A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), returns to A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco. Weaving together the stories of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, the play unfolds amidst the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Unmarried and pregnant, lovely Laila is forced to marry her older neighbor after her family and home are torn apart. When she forges an unlikely friendship with her husband's first wife, the two women manage to find the inner-strength and hope to raise a new generation. Adapted for the stage by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning production reunites many of the original cast members and will, once again, feature live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.
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.
A little-known American hero steps into the spotlight in playwright Jeanne Sakata's eloquent one-man show, Hold These Truths. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, this stirring drama spotlights an important but far-too-often forgotten moment in American civil rights history. When the government decides to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II, Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. constitution and democracy. Join him on his journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs and failings at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
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.
Grease is the word, and the musical you've gotta see when it comes to Berkeley Playhouse. Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over...until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning." Join the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds and the rest of the gang and experience all the fun of this all-American classic.
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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See thousands of beautiful orchids for sale and on display at Orchids in the Park. The event features local, regional and international orchid and tropical plant vendors. View orchids on display from local growers and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world at the Hall of Flowers in San Francisco.
Tom Lehrer epitomized the era of satirical humor in the 1950s and 1960s, writing songs which were wickedly naughty yet not x-rated by today's standards in any way. What is most amazing about Lehrer's music is how timeless it has remained, dealing with subjects such as religion, love and nuclear weapons without in any way dating the material. Turned into a musical revue by the producing genius behind Cats and Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Macintosh, Tomfoolery still is one of the most bitingly hilarious two hours of music you will ever hear. A cast of three men and two women will sing and act out Tom's music and send you home from San Francisco's Shelton Theater with a smile on your face and at least a couple of thoughts rattling around in your brain. Tom may have decided to retire from songwriting (as is rumored) "when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize," but his humor remains as a legacy for all of us today.
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that will transport you to a 1920s San Francisco watering hole full of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans and barflies. As you wander throughout the multi-room environment, sipping cocktails, playing casino games, or simply observing, you'll stumble across all manner of conversations and interactions as a complex narrative web unfolds. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 17, 2018 / 7:30pm
Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of the Sciences boasts some pretty impressive credentials: This San Francisco landmark is the only place on Earth that houses an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, all under one living roof. Your general admission pass lets you get up close and personal with hundreds of free-flying tropical birds and butterflies inside the four-story living rainforest and gives you access to the award-winning, galaxy-spanning digital shows in the Morrison Planetarium. Animal-lovers can feast their eyes on an albino alligator, a colony of feisty African penguins, and more than 38,000 other live animals in the Steinhart Aquarium. Plus, you can learn about everything from meteors to minerals to mankind's evolution ... and that's all before you make your way up to the rolling hills and fields on the rooftop.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 11:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
The Five Lesbian Brothers get their mischievous hands on a classic in Oedipus at Palm Springs. The play follows the dark adventure of two couples on a retreat to the desert resort town. While new parents Fran and Con try desperately to jump-start their sex life, May-December love bunnies Prin and Terri can't keep their hands off each other. What begins as a hilarious, boozy weekend takes a horrific turn after a secret is revealed. Two parts comedy with a shot of tragedy shaken over ice, Oedipus at Palm Springs is a brave examination of the messy guts of relationships at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
New wave fans, break out your neons and skinny ties -- the Retro Futura concert tour is coming to take over Saratoga's Mountain Winery with a totally tubular lineup of '80s pop-rock hitmakers. Belinda Carlisle scored mega-hits as lead singer of The Go-Go's ("We Got the Beat") before going on to a succesful solo career ("Heaven is a Place on Earth"). Modern English became one of the most quintessential bands of the era with their hit song "I Melt With You." Also taking the stage during this night of great throwback music are ABC ("The Look of Love"), Tony Lewis from The Outfield ("Your Love"), and Kajagoogoo's Limahl ("Too Shy").
Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco's hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by more than six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats. Entering their 45th year, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing lineup of hilarious political and pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Taylor Swift, Colin Kaepernick, Wonder Woman, Sarah Huckabee, Vladimir Putin, Ivanka Trump and Jared, Lady Gaga, Prince, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Harvey Weinstein, Bernie Sanders, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.
