A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh.
From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by Carmen Cusack, whose role as Alice earned her a Tony Award nomination, along with an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "a gorgeous anthem to optimism" (Variety). Score your tickets today at the Curran in San Francisco.
The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company for this magnificent production of The Nutcracker, featuring Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Experience the magical Christmas night adventures of young Clara, who dreams that her beloved toy nutcracker has come to life. Together they defeat the wicked Mouse King in an epic battle, then journey through an icy forest where snowflakes whirl to the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets, where visions of sugar plums dance and entertain in this Christmas classic.
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.
Can winter time date ideas get any cuter than this evening city tour of the holiday lights in San Francisco? Enjoy some hot cocoa, pack your coats and get ready to snuggle as this open top double decker bus takes to the streets of one of the most romantic cities in America (Don't try to deny how dreamy that fog is). You'll cruise by the Christmas Tree at Pier 39, Union Square, Civic Center, Treasure Island and more, all decked out in their seasonal finest, plus play games for candy canes too. Don't think this is just limited to couples, though. The little ones will also enjoy the twinkle of San Francisco during the holidays, not to mention those sweet candy canes.
Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.
A Bay Area holiday favorite, Mark Morris Dance Group's The Hard Nut is back at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with its retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker, complete with gender-bending snowflakes, twinkle-toed G.I. Joes and a wacky family holiday party featuring a Soul Train-style dance line. It's been called a "sublime marriage of wit, music, and movement" by the San Francisco Chronicle, not to mention "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" by Dance Magazine. Plus, Tchaikovsky's ever-brilliant score is performed live by members of the Berkeley Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.
Luis Bravo's acclaimed dance spectacular Forever Tango brings 14 of Argentina's best dancers -- including guest star Anna Trebunskaya (Dancing With the Stars) -- to San Francisco. Along with a vocalist and live orchestra, the dancers invite you to relive the colorful history of tango from the barrios and brothels of Argentina to the high-class parties and nightclubs of Europe and America. See an entire story told with the flick of a leg and arch of an eyebrow when Forever Tango comes to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater.
See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when Winter Wonderland brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rink for ice skating to a different musical theme each night -- from '90s hits to movie soundtracks to Motown. The ongoing schedule includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, holiday arts and crafts stations, wine tasting and more. Plus, while you're having your frosty fun, you can also do some good. Donate canned food items when you arrive and Second Harvest Food Bank will make sure they're delivered to someone in need.
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Ring in the holidays with a San Francisco tradition unlike any other. This year's annual holiday concert at Davies Symphony Hall, Greetings from All Seasons, is inspired by the diverse range of holiday traditions celebrated by SFGC's choristers. This special evening features a collection of stories from choristers about their respective holiday experiences, as well as a unique program with a multitude of musical offerings celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Holi, Chuseok, Chinese New Year, Halloween, Nowruz, Santa Lucia Day, the Feast of St. Nicolas, Día de los Muertos, Maslenitsa, and the New Year. Hundreds of members from the Chorus and Chorus School will take to the stage in this festive program, joined by SFGC alumna (1995) and soloist, soprano Michele Kennedy, praised as a "fine young soprano with a lovely voice" (Washington Post).
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), 42nd Street Moon's production of this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", A Christmas Story: The Musical lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse.
San Leandro Players and The Historic BAL Theatre in San Leandro proudly present, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Show. Adapted by Anthony E. Palmero, this Charles Dickens classic serves as a benefit show for the Davis Street Resource Center and the Boys and Girls Club. The event will also feature a holiday choir, plus Christmas photos with Santa.
Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls and you have an assured night of theater for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theatre. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart -- or keeps you laughing -- like the Golden Girls.
