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.
Head Over Heels is the fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from music legends The Go-Go's and the award-winning visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next To Normal, American Idiot, Spring Awakening and Avenue Q. An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must race to keep an oracle's prophecy of doom from coming to fruition. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey full of mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of The Go-Go's -- including the hit songs "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation" and many more -- Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen. Get your tickets now so you can be in the audience for this pre-Broadway engagement at the Curran in San Francisco.
After more than five decades of performing and with more than 200 recordings under his belt, Canada's most famous folk-pop singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, continues to entertain. The multi-platinum-selling artist famous for his deep baritone and 12-string finger-picking skills had success in the 1960s with songs like "For Lovin' Me," "Early Morning Rain," "Steel Rail Blues" and "Ribbon of Darkness." But it was the recording of his songs by major names -- from Elvis Presley and John Mellencamp to Neil Young and Bob Dylan -- that solidified Lightfoot's name in the folk canon. With more than 20 albums and five Grammy nominations to his name, Lightfoot is in exclusive company as one of music's all-time greats. Catch this folk-pop legend live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
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.
Often called "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, comes to the Greek Theatre UC Berkeley to celebrate the extraordinary five-decade career of one of its former conductors, 22-time Grammy winner John Williams. More than 40 years, 80 films and an incredible 47 Academy Award nominations later, Williams is universally acclaimed for having created some of the most iconic and beloved scores in cinema history. The program features magnificent music from some of Williams' most popular Hollywood film scores, including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., and the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter films.
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflects Nguyen's irreverent humor and pop-culture-obsessed aesthetic as it crisscrosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See American Conservatory Theater's production of this wildly imaginative, "culturally savvy comedy" (The New York Times) at A.C.T Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Are Connie and Tristan really in love, or is it just the antidepressants talking? As volunteers in a clinical trial for a new super-drug, their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to intervene and confront the ethics of what they're doing. Winner of the UK Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, The Effect tackles our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama. See what The New York Times called "a knockout, a ravishment of the senses," at San Francisco Playhouse.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
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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.
One of the most unforgettable romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation's attention as a best-selling novel, then became an award-winning film, and is now a two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-torn Italy, looks forward to a few days alone on her Iowa farm while her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, a chance encounter becomes a four-day whirlwind romance caught between decision and desire -- offering a second chance at so much more. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless when TheatreWorks brings it to life on the stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York. This production by Contra Costa Musical Theatre at the Lesher Center for the Arts finds two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, the latest in 2009. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Don't miss this iconic musical love story!
Discover and acquire new art -- and explore art trends developing around the globe -- at the eighth annual Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area's leading contemporary and modern art fair. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships and attendance of over 25,000 visitors in 2017, the 2018 edition of Art Market San Francisco presents a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers in the beautiful and spacious Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.
The great Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a show-stopping performance comprised of French interpretations of classic texts at Davies Symphony Hall. In this concert, you'll be treated to works by two of France's greatest composers, Debussy and Ravel. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, dubbed "America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine, will perform Ravel's mesmerizing Shéhérazade. Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, unusually tall and graceful stature and engaging acting ability. You'll also hear stirring renditions of Debussy's "Sarabande" from Pour le Piano, Debussy's "Danse" and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé.
Robots battling each other may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie -- but it's definitely very real (and entertaining) with RoboGames. Wielding spinning blades and flamethrowers, 200-pound combat robots go head-to-head in the ultimate cage match. At this epic event, dubbed the Olympics of robots, hundreds of robots from the world's greatest minds compete in over 55 events, all broadcast around the world via Twitch live stream. Watch robots fight in the arena, play soccer and even create the perfect cocktail. Catch all the innovative action when RoboGames takes over Pleasanton's Alameda County Fairgrounds, presented by Visit Tri-Valley.
See the world through the eyes of a child in the hit musical Finding Neverland, which Vogue raved was "a must-see you'll remember for years to come." Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and based on the Academy Award-winning film starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound his audience. With a bit of pixie dust and a whole lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving the real world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. See this magical production, which NPR called "far and away the best musical of the year!," at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
From the mind of one our greatest storytellers -- and the composers behind Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman -- comes this season's most oversized, fantastical, magical, must-see musical for the entire family. Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his cruel and devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized giant -- and a doorway into a land where anything is possible. Befriending talking grasshoppers and singing ladybugs, James and friends plan an escape -- only to discover that leaving one foe behind can bring about new challenges. See James and the Giant Peach now at Berkeley Playhouse.
Cinderella meets Tinder in this modern musical about finding the one ... and then, the one after that. Your princess, Meg, longs for true love, but she can barely get a "like." Her fairy-god-roommate reveals the magic of Tinder and, suddenly, prince charming is only a swipe away. But Meg still has to get to the ball, catch BART before midnight and reconcile her fairy-tale dreams with grown-up reality -- all without losing her slippers. Don't miss the world premiere of this hysterical, racy and rocking adult musical, a co-production with San Francisco's FaultLine Theatre and Custom Made Theatre.
