You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pm
Created by former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, this magical, musical circus comes to San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz with an experienced cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, clowns, jugglers and daredevils from around the world. Venardos himself brings his Broadway-style singing-and-dancing talent to the center ring as your master of ceremonies, and there are no performing animals in the show either. Make sure and get there early for an interactive pre-show party where you can meet the cast, snap selfies and play games, and you can also stay after to take pics too.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 4:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 1:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 4:00pm
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.
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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, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
Taking the stage in his jet-black charro suit with silver-embroidered cape, Pedro Fernández dresses like a living legend, sporting the voice and career to match. Since his first performance at the age of seven, Fernández has starred in seven telenovelas, won four Latin Grammy Awards, acted in 25 films, coached the future stars of La Voz Kids on Telemundo, and long reigned as one of Mexico’s most gifted and telegenic heartthrobs. Known for such classics as “Mi Forma De Sentir,” “Amarte a la Antigua,” “Aventurero” and “Yo No Fui,” Fernández released his 40th album last year, garnering a Latin Grammy nomination for “Arránquense Muchachos.” Be there when this accomplished musician and performer delivers a knockout concert at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, with special guest Lupita Infante.
As part of the yearly Festival of New Works, the Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage in San Francisco showcases the top six 10-minute plays from the season’s Monday Night Series. The featured plays will be announced after the final Monday Night PlayGround of the season, on April 1.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:00pm
The famous Whoopi Goldberg movie that became the hit musical now gets the Rhino twist when a drag queen singer has to go into hiding as a nun. But she’s not the only nun in drag — not at Rhino! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies,Beauty and the Beast, and Little Shop of Horrors), this endlessly entertaining Theatre Rhinoceros take on Sister Act (directed and choreographed by AeJay Mitchell) can be enjoyed at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 3:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Opening Night - Champagne Reception)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pm
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society’s popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco’s best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 10:00pm
Border People is based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, refugee safe houses on the northern border with Canada, and travels along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Featuring 11 monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, Border People is an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.
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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 23, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 23, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 30, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00am
Magician and mindreader David Gerard is back with new magic and mentalism for 2019. Over 75 minutes, David’s 20 years of experience with the mystery arts are on display, showcasing a wide range of magic and mindreading effects. A top hit with Silicon Valley companies and event planners, David’s shows at PianoFight in San Francisco are the only place to catch him performing this new material.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
Submission is a standup comedy show at the SF Armory Club. Every Friday night, top comedians from the Bay Area (SF Sketchfest, Cobbs, Punch Line) perform their hardest-hitting material and, just to keep things interesting, a member of the San Francisco kink community shares some tips and tricks. Grab a craft cocktail from the bar upstairs and prepare for a night of laughter with a touch of kink.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jul 5, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
It’s one of the most influential books of all time, and yet its origins remain somewhat mysterious. In The Good Book, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson weave themes of devotion, creation and legacy into the story of the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. A young man tries to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest, while a modern-day Biblical scholar and atheist struggles with doubt. Their stories highlight an incredible exploration into how the Bible came to be. From ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America, this production of The Good Book at Peet’s Theatre at Berkeley Rep takes you on a powerful and exuberant journey through the most enduring book in Western history.
It slayed in London, it killed on Broadway, and now the musical adaptation of American Psycho brings all the bloody good fun to Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ notorious novel, which was later made into a cult film starring Christian Bale, American Psycho takes place in decadent 1980s Manhattan, and follows Patrick Bateman, a slick investment banker with impeccable taste, unquenchable desires and a soft spot for Huey Lewis albums. But at night, Bateman takes part in a darker indulgence. Experience this “brilliant and absorbing musical” (London Evening Standard) featuring a score by Duncan Sheik, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
Critically-acclaimed musical theater singer and comedic cabaret artist Maureen McVerry presents her new solo cabaret show, #VERRY McVERRY 2019 — an eclectic selection of songs about love that sparked joy, and had to be in her show, at Oasis, SF’s hottest nightclub. Maureen will be accompanied by a three-piece combo including: Johnny Verry (bass), Roberta Drake (percussion), with piano and musical direction by Dave Dobrusky. The show is directed by Rick Simas.
Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the fourth replacement of her tombstone. The previous ones have been defaced by feminists who chiseled off her married name, claiming it was Ted Hughes who caused Sylvia’s death. Did he? Was her suicide at 30 a good career move? Would she do it again? And what does it say to us today? Find out when Who Killed Sylvia Plath, written by award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman, comes to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 5:30pm
Mexican pop-rock singer Alejandra Guzmán has been dubbed La Reina del Rock (“The Queen of Rock”) — and now her majesty is all set to preside over the City National Civic stage. When she brings her latest tour to San Jose, you can expect to hear international hits like “Elemanmente Bella” and “Volverte a Amar.” Guzmán broke through with her debut album Bye Mamá in 1988 and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide since, winning a Latin Grammy along the way. She’s opened for legends like James Brown and the Rolling Stones, and has headlined sold-out shows of her own. Currently, she’s a coach on La Voz, Telemundo’s popular Spanish-language version of The Voice.
See Something Magical as award-winning magician David Parr for a tour of his collection of magical curiosities. David has gathered his favorite artifacts and stories to share with you in this 75-minute show of mystery and magic. Every shelf of David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities offers an encounter with something weird and wonderful. An old deck of cards, a macabre toy from 18th-century France, a childhood book, a spool of silver thread. Each object has a unique story — some strange, some spooky, some amusing — but all come alive with magical possibilities in the hands. With the help of Kat Robichaud and Brendan Getzel of Misfit Cabaret, you will be whisked away into a magical realm where anything and everything is possible. Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his abilities were put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled their faces off and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy but also won a guest spot in their live show at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas! Before opening his Cabinet of Curiosities, David created and co-starred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation. When he’s not busy mystifying audiences at corporate events, he can be found performing sleight of hand at Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle or doing original shows such as Haunting History, an exploration of the shadowy territory where history meets myth and folklore, or Visions of Poe, an interactive journey into the tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Which curiosities will be featured in tonight’s show? There’s only one way to find out: pick a numbered tag and that will lead to the next mysterious item on the shelf. It might be a macabre toy from 18th-century France. Or a golden goblet from a dinner party in Renaissance Italy. Or maybe a treasured book from David’s childhood. Some objects seem deceptively ordinary — an old deck of playing cards, perhaps, or a spool of silver thread. But in David Parr’s hands, they come alive with magical possibilities.
Watch 30 comedians with OCD let loose on Bay Area streets for the inaugural Oakland Comedy Dash (OCD). Three venues, within dashing distance of each other in downtown Oakland, will present 15 of the the Bay Area’s best stand-up comics for two nights. At 7:30pm, the three shows will kick off simultaneously. Upon finishing his/her set, the comedian will dash to the next venue, and then to the next until they will have performed at all three. The result will be that audiences at Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn and Awaken Cafe will have been treated to three hours of the funniest material from the finest comics on both sides of the Bay.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pm
OASIS is excited to welcome back the chiseled, bronzed, and rock-hard men of Aussie Heat for three sizzling nights. Come find out why they are rated the #1 male revue in Vegas! Get up close and personal with this all-star cast of Australia’s hottest break dancers, poppers and freestyle hip-hop dancers, as seen on Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. These guys take your fantasies to the next level and dance their way into your hearts (and maybe your pants!). These are dancers that CAN strip — not strippers that CAN’T dance. Just remember to breathe as these hot Aussie hunks bring your fantasies to life.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)
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.
Connor, an adopted black youth, has lived his entire young life flying under the radar, adhering to the rules of “the talk.” When an officer involved shooting thrusts him into the crux of his city’s mounting racial and political animus, between opposing movements for power, he is set on a journey of mythic proportions to learn the truth of his heritage. A revelation that holds the key to the greatest superpower against man’s inhumanity to man.
That burning sensation in your brain? That’s just us. Come watch three pairs of improvisers take the stage each night with only your suggestions and each other to lean on. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll ask for water. Because this is high-risk improv at its spiciest. This run is a collaboration between Un-Scripted Theater Company and Moment Improv Theatre, representing the best of both theaters’ improv ensembles.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
An original site-specific work by Tomoko Momiyama, a composer and multi-disciplinary artist from Japan. Inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and natural history, the work explores the issues of home and Diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 3:30pm
Raising a child alone is a struggle; raising multiple children alone is an odyssey. Brian Copeland knows this better than most — because he’s experienced it from both sides. In 1979, Copeland’s mother died suddenly, leaving him and four siblings in the care of his 57-year-old grandmother to raise on her own. 22 years later, Brian finds himself in the same spot when a divorce leaves him as the sole provider for his three children. In this reading of Copeland’s new play Grandma & Me at the Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater, the author compares and contrasts the trials and triumphs of single parenting in the 1970s and the 2000s, all while trying to answer the question of what it truly means to be a father.
