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.
Discover and acquire new art — and explore art trends developing around the globe — at the eighth annual Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area’s leading contemporary and modern art fair. Following record-breaking sales, city-wide partnerships and attendance of over 28,000 visitors in 2018, the 2019 edition of Art Market San Francisco presents a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers — 75 modern and contemporary art galleries in all — in the beautiful and spacious Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on the waterfront.
Trade in togas for crisp suits, transform Roman columns into sleek, midcentury modern furniture and throw in a live jazz trio, and you’ve got Théâtre National de Bretagne’s “visually stunning, musically moody, and unceasingly stylish” (The Boston Globe) take on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. But the updates don’t stop there — this artistic vision from French director Arthur Nauzyciel goes even further by taking the tragedy’s plot and transplanting it into the dreams of Lucius, Brutus’ slave. No matter how you slice it (too soon?), Julius Caesar remains intensely relevant to today’s audiences due to its mix of political intrigue and power. Don’t miss this refreshing and innovative adaptation at Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall.
Following its smash hit sold-out world premiere at Z Space in 2018, Weightless makes a triumphant return to the Bay Area with this limited two-week engagement at A.C.T. The San Francisco Chronicle gave the show its highest rating (Leaping Little Man), calling it "a complete theatre experience. Magical. Gorgeous. A glimpse of the future of theatre.” This thrilling work weaves myth with evocative indie rock to tell a gripping story of sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. Through intimate storytelling, rollicking performances, and the Kilbanes’ celebrated sound, Weightless explores the bonds of sisterhood and the power of the female voice. Featuring: Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses (The Kilbanes) with Lila Blue, Julia Brothers, Dan Harris and Joshua Pollock.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 1, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 3:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pm
The Bay Area has a history of attracting visionary, self-starting artists, and the annual three-day stARTup Art Fair celebrates that independent spirit by curating more than 60 emerging and under-recognized artists to exhibit their works. You’ll find amazing new pieces and make real connections in the intimate setting of the fun and funky Hotel del Sol, a 1950s motor lodge in the beautiful San Francisco Marina District. You’ll get to talk to the artists directly, view the art in an intimate and homelike setting, and, if you see something you love, purchase a work and take it home with you. Plus, Friday passes include admission to the Opening Night Celebration with music and more.
Hailed by Bay Area critics as “visceral and haunting” (Mercury News), “a sensory bombardment” (SF Chronicle) and “vibrantly theatrical and pointedly contemporary” (SF Examiner), The Jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle — the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the at the Afghan Café. Take a seat in a place where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle now arrives at the Curran in San Francisco with Miriam Buether’s award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran has been completely transformed and, in the process, the capacity has been reduced to an intimate 600 seats.
Pioneering Latin comic Paul Rodriguez headlines Tommy T’s Comedy house in Pleasanton. Born in Mexico and raised in East L.A., Paul has been seen in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. He starred in the hit 2002 film The Original Latin Kings of Comedy, and in 2004, Comedy Central ranked him 74th on its list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time. In addition to his comedy and acting careers, Paul is widely known as an advocate for Mexican-American issues.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
One of the Bay Area’s true cultural jewels, Smuin Contemporary Ballet continues to shine brightly at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where you’ll no doubt be dazzled by their movement and artistry with Dance Series 02. As a special 25th anniversary treat, former Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert returns to Smuin with a stunning world premiere that will continue to break the boundaries of dance. The program for this landmark year also features some of Michael Smuin’s favorite pieces including Unforgettable, Georgia and Fever, the sizzling chair solo from Dances With Songs. Highlights from Carmina Burana, Dancin’ With Gershwin and Frankie and Johnny also round out the bill.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
Brian Copeland returns to The Marsh for three special performances of his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man. The longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, this is the hilarious and poignant autobiographical story about Copeland’s childhood. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, eight-year-old Copeland and his African-American family moved in. Not a Genuine Black Man is a hilarious and insightful look at Bay Area history, and at the many ways in which our upbringings make us who we are.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pm
Founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble is an innovative collective of renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries that’s been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “a kind of roving musical laboratory” by the Boston Globe and “one of the 21st century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun. Now they’re coming to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall with an all-new multimedia experience, Heroes Take Their Stands, created by folklorist Ahmad Sadri and co-commissioned by Cal Performances. As part of this special project, composers and collaborators from different parts of the world have created new works that explore the stories of five heroic figures across time and cultures, from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Elektra from Greek mythology and beyond. Each work was developed as part of a conversation between composer and collaborator, resulting in a multi-part theatrical performance featuring more than a dozen live instrumentalists with dance, video, animation and pre-recorded music.
