The 1950s are out and change is in the air. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a fun musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ’do. This musical will dance its way into your heart when it hits the stage of San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pm
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in pre-WWII Berlin, falls in love with the vivacious Sally Bowles, a singer at the local Kit Kat Klub. Their dream-like romance is tested by the political upheaval that changes their lives dramatically. Even after 50 years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
The three Magrath sisters gather in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to await news of their grandfather’s death. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. The play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future — but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
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.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
A favorite in cities across the country and now coming to Omni Hotel San Francisco, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this comedic 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 evening kicks off with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a 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, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
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.
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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, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pm Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Aug 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
¡CHEER! Story of a Dreamer tells the story of Erica Chavez, a high school senior who discovers she is undocumented while applying for college. With vivid characters, drama and humor, the play takes audiences into homes where the stress of being undocumented and living in the shadows is real and terrifying. Writer-director Linda Amayo–Hassan and Theatre Cultura bring this powerful work to Potrero Stage in San Francisco.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Sep 1, 2019 / 10:00am
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, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 23, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 30, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 30, 2019 / 9:00pm
The San Francisco Food Safari offers you the chance to explore the city’s neighborhoods in-depth and discover the best cuisine each area has to offer. This 2.5-hour tour focuses on the North Beach neighborhood, where Chef Joseph will offer his knowledge and insights on the top places to eat as well as the history and culture of the area. You’ll have the chance to purchase whatever you’d like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Mara’s Italian Pastries, Liguria Bakery, Molinari Deli and beyond. Each tour ends with a picnic lunch made up of the delicious treats you’ve purchased along the way. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco’s legendary Salmagundi. He was also the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State’s Gifts to Gastronomy.
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.
Along with being an incredible, vibing city of opportunity, San Francisco is blessed with natural wonders, too. Get a glimpse of the Golden Bridge, Sutro Baths and other Bay Area wonders on this tour of the city. A guide will take you through both popular and local hangs, starting from the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastline and secret trails of San Francisco. Your fun begins at the Bridge Cafe.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 1:30pm
Start the weekend with a bang at this fun party! Bogie’s, a restaurant that has delighted the Bay Area for decades, has moved to downtown San Rafael! Celebrate at this new, beautiful venue at this singles event which includes a fun mixer game with prizes and light appetizers (as long as they last). Adults of all ages welcome.
Comedy Allstars features an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:45pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay’s historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat — either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / Various Time Slots
50 weekends a year, the critically acclaimed San Francisco Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench, an attempt to perform 30 bite-sized plays in a frantic race against the clock, in an order determined by you, the audience. Each week, the ensemble offers up new plays ranging from the personal to the political to the profoundly WTF, all truthful and inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With The Infinite Wrench, the SF Neo-Futurists promise to break the fourth wall and maybe your heart but never your wallet in this ongoing, ever-changing show the SF Chronicle calls “an underground power generator.” We hear it’s a great first date, too.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 30, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 9:00pm
Shelton Theater proudly hosts the premiere of 3 Egos and a Mormon, a raucous new perspective on performance, the art of acting and the inescapability of ego written and directed by award-winning actor, director and writer Will Marchetti. The story follows an egotistical theater director, two self-involved actors and a reformed Mormon as they work together crafting a folly-filled play. 3 Egos and a Mormon breaks the fourth wall, offering audiences a lively, outrageous evening of theater.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
Date night’s in the bag on Wednesdays at PianoFight. Grab dinner, drinks, then catch our longest-running comedy show, based on Craigslist posts from San Francisco’s most hopeful, heartbroken and high-strung. Each Wednesday night, we refresh the browser for a wildly different show and a new set of Missed Connections.
Hot Take Comedy brings you the best of the Bay Area comedy to help bring safe, accessible healthcare and reproductive choices to our friends in Alabama. All money raised from this show will benefit the Yellowhammer fund, providing funding for anyone seeking care at one of Alabama’s three independent abortion clinics. Women’s healthcare and choice are no laughing matter, but you can still enjoy fighting the good fight by spending an evening with us! Featuring the hilarious: Julie Ash (SF International Comedy Competition Finalist) Geneva Rust-Orta (Comedy Central’s Clusterfest Showcase) Ben Kolina (SF Punch Line) Marcus Williams (Comedy Central’s Clusterfest Showcase) Brought to you by Hot Take Comedy (Brooke Heinichen, Marcie Rogo, Luisa Isbell).
