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 July 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (John Jorgenson Quintet)Friday July 28, 2017 / 10:00pm (Arturo Sandoval)
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed at this Club Fugazi production: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Adele. Now running for more than 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Friday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 9:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Friday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Saturday August 5, 2017 / 9:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday July 22, 2017 / Various TimesSunday July 23, 2017 / Various TimesMonday July 24, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday July 25, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday July 26, 2017 / Various TimesThursday July 27, 2017 / Various TimesFriday July 28, 2017 / Various Times
RocketBoat is a high-speed, 30-minute thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. Roaring past the beautiful San Francisco skyline, RocketBoat screams down to Bay Bridge and near AT&T Park, where you'll thrill to the high-speed twists and turns, propelled by the boat's 2800-horsepower engines. A classic rock 'n' roll soundtrack adds to the fun. If you want to get wet, sit toward the back. You'll stay a bit drier if you sit in the middle or the front of the vessel. Wet or dry, this ride is fast and fun.
Friday July 21, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmSunday July 23, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmMonday July 24, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmTuesday July 25, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmThursday July 27, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmFriday July 28, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pm
A hilarious and heartwarming portrait of love in a nontraditional family, La Cage aux Folles has been one of Broadway's biggest hits for more than 30 years, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival. This boisterous and vibrant musical comedy invites you into the lives of Georges and his lover Albin, who moonlights as Zaza at the couple's popular St. Tropez drag nightclub. Problems arise when Georges' 25-year-old son comes home with his fiancée ... and her conservative parents. Watch as the flamboyant couple's family dynamic gets hilariously turned upside down. Written by Harvey Fierstein, the musical features beloved Jerry Herman tunes like "The Best of Times Is Now" and "I Am What I Am." Get in on the wig-flying fun as La Cage aux Folles celebrates love, romance and being true to who you really are at San Francisco Playhouse.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday July 25, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:00pm
It's time to take this week's sensational news stories and put them to good use: comedy. At SF Tonight, you'll be provided with newspapers, magazines and scissors, or you can bring your favorite stories from the week's news -- hard-hitting journalism (is there still such a thing?) or the latest popular thread on Facebook -- and the talented improvisers at EndGames Improv will turn those stories into a one-of-a-kind show that may not exactly be educational, but will definitely be entertaining. You might even be surprised by a special guest. So don't let the news get you down. Spend your Saturday night with the cast of SF Tonight at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday August 12, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 10:30pm
Russian River Adventures' inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you're a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures' bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you'll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you're so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours... even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Monday July 24, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Thursday July 27, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Friday July 28, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Monday July 31, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)Tuesday August 1, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In Between 9:30am - 10:30am)
Sweetwater Music Hall holds a special place in California music history. For over 40 years, this Bay Area treasure's played host to artists like Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Sammy Hagar, Bonnie Raitt and members of the Grateful Dead. In fact, it was the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir who helped reopen the club in 2012 with an all-new, state-of-the-art sound system and a revived sense of purpose to support local musicians. Today, Sweetwater Music Hall is a thriving 300-person venue that hosts everyone from rising local talent to the biggest national roots, folk and rock stars, with concerts virtually every night of the week (and an organic restaurant that's perfect for date night).
