The San Francisco Symphony ushers in the summer concert season at Davies Hall with a pair of rousing works. Concertmaster and violin soloist Alexander Barantschik takes the lead on J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2, a lovely, lighthearted piece that brings the best of the baroque to life. Then, Juraj Valčuha conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8, written and performed in Moscow in 1943, a powerful, passionate reaction to the long and difficult wartime period.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, May 24, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, May 28, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, May 29, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, May 30, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, May 31, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / Various Time Slots
Created by former Ringling Bros. ringmaster Kevin Venardos, this magical, musical circus comes to San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz with an experienced cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, clowns, jugglers and daredevils from around the world. Venardos himself brings his Broadway-style singing-and-dancing talent to the center ring as your master of ceremonies, and there are no performing animals in the show either. Make sure and get there early for an interactive pre-show party where you can meet the cast, snap selfies and play games, and you can also stay after to take pics too.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 4:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 1:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 4:00pm
The SF Magic Hour is 75 minutes of mind-blowing magic performed by a different set of performers each month. These magicians have performed in Las Vegas and Reno Casinos, the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, on TV for the Late Late Show and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, on luxury cruise lines, with touring Broadway shows, and at Monday Night Magic, New York’s longest-running off-Broadway magic show. Each month brings new and amazing magic. So come back to PianoFight again and again to see the newest IMpossibilities.
Monday, May 27, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Jun 24, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Jul 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
Visit Aquarium of the Bay for your chance to experience the Bay’s fascinating aquatic wildlife up close. Located along San Francisco’s walkable waterfront, Aquarium of the Bay is home to more than 20,000 marine animals native to San Francisco Bay, including massive sevengill sharks, luminous moon jellies and bat rays in a touch pool. Four exhibit areas — Discover the Bay, Under the Bay, Touch the Bay and the river otters exhibit — provide a scuba diver’s view of life in the Bay. Through hands-on learning and interactions with its trained staff, Aquarium of the Bay inspires animal lovers of all ages.
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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society’s popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco’s best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 10:00pm
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, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Sep 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Oct 12, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30am
Take a tour through San Francisco’s history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 23, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 30, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 11:00am
Magician and mindreader David Gerard is back with new magic and mentalism for 2019. Over 75 minutes, David’s 20 years of experience with the mystery arts are on display, showcasing a wide range of magic and mindreading effects. A top hit with Silicon Valley companies and event planners, David’s shows at PianoFight in San Francisco are the only place to catch him performing this new material.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 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. This Ray of Light Theatre production is 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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pm
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, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jul 5, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Jul 5, 2019 / 8:30pm
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 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:30pm
It’s easy to try and reduce MC Hammer’s meteoric rise to fame down to parachute pants, stutter-steps and Rick James samples, but if you were around when Hammer ruled the airwaves in the early ‘90s, then you remember what a pop cultural force he was. And if you weren’t there, now’s your chance to find out what all the hoopla was about — and why the world couldn’t get enough of smash hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Too Legit to Quit.” The three-time Grammy winner comes to Mountain Winery with En Vogue and Tone Loc. One of the biggest female pop acts since The Supremes, En Vogue’s fusion of R&B with new jack swing and hip-hop rhythms made them one of the ‘90s best-selling musical groups with hits like "My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)," “You Don’t Have to Worry,” “Free Your Mind” and “Don’t Let Go.” Tone Loc’s famed for his distinctive voice and unmistakable delivery, which made the song “Wild Thing” a Grammy-winning hit.
After years of performing and teaching Argentine Tango worldwide, Maestro Estigarribia returns to SFIAF with more. This time although traditional tango will be featured, he will be focusing on his latest original piano compositions. Having a rather eclectic background, Pablo bases his new work in tango structure and expression, but opens the door to jazz and classical influences that will shape the music in a unique manner. Ardently committed to the mission of unveiling Tango in concert halls, he will feature pieces from Tangos Para Piano — a Premio Gardel award-winning album — and premiere new pieces with guest artists from the Bay Area in his effort to share his unique vision with local musicians.
San Francisco’s sold out comedy roast show is back for another night of epic roasting! Watch four of San Francisco’s hottest comedians do stand-up comedy about the tech scene and roast techie volunteers from the audience. Tech is everywhere — it’s enabling people all over the world to do more, revolutionizing modern science at an incredible pace, and changing the way we live our everyday lives. It also sucks just a little bit… so let’s roast the hell out of it. Disclaimer: these jokes are going to burn.
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.
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
Dan St. Germain’s comedy has caused both fans and the media to sit up and take notice. He was chosen as a featured comic in __Variety__’s annual prestigious “10 Comics To Watch” list, was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s “Top 10 Great Underrated Comedians,” named Time Out NY ‘s “Comedy Break Out” of 2013, and he’s currently developing a show with FOX. He has his own podcast on the All Things Comedy Network and recorded a half-hour Comedy Central special. Dan has honed his comedy skills on television (Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver’s NY Standup Show), in writing (The Onion), on the radio (WTF with Marc Maron) and on the web (Funny or Die). He’s been nominated for several comedy awards, and one of his jokes was selected as one of the 20 best jokes about New York, a list that included Woody Allen.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 20, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 9:45pm
One of the most bankable — and likable — stars in country music lights up the Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View this summer. Brad Paisley’s sold more than 12 million albums, won three Grammy Awards and become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His swift rise to the top came on the strength of his original songs, often laced with humor and pop-culture references, not to mention his insane guitar talent. He never fails to put out crowd-pleasing tunes that hit the sweet spot between country and pop, with favorites like “Whiskey Lullaby,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” with favorites like “Whiskey Lullaby,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” and more recent hits like “Perfect Storm” and “Today.” Chris Lane and Riley Green will open the concert.
The Sklar Brothers, whose sarcastic banter has made them stars on TV, the Internet and comedy stages around America, headline Cobb’s. Twin comics Randy and Jason Sklar, best known for hosting ESPN’s Cheap Seats, have also appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Lately and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in two half-hour Comedy Central stand-up specials. They’re regular guest hosts on Jim Rome’s radio program, and their weekly sports comedy podcast Sklarbro Country is a long-running hit.