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that, well, Life Sucks. Or does it? Posner’s follow-up to his hugely successful Stupid F*cking Bird is part Mel Brooks and part Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate and unexpectedly tender. Enjoy this Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 10:00pm (Oleta Adams)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 9:30pm (Dazz Band Featuring Eric "EQ" Young)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pm (Brubeck Brothers)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Savoy Brown)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pm (Kev Choice Ensemble)
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it’s time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as “an absolutely wonderful new play … as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm
Forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie and head out for a night of laughs instead. Punch Line Comedy Club, San Francisco’s longest-running stand-up venue, presents Comedy Allstars, featuring a rotating lineup of hilarious stand-up comics from the Bay Area and beyond, including top local headliners to up-and-coming stars and comedians with national TV credits, including Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. With stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and more having cut their comedy teeth at the Punch Line, you never know when you’re going to see the next big name in comedy.
Hunter and Jeff want to enter the New York Musical Theatre Festival, but they’re facing a huge challenge: The deadline is three weeks away, and they haven’t written a word. Enlisting the help of two of their actress friends, they dive headlong into brainstorming, writing and scoring their musical, singing their way through the ups and downs of the creative process. This joyful and snarky exploration of what it takes to turn a vision into reality received a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009. Now you can enjoy this San Francisco State University production of [title of show] at the Creative Arts Building.
In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroine Becky Sharp scrambles up social ladders and hurdles over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Conjuring an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women,” acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature’s most celebrated novels in this production at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
At turns introspective, romantic and joyously hopeful, 110 in the Shade is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken, Depression-era town. Sharp-witted but insecure rancher’s daughter Lizzie is resolving herself to live out life as a spinster, until charming stranger Starbuck comes to town with the promise to make it rain, encouraging Lizzie to dream beyond her own view of herself. Meanwhile, the town sheriff must deal with the con man as well as coming to terms with his own past. This beautiful show boasts a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks). Enjoy 110 in the Shade at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm
One of the funniest comedies ever written, Oscar Wilde’s most popular play has entertained theater-goers for over a century. Everyone is in love with Ernest, the irresistible bad boy of London society. The trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Wilde fills this uproarious farce with delicious bon mots, as two pairs of young lovers scramble to untangle their own web of lies and win the approval of the imperious Lady Bracknell. The Importance of Being Earnest is a wildly entertaining “trivial comedy for serious people,” that sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Catch the fun at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 1, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
Explore where East meets West, where fortunes are told with more sincerity than your average cookie and where the legends of masters live on. Between the beatniks of North Beach and San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, you’ll get a taste of teas, temples and culture, all with a local flare. Discover the hidden gems of Chinatown, make your own fortune cookie while listening to traditional Chinese music, sample authentic, traditional Chinese pastries, learn about the powers of traditional Chinese tea during a tea tasting with a tea master, explore San Francisco’s oldest temple and have your fortune read. Get to Chinatown Gate for this horizon-expanding experience.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 1:30pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 1:30pm
BATS Improv — named the Bay Area’s Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian — presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that’s never the same show twice.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (This Scene Was About...)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pm (Fools Rush In)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
No, you’re not fired — but it may be even worse. Patty is giving a company-wide presentation and attendance is mandatory. But when things go spectacularly wrong, everyone’s least favorite HR manager goes outrageously off-script and inadvertently destroys every human resource in her path. This new solo comedy by award-winning writer-performer Michael Phillis (Baloney, Buffy Live, Ab Fab Live) is a hilarious and poignant parody of corporate culture and political correctness that skewers the San Francisco elite and disrupts the disruption generation.
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.
