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.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of his landmark album Kings of the Wild Frontier, Adam Ant hits the road for his North American Anthems: The Singles tour, which brings him to The Masonic in San Francisco. On a Thursday night in 1980, millions of living rooms across the U.K. were set on fire by a blazing TV performance by Adam and the Ants. Through a haze of smoke, the new face of punk appeared, with war paint on his face and an outfit inspired by late 1700s fashion. Adam Ant proceeded to snarl, tease and taunt the viewers until he had secured his place as the next new wave sensation. With his "warrior pop" sound and eccentric stage persona, Adam Ant and his groundbreaking post-punk rock group found success with a string of chart-topping hits, including "Stand and Deliver" and "Dog Eat Dog." After the band broke up, Ant propelled his unique, dynamic sound into a solo career that has spanned six albums and more than 30 years.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
There is something you can do to help Houstonions after Harvey. The Houston Food Bank (our nation's largest food bank) supports the children, families and seniors in Southeast Texas who are in need of food, water and supplies. A $10 donation will enable Houston Food Bank to provide 30 meals for hungry neighbors in emergencies and throughout the year. Every year Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 people through its network of food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies. You can pitch in with donations of $10 (feeds 30), $20 (feeds 60) or $30 (feeds 90), now through the end of September, and 100% of the money donated will go to Houston Food Bank's life-changing work. Once this year's disaster relief and recovery needs have been met, any remaining donations will be used to fund ongoing hunger-relief efforts.
Without a doubt the most famous play in the English language, Hamlet is much more than a collection of quotable lines, like the legendary soliloquy that begins with "To be or not to be?" It's also a thrilling tale of political intrigue, murder, madness and duels to the death. Hamlet is one of theater's greatest anti-heroes, caught between his duty as a son and his desire for moral purity. He is haunted by the rage-filled ghost of his father, who won't rest until his death is avenged. Even worse, every time Hamlet hesitates to take action, it's his friends and loved ones that pay the price. With a cast led by Tony Award-nominee John Douglas Thompson, this will be an unforgettable theatrical event at the A.C.T. theater in San Francisco.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday October 3, 2017 / 7:00pm
When drag queen Pink meets a flashy young man who takes an interest in her, she believes she's found her ticket to the diva life and out of her gang-controlled Oakland neighborhood. Her friend Ace, who harbors more than friendly feelings for her, warns Pink that the man may not be what he seems. Is this mystery man her golden ticket, or a troublemaker bringing violence and life-threatening jeopardy? Her life, and West Oakland, will change forever in The Legend of Pink at The Eureka Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / Various TimesThursday September 28, 2017 / Various TimesFriday September 29, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday September 30, 2017 / Various TimesSunday October 1, 2017 / Various TimesMonday October 2, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday October 3, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday October 4, 2017 / Various Times
In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when some teenagers decide to try "marijuana" -- otherwise known as the devil's drug. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and ... jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy continues the hijinks in an even wackier form, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes. It would be a big mistake to (puff, puff) pass on this production of Reefer Madness: The Musical at Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
When the hood is all you know, can you pull yourself out and find a better future, or are you stuck? Lisa wants out of the neighborhood and away from the men who offer short-term pleasure and long-term pain. Shawn accepts the hood and plays its games, hustling the hustlers and playing the players. Kelly and Candace want out, but they can't let go of the "thug love" that their men offer. With four different perspectives from four extraordinary women, Thugs and the Women Who Love 'Em asks whether they're strong, independent black women who can write their own story, or are they destined to be extras in someone else's script? Find out what their futures hold at Oakland's Paramount Theatre.
Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pm
A band of criminals is about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Utilizing her unique abilities, Susy's able to level the playing field with the help of a young neighbor, devising an ingenious game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night and has been thrilling audiences for decades. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is an electrifying thriller by Frederick Knott, the playwright behind Dial M for Murder. Now you can enjoy all the pulse-pounding tension of Wait Until Dark at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay ... but be prepared to spend the finale propped precariously on the edge of your seat.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pm
More than four decades into her remarkable career, singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, author -- and new mom -- Janet Jackson remains as powerful an entertainer as ever. One of the best-selling artists in history and the record holder for most consecutive Top 10 hits by a woman, Jackson has a massive catalog of hits that includes "The Pleasure Principle," "Control," "Nasty," "All for You," "Again," "Rhythm Nation" and many more. But she's not resting on her laurels: her latest album, 2015's Unbreakable, became her seventh to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. See this multiple Grammy winner in a new, state-of-the-art live production featuring more than 20 fan favorites, plus some soon-to-be released new tracks, when she comes to Sacramento's Golden 1 Center on her State of the World Tour.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive explores the complex relationship between a young woman and her uncle as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much more dark and troubling. Told with surprising wit, this acclaimed play is an often-funny, surprising and ultimately devastating tale of survival. Through wildly absurd, unexpected and disturbing turns of events, Li'l Bit comes to terms with her past and her relationships as these events shape her womanhood and her understanding of the world. The Custom Made Theatre Co. brings this 20th-century masterpiece to Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm
There's a ton of fall fun on tap at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga with this brew-centric Oktoberfest celebration, proving there's a lot more to explore in wine country than just the fruit of the vine. This Sunday afternoon shindig is set to pull out all the stops with specialty beer tastings, food booths and trucks on the plaza, interactive games, live entertainment and more. Tickets come complete with one beer flight to get you started, with plenty more craft brews available to purchase.
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:15pm - 6:00pm
Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious tale of a wannabe disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical brings powerful gospel vocals, outrageous dancing and a moving story to Berkeley Playhouse.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 1:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 1:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain)Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 9:30pm (Twice As Good)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Terrie Odabi)Friday September 29, 2017 / 10:00pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 9:30pm (Chris Cain Band)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 9:00pm (Paula Harris & The Nate Ginsberg Trio)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain Special Guest Daniel Castro)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 9:30pm (JW Jones)
From the popular truTV series The Carbonaro Effect, magician-actor Michael Carbonaro brings his signature blend of side-splitting audience interaction, bizarre antics and mind-blowing illusions to San Jose's City National Civic. After rising to fame on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno during segments that found him using everyday objects to trick unsuspecting customers at a convenience store, Carbonaro was handed the keys to his own show in 2014. But there's nothing like seeing him live, where his charming, fresh-faced personality and smooth sleight-of-hand will beguile and confound you in equal doses.
The psychedelic sexuality of the Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to the big top at San Francisco's Great Star Theatre, hosted and performed by an equally tantalizing and kooky cirque troupe. For this show, the Vespertine Circus has remade Rocky Horror cirque-style, bringing you the cult classic on a tight-wire, with sweethearts Brad and Janet more flexible than ever. As with a traditional screening of the late-night fave, costumes and audience participation are encouraged, with the request to "keep it sexy and weird." But this is not a screening; it's a full-on circus.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00pm
Few music venues in the world are as iconic as the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea and Diana Krall have graced its stage. Now, this legendary venue is coming west. Located downstairs at the Napa Valley Opera House, the Blue Note Napa brings you that same blend of jazz greats and hot young stars on the scene, while adding a little wine country flavor to the mix. With gourmet farm to table cuisine and, of course, terrific local wines, the Blue Note Napa puts a fresh spin on the jazz club experience while keeping the focus on what matters most: the music.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Times 4)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Times 4)Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Avery*Sunshine)Friday September 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (Avery*Sunshine)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pm (Peter Harper)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 9:30pm (Peter Harper)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (Rainy Eyes)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 8:45pm (Rainy Eyes)