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.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 9:30amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Aug 19, 2019 / 9:30amThursday, Oct 17, 2019 / 9:30am
Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, directed by Robert Currier, with musical direction by Paul Smith and choreography by Rick Wallace. Spamalot is a zany musical theatre production of epic proportions and riotous nonsense, complete with an irreverent nod to the legend of King Arthur and the search for a shrub.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
Do you love Saturday Night Live? Have you ever dreamed of seeing the show in person? Well, ALL CAPS Sketch Comedy can’t wait to keep that dream alive with their upcoming show that definitely isn’t Saturday Night Live, but definitely is great sketch comedy. ALL CAPS Sketch Comedy is excited to announce their run at the Shelton Theatre in August. Join us to see sketch comedy that is as imaginative, diverse, and clever as the cast, and almost as unhinged. Like many of our friends and family members, you may be wondering, “what is sketch comedy?” A sketch comedy show is a series of scripted short scenes that are performed live and 80% guaranteed to make you laugh. ALL CAPS Sketch Comedy is a diverse troupe of seven San Francisco-based comedians. The members of ALL CAPS represent different ages and backgrounds, hailing from far-away places like Montreal and London to our lovely home base of San Francisco. Each member has a unique comedic flare and both writes and acts in shows, resulting in collaborative performances that reflect different kinds of issues, perspectives and styles of comedy. ALL CAPS is unbounded from the regulations of network TV, and sometimes sanity, and presents an honest account of our world through comedy. Like real life, our shows can get wild and ridiculous, but unlike real life, they will always entertain and leave you with a feeling of love and joy. Join us to explore reality by taking a much needed, hilarious break from it.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 9:00pm (Bar and Box open at 8:00pm)Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 9:00pm (Bar and Box open at 8:00pm)Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 9:00pm (Bar and Box open at 8:00pm)Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 / 9:00pm (Bar and Box open at 8:00pm)
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: Field of Memes. 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!”
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 29, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 5, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 12, 2019 / 9:00pm
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kabir Singh got picked on for being the only Indian kid at his school — until his family moved to Bombay, India, where he got picked on for being the only American kid at his school. Luckily, he learned to laugh about it — and you’ll be laughing too when he hits the stage at Cobb’s Comedy Club with old-school stand-up comic Jeremy Curry and some of their funniest friends.
Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning 1957 musical comedy follows smooth-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, who arrives in the tight-knit town of River City planning to con the townspeople, and whose plan is foiled when the stern and skeptical local librarian, Marian Paroo, doesn’t buy his story. As Harold struggles to keep his plan in focus, he slowly falls not just for the librarian, but for the people of the town he had meant to swindle.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Punch Line Comedy Sessions at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club features a selection of our favorite local comedians, including Andrew Holmgren, Chazz Hawkins and Chris Storin and hosted by Rudy Ortiz.
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 8:00pm (Andrew Holmgren, Chazz Hawkins & Chris Storin/Hosted by Rudy Ortiz)
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, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
For some 30 years, Cobb’s Comedy Club has been one of the hottest venues on the stand-up circuit, hosting both up-and-comers and established comics. Known for developing some of the country’s top performers — including stars like Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt and Margaret Cho — the club’s famed showcases feature the funniest rising comics in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom already boast major TV credits. A fixture in San Francisco’s famous North Beach, Cobb’s offers a complete dinner menu and full-service bar for a complete evening of entertainment.