Ease on down the road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they try to figure out how to get Dorothy back to Harlem. The funky musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." The timeless family classic is back at Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Pre-Show Gala Starts at 7:00pm)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 5:00pm (Pre-Show Gala Starts at 4:00pm)
Christmas is right around the corner and you can celebrate in style at Skyconcepts' Christmas & Sagittarius Bash. There'll be DJs spinning R&B, Afro-beat, hip hop and Top 40 hits, plus live music and surprise special guests taking the stage. In addition to decking the halls, you can raise a glass to celebrate all the Sagittarius birthdays in the house. All this revelry takes place at The Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
Join everyone's favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes the miserable orphanage and the evil Mrs. Hannigan with the help of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As they explore the wonders of New York City, Annie melts his heart and he ends up changing her life forever. With great songs like "Tomorrow," "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Together at Last," plus a collection of memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart, it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite of families everywhere. Be sure to catch it when it comes to the Berkeley Playhouse.
Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons make this an unlikely holiday classic. Often described as a medieval Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, James Goldman's The Lion in Winter follows Eleanor of Aquitaine, the queen and wealthiest woman in the world who's been kept in prison since raising an army against husband King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the the family's inner conflicts as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry's paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, "Every family has its ups and downs" ... and this regal family is no exception. Watch the royal drama and comedic dysfunction unfold when The Lion in Winter comes to San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
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Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See The Santaland Diaries at The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills near San Jose.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and all your favorite Peanuts characters return to Davies Symphony Hall to bring the television classic to life. The entire gang will sing and dance across the stage while an animated backdrop completes the winter wonderland. Meanwhile, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the San Francisco Symphony and the SFS Chorus in a performance of Vince Guaraldi's iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Plus, the lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic Christmas trees and special Peanuts décor.
Long before The Amazing Race hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: Around the World in 80 Days. Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
Fly away to an enchanted Land of Sweets with Oakland Ballet Company's whimsical version of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday favorite with choreography by Artistic Director Graham Lustig and live accompaniment by the Oakland Symphony. This heartfelt Christmas spectacular is filled with dynamic dancing, gorgeous costumes and lovely sets. Audiences of all ages will fall in love with the magical holiday tale of a young girl who experiences a truly enchanted winter evening after receiving the gift of a magical Nutcracker for Christmas. Oakland Ballet's colorful and spritely version of the holiday classic has quickly become a beloved Bay Area tradition.
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & SG: Nate Ginsberg)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 9:30pm (Tia Carroll)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00pm (Big Harp George)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 9:30pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues with Chris Cain & Rick Estrin)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 9:30pm (Howell Devine)Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Mitch Woods & his Rocket '88s)
Loaded with humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. Prepare for outstanding music and outrageous laughs when Avenue Q comes to the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
From the wild and crazy guys who brought you International Pillow Fight Day comes the 21st-century version: Saber Battle SF 2017. You'll gather with up to 1,000 other like-minded space warriors at Spark Social SF in the heart of Mission Bay, where you'll pick up your six-color glow sword (a.k.a. light saber) and choose a side, good or evil (a.k.a. light or dark side). You can also take a break and enjoy food trucks and music. These faux fights are happening in cities all over -- including L.A. and Toronto -- so get ready to join the fray, and may the you-know-what be with you.
Who knew fans and families across the country would await this nice Jewish boy's arrival with the kind of anticipation reserved for St. Nick? For his 20th anniversary Christmas Tour, nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz reunites with two members of the original lineup, pianist David Benoit and guitarist Peter White, along with trumpet maestro Rick Braun and newcomer, singer Selina Albright. Together, these five artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs, at City National Civic of San Jose.
Well-known as a stand-up comic, Greg Behrendt is even more renowned as the author of the New York Times best-selling book He's Just Not That Into You. At his best when he's poking fun at gender stereotypes, Greg reveals what it really takes to be a man and gives advice when it comes to all kinds of relationships. He's also hosted his own TV talk show, worked as a consultant on Sex and the City and performed stand-up on The Tonight Show, the Late Show With David Letterman, HBO and Comedy Central. Currently writing a pilot for AMC with Hank Azaria and Jerry Stahl, you can see him live in San Francisco when he visits Cobb's Comedy Club.