3Girls Theatre presents Disruption, a fast-paced, darkly comic whodunnit for our #MeToo moment. When an anonymous whistleblower threatens to go viral, visionary CEO Andrea Powell has just one day to save her company -- and herself -- from a public relations disaster that promises to destroy them both. But as the accusations morph from corporate espionage into sexual harassment, Andy and her team suddenly find themselves in a tense, high-stakes duel against an unexpected opponent. This world premiere by AJ Baker brings a unique perspective on our nation's conversation about sexual politics and power in the workplace to Z Below in San Francisco.
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.
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at San Francisco's A.C.T. follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.
A series of stunning pieces make their way to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to challenge and enlighten the Bay Area. With Smuin, ballet choreographer extraordinaire Helen Pickett's sensual and powerful Oasis is set to an original score by Emmy award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal. Inspired by the simplicity of nature, Pickett offers challenge and exploration to both dancers and audiences alike, igniting the stage with passionate energy. Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert's visually stunning Falling Up offers an in-depth look at strength and trust between partners. Set to a lush piano score by Johannes Brahms, Seiwert's signature sculptural movement and intimate partnering enhance the energy of contemporary ballet, resulting in a delicate creation. Last but not least, master dance maker Val Caniparoli returns to Smuin to create a world premiere to conclude the 24th season.
Step back in time to ancient China for an enchanting journey through a world of light and color at the Lantern Light Festival. Redefining your notions of what a lantern can be, this annual celebration fills the night with gigantic handmade structures that take weeks to build. You might walk through a luminescent castle, come face to face with a towering dragon or meet a glowing giant panda. It's all to celebrate the coming of spring, a Chinese tradition that dates back 2,000 years and is now transforming Solano County Fairgrounds. In addition to these dazzling works of craftsmanship, the festival will feature Chinese food, a bunch of activities for kids and a fireworks show.
Good Any Thursday or Friday Through April 27, 2018
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.
The Bay Area has a history of attracting visionary, self-starting artists, and stARTup Art Fair celebrates that independent spirit by curating over 50 emerging and under-recognized artists to exhibit their works. Score great art and make real connections in the intimate setting of San Francisco's Hotel Del Sol. The stARTup Art Fair 2018 organizers seek to provide an exhibition venue for independent contemporary artists, with 100 percent of the sales proceeds going directly to the artist. You'll get to speak with the artists directly, view the art in an intimate and homelike setting, and, if you see something you love, take a piece home with you.
If you've ever lost hours of work to a "blue screen of death," been blindsided by an incomprehensible update to Facebook's layout or cursed a stubborn and uncooperative printer, Megabytes! is the production for you. This comedy revue of original songs and sketches portrays the hilarious situations we go through in dealing with technology in our daily lives. Playwright Morris Bobrow ushers you through the kinds of relatable situations you will know all too well. "There's no more polished master of the original musical revue than Bobrow," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Log off from swiping, scrolling and surfing and spend a little quality analog time at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of the Sciences boasts some pretty impressive credentials: This San Francisco landmark is the only place on Earth that houses an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, all under one living roof. Your general admission pass lets you get up close and personal with hundreds of free-flying tropical birds and butterflies inside the four-story living rainforest and gives you access to the award-winning, galaxy-spanning digital shows in the Morrison Planetarium. Animal-lovers can feast their eyes on an albino alligator, a colony of feisty African penguins, and more than 38,000 other live animals in the Steinhart Aquarium. Plus, you can learn about everything from meteors to minerals to mankind's evolution ... and that's all before you make your way up to the rolling hills and fields on the rooftop.
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She's Jewish, he's Christian; She's white, and he's black. They love each other ... but not in that way. Or maybe they do? It's complicated. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were just nine years old. Now, as they tumble into their 20s and confront the mysteries of their sexuality, they find that the path forward is not always the one right in front of you. The Mystery of Love and Sex was written by Bathsheba Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex), and this regional premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center is directed by Rebecca Longworth. Come see for yourself why Time Out New York hailed this show as "wise and exquisitely crafted," and The New York Times described it as "tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations ... perfectly wonderful."
Femprovisor Fest showcases diverse female-identified improv ensembles, comics and sketch groups representing the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This four-day Exit Theatre event features workshops, panels and shows with innovative artists who are committed to increasing the visibility of women in all areas of improvised performance.
Willy Russell's hit Broadway dramedy is a one-woman show about a middle-aged, middle-class housewife who finds herself stagnating in a lonely marriage. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley wonders if she should leave the drudgery of cooking dinner for her husband behind and head for the Mediterranean. What follows is an exploration -- told with humor, sympathy and sharp human insights -- of a woman breaking out of the mold that life seems to have cast for her. See Shirley Valentine now at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Flipping the tables on film noir tropes, solo performer Jill Vice's A Fatal Step tells its shadowy tale not from the point of view of a hardboiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale, those sultry - and deadly - bombshells at the heart of the genre. An SF Fringe Festival Best of Fest winner, Vice (Tipped & Tipsy) combines "an impressive array of body language and vocal talent" (Huffington Post) in her original shows. This one-woman noir centers on Sarah, who decides to take matters into her own hands when another woman dares to come between her and her handsome podiatrist. A Fatal Step has already taken home the Audience Choice award at IndyFringe, and now it comes to The Marsh.