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.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 21, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 28, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, Aug 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 30, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Sep 1, 2019 / 11:00am
San Francisco is where a copywriter named Phyllis Diller first stepped out onto the stand-up stage (and stayed there for an astonishing 87 weeks). San Francisco is also where a high school dropout named Margaret Cho started doing open mics, and where Robin Williams discovered an ex-IHOP waitress named Paula Poundstone, and … See the pattern? The gender revolution that led to the current renaissance of American comedy started here and continues still, as recent rising stars Ali Wong and Emily Heller prove. Now Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) sweeps into Cobb’s Comedy Club to introduce you to the next crop of brilliant up-and-coming female comedians.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Sep 8, 2019 / 7:30pm (Presented by Bitch Talk Podcast)
What better way to start the new year than a Silent Disco on the Bay? Pier 23 Cafe & Bar is right on Embarcadero and right on the water, with views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. This upscale venue is ideal for your next birthday party or girls night out! Your experience includes: a pair of Quiet Events headphones, glow-in-the-dark gear, three live DJs battling for your attention, drink specials, and an outdoor bar with a patio on the water.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Sep 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Oct 12, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30am
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.
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.
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, Aug 10, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 19, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 26, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Sep 2, 2019 / 11:00am
ShortLived, one of the nation’s largest audience-judged theater competitions, returns for the eighth time with 48 short plays, all scored by the audience, and $5,000 on the line for the winning team. The first eight weeks of competition are Regular Season Rounds, and each week features six new shorts that range from dramatic plays, comedic sketches, devised work, musicals, movement-based pieces or solo acts. The audience scores each piece and the piece that scores highest in each round clinches a spot in the finals in September. Of the eight total plays in the finals, the team that scores the highest will win the competition and the $5,000 Grand Prize. Hundreds of artists, making 48 plays, over nine weeks, scored by audiences to crown one champion and the winner of $5,000. Get local. Get arty. Get in to ShortLived.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Round 8)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pm (Round 8)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Round 8)
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.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 11:00am
London punk meets NYC punk in this tour of absolute legends. Elvis Costello is up there with Bob Dylan as one of the top songwriters of all time, and Blondie was part of the first wave of new wavers that took the U.S. by storm in the ‘70s and ’80s. And if you’re wondering—yes, they’re definitely gonna play their biggest hits.
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / Various Departure Times
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.
Like it or not, the United States is filled with borders, and a wall is not a realistic solution to most of them. Take a break from political posturing and media spinning with Border People, a play featuring the words and thoughts of actual people who navigate our nation’s borders daily.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 5:00pm
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
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.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 6:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 9:00pm
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pm
Three legendary icons. Three beloved motion pictures. Three best-selling soundtrack albums. One epic concert celebration. Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga each stole our hearts with A Star is Born. Now a cast of Broadway and cabaret’s top talents — Kelli Rabke, Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell — celebrate iconic musical moments from the 1954, 1976, and 2018 versions with award-winning songs written by some of America’s most prolific writers, including Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin (“The Man That Got Away”), Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand (“Evergreen”) and Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga (“Shallow”).
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Young actors ages 8-19 take on the Sondheim musical classic that explores what happens when the fairy-tale world gets a little too real for its famous characters, who don’t quite find the happily ever afters they were looking for. Check out this A.C.T. YC production at The Strand, smack in the middle of the hip, happening Central Market district.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, Aug 5, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
Russian River Adventures’ inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures’ bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you’ll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you’re so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours… even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30 am)
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.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 7:00pmMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
A good friend sees and encourages your passions and potential, even when society doesn’t. Bring a pre-show picnic and the friends who see the best in you to Billy Elliot at Woodminster Amphitheater, a classic musical celebrating what makes you unique and powerful in a way no one else can imitate.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Open Captioning)
Combining great Japanese cuisine and live music, Yoshi’s Oakland has quickly become one of the world’s most respected venues for jazz, rock, blues and more. What started as a small sushi bar has blossomed into an award-winning live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Yoshi’s Oakland has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, and has also expanded its focus to present a variety of musical genres — and even popular comedians.
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 8:30pm (Joey Alexander)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Uncle Los Music)
The cute goth in the back corner of science class. The basketball player you pined for across the cafeteria. Your never-ever-gonna-break-up-till-college-comes first love. Who did you make mixtapes for? Relive your glory days (or someone else’s) with Mixtape, an hour of musical improv inspired by all the funniest, most embarrassing, and most adorable teen memories our audience can dredge up.