Looking to do all the cute holiday things this season? Mountain Winery's Winter Wonderland has the best of them, all in one spot. The winery has a solid selection of tastings to make this adults-only ice skating night a little easier (or a silly, icy mess), along with a holiday-inspired menu. Oh, and it's also ugly sweater party themed. It's basically going to be an insanely photogenic evening, so start planning your winter date night around this cocktail and wine tasting extravaganza at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
Hip-hop superstar Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and his partner in rhyme Redman (of Def Squad) raise the roof at The Warfield. Two of the most popular MCs of the '90s, Method Man and Redman first teamed up in 1999 with their platinum album Blackout! and have since continued to make waves in both music and movies, with Method Man popping up in The Wire, CSI and Soul Plane, and Redman playing a role in Seed of Chucky. Together they starred in the film How High and the Fox sitcom Method & Red, but in San Francisco it's all about the hip-hop as two legends of the genre storm the stage.
Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete, star of the stand-up DVDs Hella Pinoy, Badass Madapaka! and Komik Organik, headlines at Cobb's Comedy Club. After two decades in the comedy business, the San Francisco native has performed at clubs all over the country, not to mention Europe and Asia. Not just limited to material for the Filipino audience, Navarrete finds the universality in the American immigrant experience -- while still managing to get in a few jabs at Filipino icons like boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Break out the leg warmers and miniskirts, it's time for a totally tubular tribute to some of the greatest music of the '80s. DJ Dave Paul is bringing That BIG '80s Party to Public Works in San Francisco -- and he's bringing the decade's best music with him. You never know which classic you're going to hear. But chances are you'll enjoy plenty of hits from the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Men at Work, George Michael and many more.
From commenting on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal for SNL's Weekend Update to covering the history of the world in the hit Broadway show Long Story Short -- directed by Jerry Seinfeld, no less -- and way beyond, Colin Quinn has skewered just about every sacred cow with his sharply honed wit, which he'll no doubt wield with hilarious precision in his sixth and latest solo show, One in Every Crowd. Not only are Seinfeld and stars like Amy Schumer big fans, but Quinn was named one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time. Don't miss his only Bay Area appearance at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater.
Drawing on the momentum from a top 10 spot on NBC's The Voice, as well as over a decade of experience working in the music industry, singer Kat Robichaud brings her band Darling Misfits to San Francisco's Great Star Theatre for an exciting holiday blend of musical theater, rock 'n' roll and vaudeville. For the show, Robichaud and her band create a winter wonderland of decadence, bawdiness and damsels (not) in distress, complete with magicians, high-flying aerialists, burlesque dancers and drag darlings. In this holiday performance, Kat presents a festive show that's campy, decadent and a little bit naughty! A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret stars Robichaud, along with special guest Miss Viva Las Vegas Frankie Fictitious and more.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret)
"Liar, liar, pants on fire!" is typically seen as a crude schoolyard insult, but to the gravity-defying members of the Sacred Order of the Burning Pants, it's a compliment. This ancient cult of liars love twisting the truth almost as much as they love twisting their bodies into convoluted contortions and engaging in high-flying aerial adventures above audiences' heads. In this original circus performance at Kinetic Arts Center, you'll be thrilled, shocked, entertained and above all lied to by the members of Circus Veritas -- Oakland's favorite contemporary circus company -- as they introduce you to the Order of the Burning Pants's mysterious and (literally) unbelievable traditions.
Acclaimed a cappella ensemble Chanticleer brings their annual Christmas program to San Francisco's St. Ignatius Church. The 12-member male chorus, beloved in the Bay Area and beyond, brings the season's power and mystery, warmth and intimacy to capacity audiences in beautifully decorated churches, cathedrals, and missions throughout the country. Follow the journey of the wise men, across the ages and the world. The pilgrims are a motley group of shepherds and onlookers -- Welsh, Huron, Indian, English, Americans of all origins -- reveling in the wonder, joy, and peace that the Christmas story brings. Candle-lit Gregorian chant gives way to music by Morales, Gonzalez, Victoria, Poulenc, Sweelinck and traditional carols, gospel and spirituals in A Chanticleer Christmas.