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother’s Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church — not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Minneapolis-based vocalist and musician Aida Shahghasemi at the Buriel Clay Theatre in San Francisco. Enjoy a night of soulful music, as the songstress is accompanied by Nima Hafezieh on piano and Yahya Alkhansa on drums and percussion.
Maude, a middle-aged, unemployed bartender from Bakersfield, California, purchased a painting from a local thrift store for only a few bucks. Now she’s convinced the painting is a long-lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. Lionel, an expert from New York City, flies over to her trailer park home to authenticate the artwork, but what they discover is far beyond what either could have ever imagined. Who ultimately gets to decide what is true and what is false? In a world filled with fake news, we are constantly challenged to figure out if what we are seeing is truthfully depicted. Bakersfield Mist directly questions authenticity in art and, by extension, our relationships to one another.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
A glimpse inside Billie Holiday’s final concert approximately four months before the singer died, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a powerful look at a legend. This intimate evening is filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and explores the turbulent but extraordinary life of the legendary jazz singer as she struggles with racism, abuse and addiction. Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” as well as several other hits, this soulful play at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco is filled with personal stories full of regret and hope.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00am
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that, well, Life Sucks. Or does it? Posner’s follow-up to his hugely successful Stupid F*cking Bird is part Mel Brooks and part Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate and unexpectedly tender. Enjoy this Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Have your heart twisted and tickled by this hilarious and inspiring show that blends some of the best slam poetry and improvised comedy the Bay Area has to offer. No show is the same! Poetry will be performed by Ephraim Nehemiah and your co-host Mic Ting. Improv will feature Caleb Lush, Conor Allen, Danny Outlae, Rodd Naimi, Lilly Conboy, Teddy Myers, Tayor Couchois and Sahil Desai. Catch The Bridge at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. As a radiologist tasked with diagnosing strokes, Dr. Diane Barnes was very aware of this fact. Nevertheless, when a stroke happened to her, she waited 20 hours before going to the hospital. In My Stroke of Luck, doctor-turned-actor Barnes recounts her experience of realizing she was having a stroke, her path to recovery and more. It’s a heartfelt and humorous look at love, family and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See this amazing one-woman show when it comes to the stage of at The Marsh Berkeley.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Experience the music of four towering masters of the keyboard: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, in a program highlighting their own unique temperaments, and featuring the magnificent Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 of Chopin and the high-strung and virtuosic Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli of Franz Liszt.
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.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
Flash Mob Musical is an explosive, energetic cluster of excitement, song and dance. The longest-running musical montage group in San Francisco, Flash Mob Musical is musical improv like you’ve never seen before. The current cast features Aimee Lucido, Bahaar Taj, Debra Schifrin, Dustin Clingman, Eric Lamothe, Craig Gaspian, James Liu, Margot Stern and Rico Rocque at Stage Werx. The players are from different improv theaters in the Bay Area including Endgames Improv, BATS, Leela and Pan Theatre. On keys are Neil Pomerleau, David Norfleet and Michael Risse.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
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 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. He’ll take the stage, along with other talented comics, when the Outsourced Comedy Tour rolls into Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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, May 22, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 9:00pm
Steven Kent LIVE will be kicking off Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Healdsburg, CA as a special guest at Coyote Sonoma’s. An international country singer-songwriter, Steven Kent is currently touring a long-awaited dream of his, honoring and celebrating the music and lives of two of the most influential iconic legends in the popular music history Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in Cash & King: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends to sold-out crowds in CA, OR, and AZ. Tonight, Steven Kent will share the music of some of his all-time favorite songwriters and friends, Roy Orbison, Eddie Rabbitt, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, David Alan Coe, Merle Haggard and more including his own off is song-writers debut album Dream & Believe. As many of you already know they are all his favorites! As Steven’s passion for music and the legendary artist that he has been blessed to share the stage or special moments in time with truly are celebrations. This is a limited seating event so register early and bring your dancin’ shoes or just sit back and enjoy a full night of some of the greatest music of all time.