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!
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, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
Raising a child alone is a struggle; raising multiple children alone is an odyssey. Brian Copeland knows this better than most — because he’s experienced it from both sides. In 1979, Copeland’s mother died suddenly, leaving him and four siblings in the care of his 57-year-old grandmother to raise on her own. 22 years later, Brian finds himself in the same spot when a divorce leaves him as the sole provider for his three children. In this reading of Copeland’s new play Grandma & Me at the Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater, the author compares and contrasts the trials and triumphs of single parenting in the 1970s and the 2000s, all while trying to answer the question of what it truly means to be a father.
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.
Sunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 7:00pm
If millions of people hadn’t already seen it on YouTube (24 million views and counting), nobody would believe Christina Bianco’s cover of “Let it Go.” Indeed, it’s hard to believe one performer could impersonate Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, Adele, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Liza Minnelli, let alone all in one song, without dropping a note or breaking character. But Bianco can, as seen on Ellen when she brought the studio audience to its feet with an equally rousing (and varied) rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Now Bianco, two-time Drama Desk Award nominee with an incredible voice all her own, returns to San Francisco’s Feinstein’s at the Nikko with her latest show, Me, Myself and Everyone Else.
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 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
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 28, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 7:30pmTuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 7:30pm
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in pre-WWII Berlin, falls in love with the vivacious Sally Bowles, a singer at the local Kit Kat Klub. Their dream-like romance is tested by the political upheaval that changes their lives dramatically. Even after 50 years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget.
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 3:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jul 2, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)
The Magic Mike Experience features chiseled hunks with hard abs, cute faces and sexy moves performing elaborate, creative and sensual choreography in uniforms ranging from army boys to firemen to cowboys and pirates. Performed to sold-out crowds around the world, this male revue is a much more personal and intimate experience that incorporates thumping beats, dazzling light shows, professionally choreographed dance routines and fun fantasy costumes. See it at San Francisco’s Slate Bar.
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, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 7:00pm
Catharsis is a mental health-themed stand-up comedy therapy session that flips the comedy convention on its head by asking the audience to share their problems and having the Bay Area’s top comics attempt to help them work it out — as constructively and hilariously as possible. Hosted by Jim McVeigh, a comedian based in San Francisco. Jim’s comedy stems from feeling like an alien in most parts of life. He’s been described as having both dorky-dad and cool-mom energy on stage. His act is vulnerable and silly, as he tries to process the world happening at him. Jim has performed at the San Francisco Comic-Con and The Savage Henry Comedy Festival. He performs at the popular weekly stand-up show called Critical Hit every Saturday in Oakland, and every Tuesday at Troubled Comedy at Amnesia in SF. Now see Jim lead Catharsis at Punch Line Comedy Club.
This newly curated percussion program by Hong Kong’s leading percussive collective, Toolbox Percussion, focuses on music composed by those with West Coast influences and offers a collaboration with Jack van Geem, former principal percussionist of San Francisco Symphony. Toolbox Percussion has been driving percussive arts programming in Hong Kong since 2012, curating ambitious music projects and challenging the best in the field whilst also continually nurturing new musical talent in innovative ways. Grant Avenue comes to the Cowell Theater in San Francisco for an evening of powerful percussion.
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 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
Shakesqueer: What’s In A Name? What happens to the world of Shakespeare when gender stereotypes fall and same-sex relationships are all that exist? Something unexpected, yet wonderfully familiar! After all, the Bard loved playing with gender roles .… Join Un-Scripted Theater Company for these completely improvised plays, and enjoy classic romance and comedy through a modern lens.
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
A performance exploring temporality and legacy. What if you could attend your own funeral? What would people remember about your life? Would it be somber, a wake or joyful celebration? How would you want to be commemorated? The performance is a birthday present to director Jesselito Bie to mark his 50th birthday. Using archival choreography from the company’s 26 year performance history as a point of reference, the performance is framed as a eulogy to choreographer Jesselito Bie. Throughout the performance, audience is guided through rituals of grieving by the dancers and is invited to interact as participant or observer.
Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30amThursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Aug 5, 2019 / 9:30amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Aug 19, 2019 / 9:30amThursday, Oct 17, 2019 / 9:30am
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
Branden James and James Clark make their Feinstein’s at the Nikko debut in San Francisco with The Broadway Covers Project. In this thrilling performance, Broadway is reinvented in classical-music form complete with operatic tenor vocals and cello featuring music from West Side Story, Wicked, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, Sunset Boulevard, as well as songs from Branden and James’ brand-new album. James, known as a Season 8 finalist from America’s Got Talent, and Clark, featured cellist for Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton John, Shoshana Bean and more, have been crisscrossing the globe performing their popular shows, which also include At the Corner of Symphony and Soul and From Bach to Bieber.
Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 8:00pm
Triple-threat Garrett Clayton will present a celebratory evening of cabaret, music and dance with his all-new show It Takes Three at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco. Through the hits of Broadway, pop and some of your favorite divas, Garrett Clayton — joined by Ashley Argota and Desi Dennis-Dylan — will tell tales of their friendships, navigating Hollywood, and their own personal awakening… Peppered with fan kicks and jazz hands. Garrett Clayton is best known for his leading role in the hit Disney Channel movies Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach Movie 2., and played Link in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and Chase on ABC Family’s The Fosters.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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 28, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 10:00pm
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
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, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
The San Francisco Food Safari offers you the chance to explore the city’s neighborhoods in-depth and discover the best cuisine each area has to offer. This 2.5-hour tour focuses on the North Beach neighborhood, where Chef Joseph will offer his knowledge and insights on the top places to eat as well as the history and culture of the area. You’ll have the chance to purchase whatever you’d like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Mara’s Italian Pastries, Liguria Bakery, Molinari Deli and beyond. Each tour ends with a picnic lunch made up of the delicious treats you’ve purchased along the way. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco’s legendary Salmagundi. He was also the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State’s Gifts to Gastronomy.
