In this Cal Performances co-commission, the Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with an exuberant new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the groundbreaking album. The production, a smash hit with audiences at its Liverpool premiere last season, features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a unique chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions. See this performance The Telegraph (London) said is "A truly joyous, celebratory work of art ... a brilliant homage to one of the great rock albums" when it comes to the stage of Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley.
Igor Stravinsky hit music like a thunderclap. With Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913), he sent shockwaves that continue to ripple through music today. Driven, frenetic and strikingly original, each score is as unique in character as it is wondrous. Hear these seminal works at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto played by the "rapturously lyrical" (The Guardian) Leonidas Kavakos.
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.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 3:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 3:15pm)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / 3:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 3:15pm)Monday, Sep 24, 2018 / Noon (Mandatory Check-In Time 11:45am)Monday, Sep 24, 2018 / 1:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:15pm)
A PBS favorite and an Emmy winner for his specials Nights of Fire and Strings of Passion, flamenco guitarist Benise brings his smoking hot 2018 show Fuego! to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. From elaborately choreographed dance numbers to live music from a full band, Benise celebrates the Spanish spirit with a true entertainment spectacular that burns up the stage with all the passion and artistry of nuevo flamenco. This romantic, exotic musical adventure is designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, paying homage to European, American and Caribbean sounds as well.
It's the fabulous '60s -- and Effie, Lorrell and Deena are young, determined and talented. They've got a dream to be the next big girl group on the radio, no matter the cost. When they're discovered at a local talent show by a ruthless manager with his own agenda for fame, they're propelled into a world where dreams do come true ... and where success can tear apart even the strongest of relationships. Detailing the epic rise of a Motown-like super-group from obscurity to stardom, the story of two lifelong friends takes center stage in this legendary and soulful musical journey that explores the rewards of shooting for the stars, and the costs of valuing success over family. Enjoy Dreamgirls on the stage of the Berkeley Playhouse.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sweat is the scorching new play from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) that The New York Times called "keenly observed and surprisingly funny ... throbs with heartfelt life. " In the industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of friends spend their days on the factory floor and their nights sharing drinks, secrets and laughs. But then layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, and they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight for self-preservation. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading and arriving at A.C.T. in San Francisco after a heralded Broadway run, Sweat is a searing reflection of America's economic decline.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear. Originally produced as part of last season's Sandbox series, this captivating new play closely examines the different perceptions we operate under and the difficulty of setting our own boundaries. See the world premiere of this "master craftsmanship of local playwright Christopher Chen" at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Linda Ronstadt's incomparable singing voice may've been silenced by Parkinson's disease, but she hasn't lost her keen sense of humor or warm stage presence. Led by Ronstadt herself, this spectacular, big-screen multi-media journey is a fun, fast-moving trip back through her 100 million-album-selling career, accompanied by videos, rare personal photos and of course, her musical recordings. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 11-time Grammy winner's unbelievable output ranges from pop, rock, country, bluegrass and Americana to opera, jazz, tropical Latin, Cajun and even the double-platinum Mexican folk album Canciones de Mi Padre, which just happens to be the biggest-selling non-English-language album in U.S. music history. From her roots growing up in Tucson, to her early years with the Stone Poneys, her long association with the Eagles (they started as her backup band), her friendships with Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Aaron Neville, her Tony Award-winning time on Broadway and beyond, Linda lays it all out in down-to-earth style, and wraps up this special evening at Saratoga's Mountain Winery with an audience Q&A.
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.
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 / 10:00pm (Thornetta Davis)Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 9:30pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / 9:00pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 9:30pm (Kara Grainger)Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 10:00pm (Selwyn Birchwood)Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 9:30pm (Selwyn Birchwood)Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 / 9:30pm (HowellDevine)
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 California Golden Bears are back for another season of Pac-12 action in Berkeley, and this year, they are aiming for the top of the standings and a trip to a bowl game. Coach Justin Wilcox brings back a host of key contributors, including QB Ross Bowers and NT Chris Palmer. Visit one of the most scenic stadiums in college football to see the Bears battle non-conference foes and Pac-12 rivals.
Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / TBA (vs. Oregon Ducks)Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / TBA (vs. UCLA Bruins)Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / TBA (vs. Washington Huskies)
Vanya was once a brilliant intellectual but now, suddenly, he realizes that he's squandered twenty years managing his family's farm. Eschewing love and personal acclaim can take its toll on a psyche, so is it any surprise that he eventually cracks, especially with all these family members under one roof? Comic, caustic, and true to life, Uncle Vanya challenges us to find value in the things that we take for granted. See it at EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.