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, May 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Chris Garcia is a comedian, television writer and podcaster from Los Angeles. You may have seen him tell his jokes on his very own half-hour special on Comedy Central, This Is Not Happening, Adam Devine’s House Party, and @Midnight. Garcia was named a New Face at the 2016 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and a “Comedian You Should and Will Know” by Vulture. He’s written for Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Broadway Video, and is currently writing for Mr. Iglesias, a sitcom coming soon to Netflix. Catch his latest set at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 9:45pm
Take a tour through San Francisco’s waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you’ll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy smash. Alan Baker, a 30-ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21 year old brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray. This farcical ’60s romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00pm
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez — aka Rick Shelton — leads this entertaining and informative three-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.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00am
Orlando Leyba is an American standup comedian who connects with all audiences through his unique life experience and perspective. Orlando has a knack for finding humor in just about anything that crosses his path. With his animated demeanor, Orlando entertains audiences through his dynamic storytelling and undeniable likeability, allowing them to come along for the fun ride of his life experiences. He has been working hard to make his mark on the comedy scene. Most recently he made his late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and can be seen on Entre Nos on HBO Latino, TruTv Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and his very own HBO comedy special, Adorable, which premiered in November 2018. A featured comedian this year at the New York Comedy Festival as a TBS Comics to Watch, Orlando was also a finalist in the NBC’s Standup Diversity Showcase last year and he voiced the role of “Wabo” in the animated children movie Luis and The Aliens. Orlando can be seen at comedy festivals and clubs throughout the U.S and Canada, and now is your chance to see him live in San Francisco at Punch Line Comedy Club.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:45pm
Daytime Talk at Night is a fully improvised daytime talk show with all of the action, intrigue and revelations of an episode of The Jerry Springer Show acted out before your very eyes by seasoned improvisers. Plus, each show has a different special guest playing Chet the Security Guard. You won’t want to miss any of the action at Endgames Training Center in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:30pm
Join improv team Local Honey as they create a brand-new reality show from scratch — inspired by you — at each and every installment of Real Honeys of SF. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and, hey, you don’t even have to get out of your leggings. So bring your BFF, grab your Snuggie and come on down to San Francisco’s Stage Werx to tune in and find out: Will they say yes to the dress? How super sweet will their 16 be? Or will they be … chopped?
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 10:00pm
Join us for the sexiest rooftop in South Beach at Hotel VIA. This Exclusive VIP Silent Disco Party is just steps away from Oracle Park, home of the SF Giants where you can sometimes catch a player after the game. It’s fully equipped with two bars, cabanas, heat lamps and fire pits! Enjoy spectacular views of the SF Skyline, the Bay and Bay Bridge. Quiet Events will be on the rooftop keeping the whole house rocking. Our 3 live DJs and two dance floors at Hotel Via, all add up to a great time! Your three live DJs are spinning all night: DJ 1 (Green): EDM/HouseDJ 2 (Red): 80s, 90s & 2K ThrowbacksDJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop/R&B. Your experience includes: A pair of Quiet Events headphones, Glow in the Dark gear, three live DJs battling for your attention. When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to. It’s super social; you’re in control of the music! There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!
Bay Area Musicals presents the benefit fundraiser A Twist of Limelight at San Francisco’s Alcazar Theatre. Start off the evening at a cocktail reception featuring raffle prizes and a silent auction, then see a preview of BAM’s fifth anniversary season. The concert part of the festive night will be headlined by Broadway leading man Paul Alexander Nolan, who’s appeared in shows like Bright Star, Escape to Margaritaville, Once, Chicago, Doctor Zhivago, Daddy Long Legs, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.
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.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 31, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
Stand-up comic Erik Griffin’s observational comedy covers topics ranging from his multiracial upbringing to dating and more. He’s made appearances on Showtime’s Comics Without Borders and The Payaso Comedy Slam, as well as Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, NBC’s Last Comic Driving and many more national TV shows. Most recently, he landed the role of Montez Walker on Comedy Central’s situation comedy Workaholics, and his annoying co-worker character has become a favorite among the show’s fans. Griffin is currently gathering an ever-growing following as he headlines at clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Take a detour down memory lane. Share a memory (nostalgic, silly, awkward), and you and the Chivalry Club improv troupe will delve into it together. Straddling the line between fantasy and reality, Chivalry Club shines a light on the strange and exciting parts of the past. Catch Wayback Wednesday at San Francisco’s Stage Werx.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Two teams go head-to-head for some friendly competitive improv! An incredible cast of hosts serve as your guides to this hilarious weekly showdown. At the end of the show, this week’s champ is decided by you, the audience!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
StringQuake and Wind Weavers come together in an evening of innovative instrumental music, led by two Bay Area native composers Amelia Romano (electric harp) and Diana Strong (accordion). Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation with influences spanning classical, modern, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.
