Get ready for some laugh-out-loud fun hitting the stage a mere 200 feet from BART. Oakland’s Pan Theatre hosts weekly improv shows filled with stories, scenes and characters that are birthed on the spot and hit the ground running. You’ll get a rotating roster of montages, one-acts and classic theater games, á la Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The unpredictable cast may even ask you to pitch some of your own ideas into the comedy incubator.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 / 11:30amTuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 11:30amWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 11:30amThursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 11:30amFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Dec 2, 2019 / 11:30am
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, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 7:30pm
Come see the Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area’s top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 29, 2019 / 9:30pmSunday, Jan 5, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 12, 2020 / 8:00pm
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay’s historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat — either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Nov 28, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Dec 2, 2019 / Various Time Slots
Don’t miss the next Ace Boon Comedy F’larious Fridays show with host Ace Boon. Ace Boon Comedy F’larious Fridays showcases comedians from the world over, providing a great time in a fun, diverse and intimate environment. Each event will feature a seasoned/star headliner, hot music and sounds by DJ Kal; good food, full bar and lots of big laughs. Every ticket purchased will automatically be entered for a chance to win a raffle. Come early to get a good seat, and you and your friends can enjoy dinner and bar drinks. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle for a chance to win big cash!! You can get food, bar drinks, laughs and two chances to win cash and other prizes! What more can you ask for on a Friday (or Saturday)??
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 28, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar 27, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Apr 25, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, May 29, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 26, 2020 / 7:30pm
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, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
All Out Comedy Theater’s signature, fast-paced Saturday night improv sets are packed to the brim with side-splitting unscripted comedy. Using audiences suggestions, the cast creates short form scenes and games. Each night showcases four comedians from an ensemble of professional actors from all over the Bay Area.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 7:30pm
In these fraught times, laughter is the perfect antidote. That’s why There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Tour is coming to Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco: to spread the good vibes and bring people together through comedy. Headliners, touring comedians and up-and-coming Bay Area comics bring out their best and most original material for this raucous showcase, which spotlights diversity while proving the old adage that everyone’s cultural background contains a little bit of craziness ripe for comedy. So grab some friends and come out for this hilarious night of stand-up.
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:30pm
One of the city’s longest-running weekly shows, Comedy Oakland has been bringing you top headliners, local heroes and up-and-coming stars since way back in ‘09. Sit back and have a drink or a snack at Spice Monkey, where you’ll be entertained by faces you’ve seen on Comedy Central, HBO, BET and all the late-night talk shows, along with competition winners and stand-ups who’ve performed on “every habitable continent.” Comedy Oakland is produced by the world’s only Indian-Jewish comedian, Samson Koletkar, aka Mahatma Moses, and is often hosted by Date Talk podcaster Ira Summer. The live show was named “Best Place for Comedy” in the East Bay Express 2016 & 2018 Readers’ Poll.
Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 9:45pm (The (Not So) Late Show)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:00pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 9:30pm (The (Not So) Late Show)Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Dec 6, 2019 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents)Friday, Dec 6, 2019 / 9:45pm (The (Not So) Late Show)
The floor burns with furious footwork. The air pulses with syncopated claps and castanets as rhythmic guitar resounds. A unique mother-daughter pair, Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco brings the passion and energy of flamenco and Spanish dance to Peña Pachamama.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 7:00pm
Forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie and head out for a night of laughs instead. Punch Line Comedy Club, San Francisco’s longest-running stand-up venue, presents Comedy Allstars, featuring a rotating lineup of hilarious stand-up comics from the Bay Area and beyond, including top local headliners to up-and-coming stars and comedians with national TV credits, including Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and more having cut their comedy teeth at the Punch Line, you never know when you’re going to see the next big name in comedy.
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
“Family-friendly improv comedy” is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
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, and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. Catch them when they play Cobb’s Comedy Club.
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Monday, Dec 2, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it’s still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, past the city’s Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks and snacks.
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Dec 2, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pm
This spellbinding troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts returns by popular demand, with breathtaking feats and daring maneuvers steeped in 2,000 years of folk tradition. Wearing vibrant costumes and accompanied by live music performed on an assortment of Chinese folk instruments, the rigorously trained acrobats dazzle with their agility and grace — in signature routines including trick cycling, precision tumbling, and awe-inspiring balancing acts. “The Peking Acrobats regularly passed from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable,” says the Los Angeles Times.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 2:00pm
A hilarious comic who’s brought his act to top clubs across the nation, Godfrey’s made multiple appearances on VH1 and BET’s Comic View, was a cast member on the first season of The It Factor and has appeared in the films Zoolander, Original Gangstas and Soul Plane. Recently, he’s filmed an hour-long stand-up special for Comedy Central and made appearances on TV’s 30 Rock, Louie and Chelsea Lately. Godfrey brings an arsenal of funny characters to Tommy T’s Pleasanton as he delves into the important questions in life, such as: “What if guido bouncers ran security at the airport?”