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Sep 7, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Sep 14, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Sep 21, 2019 / 10:00pm
6,000 square feet of unforgettable music, fashion and pop culture where you will see, smell, hear, taste and touch the greatest hits of the 1990s. The ’90s Experience will transport you to the most iconic era. Bathing all five senses, this interactive and fun-filled experience at Jack London Square in Oakland caters to a wide demographic of socially engaged individuals. Whether you’ve lived the ’90s or experience it for the first time, you will party like it’s 1999!
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act tells the story of aspiring disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Trying to work her way to the top in 1970s Philadelphia, Deloris falls in love with a very tough — and very married — gangster boyfriend named Curtis, and when Deloris witnesses him commit a murder she ends up in hiding on police orders in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times. Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
This “sort of” irreverent adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull takes off and flies high. There may never have been so much unrequited love as there is in both The Seagull and Stupid F**king Bird, nor has unrequited love en masse ever been so entertaining. Smart, funny, inventive, sometimes moving, Stupid F**king Bird is a hell of an entertaining way to pass an evening. And it’s not stupid at all. No f**king way.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 2:00pm
A quirky comedy of manners and lyrical consideration of what we owe to others, Sarah Ruhl’s tale of modern marriage and modern housekeeping follows Lane and Charles as they break up and find different ways through the world, while Matilde, Lane’s maid, searches for the perfect joke instead of cleaning the house. Called “fresh, funny…a memorable play” by the New York Times, The Clean House demonstrates that there are many kinds of love, but you still can’t get a tree on a plane.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 2:00pm
Welcome to Apothecary Raree! San Francisco’s newest weekly electroswing cabaret and dance party. Where Music is Medicine and Performance is Panacea. Every Sunday, come to Bar Fluxus in downtown San Francisco to revel in a doubly-steeped afternoon of dancing to live electroswing and neo-vintage DJ’s, delivering you into the evening with a healthy dose of cabaret sprinkled on top.Cures what ails ya. Take in a little bit of that creative curative power. Welcome the evening with a sip of a craft cocktail and a gourmet nibble while we entertain you with some of the best burlesque, variety, and circus performers in the Bay Area. Revel to the sounds of top notch electroswing and neo-vintage DJs so you can dance your cares away into the blissful night. On August 11th, take in a healthy dose of our resident Apothecarians: Mz. K – Mistress of Apothecaries & Chanteuse Alexander Thorn – MagicKara Nova – ContortionLydia Wilts – Clown BurlesqueRasa Vitalia – Belly Dance Rasa Robada – Apothekitten …and more! Dapper dress highly encouraged. One drink minimum. And after the show comes to an end, keep on dancing to the sounds of our resident Apothecarian DJ, Jazzy Fox! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a free swing dance lesson by Brian Gardner of Swing Goth and Electric Swing Set, so you can swing your way into the wee hours of the morning. Swing alongside our adorable gogo dancers — just make sure they don’t rockstep your drink right off of the bar!
New innovative theater company Poltergeist Theatre Project, one of the six companies being launched through PlayGround’s 2019 Innovator Incubator, debuts with the premiere of The Julie Cycle at Potrero Stage as part of PlayGround’s month-long Innovators Showcase. A new production company whose focus is feminist and queer representation, Poltergeist presents a three-person adaptation of Strindberg’s problematic original.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Aug 6, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Aug 19, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Aug 20, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
Bob James, David Sanborn, & Marcus Miller with guests Billy Kilson & Larry Braggs. Jazz legend Bob James has a career that has defined the genre and continues to evolve at every turn. David Sanborn is universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age. Marcus Miller’s characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits. Together, these three virtuosos reunite for the first time since the release of Double Vision, the 1980s collaboration between James and Sanborn that dominated the airwaves, sold over one million copies and earned a Grammy Award.