Lucy goes to college. Lucy brings mace. No need for Lucy to actually use it, right? A world premiere play, Ripped moves back and forth through time and space as a young woman tries to piece together her interactions with the two young men she’s torn between, illuminating the events behind her uncertainty and sparking questions regarding consent. Featuring Krystle Piamonte as Lucy, Edwin Jacobs as Bradley, and Daniel Chung as Jared. Written by Rachel Bublitz. Directed by Lisa Steindler.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is unparalleled in the art of the khomus, an instrument that’s similar to a jaw harp but loud and strikingly expansive in range. Her music draws on the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. Chirgilchin is a throat singing ensemble from Tuva, the birthplace of the most advanced forms of throat singing. Atmospheric and mesmeric, throat singing is too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. Chirgilchin’s music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people.
Caminos Flamencos presents Flamenco Generation XYZ, a show that provides a platform of artistic expression for up-and-coming flamenco dancers and musicians who have adopted the culture, professionality and mantle as the next generation of flamenco in the U.S., in a collaboration between Artistic Directors, the Emmy Award-winning choreographer Yaelisa and extraordinary guitarist Jason McGuire. All dancers and musicians in this performance will work closely alongside Caminos Flamencos to present their art and immersion in a culture that is foreign to them, while showcasing the strength of the survival of an art form that continues to flourish locally and throughout the Americas.
Presented in Mandarin with English super-titles, L’Orphelin 2.0 is based on _The Orphan of Zhao), one of China’s oldest plays and the first to be translated into a European language. Described as the Chinese Hamlet, it is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend. As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian_. But is there a “true” version? Artistic Director Ata Wong Chun Tat said of the work, “_L’Orphelin is more about how far one would go to stand up for the truth and what they think is right.” Founded in 2010 by Ata Wong Chun Tat in Paris, Théâtre de la Feuille is a physical theatre group deeply influenced by the western methodology of Jacques Lecoq, interweaved with Eastern artistic traditions. While the group is now based in Hong Kong, it has gone on numerous international tours, performing on different global stages which include France, Italy, Croatia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. Théâtre de la Feuille is eager to accumulate as many touring experiences as possible. Théâtre de la Feuille currently consists of a group of 20 creative actors from a plethora of different cultures and backgrounds. Its actors receive custom-made and continuous trainings of traditional Chinese martial arts and Lecoq; together they emerge as a strong and unique ensemble of Hong Kong.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:15pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
One of the funniest comedies ever written, Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has entertained theater-goers for over a century. Everyone is in love with Ernest, the irresistible bad boy of London society. The trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Wilde fills this uproarious farce with delicious bon mots, as two pairs of young lovers scramble to untangle their own web of lies and win the approval of the imperious Lady Bracknell. The Importance of Being Earnest is a wildly entertaining “trivial comedy for serious people,” that sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Catch the fun at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:00pm
San Francisco International Arts Festival is pleased to present to US audiences the international husband and wife team of Zoltan Vakulya from Hungary and Chen-Wei Lee from Taiwan. Making their US debut at the Festival the couple will perform their signature work, Together Alone — a solo danced as a duet that counters individual loneliness with the power of being together. Deprived of all external concealment and decorations, the two return to the primitive in dance and face each other as their most naked selves. In this intimate space they communicate and learn to move forward through compromise and cooperation. Giving and receiving, they explore the invisible border dividing the seemingly connected bodies. By constantly linking up and then separating they ﬁnd harmony in conﬂict and conﬂict in harmony. Through unceasingly merging, transferring, destroying and then reconstructing — eventually they squarely face their respective loneliness, together. Profound as the piece is on many levels there is also a pragmatic explanation for the work. As professional dancers and journeymen who both tour internationally with different companies, Ms. Lee and Mr. Vakulya find themselves occupying precious few moments in a shared physical space. So they spent some of those moments making a dance about the experience.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
After five award-winning solo shows, an off-Broadway run, appearances on The Tonight Show, Netflix, Amazon Prime, NBC and elsewhere, Don Reed lets loose with his latest one-man comedy-variety show, complete with irreverent sketches, edgy stand-up, short films and music. From original characters to celeb impressions, Reed does it all, and he’s a regular at the Marsh, where he’s staged hit shows like Can You Dig It?, East 14th and The ’80s, among many more. Catch his latest at the Berkeley stage.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pm