The San Francisco Choral Society comes to the historic and acoustically stunning St. Ignatius Church for a moving performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's liturgical symphony All-Night Vigil -- also known as Vespers. Written in just two weeks, this 1915 work not only stands as one of Rachmaninoff's most acclaimed compositions, but also represents the crowning achievement of the "Golden Age" of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. Ingeniously integrating traditional Russian chant melodies, this choral masterwork is regarded as one of Rachmaninoff's finest compositions.
Hot on the heels of his hilarious, critically acclaimed shows East 14th and The Kipling Hotel, Don Reed is back with a new installment of his wonderfully wild autobiographical trilogy, Can You Dig It?: The '60s at The Marsh San Francisco. A nostalgic ride through the amusing and oftentimes turbulent '60s and beyond, Reed's solo show takes place before his father became a pimp, before little Donnie was forced into "that door-knocking religion," and includes some unbelievably true tales never revealed in previous productions. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, James Brown to The Jerk, MLK to JFK to the KKK, you'll experience life through the eyes of an awkward, spunky kid just trying to fit in during the rowdy '60s.
Discover the next big video game at the Playcrafting SFO Spring Play. Over 70 game developers from the Bay Area will be unveiling their latest creations for iOS, Android, Windows and beyond at The Google Launchpad. You'll get to take the new games for a test-drive, meet the developers and give them your feedback, which could help them shape the ultimate release. Some of the creators will include HIGHKEY Games, Flint Games, Walt Destler, Pixelbizarre, Nascent Games, Free Range Games and River Liu. Keep yourself charged up with pizza onsite, then head over to SPiN for the after-party.
PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour! It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay's Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that "no job is too big, no pup is too small," and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Bring the whole family and join the adventure at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.
Dynamite Guitars is an explosion of talent and virtuosity featuring Joe Robinson, Badi Assad, Olli Sokkeli and Cesar Garabini. Witness guitar greatness at Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building.
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.
At the forward-thinking Eureka Day School, all decisions are made by consensus and everyone's opinion is valued. But when a crisis puts their children in danger, it turns out that Eureka Day parents have different definitions of safety. The debate over vaccinations hits home in this comedy of liberal manners, as the school community confronts the central question of our era: How do you find consensus when you can't agree on the facts? Aurora Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of this funny, poignant, and oh-so-Berkeley play.
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history -- which spans over 75 years -- by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city's natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It's a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
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Raise your glass and enjoy a romantic sunset on the water with magnificent views of San Francisco, highlighted by a delicious seasonal dinner prepared fresh on board by Hornblower's chefs. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want a different sort of night out, the sight of San Francisco's spectacular skyline as you sail past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge will make the evening special. The elegant four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, choice of entree, plus coffee, tea and dessert. Spend the rest of the cruise relaxing and dancing to live music. There's a cash bar on board as well, serving signature cocktails and other libations.
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Arguably one of the "worst/best" movies ever made -- and Joan Crawford's last film -- Trog follows anthropologist Dr. Brockton and the discovery of a living troglodyte (an Ice Age "missing link" half-caveman, half-ape"). D'Arcy Drollinger presents San Francisco's living legend, Matthew Martin, as Crawford in the drag parody of this 1970 British sci-fi horror film. Watch as the campy creature goes on a rampage across the Oasis stage in Trog Live!. This live adaptation features drag star Heklina, along with a hilarious cast of queens, comedians and clowns.
San Francisco's Circus Center presents its acclaimed monthly entertainment series, Circus Center Cabaret. It's a unique mix of live jazz and a rotating cast of the Bay Area's best circus and variety performers, presented in an intimate venue with a full bar. For the April edition, let's come together for Lean On Me, the finale of their third season. We all need a helping hand sometimes -- and their all-star lineup of circus and variety artists is here for you. Nothing beats the blues like the dazzling vocals and raucous humor of Cabaret Chanteuse, Madame Leanne Borghesi, backed up by the jazz stylings of the Roger Glenn Trio. With reserved seating and enhanced sightlines, Lean On Me will leave you standing tall and wanting more!
Be there when Magic Theatre presents the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn's The Gangster of Love, which is based on her book of the same name and focuses on the author's personal story of immigration from Manila. In this memorable play, Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family settle in the Haight during the 1970s, amidst a dynamic period of conflict, social change and artistic flourishing in San Francisco. The lauded city of poets, rebels and thriving musicians will be reclaimed at San Francisco's Magic Theatre through the eyes of Hagedorn's immigrant artists. This world premiere stage adaptation -- 20 years in the making -- will feature live music, poetry reading and the music video as key narrative forms.
"What They Said About Love was funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance," said Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com. Actor and writer Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can't -- tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love -- what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06 and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love -- and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. See the show named Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival now at The Marsh Berkeley.