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Expanders)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 9:00pm (Lyrics Born)Monday July 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Goodbye Girls Featuring Molly Tuttle)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / 9:00pm (Marcia Griffiths With Sly & Robbie)Thursday July 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jonathan Richman Featuring Tommy Larkins)Friday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Country Joe McDonald Featuring the Electric Music Band)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 9:00pm (SOUL SKA & IrieFuse)Sunday July 30, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Everly Brothers Experience)
In Seussical the Musical, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to grin when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and many more classics. The Cat in the Hat links the stories of a young girl who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, Horton and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this colorful family fave at San Francisco's Alcazar Theatre.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
Debbie Benton is the all-American girl next door who wants to take her cheerleading career to the next level by joining the famous Texas Cowgirls cheer squad. When she's accepted for the tryouts, Debbie has only a week to raise the money to get down to Texas for her audition. Debbie's girlfriends agree to help her out, and together they begin performing "odd jobs" for the all-too-eager neighborhood men. Based on the smash-hit 1978 adult film, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical contains no nudity or sex -- but this performance at Oasis in San Francisco is still a salacious and hilarious theater experience.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday August 2, 2017 / 7:00pm
Wind down your weekend with a Hornblower yacht cruise across the scenic San Francisco Bay. You'll get picture postcard views of iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Bay Bridge and, occasionally, McCovey Cove. This two-hour Social Sundays cruise features a full cash bar where you can pick up anything from a mule to a mojito to a martini. There'll also be small bites available for purchase. Plus, a DJ will be onboard spinning the perfect Top 40 soundtrack to your cocktail-sipping, good life-living afternoon.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday July 30, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday August 6, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday August 27, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday September 17, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday September 24, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 9:30pm (Lara Price)Friday July 21, 2017 / 10:00pm (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 9:30pm (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram)Sunday July 23, 2017 / 9:00pm (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram)Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues with Chris Cain)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / 9:30pm (Brad Wilson & the Rollin' Blues Thunder Band)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (Rick Estrin & the Nightcats)Sunday July 30, 2017 / 9:00pm (Tia Carroll)
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 11:15amFriday July 21, 2017 / 1:45pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 3:45pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 11:15amSaturday July 22, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 3:45pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 11:15amSunday July 23, 2017 / 1:45pm
Swinging in to close Berkeley Playhouse's latest season is the ultimate musical adventure, Tarzan! Created by the combined talents of pop legend Phil Collins, acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and iconic novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan tells the amazing story of a boy, orphaned after a shipwreck, who strives for acceptance among the tribe of apes who raise him. When a human expedition enters their jungle territory, Tarzan -- now a man -- encounters others like himself for the first time. Journey to the jungles of Africa in this vine-swinging Berkeley Playhouse production that features a live percussive environment, acrobats, great tunes (including the Oscar-winning "You'll Be in My Heart") and a heartfelt story about what it means to be a family.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / NoonSunday July 23, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / NoonSunday July 30, 2017 / 5:00pm
It's 5:30pm. Do you know where your happy hour is? Instead of hitting up your regular watering hole for the umpteenth time, try something different and set sail on the Bay. The Alive After Five happy-hour cruise is a great way to relax with friends -- and meet new ones -- against the backdrop of San Francisco's famous skyline. Mingle, groove to the sounds of a live DJ, and snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and more on this two-hour excursion. Specialty cocktails and bar snacks are available for purchase on board.
Thursday July 27, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 3, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 10, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 17, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 24, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 31, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
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 July 21, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Friday July 21, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Friday July 21, 2017 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Sunday July 23, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Sunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
Grammy-winning singer-rapper Bobby Brown, known for his signature hit "Every Little Step," heads a lineup that includes After 7, Tony Toni Tone and more on when the R&B Remix Tour makes a stop at Mountain Winery in Saratoga. With a career that stretches back to 1978, Brown has remained at the forefront of pop culture not only for his music but also for his tumultuous personal life that included a marriage to the late Whitney Houston, appearances in movies like Ghostbusters II and on TV shows like Real Husbands of Hollywood, Celebrity Fit Club and more. See him when he takes to the stage and returns to his R&B and new jack swing roots with the other featured guests at this mountaintop concert under the stars.