It’s your new favorite improvised work-out class Have you ever heard of Natalie Portman’s 27-Day Foot Lunge Challenge? Interested in trying Voldemort’s 100-Hour Booty Sculpt? How about Barack Obama’s 5-Minute BBQ Cleanse? Well, here’s your chance! Come to Meat Sweats at Endgames Training Center in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:30pm
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’ll 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. The experience is always fresh, and there’s a new theme for 2019: Age of Scofflaws.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, May 19, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, May 20, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, May 21, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, May 22, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, May 23, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, May 24, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, May 28, 2019 / Various Time Slots
Things aren’t going great for Anna, or the rest of the planet for that matter. As executive director of the flailing Center for the Preservation of Uncharismatic Species, she has a front row seat to a global mass extinction event. As her mother’s caretaker, she’s reminded daily of our inevitable decline. And though a ubiquitous augmented-reality platform renders a pretty face on it all, the flood waters keep rising, the food supply keeps dwindling, and there is a pervasive sense that humanity’s best days are behind us. In this context, the worldwide search for the first Mars colonists becomes a source of great hope. Anna is hopeful that there, with a human species attempting to start over, she can start over too. Now she just has to get her hands on a golden ticket. Ruben Grijalva’s Anna Considers Mars was co-commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and originally developed as part of the 2018 PlayGround Festival. It receives its world premiere at San Francisco’s Potrero Stage.
Monday, May 20, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
I Should Have a Party For All The Thoughts I Didn’t Say is a devised theatrical performance dedicated to the social awkwardness of grief, and a love letter to Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Staged site-specific in a chapel, the performance is structured as a funeral and funeral after-party, traversing from a deep well of grief to a riotous, tragicomic attempt to leave the tragedy behind. Storytelling that utilizes everything from physical theatre to polyphonic singing, Source Material has devised a highly visual, deeply adventurous love letter to a celebrated playwright.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
Brian Copeland returns to The Marsh for three special performances of his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man. The longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, this is the hilarious and poignant autobiographical story about Copeland’s childhood. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, eight-year-old Copeland and his African-American family moved in. Not a Genuine Black Man is a hilarious and insightful look at Bay Area history, and at the many ways in which our upbringings make us who we are.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, May 19, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, May 20, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, May 21, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, May 22, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, May 23, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 24, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, May 28, 2019 / Various Departure Times
Capone is known as the original “Gangster of Comedy,” a hilarious comic with an aggressive, rapid-fire delivery and a reputation for keeping it real. Born and raised in the Bronx, this ruthlessly funny comic is one of the busiest comedians working the stand-up circuit today. He’s shared the stage with comedians such as Michael Epps, Drew Frasier, Tracey Morgan and many others comedy stars, and slays audiences with his unique takes on relationships, children, work and ethnicity.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
Tinder, Bumber, Hinge … oh my — app-based and online dating is huge these days. While that can bring a lot of action, it also guarantees some mighty funny stand-up material. Cobbs Comedy Club brings together some of San Francisco’s best comedians to riff on the funniest and most horrific modern dating mishaps. The show features Oakland-based comic Stroy Moyd, who’s opened for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, the Wayans Brothers, Hannibal Buress and more. He’ll be joined by some other special guests as well, so come prepared to laugh.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
Discover the unique Barbary Coast, an exciting area that’s evolved into a food lover’s paradise. On this three-hour walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours, you’ll enjoy food and drink samples from six of the neighborhood’s authentic mom-and-pop restaurants and ethnic eateries. Explore a world-famous delicatessen that’s presented a salami to the pope, nosh on pizza or rosemary focaccia from a 100-year-old bakery, nibble on decadent handmade truffles and more. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will give you an insider’s look into how the foods are made at these eateries along with information about this historical neighborhood. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Monday, May 20, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 27, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 3, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 11:00am
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it’s still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, past the city’s Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks and snacks.