Antidepressants and psychotherapy did nothing to help Adam Strauss deal with his debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder, so after reading a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure OCD, Adam set out on a psychopharmacological journey of his own. The Mushroom Cure earned great acclaim when it debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the laughs kept coming when it played at New York's International Fringe Festival, where it won the "Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance." The Mushroom Cure was hailed by The New York Times, who declared the show "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain." After an extended off-Broadway run, The Mushroom Cure now comes to The Marsh Berkeley.
Celebrated 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 back to The Marsh in San Francisco with The Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness, his up-to-the-minute, lightning-paced 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, Durst's cutting-edge commentary is pulled from the latest political headlines, and is always as timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4:00 a.m. tweet.
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.
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Journalist-turned-comedian Maureen "Mo" Langan, host of KGO Radio's Hangin' With Langan, is one of the country's top touring comics. In her one-woman show Daughter of a Garbageman, Langan traces her roots back to her upbringing in New Jersey in the 1970s, where her Irish mother and New York City sanitation worker father taught her that hard work and education are always rewarded. Now living in an era where Kardashians have book deals and reality TV stars win elections, Langan uses humor, honesty and insight to tap into the frustrations of hard-working people and explore how her parents got it wrong. Daughter of a Garbageman made its international debut in Edinburgh in 2016 and its U.S. debut at The Marsh in San Francisco in 2017, where it completed a six-month run, and then went on to Nantucket, Florida and The Irish Writers Festival. Now Langan returns to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Robert Kelly's rough-and-tumble childhood -- which included stints in juvie and rehab before the age of 15 -- could've taken the Boston native down a dangerous path. Instead, Kelly has used his past as both motivation and material, blossoming into a seasoned stand-up pro -- one who manages to be both abrasively funny and endearingly vulnerable. A frequent TV guest, he's appeared as Louie CK's brother Robbie on FX's Louie and can be seen on Inside Amy Schumer, Maron and Denis Leary's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. He recently released his fourth album of material Live at the Village Underground and an accompanying Netflix special. Now he brings his street-wise charm and funny-'cause-they're-true stories to Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
San Francisco's original beer festival celebrates its 35th year, with over 100 brewers serving up their tastiest beers for you to try. Some of the city's best restaurants will also be on hand with included food pairings. But the San Francisco International Beer Festival doesn't stop there. There will be games, music, and for the first time ever, a dedicated space for spirits tastings -- from Macallan to Tito's. Come discover your new favorite beer at the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion.
Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You'll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
In October 1998, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming, because he was gay. The hate crime attracted attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. The Laramie Project, comprised of hundreds of interviews with inhabitants of Laramie, is the portrait of a town forced to confront itself in the reflective glare of the national spotlight, responding with love, anger, sympathy, support and defiance. See it at Eddy St. Theatreplex - The EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.
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.
It's 5:30pm. Do you know where your happy hour is? Instead of hitting up your regular watering hole for the umpteenth time, try something different and set sail on the Bay. The Alive After Five happy-hour cruise is a great way to relax with friends -- and meet new ones -- against the backdrop of San Francisco's famous skyline. Mingle, groove to the sounds of a live DJ, and snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and more on this two-hour excursion. Specialty cocktails and bar snacks are available for purchase on board.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 10, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 17, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 24, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 31, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
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.
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you'll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
Vanya and Sonia have never left their Bucks County childhood home, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. But in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a surprise visit from Masha and her latest boy toy Spike throws the normally quiet household into utter and hilarious upheaval. Its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating stew of lust, rivalry, regret and the sudden possibility of escape. Christopher Durang's side-splitting satire pokes fun at Chekhov's classic dramas, but you don't need to know anything about Russian lit to appreciate the wackiness of this farce now onstage at Half Moon Bay's Coastal Repertory Theatre.
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.
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, Apr. 21, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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.
For the first time in 50 years, David Kleinberg returns to Vietnam to revisit the base camp where his buddies died and perform Hey, Hey, LBJ!, his acclaimed solo theater work on the war. David's wife, daughter and his ex-Vietnam buddies all tell him he's going to get arrested for trying to stage the work without the Communist government's approval. Kleinberg, who was an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years and has been a stand-up comedian for 10, presents this powerful work on one veteran's return to Vietnam to face -- and make peace with -- his past, at The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco.
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.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 25, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Experience the high-flying, fast-paced action of professional ultimate frisbee when the San Francisco FlameThrowers set out to defend their title as reigning champions of the American Ultimate Disc League. Twenty-three other teams from across the country will be gunning for the FlameThrowers' title this year in a pulse-pounding spectator sport that combines the pass plays of football, knock-away defense of basketball, the speed of soccer and the sheer fun of frisbee. Highlights from matches often make ESPN's Top Ten Plays of the Day, so come out and catch the exciting action as these world-class athletes compete at Oakland's Laney College Field.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Toronto Rush)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. San Diego Growlers)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Seattle Cascades)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 6:30pm (The FlameThrower Cup)Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. San Jose Spiders)Sunday, Jun. 24, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Los Angeles Aviators)Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Seattle Cascades)
Whether you prefer your whiskey neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, blended or single malt, made from malted barley or grains, you can find your new favorite spirit at this premiere tasting event. Sample scores of the world's finest scotches, bourbons and whiskies and learn more from the experts at the Hotel Kabuki in Lower Pacific Heights.