Few music venues in the world are as iconic as the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea and Diana Krall have graced its stage. Now, this legendary venue is coming west. Located downstairs at the Napa Valley Opera House, the Blue Note Napa brings you that same blend of jazz greats and hot young stars on the scene, while adding a little wine country flavor to the mix. With gourmet farm to table cuisine and, of course, terrific local wines, the Blue Note Napa puts a fresh spin on the jazz club experience while keeping the focus on what matters most: the music.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 7:30pm (Jessy J. - A Special Christmas Performance)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 9:30pm (Jessy J. - A Special Christmas Performance)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:30pm (Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 9:30pm (Alvon Johnson: Ambassador of the Blues)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (The Sextones)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 9:30pm (The Sextones)Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 / 7:30pm (Dirty Cello)Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 / 9:30pm (Dirty Cello)
The critically acclaimed work A Noh Christmas Carol is an adaptation utilizing traditional Japanese theatre forms and avant garde dance to retell the Dickens classic. In 19th century Japan, a greedy rich man named Ebezo receives a visit from his deceased business partner warning him to change his miserly ways or be doomed to linger forever as a hungry ghost. A miraculous intervention from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-To-Come takes the rich man on a wondrous journey, profoundly demonstrating that life exists far beyond the world of business. Thoughtful and magical, Ebezo finally proclaims, "I will hold Christmas in my heart throughout the year!" See him learn to value human connections beyond the trappings of the world and that community must be embraced when A Noh Christmas Carol returns to San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen.
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.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Songs for a Sixpence)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Holiday Snapshot)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Songs for a Sixpence)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Holiday Snapshot)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Songs for a Sixpence)
The Cartier Sisters are throwing a Saturnalia party complete with circus performances. What could go wrong?! Join a party of circus performers and local rock band Northern Waste for a holiday show like no other! Inspired by pagan winter festivities from Rome and beyond, this raunchy circus cabaret at Shelton Theater in San Francisco will titillate the senses and the sensibilities.
A Bay Area tradition for more than 44 years, Peninsula Ballet's sumptuous production of The Nutcracker returns to Redwood City's historic Fox Theatre with its signature sleighful of holiday magic. Known for Carlos Carvajal's beautiful choreography, this spectacular version of the Yuletide favorite features Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score and enchanting special effects, as it tells the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King, through the beautiful Snow Forest to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to Tchaikovsky's classic The Nutcracker. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara (or Masha, in the case of this Russian production) and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Russian Grand Ballet comes to Silicon Valley with its traditional yet dynamic version of The Nutcracker, featuring some of Russia's brightest ballet stars. Create a new holiday tradition with Tchaikovsky's immortal The Nutcracker at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
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.
Strap in for a wild ride through other dimensions with San Francisco's mind-blowing 7D Experience at Pier 39. Step into the 20-seat theater, but don't spend too much time marveling at the movie screen -- sit down, buckle up and get ready to experience the thrills of a 3D movie, a rocking roller coaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game ... all at once. With this Laser Maze Challenge and DarkRide Combo Ticket, you'll also get the opportunity to put your agility, speed and action movie skills to the test as you navigate your way through a web of criss-crossing laser beams. There are multiple dark rides to be enjoyed -- featuring everything from zombies to werewolves to Mad Max-style mayhem and more -- so the 7D Experience is bound to have you coming back for even more fun.
Red and White Fleet's California Twilight Cruise is a relaxed two-hour cruise with views of the spectacular city lights, live guitar entertainment, light appetizers and a hot or cold beverage from the bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat features heated indoor viewing decks with large windows and comfortable seats as well as outdoor viewing decks for taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area's favorite actors. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Mill Valley's Marin Theatre Company.
Don Reed's Kipling Hotel picks up where his acclaimed hit East 14th leaves off and details his misadventures of the 1980s. As the awkward son of an Oakland pimp who's struggling to work his way through college, Reed attempts to make a living as a stripper and a gigolo, but ends up with the not-so-glamorous job as a live-in waiter at a retirement hotel. It wasn't all bad, though. While serving breakfast to the elderly, drifters and drug addicts, Reed mined comedy gold. His voice has been heard on Spiderman, Johnny Quest, SNL and most recently as the cat on 2 Broke Girls. He's written, directed, produced and starred in short films for HBO Shorts and was the warm-up comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 1,000 episodes. Don't miss the latest show from this 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee when he takes the stage at The Marsh.