Art Critique Comedy Show (with Jeremy Talamantes and Jordan Cerminara). We curate five pieces of the most ridiculous “art” we can find from second-hand stores, garage sales, and flea markets to be picked apart by the funniest stand-up comics in the Bay. After it’s all said and done, we give the forgotten works a new home by giving you the esteemed privilege to bid on them in our post-show auction. Find more laughs than you ever knew were inside of you and take home the conversation piece your dull living room desperately needs.
With his pale skin, baggy dark clothes and black eyeliner, you might mistake stand-up comic Oliver Graves for just another disaffected goth from your high school. But all that changes once you experience his droll, deadpan and hilarious observations about life on the dark side. “I’m a big believer in the saying ‘You are what you eat,’” he said on a recent appearance on America’s Got Talent. “That’s why I eat nothing.” You can catch this grim rising star at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco when he headlines California Stand-Up with Jeremy Curry. Curry’s in-your-face, high-energy and fun-loving comedy couldn’t be a sharper contrast to Graves’ dry wit. Rounding out this lineup are Stockton native Sam Bam and 2018 Cobb’s Comedy Competition winner Stephanie Foster — and a special mystery guest who you’ll recognize from Comedy Central.
In these fraught times, laughter is the perfect antidote. That’s why There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Tour is coming to Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, to spread the good vibes and bring people together through comedy. Headliners, touring comedians and up-and-coming Bay Area comics bring out their best and most original material for this raucous showcase, which spotlights diversity while proving the old adage that everyone’s cultural background contains a little bit of craziness ripe for comedy. So grab some friends and come out for this hilarious night of stand-up.
PianoFight, one of San Francisco’s funnest nightclubs, doesn’t just feature great music. They also showcase some of the best comics around. And here’s the best part: they’re actual living comics! That’s right, Real Live Comedians come to PianoFight to tickle your funny bone with 90 minutes of stand-up, improv, musical comedy and other assorted weirdness. You’ll see a unique lineup each time, with comics from national tours and festivals, plus local clubs and events such as SF Sketchfest, Rooster T Feathers, the Punch Line, Cobb’s and more.
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 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, 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
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, 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
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, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:30pm
Join the folks at FOOT for a fun, funny and informative “outing” that takes visitors and locals alike on a grand two-hour tour of this groundbreaking gay neighborhood. You’ll learn about the people, places and events that turned the Castro district into an LGBT hotspot, and stop in at history-making places like Josie’s Cabaret — the area’s first gay bar — the camera store and campaign headquarters of iconic activist Harvey Milk, the Pink Triangle Park and memorial, the gorgeously restored Castro Theatre and more. Plus, your friendly guide will keep you gloriously entertained with trivia, quizzes and other excitement throughout the two-hour stroll.
An artistic rendering of sounds between people, nature and the supernatural, Utom is a five-movement suite inspired by a mythical story of deity Boi Henwu and informed by musical traditions and indigenous instruments of the T’boli people of Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. This is the fifth Kularts commissioned work from master musician Florante Aguilar – Aswang (2014) Maség Typhoon (2014), She Who Can See (2015), Ba-e Makiling (2016). Utom is inspired by the T’boli’s practice of expressing the mysteries of our world in music, Aguilar creates compelling narrative of human emotion using both both western and indigenous instruments.
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 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 Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 9:00pm
Top Shelf Classics returns to Fenix Supper Club, San Rafael, for a soul-stirring “Lady Soul” Tribute! Featuring Ms. Wanda Diamond, accompanied by Ms. Fe Fea White and Ms. Jacqueline McBride, a soulful musical journey is in store. The evening will channel female icons and groups from the ‘30s through the ‘60s, touch on the ‘80s and ‘90s, inclusive of iconic legends such as Ms. Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and more. During the first set, however, Ms. Diamond will cover the brilliant career of Ms. Aretha Franklin (“Lady Soul”), performing many favorites that spanned 73 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries and 18 Grammy Awards! Covering a little blues, some jazz and R&B, with a touch of funk, this is going to be an explosive evening!
Singer-songwriter Spencer Day, the No. 1 Billboard-charting pop/jazz performer and San Francisco Bay Area favorite, returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with Broadway By Day — an all-new show featuring Day’s unique interpretation of Broadway hits, old and new, from his forthcoming album. This engagement will be the first time Spencer performs this new material live. Be part of the intimate and personal show when this modern-day balladeer brings his old-school charm and velvety smooth baritone back to Feinstein’s.
Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
Beyond Borders Storytelling features wanderlusting adventurers with exciting tales to share. Originally founded by three former Peace Corps Volunteers as a way to exchanges stories about living overseas, BBS has expanded to now feature stories from anyone. Whether you’re building bridges at home or abroad, across cultures or under the same roof, these events showcase unique perspectives from anyone interested in creating greater understanding through the art of storytelling. Get an earful of something new at San Francisco’s PianoFight.
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, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:30pm
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, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Hailed as a “lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage” (San Francisco Chronicle), Feinstein’s at the Nikko is thrilled to welcome the return of Liberace & Liza — starring David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris as the two legendary performers. Delighting in the costumes, music and glamour of show business’s wildest entertainers, guests will be smiling and clapping along to such hits as “Boogie Woogie,” “Chopsticks,” “Cabaret,” and “New York, New York.” Under the musical direction of Bo Ayars, who toured with “Lee” for 13 years as his arranger and Music Director, Liberace & Liza: A Tribute is a blinged-out and exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks.