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London. This festive event invites you into an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically lit music halls, pubs, dance floors and Christmas shops. You’ll leave behind modern-day Daly City when you step across the Cow Palace threshold, and enter into a twilight evening in Charles Dickens-era London. There you’ll find winding lanes filled with literary and historic characters, as well as the enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods. Plus, dozens of lamplit shops will help you whittle down that holiday gift list.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 10:00am-7:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 10:00am-7:00pm
There’s a reason we feel the desire to tell and be told certain stories year after year — some tales just cut to the core of the human experience. That’s why, even after more than a century-and-a-half, Scrooge’s emotional transformation still puts tears in our eyes. Bring a pocketful of tissues and a heart full of Christmas spirit.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 1:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 6:00pm (Preview)Friday, Dec 6, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 7:00pm
ODC’s The Velveteen Rabbit has become a holiday must-do in the Bay Area. ODC’s inventive, contemporary dance is the perfect match for the nostalgic, heartwarming tale of a boy and his beloved toy. The ballet is narrated so even those brand new to dance can follow the story, and for adults it’s a comforting trip down memory lane.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 4:00pm
Imagine the world without Disneyland. No singing pirates, no dancing ghosts. How about a world without animated features? No Pinocchio or Snow White. Life would be a little less magical, wouldn’t it? Luckily, for all of us, there was Walt Disney, a tireless innovator and dreamer. Now you can take an in-depth look at the man behind the magic at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Follow his life from the earliest drawings of Mickey Mouse to his original vision of EPCOT as the city of the future and beyond. See Disney’s backyard mini train on which he used to give guests rides, explore a model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination, and much more. Don’t miss this fascinating tribute to an American icon in San Francisco’s historic Presidio.
Good for Weekdays Only (Closed Tuesdays) Through November 25, 2019
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.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Long Weekend)
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.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, Dec 8, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 6:00pm
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. This year marks Monday Night PlayGround ‘s 25th season and the return of the PlayGround Equity Company. PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area’s best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original 10-page plays — all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month. Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers’ processes and more. Priority General Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
Monday, Nov 25, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Jan 20, 2020 / 8:00pmMonday, Feb 17, 2020 / 8:00pmMonday, Mar 16, 2020 / 8:00pm
Walter Trout will be live at Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music on Saturday, November 30, 2019! Wolf Jett will open the show. Walter Trout tours world wide playing his special brand of guitar based blues rock. After years as a side man with John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers and Canned Heat, Walter has enjoyed playing his emotional brand of fired-up, hardcore guirar heavy music, writing and recording his own songs for over 20 years as a solo artist.
A holiday musical treat for the whole family! Hearts will be captivated by the plights of Georg, Amalia, and their co-workers in the Parfumerie. These characters remind us that the most important things in life are not the work or making money, but family, friends and those we truly love. Inspired by the same source material as the classic films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, this musical theater treasure is about perfectly ordinary people in a story you may have heard before, but never quite like this. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, She Loves Me brings the magic of a soaring score by Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof) to a classic story by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). Join the Ross Valley Players and the Mountain Play this winter for a delightful musical treat. This co-production partners the talents and passion of two of the oldest Marin County community theater companies to provide a new experience for their audience.
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 5, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra or TSO, as its known, is neither of Russian origin nor an orchestra — it’s an American band that’s become famous for its lavishly produced arena-style Christmas-themed prog-rock operas, described by the Washington Post as “Pink Floyd meets Yes and The Who at Radio City Music Hall.” They also happen to be rebooting one of their most famous shows, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, with all new sets, lights, effects and more as part of their latest blockbuster holiday concert tour.
D.L. Hughley went from hanging with Los Angeles gangs to hanging at the Los Angeles Times (where he worked for nearly a decade) before becoming one of the biggest names in stand-up — and a founding member of the Original Kings of Comedy. And if that’s not special enough, for this show at Oakland’s Art Deco mecca Paramount Theatre he’ll be joined by two very special guests: Borat scene-stealer Luenell and Last Comic Standing’s Dominique.