This stirring stage musical was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by Time magazine and later became a feature film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, The Last Five Years is a two-person song cycle that navigates the ins and outs -- and beginning and end -- of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade), this Drama Desk Award-winner is the story of one couple's five years together, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. There is, however, a twist: The man retells the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters' emotional timelines converge only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show. Don't miss this bittersweet contemporary classic at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 9, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
Though named after a goofy Monty Python sketch, Toad the Wet Sprocket proved to be no joke when the alt-rock outfit's 1991 album, Fear, went platinum. With bright, jangly guitar chords reminiscent of REM and tender, evocative lyrics, Toad hits such as "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" became the stuff of many a mixtape as well as soundtracks for films ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to So I Married an Axe Murderer. After 25 years of performing, the four-piece continues to bring their mellow, melodic music to sold-out venues around the world. Now you can catch them in concert at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, with Megan Slankard.
RocketBoat is a high-speed, 30-minute thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. Roaring past the beautiful San Francisco skyline, RocketBoat screams down to Bay Bridge and near AT&T Park, where you'll thrill to the high-speed twists and turns, propelled by the boat's 2800-horsepower engines. A classic rock 'n' roll soundtrack adds to the fun. If you want to get wet, sit toward the back. You'll stay a bit drier if you sit in the middle or the front of the vessel. Wet or dry, this ride is fast and fun.
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.
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, July 21, 2018 / Various TimesSunday, July 22, 2018 / Various TimesMonday, July 23, 2018 / Various TimesTuesday, July 24, 2018 / Various TimesWednesday, July 25, 2018 / Various TimesThursday, July 26, 2018 / Various TimesFriday, July 27, 2018 / Various TimesSaturday, July 28, 2018 / Various Times
The story behind one of the world's greatest artistic masterpieces comes to life in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. Artist Georges Seurat is obsessed with finishing his greatest work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, at the expense of all else -- including his lover, Dot. This production at the San Francisco Playhouse traverses history, pairing Seurat's struggles with the thematically similar foibles of a contemporary descendant named George. The result is one of the most innovative musicals ever to emerge from Broadway, and a deeply personal statement on what it means to make meaningful art.
One of the star's of NBC's Undateable and Powerless, Ron Funches is also one of the biggest up-and-coming comedy stars in the nation. With his easygoing style and endlessly inventive comedy, Funches cracked up audiences in Portland for a decade before moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Less than a year later, he was named LA Weekly's Number One Comic to Watch, as well as one of Esquire's Best New Comedians. His stand-up act consists of off-the-cuff non-sequiturs and absurd observations delivered in a sleepy sing-song that's hypnotically hilarious. With his lovable looks and infectious smile, even a total stranger to his work will be a Funches friend by the end of his set. Catch him while you can at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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.
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it's still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman's Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, past the city's Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco's history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks, snacks and more.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmSunday, Jul 22, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmMonday, Jul 23, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmTuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmWednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmThursday, Jul 26, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmFriday, Jul 27, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm
In (dis)Place[d], foolsFURY co-artistic director Debórah Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, a refugee, an Israeli spy and an immigrant to America. The story follows the little-known history and tenuous position of Arab Jews in Baghdad in the years leading up to, during and following World War II. As part of the FURY Factory Festival, the powerhouse solo performance combines story, movement, music, song, recordings and segments of Edward Ben-Eliezer's 2007 video interview with the National Holocaust Organization. Eliezer creates several different characters -- including her father at three different ages, her great grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, historical figures and The Land itself -- when she takes the stage at The Flight Deck in Oakland.
Hailed by The New York Times as "one of this country's most original and illuminating writers," Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Everybody explores the most universal of truths: You can't take it with you, but everybody tries. When Everybody faces imminent death, which companion -- Beauty, Friendship, Stuff or Love -- will make it to the final destination? The show's core company of actors will be cast by lottery every night, letting fate decide the journey as they play out this new riff on an ancient morality tale with surprising grace, humor and heart on the stage of the Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda.