The sharp-eyed contemporary drama Luna Gale focuses on Caroline, a social worker who must decide whether a hospitalized child should be given back to her teenage recovering-meth-addict parents or the infant's grandmother, a religious evangelist. Caught in the middle of a much larger fight, her decisions about the child's welfare dredge up a secretive past of human mistakes that further ignite the conflict. The Chicago Tribune hailed the play as "excellent and intensely involving" and the Sun-Times agreed, calling it "provocative and impassioned." Now Aurora Theatre Company presents this heartbreaking, hopeful and unforgettable tale from Pulitzer nominee Rebecca Gilman in the Bay Area premiere directed by Tom Ross
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 7:00pm
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that 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.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pm
Enjoy a two-hour tour of San Francisco Bay, highlighted by romantic sunset views, live guitar music and a light appetizer buffet including sandwiches, fruit and cheese. You'll view the city's stunning skyline featuring Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid, along with historic landmarks and the natural beauty of the Bay Area. This scenic cruise sails by Alcatraz and Angel Island National Park, under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the gorgeous Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito shores. One drink is included (alcoholic or nonalcoholic), and more drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the full on-board bar.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 6:00pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 6:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 6:00pmMonday October 2, 2017 / 6:00pmTuesday October 3, 2017 / 6:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 6:00pm
BATS Improv -- named the Bay Area's Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian -- presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that's never the same show twice.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (SuperScene: School Days)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Naked Stage)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (The (Improvised) Twilight Zone)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pm (The (Improvised) Twilight Zone)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (The (Improvised) Twilight Zone)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Sunday October 1, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Monday October 2, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Friday September 29, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Starts at 9:30am)Monday October 2, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday October 5, 2017 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 11:30amWednesday September 27, 2017 / 3:45pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 11:30amThursday September 28, 2017 / 3:45pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 11:30amFriday September 29, 2017 / 3:45pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 11:30amSaturday September 30, 2017 / 3:45pm
How far would you go to bake the world's best bread? A culinary magical tale, Bread! The Musical follows one baker's quest to replicate his father's lost and legendary rye recipe, and he'll stop at nothing to do it. This new musical from Joe Oritz is filled with a baker's dozen of original songs, homegrown hubris and potential peril as the baker's obsession begins to drive everyone (especially his wife) nuts. Theater aficionado Greg Fritsch directs this wacky and family-friendly musical at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 7:00pm
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 September 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Rudy Ortiz & Friends)
Sondheim is at his bloody best in Sweeney Todd, his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and an even more beastly baker. Set in London, the musical tells the tale of the title character, who, after being banished from his city on false charges, returns to exact his revenge. Teaming up with local pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barbershop -- where he slits the throats of customers, and she bakes them into pies to dispose of the evidence. A legendary smash in 1979, this darkly comic show won eight Tony Awards, and The New York Times gushed, "Sondheim's most ravishing score. One helluva show!" Recently adapted by Tim Burton into a hit movie with Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd now comes to Fairfield's Downtown Theatre.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 6:00pm
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you'll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 3:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 3:15pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 3:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 3:15pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Friday September 29, 2017 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)
A modern American family gathers in a local park to roast one of its own over the coals in the play by Obie-winner Robert O'Hara. The hard-partying, foul-mouthed O'Mallery family stages an intervention for their drug-addicted sister. While they wait for her, they drink, smoke and dredge up old feuds and grudges. The family soon finds all its problems dragged out in public. Barbecue at San Francisco Playhouse overturns our assumptions about race, poverty and the American family in hilarious and incisive fashion.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
A protest brings Jesse, a black man, together with his white lover, Neil, a Black Lives Matter activist. But now, as Neil immerses himself in the struggle, Jesse has to confront his own political apathy or risk his rights and their love. This gripping world premiere play by Harrison David Rivers at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center, in partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora, asks "what is the real cost of standing on the sidelines?"