Break out the leg warmers and miniskirts, it’s time for a totally tubular tribute to some of the greatest music of the ‘80s. DJ Dave Paul is bringing That BIG’80s Party to Public Works in San Francisco — and he’s bringing the decade’s best music with him. You never know which classic you’re going to hear. But chances are you’ll enjoy plenty of hits from the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, Men at Work, George Michael and many more.
This “entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous new production” (New York Magazine) of Fiddler on the Roof sets up shop at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, hot off its latest acclaimed Broadway run. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher has re-imagined this American classic, which tells the heartwarming story of Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who’s tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the Russian village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. The Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score boasts all-time faves like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” not to mention the splendid “Bottle Dance” number.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
The first known instance of a “Cinderella story” appeared more than 2,000 years ago in 7 B.C. What makes this a story for the ages? It is a tale that celebrates everything we love and value: hard work, modesty, generosity, bravery, perseverance and last, but certainly not least, the firm belief that something better … something wonderful … something impossible … is possible for us all. This is the new, updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Cinderella and Prince Topher meet as intellectual, if not social, equals. There are new songs, new subplots, new characters. But all the original favorites are still there: “Impossible”, “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Sister’s Lament,” “A Lovely Night” and more.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 1:00pm
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.
Monday, May 20, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
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.
Monday, May 20, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Monday, May 20, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Monday, May 20, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You’ll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll cruise past Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 6:00pmMonday, May 20, 2019 / 6:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 6:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 6:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:00pm
Comedy Baseball is a show where two teams of comedians play a baseball video game that’s controlled by telling jokes. Each inning features a different joke structure and the pitches are suggestions from the audience. When the audience cheers, they hit the ball pretty hard.. And if the audience jeers, boos, or otherwise expresses their displeasure with a joke, it’s gonnd be a bad hit. Join us as all summer long teams of San Francisco’s best stand up and improv comedians duke it out for a chance to be crowned the World Series Champs of Comedy Baseball. Oh what up, still reading? Well, we just raised a chunk of change over on kickstarter to fund development for this season’s version: Comedy Baseball 2: Super Sloshball. We’re adding beer fueled super powers, brand spanking new graphics, and more wacky features over the course of this season thanks to our backers. “That’s Comedy Baseball!”
Tap your feet and sing along with this celebration of an American folk music legend, America’s greatest troubadour: Woody Guthrie. In this uplifting musical portrait, you will be transported through his fascinating life with moving ballads and energetic foot-stompers like “This Land is Your Land,” “The Ballad of Tom Joad,” “Pastures of Plenty” and "This Train is Bound for Glory.” This incredible, award-winning show has been showered with international acclaim, and now you can experience it live on the stage of Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts.
The wildly talented Hunter Hayes is a five-time Grammy nominee, CMA New Artist of the Year, multiple Teen Choice Award winner and the youngest male act ever to top the Billboard Hot Country song chart — and he’s still just 27 years old. An accomplished singer-songwriter who can play more than 30 instruments, Hayes had his first No. 1 album with his self-titled debut, and his first platinum-selling single with “Wanted” in 2011. He’s since opened for Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood on their major tours, released his second No. 1 album, Storyline, in 2014, and written songs for the Rascal Flatts and Jewel. His latest release Hunter Hayes (Encore) expands on the greatest of his debut album with eight new and re-recorded songs, including duets with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe. Look forward to hits like “Invisible,” “I Want Crazy,” “Cry With You” and more during this concert at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, where Hayes will be joined by country musician Levi Hummon.
San Francisco’s longest running Tarot-based Improv Show! Come find out what your future holds! We mix our show up with a consistency of short questions answered and one person’s tarot read and then do improvised scenes based on it all.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:30pm
A Carnatic concert featuring world-renowned flute maestro B. Venugopal and Chitravina artist P. Ganesh. This instrumental concert is presented by Sangam Arts, in partnership with North Bay Hindu Center. Experience it live at Novato’s Unity in Marin.
For 35 years, the Harmony Sweepstakes has been presenting the Nation’s top vocal harmony groups. Winners of our regional events are flown to San Francisco to compete in the National Finals The event has been featured on CNN, BBC, New York Times, NPR, S.F. Chronicle and many other media outlets. From vocal jazz to doo wop, barbershop to pop, and all styles in between, you will be amazed at the versatility of the human voice on display in this most exhilarating evening of vocal harmony singing.