Brimming with poetic language and emotional longing, Tennessee Williams' memory play The Glass Menagerie is rightly considered a true classic, a work that's lost none of its power over the generations. Set in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement, aspiring poet Tom struggles with a mind-numbing job and a smothering home life. His overbearing mother, a former Southern belle, constantly pushes her son to bring home a "gentleman caller" for his painfully shy sister Laura, whose collection of glass animals mean everything to her. But when Tom finally produces a male visitor, the guest's presence sends shock waves through the family -- and the fragile fantasy world they've built may be irreparably shattered. Experience this moving, beautiful production, helmed by acclaimed Chicago director Lisa Portes, at Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday July 25, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday July 24, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday July 25, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 7:00pm
Award-winning British screenwriter-playwright Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), has, in the words of Time Out, "elaborated a play of remarkable intensity and richness ... [that] gleams with ice-cool wit, glistens with the sweat of animal fear." And if that hasn't piqued your theatrical interest, take a moment and check your pulse. As a revolution grows increasingly violent outside the confines of an opulent presidential palace, the arrival of an embattled dictator is awaited by four women -- the dictator's wife, her best friend, a British journalist and a translator. Time refracts and the past plays out from varying perspectives as the political tension escalates and the plot of the fascinating Splendour unfolds. Don't miss the Bay Area premiere of this breathtaking journey from Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 7:00pm
Rising comedy star Drea Meyers brings together some of the funniest, most diverse comics in the Bay Area and beyond for The Dream Comedy Show at Oakland's All Out Comedy Theater. Dejan Tyler ("Four Fathers of Comedy") headlines this night of stand-up, which also includes sets by Hayley Benham-Archdeacon, Allison Hooker, Gabe Nolasco, Andrew Orolfo and Jason Anderson.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
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 July 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek)Friday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek)
From Saturday Night Live to Jerry Maguire to the CBS comedy Gary Unmarried, Jay Mohr is one of the most beloved and recognizable stand-ups working. Whether broadcasting live as host of FOX's NFL This Morning, recording his popular podcast Mohr Stories or publishing books like No Wonder My Parents Drank, Mohr is a veritable Renaissance man of entertainment, seemingly able to do anything and do it well. As sharp and irreverent as ever, Mohr brings his sly, self-deprecating wit to Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 10:15pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 9:45pm
Spend an evening at Saratoga's Mountain Winery with two of the most influential groups of all time. R&B legends Kool & The Gang have been funking up house parties since the early '70s, flooding dance floors with classic jams like "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night" and "Celebration." The multi-platinum-selling artists have also been a go-to group when it was time to slow things down, with quiet storm gems like "Joanna" and "Cherish" scoring many a couple's dance. The Village People -- the cop, the military man, the Native American Indian, the construction worker, the cowboy and the biker -- are now some 40 years into their reign as the kings of disco. With lead singer Ray Simpson at the helm, this famously costumed group's live shows are a high-energy run through some of the biggest hits of the '70s and '80s, including "Macho Man," "Y.M.C.A.," "In the Navy" and "Go West."
Even while living the life of a charismatic public figure, talk show host and actor-writer Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) struggles with debilitating bouts of depression. He's taken those struggles and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor ("how much would be appropriate to spend on the gun?"), Copeland shares his insider's perspective on the deepest wells of depression. He interweaves his story with interviews of others suffering from depression, showcasing the universal nature of the experience. This show takes place at The Marsh, host to Copeland's previous hit Not a Genuine Black Man -- the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 5:30pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 5:30pmSunday August 13, 2017 / 5:30pm
Nearly 30 years before Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for playing Effie White in Dreamgirls, another Jennifer -- Jennifer Holliday -- brought the role to life in a Tony-winning performance on Broadway. Starring in the role for four years, Holliday became famous for her show-stopping performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," earning a Grammy for Best Female Performance, Rhythm and Blues along the way. She would add a second Grammy, for her rendition of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday," a few years later. Now regarded as one of R&B and Broadway's greatest voices, Holliday comes to Marines' Memorial Theatre for a powerhouse performance 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.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 July 21, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Sunday July 23, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Monday July 24, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Thursday July 27, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Friday July 28, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday July 23, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday July 28, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday July 30, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday August 4, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday August 5, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Stand-up comic, writer, actor and director Don Reed (The Tonight Show, OWN, HBO) returns to The Marsh Berkeley with his long-running, award-winning solo show, East 14th: Tales of a Reluctant Player. Reed relates the hilarious and poignant story of his boyhood in 1970s Oakland, torn between his strict, churchgoing mother's upbringing and his admiration of his father -- who happens to be a pimp. East 14th was an off-Broadway hit, nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards, and an excerpt aired on NPR/WNYC's acclaimed series Snap Judgment. The New Yorker called the show "hilarious" and went on to say, "The audience can't stop laughing ... Don Reed plays all the characters with both ease and inexhaustible energy."