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
Craft beer and comedy merge harmoniously in the Beer Basement at Ales Unlimited, where The Setup draws some of the funniest local and nationally touring stand-ups in the business. The space is small and cozy but the hops and the laughs are big, with performers hailing from such comedic institutions as Comedy Bang Bang, San Francisco Sketchfest and The Comedy Store. So order a drink from Ales Unlimited’s world-class selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails, then head downstairs for a truly underground experience in the heart of the Tenderloin.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00pm
Acclaimed for his profound sense of poetry and distinctive style, Sandro Russo has been in demand as a soloist in many venues around the world. He unanimously receives accolades for his sparkling virtuosity and his playing has often been referred to as a throwback to the grand tradition of elegant pianism and beautiful sound. Abbey Simon has praised him as “an artist to his fingertips…musical, intuitive, and a master of the instrument.” Lowell Liebermann has called him “a musician’s musician, and a pianist’s pianist. There is no technical challenge too great for him, but it is his musicianship that ultimately makes the greatest impression. His interpretations reveal a unique and profound artist at work.” Born in San Giovanni Gemini, Italy, Mr. Russo displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age. After entering the V. Bellini Conservatory, from where he graduated summa cum laude, he went on to earn the Pianoforte Performing Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, with honors. While still a student, he won top prize awards in numerous national and international competitions, including Senigallia and the Ibla Grand Prize. During that time, he performed in some of the country’s most reputable concert halls. Soon after Mr. Russo moved to the United States in 2000, he won the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of the Liszt A major Concerto at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. Shortly thereafter, he gave an acclaimed Chopin recital at the prestigious Politeama Theatre in Palermo, Italy, and later appeared at the Nuove Carriere Music Festival, an international showcase for the world’s most promising young musicians. Mr. Russo has also gained attention for an extensive repertoire that is comprised not only of well-known masterpieces from all periods but also of rarities of the piano literature. His virtuoso performances of works by Cziffra, Sorabji, Marc-André Hamelin and other composer-pianists have enthralled music lovers from around the world. He has also premiered compositions by Lowell Liebermann, Paul Moravec and Mr. Hamelin. Mr. Russo has performed in such eminent concert halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, Weill and Zankel halls at Carnegie Hall and Nagasaki Brick Hall in Japan. His recitals include performances for The Rachmaninoff Society, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Concerts Grand in Santa Rosa (CA), the American Liszt Society, the Houston International Piano Festival, the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities in Germany and the Chetham’s International Piano Festival in Manchester (U.K.), among others. In November 2010 the Italian Academy Foundation presented Mr. Russo in a sold-out Chopin & Schumann anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Russo has appeared as a soloist with the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, The Jacksonville Symphony in Florida and The Brussels Chamber Orchestra in an opening gala of The Music Festival of the Hamptons. He also has toured with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana for performances of the Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto and was the featured soloist with the New York Asian Symphony on tour in Japan. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Mr. Russo gave solo recitals in the recently opened Stoller Hall in Manchester, UK. He also performed in London (St. Mary’s Perivale and Steinway Hall) and Vienna (Gegenklang), and in September 2017, he had the honor of performing with the world-renowned soprano, Sumi Jo, for the president of South Korea, to promote the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. In October 2018, he gave a highly praised performing in the Fernando Laires Series at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall. At the invitation of Bechstein-America, Mr. Russo had the privilege of recording a DVD on the historical 1862 Bechstein piano (#576), originally owned by Franz Liszt. Additionally, he had the opportunity to record a DVD on Horowitz’s CD-75 Steinway piano; this represented the first recording made on this legendary instrument following Horowitz’s death. Mr. Russo’s performances have aired on major radio stations in the US and abroad. His albums include, among others, Scarlatti Recreated, Russian Gems: Piano Rarities and Rachmaninov – Solo Piano Works. The latter was released to critical acclaim in March 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label and was chosen “Disc of the Month” by Italy’s The Classic Voice magazine. Mr. Russo’s latest album, Images et Mirages: Hommage à Debussy, was released on the Steinway & Sons label on October 19, 2018.
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
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, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
Sampson McCormick is an experience. A down-to-earth comedic force of nature and an internationally touring, award-winning entertainer, he has been named “One of the Funniest LGBT Comics” by OUT.com, MetroWeekly, Buzz Feed, Huffington Post and Bay Area Reporter. He’s appeared on BET, MTV, OWN Network, FOX and TV One. He has performed in his comedy special That B*@&! Better Be Funny and a new documentary A Tough Act To Follow. He’s headlined venues including the historic Howard Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Comedy Store in LA, Harvard University and for one night only, The San Francisco Punch Line. His comedy offers riveting, refreshing and original takes on religion, sexuality, life and politics — you know, all those things you aren’t supposed to talk about in polite company.
For this special San Francisco International Arts Festival tour, you begin in the shadow of the Fontana Towers at Van Ness and Bay and will conclude at the Fort Mason gates. During the excursion you’ll traverse the grounds of the old military base and discover histories of farms, soldiers, waterways, and World’s Fairs. A lost lagoon, a misaligned alley, a slain hero, and an apparent suicide highlight a stroll through the old World’s Fairgrounds and today’s landfilled multi-million dollar neighborhoods… Chris Carlsson will regale you with overlooked stories that still shape the San Francisco of today.
Oedipus el Rey is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro. Oedipus is re-imagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence and history, can one man transcend his own story? Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling, muscular odyssey at Magic Theatre in San Francisco that asks: what’s fate and what’s just the system?
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 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:30pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, Jun 4, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 10:00pm
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, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00am
Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy smash. Alan Baker, a 30-ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21 year old brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray. This farcical ’60s romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pm
Melody of China performs with Sound of Dragon Ensemble from Vancouver. Melody of China artists include: Yangqin Zhao on yangqin (hammered dulcimer); Gangqin Zhao on guzheng (zither); Wanpeng Guo on sheng (mouth organ); Shenshen Zhang on pipa (lute); Gary Schwantes on dizi (bamboo flute)/saxophone. They will be joined by guest artists Lan Tung on erhu (2-string bowed fiddle) and members of Sound of Dragon Ensemble featuring Chinese instruments with flute, guitar, cello and percussion. The concert program will feature new arrangements of traditional repertoire as well as several world premieres by composers from the U.S. and Canada.
Say “I do” to a day filled with fun, designed to make planning your trip down the aisle a total breeze. This ultimate wedding expo for both brides and grooms at the San Francisco Mint is set to feature top-notch professionals showing off their designs, from tablescapes and event decor to flowers and fashion. Taste hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts, score prizes and check out the latest gowns and tuxedos via a live fashion show.
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
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.
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 1:30pm
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
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, May 28, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
Take a detour down memory lane. Share a memory (nostalgic, silly, awkward), and you and the Chivalry Club improv troupe will delve into it together. Straddling the line between fantasy and reality, Chivalry Club shines a light on the strange and exciting parts of the past. Catch Wayback Wednesday at San Francisco’s Stage Werx.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 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 24, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 31, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00am
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.
