munich in 1901. MTT and the SFS are set to kick off the concert with a pair of works by Mozart, German Dances and Exsultate, jubilate, a motet originally composed for a castrato -- and since sung by a soprano.
Who needs snow in the wintertime? Enjoy an evening of ice skating under the stars and palm trees at downtown San Jose's Circle of Palms Plaza amidst other South Bay seasonal attractions such as the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, partners with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and routinely attracts more than 100,000 people each season. Your ticket includes admission to Downtown Ice's circular rink, plus skate rental.
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, Nov. 22, 2017 / 9:30pm (Daniel Castro)Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 / 10:00pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers)Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 9:30pm (JC Smith)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 9:00pm (Tia Carroll)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & SG: Francesco Cerosoli)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (Chris James & Patrick Rynn)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 9:30pm (Rudy Columbini & the Unauthorized Rolling Stones)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tribute to the King w/ Big Daddy Cade)
Beloved holiday show The Velveteen Rabbit returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enlivening Margery Williams' classic tale of a little boy, his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. With witty storytelling, charming music by Benjamin Britten, festive costumes and madcap characters, this annual Bay Area tradition has been delighting children for an incredible 31 years running. And with production by the acclaimed local dance company ODC, The Velveteen Rabbit's unique fusion of modern dance and compelling narration makes it a family event that older audience members will enjoy as well.
Acclaimed illusionist Paul Nathan (HBO, MTV) brings the best magic, music, cirque and striptease acts from the U.S., Europe and beyond to his annual cabaret, offering up a sensual, romantic night of variety entertainment. The scintillating atmosphere of decadence and intrigue makes for a perfect date, so bring your special someone and indulge in a sensory feast of comedy, magic and more at the 100-year-old Chinese opera house, the Great Star Theater in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons make this an unlikely holiday classic. Often described as a medieval Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, James Goldman's The Lion in Winter follows Eleanor of Aquitaine, the queen and wealthiest woman in the world who's been kept in prison since raising an army against husband King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the the family's inner conflicts as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry's paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, "Every family has its ups and downs" ... and this regal family is no exception. Watch the royal drama and comedic dysfunction unfold when The Lion in Winter comes to San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Prepare to trade Beauty and the Beast's castle, forest and provincial town for an inventive new setting with a 1920s steamship, moving metal pieces and a living mechanical man. La Belle at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley dazzles audiences of all ages with complex animatronics, elegant puppets, gear-driven devices, handmade machines and mischievous fairies run by both machines and puppeteers. The whole family will marvel at the touching tale of love between two very different beings, brought together by childlike wonder and imagination.
Join everyone's favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes the miserable orphanage and the evil Mrs. Hannigan with the help of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As they explore the wonders of New York City, Annie melts his heart and he ends up changing her life forever. With great songs like "Tomorrow," "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Together at Last," plus a collection of memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart, it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite of families everywhere. Be sure to catch it when it comes to the Berkeley Playhouse.
Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland -- with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features world-champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance) and Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance). Traditional Irish vocalists, musicians and dancers lend their spirit, along with Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell for a memorable night that sparkles with charm. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center.
Long before The Amazing Race hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: Around the World in 80 Days. Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
With The Royale, playwright and acclaimed television writer Marco Ramirez (Orange Is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy) tells a fictionalized story based on the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion and the sacrifices he makes to take his place in history. Jay "The Sport" Jackson wants a shot at the world title. Trouble is, he's living in a time when blacks and whites do not face off in the ring. He's out to win at any cost, though. With rhythmic and inventive choreography used to portray the heat of the boxing matches, it's Jackson's internal struggle that delivers the sharpest and most surprising blow in this hard-hitting drama now making its Bay Area premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
A zany, merry and bright new holiday extravaganza backed by Cirque de Soleil soloists rolls into the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for some seasonal cheer and awe-inspiring performances. If you're looking to combine a few family-friendly activities for the little ones, the whole gang will absolutely love JOY!, a world-class circus filled with acrobats, dancers and Candy Land-flavored music from a cappella group SoVoSó. Masterminds Jeff Raz and Diane Waznak star in this show from Tandy Beal & Company, creators behind the critically-acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!
It took a fourth-quarter TD from Russell Wilson for Seattle to come from behind and beat the Niners in their first match-up this year, and now these NFC West rivals take the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for a late-season showdown. The atmosphere is always electric between these two teams, as Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks face off against first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan, C.J. Beathard, Pierre Garcon and the 49ers as part of a jam-packed Thanksgiving weekend of NFL football.
