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.
Onedome presents The Unreal Garden, an immersive mixed reality experience where art comes to life all around you. Featuring the work of a visionary group of world-class artists, and created by a team of technologists, innovators and storytellers, The Unreal Garden merges multiple layers of perception to spark your imagination and engage your senses with a truly unreal experience like you’ve never had before. Augmented reality, projection mapping, soundscapes, food and drink, and even the physical space itself all work together to immerse you in a fantastical otherworld known as The Unreal Garden.
Any Monday- Thursday (NO WEEKENDS): February 11 - May 31, 2019
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
Just in time for Pride month, the uproarious drag send-up of HBO’s beloved series Sex and the City celebrates its 8th year anniversary with two all-new episodes! Relive your favorite moments during this loving tribute to the iconic show, which finds four “young women” in search of the perfect relationship while looking gorgeous and knocking back plenty of cosmopolitans. This show features four of the San Francisco’s most fabulous drag stars: D’Arcy Drollinger, Sue Casa, Lady Bear and Steven LeMay playing homage to Carrie and the gang. Darren Star (creator of the HBO show) described this version as “funnier than it was on TV,” so you can expect some Big Apple-sized laughs at Oasis.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 20, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 7:00pm
One of the Bay Area’s true cultural jewels, Smuin Contemporary Ballet continues to shine brightly at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 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.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pm
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
LMNL is a unique immersive, interactive experience designed to inspire, amaze and transform. Every installation and room has been curated so each experience is interactive and responsive to participants. More than 14 rooms and installations are interconnected into fun otherworldly explorations, inviting the seeker on a journey of curiosity, play and collaboration, where the art magically responds to and is created by them. Designed in collaboration with 11 leading new media and visual artists from around the world, LMNL is pushing the boundaries of reality, evolved with magical experiences that live at the evolutionary edge of technology, art and human connection. LMNL is a 60-120 minute, open flow (museum-like) experience for all audiences and ages.
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
Sarah Silverman might be one of the biggest comedy stars in the world, a best-selling author, and a two-time Emmy winner, but can she sing? Find out when she joins Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky for a night comedy, song and hilarious conversation sparked by Rudetsky’s insightful and revealing questions. Not that Silverman needs any prompting in that department; she’s taken self-deprecating humor to gut-busting T.M.I. heights. Clearly, it’s working. She most recently nabbed another Emmy nomination for creating and hosting Hulu’s weekly topical talk series I Love You, America, and reprised her role in the animated hit Wreck it Ralph 2. Her latest standup special, A Speck of Dust, earned another two Emmy nominations and a Grammy nod. In addition to hosting Sirius XM’s On Broadway and Seth Speaks, Rudetsky’s also authored several books, and co-wrote and co-starred in the New York Times Critic’s Pick Disaster!. And he plays a mean piano. This evening at the Herbst Theatre will benefit San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Project Open Hand and Sandy Hook Promise.
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
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 Anchor Steam ale 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.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm
Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the fourth replacement of her tombstone. The previous ones have been defaced by feminists who chiseled off her married name, claiming it was Ted Hughes who caused Sylvia’s death. Did he? Was her suicide at 30 a good career move? Would she do it again? And what does it say to us today? Find out when Who Killed Sylvia Plath, written by award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman, comes to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pm
Iconic cellist Mischa Maisky has collaborated with conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel. His chamber music partners have included artists such as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few. In this program at the San Francisco War Memorial Building’s Herbst Theatre, he’ll perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich. The addition of his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, makes it a family affair not to be missed.
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)
From the creative mind of acclaimed theatrical director Peter Sellars (Othello, Nixon in China) comes his very first a capella staging and most emotionally charged work to date. Conducted by Grant Gershon, the 21 stellar voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale transform Orlando di Lasso’s Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter) into both a biblical parable of St. Peter’s disavowal of Jesus Christ and a contemporary allegory for our fractious times. The dramatically staged production now comes to Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Lagrime was praised by the Los Angeles Times in its Disney Hall premiere as “a major accomplishment for the Master Chorale, which sang and acted brilliantly. It is also a major accomplishment for music history.”
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.
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.
Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, best known as the long-suffering league commissioner Kevin on FX’s hit show The League, headlines Cobb’s Comedy Club. Rannazzisi launched his career by moving from a doorman job at the world-famous Comedy Store on Sunset to hitting the stage as a stand-up, where he honed his skills amongst some of the most prolific comics in the business. His first TV job was as a cast member on MTV’s Punk’d after Ashton Kucher caught his stand-up act. Since then, he’s acted in several films, appeared on numerous television series and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
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
SkyConcepts Entertainment present Fela Kuti Tribute Concert with Lagos Roots Afrobeats. This is the showcase of the evolution of Afrobeat movement across the globe and to honor the life of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and his contribution to Nigerian/African music and to the world. The show will be a combination of speaking words, drama and live performances detailing the evolution of Afrobeat music by the late King of Afrobeat Fela Kuti. This show will be something not to miss as Lagos Root Afrobeat Ensemble brings to you a raw Afrobeat music from a different perspective. Get ready to enjoy a smash musical adventure of performing arts in Afrobeats music influenced by late Fela Kuti 80 bands with live performances by Afrobeat groups. This is definitely a night to remember, a night filled with multicultural Afrobeat musical adventure. Don’t miss Lagos Roots Afrobeat performing live with 14-piece ensemble unfiltered- deeply-groove tribal funk rhythms and dance. The show starts at 9 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Check your political correctness at the door and bring marshmallows, because things are going to be lit in this no-holds-barred roast of one of San Francisco’s favorite drag personalities — the one and only Sister Roma. Gracing the Castro Theatre stage with their claws out are the incomparable Varla Jean Merman, RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Bob the Drag Queen, drag comedian Jackie Beat, legendary Sherry Vine, the infamous Ross “The Intern” Matthews and the mean queen herself Heklina, along with other special surprise guest appearances.
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)
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You’ll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
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)
The stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness is deeply rooted in American culture and society. Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and to raising awareness, understanding and empathy. Award-winning actor and advocate Glenn Close co-founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister Jessie Close was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew Calen Pick was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Science and evidence-based programs are essential to achieving the work of BC2M. The organization’s seven public service announcements have provided stigma-reducing messaging to more than four billion individuals. By mobilizing deeply engaged change agents, especially youth, to collectively talk about mental health, BC2M is able to encourage healthy help seeking behavior, greater resilience and self-care techniques. It is transforming feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope. The organization’s peer-led high school clubs, operating in 16 states, are a great example of how youth can, and will, change the perspectives on mental illness in our lifetime. Join Glenn, Jessie and other BC2M leaders for a conversation about the power of advocacy, science and youth leadership to reduce stigma and creative positive change in the world of mental health.
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
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
Join in one of San Francisco’s most unique event space! Take in the music and dance all day long, located directly across the street from AT&T Park. Be part of the Cinco De Mayo celebration! Music, food and fun we all can appreciate. Featuring two dance areas and local favorites. Area 1: DJs Pablo Cano / Lando1 Open Format / Top 40 / reggaton / club hits. Area 2: DJs Antonio and Tony O salsa / merengue / Cuban.
Join us for the sexiest rooftop in South Beach at Hotel VIA. This Exclusive VIP Silent Disco Party is just steps away from Oracle Park, home of the SF Giants where you can sometimes catch a player after the game. It’s fully equipped with two bars, cabanas, heat lamps and fire pits! Enjoy spectacular views of the SF Skyline, the Bay and Bay Bridge. Quiet Events will be on the rooftop keeping the whole house rocking. Our 3 live DJs and two dance floors at Hotel Via, all add up to a great time! Your three live DJs are spinning all night: DJ 1 (Green): EDM/HouseDJ 2 (Red): 80s, 90s & 2K ThrowbacksDJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop/R&B. Your experience includes: A pair of Quiet Events headphones, Glow in the Dark gear, three live DJs battling for your attention. When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to. It’s super social; you’re in control of the music! There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!