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 5:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 5:00pm
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday July 22, 2017 / Various TimesSunday July 23, 2017 / Various TimesMonday July 24, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday July 25, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday July 26, 2017 / Various TimesThursday July 27, 2017 / Various TimesFriday July 28, 2017 / Various Times
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.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 6:30pmThursday July 20, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 6:30pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 6:30pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 9:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 6:30pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 6:30pm
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Sunday July 23, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Monday July 24, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Tuesday July 25, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Thursday July 27, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Friday July 28, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)
First a comic, then a radio show, then a musical, then a movie (twice!), Annie, the beloved story of a plucky orphan adopted by a wealthy businessman, returns to the stage at Fairfield's Downtown Theatre. Performed by Missouri Street Theatre, Annie brings all the iconic characters to life, including the lovable Daddy Warbucks, the wicked Miss Hannigan and the adorable orphan herself. Famed for the heart-melting power of its score, including "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and the unforgettable "Tomorrow," Annie also boasts fantastically visual choreography, a side-splitting script and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy. Discover -- or rediscover -- why Annie is perhaps the best-loved family musical of all time during this energetic and talent-packed production.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 6:00pm
This is not your grandmother's gospel. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, where Jesus' betrayer Judas stands trial in purgatory as his lawyers bargain for his admission to heaven. The trial flashes through Judas' life, all the way back to his childhood, while incredible figures from history and beyond are called to testify -- figures like Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and even Satan himself. As the trial unfolds, audience members must confront old truths and examine what it means to really forgive during a production that ranges between hilarious dark comedy and intimate, touching drama. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot can be seen at Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday August 3, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pm
It's 1970 and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not even his wily manager, "The Colonel," knows where he is. The Colonel takes desperate measures to replace an irreplaceable man, all the while keeping the prying eyes of a nosy reporter from figuring out what has happened to the real Elvis. Filled with high jinks, the wild comedy Elvis Has Left the Building keeps you guessing until the very end at Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley.
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.
Thursday July 27, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday August 2, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday August 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday August 9, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday August 17, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Tuesday August 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday August 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
Come see the Punch Line's weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area's top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Monday July 24, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmTuesday July 25, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmMonday July 31, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmTuesday August 1, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday August 2, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pm
Orange isn't the new black in Black Butterflies, it's a trap -- a fact of America's overwhelmed incarceration system that this bold new drama brings to life with probing insight as it follows a cast of young girls of color who are caught in "the school-to-prison pipeline." As they struggle to survive and escape this stifling web of neglect and calcified courts with their humanity intact, a nuanced portrait emerges of the community of parents, educators and litigants who got them there. See the world premiere of Black Butterflies at The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
Every month, Last Tuesdays Comedy brings you a lineup of comedians from HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and late night TV -- for free! Throw in happy hour drink specials until show time, and you've got one fun night. Catch a lineup of great comedians from top clubs.
Celebrated political satirist Will Durst has performed for three elected presidents (if you count Al Gore ... which Durst does) and appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR and C-SPAN. Now, he's headed to The Marsh in San Francisco with The Durst Case Scenario, his new comedic exploration of a changing America during the "Time of Trump." Hailed as "[q]uite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" by none other than The New York Times, Will Durst's latest stage show is a rollicking feast of satire that's timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4 a.m. tweet.
Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday August 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday August 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday August 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday August 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday September 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday September 12, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
Treat yourself to a day of stunning coastal views, fresh ocean breezes and picturesque seaside villages. This day trip takes you by coach along the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Cruz to Monterey, where you'll have two hours of free time in the historic waterfront district of Cannery Row to enjoy a delicious local meal, explore the shops and learn about Monterey's history by visiting a local museum or one of the many preserved historic buildings. After that, it's back on the bus to travel along the scenic 17-Mile Drive, where you'll catch glimpses of the area's famous golf courses and luxury estate homes and the pristine coastline that's been the subject of countless works of art. At Carmel-by-the-Sea, you'll have an hour of free time to explore the trendy shops, art galleries and cafés that draw artists, poets and writers before heading back to the city.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 8:20amMonday July 24, 2017 / 8:20amWednesday July 26, 2017 / 8:20amFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:20amSunday August 6, 2017 / 8:20amMonday August 7, 2017 / 8:20amTuesday August 8, 2017 / 8:20amWednesday August 9, 2017 / 8:20am
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 July 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday August 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday August 11, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday August 12, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
San Francisco is where a copywriter named Phyllis Diller first stepped out onto the stand-up stage (and stayed there for an astonishing 87 weeks). San Francisco is also where a high school dropout named Margaret Cho started doing open mics, and where Robin Williams discovered an ex-IHOP waitress named Paula Poundstone, and ... See the pattern? The gender revolution that led to the current renaissance of American comedy started here and continues still, as recent rising stars Ali Wong and Emily Heller prove. Now Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) sweeps into Cobb's Comedy Club to introduce you to the next crop of brilliant up-and-coming female comedians.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday August 31, 2017 / 8:00pm
For far too long, a shadowy cabal of donors and elitist administrators has controlled what is seen on stage in San Francisco. Their reign ends with ShortLived, the largest audience-judged theater competition in the nation. Now you get to decide which playwright ultimately succeeds in winning the $5,000 grand prize. Over six rounds, you'll be shown 36 plays, with each offering a sampler of bite-size brilliance from experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local indie theater companies. Your vote is key in determining who is the ultimate champion -- but be forewarned, if previous years are any indication, it's tough to pick a favorite from these funny, serious and always-interesting shorts.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 6)Friday July 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 6)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 6)
Hot summer nights get a lot cooler when you're on the Lesher Center plaza in Walnut Creek listening to the latest soul, blues, bluegrass and Americana from some of the Bay Area's best indie bands. The Diablo Regional Arts Association brings them out to play on Thursday nights, with free admission, though beer and wine will be available for purchase. Among the acts set to appear are the parlor-jazz group Tumbledown House, the bluegrass Who tribute known as The HillBenders, blues-rock crossover band Dirty Cello and more.
Thursday July 27, 2017 / 5:30pm (Tumbledown House)
The taste of Spain comes to Newark with this fun and romantic afternoon of flamenco music and dance, accompanied by a paella dinner and sangria. A cast of some of the Bay Area's best flamenco artists will showcase this vibrant genre, which combines singing, guitar playing, dance and handclaps. Originating in Andalusia in southern Spain, this energetic and passionate style evolved out of the melting pot of the region's many cultures and is mostly credited to its Romani population. Tickets include food and drink, plus a meet and greet with the artists.
She was just a small-town girl living in a lonely world ... until she landed on the Sunset Strip in 1987 and met a wannabe rocker from Detroit. In the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages, these two fall in love while pursuing their dreams and get caught up in the fight to save the Strip from big developers. Across a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes from Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many more, they'll learn that on the Strip, the dreams you have when you arrive are not always the dreams you have when you leave -- but the Strip will always rock. Relive the '80s with classic hits like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Here I Go Again" and, of course, "Don't Stop Believing," when Rock of Ages comes to The Smith Center at Ohlone College - Amphitheatre in Fremont.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pm
From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska to a childhood listening to anti-conformist rants in San Francisco, Dan Hoyle's solo show Each and Every Thing takes you on an emotional odyssey that crisscrosses America to explore how we experience the world in the digital age. Award-winning actor and playwright Dan Hoyle's production depicts his search for true community, spontaneity and wonder in today's fractured and hyper-connected world, making pit stops at a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California, the intellectual temple of Calcutta's famed coffeehouse and a soul-baring confession in Manhattan.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
Tommy T's Comedy Club in Pleasanton keeps a lineup flush with some of the best names in comedy -- from top-tier veterans (think Arsenio Hall and J.B. Smoove) to stand-ups just getting their start. Catch up-and-coming comics from near and far as the grab the mic at Tommy T's ongoing Comedy Showcase. It's the perfect way to get in on the ground floor with comedians who'll someday be household names.
Tuesday July 25, 2017 / 7:30pm (Myles Weber)Wednesday July 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Tons of Fun Comedy Time)
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.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 12, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy & Bess debuted in 1935 as a groundbreaking opera starring a cast composed entirely of classically trained African-American singers performing the classical, jazz and folk music. Now, the stirring tale of African-American life in South Carolina's fictional Catfish Row comes to the Lincoln Theater at Festival Napa Valley. Based on the play Porgy by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, the story follows the crippled Porgy as he sets out to rescue Bess from Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, a drug dealer. Porgy & Bess includes the classic songs "Summertime," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now." This concert version, featuring show highlights and led by conductor Joel Revzen, will star soprano Angel Blue, a Placido Domingo protege soon to appear as Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, and acclaimed baritone Lester Lynch, who recently sang the role of Crown at Opéra de Montréal and with the Berlin Philharmonic.