You're sure to be dazzled by the International Gem and Jewelry Show's unmatched display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals. For close to 50 years, the acclaimed bauble fest known as InterGem has traveled to locations across the country with the largest selection of jewelry all under one roof -- and now the show is back at the San Mateo County Event Center. Expect to find colored gemstones, exquisite fine jewelry, gold and silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets, beads and crystals, ethnic jewelry, classic pearls, vintage estate jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands, designer watches and one-of-a-kind seasonal pieces. With special show pricing and a huge selection direct from worldwide designers and manufacturers, this event is perfect for gem enthusiasts, jewelry lovers or anyone looking for unique new accessories at great prices.
Christmas in Oz is an enchanting, full-length Broadway-style musical treat for the entire family, overflowing with unforgettable songs, thrilling dance numbers, classic comedy and magical special effects. And it's all the brainchild of the Bay Area's own theatrical wizard, Ron Lytle, creator of The Man Who Saved Christmas,Oh My Godmother! and more than a dozen other musicals. Enjoy this world-premiere production of the show that is destined to become a holiday tradition at Castro Valley's Chanticleers Theatre. Come in costume, have your picture taken on the stage with the cast, even meet Santa Claus after the show.
"Liar, liar, pants on fire!" is typically seen as a crude schoolyard insult, but to the gravity-defying members of the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants, it's a compliment. This ancient cult of liars love twisting the truth almost as much as they love twisting their bodies into convoluted contortions and engaging in high-flying aerial adventures above audiences' heads. In this original circus performance at Kinetic Arts Center, you'll be thrilled, shocked, entertained and above all lied to by the members of Circus Veritas -- Oakland's favorite contemporary circus company -- as they introduce you to the Order of the Burning Pants's mysterious and (literally) unbelievable traditions.
Kate needs to find some balance in her life. She grew up "poor" and thinks her husband is "rich" --These air quotes indicate just how subjective the two terms can be in the grand scheme of things. This one-woman show from Kate Robards straddles two different extremes of life as she tries to understand just exactly what it is that money can and can't buy. Montreal Theatre Hub's Anya Leibovitch calls Ain't That Rich "a winning comedy on money, class, and identity." Come see it at The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco, where Bay Area comedian Ali Littman opens select performances.
David is a self-possessed New York librarian with a need for classification, a love for collecting rare books he never opens and a strong ambivalence about marriage. When his best friend's bachelor party whisks him away to Montreal, David is unexpectedly swept off his feet by a gorgeous (and miraculously single) florist. In the months that follow, David and his non-traditional family -- his sister, grieving activist roommate and best friend -- must decide for themselves what commitment really means in Le Switch, a new romantic comedy by Philip Dawkins making its regional premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
There's three characters in Kevin Rolston's Deal With the Dragon: One is an artist desperate to land a gallery show at a prestigious museum. One is the artist's assistant, who worships him and will stop at nothing to protect his artistic process. One is a flamboyant alcoholic, who also happens to be a rival artist competing for the same museum show. And all three characters are played by Kevin Rolston, in a one-man performance that SF Weekly raves is "infused with razor blades that have been soaked with honey." Called a "true powerhouse" by Broadway Baby, Rolston blends dark comedy, grown-up fantasy and terror in this stirring solo performance at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
For the holidays, CCCT presents the comedy Over the River and Through the Woods at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Written by Joe DiPietro, author of the off-Broadway hit I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and Tony Award-winner for the musical Memphis, Over the River and Through the Woods is a love letter to family as grandson Nick decides to take a job across the country and then has to convince his four Italian-American grandparents that it's the right move.
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, Nov. 24, 2017 / 8:00pm (With a Little Help From My Friends )Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Family Drama)
Raise your glass and enjoy a romantic sunset on the water with magnificent views of San Francisco, highlighted by a delicious seasonal dinner prepared fresh on board by Hornblower's chefs. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want a different sort of night out, the sight of San Francisco's spectacular skyline as you sail past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge will make the evening special. The elegant four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, choice of entree, plus coffee, tea and dessert. Spend the rest of the cruise relaxing and dancing to live music. There's a cash bar on board as well, serving signature cocktails and other libations.
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
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.
Check out the trails of the unbelievably scenic Muir Woods during Extranomical Tours' morning expedition to this beautiful national monument. The tour begins as you're picked up in San Francisco and then whisked to the Ferry Building where you can pick up coffee or breakfast. Then get some Instagram-worthy pics during a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll then be transported to the Muir Woods, where you'll spend a morning surrounded by giant coastal redwood trees and nature in its finest form. Enjoy the view of the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees, and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes to gaze at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. This semi-customizable tour offers the option of a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge or the quaint Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito. In addition, at the end of the tour, guests can choose to return to San Francisco from Sausalito by ferry.
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.
When soprano Lianna Haroutounian played the female lead in Verdi's opera Don Carlos, theater critic Mark Valencia raved, "It was the stuff of fairy tales." Now, Haroutounian is bringing her enchanted voice to San Francisco's Herbst Theatre for a solo recital with acclaimed pianist Tamara Sanikidze that will transport you to a time and a place far, far away. With works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Komitas and many more, this concert performance by one of the most promising sopranos of her generation will leave opera fans living happily ever after.