Enjoy a spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes and themes. The Holiday Lantern Light festival is a celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine. A tradition that started over 2,000 years ago, the lantern festival is China’s most important celebration, marking the return of spring, with the lighting of Chinese lanterns being symbolic of illuminating the future and the reunion of family. While many people picture lanterns being released into the night sky, these enormous lanterns stay firmly on the ground. Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete. The lanterns appear to be three-dimensional stained glass and are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth.
Valid November 28 - December 1, 2019 (Opening Weekend)
The Mahābhārata is the great Indian epic. Dating from around 800 BCE, with 100,000 verses and a cast of thousands, it is told anew to each generation of Indian children in a version that speaks to the time in which they are living. Often, tales of triumphant warriors emerge. But what of the tantalizing histories woven among the battles? What of the boundaries broken, the pathways blazed? And what does India’s ancient epic have to say to Americans of Indian descent? Playwright Geetha Reddy (Far, Far Better Things) offers a bold new retelling of the ancient text, featuring Ubuntu Company Member J Jha (Pool of Unknown Wonders; Hamlet; Down Here Below) in a one-person excavation that explores the epic for a new generation. This fresh world premiere examines the nature of conflict, betrayal, and victory through a contemporary lens—but what will the Aunties say?
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, Dec 5, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 8, 2019 / 1:00pm
The Bay Area’s favorite and sexiest perreo party is back again. Perreo Zone powered and fueled by Amor Digital, is a night dedicated to reggaeton from the old and new, connecting to its roots of the Caribbean, Afro, & Latin sounds of the world; the formula for a perreo. Friki-friki beep beep to the dembow boom boom.
You never know what to expect when Ben Folds takes the stage, as this genre-bending artist has been surprising audiences — and himself — for years with unique sounds, often accompanied by some of the world’s best orchestras. He’ll join forces with the San Francisco Symphony for a stirring, funny and focused night of music and memories.
The Bill Murray flick that inspired this entertaining musical is, in our humble opinion, a contender for one of the best comedies of the ‘90s. And we’re willing to bet you’ll like this San Francisco Playhouse production so much you’ll want to see it again… and again… and again…
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmTuesday, Dec 3, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 7:00pm
If there’s a Ghostbusters screening and you need someone to perform the score, who you gonna call? The SF Symphony! Leave it to this acclaimed orchestra to make this cult comedy larger than life (or at least larger than the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pm
Nationally touring band Wiley Ray and the Big O Band returns to the Bankhead Theatre in Livermore, California to bring you Roy Orbison Returns. Come out for a night to celebrate Roy and be taken back to experience what he was best known for — his humor and amazing music. From his Sun Records days in the ‘50s through his late-career resurgence as a member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, Orbison was one of a kind. His dark shades, sharp wardrobe and crooning baritone made him a musical icon. Now Wiley Ray & the Big O Band pay tribute to what would have been the great singer/songwriters of all time. Ray captures Orbison’s incredible range, from his soulful vibrato to his soaring falsetto on timeless favorites like “Crying,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely”, “Leah”, “In Dreams”, and many more.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
The most rewatchable, most quotable holiday movie ever gets even more fun in this hit Broadway adaptation. The musical wizards behind La La Land, and Dear Evan Hansen have added a lively score, and all your favorite scenes — from Ralphie’s Christmas gift wish (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”) to his dad’s prized “leg lamp” — are recreated live on stage.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
A masterpiece from one of the greatest dramatists of our time, Could 9 is about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. It is also about relationships — between women and men, men and men, women and women, work, mothers, power, generations, politics, and money, which is why this classic play feels as urgent today as when it made Churchill a household name.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 5, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 8, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pm
Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, gracefully pirouetting, before a little funk enters the picture, prompting them to tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz. It’s just one of many musical mashups that make The Christmas Ballet a Bay Area holiday tradition like no other.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
A musical adventure awaits you this holiday season when the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. brings its inventive and imaginative retelling of the beloved, Newbery Medal-winning modern fable to Berkeley Rep. The courageous Despereaux, shunned by his community for his love of stories and humans, shows a forlorn kingdom that even the smallest voice can change the world — and that it only takes a little light to reveal the truth. An indie folk band that creates dazzling works of theatre, PigPen infuses this tale of bravery, forgiveness, and redemption with their masterful music, stunning stage effects, and witty performances. PigPen’s The Tale of Despereaux is a spellbinding musical treat that resonates with adults and children alike.