David "DayDay" Williams has never met, talked to or even seen his father in person. When he finds photos under his mother's bed that confirm he looks nearly identical to his absentee dad, David begins to question his self-worth, resulting in an angry, confused and wayward life. Finally, his mother reveals a secret she's withheld for years -- a revelation that drives David to express his feelings about the father he's never met, and how different his life would've been if he had. Presented at The Flight Deck in Oakland, The Absent Father, the Wayward Son -- written by Brandon Hughes, who also plays DayDay -- is one man's powerful and often funny story of love, redemption and forgiveness.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pm
Strap on your ruby slippers and join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, too, for Malcolm Cowler's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at the Orinda Community Center Amphitheater. Everyone loves the classic story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys -- and befriends a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart and a scarecrow with no brain in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the Wizard while humming along to memorable songs written especially for this adaptation.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:30pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:30pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 4:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:30pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 8:30pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 4:00pm
What does it mean to be, in the words of London's Daily Telegraph, "one of our finest improv comedians"? It means going on epic comedic riffs, glorious tangents studded with references to history, politics and religion. It means pulling punchlines out of thin air, instantly creating jokes other comics would spend years writing and polishing. It means, in short, being Greg Proops. Best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Proops has also appeared on dozens of TV shows, including HBO's Flight of the Conchords. He was a frequent guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately and Red Eye. Currently the host of the acclaimed podcast The Smartest Man in the World, now the "Proopdog" brings his witty and hyper-literate stand-up style to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
It's easy to get tripped up while planning your walk down the aisle, but the Concord Wedding Fair at the Crowne Plaza makes it a whole lot easier by gathering more than 60 of the Bay Area's top vendors together under one convenient roof. Brides and grooms are both welcome, and you'll have the chance to win great prizes, including a $10,000 dream wedding package and Vegas getaways. You'll also enjoy fashion shows, a designer gown sale, live music, wine, dinner and dessert tastings and much more, while discovering the latest trends in decor and design from florists, photographers, planners, hair and makeup designers and other top event pros.
It's 1967 in Oakland -- and inside Miss Trish's bar, the jukebox is pumping out the stirring strains of Motown while locals work, study, fight, fall in love and dream of a better world. Outside the bar, the Black Panther Party is organizing armed patrols to protest rampant police brutality. This resistance will lead to the shooting and killing of officer John Frey, and the subsequent trial of Huey Newtown, co-founder of the Black Panthers. Ubuntu Theatre Project presents Tori Sampson's electrifying new drama, which brings those trying times to new life in this unique workshop presentation, where each performance will be paired with a free event that explores elements of the play from additional perspectives. Find out what happens when the revolution on the streets walks through your front door with This Land Was Made at Oakland's Brooklyn Preserve.