He's had scene-stealing roles in such mega-hit movies as Anchorman, Austin Powers, Talladega Nights and Get Smart, and a recurring role as Todd Packer on NBC's The Office. But Missouri native David Koechner got his start as a professional funnyman onstage in Chicago, studying at ImprovOlympic and The Second City before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live. Now Koechner returns to his original stand-up roots at Cobb's Comedy Club, where he'll delight you with his hilarious jokes, signature stories and off-the-wall characters.
Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You'll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
You'll be inspired to create and build during Brickshow 2018, where the Bay Area LEGO Users Group's large LEGO sculptures are on display for public viewing. The show's main attraction is a massive LEGO "world" -- built entirely out of the toy bricks -- that features a city, a Medieval display, the Statue of Liberty and more. After stoking your imagination with the incredible exhibit, take part in building your own amazing creations in the playroom where both adults and children can make their own LEGO creations. This show at the Bay Area Family Church will also have LEGO kits and other merchandise for sale so you can keep building at home.
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
After two wonderfully successful years, Un-Scripted Theater Company is proud to present the third annual West Coast Musical Improv Festival! The Bay Area will be host to 13 of the best musical improv acts from around the country. Among others, we'll be featuring national acts like hip-hop troupe A Tribe Called Yes (Seattle), improv karaoke band Surprise Inside (L.A.), post-apocalyptic Dystopia! The Musical! (Seattle), and a cappella improvisors Pitch, Please (L.A.). We'll also feature San Francisco-based favorites like Anthony Veneziale and Vivek Venugopal in American Immigrants, improvised opera with Operavised, 1940s jazz players All That Jazz!, and -- for the very first time -- a musical version of the acclaimed show Speechless! In addition to exciting shows, the West Coast Musical Improv Festival will be holding musical improv workshops for performers and enthusiasts at all levels, in a variety of genres, from extreme beginner to seasoned pro.
The Mountain Home Country Music Festival is coming to the Mountain Home Festival Grounds in Elmore County, right at the base of Sawtooth National Forest, for three days of the best music country has to offer. Mountain Home attendees can expect a star-studded lineup for 2018 with more than 20 great performances by artists including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Eric Church and more. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend -- so get ready to get your country on like never before!
July 28 & 29, 2018Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 12:45pm (Gates Open at 11:30am)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 11:00am (Gates Open at 10:00am)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 12:15pm (Gates Open at 11:00am)
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women -- all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines -- are drawn together by Fate ... and an impromptu happy hour. They decide it's high time to reclaim their enthusiasm for life. Over the course of six months, fueled by laughter, hilarious misadventures and the occasional liquid refreshment, these women successfully bond and find the confidence to jump-start their new lives. The Ross Valley Players raise a toast to The Savannah Sipping Society at the Barn Theater.
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
Dry Powder goes behind the boardroom at a large private equity firm to take a darkly humorous look at the giant clashing egos that play fast and loose with our financial system. The company finds itself facing a PR nightmare after its president presides over massive layoffs at a national retailer and then throws himself a lavish engagement party all in the same week. Seth, another partner at the firm, comes up with a genius plan to beat the bad headlines: Invest big in an all-American luggage manufacturer to show that they're champions of the little guy. But Seth's rival and uber-captialist Jenny wants to squeeze the suitcase company for all its worth. The Bay Area premiere of this "lacerating ... nuanced" and "extraordinarily timely" (Time Out New York) off-Broadway comedy comes to Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
"What They Said About Love was funny, poignant, thoughtful and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance," said Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com. Actor and writer Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can't -- tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love -- what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06 and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love -- and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. See the show named Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival now at The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 5:00pmSunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 2:00pm
Engage! Your trip to the outer reaches of the universe comes in these hilarious improvised episodes inspired by the hit science fiction fantasy series Star Trek. You don't have to be a super fan to enjoy Phasers on Stun's live show's featuring intergalactic humor, cosmic exploration and planet-hopping adventures -- all improvised on the spot. This improv gang specializes exclusively in Star Trek-inspired episodes about the cosmos, keeping audiences entertained with costumes, aliens and more. Check out this wild and wacky fan-fic spin at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Sep 15, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Oct 20, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Nov 17, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 15, 2018 / 8:00pm
Described as a live-action sci-fi radio play, Space Pilots in Spaaaace! stars the darkly comic ensemble 13th Floor and appears as part of The Fury Factory festival of ensemble and devised theater, a biennial gathering of performing artists from around the Bay Area and the world. When a captain and her crew crash-land on a seemingly hostile planet, a series of misadventures with Argasian stardust, accidental interspecies reproduction and a search for an alternate fuel source uncover the possibility of saving a dying world. Funny, thoughtful and action-packed, Space Pilots in Spaaaace! offers an off-kilter yet hopeful look at humanity's future at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco.