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
Get a look behind the scenes and into the beds of historical rock stars with the world premiere of Thomas and Sally. The story follows the sexual relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, one of the country's first prominent mixed-race families. Although Jefferson was married to Martha, it was not revealed until years after his wife's death that he may have been father to several of Hemings' children. Other famous figures of the Revolution like Ben Franklin, John and Abigail Adams and Marquis de Lafayette make their debut in this historical drama from PEN Award winner Thomas Bradshaw. Watch sex, power and identity clash at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 4:00pm (Preview)Tuesday October 17, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday October 18, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:30pm
A shared post is worth a thousand words, whether it triggers a nasty comment thread or becomes part of an inside joke amongst your friends. At a news website, the competition for internet domination is fierce amongst these twenty-somethings. When someone breaks a story bigger than they imagined possible, it certainly gets that viral attention -- and spreads like uncontrollable wildfire. Clickshare is a dark yet viciously funny satire on today's media culture that's making its way to the A.C.T. Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 September 28, 2017 / 6:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 6:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 6:30pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 9:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 6:30pm
Prost! Raise a stein as the San Francisco Symphony gets in fine festive form for its inaugural Oktoberfest Celebration at Davies Symphony Hall. Grab your friends, don your dirndls and lederhosen and get ready to take in a one-of-a-kind performance as German conductor Christian Reif leads the symphony in a program featuring Bavarian waltzes and polkas, rollicking opera choruses and more. There'll be sing-alongs, drinking songs and other traditional German folk favorites, all delivered with a classical twist.
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 October 1, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Thursday September 28, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Sunday October 1, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Monday October 2, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Tuesday October 3, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)Wednesday October 4, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm)
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.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmMonday October 2, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmTuesday October 3, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday October 4, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmMonday October 9, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pm
Smoke: The Cabaret is a musical exploration of the mysteries of love. This one-woman show, a sensual tale of infidelity and passion, stars vocalist Lori Rivera, who was a member of Grammy-nominated group The Bobs. Smoke: The Cabaret features a dozen original jazz tunes, cabaret songs and comic ballads by Joe Ortiz. Experience this tale of two women -- sweet Celeste, a dangerously open-hearted innocent in search of Mr. Right, and sophisticated Francesca, a worldly master of erotic strategy -- at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:30pm
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.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:20amMonday October 2, 2017 / 8:20amWednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:20amMonday October 9, 2017 / 8:20amTuesday October 10, 2017 / 8:20amWednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:20amWednesday October 18, 2017 / 8:20amMonday November 13, 2017 / 8:20am
A Night at the Palace is a sleek, immersive speakeasy experience, combining classic elements of roaring twenties party that only Gatsby could be proud of. Ditch the drama of the underground nightclub and head on over to The Speakeasy in San Francisco for a jam-packed evening of sizzling cabaret, comedy routines and more. This joint will be buzzing with casino tables and crafty cocktails, plus live swinging musical numbers that are sure to be the cat's meow. Come decked out in your most dapper flapper dresses and bowties for a roaring good time.
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.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / Various TimesThursday September 28, 2017 / Various TimesFriday September 29, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday September 30, 2017 / Various TimesSunday October 1, 2017 / Various TimesMonday October 2, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday October 3, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday October 4, 2017 / Various Times
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 October 3, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday October 10, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday October 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday October 24, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Tuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
For some 30 years, Cobb's Comedy Club has been one of the hottest venues on the stand-up circuit, hosting both up-and-comers and established comics. Known for developing some of the country's top performers -- including stars like Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt and Margaret Cho -- the club's famed showcases feature the funniest rising comics in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom already boast major TV credits. A fixture in San Francisco's famous North Beach, Cobb's offers a complete dinner menu and full-service bar for a complete evening of entertainment.
Wednesday September 27, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 11, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm
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 October 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 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 September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
For an evening of sophisticated fun, join Hornblower's Supper Club Cruise on San Francisco Bay. With several small-plate dining stations featuring international favorites and tasty desserts, this three-hour cruise is the perfect setting for a night out with friends, a date night or a special celebration. Local DJs spin up-tempo lounge and Top 40 hits so you can work it out on the dance floor, or step outside for gorgeous views of the twinkling city skyline. Soda, coffee, tea and water are included and wine, beer and cocktails are available for purchase.
Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Check out the trails of the unbelievably scenic Muir Woods during Extranomical Tours' morning expedition to this beautiful national monument. The tour begins as you're picked up in San Francisco and then whisked to the Ferry Building where you can pick up coffee or breakfast. Then get some Instagram-worthy pics during a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll then be transported to the Muir Woods, where you'll spend a morning surrounded by giant coastal redwood trees and nature in its finest form. Enjoy the view of the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees, and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes to gaze at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. This semi-customizable tour offers the option of a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge or the quaint Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito. In addition, at the end of the tour, guests can choose to return to San Francisco from Sausalito by ferry.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:15amFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:15amWednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:15amFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:15amSunday October 8, 2017 / 8:15amMonday October 9, 2017 / 8:15amThursday October 12, 2017 / 8:15amSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:15am
Enjoy a complete evening of entertainment at Leila By the Bay Restaurant in Hercules with Top Shelf's Monday Night Motown n' More dinner show. While dining, enjoy the classic sounds of Motown, Staxx and Atlantic up to the smooth soul favorites of today. The songs of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and other '60-'70s icons will be performed by Top Shelf's band and will feature a variety of dynamic vocalists from the Bay Area and beyond. Tickets do not include food or beverage and a minimum of one dinner entree per person is required.
Monday October 2, 2017 / 6:30pmMonday October 16, 2017 / 6:30pmMonday October 30, 2017 / 6:30pm
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You'll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you'll cruise past Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You'll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00am ((Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am))Sunday October 1, 2017 / 10:00am ((Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am))
WME's Together Live Tour returns with a fascinating, diverse lineup of female speakers set to share their empowering stories. You can catch everyone from best-selling authors and Olympic gold medalists to actors and biomedical scientists as they come together to inspire change. Each city will feature exciting guest speakers in addition to the core lineup, which includes FIFA Women's World Cup champion Abby Wambach, Love Warrior author Glennon Doyle, and Nigerian writer Luvvie Ajayi (I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual). The San Jose stop features Latham Thomas (Mama Glow) and Dr. Knatokie Ford (Founder-CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise). Don't miss what's sure to be an energizing experience at City National Civic in San Jose.
Whether you're a tourist or longtime resident, seeing San Francisco by sea is nothing short of spectacular, and there's no better way to experience it than aboard a Hornblower cruise of the bay. This two-hour excursion takes you past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, for stunning views of the city skyline and more. You'll also enjoy a lunch buffet served on board, with soda, juice, coffee and tea included. Wine, beer and cocktails will be available for purchase as well.
Friday September 29, 2017 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am )
Fans of classic British farces like Noises Off and Six Characters in Search of Author will be sure to get a kick out of the outrageous new comedy Five-Door Farce. Described by playwright Robert Merrill as "a tragedy inside a parody of a farce," Five-Door Farce is chock-full of the mistaken identities and fast-paced plotting that farces are known for, yet still manages to play with the conventions of farce in a way that fans of the genre will love (and even enemies of farce will appreciate!). Catch all the meta-farcical fun at the Orinda Community Center Amphitheater.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:30pm
"There was a cabaret, and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world ... and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep." So speaks the protagonist of this groundbreaking musical, ever so prescient in our current political climate. Set in 1931 at the dawn of the Nazi era, Cabaret revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with Kit Kat Klub chanteuse Sally Bowles. This chilling classic reminds us that if we are not vigilant, the darkest parts of history are doomed to repeat themselves. Featuring a live orchestra and filled with some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including "Cabaret," Willkomen," and "Maybe This Time," Cabaret remains one of the sexiest, and most shocking, in the Broadway cannon. See it at the Barn Theatre outside of San Francisco, courtesy of Ross Valley Players.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (42nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition - FINALS)Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:30pm (Friday Funnies)Friday September 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Machine)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)Thursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Comedy Oakland Presents) Friday October 6, 2017 / 7:30pm (Friday Funnies)Friday October 6, 2017 / 9:30pm (The [Not So] Late Show)
VIPs will be welcomed for priority boarding with a glass of champagne and a commemorative captain's hat on this upscale party cruise, as the three-level vessel known as the Fume Blanc Commodore takes off for a three-hour sail around the Bay. With two DJs spinning house and Top 40 on two separate dance floors and three fully stocked and staffed cash bars, this seafaring bash is perfect for friends, dates, celebrations and visitors, offering gorgeous nighttime views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, Alcatraz, and the world-famous San Francisco skyline from both the inner and outer decks.