Best known for his hilariously inventive "hamboning" technique -- turning his entire body into a percussive instrument -- beloved Bay Area fool Unique Derique returns to The Marsh Berkeley with a special New Year's celebration for the whole family. Whether he's riding a unicycle, juggling or creating infectious rhythms with his body, Unique Derique takes you on an unforgettable journey somewhere over the rainbow with his show Fool La La. This show also features the premiere of Derique's comedy music video "The Five Fool La Las," which celebrates his whole performing family with appearances from his grandmother, mother, daughter and granddaughter. And stick around after the show to learn a few clowning tricks from the master himself!
Celebrated political satirist Will Durst has performed for three elected presidents (if you count Al Gore ... which Durst does) and appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR and C-SPAN. Now, he's headed to The Marsh in San Francisco with The Durst Case Scenario, his new comedic exploration of a changing America during the "Time of Trump." Hailed as "[q]uite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" by none other than The New York Times, Will Durst's latest stage show is a rollicking feast of satire that's timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4 a.m. tweet.
When 2017 Year in Revue hits the PianoFight stage, hosts Sam DiSalvo and Molly Sanchez and a bunch of their talented San Francisco-area friends will attempt to throw the best New Year party ever (and likely get smashed in the process). Comedy, music and mayhem collide in a show critics are already calling "the crack-addled lovechild of Bing Crosby and Two Dope Queens." See local talents mine for comedy treasures amidst the year's trash.
Northside Theatre Company presents its 35th annual production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol with innovative style at the Olinder Theatre in San Jose. Hailed as "the best Christmas Carol in the Bay Area" by Mercury News, Northside's production features impeccable staging and high-end production values. This stage adaptation of the Dickens classic captures all the power, humor and warmth that this ageless tale has to offer. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous and kind human being.
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it's still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman's Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, past the city's Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco's history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks, snacks and more.
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'Tis the season to be Mary. It's that time of year again -- and we ain't talkin' gingerbread men -- the fan favorites of RuPaul's Drag Race are werking it in the Christmas Queens world tour. It's time to put a little naughty in your nice because when it comes to this sassy concert, "the phrase "yas, queen" has never been more appropriate." (People Magazine) But don't let all of the fabulous fun fool you, these dancing divas have got the pipes and can sing circles around those holiday hits. They may be belting festive jams, but this will be anything but a "Silent Night". The only thing better than a drag show is a holiday drag show, so join hostess Michelle Visage and the eight maids a milking it (Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Phi Phi O'hara, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor and Ivy Winters) at San Francisco's Mezzanine.
Y'know, before Toy Story, there was The Nutcracker, in which Masha, one of ballet's pluckiest heroines, has a Christmas night adventure that takes her to a land where toys come to life. Tchaikovsky's lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for kids and kids-at-heart. Russian Grand Ballet's full-length classical production at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco features some of Russia's best up-and-coming dancers and a veritable sleighful of holiday delights.
In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man, beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts three memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story follows 6-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help-wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the $11.97 needed to purchase the coveted present, a jewelry box at the local White Front store. Not a Genuine Black Man broke records as the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history and brought Copeland critical acclaim as one of the city's most talented and engaging solo performers.
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.
You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, but you'll be accepted at Killing My Lobster Presents: A Bag of Dickens. Instead of ghosts, you'll be haunted by the laughter of holiday sketches that will fill your belly and your frozen heart. Pass the gravy, stuff the goose and join these comedy experts for a night of good bloody cheer at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Check out the trails of the unbelievably scenic Muir Woods during Extranomical Tours' morning expedition to this beautiful national monument. The tour begins as you're picked up in San Francisco and then whisked to the Ferry Building where you can pick up coffee or breakfast. Then get some Instagram-worthy pics during a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll then be transported to the Muir Woods, where you'll spend a morning surrounded by giant coastal redwood trees and nature in its finest form. Enjoy the view of the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees, and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes to gaze at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. This semi-customizable tour offers the option of a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge or the quaint Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito. In addition, at the end of the tour, guests can choose to return to San Francisco from Sausalito by ferry.