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
After ten years as choreographer-in-residence, master dance maker Amy Seiwert returns to Smuin Contemporary Ballet for its quarter-century celebration featuring her signature choreography, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “keeping founder Michael Smuin’s legacy of unabashed showmanship alive.” The show includes “The Best of Smuin,” featuring the return of timeless Michael Smuin favorites such as “Unforgettable,” “Georgia” and the red-hot chair solo “Fever” from Smuin’s inaugural program Dances With Songs. Along with highlights from Carmina Burana, Dancin’ With Gershwin, and Frankie and Johnny, this showcase of classics at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts is packed with the ol’ razzle-dazzle, visually stunning effects and Smuin trademark twists.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
Remembering James tells the story of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Spanning nearly two decades of his monumental career, you’ll see how a divided country, the growing Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the artists’ work. A six-piece band accompanies the show, bringing the passion of his music alive while offering a message of hope to a grief-stricken nation looking for a moment of healing and celebration. Enjoy Remembering James at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 4:00pm
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
It slayed in London, it killed on Broadway, and now the musical adaptation of American Psycho brings all the bloody good fun to Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ notorious novel, which was later made into a cult film starring Christian Bale, American Psycho takes place in decadent 1980s Manhattan, and follows Patrick Bateman, a slick investment banker with impeccable taste, unquenchable desires and a soft spot for Huey Lewis albums. But at night, Bateman takes part in a darker indulgence. Experience this “brilliant and absorbing musical” (London Evening Standard) featuring a score by Duncan Sheik, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 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.
All hail Prince! The Purple One reigns again in 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince. Lovingly curated by The Roots’ Questlove, this first-of-its-kind, estate-approved celebration draws from Prince’s mile-long list of hits (“Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Little Red Corvette,” “1999”) and brings them to life with a live band accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. You won’t see any Prince impersonators (at least not onstage!) during this show; using state-of-the-art production elements, as well as photo and video content provided by the Prince Estate, it’s a whole new spin on Prince’s virtuosic, genre-blending talent. Don’t miss this unique tribute concert at The Masonic in San Francisco.
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
It’s Open Mic night at the Black Rep in Berkeley, featuring music, comedy and spoken word from the community, performed in a historic theater. Hosted by SixFootah ThePoet and Epitome and featuring DJ S One. Open Mic nights are a fun and wallet-friendly introduction to a theater that has been the home and supporter of the arts for the local black community for many years.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 7:30pm
The famous Whoopi Goldberg movie that became the hit musical now gets the Rhino twist when a drag queen singer has to go into hiding as a nun. But she’s not the only nun in drag — not at Rhino! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies,Beauty and the Beast, and Little Shop of Horrors), this endlessly entertaining Theatre Rhinoceros take on Sister Act (directed and choreographed by AeJay Mitchell) can be enjoyed at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 3:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm (Opening Night - Champagne Reception)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pm
Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with jazz. Folks move with musicality and speak rhythms and in the heart of it all is Violet — a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morrison’s stunning novel and musically underscored by Bay-Area jazz musician Marcus Shelby, Jazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back layered accounts and alternating perspectives exposes ultimately sympathetic characters, who — like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth — reveal their own rhythms. See Marin Theatre Company’s production of Jazz in Mill Valley.
In the opening moments of Eugene Ionesco’s masterpiece of absurdist satire, a rhinoceros rampages through a village square. At the local café, people argue over what they saw. Was it really a rhino, or just fake news? As the eccentric villagers shed refined façades for hides and horns — smashing windows and crushing flowerbeds — rumpled everyman Berenger faces a desperate choice: take a stand against the armored brutes or join the mindless herd? This outrageously comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award–winning director Frank Galati comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining show about power, conformism and mass culture. Don’t miss Rhinoceros at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
The 2018 Winter Olympics may be over, but you can still catch the U.S. Figure Skating team in all of their jumping, spinning, dazzling glory for Stars on Ice. This Emmy Award-winning production brings together America’s top skaters as they hit the rink at SAP Center at San Jose. You’ll see Olympic gold medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, two-time World Champions and six-time National Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, three-time National Champion and 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, and 2018 National Champions and World Silver Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Founded and produced by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is a dramatic spectacle for the whole family, with innovative choreography, great music, stunning costumes and the best ice skaters in the world.
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
Michael Yo — the self-described “half-black brother with a Korean mother” — was one of the most popular panelists on E!‘s hit talk show Chelsea Lately, and he’s appeared on everything from Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Extra to feature films such as Losing Control and The Bling Ring. Yo served as a celebrity correspondent for E! News, and was the host of the live satellite radio show Yo on E! He’s also brought his hilarious celebrity gossip to CNN, Fox and MSNBC. Catch Michael Yo in the Bay Area at Cobb’s Comedy Club.
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:45pm
When Joe returns from college to take the reins of his family’s traveling circus, he finds the sideshow performers under the big top, an animal trainer with no animals, a wire-walker grounded since the loss of her formerly conjoined twin, and a show struggling to find its footing in the modern world. To save the circus, everyone will have to face long-buried truths and rediscover the power of circus magic. Enjoy the world premiere of A History of Freaks at San Francisco’s Potrero Stage.
Monday, May 13, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pm
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
Boris Eifman, known as the bad boy of Russian ballet, is famed for creating controversial, dramatic dance pieces — “theatrical, visionary works that delve into characters’ lives in the most exciting, probing, titillating, and wondrous ways.” (Los Angeles Times) Now he’s bringing his Saint Petersburg-based company to Cal Performances’ Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley for the U.S. premiere of his latest sumptuously staged ballet, The Pygmalion Effect, set to a score by Johann Strauss, Jr. The Chronicle says, “This Russian dancemaker and his dancers are among the most fascinating artists before the public today.”
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
Lots of people want to try stand-up. See somebody headline a comedy show for their first time onstage with the help of five of the Bay Area’s best stand-up comedians and host Drew Harmon in I Think I’d Be Good At That. Will it be the best night of somebody’s life … or the worst? Come to Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco to be a part of one of the most unique comedy shows happening that’s also been featured as part of SF Sketchfest. Finally, the funniest person in the office gets their chance!
Discover the unique Barbary Coast, an exciting area that’s evolved into a food lover’s paradise. On this three-hour walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours, you’ll enjoy food and drink samples from six of the neighborhood’s authentic mom-and-pop restaurants and ethnic eateries. Explore a world-famous delicatessen that’s presented a salami to the pope, nosh on pizza or rosemary focaccia from a 100-year-old bakery, nibble on decadent handmade truffles and more. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will give you an insider’s look into how the foods are made at these eateries along with information about this historical neighborhood. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 6, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 20, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 27, 2019 / 11:00am
Two people enter. Two people do improv. No one dies. The minds behind Endgames Improv have come to the belief, however, that this can be a little predictable. In the interest of reducing the amount of certainty, they devised this show. Every other week, Jon Skulski and Max McCal challenge another team to perform in a style selected just moments before they get on stage. As is fair, Jon and Max then perform at the whim of their guests. Unknown styles, uncertain futures — anything goes in Uncertainty Principle at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 10:00pm
Things aren’t going great for Anna, or the rest of the planet for that matter. As executive director of the flailing Center for the Preservation of Uncharismatic Species, she has a front row seat to a global mass extinction event. As her mother’s caretaker, she’s reminded daily of our inevitable decline. And though a ubiquitous augmented-reality platform renders a pretty face on it all, the flood waters keep rising, the food supply keeps dwindling, and there is a pervasive sense that humanity’s best days are behind us. In this context, the worldwide search for the first Mars colonists becomes a source of great hope. Anna is hopeful that there, with a human species attempting to start over, she can start over too. Now she just has to get her hands on a golden ticket. Ruben Grijalva’s Anna Considers Mars was co-commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts and originally developed as part of the 2018 PlayGround Festival. It receives its world premiere at San Francisco’s Potrero Stage.
Monday, May 20, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
Join Dustin Lance Black, influential LGBTQ+ activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Milk, as he reveals his unexpectedly conservative origins in his new memoir, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, providing personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America. Black’s memoir chronicles his coming of age in a military, Mormon household in Texas and moving to more liberal California after his mother’s remarriage. Finding himself at odds with the religious and political atmosphere of his family and his community’s condemnation of his sexuality, Black kept his identity a secret. He ultimately found release and professional success in the arts and reveals that throughout his often difficult childhood, he and his mother always managed to share a powerful bond of support. When Black played an instrumental role in the overturning of California’s antigay marriage Proposition 8, she was next to him despite a lifetime of opposition. Join Dustin Lance Black at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre as he reflects on his personal journey to self-acceptance and success and shares his unique perspective on bridging the many divides in our country today.
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
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss created this cabaret and variety show, combining elements of sensuality and soul, with DJ sets to keep the dance floor grooving at all times. Not only was Burruss a part of the successful R&B group Xscape, but she went on to write the smash hits “No Scrubs” for TLC and “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child. Now she’s bringing Tamar Braxton and Trina with her to The Warfield in San Francisco for a sure-to-be sexy show.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 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
Kevin Camia’s laid-back, off-kilter style and unique take on life, work and relationships have made the Bay Area stand-up a local, national and even international fave. He’s toured across the country and in the Philippines and Hong Kong, been featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and won Best Up and Coming Comic at Rooftop’s Aspen Comedy Festival. Camia’s creepy-guy-meets-slacker delivery has won him fans around the globe, with recent sets at the Outside Lands Music Festival, SF Sketchfest and AZN network’s Asia Street Comedy.