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 September 30, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 September 30, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 10:30pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 10:30pm
Want to check out the funniest comedians in the Bay Area? Then you're in luck, because Oaktown Comedy Night is coming to the Starline Social Club in Oakland. There is no better local comedy scene in the country than you'll find in San Francisco and Oakland, so you know the talent is going to be top-notch, with veteran comics from Comedy Central, Viceland, Fox and more. The Starline Social Club is a classic venue for comedy, having showcased performers like Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress and Stroy Moyd. Oaktown Comedy Night is hosted by Feel Woods (SF Sketchfest).
Tuesday September 26, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 3, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 10, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 17, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 24, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday November 7, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday November 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
"Family-friendly improv comedy" is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
Sunday October 1, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 2:00pm
Spend a crisp weekend morning out on the waters of the scenic San Francisco Bay getting buzzed while devouring an epic meal of breakfast tacos and other hearty favorites. Hornblower Cruises and Events has a raging two-hour cruise planned for guests that'll be fueled by Bloody Marys, mimosas and a brunch buffet to complete the festivities. A live DJ provides the hottest Top 40's jams while you simply sit back and relax with a drink in hand. The cruise takes you through iconic sites like Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Coit Tower, and other beverages will be available on board for purchase.
Sunday October 1, 2017 / 11:00am (Boarding Begins at 10:30am)
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 September 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 9:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)
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 September 30, 2017 / 7:30pm (Best of the Bay Showcase)
Like Beyoncé, The Song of the Nightingale's scrappy heroine fuels female empowerment with pop music -- in other words -- this ain't your mama's Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Nightingale. The out with the old and in with the new mentality is warned against in this fable -- but being out with the old emperor-centric version and in with the new maid-focused journey is a worthy exception to the rule. The moral of the original fairy tale still struts its stuff in this refreshing adaptation -- that true beauty and worth are found within. This family-friendly musical will enchant you at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette with its setting in ancient China and the music of creator Min Kahng.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
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 September 29, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 10:00pm
Since its 2005 premiere, Slanted Comedy has been California's best and most popular showcase of Asian-American comedy talent. This longest-running Asian comedy show has been seen at all the state's biggest comedy clubs, and even had its own Showtime stand-up special. Led by producers Mike Abara and Walter Hong, Slanted Comedy features comics who have been seen on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, the Late Late Show, Comedy Central, HBO and more. Catch rising stars -- and maybe even a celebrity -- when Slanted Comedy comes to Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Each month, Fremont's Made Up Theatre hosts Genre Play, a fully improvised "movie" based on an audience-suggested title. Each performance is unique, whether it's a nail-biter of a thriller, a sentimental coming-of-age chronicle, an exuberant musical or the twisted plot of a mystery. You decide which direction each night's story will take.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
One of the nation's fastest-rising comedy stars, Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh is a huge crowd-pleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and clever material. He's won numerous comedy competitions, opened for comedy stars like Russell Peters and Dave Chappelle, and has made appearances on Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution, The Family Guy and more. Now you can catch Singh when he headlines the Outsourced Comedy Tour, rolling into Kirbys Sports Bar in Fremont. He'll share the stage with some of comedy's finest Indian, Middle Easter and Hispanic comedians, including Samson Koletkar (co-founder of Desi Comedy Fest) and Sammy Obeid (America's Got Talent).