Antic in a Drain (Artistic Director, Ross Travis) proudly presents its world premiere production of Tempting Fate, a satirical sideshow entertainment reflecting the house of mirrors called climate change. Balk at the science, bemoan the social impacts, and scream in horror at the political divide. You’ll find yourself laughing at the grotesque hyperbole, and the fantastically fecund characters bedecked in disdain and hubris. See Mother Earth talk trash to those who bite her tit while suckling her life-giving abundance.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pm
The San Francisco Chronicle called rising star conductor Krzysztof Urbanski “gorgeously expressive” when he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony during their 2016 season. Now Urbanski makes his much-anticipated return for what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “a must-hear event” — Mendelssohn’s sun-kissed Italian Symphony. He’ll be joined by young violin virtuoso Vilde Frang, making her San Francisco Symphony debut with a performance of the soulful, poetic and fiendishly difficult Elgar Violin Concerto. Lose yourself in this night of radiant returns and daring debuts at Davies Symphony Hall.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
Shifts in Consciousness embarks on the creative journey of altering mainstream perceptions of oppressed people. The hope of this production is to enable viewers to think more critically and empathetically about injustice and the sufferings of an emerging generation. This production is unique in its engagement with audience members in a community circle after the production. Shifts in Consciousnesses is inspired by audre lorde who teaches us, “When we dare to be powerful, to use our strength in the service of our vision, then it becomes less and less important whether we are afraid.”
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
The US Premiere of Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness pays homage to Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Mishima’s novel is based on the real story of the arson of a temple in Kyoto: an event that shocked Japan. The work explores the human psyche and the correlation between desire and destruction through film footage, live music, and text. This work features taiko performer Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, bassist, shamisen (3 string Japanese instrument) player, taiko artist, and experimental filmmaker Tatsu Aoki, and tuba performer William Roper.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pm
Ritual and performance collide in an evening of immersive theater and contemporary dance, where audience members move through Fort Mason’s historic Army Chapel, witnessing vignettes, memories and lost moments. Wishes Before the Apocalypse features Joe Landini, Mariana Sobral, Kitty Conlon-McManus and Bhumi B. Patel.
ANIMA MAGNETA is a multimedia performance piece based on theories in David Abram’s 1996 book The Spell of the Sensuous. Key themes discussed by Abrams are explored: the transformation of sensory awareness due to our immersion with technology, animism, and our symbol-induced alienation from nature. Choreographer Amy Lewis and sound artist Agnes Szelag interweave dance, video, and sound, to create an experience of a surrogate reality where seemingly disparate ideas and dimensions suddenly coexist. Get ready for time to shift and other worlds to appear.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it’s time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as “an absolutely wonderful new play … as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 7:00pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm
Glam rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger-than-life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Entertainment Weekly raves “the show swells with heart.” Don’t miss the regional premiere of Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Check your political correctness at the door and bring marshmallows, because things are going to be lit in this no-holds-barred roast of one of San Francisco’s favorite drag personalities — the one and only Sister Roma. Gracing the Castro Theatre stage with their claws out are the incomparable Varla Jean Merman, RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Bob the Drag Queen, drag comedian Jackie Beat, legendary Sherry Vine, the infamous Ross “The Intern” Matthews and the mean queen herself Heklina, along with other special surprise guest appearances.
Join Dammit, Carol! for a lovely evening of lavish literary delights. The Carols host a book club based on a title suggested by the audience, leading to a page-turning evening of improv full of red herrings, cliffhangers, and onomatopoeia. Each show features new sketch comedy videos, and guest openers, forming a biweekly leather-bound volume of fun.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
Tom Lehrer epitomized the era of satirical humor in the 1950s and 1960s, writing wickedly funny songs that took the country by storm. “The Masochism Tango,” “The Vatican Rag,” “Pollution,” “Send the Marines” and “National Brotherhood Week” are just a few, dishing humor on delicate subjects like race relations, nuclear weapons, gun rights, free speech and religious freedom. Today, most of these songs feel like they were written last week, not last century! Laugh and think in a whole new way as marvelously talented local actors at San Francisco’s Shelton Theater take you into Mr. Lehrer’s slightly off-center world. Friday night performances are the famous sing-alongs where the audience is invited to join in singing most of the terrific lyrics!
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Sing-Along)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 7:00pm