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 4, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 11, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 7:00pm
Weaving a poetic vocabulary of acrobatic movement and storytelling, this intimate, highly-physical play tells the tale of one woman, lost between the uncharted waters of her grief and the shores of her joyful memories following the disappearance of her soul-mate. Developed as Artists in Residence at the San Francisco Circus Center and premiered at DIVAFest in 2016, Terra Incognita: Through The Waves has moved audiences with it's gritty and honest portrayal of loss. Created, directed and performed by three women, it now comes to the stage at San Francisco's Z Below as part of the FURY Factory Festival.
Pericles is the somewhat improbable tale of Prince Pericles and his many adventures. Along the way he finds a wife, then loses a wife; has a daughter, then loses a daughter. Luckily he manages to find them both in this tale full of twists and turns that has it all -- comedy, romance, and adventure. Directed by Lesley Currier, the Marin Shakespeare Company's Pericles stars Dameion Brown and takes place at the beautiful Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in the open air. Join Pericles as he journeys to strange shores full of hilarious trials and tribulations as well as love and eventually, wisdom.
Raise your glass and enjoy a romantic sunset on the water with magnificent views of San Francisco, highlighted by a delicious seasonal dinner prepared fresh on board by Hornblower's chefs. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want a different sort of night out, the sight of San Francisco's spectacular skyline as you sail past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge will make the evening special. The elegant four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, choice of entree, plus coffee, tea and dessert. Spend the rest of the cruise relaxing and dancing to live music. There's a cash bar on board as well, serving signature cocktails and other libations.
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
For more than a decade, the performers of Red Hots Burlesque have been bumping and grinding their way across the best stages in New York and San Francisco. Now the United States' longest-running queer burlesque show's moving their popular Friday night extravaganza to the Stud, San Francisco's oldest gay bar! Voted San Francisco's hottest happy hour by SF Weekly, Red Hots features burlesque's signature striptease numbers, along with comedy, drag, live music, death-defying aerials, acrobatics and more. This all-inclusive troupe boasts talent from every gender, size, cultural background and performance style, and with a rotating roster of international performers, you're guaranteed to see an all-new show each and every time.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 17, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Sep 7, 2018 / 8:00pm
The critically acclaimed and award-winning star of Broadway's Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Las Vegas hit Steve Wynn's Showstoppers, actor-singer David Burnham makes his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut. Experience his latest San Francisco cabaret extravaganza, Mostly Broadway, songs and stories from the Great White Way and beyond. Burnham's also released several solo recordings, including a self-titled CD as well as "One Day" and helmed several one-man shows.
April Kidwell played the lead role of Nomi Malone in the raucous and raunchy Off-Broadway production Showgirls! The Musical! -- and now she's taking the stage again in her own production. Kidwell brings Nomi back for more scandalous shenanigans in the hilariously irreverent I, Nomi. In this show at Oasis in San Francisco, Nomi explores her adolescence, her family and her life beyond Las Vegas. Prepare to be thrilled and scandalized as Nomi bears all in this uproarious one-woman show.
A San Francisco native and long-time Oasis favorite, Matthew Martin is back with his latest music-and-dance salute to the classic leading ladies of Hollywood. With just a glance or a gesture, Martin can transform himself into memorable stars like Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Susan Hayward and even Eartha Kitt. He's also been known to show off his prodigious tap-dancing skills, and delighted audiences in a recent run as Blanche in the popular Golden Girls Christmas show. Spend the evening in old-time Tinseltown when this talented entertainer returns to Oasis.