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
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, 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 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00am
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.
A favorite in cities across the country and now coming to Omni Hotel San Francisco, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you’ll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone’s a suspect — including you! The evening kicks off with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a meal which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening — not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
Laugh at a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians at #HellaFunny, San Francisco’s hilarious traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood, and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. Catch them when they play Cobb’s Comedy Club.
With all of its murder, war and sex, Game of Thrones isn’t exactly known for its humor! That’s where The Iron Stage: Improvised Game of Thrones comes in. Each show is totally improvised based on your suggestions and offers a totally hilarious take on everyone’s favorite epic fantasy series. Come have a blast battling White Walkers, flying with dragons, and murdering just about anyone. For each performance, Karen Brelsford, Shawn Brick, Rez Graham and Laura Wood craft a unique show, at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
San Francisco’s thrilling street-performance scene comes inside at this showcase of magic, juggling and stunts by local practitioners. In the intimate Exit Theater Cafe, you’ll feast your eyes on the likes of Frisco Fred, whose juggling mastery has appeared on such TV shows as A&E’s An Evening at the Improv. He’ll be joined by Eric the Great, a sleight-of-hand dynamo who wows crowds with his sly wit and lightning-fast hands, New Jersey magician Jonathan Strange and the versatile entertainer Chase, who melds magic, mind-reading and acrobatics with the Southern charm of a native Georgian.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pm
Enter the Enchanted Gardens and experience the beauty of “Naina’s Magical Garden” and the “Secret Garden” through elegantly choreographed divertissements from Opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, Ballet Le Corsaire and more. Featuring special guest artists from the Washington Ballet, Principal Dancers Katherine Barkman and Rolando Sarabia and the award-winning Bayer Ballet, which has received several prestigious awards, including the Gold Metal from World Ballet Competition (WBC); “Outstanding School,” “Outstanding Teacher,” and “Best Ensemble” for 2018 & 2019 by the World’s Largest Global Network of Dance, Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). Experience the exquisite Russian Vaganova style in its purest form, within classical, neo-classical and character repertoire. This production will inspire the entire family, from the novice spectator to the seasoned dance enthusiast. Enjoy a beautiful day of ballet at the historic San Francisco landmark, Palace of Fine Arts.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 3:30pm
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
The Charm Offensive is a comedic collaboration between Paco Romane (voted Best Comedian by SF Weekly) and Destiny’s Mom Comedy duo Krista Fatka and David Roth, stand-ups who’ve made the rounds at hotspots like Sketchfest and Outside Lands. The trio teams up at Punch Line Comedy Club with one goal in mind: to charm your pants off. They’ll host a night of great jokes and magnetic personalities, featuring some of the most awarded comedians in the Bay Area, as well as a few national headliners. They promise you’ll laugh, swoon and — once you regain your composure — you’ll swipe right.
Known for comedy that combines the highbrow and lowbrow, Louis Katz’s unique style has been described as a “mix of scatology and Jewish intellectualism.” His career started at age 9 when two of his jokes were read by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, so it’s no surprise he grew up to become an internationally headlining comedian. His numerous television appearances include NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Down & Dirty with Jim Norton and most recently, Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. He was given his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special in 2011, coinciding with the release of his debut comedy album, If These Balls Could Talk, a delightfully irreverent and unapologetically raunchy trip through Louis’s twisted mind. His latest batch of relatable anxieties and thoughtful observations hits San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:45pm
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
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
Tuesday and Cyrus Present Freak Show is LA’s #1 variety show four years running. Freak Show features the top in sideshow acts, stand-up comedy, musical comedy, performance art, character comedy, drag and all sorts of dark twisted bizarre hilarious fun. Seen on MTV True Life and BBC’s World of Weird, Freak Show has performed to sold-out crowds across the country. Freak Show’s talent attracts casting directors from major networks and our performers have been featured on shows like America’s Got Talent and The Gong Show. Hosted by the “Punk Rock Cher” Tuesday Thomas and featuring standup comedian Cyrus Naderpour, Freak Show, at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club, is the nightmare you never knew you needed.
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
Do you like stand-up comics? Do you like playing games? Do you like prizes? Do you like shows where a slight probability that something will go wrong is a definite possibility? If so, then you will definitely want to check out Baby Sheriffs. Laugh along as three comics play games of wit and foolishness in an attempt to win prizes for the audience. Hosted by Sara DeForest and Dan Linley, this show can be enjoyed at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
This two-hour adventure takes place aboard a luxury yacht, where you’ll taste wines from a local winemaker, along with samples from a curated selection of local chocolate and toffee. Interact with the various culinary artisans, explore and luxuriate on the ship, during a relaxing cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Then take home some of that great chocolate and wine you’ve discovered and purchased onboard for continued enjoyment.
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
This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). Don’t miss it when it hits the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm
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)
SF has a rich comedy scene. It’s also got a rich weed scene. Put ‘em together and you’ve got the San Francisco Stoner Comedy Jam. It’s SF’s best comedians (from Cobb’s, Viceland, NBC, and ABC) sharing their most epic stoner jokes and stories. Savor this marijuana-themed show at The Punch Line San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
This “entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous new production” (New York Magazine) of Fiddler on the Roof sets up shop at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, hot off its latest acclaimed Broadway run. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher has re-imagined this American classic, which tells the heartwarming story of Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who’s tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the Russian village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. The Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score boasts all-time faves like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” not to mention the splendid “Bottle Dance” number.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Emily Post has gone to pot. As we enter a new “post-Prohibition” era, the stigma surrounding cannabis use is fading and the conversation around what it means to get high is changing. When it comes to being a respectful, thoughtful and responsible consumer of pot, there is a lot you need to know. Lizzie Post — great-great granddaughter of Emily Post and co-president of America’s most respected etiquette brand — explores and celebrates the wide world of legalized weed and answers your questions.
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.
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
As part of the yearly Festival of New Works, the Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage in San Francisco showcases the top six 10-minute plays from the season’s Monday Night Series. The featured plays will be announced after the final Monday Night PlayGround of the season, on April 1.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
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
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
Join improv team Local Honey as they create a brand-new reality show from scratch — inspired by you — at each and every installment of Real Honeys of SF. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and, hey, you don’t even have to get out of your leggings. So bring your BFF, grab your Snuggie and come on down to San Francisco’s Stage Werx to tune in and find out: Will they say yes to the dress? How super sweet will their 16 be? Or will they be … chopped?
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 10:00pm
Stand-up comic Erik Griffin’s observational comedy covers topics ranging from his multiracial upbringing to dating and more. He’s made appearances on Showtime’s Comics Without Borders and The Payaso Comedy Slam, as well as Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, NBC’s Last Comic Driving and many more national TV shows. Most recently, he landed the role of Montez Walker on Comedy Central’s situation comedy Workaholics, and his annoying co-worker character has become a favorite among the show’s fans. Griffin is currently gathering an ever-growing following as he headlines at clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pm
Bay Area Musicals presents the benefit fundraiser A Twist of Limelight at San Francisco’s Alcazar Theatre. Start off the evening at a cocktail reception featuring raffle prizes and a silent auction, then see a preview of BAM’s fifth anniversary season. The concert part of the festive night will be headlined by Broadway leading man Paul Alexander Nolan, who’s appeared in shows like Bright Star, Escape to Margaritaville, Once, Chicago, Doctor Zhivago, Daddy Long Legs, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.
Newly minted Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez — recent star of the Broadway revival of Carousel — will bring her acclaimed solo cabaret show to Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Known for her tremendous, roof-raising voice and searing stage energy, Mendez will share Golden Age Broadway favorites you’ve never heard her sing, beloved tunes from her collaborations with current musical theater writers and more! Mendez won the 2018 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Orlando Leyba is an American standup comedian who connects with all audiences through his unique life experience and perspective. Orlando has a knack for finding humor in just about anything that crosses his path. With his animated demeanor, Orlando entertains audiences through his dynamic storytelling and undeniable likeability, allowing them to come along for the fun ride of his life experiences. He has been working hard to make his mark on the comedy scene. Most recently he made his late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and can be seen on Entre Nos on HBO Latino, TruTv Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and his very own HBO comedy special, Adorable, which premiered in November 2018. A featured comedian this year at the New York Comedy Festival as a TBS Comics to Watch, Orlando was also a finalist in the NBC’s Standup Diversity Showcase last year and he voiced the role of “Wabo” in the animated children movie Luis and The Aliens. Orlando can be seen at comedy festivals and clubs throughout the U.S and Canada, and now is your chance to see him live in San Francisco at Punch Line Comedy Club.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:45pm
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
There will be a Dance Party, featuring your favorite Top 40 hits. Adults of all ages welcome. Dressy attire requested. This is an exclusive waterfront location. Come early to enjoy the beautiful view before sunset!