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Dec 10, 2019 / 7:00pm
Faith, family and frosting are all in the mix as this off-Broadway comedy comes to NCTC for its regional premiere. Written by Bekah Brunstetter of the hit TV show This Is Us, this oh-so-timely story is about a master baker thrown by a request from her goddaughter to create a cake for her lesbian wedding.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
Just in time for the holidays, Opera San José invites families to enjoy Humperdinck’s irresistible fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. The classic story of two brave children and a tantalizing gingerbread house comes to colorful life in this enchanting confection. Kids receive a small gift, intermission treats, opportunities to meet characters and be photographed in fun, fairy tale settings in the lobby. While adults enjoy the rich score inspired by the sophisticated orchestrations of Wagner, youngsters will be transported by the not-very-scary tale of two children who use their wits to overcome a bumbling witch, setting free a whole batch of gingerbread children from her fearful spell. Opera San José’s Hansel and Gretel presents an excellent introduction to opera for the youngest of music lovers, with a fantastical world including colorful Candyland sets, first-class singing, and a chance to view other clever children appearing on stage as angels and gingerbread cookies. Opera San José Music Director Joseph Marcheso conducts one of his favorite scores, while Layna Chianakas provides stage direction. Hansel and Gretel will be sung in English with English supertitles. Runtime is just under 2 hours, including intermission. It is staged at the magnificent California Theatre, the elegant 1927 former movie palace meticulously restored to opulent splendor and now one of the world’s most intimate opera houses, with twenty rows of seats in the orchestra section, five rows in the grand tier, and six in the mezzanine.
There’s a place in Downtown Oakland where time stands still. A pocket of 19th century decadence, showmanship, allure and charm. Don your classiest ensemble and become a guest in this Gold Rush/Barbary Coast era outpost, with scintillating performers, a live orchestra and an authentic dinner-theater experience.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pm Dinner (Show at 9:00pm)Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pm Dinner (Show at 9:00pm)
Beyond the Ring is a contemporary circus performance about lost things, an epic journey and the antics of clowns. Produced by Kinetic Arts Productions, the Oakland circus company that has been bringing audiences thrilling shows for more than a decade. Follow the aerial adventures and physical theater journeys of eight unlikely people who lose something precious and the bumps along the way to finding it.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 8, 2019 / 2:00pm
Mr. Hat Presents a very special Black Friday Sugartown Get-Down featuring Shakey Zimmerman, performing the songs of Neil Young and Bob Dylan with a full electric band. Come and enjoy rocking out to your favorite Neil Young and Bob Dylan songs done right, at charming Toot’s Tavern in Crockett on the Carquinez. There will also be a delicious Filipino pop-up dinner, because who feels like cooking the day after Thanksgiving? Dinner service starts at 6:30.
Jeff Trager presents the ultimate tribute concert! Internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning, rising star Elvis entertainer, most booked Elvis in North America Rick Torres performs The Evolution Concert, taking you on a musical trip through the ‘50s ’60s and ’70s of Elvis’ career! Amazing light show, and musicians, background singers will take you back in time!
Jon B and his band are creating an up close and intimate holiday concert for all lovers, soul mates, friends and family members to experience. Jon B creates an electric atmosphere delivering non-stop hits that will have you singing and grooving all night long. This charismatic entertainer is known for his smooth vocals and dynamic stage presence. This is your opportunity to experience an up close and personal holiday concert like never before.
Dance Moms have nothing on Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who lives out her dreams of stardom through her daughters, one of who grows up to be the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Known as one of the theater’s greatest roles, Rose has been played by everyone from Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Bette Midler to Tyne Daly, Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone — the latter trio picking up a Tony for their performances.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
Experience J.K. Rowling’s world like never before at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco. The story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione continues on stage—where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the Wizarding World. But even when you think the battle is won, darkness comes from unexpected places. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as this Tony Award-winning spectacle “leaves you gasping in wonder at the magic of it all” (TIME). The entire Curran Theater has been transfigured for the show’s exclusive West Coast production to immerse you in this world where epic duels, extraordinary spells, and beloved characters come to life. “It has to be seen to be believed” (USA Today).
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two) (Previews)Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, November 29, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part Two) (Previews)Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 2:00pm (Part One Only)Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 7:30pm (Part Two Only)Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 2:00pm (Part One Only)
What if your greatest skill — the thing that wins you accolades and success — was stolen and caricatured by someone else? Japanese magician Namigoro Sumidagawa wowed America in the 1800s with his magic tricks, the cornerstone of which was appropriated by American magicians performing in yellowface. Weaving together stories and fantastic illusions, Japanese-American magician David Hirata digs deep and uncovers this Japanese-American story.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
A.C.T.‘s exciting new artistic director, Pam MacKinnon, took home a 2013 Tony for her directing work on Who’ s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and won an Obie for Clybourne Park — so she’s got a pretty good handle on great American drama. Now making her Strand Theater debut, she’ll guide Testmatch, an exciting new play, to the stage in San Francisco.