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.
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Friday, Oct 12, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
Experience an evening of music, dance and comedy with One Night Only, a benefit cabaret with the casts of Phantom of the Opera and On Your Feet, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan story. The evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation of San Francisco, so you can feel good while you're enjoying the show at Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco.
Shelton Theater celebrates 25 years in San Francisco with the Bay Area premiere of Tennessee Williams' black comedy play Baby Doll. The story follows a virgin child bride and her alcoholic husband in a revenge plot of seduction and justice. The film was created at the height of Williams' genius and reveals the master storyteller's vision of seduction, empathy and cruelty in the Deep South. This is your chance to see the lurid, controversial tale by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner who also wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among other classics.
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.
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Oct 9, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Oct 16, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Oct 23, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Oct 30, 2018 / 8:00pm
Blue & Gold Fleet's Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson's daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
From a post-apocalyptic musical made up on the spot to an unscripted parody of everyone's favorite mystery-solving brother duo (who are actually husbands), the annual San Francisco Improv Festival offers the latest and greatest in innovative spontaneous comedy. None of it is written, all of it is made up as groups with delightful names such as The Nancy Boys, Chivalry Club, Linoleum City and beyond descend on PianoFight for an epic four days of comedy gold -- with a full bar onsite.
The incomparable Bruce Vilanch is the master of ceremonies for this rowdy, rude and ridiculous roast of drag performer, activist, writer and San Francisco icon Donna Sachet. An all-star lineup that includes Heklina, Sister Roma, Sharon McKnight, Jai Rodriguez, Mark Leno and more are assembling at the Castro Theatre to pay tribute to Sachet in a side-splittingly vicious roast. The festivities also include a special performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, along with other surprise guests and performances that give this roast plenty of extra sizzle.
Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of 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.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 11:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Oct 1, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
It's 5:30pm. Do you know where your happy hour is? Instead of hitting up your regular watering hole for the umpteenth time, try something different and set sail on the Bay. The Alive After Five happy-hour cruise is a great way to relax with friends -- and meet new ones -- against the backdrop of San Francisco's famous skyline. Mingle, groove to the sounds of a live DJ, and snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and more on this two-hour excursion. Specialty cocktails and bar snacks are available for purchase on board.
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
One of Anton Chekhov's masterworks, Three Sisters is a humorous and affecting tale that centers around the once-privileged members of the Prozorov family. After the death of their army general father, three sisters feel constrained by the smallness of life in their provincial Russian town. Attempts to improve their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces that loom over the entire area. Melodrama turned inside out, Three Sisters is a story of yearning and ordinary life -- where little seems to happen, but all is revealed. Directed by Lavina Jadhwan and translation by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Libby Appel, this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece comes to A.C.T's Strand Theater in San Francisco, presented by A.C.T.'s Master of Fine Arts Program.
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical illusions and mind reading to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. Join Gerard for his first shows written exclusively for PianoFight in San Francisco, where you'll witness near-impossible mental and physical feats just inches away from your seat. Through a mix of psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship, Gerard will create an experience you'll remember long after the show is over.
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.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Monday, Sep 24, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 5:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:45pm)
It's easy to get tripped up while planning your walk down the aisle, but the San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Parc 55 Hotel makes it a whole lot easier by gathering more than 60 of the Bay Area's top vendors together under one convenient roof. Brides and grooms are both welcome, and you'll have the chance to win great prizes, including a $10,000 dream wedding package and Vegas getaways. You'll also enjoy fashion shows, a designer gown sale, live music, wine, dinner and dessert tastings and much more, while discovering the latest trends in decor and design from florists, photographers, planners, hair and makeup designers and other top event pros.
Dani's daughter really wants to take piano lessons. Heidi is new in town and happens to teach piano. Dani is thrilled to have found a teacher, until she learns more about Heidi's ... politics. A Good Neighbor is a startling new play that confronts deeply conflicting ideologies in a distinctly apolitical space: the home. Amidst music lessons, potlucks and a gossiping Greek chorus, the entire neighborhood must re-examine how kindness can exist inside of fear. Local playwright Kate E. Ryan's takes the stage at Z Space in San Francisco.