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Monday, Apr 29, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
Spring — and love — is in the air and in the music, as the San Francisco Symphony performs passionate works by Richard Wagner. Under the baton of conductor Marek Janowski, you’ll hear the SFS take on Tannhäuser’s hedonistic adventure in the Venusberg followed by the enrapturing Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Plus, the “fierce and impressive” (San Francisco Classical Voice) James Ehnes brings Bruch’s rousing Violin Concerto No. 1 to the stage of Davies Symphony Hall for this series of concerts.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
Come see the Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area’s top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
Maude, a middle-aged, unemployed bartender from Bakersfield, California, purchased a painting from a local thrift store for only a few bucks. Now she’s convinced the painting is a long-lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. Lionel, an expert from New York City, flies over to her trailer park home to authenticate the artwork, but what they discover is far beyond what either could have ever imagined. Who ultimately gets to decide what is true and what is false? In a world filled with fake news, we are constantly challenged to figure out if what we are seeing is truthfully depicted. Bakersfield Mist directly questions authenticity in art and, by extension, our relationships to one another.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pm
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:30amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30amThursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 9:30am
Critically acclaimed, Bay Area indie theatre company, Alma Theatre Co.(in conjunction with the 72nd Street Gang Writer’s Collective of NYC) presents the 4th installment of its Fresh Raw and Wild, Equity Staged Reading Series. At Phoenix Theatre II, in the heart of the theatre zone of SF, (Union Square,) they bring you Pulitzer Prize nominee, Jon Maran’s new play: home sick – an American Haunting directed by Cristina Anselmo. After the death of their parents, two sisters – one a journalist, the other a politician — return to the house they grew up in which is now considered “stigmatized property”. Each hope to figure out what really happened in this house. Their memories are tested as to what is true and what is false — ultimately exploring if the truth really matters anyway. With Amy Prosser, Kelli Kerslake Colaco, Tim Fullerton, Josiah Polhemus. What makes Alma Co.’s Fresh Raw and Wild Series truly exciting is that these great new plays, by talented, award-winning writers are on the precipice of completion. The response from our audiences and impressions from the staged reading directly effect the final draft of what may possibly be the next big play on the best stages in the world. Coffee, wine and fresh baked goods will be on offer. Donations welcome.
We’ve traded up our caves, tripled our life spans, written Ulysses, and gone to the moon. And along the way, melted the ice caps, oppressed the crap out of each other, and elected you-know-who. Are we getting anywhere? From the first gentrification (sorry, Neanderthals!) to the secrets of the genome, Paul Sussman’s The Wrong Kind of Pessimism takes on (and smacks down!) the big questions of Progress, Faith and Where It All Ends. See this solo show at The Marsh in San Francisco.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pm
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that’ll transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you’ll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. The experience is always fresh, and there’s a new theme for 2019: Age of Scofflaws.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
Flash Mob Musical is an explosive, energetic cluster of excitement, song and dance. The longest-running musical montage group in San Francisco, Flash Mob Musical is musical improv like you’ve never seen before. The current cast features Aimee Lucido, Bahaar Taj, Debra Schifrin, Dustin Clingman, Eric Lamothe, Craig Gaspian, James Liu, Margot Stern and Rico Rocque at Stage Werx. The players are from different improv theaters in the Bay Area including Endgames Improv, BATS, Leela and Pan Theatre. On keys are Neil Pomerleau, David Norfleet and Michael Risse.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:30pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 5:30pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:30pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pm
Join the Golden Gate Fields at the inaugural Gold Rush Weekend with this special concert event, The Golden Gate Get Down. This exclusive event will feature live hip-hop and reggae music, cocktails and beer, food trucks, and a huge card of racing on the inaugural Gold Rush Weekend!
The Setup presents A Funny Thing Happened, a night of world-class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right in the heart of San Francisco. Each night, storyteller hopefuls have the opportunity to join the all-star lineup. Volunteer names are drawn from a hat and one lucky person will get to tell their story. The show features six, (plus possibly yours) true, short stories, told live without notes in a beer basement that feels like your living room. Funny, poignant, intimate (easy now, not like that), and engaging, it’s a great way to spend your Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
One interview. Two legends. Plenty of secrets. Before becoming icons of American theater, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together, shut away from the world’s judgment. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out in The Gentleman Caller, these men reveal sides of themselves the public never saw — in all their vulnerabilities, flaws and triumphs. Enjoy the regional premiere of this “beautifully worded, heartfelt and spellbinding look at the brief and unlikely relationship between two of America’s greatest playwrights” (Broadway World) at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 3:00pmWednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 3:00pm
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.