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 7:00pm
Vagabonds is a night of featured improv troupes from all over the Bay Area. Each troupe keeps you laughing with their unique shows. Vagabonds is a monthly show every 1st Sunday of the month with rotating improv teams.
AMALUNA is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest — but The Bard’s original take on this story of castaways shipwrecked on a magical island didn’t feature unicycling acrobats, trapeze artists plunging into a pool of water, or a cast that’s more than two-thirds female.
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Nov 27, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 4:30pmThursday, Nov 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 4:30pmFriday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 4:30pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
This is All Out Comedy Theater’s main stage show, just shorter and dirtier. All Out Comedy Theater’s signature, fast-paced Saturday night improv sets are packed to the brim with side-splitting unscripted comedy. Using the audience’s suggestions, the cast creates short form scenes and games. All Out Comedy Theater’s Main Stage cast caters the 9:30pm show to a grown up crowd —anything goes. Each night has four comedians from the Main Stage ensemble of professional actors from all over the Bay Area.
Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 7, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 9:30pm
BATS players create stories in all different genres, time periods and starting from all kinds of different suggestions. In November we’re taking storytelling to a whole new level, because we’re starting from true stories. Each week we’ll have all new special guest storytellers joining us from The Moth and the Stanford Storytelling Project, standing up and sharing their own true personal narratives. We’ll take it from there, and create improvised scenes based on themes, settings and ideas in those stories. What better inspiration for improvised stories than the truth?
The holidays are on their way and the Girls are back! Take four talented drag performers, cast them in two Xmas episodes of the uproarious TV show The Golden Girls_ and you have the perfect holiday event for the entire family. In what has become a yearly tradition, this drag send-up and loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars: Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia).
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 1, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Dec 4, 2019 / 8:00pm
New parents, parents-to-be and beyond are invited to a fun and educational shopping event. You’ll find all the information you’re looking for under one roof at the the Bay Area’s premier event for new and expecting parents. Meet with local experts on baby wearing, breastfeeding, labor techniques and more, plus attend workshops on topics like baby sign language, sleep techniques, food and nutrition, birth options and alternatives or breastfeeding basics. Check out the spa area for complimentary beauty services and browse the latest in maternity and baby gear at discounted show prices. When you need a break, check in at the Tot Spot for a clean, fun space for your tot or crawler to play. Arrive early if you can; the first 100 groups at the Golden Gate Club will receive a free goody bag.
A certain “charismatic crankiness” is what drives Roy Wood Jr., according to Entertainment Weekly. Wood, who starred as Roy on the TBS show Sullivan & Son, got his start as a stand-up, appearing on Letterman, Chelsea Lately, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Along with his debut stand-up comedy album (Things I Think, I Think), he’s also released three albums of hilarious prank calls, which have been featured on national radio shows like The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Jamie Foxx’s The Foxxhole station on Sirius. Currently, you can catch Wood as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Or you can see the Alabama native live when he brings his hilarious, lovable grumpy self to Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Too lazy to shoot hoops and too tall to model, Marcella Arguello stands over 6 feet. Although she may be taller than most men, the only thing more intimidating than her height is her comedy. Marcella mixes a combination of genuine reason with a sexy suggestion of street. Deemed as “sexually and ethnically ambiguous” she appeals to everyone and is not afraid to tell you how she really feels about subjects concerning race, gender, politics, relationships, family, work, music, pop culture and whatever else is on her mind that day. Marcella is the host and booker of Women Crush Wednesdays, the hottest and most diverse weekly show in Los Angeles, which happens every Wednesday at The Hollywood Improv Lab. She’s also been seen on Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, Comedy Central’s Corporate and FuseTV’s Trivial Takedown.
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.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 10:00pm (Doors open at 9:50pm)
Contra Costa Ballet’s condensed one-hour version of The Nutcracker is a sweet treat even the youngest in your family will enjoy. Filled with fanciful sets and costumes and performed by the company’s talented young dancers, the timeless story follows young Clara and her nutcracker-turned-prince on an exciting adventure. Their magical journey takes them past dancing giant mice and toy soldiers to reach the delicious Kingdom of Candy. Now in its 30th year, this production at Lesher Center for the Arts has become a beloved Bay Area tradition.
Friday, Nov 29, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Nov 30, 2019 / 7:30pm