Thursday, 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 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pm
Joan Didion, a perennial front-runner for the “Best Living American Writer” title, found a powerful and poignant way to talk about grief in her acclaimed memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Now the award-winning book is an equally acclaimed play, which has ben called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief” (The New York Times) and “an intensely personal yet universal story of hope in the face of inescapable loss” (Playbill). This one-woman performance, starring Stacy Ross as Joan Didion, recounts the fallout from the sudden death of the author’s husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, shortly before the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary. That devastating period also saw the death of the couple’s daughter, Quintana, from a host of chronic illnesses. Experience Didion’s story of crippling grief and her ultimate, inspiring journey to acceptance when The Year of Magical Thinking comes to Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pm
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.
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
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.
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that’ll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 9:00pm
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.
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 7:30pm
Blue & Gold Fleet’s Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson’s daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
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One of the most beloved films of the ‘80s, the Tom Hanks comedy classic is now a heartfelt musical fantasy. Josh Baskin is 12 years old. He wishes that his mom would stop hugging him in public, that he didn’t have to take out the garbage, and that Cynthia Benson, the girl next door, would notice him. When she passes him over for an older boy, Josh makes a wish to be big … and wakes up the next morning in the body of a 30-year-old man. Taking off to the big city, Josh now must navigate the unknown world of adults — a world of jobs, girlfriends and disgustingly fancy foods — as he and his best friend seek out a way to undo the spell that caused him to grow. Filled with Zoltar machines, floor pianos and a dazzling, pop-filled score, Big: The Musical reminds us that there’s always room to be a child at heart. Get in on all the fun at the Berkeley Playhouse.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 1:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jul 5, 2019 / 7:00pm
With his penchant for personal interaction with the audience, no two of Phil Hanley’s shows are ever the same. The Canadian comic got his big break at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival in 2008, where his wacky, self-deprecating one-liners were recognized in the Montreal Gazette’s annual Best Jokes of the Festival. He was also named one of “The Five Comics Creating a Buzz” by the Hollywood Reporter, and rewarded with a featured segment on the The Tonight Show. In addition to filming his his own stand-up special for The Comedy Network, Hanley has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and more.
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 9:45pm
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.
The genius of Dwight Yoakam lies in the power of his appeal, a force that attracts serious rock ‘n’ rollers (he started out opening for punk bands) to country music diehards (Johnny Cash called him his “favorite male artist”). What unites these groups — which also include hipsters, honky-tonkers and roots rockers — is Yoakam’s maverick blend of country, rock, Americana, pop and soul. He almost single-handedly saved country music in the ‘80s, his “cowpunk” sound rescuing a genre that had grown too slick. He has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he’s a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy winner. Don’t miss Dwight Yoakam in concert at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Alejandro Escovedo opens the show.
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.
Wednesday, 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 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 24, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, May 28, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, May 29, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, May 30, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 31, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / Various Departure Times
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.
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, Jun 15, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
Pam Ann is flying high as the international air hostess alter ego of Australian comedienne Caroline Reid. She not only performs as Pam Ann (a play on words from Pan Am) but as an array of hysterically funny flight attendants employed by international airlines including Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qantas, SAS, Singapore and Virgin Atlantic. Buckle your seatbelt and be prepared to reach for your oxygen mask after her witty yet biting satire of the aviation industry. Her more than 20-year career has earned her first-class seats jet-setting around the globe selling out prestigious venues and having been included in Qantas in-flight entertainment and featured in advertising campaigns for British Airways and SAS and headlining the Jet Blue pride flight from San Francisco to Long Beach. Now you can see what all the high-flying fuss is about when Pam Ann comes to Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pm
“Water on Mars? Not impressed. Baywatch on Mars? Impressed.” That’s the kind of endearing absurdity comedian Michael Ian Black is known to tweet out regularly. He’s been cracking up cult comedy-lovers since the early ‘90s on MTV’s influential sketch show The State and went on to star in Comedy Central’s Another Period and films like Wet Hot American Summer, This is 40 and Reno 911!: Miami. He’s also hosted game shows and podcasts, deadpanned on countless episodes of VH1’s I Love the… retro series, written screenplays and children’s books and even collaborated with Meghan McCain to co-author America, You Sexy Bitch. Black’s signature stand-up style finds him flitting from witty topical humor to flat-out silliness, all while keeping a perfectly straight face. He’ll bring that quick wit and dry sense of humor to a block of shows at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, hosted by comedian Jules Posner.
Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 9:45pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 9:45pm
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 25, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 10:00am
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.
Calling all Magic Mike fanatics! Australia’s internationally acclaimed male revue, Thunder From Down Under, trumps the film experience by letting you see this crew of tabletop-dancing, chiseled heartthrobs in person. Maybe you’ve seen these sexy guys and their Aussie-bred abs have tease daytime crowds with appearances on Ellen and The View. But things don’t get really steamy ‘til nightfall, when their hot-ticket act takes the stage at Cobb’s in San Francisco. Whether you’re hankering for a cowboy, the boy-next-door type, or a hot fireman, the Thunder dancers offer every flavor of high-energy eye candy.
Sunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 7:30pmMonday, Jun 17, 2019 / 7:30pm
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
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 25, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 27, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 3, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 17, 2019 / 11:00am
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 29, 2019 / 9:30pm (HowellDevine)Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30pm (Aki Kumar Blues Band)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 9:00pm (Jules Leyhe) Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 9:30pm (Harvey Mandel)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30pm (Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind)Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 9:00pm (Donovan Keith)Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain Special Guest: Terry Hanck)
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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
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.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Don “DC” Curry outspoken comedy style made him a star at San Francisco’s comedy clubs starting in the ‘90s, and he soon took his act across the nation. Best known for playing Uncle Elroy Jones in the hit films Next Friday and Friday After Next, Curry is a regular guest and former host of BET’s Comic View who’s also been seen on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. As an actor, he’s also had regular roles on TV’s Grace Under Fire and The Steve Harvey Show, and is a guest voice on the animated hit The Boondocks.
Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 7:00pm
Russian River Adventures’ inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures’ bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you’ll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you’re so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours… even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Monday, Jun 3, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Monday, Jun 10, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)
With a ratio of 56 men to each woman in 1849, San Francisco was a city fit only for girls who were strong of mind — or strong of body. The Bay Area frontier girl did everything a man could do, and she did it in a corset. On this diva-led walking tour, you’ll learn about 10 of the wildest women of San Francisco’s past, including Lillie Coit, Isadora Duncan, Maya Angelou and the irrepressible Phyllis Diller. The tour begins near Union Square and makes it way through the theater district, Chinatown and North Beach dredging up the colorful histories of the women who made the West a little wilder.
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.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm
Hailed by The New York Times as “possibly the best political comic in the country,” Will Durst comes to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco. A five-time Emmy nominee, Durst is one of America’s top political comics, and a regular guest on CNN and NPR. He’s made more than 400 TV appearances, including Letterman, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, and once hosted a daily talk show with San Francisco’s Mayor Willie Brown. He’s performed for Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Al Gore, and holds the record for most appearances by a comic on C-SPAN.
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 9:45pm
Jason is headed to Hollywood to become a star. There he encounters the greatest star of all time, a man of many secrets and many desires. One of them is the desire to be frightened. Can Jason and his friend Cranston meet that challenge? And do they really want this star’s help, given what they know about him?
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
The Los Angeles-based hard rock act Buckcherry formed in mid-1995, after singer Joshua Todd and guitarist Keith Nelson were introduced through their tattoo artist. After cutting several demos, the duo recruited bassist Jonathan “J.B.” Brightman and drummer Devon Glenn and began performing live, quickly earning a local following for their swaggering, grunge-flavored music. Following the subsequent addition of second guitarist Yogi Lonich, Buckcherry signed with DreamWorks Records and issued their self-titled debut LP in 1999. Singles such as “Check Your Head” and “For the Movies” were modern rock hits, allowing Buckcherry to raise their profile by the summer of 2000.
Sunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
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Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 9:00pm
Join Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses at Great American Music Hall for a special performance of new music from his forthcoming solo album titled Tenderness (produced by Shooter Jennings). Jennings and his band will also open the night and back McKagan for his performance.
Jaffe Events / SF Special Events / Salsa San Francisco Salsa by the Bay – Summer Series 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 Oracle Park (AT&T). Come join in the Fun. Don’t Miss it. Featuring The Bay’s Favorite Local Latin Dj’s: Pablo Cano / Tony O / Antonio / Hugo V / Dj Q / Andres Salsa / Merengue / Cuban / Bachata Salsa By The Bay Special Events Sunday Novermber 3rd – Dia De Los Muertos’ Edition Wednesday Novermber 27th – Bocadito – A Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration Sunday December 15 – Regalito – Pre-Christmas Toy Drive and Celebration For VIP and Birthday PackagesCall or for faster response text 415-968-8300 / [email protected] For More [email protected] 21+ w/ID
Above Ground is packed with 10 ground-breaking shows by local artists who appear in their own dramatic, comedic and musical pieces at Mojo Theatre. Four non-stop weeks of indie performances highlight “who we are now.” Recognized award-winning playwrights and up-and-comers shake up the theater world with drama, storytelling, stand-up, puppetry, poetry, physical comedy, live music and more! Each night is a different lineup. Mojo Theatre is an intimate theater at 2940 16th Street in San Francisco Mission district’s historic Redstone Labor Temple Building near 16th/Mission BART and MUNI.
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 20, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
Caitlin Gill has performed on the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Global Comedy Fest and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, she was featured her as one of the 7 Comics Rocking the Local Scene in 7×7 Magazine and was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013. You can also hear her on podcasts like Put Your Hands Together, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and NPR’s Snap Judgement.
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pm
Comedy Allstars features an array of our favorite professional local comedians, some of whom have appeared on Comedy Central and late night talk shows such as Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The life of a heroine who survives and conquers in the challenging world of the 18th century. A cast of 12 brings audiences in touch with inmates, scoundrels, pirates, thieves, lovers and accomplices in this adult romp.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30 pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)
Bearlike in both stature and talent, Yefim Bronfman earned himself a cameo in a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth, who wrote that the Russian virtuoso “looks less like the person who is going to play the piano than like the guy who should be moving it.” Experience Bronfman’s powerful fortissimo style on Prokofiev’s bravura Second Piano Concerto with MTT at the baton.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
Known for his “rock-star vibes” (Eugene Weekly) and expressive style, Boulder native Francesco Lecce-Chong is music director and maestro of not one, but two West Coast symphonies, plus he’s conducted several operas — all of which makes him a pretty savvy choice for this SFS concert featuring works by Mozart and Verdi. French pianist David Fray adds his “matinee-idol looks and intense platform manner” (The Guardian) to the festivities as well.
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm
Comedy Baseball is a show where two teams of comedians play a baseball video game that’s controlled by telling jokes. Each inning features a different joke structure and the pitches are suggestions from the audience. When the audience cheers, they hit the ball pretty hard.. And if the audience jeers, boos, or otherwise expresses their displeasure with a joke, it’s gonnd be a bad hit. Join us as all summer long teams of San Francisco’s best stand up and improv comedians duke it out for a chance to be crowned the World Series Champs of Comedy Baseball. Oh what up, still reading? Well, we just raised a chunk of change over on kickstarter to fund development for this season’s version: Comedy Baseball 2: Super Sloshball. We’re adding beer fueled super powers, brand spanking new graphics, and more wacky features over the course of this season thanks to our backers. “That’s Comedy Baseball!”