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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Get the most out of the Halloween/pumpkin spice latte season with the Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch, your family's one-stop shop for everything that's awesome about fall. Take a hayride or cow train through 10 acres of pumpkin patch (featuring 45 different varieties of pumpkins) to pick out your perfect future jack-o-lantern. Then weave your way through Sonoma County 's largest 8-acre corn maze. Other exciting attractions include Pumpkin Blasters, tic-tac-toe, cornhole, John Deere pedal trike races, a 24-ft inflatable slide and Barnyard Ballzone, where you can show off your football/baseball/basketball skills. There are also farm animals to be petted, plenty of caramel apples and kettle corn to be eaten, and tons of fun to be had at the Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch.
Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 9:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 9:00am-10:00pmSunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 9:00am-8:00pmMonday, Oct 1, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pmTuesday, Oct 2, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pmWednesday, Oct 3, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pmThursday, Oct 4, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pmFriday, Oct 5, 2018 / 9:00am-10:00pm
Jackie Hoffman, star of stage and screen, will bring her new one-woman show Memoircita! to Feinstein's at the Nikko. Best known for making a public spectacle of herself at the 2017 Emmy Awards, Jackie Hoffman continues her downward spiral in San Francisco. A veteran of Broadway musicals (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On the Town, The Addams Family, Xanadu, Hairspray), this self-loathing scene stealer gives the inside dish on Broadway, filming the role of Mamacita in FX's Feud: Bette and Joan and all things Emmy. Besides Feud: Bette and Joan alongside Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, Hoffman has numerous other television credits including Difficult People, Girls, The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She is a Jeff Award-winning actress for her work with the Second City Theatre in Chicago and her five solo shows at Joe's Pub have received critical acclaim.
Emmy Award-winning voice actor Rob Paulsen and three-time Emmy-winning composer Randy Rogel, who created many of the characters and wrote the songs in the hilarious '90s Warner Bros. hit animated series Animaniacs, appear live in concert at Feinstein's at the Nikko. They'll perform songs from the show including "Yakko's World," "When You're Traveling From Nantucket" and "Wakko's America," and share fun anecdotes and silly secrets with video clips from the cartoon series. Paulsen has been a voice actor for nearly three decades with more than 2,000 credits to his name, including Pinky and the Brain, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius. Rogel was one of the original writers for Batman and recently co-wrote the hit song "Poisonous Love" for Kristen Chenoweth for the major motion picture Rio 2.
This Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building concert brings SF Performances Artist-in-Residence, trumpeter/composer/educator/activist Sean Jones, violinist Regina Carter, narrator Nicholas Phan and a few talented friends together for a jazz-inflected performance of L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), plus an all-star set of jazz favorites. Stravinsky's hybrid theatrical work, created on the eve of Europe's Jazz Age, was first performed on this date in 1918. Based on a Russian folktale about the choice between greed and happiness, L'Histoire features seven instruments and a narrator that tell the story of an AWOL soldier's encounter with the devil.
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.
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, Sep 29, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)
Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is about a profoundly unsettling subject: the irrational, confounding and convention-thwarting nature of love. Martin, a hugely successful architect who has just turned 50, leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with Sylvia, he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters. Albee's boundary-pushing play is puzzling, powerful, bawdy and disturbing. Enjoy this incredible play -- the fifth Edward Albee play produced by Custom Made in its 20-year history -- at San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Food Network TV host Justin Willman brings a dash of magic to Cobb's Comedy Club. You know Willman as the host of Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing. The performer US Weekly described as "like a magician, but cooler" has made countless appearances on The Ellen Show, Rachael Ray, Attack of the Show and Disney's The Suite Life on Deck. Willman is also the star and creator of the Nerdist Channel series Magic Meltdown, which is named after his monthly sold-out, cult-following comedy and variety show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. He'll entertain you with his charm, wit, sleight of hand and fabulously cool brand of make-believe. Opening the show is singer-songwriter Bushwalla, whose music is an eclectic, high-energy mix of hip-hop, acoustic rock, rap and funk.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 16011602 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.