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.
John Lloyd Young made such an indelible impression as Frankie Valli in the original Broadway production of Jersey Boys, that Clint Eastwood chose him to star in the movie version as well. It probably helped that the stage role made Young the only American actor ever to receive a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. He's since released his own R&B-tinged album My Turn, starred in an all-star production of Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and in concert at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the White House. Catch Young as he returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco, following sold-out engagements four years in a row, for an intimate performance, and find out what led the The New York Times to describe his voice as a "one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere."
Whether you're a tourist or longtime resident, seeing San Francisco by sea is nothing short of spectacular, and there's no better way to experience it than aboard a Hornblower cruise of the bay. This two-hour excursion takes you past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, for stunning views of the city skyline and more. You'll also enjoy a lunch buffet served on board, with soda, juice, coffee and tea included. Wine, beer and cocktails will be available for purchase as well.
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, Aug 10, 2018 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, Aug 17, 2018 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)
One of the nation's fastest-rising comedy stars, Kabir Singh is a huge crowd-pleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and tons of clever material. He has won numerous comedy competitions, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition, and has opened for top comedy stars like Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook. Singh has taped sets for Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias' Stand-Up Revolution and Starz's StannDupp. He's been called "The Next Big Indian Comedian" by India West, and has been called "One of the Must-See Stand-Up Comedians in the U.S." by TV Asia.
It's Paris in 1967. Bernard thinks he can juggle three unwitting stewardess fiancés. Bernard is very, very wrong! Ten years after the smash Broadway revival (which earned Tony awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor in a Leading Role), theTRIBE Productions breathes new life (and laughs!) into this hysterical bedroom farce at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco.
Seen it all before? Looking for something different? It's guaranteed raucousness - it's oh-so-uplifting - it's the Clyde Always Show! The creator behind this one-of-a-kind spectacle, a profoundly fun-loving powerhouse of zaniness, guides you through an action-packed, hipster-ific hour of shiver-giving tall tales, foot-stomping songs and hilarious monologues-in-verse. Leave your reservations at the door for this wild ride covering everything under the urban overhang (and then some) at the Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 1, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 8, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 15, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 8:00pm
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, Jul 20, 2018 / 8:30pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 8:30pmFriday, Aug 17, 2018 / 8:30pm
Cobb's Comedy Allstars offers a stellar night of stand-up with some of the club's most reliably hilarious comedians. Known for developing some of the country's top performers -- including stars like Robin Williams and Margaret Cho -- Cobb's is the premier comedy club in the Bay Area, and this is a great chance to see the stars of today and tomorrow. You'll see performers who have been seen on the Tonight Show, Letterman, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central, and more, plus local, regional and national favorites.
Dance to your favorite hits at a beautiful waterfront location! This mixer at The Club at Harbor Point in Mill Valley is co-sponsored by by the Society of Single Professionals and is a great way to meet that special someone.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
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.
Endgames Improv brings their Indie Night of comedy to Stage Werx in San Francisco. The show will consist of the best of Endgames' indie and experimental teams, with something new and funny always waiting to be seen.
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Aug 14, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Aug 21, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Aug 28, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Sep 4, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Sep 11, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Sep 18, 2018 / 8:00pm
With Infinite Resistance, the San Francisco Neo-Futurists present 30 short plays interrogating, lampooning and wrestling with contemporary politics, national and local. As part of the FURY Factory Festival, they'll present plays that rage at injustice, celebrate the struggle and champion community. You'll see plays about immigration policy, micro-aggressions, self-care, gun control, queer politics and more. Written and performed by the ensemble, these two-minute plays offer both difficult truths and uncontainable joy at The Flight Deck in Oakland.
The Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City plays host to all kinds of cool cultural arts events, aimed at kids, adults and families. Concerts run the gamut from outdoor blues and bluegrass to kindie rock, chamber music and beyond, including an upcoming salute to Indian bhangra with great Bay Area music and dance troupes. Keep an eye out for intimate performances, lectures, workshops, theater productions, film screenings and other fun happenings throughout the year.