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 3, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 5, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 17, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 24, 2019 / 11:00am
Magician and mindreader David Gerard is back with new magic and mentalism for 2019. Over 75 minutes, David’s 20 years of experience with the mystery arts are on display, showcasing a wide range of magic and mindreading effects. A top hit with Silicon Valley companies and event planners, David’s shows at PianoFight in San Francisco are the only place to catch him performing this new material.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
Jack Alexander is an award-winning magician, who is excited to bring his illusion show Express to SF. Jack Alexander is the hottest upcoming magician around. He will be bringing his edgy brand of large-scale illusions, cast of four dancers, and charming personality for a performance that you will not want to miss! This show is a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF), which provides aid for HIV programs, food for the needy, and programs that support homeless and disenfranchised youth.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pm
Two teams go head-to-head for some friendly competitive improv! An incredible cast of hosts serve as your guides to this hilarious weekly showdown. At the end of the show, this week’s champ is decided by you, the audience!
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 9:00pm
A recent winner of the San Francisco Stage Magic Competition and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather’s and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, Please Enjoy Responsibly. Kane began honing his craft as a teenager on the streets of Old Sacramento where he attracted audiences with his deft magic and charming personality. In his show, minds are read, whiskey bottles appear out of nowhere and a paintball gun is fired at the man responsible for it all. Don’t miss his San Francisco appearance at the EXIT Theatre.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jul 5, 2019 / 8:30pm
Dan’s unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him numerous television performances on The Tonight Show (both Conan and Leno have invited him over to the couch!), Showtime’s Live from Amsterdam, Comedy Central Presents, a one-hour Comedy Central special Crazy with A Capital F, Last Comic Standing, Nickelodeon’s Mom’s Night Out, and on many other late night and cable programs. Expanding his resume into behind the camera work, Dan’s also written or helped produce numerous reality shows the past few years, including Duck Dynasty on A&E, Porter Ridge on Discovery, Town of the Living Dead on SyFy and he is currently writing for two upcoming series being produced by Red Bull.
In his one-man biographical musicals, Hershey Felder has brought to life everyone from Beethoven to Irving Berlin, and in Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, the virtuoso performer takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. Experience it at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. As a radiologist tasked with diagnosing strokes, Dr. Diane Barnes was very aware of this fact. Nevertheless, when a stroke happened to her, she waited 20 hours before going to the hospital. In My Stroke of Luck, doctor-turned-actor Barnes recounts her experience of realizing she was having a stroke, her path to recovery and more. It’s a heartfelt and humorous look at love, family and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See this amazing one-woman show when it comes to the stage of at The Marsh Berkeley.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pm
Shakesqueer: What’s In A Name? What happens to the world of Shakespeare when gender stereotypes fall and same-sex relationships are all that exist? Something unexpected, yet wonderfully familiar! After all, the Bard loved playing with gender roles .… Join Un-Scripted Theater Company for these completely improvised plays, and enjoy classic romance and comedy through a modern lens.
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother’s Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church — not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother’s Day.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Recognized by critics, audiences and colleagues alike for its polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s pre-eminent and longest continuously active ensembles. The Quintet has traveled around the world — concertizing in 48 of the 50 United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorian made history in 1981 as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall, and you can see them perform some classical favorites at Newman Auditorium in Santa Rosa.
Join Endgames Improv for a night of long-form improv comedy featuring house Harold teams Local Honey, Paint Dept and JACKSON. There will also be occasional appearances by Harold class graduates or holiday-themed shows. Don’t miss the laughs at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 9:00pm
Take a detour down memory lane. Share a memory (nostalgic, silly, awkward), and you and the Chivalry Club improv troupe will delve into it together. Straddling the line between fantasy and reality, Chivalry Club shines a light on the strange and exciting parts of the past. Catch Wayback Wednesday at San Francisco’s Stage Werx.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
From Ash is a dance theater performance derived from California Book Award Winner Tongo Eisen-Martin’s 2015 poetry collection Someone’s Dead Already. The piece responds to our current historical moment, when we often find ourselves picking up the pieces after natural and manmade disaster. Equal parts dark dreamscape and hopeful choreo-poem, From Ash is about repeated renewal after destruction. How does the human spirit remain vibrant in spite of personal and cosmic pain? Directed by Annie Kahane and created in collaboration with a cast of five all-star performers, From Ash uses the poetry in Someone’s Dead Already as a narrative and rhythmic guideline. The artists move seamlessly between dancing and speaking, turning the jazz-like cadence of the language into a theatrical experience.