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 7:00pm
The work week may be over, but the laughs are just beginning at Made Up Theatre's Friday Night: After Hours. Each month features a fresh batch of comedy, as the cast takes your suggestions, stories and experiences to create fully improvised scenes and musical numbers right there on the spot. Whether you inspire the cast or the cast inspires you, you'll walk away from Made Up Theatre in Fremont with a smile and good vibes to carry you through the weekend.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
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.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday July 21, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday July 22, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Thursday July 27, 2017 / 7:30pm (Overly Sensitive With Jeff & Justin)Friday July 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday July 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Machine)
This clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of just four actors into more than 130 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance in this Ross Valley Players production of The 39 Steps.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 11, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
Tender Napalm is an exhilarating expedition into dangerous territory: the world that exists between two people in love. Others have made similar expeditions, from Strindberg's Dance of Death to Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but none have gone quite so deep into a couple's imaginary world as Philip Ridley with this mesmerizing play. A gripping two-hander, it follows Man and Woman, two lovers who savagely fight for the upper hand in their relationship in the face of an unnamed tragedy. Never leaving their insular cocoon, the young couple lives out a series of wild fantasies, transcending time and space. Now Anton's Well Theater Company presents the Bay Area premiere of this sexually charged exploration of one couple's past, present and future. See it at Oakland's Temescal Arts Center.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 8:00pm
Inspired by the beloved classic Don Quixote, the moving Man of La Mancha is one of the best musicals ever to grace a Broadway stage. In this play within a play, Don Quixote is a mad knight, a dying old man living in a world of his own imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. Prepare to be captivated by the show's Tony-winning score and book, a treasure trove of some of musical theater's most beloved songs, including "Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "It's All the Same" and the ever rousing "Man of La Mancha" with its thrilling, triumphant refrain. Catch this blockbuster musical from North Bay Stage Company, presented at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday July 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday August 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
The quick-thinking minds behind Spontaneous Sitcom and The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes now bring you a brand-new, totally improvised comedy adventure, Whose Life Is It Anyway? You decide who'll play the main character -- and precisely where and when we'll see them next -- in this hilarious and unpredictable show at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Her 50th birthday? Her first crush? That time she got arrested? It's all up to you! Then watch as Synergy Theater's talented cast of improvisers weave a spontaneous tapestry full of the joys and sorrows of the human condition in this "improvised romp through the life and times of the greatest hero ever born, a regular person just like you."
Thursday July 20, 2017 / 8:15pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:15pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 8:15pm
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.
Check out the best of Napa and Sonoma counties on a full-day, semi-private tour of the Northern California wine country. With small groups and the ability to request and choose from several different destination options, this semi-customizable tour offers visits to four to six wineries, with a wide variety of experiences and tastings. Knowledgeable and friendly guides make for a relaxed and educational excursion through one of the most scenic regions in the entire country and will help put together a great day of sightseeing and sampling.
Laugh City features Oakland's top stand-up comics who have appeared on Comedy Central, Conan, Hulu, Netflix, Chelsea Lately and Showtime and a rotating list of hosts and openers who are regulars at Punchline, Laugh Factory and Comedy Store. Enjoy a full bar, including signature cocktails, and a post-show DJ spinning hip-hop, dance hall, Latin music and throwback jams. Laugh City is walking distance from the 12th & 19th St. Bart and a handful of late-night eateries. A night at Laugh City is always a spirited night of fun and laughter.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (Best of the Bay Showcase)Saturday July 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Best of the Bay Showcase)
Sure, it might take two to tango, but it takes 20 to mambo. Just ask the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the big band with an even bigger sound. Long before winning a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album in 2014, this 20-piece ensemble was known as the West Coast's premier salsa band. Now you can see for yourself why one critic called the PMO "one of the best current Latin big band orchestras in the world," when this exceptional group revs up for another high-octane performance at Osher Marin JCC's Summer Nights Outdoor Concerts. Before the show starts, you'll learn a few Mambo moves yourself from an instructor. Don't worry if you work up an appetite dancing though -- picnics are welcome on the Swig Field in San Rafael, and you can grab a meal from a local restaurant's on-site pop-up.
Solo Sundays, San Francisco's premier monthly showcase, presents select samplings of veteran virtuosos and top emerging talent in the intimate StageWerx theater. Beyond stand-up and storytelling, solo theater creates casts of thousands -- plus special effects -- all bursting from a single performer. The results are hilarious and heartbreaking, passionate and provocative, and ablaze with personal visions.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Marga Gomez,Phil Surkis and Lindsey Ayotte)
In this heartwarming Broadway musical from composer Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) aging Italian vineyard owner Tony makes a shy bid for the beautiful city bride from San Fransisco, Rosabella -- but in his shyness he just might lose her, and their last chances for love, for good. Will they find it in their hearts to forgive one another? The warm spirit of Napa comes together with spirited dancing and Loesser's evocative score in this story of love and acceptance.