Talk show host Becky Harlowe is filming an episode of Becky's Time live. And you're lucky enough to be in the studio audience as she crashes and burns. Applaud, smile, dance and speak only when spoken to as your host Becky presides with the hard-hitting, serious questions only a daytime TV host can ask. With the best of intentions and the worst of exclusionary feminism, White Feminist is Megyn Kelly without the cue cards, Taylor Swift without the appropriated beats and Lena Dunham without the half-hearted apologies. Lee Minora stars in this one-woman comedy at San Francisco's Z Below, running as part of the FURY Factory Festival.
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.
The Raw Materials series portion of the FURY Factory Festival showcases works-in-progress. It provides a way for ensembles who produce devised work the opportunity to gain critical feedback through performance and audience engagement. Come see adventurous new works of theater at the point of their creation when Program C of Raw Materials comes to the stage of San Francisco's NOHspace at the Project Artaud.
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District's most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover's walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area's renowned Mexican food -- even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Jul 29, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 12, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 17, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 19, 2018 / 11:00am
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.
Learn 150-plus years of the city's history on this two-hour walking tour that's crammed full of facts, fun and frivolity. From the gold rush forward, discover how the unique history of San Francisco formed its quirky personality of today on this 99% flat tour (seriously!) that takes you from Union Square to the foot of Market Street. Beginning as a tiny trading post, San Francisco quickly grew to become the 10th largest city in America thanks to the nearby discovery of gold nuggets. Before long, people were coming from every corner to live in this eclectic city by the Bay.
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, Jul 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (Theatresports)Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Wish You Were Here: A Summer Vacation Farce)Friday, Jul 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Theatresports)Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Wish You Were Here: A Summer Vacation Farce)
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.
Wash those Monday Blues away with comedy you can trust. San Fran Monday Blues Comedy lets you soak up the cool club vibes at the old-school Delirium as you catch one-of-a-kind talent from the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene.
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.
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 9, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 16, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 30, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 6, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 13, 2018 / 9:00pm
Don't miss the next Ace Boon Comedy's F'larious Fridays show with host Ace Boon. This episode of Boon's show will feature hot music by DJ Big Kal and some of the best local and national comedians, includingKip Fuller, Mike Watson, Selena Biels, KD Ashley and Frankie Marcos, along with a surprise special guest. Every ticket purchased will automatically be entered for a chance to win a raffle. Come early to get a good seat and you and your friends can enjoy dinner and bar drinks. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle for a chance to win big money! Be there for this fun night at La Estrellita Cafe in Oakland.
Inspired by the Kink.com Mission to "demystify and celebrate alternative sexualities," the company offers Bay Area locals and visitors the opportunity to attend workshops that will aid in providing the information and encouragement to support exploration. Each month features several opportunities to attend workshops that cater to a wide variety of interests and experience levels. Instructors include models and directors of Kink.com as well as talented and renowned educators within the sex, kink and BDSM communities. Come with an open mind and a positive attitude. Most workshops include live demonstrations.
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Rope Bottoming 101 with Evie Vane)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (Amp Up Your Everyday Sexiness With Fetish! Presented by Knotasha)
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, Jul 25, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Aug 8, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Aug 15, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Aug 29, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Sep 5, 2018 / 9:00pmWednesday, Sep 12, 2018 / 9:00pm
Love is dead, literally. Mercy is a barista in San Francisco... and she's also a serial killer. The only one who knows is a Grim Reaper named Thana, who is her girlfriend... sort of. It's complicated. The two of them navigate a tenuous romance while trying to evade detection by the authorities on either side of mortality. Mercy Killing by Alandra Hileman and directed by Claire Rice is part of THURSPLAYS: Strange and Unusual Plays for Strange and Unusual People. It's your new favorite thing to do on a Thursday night, with dinner and drinks available for purchase before the show at PianoFight. After some food and a drink, shuffle into the theater for a 60-minute play guaranteed to make your freak flag fly.