After 19 Grammys and tens of millions in record sales, Tony Bennett still defies gravity. This unstoppable legend is recording albums with today’s hottest stars (Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood), mentoring the next generation on American Idol, performing at the World Series, and — lucky us! — touring. He’s won over a whole new generation of fans with his wit, charm and helluva voice. Whether crooning signature songs like “Steppin’ Out (With My Baby)” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” waxing poetic on hits like “The Good Life” or performing the standards he recorded with Lady Gaga on their chart-topping album, the honey-toned NEA Jazz Master never disappoints. Don’t miss this golden chance to see him and special guest Antonia Bennett live in concert at the City National Civic in San Jose.
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.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay’s historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet’s Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat — either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Apr 29, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, May 1, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, May 2, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, May 3, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, May 4, 2019 / Various Time Slots
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Monday, Apr 29, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Monday, Apr 29, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
Catch plenty of high-energy characters, fast-paced scenes and personal absurdities with the comedy stylings of RagTag Improv. Whether it’s an entire play invented from scratch using audience suggestions, a series of scenes using every genre imaginable, or some off-the-cuff musical performance, the unpredictability only makes the jokes land harder. Bring friends and settle in for a night of laughs at Stage Werx as the talented cast of improvisers draw on San Francisco’s brand of energy to deliver unscripted and unexpected comedy — always different, but reliably hilarious.
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. They’ll take the stage at San Francisco Latin American eatery Peña Pachamama.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:15pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
You control the characters in this epic improvised role-playing serial. Roll the 20-sided die to lead our four main characters through the Journey Master’s fantastical world of harrowing adventures, mythical creatures, and unexpected twists. Are you up for the challenge? Then join us for our next campaign! Un-Scripted Theater Company presents Adventure Quest in San Francisco.
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez — aka Rick Shelton — leads this entertaining and informative three-hour walking tour of San Francisco, focusing on the Gold Rush era of the 1850s and beyond. Montez herself was an Irish actress and mistress of the King of Bavaria and composer Franz Liszt, who became a popular “Spanish” dance queen in mid-19th century San Francisco. She’ll take you by some of her favorite haunts, tell you stories of the Barbary Coast and let you in on plenty of other little known town secrets, in this one-of-a-kind drag performance-excursion.
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 5, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society’s popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco’s best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00pm
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical illusions and mind reading to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. David has performed for companies like Google, Facebook, and AirBnb. He most recently finished a nine-show run at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Blue & Gold Fleet’s Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson’s daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 3:45pmSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 11:30amSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 3:45pmMonday, Apr 29, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, May 1, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, May 2, 2019 / Various Time Slots
Rossini’s genius lies in his unquestioned supremacy at writing for the human voice and his sparkling, fluid melodies. Gorgeous movements recall Rossini’s operas, yet each is perfectly suited to its traditional place in the Mass. In spite of its title, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle is neither “small” nor “solemn” — it’s Rossini! Featuring the San Francisco Choral Society, this concert at Calvary Presbyterian Church features a quartet of stellar vocal soloists: Paige Patrick, soprano; Heidi Waterman, mezzo-soprano; J. Raymond Meyers, tenor; and Kenneth Goodson, baritone, along with two virtuosic keyboard musicians: John Walko on harmonium and Bryan Baker on piano.
“Nigga-Roo” is a multidisciplinary solo performance that explores blackness as a social construct. A daring deconstruction of the African-American experience, and the weight imposed upon it by language, history, and ever-evolving societal norms, “Nigga-Roo” challenges through video, movement, music, monologue, and an unflinching usage of blackface. Named fearless by the SF Chronicle, densely-poetic by the Mercury News, and avant-garde, raw, and truthful, by Fringe Festival audiences.
Join us at Anchor Brewing for the release of our latest Barrel Aged Old Foghorn! We will also be signing up members for our new quarterly beer program set to launch this summer. We are very excited to offer this exciting program to our fans. We know you’re going to love it! Event ticket includes: 1 bottle of Barrel Aged Old Foghorn Barley Wine (22 oz.) Tasting of Barrel Aged Old Foghorn, Old Foghorn, San Franpsycho IPA, and Brewers Pale Ale Light bites Brewery tour led by an Anchor tour guide Opportunity to purchase additional bottles of the Barrel Aged Old Foghorn and other vintage Barrel Aged bottles from our vault while supplies last. Must be 21+ with valid ID. This event has staggered arrival timeslots, however, attendees are welcome to stay at the brewery for the duration of the event.