This beloved Bay Area holiday treat returns for an eighth year with comedy, music, spectacular circus feats and holiday fun. Directed by the award-winning clown duo Coventry & Kaluza, this seasonal spectacular is designed to delight folks of all ages. With a science theme and an intimate, up-close view, take in all the high-flying yuletide fun and excitement by the most talented circus artists from troupes like Universoul, Cirque de Boheme, Ars Minerva, Teatro ZinZanni, New Pickle Circus, Circus Bella and beyond. Join in on the interactive and festive madcappery at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco.
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.
With an irresistible vocal delivery and a knack for romantic ballads, including hits like "Show Me" and "Stay," Howard Hewett is one of the smoothest singers performing today. Along with Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, Hewett helped propel the vocal trio Shalamar to success with a string of hit songs including "The Second Time Around" and "I Can Make You Feel Good." Hewett launched his solo career in the mid-'80s with the chart-topper "I'm for Real," followed by "I Commit to Love," "Strange Relationship" and "Once, Twice, Three Times." His repertoire includes gospel crossover hits, in addition to his Marvin Gaye-style romantic pop songs. Catch him live at the beautiful Bal Theatre for an intimate holiday concert.
Boo! Hiss! Cheer! PantoSF is here -- and back by popular demand with a brand new show. You'll be encouraged to loudly show your disdain for the wicked Malificent and be equally enthusiastic in your support for the handsome Prince, as lovable fairies Dotty and Mary attempt to foil the villainess with silly songs and baking disasters. Will the Sad King recover his karaoke magic? Will the Princess ever wake up and enjoy the Summer of Love? Grab a front row seat, wave a candy cane and enjoy the outrageous, musical family fun of panto. Starring drag legend Peggy L'Eggs as Malificent, Sleeping Beauty: The Panto is a super fun new holiday tradition.
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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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.
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. Peña Pachamama is known for its Latin American, Bolivian, vegan and raw food tapas and other dishes, plus wine, beer and specialty cocktails for purchase.
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. PlayGround, the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area's best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original 10-page plays -- all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month. Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers' processes and more. Priority General Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
Hear the captivating voices of the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco as the celebrated group sings Carols by Candlelight at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakland. Expect an awe-inspiring, candle-lit evening of holiday music featuring Michael Haydn's Magnificat, as well as music by Gyöngyösi, Kodály, Szymko, Sibelius, Levine and more.
San Francisco's Ninjaz of Drama present William Shakespeare's most popular play as a December holiday offering, performing in modern dress at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco's historic Theatre District. Celebrate both the Christmas season and the year's end with this unique spin on how the play's four lovers are presented. In this reimagining, they'll be shown as characters in middle age, thus building up the notions of unrequited love as they enter the Faerie forest and are beset with passions not felt in years.
So many holiday shows are the same year after year, but not Let It Snow! This holiday event is a tradition you can count on, yet it's new and different every year. It's a two-hour, completely improvised holiday musical filled with Broadway-style singing and dancing. The talented troupe serves up classic holiday themes in fresh interpretations you've never seen before. No two shows are the same, since the audience will suggest locations and themes that will be incorporated into each performance. The result is little bit familiar and very magical, just like the holidays themselves.
He's opened for Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, the Wayans Brothers and Hannibal Buress -- and now Oakland's own Stroy Moyd and his #HellaFunny crew host this hilarious new weekly showcase at Bar Fluxus in Downtown San Francisco. Run by the same folks behind Madrone Art Bar, Bar Fluxus is a new, ridiculously colorful cocktail bar filled with cool art. Downtown Comedy Night features sets by some of the funniest rising comedy stars in the Bay Area and beyond, with hilarious headliners you may recognize from SF Sketchfest, Punchline, Cobbs, Viceland, NBC, ABC and beyond.