Take a tour through San Francisco’s waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you’ll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
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
Explore the Gothic side of Nob Hill on this tour that’s mostly true history mixed with a good dose of blood-curdling vampire lore and humor. Your guide through the city’s vampire underworld is Mina Harker, a vampiress from the legend of Dracula who has lived on or under the city streets for 100 years. She’ll tell her story and reveal the parts other local vampires have played in SF history as she leads you through the neighborhood with stops at Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel, and the Mark Hopkins Hotel. This tour is suitable for all ages, and you’re encouraged to wear costumes or put on your finest vampire finery, as there will be a costume contest as part of the evening’s activities.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jul 6, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 / 8:00pm Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
Glam rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger-than-life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Entertainment Weekly raves “the show swells with heart.” Don’t miss the regional premiere of Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
Following a sold-out engagement in 2013, Feinstein’s at the Nikko is thrilled to welcome the return of Nancy And Beth, starring Emmy Award-winning actress and musician Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and musician, songwriter, actress, and writer Stephanie Hunt, for three performances only. Nancy And Beth — the punk/vaudeville heart-child of two friends, Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt — pick dope songs and then sing them while dancing and wearing matching costumes. They’ve been described by Noel Gallagher as “definitely not bigger than The Beatles.” With a combination of psychic twinship, childlike enthusiasm, rigorous preparation of songs, and zero preparation of what happens in between, Megan, Stephanie and the five dollfaces who back them up — have created a musical outfit that is celebratory, surprising, sweet, tuneful, eye-catching, thought-provoking and amusing. Hailed as “musical misfits” (NPR’s All Things Considered), Nancy And Beth have also wormed their way into the Newport Folk Festival, the Grand Ole Opry, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Solid Sound, and many, many other sweet venues in the US and abroad, leaving audiences with feelings of happiness and contentment not felt after seeing bands like Chick Corea or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In summation, bring yourself and your friends to see Nancy And Beth (yes, New York Times, the A is capitalized, please try to keep your shit together) and let them entertain you. Bigly. Like two funny fairies who can sing and dance, now coming to San Francisco.
On Thanksgiving weekend come celebrate the return of the “All Night Happy Hour Silent Disco” party. This time, it’s at the Beer Pong Lounge in North Beach, and they’re doing two for one specials for attendees. Of course, DJs will be in the building, spinning 3 different genres of music. You’ll have the power to pick your party tunes with the flick of a switch on your headphones. DJ 1 will have EDM/House, DJ 2 will have ’80s, ’90s and 2K Throwbacks and DJ 3 will have Hip Hop/R&B/Latin. Your Experience Includes: 3 live DJs battling for your attention, a pair of Quiet Events Headphones, glow in the dark gear, outdoor bar, taco stand, two for one specials on beers and well drinks. When you arrive you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ’s with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to. It’s super social; you’re in control of the music. There’s no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 10:00pm
Oakland Ballet Company presents Jangala, a fun, fast-paced and family-friendly performance that brings tales from Kipling’s The Jungle Book to life through an innovative mix of ballet and Indian Bharatanatyam dance. Featuring an all-Indian musical score and guest performances by Nava Dance Theatre. See it at The Laney College Theatre in Oakland.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 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.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00am
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.
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ At the Crossroads Series celebrates the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge voices from across generations. Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, SFCMP launches the series with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany and best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is an SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. Don’t miss it at SFJAZZ Center.
Weekend Pass: May 10-11, 2019 (Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman's Legacy)
Two-time Emmy Award and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein returns to San Francisco to perform at his namesake Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Long established as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, he’ll perform beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Feinstein’s critically acclaimed concerts spanning the globe have established him as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Don’t miss your chance to see this quintessential performer live in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:00pm
Grammy Award-nominated pianist, vocalist and songwriter Judy Carmichael brings her new show Swing Time! to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for two performances only. Joined on-stage by Grammy-nominated guitarist Larry Koonse, Ms. Carmichael celebrates the music of Fats Waller, The Gershwins, Cole Porter and other swing era greats with an evening of gems from the Great American Songbook and her own celebrated original compositions.
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
See Something Magical this May with David Parr at The Historic Alcazar Theater! Don’t miss the newest magician to join the unbelievable cast of Something Magical with the help of Rock N Roll Cabaret star, Kar Robichaud, of Misfit Cabaret! See Something Magical as award-winning magician David Parr for a tour of his collection of magical curiosities. David has gathered his favorite artifacts and stories to share with you in this 75-minute show of mystery and magic. Every shelf of David Parr’s Cabinet of Curiosities offers an encounter with something weird and wonderful. An old deck of cards, a macabre toy from 18th-century France, a childhood book, a spool of silver thread. Each object has a unique story — some strange, some spooky, some amusing — but all come alive with magical possibilities in the hands. With the help of Kat Robichaud and Brendan Getzel, of Misfit Cabaret, you will be whisked away into a magical realm where anything and everything is possible. Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his abilities were put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled their faces off and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy but also won a guest spot in their live show at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas! Before opening his Cabinet of Curiosities, David created and co-starred in Chicago’s longest-running weekly magic show, which was chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the top nine magic shows in the nation. When he’s not busy mystifying audiences at corporate events, he can be found performing sleight of hand at Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle or doing original shows such as Haunting History, an exploration of the shadowy territory where history meets myth and folklore, or Visions of Poe, an interactive journey into the tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Which curiosities will be featured in tonight’s show? There’s only one way to find out: pick a numbered tag and that will lead to the next mysterious item on the shelf. It might be a macabre toy from 18th-century France. Or a golden goblet from a dinner party in Renaissance Italy. Or maybe a treasured book from David’s childhood. Some objects seem deceptively ordinary — an old deck of playing cards, perhaps, or a spool of silver thread. But in David Parr’s hands, they come alive with magical possibilities… Magic fans will recognize David from his appearance on the hit TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us. There, his magic was put to the ultimate test in front of the cameras, a live audience, millions of TV viewers, and two very savvy Las Vegas magicians. (Spoiler alert…) David fooled their faces off and not only took home the coveted Fool Us trophy but also won a guest spot in their live show at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas!
Mexican pop-rock singer Alejandra Guzmán has been dubbed La Reina del Rock (“The Queen of Rock”) — and now her majesty is all set to preside over the City National Civic stage. When she brings her latest tour to San Jose, you can expect to hear international hits like “Elemanmente Bella” and “Volverte a Amar.” Guzmán broke through with her debut album Bye Mamá in 1988 and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide since, winning a Latin Grammy along the way. She’s opened for legends like James Brown and the Rolling Stones, and has headlined sold-out shows of her own. Currently, she’s a coach on La Voz, Telemundo’s popular Spanish-language version of The Voice.
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.
What better way to start the new year than a Silent Disco on the Bay? Pier 23 Cafe & Bar is right on Embarcadero and right on the water, with views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. This upscale venue is ideal for your next birthday party or girls night out! Your experience includes: a pair of Quiet Events headphones, glow-in-the-dark gear, three live DJs battling for your attention, drink specials, and an outdoor bar with a patio on the water.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30am
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.
The San Francisco Food Safari offers you the chance to explore the city’s neighborhoods in-depth and discover the best cuisine each area has to offer. This 2.5-hour tour focuses on the North Beach neighborhood, where Chef Joseph will offer his knowledge and insights on the top places to eat as well as the history and culture of the area. You’ll have the chance to purchase whatever you’d like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Mara’s Italian Pastries, Liguria Bakery, Molinari Deli and beyond. Each tour ends with a picnic lunch made up of the delicious treats you’ve purchased along the way. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco’s legendary Salmagundi. He was also the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State’s Gifts to Gastronomy.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00am
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
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.