Craft beer and comedy merge harmoniously in the Beer Basement at Ales Unlimited, where The Setup draws some of the funniest local and nationally touring stand-ups in the business. The space is small and cozy but the hops and the laughs are big, with performers hailing from such comedic institutions as Comedy Bang Bang, San Francisco Sketchfest and The Comedy Store. So order a drink from Ales Unlimited’s world-class selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails, then head downstairs for a truly underground experience in the heart of the Tenderloin.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 10:00pm Friday, May 3, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 10:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Bad Asians)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pm
Take a tour through San Francisco’s history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 2, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:30pm
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that’ll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Sail around the most iconic parts of the San Francisco Bay aboard a traditional sailboat. Be part of a centuries-old nautical tradition as you watch the crew raise sails, and grab a drink as you enjoy the sunset from the special vantage of the water. It’s a perfect way to liven up your weekend — an ideal mix of luxury and adventure.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
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.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 3, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 3, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pm
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.
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, Apr 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pm
The SF Magic Hour is 75 minutes of mind-blowing magic performed by a different set of performers each month. These magicians have performed in Las Vegas and Reno Casinos, the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, on TV for the Late Late Show and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, on luxury cruise lines, with touring Broadway shows, and at Monday Night Magic, New York’s longest-running off-Broadway magic show. Each month brings new and amazing magic. So come back to PianoFight again and again to see the newest IMpossibilities.
Bursting with one show-stopping number after another, Pippin is the magical, musical fairy tale featuring a fabulous score from three-time Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). The Tony-winning musical follows the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, as he struggles to find his life’s meaning. Along the way, he samples the glories of the battlefield, the intrigues of political power and the pleasures of the flesh — all part of his quest to find out where he fits in. As narrated by a troupe of magical performers, this exuberant journey of existential fulfillment is one of Broadway’s most enduring and beloved classics, and it’s coming to the Berkeley Playhouse.
Welcome to an unforgettable night of magic, mystery and wonder starring magician and illusionist Kevin Blake. This 75-minute show is an interactive, sophisticated experience of magic and mystery full of visual illusions and mentalism. Using sleight of hand as a comedic window into finding everyday happiness in a fast-paced adult world, this oftentimes poignant piece seeks to answer the question: What is a magician who cannot believe in magic? Be there when Boxcar Theatre and Kevin Blake present Magic Man at the Speakeasy at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
Through vignettes resonant with warmth and a sense of mischievous humor, Scenes From 71* Years shares an epic snapshot of Palestinian life under occupation. A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the “separation wall.”
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 3:00pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 3:00pm
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Apr 28, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, Apr 29, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, May 1, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, May 2, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 3, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, May 4, 2019 / Various Departure Times
Imagine the world without Disneyland. No singing pirates, no dancing ghosts. How about a world without animated features? No Pinocchio or Snow White. Life would be a little less magical, wouldn’t it? Luckily, for all of us, there was Walt Disney, a tireless innovator and dreamer. Now you can take an in-depth look at the man behind the magic at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Follow his life from the earliest drawings of Mickey Mouse to his original vision of EPCOT as the city of the future and beyond. See Disney’s backyard mini train on which he used to give guests rides, explore a model of the Disneyland of Walt’s imagination, and much more. Don’t miss this fascinating tribute to an American icon in San Francisco’s historic Presidio.
Good For Weekdays Only (Closed Tuesdays) Through May 1, 2019
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that’s open to all ages. Voted America’s No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it’s also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 10:00pm (Rick Estrin & the Nightcats)Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 9:30pm (Earl Thomas)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 9:00pm (CROS)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues With Chris Cain)Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 9:30pm (Ron Thompson & the Resistors)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 10:00pm (Billy Big Daddy Cade's Tribute to the King)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 9:30pm (Billy Big Daddy Cade's Tribute to the King)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 9:00pm (Steve Willis & The Willing)
Directed by Shannon R. Davis. A modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragic-comedy of Helen of Troy. This epic explores beauty, women, gender, societal expectations, iconography, storytelling, abduction, war and death. The gods have replaced Helen with a phantom and whisked the real woman away to an Egyptian hotel room to await her judgment or rescue. After seventeen years of solitude, endless routine, and one serious fly infestation, company arrives. Will their stories save her? Can the woman transcend the icon? Catch Helen at Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco.