When she was a young girl, Nana Mouskouri's parents could only afford to send one of their two musically gifted daughters to an elite conservatory in Athens. When they asked the girls' tutor who to pick, she told them that while her sister had the better voice, Nana had the true inner need to sing. Over the course of an astonishing 60-year career, Mouskouri has proved her tutor right again and again, recording more than 1600 songs in 19 different languages, from Greek and English to Korean, Hebrew and Maori, all while selling more than 200 million albums worldwide -- second only to Madonna. Join this polyglot pop sensation for a celebration of her 134th album when her Forever Young tour comes to San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
Hair, the rock musical, is a celebration of freedom. In 1967, in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a group of young people meet to celebrate freedom and to find a way to create meaning in the midst of the hypocrisy, violence and the confusion around them. The first-ever rock musical, Hair includes such classics as "Let the Sun Shine In," "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." Still as timely and tuneful as ever, catch this new production of Hair at the Creative Arts Building at SFSU.
You Are My Sunshine is a fact-inspired, multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie-style folk songs, accompanied by Bay Area music favorites Chris Haugen (guitar) and Trevor Marcom (vocals/guitar). This ensemble drama was spurned from a long-worn, much-hushed rumor in Kelli Kerslake Colaco's family that her great grandfather, Ernest Fletcher Hodge (a semi-pro baseball player with the Detroit Tigers), lost his mind one hot summer night in Blytheville, Arkansas and killed his wife, his mother-in-law and then himself. Part John Steinbeck, part Coen Brothers, this intriguing play focuses on the search for truth behind a dark family legend vis-à-vis an ancestor and the women and children in his life. See You Are My Sunshine at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre.
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, Apr. 27, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)
For more than a decade, the performers of Red Hots Burlesque have been bumping and grinding their way across the best stages in New York and San Francisco. Now the United States' longest-running queer burlesque show's moving their popular Friday night extravaganza to the Stud, San Francisco's oldest gay bar! Voted San Francisco's hottest happy hour by SF Weekly, Red Hots features burlesque's signature striptease numbers, along with comedy, drag, live music, death-defying aerials, acrobatics and more. This all-inclusive troupe boasts talent from every gender, size, cultural background and performance style, and with a rotating roster of international performers, you're guaranteed to see an all-new show each and every time.
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. They'll take the stage at San Francisco Latin American eatery Peña Pachamama.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Texas, Sheng Wang began his comedy career in San Francisco. His hilarious comedy blends personal observations with absurdity and self-deprecation. He's been seen on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and his own-half-hour Comedy Central special, toured colleges across the country and played Montreal's famous Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.
One misstep in high school, and you're a social pariah for four years -- until geekgurl Emi Edwards came along. In Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin, Emi is a righter of wrongs, the slayer of her school's cruel shoguns. But, as she journeys to dethrone each clique leader, will her own cravings for popularity and power corrupt her quest to establish a new world order? An action-packed, heart-racing samurai story set inside the halls of an all-American high school, Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin explores whether violence always begets more violence. The showdown goes down at the Rueff at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Pam Ann is flying high as the international air hostess alter ego of Australian comedienne Caroline Reid. She not only performs as Pam Ann (a play on words from Pan Am) but as an array of hysterically funny flight attendants employed by international airlines including Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qantas, SAS, Singapore and Virgin Atlantic. Buckle your seatbelt and be prepared to reach for your oxygen mask after her witty yet biting satire of the aviation industry. Her more than 20-year career has earned her first-class seats jet-setting around the globe selling out prestigious venues and having been included in Qantas in-flight entertainment and featured in advertising campaigns for British Airways and SAS and headlining the Jet Blue pride flight from San Francisco to Long Beach. Now you can see what all the high-flying fuss is about when Pam Ann comes to Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco.
Sail around the most iconic parts of the San Francisco Bay aboard a traditional sailboat! Be part of a centuries-old nautical tradition as you watch the crew raise sails, and grab a drink as you enjoy the sunset from the special vantage of the water. It's a perfect way to liven up your weekend -- an ideal mix of luxury and adventure.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:45pm (Saturday Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay - Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
Maybe God does make mistakes. Ronnie and Judy are just two regular kids who love the Lord. But when Judy is attacked and impregnated by a dolphin, their summer plans go out with the tide. A greedy pastor, an eccentric French professor and a famous pop singer all get involved in Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party -- an absolutely ridiculous, absurdist satire about religion, fame and love at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Craft beer and comedy merge harmoniously in the Beer Basement at Ales Unlimited, where The Setup draws some of the funniest local and nationally touring stand-ups in the business. The space is small and cozy but the hops and the laughs are big, with performers hailing from such comedic institutions as Comedy Bang Bang, San Francisco Sketchfest and The Comedy Store. So order a drink from Ales Unlimited's world-class selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails, then head downstairs for a truly underground experience in the heart of the Tenderloin.