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.
Enjoy a relaxing brunch aboard an elegant yacht as dazzling waves and soft breezes set the mood for a weekend morning getaway featuring free-flowing bubbly. This scenic two-hour Hornblower Yachts cruise sails through the always-picturesque San Francisco Bay, with a magnificent view of landmarks such as Coit Tower, the city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and more. The enticing brunch buffet is stocked with classic breakfast dishes, lunch entrees and desserts and includes sparkling wine as well as juice, coffee, tea and water. Live music is performed throughout, providing the perfect backdrop for this visual and culinary feast that's enjoyable for locals and sightseers alike.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 11:30am (Boarding Begins at 11:00am)
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.
The West Coast's largest indoor arts-and-crafts show kicks off the holiday season with shopping, entertainment, prizes and family fun. Guests can browse through more than 24,000 items including original art, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, specialty foods, clothing, home decor and more. With live music, a KidZone featuring make-and-take crafts for children, and plenty to do for adults, the whole family can enjoy themselves at the Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
Don Reed's Kipling Hotel picks up where his acclaimed hit East 14th leaves off and details his misadventures of the 1980s. As the awkward son of an Oakland pimp who's struggling to work his way through college, Reed attempts to make a living as a stripper and a gigolo, but ends up with the not-so-glamorous job as a live-in waiter at a retirement hotel. It wasn't all bad, though. While serving breakfast to the elderly, drifters and drug addicts, Reed mined comedy gold. His voice has been heard on Spiderman, Johnny Quest, SNL and most recently as the cat on 2 Broke Girls. He's written, directed, produced and starred in short films for HBO Shorts and was the warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 1,000 episodes. Don't miss the latest show from this 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee when he takes the stage at The Marsh.
Enjoy a complete evening of entertainment at Leila By the Bay Restaurant in Hercules with Top Shelf's Monday Night Motown n' More dinner show. While dining, enjoy the classic sounds of Motown, Staxx and Atlantic up to the smooth soul favorites of today. The songs of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and other '60-'70s icons will be performed by Top Shelf's band and will feature a variety of dynamic vocalists from the Bay Area and beyond. Tickets do not include food or beverage and a minimum of one dinner entree per person is required.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)
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.
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, Nov. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (Jelly Bread)Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 / 9:30pm (Jelly Bread)Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 / 7:30pm (Terrie Odabi & Wee Willie Walker With The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra)Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 / 9:30pm (Terrie Odabi & Wee Willie Walker With The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra)Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 7:30pm (Royal Jelly Jive)Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 9:30pm (Royal Jelly Jive)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 7:00pm (Locals Night Featuring: Sara Rodenburg)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 8:45pm (Locals Night Featuring: Sara Rodenburg)
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.
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Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area's favorite actors. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Mill Valley's Marin Theatre Company.
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. Peña Pachamama is known for its Latin American, Bolivian, vegan and raw food tapas and other dishes, plus wine, beer and specialty cocktails for purchase.
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 the Howden Restaurant and Bar, 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.
This season's Stanford Cardinal football team is not only looking to defend its Pac-12 division crown, but possibly steamroll all the way to a national championship. With do-everything running back Christian McCaffrey jumping, stiff-arming and twirling toward a Heisman Trophy bid, the offense is on fire under coach David Shaw, and the defense has been shutting opponents down right and left. Put on your Cardinal red and cheer the gang on in person at Stanford Stadium, where the air is crisp and the atmosphere is crackling.
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.
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgable tour guides will share their insider info as they take you to sights like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Nob Hill, Coit Tower, the Financial District, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Golden Gate Park and the Castro and Mission districts. You'll get an up-close experience of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods, beautiful parks and striking coastline. To top off this unique tour of one of the world's greatest cities, you'll even be able to see either Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island prison.
See, hear, touch and savor San Francisco's most aromatic neighborhood. This comedy walking tour meets by the iconic main gate of Chinatown and makes its way through the busy streets and hidden back alleys of the most historic part of San Francisco. You'll pass Portsmouth Square (the city's original plaza), Chinese herb shops, dim sum restaurants and a fortune cookie factory -- it's FOOT's most scent-ual tour. It's also a fascinating and fun way to learn the history and mystery of Chinese culture in San Francisco.
Want to check out the funniest comedians in the Bay Area? Then you're in luck, because Oaktown Comedy Night is coming to the Starline Social Club in Oakland. There is no better local comedy scene in the country than you'll find in San Francisco and Oakland, so you know the talent is going to be top-notch, with veteran comics from Comedy Central, Viceland, Fox and more. The Starline Social Club is a classic venue for comedy, having showcased performers like Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress and Stroy Moyd. Oaktown Comedy Night is hosted by Feel Woods (SF Sketchfest).