Designed especially with children in mind -- but still perfectly entertaining for kids of all ages, from one to 91 -- Nutcracker Sweets offers a fun contemporary take on the beloved holiday ballet at the perfect length of just under an hour. Directed and choreographed by Mark Foehringer, this treasured annual show features an award-winning design team and an ensemble cast from the celebrated Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF dancing to live musical accompaniment. It's a unique and intimate experience, which the San Francisco Chronicle raved is "abounding in charm and invention." Round the kids up for a magical new holiday tradition created just for them at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
Ever watched the fiery salsa dance numbers in Dancing With the Stars or Dirty Dancing and thought, "I wish I could dance like that!"? Well now you can get in on all the Latin-flavored fun with Dance Fridays, a fun 'n' social evening featuring dance lessons for beginners followed by a lively dance party where you can practice all your new moves. A live band keeps the energy flowing as you learn to salsa and bachata from your experienced teachers, with no partner or previous experience required.
Singer-songwriter David Broza is a performer with truly global reach. Mixing an eclectic blend of modern pop and Spanish music, the Israeli superstar returns to the West Coast at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. A multi-platinum artist with enormous followings in the Middle East and Europe, Broza is known in this country for the PBS special David Broza at Masada -- The Sunset Concert where he performed alongside Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin atop the 2,000-year-old fortress of Masada in southern Israel. Often compared to Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen, this modern troubadour's music reflects his worldly upbringings in Israel, Spain and England. He's also joined by East-West singer-songwriter Ali Paris.
This two-person drama looks at life on the outside for a pair of female prisoners. After her release, Lorraine heads straight to the only other person who she's felt close to in years: her former cellmate Marie. While locked up, the two shared everything, but on the outside, their friendship threatens to destroy their fragile freedom. The New York Times says that the characters are "shaped with compassion" and that the play "feels more packed with compressed, complex life than a season of television crime dramas." Chloe Moss won the Susan Smith Blackburn Playwriting Prize for the work, and Anton's Well Theater Company brings the Bay Area premiere to the Berkeley City Club.
The jam band known as Big Head Todd & the Monsters -- or BHTM as their dedicated fans call them -- have been touring with their signature blues-rock sound since their late-'80s debut, making waves with hits likes "Bittersweet" and "Broken Hearted Savior" off their platinum-selling '93 album Sister Sweetly. They've since followed up with 2014's Black Beehive and this year's New World Arisin'. Now they're coming to The Warfield in San Francisco, and they're bringing Nashville-based psychedelic soul/modern rockers Simo with them for a concert that's sure to blow your mind.
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.
Whether it's Guaraldi jazz from A Charlie Brown Christmas or polyphony from the Spanish Renaissance, acclaimed a cappella sextet Solstice can bring it to stunning life with their goosebump-inducing harmonies. In keeping with their reputation for entertaining holiday concerts, this year the all-female chorus will perform songs like "A un Nino Llorando al Hielo," along with unusual world carols and winter-related pop tunes at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany.
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.
From Ellen Degeneres and Robin Williams to Dana Carvey and Margaret Cho, some of the greatest stand-up comics of all time first cut their teeth on the stages of San Francisco. Now #HellaFunny Sundays is carrying on the tradition with a weekly stand-up showcase at Neck of the Woods. Come laugh (and enjoy the no-drink minimum!) with some of the city's funniest local headlining comedians, including fresh-faced comics who've been featured on Viceland, Comedy Central and HBO.
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.
Cobb's presents their biggest show of the year, the annual Holiday Comedy Bash. This year's headliner is Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh, a fast-rising comedy star who's been called "The Next Big Indian Comedian" by India West and "One of the Must-See Stand-Up Comedians in the U.S." by TV Asia. Kabir is a huge crowdpleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and clever material. He's won numerous comedy contests, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand-Up Comedy Competition, opened for top stars like Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook, and taped sets for Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution and Starz's StannDupp. Don't miss the end-of-the-year fun at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
San Francisco's always-popular traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny comes to Milk Bar with a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians. The show began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. Comedians who appear on #HellaFunny have been featured on Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest, Comedy Day and at the Punch Line. DJ Josef With an F will be spinning your favorite '90s hit all night long. The show is produced by Dave Chappelle's Bay Area opener, Stroy Moyd.