A recent winner of the San Francisco Stage Magic Competition and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather's and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, Please Enjoy Responsibly. Kane began honing his craft as a teenager on the streets of Old Sacramento where he attracted audiences with his deft magic and charming personality. In his show, minds are read, whiskey bottles appear out of nowhere and a paintball gun is fired at the man responsible for it all. Don't miss his San Francisco appearance at the EXIT Theatre.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception at San Francisco's Le Méridian Hotel, featuring table-served hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)
A pure dose of comedic storytelling crack from David Rodwin, F*ck Tinder: a love story is a strange-but-true tale of relationships in the modern era. After getting held up at gunpoint the night his girlfriend breaks up with him, Rodwin moves from LA to SF and goes on dates with 120 women in 2 years -- searching for love, but finding everything else. Surprisingly, these crazy stories grow into a tale of love ... that takes a strange twist. Hear the whole wild story at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Best known for his hilariously inventive "hamboning" technique -- turning his entire body into a percussive instrument -- beloved Bay Area fool Unique Derique returns to The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco for an encore run of a special show for the whole family. Whether he's riding a unicycle, juggling or creating infectious rhythms with his body, Unique Derique takes you on an unforgettable journey somewhere over the rainbow with his show Fool La La. This show also features the premiere of Derique's comedy music video "The Five Fool La Las," which celebrates his whole performing family with appearances from his grandmother, mother, daughter and granddaughter. And stick around after the show to learn a few clowning tricks from the master himself!
Great jazz vocals and the Great American Songbook go hand-in-hand, and this evening features both: Great performers and great songwriters. Make your way to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's Kanbar Hall for screenings of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan and others performing the works of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart and other masters of American song. With a vast archive of more than 12,000 films and clips, Los Angeles music maven Mark Cantor's spectacular collection of jazz and blues performances is widely considered one of the world's premier collections of American popular music on film -- making each installment of Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film a night to remember. Be sure to show up by 7 o'clock, as the pre-show includes swing dancing with Cynthia Glinka and live music from the Klipptones.
Everybody has that one friend that's obsessed with the Meyer Briggs Personality Test. If that friend is you, then you'll definitely dig this new play that revolves around it! As the show opens, psychologists Kate and Ben, a married couple, face a deadline in their project to write a popular level book on personality types, choosing four couples from their own practice to illustrate what happens when opposites mate. As the couple learns something about themselves in the process, so will the audience. Come see it at the Barns Theater in the Bay Area.
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez -- aka Rick Shelton -- leads this entertaining and informative two-hour walking tour of San Francisco, focusing on the Gold Rush era of the 1850s and beyond. Montez herself was an Irish actress and mistress of the King of Bavaria and composer Franz Liszt, who became a popular "Spanish" dance queen in mid-19th century San Francisco. She'll take you by some of her favorite haunts, tell you stories of the Barbary Coast and let you in on plenty of other little known town secrets, in this one-of-a-kind drag performance-excursion.
Black Repertory Group performs Solitary Man, a two-person play. In it, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington. Otis is a 64-year-old native of New York City who's been imprisoned since 1975 and at the notorious Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. During the visit, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced. There will be a panel discussion following the performance.
He's opened for Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, the Wayans Brothers and Hannibal Buress -- and now Oakland's own Stroy Moyd and his #HellaFunny crew host this hilarious new weekly showcase at Bar Fluxus in Downtown San Francisco. Run by the same folks behind Madrone Art Bar, Bar Fluxus is a new, ridiculously colorful cocktail bar filled with cool art. Downtown Comedy Night features sets by some of the funniest rising comedy stars in the Bay Area and beyond, with hilarious headliners you may recognize from SF Sketchfest, Punchline, Cobbs, Viceland, NBC, ABC and beyond.
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that'll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Take a tour through San Francisco's history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
San Francisco's world famous Chinatown holds a wealth of exquisite flavors, but without insider knowledge it can be difficult to find those culinary secrets. Your Sidewalk Food Tours guide will lead you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown, where you will enjoy five flavorful tastings, satisfying your appetite for the exotic. You'll try Cantonese pork buns, President Obama's favorite San Francisco dim sum, Chef Han's authentic Szechuan cuisine, savory Peking duck and egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a flakey crust. At the end of the tour, you'll know all of the best spots to eat and can return to enjoy Chinatown's food with confidence. Vegetarian substitutions can be arranged with advance notice.
Born in Paris, Betty Roi is a French chanteuse who sings beloved jazz standards and slinky cabaret numbers in both English and her native language. She'll perform an array of familiar favorites from Edith Piaf, each one carefully selected to evoke the love, longing and happiness of her Parisian roots. A former dancer, Roi's performances are big, bold and theatrical, crackling with a fluid physicality you won't soon forget. Catch her at Feinstein's at the Nikko.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgeable tour guides share 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 Muir Woods.
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.
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District's most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover's walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area's renowned Mexican food -- even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Along with being an incredible, vibing city of opportunity, San Francisco is blessed with natural wonders too. Get a glimpse of the Golden Bridge, Sutro Baths and other Bay Area wonders on this tour of the city. A guide will take you through both popular and local hangs, starting from the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastline and secret trails of San Francisco. Your fun begins at the Bridge Cafe.