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)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:30pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:30pm (Kyle Rowland Blues Band)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:30pm (J.C. Smith Band )
Three-time Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling a cappella group Pentatonix has captured the hearts of millions with their unique arrangements of pop songs, medleys and originals. The group has sold 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. The Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts almost 17 million subscribers, yielding 4 billion video views. Now they’re coming to Oracle Arena in Oakland, where they’ll be joined by Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling recording artist Rachel Platten, who struck a chord of hope and resilience with her empowering hit “Fight Song.” Platten’s album Waves again delivered a searing, emotionally and socially relevant pop gem. Most recently, while awaiting the arrival of her baby girl, she released “You Belong” as a dedication and anthem for expectant moms everywhere.
A glimpse inside Billie Holiday’s final concert approximately four months before the singer died, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a powerful look at a legend. This intimate evening is filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and explores the turbulent but extraordinary life of the legendary jazz singer as she struggles with racism, abuse and addiction. Featuring iconic songs like “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit,” as well as several other hits, this soulful play at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco is filled with personal stories full of regret and hope.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 7:00pm
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
With numerous No. 1 releases, Steinway artist and composer Chad Lawson’s latest recording, re:piano, pushes the envelope with elements of looping piano and effects. His last release, The Chopin Variations, brought new interpretations to the poet of the piano. With an unmatched versatility that comes from dabbling in various musical genres throughout his long life as a musician, Lawson is one of the most exciting and dynamic pianists working today. Catch this virtuoso live when he comes to the Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building.
San Francisco’s world famous Chinatown holds a wealth of exquisite flavors, but without insider knowledge it can be difficult to find those culinary secrets. Your Sidewalk Food Tours guide will lead you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown, where you will enjoy five flavorful tastings, satisfying your appetite for the exotic. You’ll try Cantonese pork buns, President Obama’s favorite San Francisco dim sum, Chef Han’s authentic Szechuan cuisine, savory Peking duck and egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a flakey crust. At the end of the tour, you’ll know all of the best spots to eat and can return to enjoy Chinatown’s food with confidence. Vegetarian substitutions can be arranged with advance notice.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 5, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am
Break out the leg warmers and miniskirts, it’s time for a totally tubular tribute to some of the greatest music of the ‘80s. DJ Dave Paul is bringing That BIG’80s Party to Public Works in San Francisco — and he’s bringing the decade’s best music with him. You never know which classic you’re going to hear. But chances are you’ll enjoy plenty of hits from the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, Men at Work, George Michael and many more.
Tinder, Bumber, Hinge … oh my — app-based and online dating is huge these days. While that can bring a lot of action, it also guarantees some mighty funny stand-up material. Cobbs Comedy Club brings together some of San Francisco’s best comedians to riff on the funniest and most horrific modern dating mishaps. The show features Oakland-based comic Stroy Moyd, who’s opened for the likes of Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, the Wayans Brothers, Hannibal Buress and more. He’ll be joined by some other special guests as well, so come prepared to laugh.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
Capone is known as the original “Gangster of Comedy,” a hilarious comic with an aggressive, rapid-fire delivery and a reputation for keeping it real. Born and raised in the Bronx, this ruthlessly funny comic is one of the busiest comedians working the stand-up circuit today. He’s shared the stage with comedians such as Michael Epps, Drew Frasier, Tracey Morgan and many others comedy stars, and slays audiences with his unique takes on relationships, children, work and ethnicity.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
Baron Vaughn headlines the San Francisco Punch Line Comedy Club. Currently starring on the new USA drama Fairly Legal, he is also one of America’s funniest up-and-coming stand-up comics, with TV appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Russell Simmons Presents, and more. A graduate of Boston University’s acting program, Vaughn has also appeared in numerous TV shows and films including Cloverfield, Black Dynamite, Rescue Me and Law & Order.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
One of the nation’s fastest-rising comedy stars, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh is a huge crowd-pleaser with an abundance of energy, an in-your-face attitude and 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, Dane Cook and more. 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. He’ll take the stage, along with other talented comics, when the Outsourced Comedy Tour rolls into Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Mother Jones and Food Tank Present: Food For Thought. Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability, and equity in the food system. Live from San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center, national investigative news organization Mother Jones and Food Tank, America’s fastest-growing nonprofit organization in food and agriculture, will convene some of today’s top leaders in food—from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what’s on our plates. Speakers include (alphabetical): Leigh Gaymon-Jones (Castanea Fellowship), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Justin Phillips (San Francisco Chronicle), Tom Philpott (Mother Jones), Alice Waters (Edible Schoolyard), Paul Willis (Niman Ranch), with some incredible surprise guests to be announced! General admission tickets include post-event bites and networking. HURRY, $25 EARLY BIRD SALE ENDS SOON. All Food Tank events are free for Food Tank members (including a guest!). Become a member here and you will receive your complimentary ticket promotion code upon joining. Volunteers needed! Please email Vanesa at [email protected]
The Speakeasy Storyteller Series is a new program founded by poet and storyteller Abdul Kenyatta as a forum for storytellers celebrating the art and craft of story-making. The Series promotes and encourages participation in storytelling and storytellers in the Bay Area — in a supportive atmosphere. The line-up includes: Jamie De Wolf, Jeff Hanson, Justina Wu, Nora Orton, Hari Sangvi, Natalie Campbell, Kevin Whittinghill. The MC for the evening will be Corey Rosen.
Internationally acclaimed performance influenced by the works of Vclav Havel, especially his play Audience and its legendary film adaptation. What happens when a brewer and a persecuted politician, alter ego of Vclav Havel himself, meet on stage? Two actresses, a crate of genuine Czech beer, huge original masks and absurd humour. A hit in Berlin, Prague, Milan, Florence, Krakow, Washington, New York, London, Beijing, Oslo, Seoul, Edinburgh.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
StringQuake and Wind Weavers come together in an evening of innovative instrumental music, led by two Bay Area native composers Amelia Romano (electric harp) and Diana Strong (accordion). Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation with influences spanning classical, modern, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.
“Bolinas artist Sha Sha Higby sculptures are complex and layered, informed by her experiences in Asia and many countries More than mere visual delights, these sculptures are made to move with her living body as the driving force. Meticulously crafted over the course of years, her sculptural costumes use paper, wood, leaves, silk, lacquer, ceramics, and gold leaf to make costumed creatures somewhere between the natural and the divine. Higby combines visual art with puppetry and dance to link all of us together in an invisible ephemeral experience.. timeless, Watch to see patience rewarded.” (Irene Hsiao of SF Weekly). Sha Sha Higby received a BS in art from Skidmore College and spent five years in Indonesia under a Fulbright Scholarship. She also studied for a year in Japan, and six months in India under an Indo-American Fellowship. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a NEA Fellowship in solo theater and grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund.
An original site-specific work by Tomoko Momiyama, a composer and multi-disciplinary artist from Japan. Inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and natural history, the work explores the issues of home and Diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 3:30pm
OOMPH femme’s refusal is a reimagining of The Rite of Spring by OOMPH Dance Theater’s Zackary Forcum. This solo interdisciplinary work examines how society asks men to sacrifice the feminine within themselves for cultural renewal and stability. OOMPH is proud to share a festival program with pateldanceworks, as the two company’s different work concerning queer femme identity provides voice to stories too often dismissed and erased. pateldanceworks premieres all the things we’ll never be, choreographed by Artistic Director Bhumi B. Patel. all the things we’ll never be is a work that explores femininity, femmephobia, and the collective safety that queer women seek in one another as a means of solace for the grief that we feel as artists, as queer folks, as people of colour, as womxn, as people who believe in equity and justice. It is a fully immersive, meditation on the versions of ourselves that we’ll never be and will examine the choices we’ve made to honor the expectations set forth for us, either internally or externally. Patel states, “As a queer, woman of colour, I have been marked enough — different, an outlier, unworthy, less than. And this work makes a different mark, one that heals and welcomes in.”
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 4:30pm
Shifts in Consciousness embarks on the creative journey of altering mainstream perceptions of oppressed people. The hope of this production is to enable viewers to think more critically and empathetically about injustice and the sufferings of an emerging generation. This production is unique in its engagement with audience members in a community circle after the production. Shifts in Consciousnesses is inspired by audre lorde who teaches us, “When we dare to be powerful, to use our strength in the service of our vision, then it becomes less and less important whether we are afraid.”