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgable tour guides will share their insider info as they take you to sights like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Nob Hill, Coit Tower, the Financial District, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Golden Gate Park and the Castro and Mission districts. You'll get an up-close experience of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods, beautiful parks and striking coastline. To top off this unique tour of one of the world's greatest cities, you'll even be able to see either Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island prison.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 8:00amFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00amSaturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00amSunday October 1, 2017 / 8:00amMonday October 2, 2017 / 8:00amTuesday October 3, 2017 / 8:00amWednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00amThursday October 5, 2017 / 8:00am
One of the nation's fastest-rising comedy stars, Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh is a huge crowdpleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and clever material. He has won numerous comedy competitions, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition, and has opened for top comedy stars like Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and more. Singh has taped sets for Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution and Starz's StannDupp. He's been called "The Next Big Indian Comedian" by India West, and has been called "One of the Must-See Stand-Up Comedians in the U.S." by TV Asia. See this NorCal native live at Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Is there anything as painfully funny as an old photo of you and your loved ones? From awkward phases to bad haircuts to questionable poses, there's no shortage of ways your past self can embarrass you. Now, Endgames improv troupe Chivalry Club is here to twist the knife with its new show ThrowBackThursday. Putting a fun spin on audience suggestion-based improv, Chivalry Club asks you to email them a photo from your past. If your picture is chosen, the talented group of improvisers will turn your embarrassing memory into a hilarious improvised scene at the show! Catch all the fun at San Francisco's Stage Werx.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday October 12, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 9:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 9:00pm
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, soars onstage at Newark Memorial High School's Stage 1 Theatre. Famed for the heart-melting power of its score by Tony Award winners Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such classics as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and the unforgettable "Tomorrow." Enjoy one of the best-loved family musicals of all time during this energetic production.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 1, 2017 / 2:30pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 8, 2017 / 2:30pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 15, 2017 / 2:30pm
The two-time winner of Chamber Music America's Adventurous Programming Award returns to Berkeley Chamber Performances with a stirring program featuring works by Harrison, Barber and more. The Del Sol String Quartet is comprised of four master musicians known for their radical experimentation and raw talent. You'll also hear Gabriela Lena Frank's Milagros and Terry Riley's Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz at the Berkeley City Club. A reception follows the concert.
Social Studies Improv is Dave Dennison, Mona Thompson, Tony Contreras, Michelle Swaney and Freddie Sulit. Individually, members of this troupe have trained, performed, and taught at theaters in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, they're coming to the All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland to explore relationships, culture and society through long-form improvisation.
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 October 1, 2017 / 11:00amSunday October 8, 2017 / 11:00amSunday October 15, 2017 / 11:00amSunday October 22, 2017 / 11:00amSunday October 29, 2017 / 11:00amSunday November 5, 2017 / 11:00amSunday November 12, 2017 / 11:00amSunday November 19, 2017 / 11:00am
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 September 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 9:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 9:30pm
Oakland's Grand Lake area is a cultural mecca of dining, from Japanese cuisine to Moroccan and Latin American food. If eating your way through this part of the Bay Area seems daunting, Local Food Adventures lessens the stress by picking the best spots out for you. On this two-hour tour, they'll focus on the Grand Lake Theater area, a true epicenter of dining, where you'll visit four spots to munch on tastings and experience the ethnic diversity here. Try out locally-sourced homemade Italian food, hand-prepared spices, Cuban food and French pastries. Is your mouth watering yet? Walk away with a tasting guide that includes discounts off the tasting spots, and if you're a VIP guest, enjoy exclusive spirits and a custom tote bag to take home.
Saturday September 30, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 3:00pm