Friday July 21, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pm
Marvel at Made Up Theatre's crack quintet of comedians as they improvise an entire movie on the spot at their club in Fremont. Whatever you and your fellow audience members can dream up, 5 Play can handle. The genre of the movie is determined each night when a big wheel is spun by an audience member -- could it be you? From a nice romance or musical comedy to a rootin' tootin' western or big-budget action flick, this talented troupe has got it covered. In fact, they've won a number of awards, including the prestigious-sounding 2015 International Society of Humor Studies Conference prize for Best Improv Performance, and they've also appeared at the San Francisco, Sacto, Orange County and Sonoma County comedy festivals. These shows are free to the public, but purchasing in advance guarantees seating.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 10:00pm
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 July 21, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:30pm
Some seniors take up golf, others enjoy painting, but only a select few devote their golden years to that most ancient of undertakings: murder. Arsenic and Old Lace introduces a pair of kindly spinsters who poison lonely old men and bury them in the basement. They're joined in their charm and eccentricity by one nephew who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt and another who's an escaped convict resembling Boris Karloff. Into this madhouse wanders another nephew, the relatively sane Mortimer, who must negotiate all this craziness while preserving his relationship with his new fiancée -- and without calling in the cops. Catch this San Leandro Players production of the beloved black comedy at the San Leandro Museum Auditorium.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday August 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams is now the subject of a music festival in San Francisco, which commences with a group lauded for their "viscerally exciting performances" by The New York Times. The critically acclaimed JACK Quartet, frequently collaborators with Adams, will interpret four of his works with their cutting-edge version of chamber music. Known for their explosive technique, these former Eastman School of Music students have performed on the prestigious stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and now you can see them perform string quartets during the John Luther Adams Festival at SFJAZZ Center.
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.
Monday July 24, 2017 / 2:30pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday August 3, 2017 / 2:30pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 2:30pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 2:30pmMonday August 7, 2017 / 2:30pm
Master showman and "illusionist of the mind" Kevin Blake is known for his theatrical magic shows and blink-and-you'll-miss-it close-up conjuring. A favorite at private galas for companies like Google and Square, he's brought his immersive and interactive magic to L.A., London and nearly everywhere in between and even opened for Third Eye Blind at The Fillmore. In his newest performance, Blake combines tall tales, wonders of the mind, witty banter and brilliant illusions that'll leave you scratching your head. Prepare to spend countless hours wondering, "How'd he do that?!" after this show at the El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.
Get ready for a night of fast-paced improv comedy from some of the Bay Area's most quick-witted comedians in All Out Comedy Improv. These hilarious, short-form games and scenarios will have you rolling in the aisles. Even better, this night of laughs is perfect for all ages, with clean humor on display. Watch some comedy masters at work during this performance.
Saturday July 22, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday July 29, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday August 12, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 12, 2017 / 9:30pm
Instead of dealing with the dating apps, and all that winking, swiping and agonizing over the perfect message, why not try finding that special someone by going the time-tested real-life route? The Society of Single Professionals makes it easy with this Sunday afternoon meet-and-mingle party. You'll have the opportunity to connect with a variety of available adults at the Brass Door in San Ramon, while enjoying appetizers (while they last) and a fun mixer game to break the ice.
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.
Sunday July 23, 2017 / 11:00amSunday July 30, 2017 / 11:00amSunday August 6, 2017 / 11:00amSunday August 13, 2017 / 11:00amSunday August 20, 2017 / 11:00amSunday August 27, 2017 / 11:00amSunday September 3, 2017 / 11:00amSunday September 10, 2017 / 11:00am
Comedy and cartoons make an award-winning combo in this multimedia show at the Punch Line Comedy Club. Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters features the art and hilarity of comedian and cartoonist Mike Capozzola, whose work has appeared in TED Talks, WIRED and many more. Performed at comic cons, theaters, museums and comedy festivals throughout the nation, the show has elements tailored to every sci-fi and comic book fan as well as every other comedy fan in between. With over 15 years of stand-up under his belt, Capozzola brings the funny to San Francisco, along with special guest Dan Linley.
Cobb's in SF presents their biggest show of the summer, the 6th annual Cobb's Summer Comedy Jam. The sixth year of this mega-standup show features a Bay Area favorite, Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh. A fast-rising comedy star, Kabir is a huge crowdpleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and clever material. In addition to winning multiple comedy competitions, he's also opened for mega-stars like Dane Cook, Russell Peters, Dave Chappell and more. If you haven't seen Kabir on Family Guy or Gabriel Iglesias's Stand-Up Revolution, you're probably watching him internationally on the BBC, TV Asia and ZEE TV.