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, Sep 23, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Oct 7, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Oct 21, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 4, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 11, 2018 / 11:00am
Carolyn Whitlock is two things: cranky and ready to kick the bucket. But convincing her very Christian hospice nurse, Veronika, to end her privileged life won't be very easy. As Carolyn makes her case to die with dignity, Veronika reveals a secret that might convince her to not take the gift of life for granted. Written by Chisa Hutchinson, Dead & Breathing tackles morality and mortality with plenty of humor and heart. Don't miss this production from Theatre Rhinoceros at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Euripides wrote The Trojan Women two and a half thousand years ago. It's about captive women in the aftermath of war. This modern dress version begins with a prelude presenting refugee voices from modern conflicts, as far back as World War II, as recent as today's Middle East. Refugee Voices and Euripides' The Trojan Women is as relevant today as the story Euripides told. Today, there are over 65 million persons displaced by conflicts around the world. Euripides understood their plight. MET's production relates that plight to today's circumstances.
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it's like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes. With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It's a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story.
In the All Killa No Filla podcast, comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean explore their shared passion: serial killers. In each episode the pair discusses all things murder and macabre, and have a good laugh whilst doing so. Episode 50, for example, takes us to Glasgow and the dreadful unsolved crimes of Bible John. All that's known is that he was a fan of the old religion and liked to moan at women trying to enjoy their evening in the Barrowland nightclub. Expect Fairburn and Pritchard-McLean go off-topic as they discuss everything from business ideas to animal milk -- oh and the murder too. See these funny and conversational podcast hosts-slash-comedians at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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, Sep 22, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmSunday, Sep 23, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmMonday, Sep 24, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmTuesday, Sep 25, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmWednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmThursday, Sep 27, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmFriday, Sep 28, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm
Acid Test is the true story of Ram Dass, renowned spiritual teacher and LSD pioneer, as he journeys from his message of "be here now" to "still here" to "be love." Written by prize-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman, featuring acclaimed actor Warren David Keith, and directed by Nancy Carlin, the play explores Ram Dass' life as the scion of a wealthy Jewish family and a psychology professor at Harvard, to, along with Timothy Leary, launching the American psychedelic revolution. Enjoy this trip inside the visionary's head when Acid Test comes to the stage of The Marsh San Francisco's MainStage Theater.
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.
Celebrating its 40th season in the Bay Area, world-renowned vocal group Chanticleer is inaugurating San Francisco's newly-created Trinity Center for the Arts with a benefit concert that honors the Grammy-winning group's past and celebrates its future. The concert program, Then and There, Here and Now, features selections from some of Chanticleer's favorite composers, from Palestrina and Victoria to Mason Bates and Steven Stucky, lustrous examples of the South American baroque, as well as audience favorite arrangements by Jennings, Shaw and others. This performance is a moving tribute to the historic Trinity Episcopal Church, which boasts a beautiful, acoustically outstanding interior and a 1924 E.M. Skinner symphonic pipe organ.
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.
Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:00am
Catch plenty of high-energy characters, fast-paced scenes and personal absurdities with the comedy stylings of RagTag Improv. Whether it's an entire play invented from scratch using audience suggestions, a series of scenes using every genre imaginable, or some off-the-cuff musical performance, the unpredictability only makes the jokes land harder. Bring friends and settle in for a night of laughs at Stage Werx as the talented cast of improvisers draw on San Francisco's brand of energy to deliver unscripted and unexpected comedy -- always different, but reliably hilarious.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (September SuperScene)Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Mullet)Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene)Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Mullet)
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.
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, Sep 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Superscene - Prime Time)Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Masterpiece of Murder)Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Superscene - Prime Time)Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (Masterpiece of Murder)
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.
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.
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 4, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 18, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 8:00pm
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, Sep 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 7, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Nov 4, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Nov 11, 2018 / 8:00pm
As Asian rapper Tai Mai Shu, comedian Bradley Lum became a viral sensation way back in the days of Napster, and the character's freestyle rhymes about cruising around in Impalas and snagging bargains at McDonald's still rack up hits on YouTube. But he's also a hilarious stand-up comic, with a unique combination of impressions, beatboxing and riffs about his family and selling Hawaiian ketchup. Now you can catch Lum and a lineup of comedians live onstage at Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
One of the city's true cultural jewels, Smuin Contemporary Ballet continues to shine brightly at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, where you'll no doubt be dazzled by their latest cutting-edge works. Dance Series 01 kicks off Smuin's 25th anniversary with Blue Until June. A hit when it made its world premiere last spring, Trey McIntyre's stirring piece is set to the music of Etta James. The program also features Michael Smuin's Schubert Scherzo and The Eternal Idol, a romantic pas de deux inspired by Rodin's iconic sculptures. The evening comes to a close with Nicole Haskins' Merely Players, Ben Needham-Wood's Reflections and Rex Wheeler's Sinfonietta.