Sometimes motivational speakers are more hilarious than they are helpful -- just take a look at comedian Ross Everett's Stop Stopping the Unstoppable. Join Everett's super "inspirational" life coach alter-ego Dale Thorhammer as he takes you down the road of personal development -- and you can bet that this road is paved with plenty of silly mantras, nonsensical advice and non-stop jokes. It may not be a real motivational seminar, but this show will definitely give you something to think about and laugh at!
The Bay Area's unique cultural mix of clever and quirky is an amazing breeding ground for comedy. Comedians from the area tend to stand out from the crowd, and some of America's greatest entertainers have come from this area: Dana Carvey, Greg Proops, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho and more. The Do What You Love Comedy Series at the WeWork Civic Center continues the tradition by celebrating next-gen comedians and surprise guests every fourth Friday as featured on SF Sketchfest, Netflix, Punch Line, Vice TV, Comedy Central and more.
Two teams go head-to-head in Comedy Baseball, a competitive joke-telling show on a digital baseball field. Featuring retro graphics, this custom baseball game is a throwback to old Nintendo baseball games... except it's controlled by telling jokes. Over the course of the season the teams will duke it out for the title of Comedy Baseball Champions at San Francisco's PianoFight!
Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Aug 3, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 17, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 7:00pm
ShortLived, one of the nation's largest audience-judged theater competitions, returns with 48 short plays over nine weeks and $5,000 on the line for the winning team. Now you get to decide which playwright ultimately succeeds in winning the grand prize. Each of the first eight weeks of competition feature six short plays per week, ranging from dramatic plays, comedic sketches, devised work, musicals, movement-based pieces or solo acts. Your vote is key in determining who's the ultimate champion at San Francisco's PianoFight.
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.
Standing over 6' tall, the only thing more intimidating than Marcella Arguello's height is her comedy. She's smart with a street edge as she shares her hilarious take on everything from race, gender and family to relationships, music and pop culture. Arguello appeared on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly in 2015, her Twitter account was featured on TIME.com, CNN and Comedy Central and she's opened for a long list of comic stars, including David Alan Grier, Norm MacDonald and Colin Kane. Catch the "finest export from Modesto since George Lucas" live in San Francisco at the Punch Line Comedy Club.
Don Reed is back with the latest installment of his wonderfully wild autobiographical trilogy, Can You Dig It?, rolling into The Marsh Berkeley. A nostalgic ride through the amusing and oftentimes turbulent '60s and beyond, Reed's solo show takes place before his father became a pimp, before little Donnie was forced into "that door-knocking religion," and includes some unbelievably true tales never revealed in previous productions. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, James Brown to The Jerk, MLK to JFK to the KKK, you'll experience life through the eyes of an awkward, spunky kid just trying to fit in during the rowdy '60s.
#//EMBEDDED//# is a one-person multimedia piece of devised theater that examines the condition of a trapped virtual identity through the lens of a cyber celebrity stuck within the regulating algorithms of a social media platform, inside a broadcasting room floating somewhere in the inter-webs of cyber space and time. Or maybe it's just about a basement-dwelling computer nerd who creates a super-cool virtual identity that keeps him from making real human connections because he can't disconnect. Film projection, GIF animation, Prezi presentation, physical theater and polyester pants are all included in Pratik Motwani's production, which comes to San Francisco's NOHspace at the Project Artaud as part of the FURY Factory Festival.
From beatniks, blues masters and drunken sailors to hardened fishermen and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of local characters and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over a complimentary drink on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking. You'll discover San Francisco's hidden pubs in Little Italy with a local guide, rub shoulders with the regulars at one of North Beach's best bohemian pubs, stroll through the vibrant streets, try an award-winning Northern California craft brew and learn about North Beach's colorful history. Get to Vesuvio Cafe for an experience to broaden your horizons.
Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 10, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 16, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 18, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 7:00pmSunday, Nov 18, 2018 / 7:00pm
What does it mean to be, in the words of London's Daily Telegraph, "one of our finest improv comedians"? It means going on epic comedic riffs, glorious tangents studded with references to history, politics and religion. It means pulling punchlines out of thin air, instantly creating jokes other comics would spend years writing and polishing. It means, in short, being Greg Proops. Best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Proops has also appeared on dozens of TV shows, including HBO's Flight of the Conchords. He was a frequent guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately and Red Eye. Currently the host of the acclaimed podcast The Smartest Man in the World, now the "Proopdog" brings his witty and hyper-literate stand-up style to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
From a showdown with a violent felon in small-town Nebraska to a childhood listening to anti-conformist rants in San Francisco, Dan Hoyle's solo show Each and Every Thing takes you on an emotional odyssey that crisscrosses America to explore how we experience the world in the digital age. Award-winning actor and playwright Dan Hoyle's production depicts his search for true community, spontaneity and wonder in today's fractured and hyper-connected world, making pit stops at a Digital Detox retreat in remote Northern California, the intellectual temple of Calcutta's famed coffeehouse and a soul-baring confession in Manhattan. Be there when Dan Hoyle brings his award-winning show to the stage of The Marsh Berkeley.
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical illusions and mind reading to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. Join Gerard for his first shows written exclusively for PianoFight in San Francisco, where you'll witness near-impossible mental and physical feats just inches away from your seat. Through a mix of psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship, Gerard will create an experience you'll remember long after the show is over.
Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 1, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 8, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Aug 29, 2018 / 8:00pm
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society's popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco's best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Monday, Jul 23, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
For some 30 years, Cobb's Comedy Club has been one of the hottest venues on the stand-up circuit, hosting both up-and-comers and established comics. Known for developing some of the country's top performers -- including stars like Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt and Margaret Cho -- the club's famed showcases feature the funniest rising comics in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom already boast major TV credits. A fixture in San Francisco's famous North Beach, Cobb's offers a complete dinner menu and full-service bar for a complete evening of entertainment.
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.
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.
Gus is a talented gay white male artist on the rise. His good friend Jane is the new curator at a prestigious museum. But when Jane informs him he's the exact opposite of what she's looking for, Gus is crushed. Then he hires Vanessa, an African-American actress who agrees to an unconventional role. White navigates the treacherous waters of code-switching and cultural appropriation with biting wit and a splash of disco realism at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley.
Police are profiling. Communities are changing. We know it's happening. What are we going to do about it? In this snapshot of a day in the life of Bay Area teens, playwright Marisela Treviño Orta explores the impact of gentrification, LGBTQ+ intolerance, mental health stigmas and systemic discrimination on our youth. Through the power of technology, photography and spoken word, A Place to Belong (formerly SeaChange)) -- this year's Collaborative Youth Arts Project -- questions what it means to be Bay Area bred and feel like you don't belong. Inspired by the real-life stories of teens from rapidly changing neighborhoods in Oakland and the Mission, Bayview and Fillmore districts of San Francisco, this world premiere combines a cast of young actors on stage at The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater.
With their revue, Part of Their World: The Magical Music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men's Chorus dives into a fun, irreverent and theatrical concert that pays tribute to musical luminaries Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. It's an all-ages extravaganza as the ensemble presents an array of full chorus, small ensemble and solo numbers, including beloved songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and more. You'll hear one Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy-winning tune after another at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Get carried away by the harrowing adventures of Quasimodo and Esmeralda when The Hunchback of Notre Dame swings into San Francisco's Victoria Theatre, courtesy of BAM! Bay Area Musicals. You'll be whisked back to the perilous streets of 15th-century Paris, where wicked men in power pull the strings and heroes appear where you'd least expect them. Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with music from the animated feature's Academy Award-nominated score, the production is enhanced with new songs by two acclaimed musical theatre legends: Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz.
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.
Saturday, Jul 21, 2018 / 9:45pm Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jul 28, 2018 / 9:45pm Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 16, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Aug 30, 2018 / 8:00pm
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that'll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
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, Jul 21, 2018 / 9:30pm (Bria Skonberg: Summertime Blues)Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Ron Artis II & The Truth)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 7:00pm (Roots of A Rebellion)Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 / 9:00pm (Roots of A Rebellion)