Award-winning choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton return to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to present Four Acts of Light & Wonder — an evening of radiant dance and live music celebrating the irrepressible nature of the human spirit. The production features a stellar cast of 40+ dancers and musicians and the premiere of three new works. From the fiercely exuberant “Gojubi” to the hauntingly introspective “The Over-Soul,” the evening offers a vibrant array of uplifting works that affirm our common humanity and capacity for joy. Not to be missed is a new rendition of Moulton’s post-modern masterpiece “Precision Ball Passing” performed by an intergenerational community cast.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 3:00pm
On this walking tour, you’ll learn about Tiburon’s history as a blue-collar, rough and tumble railroad town from 1884 until 1967. You’ll learn about the major events and historic figures of this time, including: The Donahue brothers, who brought the industrial revolution to California by way of Tiburon, the fires that virtually destroyed the town three times and how the town dealt with Prohibition, how Al Capone figures (twice!) in Tiburon’s history. Then you’ll learn about more modern history, including some of the Tiburon Peninsula’s notable residents, the decline of the railroad and Tiburon’s transformation into a suburban community and tourist destination. Find out how the dedication of two families helped maintain Main Street’s early 1900s character, and how conservationists fought hard to maintain the area’s physical beauty and small-town character. Learn about local landmarks like The Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum and its working model of the 1909 Tiburon rail yard, The Arks and the creation of Ark Row.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, Aug 14, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 1:30pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, Aug 28, 2019 / 1:30pm
From its indigenous people, to the Spanish explorers who sailed along the California coast in the 1540s, to the first Europeans to enter San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate in 1775, to its early settlers in the 1800s, through its 80 years as a rough and tumble railroad town, to its evolution into one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most beautiful communities and tourist attractions, the history of the Tiburon Peninsula will come alive in this leisurely 2 hour walking tour. Whether you’re a local resident, a visitor looking for a great thing to do in Tiburon, a school administrator, or a meeting planner seeking an activity that will enhance your conference agenda, check out this interesting, informative, and fun walking tour.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 1:30pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, Aug 21, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 1:30pmSunday, Aug 25, 2019 / 1:30pm
Burlesque is for EVERY BODY!!! Come Jiggle, Wiggle and Giggle while learning the Art of The Tease from one of the BEST in the BIZ!! RedBone, “The Cyclone of Burlesque” provides a safe, affirmative and motivational space for you to express your most delicious desires, adoration, confidence and most importantly self love. This Tease Tester series will give you “struts to die for”, “f**k me eyes”, breathtaking tension, tassel twirling, boa work, glove peels and more! Attire: wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move and stretch in as well as a hoodie/sweatshirt with zipper or buttons as we move into peels & reveals. Please bring: Water, towel, knee pads (highly suggested) and dance heels (Ideally heels with a flexible sole such as salsa or ballroom shoes but not required) barefoot or in-studio ONLY sneakers are fine too!
John Cantwell is a veteran comedic performer with over 25 years experience in showbiz. After graduating with a degree in music from a small Southern Baptist college in his home state of Louisiana he began performing in the Dallas, TX area with jobs in summer stock productions like Chicago & 42nd Street as well as a stint at Six Flags Over Texas. He quickly saved up money and in less than 3 years moved to New York City where he began to cultivate his art and cut his performance teeth with legendary gay sketch comedy group, The Nellie Olesons, among other theatrical endeavors and short films, like the gay film festival classic, Boot Camp, featuring Cantwell as a leather master initiating a novice into a song and dance routine a la Fred and Ginger about the joys of leather and rough sex. The character of Connie Slocum (aka Love Connie) took flight here, she being a southern, naive, ramshackle beauty queen (as played by a 6 foot, muscular, high-kicking guy in heels and a wig). After touring a year with the group, including a stop at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and a rave review in the New York Times, Cantwell moved to LA and appeared (as Connie) on shows like Will & Grace (directed by James Burrows), The Riches and the films Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dog Gone Love. He has appeared on TV alongside greats like Jack Warden, Norm MacDonald and Eddie Izzard but most people will remember John from the Reese Witherspoon classic Legally Blonde and his now famous line “Oh, my God, the bend and snap works every time!”
Three jazz greats. One landmark album. One beautiful venue. In fact, the Mountain Winery might just be the perfect spot to take in a summer concert under the stars. But before James, Sanborn and Miller hit the stage, start off your night with a wine tasting and dinner.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
Find a sitter, put some clean clothes on, and head to Custom Made Theatre. For a little over 90 minutes, your only responsibility will be to sit and laugh — because this play gets you. Cry it Out makes its Bay Area premiere this month.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 5:00pm (Preview)Monday, Aug 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, Aug 4, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 8:30pm Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 8:30pm
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, Aug 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 7:30pm