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.
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Oct 1, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Oct 8, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Oct 15, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Oct 22, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Oct 29, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Nov 5, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, Nov 12, 2018 / 8:00pm
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, Sep 23, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Oct 28, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Nov 25, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00am
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, Sep 28, 2018 / 11:00am Sunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 11:00am Friday, Oct 5, 2018 / 11:00am Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 / 11:00am Friday, Oct 12, 2018 / 11:00am Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 11:00am Friday, Oct 19, 2018 / 11:00am Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 / 11:00am
In BRAVO 25, named "Best Bet" by New York's Theatre Is Easy and winner of the ENCORE! Producers' Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2017, queer artist Eliza Gibson draws on her real-life experience as a social worker and therapist to bring to life an A.I. avatar and six humans in a support group unlike any you've ever seen! Amber the A.I. therapist is here. Broken hearts, addicts in recovery and a polyamorous lesbian await the arrival of Superintelligence, a grieving savant who likes donuts ... Wait, someone needs a piece of somebody's liver? Maybe it's time to return to our breath. See this award-winning play at The Marsh San Francisco's MainStage Theater.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Sep 27, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 5:00pmSaturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Oct 11, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Oct 25, 2018 / 8:00pm
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.
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.
Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 10:00amSunday, Sep 30, 2018 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 7, 2018 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 14, 2018 / 10:00amSaturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 10:00amSunday, Oct 21, 2018 / 10:00am
It might be called Baloney, but only USDA prime-certified beefcakes will be on stage during San Francisco's sole all-male revue. Upon its triumphant return to Oasis, Baloney is sweatier, sexier and (amazingly) even more scantily clad. Inspired by classic male erotica -- from '50s pulp to '70s shag to '80s cocaine chic and beyond -- Baloney is an immersive cabaret experience where fantasies play out right before your eyes. As its debut show quickly sold-out, buy tickets now to see boys behaving badly in this production choreographed by Rory Davis and directed by Michael Phillis.
Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco's hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by more than six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats. Entering their 45th year, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing lineup of hilarious political and pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Taylor Swift, Colin Kaepernick, Wonder Woman, Sarah Huckabee, Vladimir Putin, Ivanka Trump and Jared, Lady Gaga, Prince, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Harvey Weinstein, Bernie Sanders, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.
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, Sep 29, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 7:00pm Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 7:00pm Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 7:00pm Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 7:00pm
RocketBoat is a high-speed, 30-minute thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. Roaring past the beautiful San Francisco skyline, RocketBoat screams down to Bay Bridge and near AT&T Park, where you'll thrill to the high-speed twists and turns, propelled by the boat's 2800-horsepower engines. A classic rock 'n' roll soundtrack adds to the fun. If you want to get wet, sit toward the back. You'll stay a bit drier if you sit in the middle or the front of the vessel. Wet or dry, this ride is fast and fun.
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.
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Sep 23, 2018 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Sep 24, 2018 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Sep 25, 2018 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Sep 26, 2018 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Sep 27, 2018 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Sep 28, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / Various Time Slots
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.
When you mix the top professional beach volleyball athletes from around the globe and awesome live music performances, you get p1440, which pulls into Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Invitational. You'll see the highest level of men's and women's beach volleyball and concerts from Foster the People, Grouplove, Daya, Marian Hill and Magic Giant. With a health & wellness village, kid's court, boardwalk with pop-up entertainment, certified Farmers' Market vendors and a food truck row, there's something for everyone at p1440.
Ten actors, four playwrights, one singer-songwriter and one clown explore the meaning of democratic engagement, with inspiration from the Greeks. Utopia Theatre Project Artistic Director Maryssa Wanlass and Bay Area playwrights Cleavon Smith, Carol Lashof and Kenneth Heaton take on the issues of political organizing, voter suppression and voter apathy. Joining them are satirical singer-songwriter Lauren Mayer and clown Amelia Adams. There'll also be a talkback session with the artists following this show at San Francisco's PianoFight.
It's a dark and stormy night... but how would you know that? You're stuck in a pyramid! Evil Genius Productions presents... Mummy!!! (THE OPERA). Music, murder and mayhem ensue as the Mummy looks for his mate. Enjoy another absurd theater and music creation from San Francisco's Lost Church theater company, written and directed by Brett D. Cline.