Quiet is the new loud! Find out why at the Silent Party quiet clubbing event at Bar San Pancho, in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. You and your friends will be given a pair of headphones, which you can use to set your own soundtrack for the night. Three live DJs will be spinning different styles of music, competing to be your choice of grooves. LEDs on the headphones will tell you what track everyone's listening to, so you can find the dancers you're in synch with. Plus, you control the volume, so if you actually want to talk, you won't have to yell over the music. The night will also feature drink and food specials, including seasonal cocktails and old-school tacos. And, if you need a break from the dance floor and are feeling sporty, this Cal-Mex cantina has a foosball table and a vintage shuffleboard.
Put a strut in your step with lessons in both salsa and the lesser known Latin dance form bachata, then try out your new moves at a three-room dance party with a live salsa band. No partner or experience is required to attend these fun, welcoming classes at Dance Fridays in San Francisco, where you'll learn everything you need to spin, shimmy and roll out on the floor. Throw in a social crowd that loves to laugh and a classy venue with plenty of vibe, and you have an action-packed night that can't be beat.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Orq. Borinquen, Live Salsa, Bachata & Latin Mix)
Hot on the heels of two sold-out runs in London, Love, Bombs & Apples makes its U.S. debut at San Francisco's Potrero Stage. A Palestinian actor learns there's more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what's wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favor at the worst possible time. This is the comic tale of four men -- each from different parts of the globe -- all experiencing a moment of revelation. Powerful, inspiring, political and humorous, this Golden Thread Productions presentation of Love, Bombs & Apples -- in association with Turtle Key Arts -- promises to be must-see theatre.
Get ready for a plethora of all things sparkly -- the Gem Faire is coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This show brings a wide array of quality gems, beads, crystals and more straight from more than 80 importers, wholesalers and manufacturers, so you can score some amazing deals on gorgeous jewelry and stones. If you're interested in making your own jewelry, be sure to check out the vendors selling beautiful beads and other supplies that you can turn into earrings and necklaces everyone will notice (and perhaps even be a little bit envious of). Grab your fellow jewelry-loving friends for a fun day of browsing, shopping and creating at the Gem Faire.
Join Endgames Improv for a night of long-form improv comedy featuring house Harold teams Local Honey, Paint Dept and JACKSON. There will also be occasional appearances by Harold class graduates or holiday-themed shows. Don't miss the laughs at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 16, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 23, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 30, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)
Two teams go head-to-head in Comedy Baseball, a competitive joke-telling show on a digital baseball field. Featuring retro graphics, this custom baseball game is a throwback to old Nintendo baseball games... except it's controlled by telling jokes. Over the course of the season the teams will duke it out for the title of Comedy Baseball Champions at San Francisco's PianoFight!
Endgames Improv brings their Indie Night of comedy to Stage Werx in San Francisco. The show will consist of the best of Endgames' indie and experimental teams, with something new and funny always waiting to be seen.
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 1, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 15, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)
An experienced epicurean concierge leads a three-hour Edible Excursion to San Francisco's Japantown, where guests will taste local delicacies at up to seven different stops and learn about the area's hidden restaurants, ethnic markets and mom-and-pop restaurants. Home to many craft and food artisans, these neighborhood gems reflect the rich and diverse culinary history of Japan while often adding their own special twist. Treats to try may include mochi, onigiri (traditional rice balls), sweet potato latte and Osaka-style okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza).
The Mission might be San Francisco's oldest neighbourhood, but this district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of the city. Starting from Dynamo Donut and Coffee, you'll walk among the hippest locals in town on this San Francisco food tour that combines artisanal eats with some of the most beautiful murals and legendary street art in the city. Sample artisan donuts, Mexican pastries, tasty pies and other delicious local snacks while meeting the locals and learning the neighborhood's history from an expert local guide.
Wash those Monday Blues away with comedy you can trust. San Fran Monday Blues Comedy lets you soak up the cool club vibes at the old-school Delirium as you catch one-of-a-kind talent from the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene.
Quiet Events is holding it down with another Quiet Clubbing Party in the heart of San Francisco at one of the city's most iconic venues, The EndUp! Known as San Francisco's legendary after-hours nightclub and No. 1 Late Night & Day Party Destination, The EndUp celebrates dance culture like no other venue. Conveniently located on 6th & Harrison in the SoMa district, The EndUp delivers premium nightlife and top-notch entertainment. The Quiet Clubbing party will be outdoors on the patio for a night of music, dancing and drinks.
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.
Explore where East meets West, where fortunes are told with more sincerity than your average cookie and where the legends of masters live on. Between the beatniks of North Beach and San Francisco's iconic Chinatown, you'll get a taste of teas, temples and culture, all with a local flare. Discover the hidden gems of Chinatown, make your own fortune cookie while listening to traditional Chinese music, sample authentic, traditional Chinese pastries, learn about the powers of traditional Chinese tea during a tea tasting with a tea master, explore San Francisco's oldest temple and have your fortune read. Get to Chinatown Gate for this horizon-expanding experience.