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
Gambling, murders, prohibition…a mystery awaits. Don’t miss this multi-media staged reading of Shadows and Secrets from Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec. Eth-Noh-Tec, founded in 1981 by Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, is interdisciplinary story theater of precision choreography, music and lyrical word-weaving. Performing ancient Asian mythologies, folktales and urban legends along with contemporary Asian American inspiring stories, Eth-Noh-Tec has created an exciting new blend of storytelling and kinetic theater. Eth-Noh-Tec performs nationally and internationally with storytelling theater programs, workshops and residencies in festivals, educational institutions, theaters and conferences. They have also appeared on television and radio shows such as NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS. They are most proud to have performed in the Clinton and the Obama Inaugural Celebrations.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 4:00pm
The US Premiere of Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness pays homage to Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Mishima’s novel is based on the real story of the arson of a temple in Kyoto: an event that shocked Japan. The work explores the human psyche and the correlation between desire and destruction through film footage, live music, and text. This work features taiko performer Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, bassist, shamisen (3 string Japanese instrument) player, taiko artist, and experimental filmmaker Tatsu Aoki, and tuba performer William Roper.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pm
An irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear, as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power. The performance is immediately followed by a conversation with the audience.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
The punk Lovechild of the Earth and Death must reunite her estranged parents in order to take a stand against the Shatterer of Worlds. In a gender-bending, mischievous rock-opera, a group of contemporary dancers and musicians will investigate themes around good, death, veils, bonds between the human and the universal, and the end of time. A collaboration between dancer, musician, poet and previous Bread and Puppet company-member Lili Weckler, and Jen Meller, lead singer of the LA-based band Beast, the piece will include cosmological characters, fierce choreography applied to a narrative structure, and a rock band playing all original songs.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
Ritual and performance collide in an evening of immersive theater and contemporary dance, where audience members move through Fort Mason’s historic Army Chapel, witnessing vignettes, memories and lost moments. Wishes Before the Apocalypse features Joe Landini, Mariana Sobral, Kitty Conlon-McManus and Bhumi B. Patel.
Lucy goes to college. Lucy brings mace. No need for Lucy to actually use it, right? A world premiere play, Ripped moves back and forth through time and space as a young woman tries to piece together her interactions with the two young men she’s torn between, illuminating the events behind her uncertainty and sparking questions regarding consent. Featuring Krystle Piamonte as Lucy, Edwin Jacobs as Bradley, and Daniel Chung as Jared. Written by Rachel Bublitz. Directed by Lisa Steindler.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
Lover. Sorcerer. Kingmaker. Medea left everything behind for Jason, but now he’s jilted her and their children for the king’s daughter. A woman and an immigrant with no means of returning home, Medea knows the system is rigged against her. Does she accept her fate, or fight for vengeance? Many of us know how her story ends, but it’s time we examined how she gets there. A.C.T. Associate Conservatory Director Peter J. Kuo directs Euripides’s haunting tale of bloodshed and betrayal, exploring the tsunami of Medea’s rage and the sea of love that supports it. Be there when American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts Program presents Medea at The Costume Shop in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:30pm
Spectacle of the Snake II performance alludes to the nature of “spectacle” — the pop showcase in the art world in juxtaposition to issues of urgency. The physical challenge of the performance and the charcoal’s nature and aesthetic (Industry vs Art – Coal vs. drawing charcoal), overrules basic ideas of health, as in labor exploitation, which quickly transforms the atmosphere entertainment into macabre. The utilization of the snake is a reference to ritual and shamanic healing where the ambiguity of the snake is in its venom that can kill as can heal.
Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto is a solo theatrical clown piece exploring the joys, sorrows and hilarity of romance, relationships and child-rearing. Created and performed by Felicity Hesed, this comedy at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center offers a uniquely female perspective on the struggles of maintaining one’s identity in the midst of family life. Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto incorporates music, acrobatics and magic to spin a whimsical tale of love and loss. In Circus, who gets to dance? What does Irish look like? What kind of bodies get to be on stage? The aging pole dancer. The street dancer as new migrant. The non-normative body. In a rapidly changing society, Circus looks at diverse experiences in contemporary Irish culture, through the lens of dance. Playful, funny, poignant, irreverent, in Circus, Tara Brandel mixes street dance and contemporary dance, with aerial pole and video projection, weaving very diverse stories about masculinity, queerness, MeToo and gender in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer Nicholas Nwosu who is currently a new immigrant in Ireland.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
In Your Love is Fire the Syrian author Mudar Alhaggi deals with his personal experiences of the war in Syria, the loss of his home country and being exiled in Germany. Neither hero nor victim story, it is a psychological drama that portrays the behavior of those in Syria — who wait silently. The play focuses on four central figures, three of whom are trapped in Damascus. The fourth, a refugee author living in Europe, plays with the fates of his characters and leaves them in an almost surreal state of limbo that mirrors the Syrian reality. Hala tells Rand that she will leave Syria because of the war and flee to Germany. Rand is desperate for the loss of her friend, but she feels she cannot leave Damascus, nor does she want to. In the midst of the war she has begun a love affair with Khaldoun, who executes his military service as a soldier at the checkpoints of the Syrian regime army.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 4:30pm
San Francisco International Arts Festival is pleased to present to US audiences the international husband and wife team of Zoltan Vakulya from Hungary and Chen-Wei Lee from Taiwan. Making their US debut at the Festival the couple will perform their signature work, Together Alone — a solo danced as a duet that counters individual loneliness with the power of being together. Deprived of all external concealment and decorations, the two return to the primitive in dance and face each other as their most naked selves. In this intimate space they communicate and learn to move forward through compromise and cooperation. Giving and receiving, they explore the invisible border dividing the seemingly connected bodies. By constantly linking up and then separating they ﬁnd harmony in conﬂict and conﬂict in harmony. Through unceasingly merging, transferring, destroying and then reconstructing — eventually they squarely face their respective loneliness, together. Profound as the piece is on many levels there is also a pragmatic explanation for the work. As professional dancers and journeymen who both tour internationally with different companies, Ms. Lee and Mr. Vakulya find themselves occupying precious few moments in a shared physical space. So they spent some of those moments making a dance about the experience.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
ANIMA MAGNETA is a multimedia performance piece based on theories in David Abram’s 1996 book The Spell of the Sensuous. Key themes discussed by Abrams are explored: the transformation of sensory awareness due to our immersion with technology, animism, and our symbol-induced alienation from nature. Choreographer Amy Lewis and sound artist Agnes Szelag interweave dance, video, and sound, to create an experience of a surrogate reality where seemingly disparate ideas and dimensions suddenly coexist. Get ready for time to shift and other worlds to appear.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
Get ready for Tango Night — this is not your mother’s tango! In this groundbreaking performance, Tango Con*Fusión, San Francisco’s all-women company, dances to original music composed by Charles Gorzynski and his Redwood Tango Ensemble. Both groups define tango as the backbone of their work while pushing traditional boundaries to take the genre into a whole new experience. Together they entertain, surprise and ignite passion. Following the performance portion of the concert, the live music continues. Audience members are invited to stay for a “milonga,” a traditional Argentine Tango dance to socialize with friends and meet and perhaps dance with the members of Tango Con*Fusión.
Don Quixote is back! Following the success of the 2018 production ¿Dónde está Don Quixote? the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company invites young audiences on another whimsical flamenco adventure. Master Flamenco artist Luis de la Tota stars as Don Quixote in this bilingual, rhythmic escapade filled with dazzling footwork, colorful costumes, audience sing-a-longs and more. A dynamic cast of musicians and dancers bring the excitement and beauty of this traditional Spanish art form into a family length program that will captivate children and adults alike. He can rap, he can tap, he will make you laugh! Don Quixote rides again and you’re invited!
Co-produced by Circuit Network and Mixed Bag Productions, POOLREADY!, choreographed by Salt Farm’s founding artistic director Ledoh, explores the complexities of climate change, and the irony in the futility of individuals being able to act collectively in their self-interest and for the good of humanity. Ledoh’s character is prepared for the next Noachian flood-at the ready, with floaties, snorkel and fins, equipped to float in an illuminated display case, surrounded by a digitally-induced desert yet threatened by flood. Videographer Perry Hallinan provides media design, with music by Matt Ogaz and Reverend Markus Hawkins, and performances by Ledoh and Monique Goldwater.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pm
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is unparalleled in the art of the khomus, an instrument that’s similar to a jaw harp but loud and strikingly expansive in range. Her music draws on the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. Chirgilchin is a throat singing ensemble from Tuva, the birthplace of the most advanced forms of throat singing. Atmospheric and mesmeric, throat singing is too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. Chirgilchin’s music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people.
Caminos Flamencos presents Flamenco Generation XYZ, a show that provides a platform of artistic expression for up-and-coming flamenco dancers and musicians who have adopted the culture, professionality and mantle as the next generation of flamenco in the U.S., in a collaboration between Artistic Directors, the Emmy Award-winning choreographer Yaelisa and extraordinary guitarist Jason McGuire. All dancers and musicians in this performance will work closely alongside Caminos Flamencos to present their art and immersion in a culture that is foreign to them, while showcasing the strength of the survival of an art form that continues to flourish locally and throughout the Americas.
This lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band’s influential World Without Walls recording features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion. In 2011, they reunited to perform concerts at venues from Yoshi’s in San Francisco to the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In honor of the reunion, the record was re-released digitally by Capitol Records. Twenty-two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. The group comes together again at Gallery 308 in San Francisco for this reunion show.
Aco Tomine, a native of Yokohama, Japan, is a singer, songwriter and accordionist. Aco sings old Japanese folk songs (Min-yoh) and her original folk songs in her own unique style with her accordion, hoping that they will be sung for hundreds of years to come. Tomine started her career in 2008. Her live performances, over 150 a year, take place at concert halls, the Rakugo theaters, small bars and anywhere as long as there’s a room for her to stand. You can catch this unique talent at Gallery 308 in San Francisco.
Spirit of Brazil ’19 presents the artistic elements of Capoeira through a fusion of contemporary and traditional music, dance, and martial arts from Brazil. Born out of a resistance to oppression and now internationally practiced, Capoeira’s history reminds us of the power of resistance — a message relevant today. Spirit of Brazil explores Capoeira as a living language and a form of problem-solving. Presented by an international cast, the dynamic acrobatic and athletic movements, history and tradition, and heart-thumping rhythms will leave you inspired!
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pm
Rock Flamenco is a collaborative project between Theatre Flamenco and rock musicians to create a world premiere performance for the Festival. Rock Flamenco is inspired by a time in 1970s following the death of Franco. La Movida Madrileña was ascendant in Spanish popular music, including various strands of progressive rock. Until then flamenco had remained separate from the rock music movement, but in the period following the death of the dictator and the relaxing of censorship laws a wave of cross-disciplinary experimentation took place. This initially outraged flamenco purists who saw it as the death knell of the form. But it turned out to be one of the great periods of innovation, transformation and renaissance as flamenco, popular culture and the people of Spain began to experience and experiment with democracy once again. Theatre Flamenco Artistic Director Carola Zertuche will adapt six compositions of flamenco rock to create a unique Flamenco Performance to pay homage to this pivotal point in Spain’s history. Theatre Flamenco de San Francisco Founded in 1966, Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco is one of the longest, continually running flamenco performance groups outside of Spain. The company is the second oldest dance company in San Francisco and one of the longest continually running flamenco performance groups outside of Spain. For 52 years Theatre Flamenco has been producing richly imaginative and thematic shows in collaboration with local and international artists, offering classes with world famous flamenco artists to students of all ages and abilities, and maintaining strong ties to flamenco artists around the world.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya returns to SFAIF with a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance! The internationally acclaimed performing arts troupe celebrates its 40th Anniversary under the direction of legendary gamelan composer, I Nyoman Windha, and dance master, I Nyoman Cerita. These two luminaries of the Balinese performing arts lead the 50-member Bay Area company through a dynamic range of Balinese music and dance that resonates in the heart and captures the imagination with its intricacy and depth. This dazzling anniversary show will feature Sekar Jaya’s four distinct gamelan ensembles— the delicate gender wayang quartet, the shimmering bronze angklung and gong kebyar orchestras and the riotous giant bamboo gamelan jegog. The evening includes an unmissable world premiere collaboration created by Windha and Cerita.
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:15pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
Guru Shradha: An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey. Odissi dance, from the state of Odisha in eastern India, is one of the oldest surviving Indian dance forms. Its unique captivating grace is expressed through the juxtaposition of fluid torso movements, strong stamping footwork, and poses evoking temple dance sculptures. An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey takes the audience through a spiritual journey of Odissi’s repertoire pieces showcasing contemporary and traditional choreography revealing a tapestry of its devotional, emotive, and intricate dance performed to haunting music. Vakratunda and Jaya Mahesha will be performed by Guru Shradha company dancers; founder-director Niharika Mohanty will be featured in Pallavi Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose: Stories of Justice (2018, San Francisco Premiere). Stories of Justice explores stories of resistance, social justice, and resilience. Abhinaya will tell these stories by employing the stylistic vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, a dance form that originated in the Hindu temples of India. Stories of Justice will examine the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr. to demonstrate that the fight for social justice is ongoing and that past struggles provide lessons that enable us to confront our current problems. The dancers will dramatically portray this and other key protests in his life, where he emphasized the principle of non-violence deriving inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s struggles in India.
Earth Speaks is a dance-music production that explores humankind’s intricate physical, emotional and spiritual relationship to the EARTH (PRITHVI in Sanskrit). When that connection, that umbilical cord is disturbed or even severed what happens to our being, our existence? The production incorporates Indian mythology, Greek mythology and contemporary stories to tell the story of Mother Earth in HER voice.
Even while living the life of a charismatic public figure, talk show host and actor-writer Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) struggles with debilitating bouts of depression. He’s taken those struggles and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor (“how much would be appropriate to spend on the gun?”), Copeland shares his insider’s perspective on the deepest wells of depression. He interweaves his story with interviews of others suffering from depression, showcasing the universal nature of the experience. Winner of Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play. Copeland has been in show business since he first stepped on the comedy stage at age 18. Soon, he was headlining clubs and concerts across the country and opening for such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, and Aretha Franklin, in venues from The Universal Amphitheater to Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Copeland then branched off into television, appearing on comedy programs on NBC, A&E and MTV. He spent five years as co-host of San Francisco FOX affiliate KTVU breakfast program Mornings on 2 and two years hosting San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO’s Emmy Award winning afternoon talk show 7Live. His first network special, Now Brian Copeland, premiered on NBC after Saturday Night Live for West Coast audiences in January 2015. His theater work includes NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN, the longest running solo play in Bay Area theatrical history and THE SCION, KQED’s Best New Play of 2014.
I Should Have a Party For All The Thoughts I Didn’t Say is a devised theatrical performance dedicated to the social awkwardness of grief, and a love letter to Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Staged site-specific in a chapel, the performance is structured as a funeral and funeral after-party, traversing from a deep well of grief to a riotous, tragicomic attempt to leave the tragedy behind. Storytelling that utilizes everything from physical theatre to polyphonic singing, Source Material has devised a highly visual, deeply adventurous love letter to a celebrated playwright.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
How can they define themselves through the constraint of traditional gender concepts? Overwhelmed by their fears, men and women collide in a forlorn attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them on the road to ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. Doubt is looming and the cold, obsessive quest for perfection is pervasive, but still, there is hope. As righteous, thinking beings, men and women can experience growth, acceptance and love. Complexe des Genres by Compagnie Virginie Brunelle at Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater in San Francisco is a physical and acrobatic choreography imbued with remarkable visual poetry. Compagnie Virginie Brunelle was founded in Montreal in 2009 and has since created four full-length works that have toured on four continents. Virginie Brunelle’s work can be recognized by her sensitive but raw performances, the cinematic qualities of her compositions, and a vocabulary that seeks to deconstruct traditional codes, using staccato rhythms and coarse movement, constantly alternating between tension and release. Above all, she is interested in humans, their emotions and the poetry of everyday existence.
Presented in Mandarin with English super-titles, L’Orphelin 2.0 is based on _The Orphan of Zhao), one of China’s oldest plays and the first to be translated into a European language. Described as the Chinese Hamlet, it is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend. As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian_. But is there a “true” version? Artistic Director Ata Wong Chun Tat said of the work, “_L’Orphelin is more about how far one would go to stand up for the truth and what they think is right.” Founded in 2010 by Ata Wong Chun Tat in Paris, Théâtre de la Feuille is a physical theatre group deeply influenced by the western methodology of Jacques Lecoq, interweaved with Eastern artistic traditions. While the group is now based in Hong Kong, it has gone on numerous international tours, performing on different global stages which include France, Italy, Croatia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. Théâtre de la Feuille is eager to accumulate as many touring experiences as possible. Théâtre de la Feuille currently consists of a group of 20 creative actors from a plethora of different cultures and backgrounds. Its actors receive custom-made and continuous trainings of traditional Chinese martial arts and Lecoq; together they emerge as a strong and unique ensemble of Hong Kong.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:15pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
Chris Garcia is a comedian, television writer and podcaster from Los Angeles. You may have seen him tell his jokes on his very own half-hour special on Comedy Central, This Is Not Happening, Adam Devine’s House Party, and @Midnight. Garcia was named a New Face at the 2016 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and a “Comedian You Should and Will Know” by Vulture. He’s written for Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Broadway Video, and is currently writing for Mr. Iglesias, a sitcom coming soon to Netflix. Catch his latest set at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 9:45pm
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
Steven Kent LIVE will be kicking off Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Healdsburg, CA as a special guest at Coyote Sonoma’s. An international country singer-songwriter, Steven Kent is currently touring a long-awaited dream of his, honoring and celebrating the music and lives of two of the most influential iconic legends in the popular music history Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in Cash & King: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends to sold-out crowds in CA, OR, and AZ. Tonight, Steven Kent will share the music of some of his all-time favorite songwriters and friends, Roy Orbison, Eddie Rabbitt, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, David Alan Coe, Merle Haggard and more including his own off is song-writers debut album Dream & Believe. As many of you already know they are all his favorites! As Steven’s passion for music and the legendary artist that he has been blessed to share the stage or special moments in time with truly are celebrations. This is a limited seating event so register early and bring your dancin’ shoes or just sit back and enjoy a full night of some of the greatest music of all time.