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You’ll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll cruise past Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
It’s one of the most influential books of all time, and yet its origins remain somewhat mysterious. In The Good Book, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson weave themes of devotion, creation and legacy into the story of the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. A young man tries to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest, while a modern-day Biblical scholar and atheist struggles with doubt. Their stories highlight an incredible exploration into how the Bible came to be. From ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America, this production of The Good Book at Peet’s Theatre at Berkeley Rep takes you on a powerful and exuberant journey through the most enduring book in Western history.
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview Performance)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview Performance)Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
Friends! The Musical Parody is the comedy musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates your favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.
Commuting in SF has never been so exciting! Defying physics, hanging, hopping and beat dropping, the San Francisco Youth Circus takes you into the hectic heart of our collective Mad Transit. The buses, the waits, the jams and scams — we’ve all experienced it, now see it in a fast-paced circus extravaganza! Mad Transit is a family-friendly, original circus show developed and presented by the San Francisco Youth Circus, the city’s preeminent, award-winning ensemble of 15 pre-professional circus artists. Prepare to be dazzled by acrobatics, hoop diving, juggling, contortion, trapeze, tissu, and more!
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pm
Experience the magic of agave, expand your palate and learn about the heritage and production of Mexico’s prized spirits. Industry experts will provide education and samples of each brand’s expressions during this interactive experience on the Hotel Via rooftop in San Francisco. You’ll also enjoy tastes of classic tequila cocktails from the demonstration bar, featuring expert instruction on the recipes and techniques required to create balanced cocktails at your home bar.
Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning exploration of adult relationships still resonates today, detailing marriage and the single life in equal measure. Bobby’s turning 35. Can he find someone to settle down with? Should he? His married friends have many different opinions, and so do the girls he dates. Filled with famous songs like “Another Hundred People,” “Not Getting Married,” “The Little Things We Do Together,” “Being Alive” and the classic “The Ladies Who Lunch,” Company is a must-see!
Friday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 2, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pm
This awesome show will feature international hip-hop dancers Rochka and Rubix from Criminalz Crew in Paris, Red Bull artist Angyil from Los Angeles, Lord Fin (also from LA), Chicago footwork virtuoso King Charles, Bay Area prodigy Prince Ali and, from Germany, Vivien Kaluza and TheVinh Luong. City Dance’s talented instructors have created all-new work that’ll be showcased at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre as well. They’re sure to put on a great show that’s fun for all ages.
Take a jaunting romp through the Dark Ages with Basement Party as they explore the finer issues of the Medieval Era in seven hot new sketches sure to tickle your inner Lordship. Featuring fresh new guest performers and sexy new writers, Basement Party’s Ye Olde Sketche Comedy Showe storms the main stage of Pianofight on Saturdays.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
KILL THE DEBBIE DOWNERS! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM OFF! is a newly devised theatre piece inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Live music, movement, and text creates an original exploration of Chekhov’s lasting themes of memories fading, revolutions looming, and visions of the future beckoning. There will be laughter through tears, a gun in act one, and the end of an era.
Get ready for a dizzying Jazz Age ride when Scott and Zelda’s glittering life spills out across the Ross Valley Players stage, following the Fitzgeralds as they roam international playgrounds from the hot spots of Europe to the deadly glitter of Hollywood. Their untamed lives are co-starred with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Groucho Marx and a frenetic cast of the rich and risky cavorting on two continents. Along the way, Scott pens The Great Gatsby and becomes America’s greatest writer. Sidle up to a ringside seat for the epic romance of Scott and Zelda: The Beautiful Fools.
In Off-Broadway, Off-Book, Off-Kilter, Cat Dance improvisationally completes a play they haven’t read after a dramatic reading of the first scene. On select dates, they’ll feature plays by local San Francisco playwrights.
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:30pm
Have your heart twisted and tickled by this hilarious and inspiring show that blends some of the best slam poetry and improvised comedy the Bay Area has to offer. No show is the same! Poetry will be performed by Ephraim Nehemiah and your co-host Mic Ting. Improv will feature Caleb Lush, Conor Allen, Danny Outlae, Rodd Naimi, Lilly Conboy, Teddy Myers, Tayor Couchois and Sahil Desai. Catch The Bridge at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
Join Dammit, Carol! for a lovely evening of lavish literary delights. The Carols host a book club based on a title suggested by the audience, leading to a page-turning evening of improv full of red herrings, cliffhangers, and onomatopoeia. Each show features new sketch comedy videos, and guest openers, forming a biweekly leather-bound volume of fun.
Friday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Jul 4, 2019 / 1:30pmMonday, Jul 15, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 1:30pm