Guest conductor Cyrus Ginwala leads the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony's December concerts at Taube Atrium Theater at San Francisco's Wilsey Center. Aaron Copland's Outdoor Overture begins the program followed by internationally renowned pianist Roger Woodward performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. Shostakovich's dramatic Symphony No. 5 concludes the concert. You can also enjoy a post-concert reception.
Santa put Courtney Act in charge of the naughty or nice list, so now she's dashing into the Oasis to deliver your Lump Of Coal. This nuclear winter, the international drag starlet and RuPaul's Drag Race finalist makes a stop in San Francisco for an hour of the most glamorous group therapy around. She'll take on the harsh hilarities of the holiday season and give you some much-needed relief from the Grinches in your life. Expect plenty of drop-dead gorgeous looks, pitch-perfect pop vocals, plus some jaw-dropping shade from this saucy Aussie.
Laugh at a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians at #HellaFunny, San Francisco's hilarious traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. For this show, Viceland's Stroy Moyd takes the stage at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. The three-time winner of the Laugh Factory Hollywood's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition has opened for hot shots like Dave Chapelle, Hannibal Buress and others that have also cracked a couple jokes at this venue themselves.
Cinnabar Theater celebrates the music of the man that many call the greatest American pop vocalist of the 20th century. Sinatra's musical contributions were magnanimous, his songs spanned many musical genres, from traditional pop to jazz to swing. Performed cabaret-style, this show is a testimony to the incredible musical career of Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Hear songs like "All of Me," "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "I Only Have Eyes for You,' "It Was a Very Good Year," "The Lady Is a Tramp" and more.
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.
Come kick your Saturday night off right, whether it's date night, a night out with friends or a fun way to close out a day at Dolores Park. Brave New Jokes is a premier comedy showcase in The Mission's Darger Bar. This month features comics from the San Francisco Punch Line, San Jose Improv, Rooster T Feathers and Cobb's Comedy Club.
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.
Faster-paced and more frenetic than other styles of improv, DASH is a "flash free-form" improv comedy show. The latest from San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Co., DASH mixes games and scenes into a seamless, spontaneous and continuously morphing spectacle of excitement and laughs. Over the course of this hourlong show, the cast incorporates audience ideas and suggestions throughout -- from the ridiculous to the hilarious. Anything can (and probably will) happen at DASH, but all things comedy and chaos are pretty safe bets.
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgable tour guides will share their insider info as they take you to sights like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Nob Hill, Coit Tower, the Financial District, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Golden Gate Park and the Castro and Mission districts. You'll get an up-close experience of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods, beautiful parks and striking coastline. To top off this unique tour of one of the world's greatest cities, you'll even be able to see either Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island prison.
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.
Take a tour through San Francisco's waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you'll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery.
Playwrights Foundation's 8th annual FlashPlays! winter festival features an evening of more than 80 newly penned micro plays (none longer than a single minute) that together evoke a complex mosaic of San Francisco with its shimmering beauty, fascinating legacy and current challenges -- written by a cadre of the Bay Area's finest playwrights. Enjoy FlashPlays! Annual Winter Micro-Play Festival at The Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion. Your ticket includes one drink.
The no-brainer way to get real laughs is to be in the company of hilarious people. With Real Live Comedians, you'll get 90 minutes of live stand-up comedy action and other assorted funny business from some of the best talents out there. Brought to you by producer-performer Jason Mack, each show features a different host and selection of comics, plus stand-up from Mack himself, whose charmingly awkward persona and dark but silly humor has quickly won over Bay Area audiences. Get ready to laugh 'til it hurts when this comedy showcase takes the stage at the Punch Line in San Francisco.
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.
Sean Keane is a writer and stand-up comedian from San Francisco, currently living in Los Angeles. He's written for Comedy Central's Another Period, TruTV's Billy On The Street, and his writing has appeared on McSweeney's, Audible, and Yardbarker. Sean hosts the NBA podcast Roundball Rock and has performed at countless festivals, including SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, RIOT LA, the Lucille Ball Festival, and NoisePop. In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Guardian named Sean an "Outstanding Local Discovery," and promptly went out of business. See him, along with his crew of funny friends, at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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.