So many holiday shows are the same year after year, but not Let It Snow! This holiday event is a tradition you can count on, yet it's new and different every year. It's a two-hour, completely improvised holiday musical filled with Broadway-style singing and dancing. The talented troupe serves up classic holiday themes in fresh interpretations you've never seen before. No two shows are the same, since the audience will suggest locations and themes that will be incorporated into each performance. The result is little bit familiar and very magical, just like the holidays themselves.
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.
It's December, 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his role as Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. The ensuing danger and hilarity are nonstop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. Enjoy all the festive fun of Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) with this Ross Valley Players production at the Barn Theatre.
Kick off the holiday season at the fun waterfront Riggers Loft winery with an extraordinary view of San Francisco and the Bay. Many singles stick around over Thanksgiving weekend, and may be looking to meet new friends in time for the holidays. Tickets include dancing to your favorite hits at a huge venue. Adults of all ages are welcome, and festive holiday attire is recommended.
Guy Branum is best known for serving as a staff writer and regular panelist on E!'s Chelsea Lately (where he was known colloquially as the "Staff Homosexual"), and is currently a writer for E!'s Fashion Police and the new season of Punk'd on MTV. You may also recognize him from his appearance as Natalie Portman's sassy gay friend in the film No Strings Attached. Or perhaps you know him from the shirtless dancing clips of himself that he occasionally posts on the web, or his appearances on G4 and CurrentTV. Basically, Branum's been around the block and has proven himself funny every step of the way -- and now he brings his stand-up act to the stage of the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
California not only has an amazing wine country that produces some of the best vintages in the world, it also happens to have some of the best shopping outlets in the country, featuring high-end goods like Burberry, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and more, at discount prices. This Outlet Shopping Tour & Wine Tasting trip lets you experience both of these activities in one fun-filled day! In the morning you'll stop at the Vacaville Premium Outlets, featuring more than 120 stores, where you'll have four hours to shop 'til you drop. You won't hit the stores empty-handed either; you'll get a coupon book you can use for extra savings at selected stores. Next, you'll purchase lunch nearby and then head to Napa Valley to visit a winery and purchase a wine tasting, if you wish. After you've had your fill of delicious wines and gorgeous views, hop back on the bus and head back to the city, with a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for photos.
Give thanks, clear your plates and then bring the whole family to the Made Up Theatre Thanksgiving Improv Showcase. Laugh Track City performs improvised games, scenes and songs similar to the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. With everything based on audience suggestions, it's a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre in the San Jose area.
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.
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.
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.
It makes sense to have zero drinks or a few drinks, but what kind of psychopath has exactly one drink per week? Andrew Santino wants to know. Best known for starring in ABC's comedy Mixology, Santino has been busy -- soon, he'll appear in executive producer Jim Carrey's upcoming Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here and in the James Franco-directed feature The Disaster Artist. He got his start acting and writing for MTV'S Punk'd, has performed on Conan and guest starred on Arrested Development, The Office and Children's Hospital. You can hear his jokes covering such topics as being a booze hound, not speaking "France" in Montréal and sleeping naked no matter the consequences in his 2017 Showtime special and live at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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.
He's perplexed by the rites and rituals of modern dating and is 99% convinced that Google silently judges his porn search term history. The career of Mark Normand, a popular comic on the indie stand-up scene, is truly on the rise: he was voted Village Voice's Best Comedian of 2013, has made three appearances on Comedy Central's smash hit Inside Amy Schumer, and has been a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's also appeared on Conan and was on Time Out New York's list of "21 Comedy Scene Linchpins." Born and raised in New Orleans, Mark is now a New Yorker, and his comedy is filled with his unique observations about moving from the Big Easy to the Big Apple. See him live when he brings his deadpan musings to San Francisco's Punch Line Comedy Club.
Yeah, San Francisco is hilly, but you'll miss a lot if you stick to Uber, cab and cable car. Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit area of the city, and there's a lot to see. The expert guides at Extranomical Tours can give you the inside scoop on the area's history and essential sights. With its great waterfront and city views, numerous open-air seafood vendors, unique shops and restaurants and culturally diverse history, there's something for everyone here. You'll see it all -- and some hidden treasures too -- on this two-hour guided walking excursion from Extranomical Tours.
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.
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.
One of the most talented rising comics in the Bay Area, Nick Hanna offers up observational and animated comedy at Punch Line Comedy Club San Francisco. A son of Middle Eastern immigrants, Hanna offers a perspective on life through the eyes of a young man with an old soul during this live taping of his debut comedy special, Embrace The Chaos. He has an acting background which helps propel his stories and stage presence. In the few years he has been doing comedy, he has performed on many area stages and on the The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Arabs Gone Wild, Big Al's Big Ass Comedy Show, Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Tommy T's Comedy Competition.