Part mystery, part family drama, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time draws you into the strange and brilliant mind of Christopher, a 15-year-old math whiz with autism. The audience is invited to see the world through Christopher's eyes as he valiantly maneuvers through a confusing world in an effort to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog. Alternately funny, enthralling, heart-wrenching and triumphant, this 2012 play took the world by storm. Winner of seven Olivier Awards as well as the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play, Time Magazine hailed it as "a play that works on every level. Crowd-pleasing, eye-opening, life-affirming and unmissable." Enjoy this inventive play at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.
It's 1950s Hollywood and the Cold War is about to come knocking on silver-screen star Mary Dale's palatial front door. Her husband's method acting class is a front for the Communist party, which threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Mary must rally to defend her marriage, Hollywood and the American way in this outrageously funny and ironically timely parody from Charles Busch, the master of camp. Enjoy Red Scare On Sunset at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. You can come to the bar early and enjoy cocktail specials and music, not to mention that Thursday nights feature a special drag performance pre-show.
This glam rock musical phenomenon follows a transgender East German rock singer named Hedwig and her band, The Angry Inch. Through an electrifying rock score and a wickedly hilarious book by John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig enchants her audience with the gritty details of her life. She recalls growing up in East Berlin as a "girly boy" named Hansel who undergoes a botched sex-change operation after falling in love with an American G.I. Come along as she journeys to America, has a tumultuous relationship with rock star Tommy Gnosis and rises to Z-list fame. The notorious musical began its life off-Broadway, before gaining a cult following through hundreds of subsequent productions around the world. In 2014, Hedwig made its Tony Award-winning Broadway debut. Hedwig and the Angry Inch now jabs a stiletto through the heart of San Francisco at the Victoria Theatre.
Nothing good ever happens after midnight... Enjoy a decadent and sinfully intriguing night of adult cabaret when the Red Hots celebrate 10 years in the Bay Area. bodyTABOOdefiance embodies the absurd, alternate universe of San Francisco with stunning acts from a huge variety of performers, including post-binary drag socialist Hollow Eve, international burlesque chanteuse Alotta Boutte and contortionist Sylphie Currin, plus butch queens, ballerinas, bodacious bodies and a beautiful mess of other artists. See it at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 11:59pm (Doors and Bar Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 11:59pm (Doors and Bar Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 11:59pm (Doors and Bar Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 11:59pm (Doors and Bar Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:59pm (Doors and Bar Open at 11:00pm)
With her one-woman show One Life Stand, Alicia Dattner delivers a modern girl's guide to enlightenment ... and other disorders. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, she'll explain sustainable flossing, aspirational dating, drinking at yoga, practicing extreme mindfulness and what to do should you encounter narcissists in the wild. Plus, there's a ukulele. Voted Best Comedian in the SF Weekly and Bay Guardian, thanks to live shows like The Oy of Sex and Eat, Pray, Laugh!, Dattner's star is on the rise. You can catch the local comedian on her ascent when she brings One Life Stand to The Marsh Berkeley.
From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska to a childhood listening to anti-conformist rants in San Francisco, Dan Hoyle's solo show Each and Every Thing takes you on an emotional odyssey that crisscrosses America to explore how we experience the world in the digital age. Award-winning actor and playwright Dan Hoyle's production depicts his search for true community, spontaneity and wonder in today's fractured and hyper-connected world, making pit stops at a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California, the intellectual temple of Calcutta's famed coffeehouse and a soul-baring confession in Manhattan. Be there when Dan Hoyle brings his award-winning show to the stage of The Marsh Berkeley.
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.
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.
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Sep 28, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 5, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 12, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 19, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Oct 26, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 2, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Nov 9, 2018 / 8:00pm
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that will transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you'll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Oct 4, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 5, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 6, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 12, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Oct 19, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 7:30pm
It's time to take this week's sensational news stories and put them to good use: comedy. At SF Tonight, you'll be provided with newspapers, magazines and scissors, or you can bring your favorite stories from the week's news -- hard-hitting journalism (is there still such a thing?) or the latest popular thread on Facebook -- and the talented improvisers at EndGames Improv will turn those stories into a one-of-a-kind show that may not exactly be educational, but will definitely be entertaining. You might even be surprised by a special guest. So don't let the news get you down. Spend your Saturday night with the cast of SF Tonight at Stage Werx in San Francisco.