AboutBad Asians is a showcase featuring Asian comics doing stand up, being interviewed, and colorful commentary on current events and culture. Every month we have a different line up of comedians whose credits have included NBC, HBO, Comedy Central and more! “Bad Asian” is a term used playfully and condescendingly when an Asian Pacific Islander (API) American person fails to live up to preconceived notions of what it means to be Asian. What is a “good” Asian, and what is a “bad” Asian?” How “bad” can you really be? Resisting these tropes of obedient sons and daughters who grow up to be doctors/lawyers/engineers, these API comics are NOT in the “model minority” business. They are in the entertainment business (and perhaps there’s nothing more “heinous” than that). Your best course may be to tread lightly around this line-up of hilarious provocateurs and troublemakers, hosted by Imran G! Check us out on Sound Cloud! and www.theBadAsiansShow.com
Watch 30 comedians with OCD let loose on Bay Area streets for the inaugural Oakland Comedy Dash (OCD). Three venues, within dashing distance of each other in downtown Oakland, will present 15 of the the Bay Area’s best stand-up comics for two nights. At 7:30pm, the three shows will kick off simultaneously. Upon finishing his/her set, the comedian will dash to the next venue, and then to the next until they will have performed at all three. The result will be that audiences at Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn and Awaken Cafe will have been treated to three hours of the funniest material from the finest comics on both sides of the Bay.
Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pm
Watch 30 comedians with OCD let loose on Bay Area streets for the inaugural Oakland Comedy Dash (OCD). Three venues, within dashing distance of each other in downtown Oakland, will present 15 of the the Bay Area’s best stand-up comics for two nights. At 7:30pm, the three shows will kick off simultaneously. Upon finishing his/her set, the comedian will dash to the next venue, and then to the next until they will have performed at all three. The result will be that audiences at Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn and Awaken Cafe will have been treated to three hours of the funniest material from the finest comics on both sides of the Bay.
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
Enjoy a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan. They’ll offer you inspiration for creating a bright future full of laughter, connection and purpose. This delightful event has all the best ingredients: warm, deeply personal storytelling; refreshing candor and a well of empathy for the fears, inadequacies and self-consciousness we so often carry; the promise that through love and connection it’s possible to listen well, admit when we’re wrong, make peace with uncertainty, find our way through loss and laugh at the days to come; wit and insights on parenting, marriage, friendship and dreams (it’s not too late). Whenever they’re together, Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan love settling in for lots of laughter and fun. They could talk all day about being raised by dads who loved them ridiculously, their shared crush on Tom Brokaw, Kelly’s brief flirtation as a shoplifter in the ’80s, the glories and doldrums of writing, and so much more. Jen has written New York Times best-selling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. As “Chief BFF,” she believes we can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives. Noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including The Middle Place and her latest Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say. Bring the best women you know to a night you’ll not soon forget.
Experience the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman and their all-new show Ancient Land. Ireland’s greatest voices, musicians and dancers perform in a joyful show celebrating Ireland’s centuries-old heritage. Don’t miss this glorious and magical event at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
SFBarprov is turning six! Join producers and your evening’s hosts Dwayne McDaniel and Michael J. Astrauskas for a look back over 6 years of unscripted San Francisco comedy. There will be nostalgia. There will be prizes. There will be music. Plus, improv from SFBarprov’s favorite guests, The Ballroom and Chick Flick, and live — and written on-the-spot — music from comic troubadours Freelance Romance. Barprov: Drink Hard, Laugh Harder!
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
Experience the music of four towering masters of the keyboard: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Mendelssohn, in a program highlighting their own unique temperaments, and featuring the magnificent Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 of Chopin and the high-strung and virtuosic Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli of Franz Liszt.
Trio Terme was formed last summer at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy. The three performers, all with extensive solo and ensemble experience, were so delighted playing together at Interharmony, that they decided to continue to explore the rich clarinet, cello, piano repertoire.
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.
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents Minneapolis-based vocalist and musician Aida Shahghasemi at the Buriel Clay Theatre in San Francisco. Enjoy a night of soulful music, as the songstress is accompanied by Nima Hafezieh on piano and Yahya Alkhansa on drums and percussion.
After seven previous sold-out engagements, Bay Area favorite Tom Reardon returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with his eighth show, Throwin’ a Ball Tonight. Combining his eclectic take on the American Songbook with wry storytelling, Reardon will create a musical experience that is the heart of cabaret. Over the last decade, Tom has become a staple of the San Francisco cabaret scene, regularly performing sold-out shows at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, including Where I’m Bound, Anything But Love and The Ladies Who Lunch. Reardon will be joined by Joe Wicht on piano, Roberta Drake on percussion, John Greitzer on bass and Billy Raphael on guitar, with Melissa O’Keefe and Melissa McKenzie on vocals.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
One of the Bay Area’s true cultural jewels, Smuin Contemporary Ballet continues to shine brightly at Carmel’s Sunset Center 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.
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
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
After a long day at work, your parents were too busy, too tired or just plain didn’t want to encourage your wild imagination. But Go Ask Your Father gives you a second chance, kiddo. Spend the evening with Stunt Dad as we act out the inane, the juvenile and the heartfelt thoughts you didn’t quite outgrow. Sure, these improv masters don’t smell like Dad’s bourbon or bake cookies as well as Mom, but they sure know how to entertain. Come to Endgames Training Center South to experience a little bit of home right here in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
It’s your new favorite improvised work-out class Have you ever heard of Natalie Portman’s 27-Day Foot Lunge Challenge? Interested in trying Voldemort’s 100-Hour Booty Sculpt? How about Barack Obama’s 5-Minute BBQ Cleanse? Well, here’s your chance! Come to Meat Sweats at Endgames Training Center in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 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
Daytime Talk at Night is a fully improvised daytime talk show with all of the action, intrigue and revelations of an episode of The Jerry Springer Show acted out before your very eyes by seasoned improvisers. Plus, each show has a different special guest playing Chet the Security Guard. You won’t want to miss any of the action at Endgames Training Center in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:30pm
The funniest things in life are most often just plain silly. Stay Silly Comedy, at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, will introduce you to a variety of local up-and-coming comedians and amazing veteran comedians. So head to Cobb’s, order some great food, and support live comedy and while you get silly!
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pm
Full of energy, Mike Quu delivers huge laughs with fast-paced stories about his personal life and quirky observations. He can be seen Monday nights at The Comedy Store in Hollywood hosting the Comedy Madness show, one of the longest-running comedy shows in Southern California. He’s also the host of the Teach Me I’m Stupid podcast. Each episode, Quu seeks to be educated on trending topics through in-depth conversations with leading experts. Interviews include New York Times best-selling authors, FBI agents, entrepreneurs and psychologists. But his first love is stand-up, and you can see this quickly rising club favorite doing his thing at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 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
This father and son duo will dazzle you with their magic, memory stunts and more. At the age of 10, James has already performed for audiences all over, including ones at Google, Microsoft and the Tech Museum of San Jose. In addition, James has been featured on Singtao Daily Newspaper and Silicon Valley Business Journal. His father, Dan, has performed for tech titans and international billionaires, and was called by Buzzfeed “Silicon Valley’s Favorite Magician … able to fool the most skeptical of audiences.”
The no-brainer way to get real laughs is to be in the company of hilarious people. With Real Live Comedians, you’ll get 90 minutes of live stand-up comedy action and other assorted funny business from some of the best talents out there. Brought to you by producer-performer Jason Mack, each show features a different host and selection of comics, plus stand-up from Mack himself, whose charmingly awkward persona and dark but silly humor has quickly won over Bay Area audiences. Get ready to laugh ’til it hurts when this comedy showcase takes the stage at the Punch Line in San Francisco.