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.
From beatniks, blues masters and drunken sailors to hardened fishermen and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of local characters and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over a complimentary drink on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking. You'll discover San Francisco's hidden pubs in Little Italy with a local guide, rub shoulders with the regulars at one of North Beach's best bohemian pubs, stroll through the vibrant streets, try an award-winning Northern California craft brew and learn about North Beach's colorful history. Get to Vesuvio Cafe for an experience to broaden your horizons.
Laugh at a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians at #HellaFunny, San Francisco's hilarious traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. For this show, Viceland's Stroy Moyd takes the stage at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. The three-time winner of the Laugh Factory Hollywood's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition has opened for hot shots like Dave Chapelle, Hannibal Buress and others that have also cracked a couple jokes at this venue themselves.
From Ellen Degeneres and Robin Williams to Dana Carvey and Margaret Cho, some of the greatest stand-up comics of all time first cut their teeth on the stages of San Francisco. Now #HellaFunny Sundays is carrying on the tradition with a weekly stand-up showcase at Neck of the Woods. Come laugh (and enjoy the no-drink minimum!) with some of the city's funniest local headlining comedians, including fresh-faced comics who've been featured on Viceland, Comedy Central and HBO.
Rub elbows with the Ivy Plus Society as they celebrate their Spring Fling at Tank18 Winery. Located in San Francisco's SOMA district, this beautiful venue brings the best of wine country to the city for a unique urban wine experience. Dress to impress in cocktail attire and mingle with the city's finest and brightest over happy hour specials.
The Bay Area's unique cultural mix of clever and quirky is an amazing breeding ground for comedy. Comedians from the area tend to stand out from the crowd, and some of America's greatest entertainers have come from this area: Dana Carvey, Greg Proops, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho and more. The Do What You Love Comedy Series at the WeWork Civic Center continues the tradition by celebrating next-gen comedians and surprise guests every fourth Friday as featured on SF Sketchfest, Netflix, Punch Line, Vice TV, Comedy Central and more.
San Francisco's world-famous Mission District has a reputation for offering fantastic Mexican food, but on this San Francisco Food Safari, you'll discover there are many more culinary delights to be found. During this 2.5-hour journey, you'll visit pop-up restaurants, delis and markets to learn why the Mission has emerged as the Bay Area's most intriguing culinary scene. You'll have the chance to purchase whatever you'd like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Dianda's, home of the Italian Rum Cake, Mission Chinese Food, a legend in the San Francisco street food scene, and many more local culinary gems. Bring your appetite and stroll through the San Francisco streets for a chance to buy your choice of culinary treats. Along the way, learn fun facts to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the area.
Remember the thrill of making your Barbies and G.I. Joes do whatever you wanted? Now you can do the same thing with real live people! With The Short and the Long of It, an audience favorite since its premiere in 2003, you control the action. In this unscripted original production, the cast will present an exciting array of short scenes, all based on your suggestions. Next, you'll vote to see your favorite scene turned into an improvised play. The fun starts at the Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco -- exercise your democratic right to a hilarious night out.
Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Her work, encompassing music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for 40 years. Join Anderson at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a special performance of her new work, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, which includes visual images and performances, along with commentary on some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language.
Engage! Your trip to the outer reaches of the universe comes in these hilarious improvised episodes inspired by the hit science fiction fantasy series Star Trek. You don't have to be a super fan to enjoy Phasers on Stun's live show's featuring intergalactic humor, cosmic exploration and planet-hopping adventures -- all improvised on the spot. This improv gang specializes exclusively in Star Trek-inspired episodes about the cosmos, keeping audiences entertained with costumes, aliens and more. Check out this wild and wacky fan-fic spin at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Comedian Terry Dorsey hosts Comics and Convo, an interactive comedy show and talk show featuring six comics with very different stand-up styles. You use your smartphone to choose which comic you'd like to be interviewed on the second half of the show. Dorsey will deliver special guest Stroy Moyd (#Hellafunny), a San Francisco-based band, plus the comic with the most audience picks. This Punch Line Comedy Club show will be filmed, so be prepared for the camera to catch all your reaction shots.
Maniac Bowl is a comedy show that finds some of the best comedians around arguing about the worst people in the universe until one is crowned the Maniac Bowl champion. Come be a part of the mirthful mayhem when Maniac Bowl takes over San Francisco's PianoFight.
San Francisco's always-popular traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny comes to Milk Bar with a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians. The show began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. Comedians who appear on #HellaFunny have been featured on Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest, Comedy Day and at the Punch Line. DJ Josef With an F will be spinning your favorite '90s hit all night long. The show is produced by Dave Chappelle's Bay Area opener, Stroy Moyd.
You've heard of the gateway drug, now you can experience the hilarious Gateway Show! Stand-up comedians take to the stage and tell their best jokes, then go to an undisclosed location to get way too high. Then they come back to the stage and attempt to tell more jokes... completely baked. Get to San Francisco's Punch Line Comedy Club, where a fit of the giggles is only a matter of time, for audiences and performers alike.