The Dresher/Davel Invented Instrument Duo, formed in 2001 and after many national and international tours, will present of their first full-length concerts in San Francisco. The program includes a world premiere of a new work by Dresher as well as existing Duo repertoire. The instruments were created by Paul Dresher, Daniel Schmidt and the pioneering electronic music inventor Don Buchla. After the concert, the audience will be invited on-stage to play the instruments and interact with the performers. Performing live on a unique set of huge invented musical instruments, the electro-acoustic duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates excitement and wonder! Playing the 15-foot Quadrachord, the 10-foot Hurdy Grande (both invented and built by Dresher and Daniel Schmidt) and Don Buchla’s magical Marimba Lumina, Dresher and Davel create lush textures and rhythmically propulsive grooves that fascinate the ear and the eye. Exploring unique sound-colors and enhanced by live digital looping, this electro-acoustic duo creates complex sonic layers as rich as a full orchestra. Audiences are sonically immersed and visually engaged by both the sight and sound of these sculptural inventions and by the energetic and imaginative choreography of Dresher and Davel’s physical interaction with the instruments and with one another.
Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 3:00pm
One of the world’s most prestigious classical music competitions, this year’s Klein Competition features nine outstanding young string players from around the world aged 15-23 vying for cash prizes and performance contracts onstage at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. See the classical music superstars of tomorrow, today! Each of the 9 competitors, selected from 118 admissions, will perform a 25-minute program, including a solo Bach piece, the commissioned work by Carlos Oliver Simon, and a movement from a major concerto.
Discover your new favorite wine while having a blast as the Uncorked: SF wine festival comes to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Taste over 150 wines and champagnes and chow down on tasty grub from gourmet local food trucks and food vendors while grooving to live music. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or are looking to learn a little more, this is the event for you. Bring a date, a group of friends, or come solo and meet some fellow wine lovers. Capture the fun with some shots in the custom photo booth and more. Spring for early admission and get an extra hour of tastings, plus some special pours!
Historic Hotel Petaluma provides a lovely setting for meeting new friends! Our last party here attracted 80 singles, in the midst of a torrential rainstorm. Hopefully this party will do even better, weather permitting. Only $10 at the door includes a FUN Mixer Game, accompanied by light appetizers, courtesy of The Shuckery, served at 4pm, as long as they last. Dress to impress. Adults of all ages welcome. Sunday, June 30, 2019, 4-6pm. LOCATION: Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St, at E. Washington, Downtown Petaluma CA 94952. This is a must-see hotel! From Hwy 101 take E Washington exit west. Free parking nearby. CO-SPONSORED by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; Singles2Couples; and by many singles meetups. MORE PARTIES at www.thepartyhotline.com.
Is there a more drop-dead romantic song than Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s “Falling Slowly?” You might say yes, but then you might have to come to blows to defend that position against the song’s legion of devotees. It did, after all, inspire an Oscar-winning movie (also starring the real-life musical duo) and a multiple-Tony-winning Broadway musical and win a Grammy Award. Once the musical is a poignant ode to love, longing and the power of art, and now it makes its Bay Area regional premiere at The Gateway Theatre courtesy of 42nd Street Moon. A talented cast of actor-musicians play their own instruments as they bring to life Hansard and Irglova’s bittersweet songs, and the beautiful story they inspired.
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 6:00pm Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
For just one night, Christian Reif leads the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in Carl Orff’s exhilarating epic showpiece, Carmina Burana. Arguably the most iconic choral work of the twentieth century, its unforgettable opening, “O Fortuna,” has become a pop culture phenomenon. From lusty drinking songs to ballads cursing fickle lovers, Carmina Burana’s texts have universally enchanted listeners since the medieval age. Catch it while you can at Davies Symphony Hall.
Sofie is an unhappy housewife. Gregor is her breadwinning husband. Dr. Franz is their strange psychiatrist. Wink is the cat. And Gregor has just skinned the cat. Violent desires, domestic anarchy, and feline vengeance at any cost make Wink a dark comedy about the thin, thin line between savagery and civilization. Catch the wicked fun at the Marin Theatre Company.
Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pm (Preview)Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 7:30pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 4:00pm (Preview)
It’s a fight for survival in the Silicon Valley world of venture capital and Sakina, an Indian-American venture capital associate, has big dreams of financing her idea of a bio-receptive, information-gathering fabric. But will she fit in a place where her values and identity must be compromised for her goal to be realized? Ethics, tribalism and the intentions of business are tackled as playwright Carey Perloff delves into the shark tank of finance. Don’t miss The Fit at The Ruff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
Nina Flyer has toured, recorded and taught throughout Europe, Scandinavia and America. She has been Principal Cellist with the symphonies of Jerusalem, Bergen (Norway) and Iceland, the Women’s Philharmonic, and the Bear Valley Orchestra. Pacific Chamber Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony. She records frequently for the TV and Motion Picture Industry. Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Hrabba worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. Miles Graber, piano, received his musical training at the Julliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aiken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin.
Take advantage of the rare chance to go behind the scenes with a world-class orchestra, as the San Francisco Symphony prepares for a series of concerts featuring music by Mozart, Verdi and Elgar, at this open rehearsal at Davies Hall. Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong will be at the baton, as exciting French pianist David Fray gets ready to take on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 4. These talented musicians will also be practicing their performance of Mozart’s seldom-heard ballet music from his opera, Idomeneo, as well as Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani and Elgar’s In the South (Alassio).
San Francisco’s longest running Tarot-based Improv Show! Come find out what your future holds! We mix our show up with a consistency of short questions answered and one person’s tarot read and then do improvised scenes based on it all.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:30pm
Leave it to the pull-no-punches, politically charged mind of John Leguizamo to dream up Kiss My Aztec!, a fresh, irreverent musical comedy take on the arrival of the conquistadors. Elizabethan dialect collides with modern slang set to a mashup of salsa, hip-hop and funk for this tale of an unlikely pair of Aztecs who mount a scrappy uprising against their Spanish oppressors — and somehow get entangled in the dysfunctional bickering of the Spanish viceroy’s family. If you loved Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons (nominated for Tony’s Best Play), you won’t want to miss his latest work at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)
1863, Italy: In a remote military outpost, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful (but married) mistress, is forced to reevaluate his thoughts on love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel’s plain, sickly cousin. From the brilliant mind of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) comes this emotionally charged chamber musical, which has steadily earned a reputation as one of Stephen Sondheim’s most deeply emotional works. Intimate and erotic, it explores the line between love and obsession, power and manipulation. Now Passion makes its long-awaited San Francisco debut at Custom Made’s intimate theater, which has had recent hits with Into the Heights, Man of La Mancha and Chess (Best Production, Bay Area Critic’s Circle). Don’t miss the opportunity to see this rarely produced masterpiece.
Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 8:00pm
Spaghetti and meatballs. Peanut butter and chocolate. Some things are just made to go together. Comedy and magic is one such dynamic duo, and award-winning sleight-of-hand artist Bob Sheets serves it up in spades. Armed with nothing but a deck of cards, blindfold, knife and his whimsical wit, Sheets has toured the world, simultaneously cracking up and amazing audiences. Now, after a command performance at the world-famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, he’s coming to San Francisco’s Marrakech Magic Theater. Bring the whole family and come an hour early for close-up magic in the lounge.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 6:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 6:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 6:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 6:30pm
The SF Symphony performs a hypnotic score by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens to the acclaimed Italian film Call Me by Your Name. See the Academy Award-winning film accompanied by a live orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one hilarious, show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and offers to take the audience on a delightful journey through the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the record plays, the show comes to life inside his apartment, including two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and a “drowsy” (i.e., intoxicated) chaperone. Add in an amazing score and remarkable tap dancing and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Don’t miss this show at San Francisco’s Shelton Theater.
Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jun 27, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jun 29, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jul 5, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jul 6, 2019 / 7:00pm
Antic in a Drain (Artistic Director, Ross Travis) proudly presents its world premiere production of Tempting Fate, a satirical sideshow entertainment reflecting the house of mirrors called climate change. Balk at the science, bemoan the social impacts, and scream in horror at the political divide. You’ll find yourself laughing at the grotesque hyperbole, and the fantastically fecund characters bedecked in disdain and hubris. See Mother Earth talk trash to those who bite her tit while suckling her life-giving abundance.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / 7:00pm
Grease is the word, and the musical you’ve gotta see when it comes to the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, Grease follows the ‘50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over … until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like “Summer Nights,” "You’re the One That I Want," “We Go Together” and “Greased Lightning.” Join the Pink Ladies, the T-Birds and the rest of the gang and experience all the fun of this all-American classic.
Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
From the craziest fried concoctions and amazing animal exhibits to the classic carnival midway and awesome concerts, the San Mateo County Fair brings all your fair faves back and offers some cool new activities too. Check out the cutting-edge silent disco and selfie museum, indulge in some healthy new food offerings, enjoy tons of activities, exhibits and entertainment and top it all off with a visit to the midway where you’ll find more than 20 thrill rides (though there are plenty of tamer options for the younger set). The Carnival Day Pass includes unlimited rides, and all general admission tickets provide access to first-come, first-served concert tickets, with big names like Morris Day & The Time, Air Supply, Better Than Ezra, Sir Mix-a-Lot, the Commodores and more scheduled to take the stage.
Nothing says summer like a day at the fair, and the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma is so jam-packed with fun that you will want to come back day after day. Have a blast with the whole family, because their Pay-One-Price Admission includes unlimited carnival rides, concerts and daily entertainment. Chow down on delicious fair food, enter a funnel cake eating contest, and cheer on your favorite pup in the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest. Take in a wide array of entertainment, from live bands to belly dancers, to sprint car racing and kids tractor pulls. Of course, there are plenty of furry friends on hand, too. The whole family will enjoy touring the barns and learning about life on the farm. Adults are invited to sample North of the Gate award-winning wines in the Wine Garden (additional tasting ticket required). Plan your trip to the Sonoma-Marin Fair today!
Saturday, June 22, 2019: 4:00pm-9:00pm (Taste of North Gate)Good Any Day of the Fair: June 19-23, 2019
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, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:30pm
Fresh off their much buzzed-about debut as RBRM last fall, the Grammy-winning members of New Edition will return to the stage for the 4 The Love Of It Tour, featuring guest Kid Capri. Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins are joining forces once again with an all-new lineup of performances, including a stop at Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Showcasing the pop/ R&B trailblazers as never before, RBRM brings the artists’ legendary 41-year careers to life in a whole new way. The record-shattering catalog of hits audiences know and love from New Edition, BBD and their individual solo acts are remixed, re-imagined and reinvigorated on stage, giving fans a fresh take on their timeless favorites.
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
The compelling new drama Archduke tells the story of three young men who, with nothing left to lose, join Serbia’s secret military society on the eve of World War I. The destitute young men follow an unlikely path to terrorism in the name of Serbian nationalism. The deeper they find themselves in the organization, the more they learn about each other — and the closer the tale parallels the bizarro politics of today. The story comes from the dark, humorous, exciting mind of Rajiv Joseph, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright. Open your mind to a challenging and insightful journey you only knew a fraction about at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 7:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
A thrilling treasure hunt across the globe as the Darling Misfits go on their biggest adventure yet! Join Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits as they take on your favorite “fortune and glory” movies and tropes. An intimate musical variety show for that will have you at the edge of your seat. As always, expect aerials, drag, variety, a loose storyline to keep the plot moving and lots of music. Join the Darling Misfits for their final performance at Zspace in San Francisco.
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
The Funniest Show in San Francisco features sketch comedy from local ne’er-do-wells the Sylvan Boys (VICELAND, Sketchfest) This show will include a selection of their best and favorite sketches paired with some tasty new licks. Come on out to PianoFight and see why this is The Funniest Show in San Francisco!
Tom Lehrer epitomized the era of satirical humor in the 1950s and 1960s, writing wickedly funny songs that took the country by storm. “The Masochism Tango,” “The Vatican Rag,” “Pollution,” “Send the Marines” and “National Brotherhood Week” are just a few, dishing humor on delicate subjects like race relations, nuclear weapons, gun rights, free speech and religious freedom. Today, most of these songs feel like they were written last week, not last century! Laugh and think in a whole new way as marvelously talented local actors at San Francisco’s Shelton Theater take you into Mr. Lehrer’s slightly off-center world. Friday night performances are the famous sing-alongs where the audience is invited to join in singing most of the terrific lyrics!
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Sing-Along)Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Jun 6, 2019 / 7:00pm
Don’t miss the next Ace Boon Comedy® F’larious Fridays™ show with host Ace Boon. This episode of Boon’s show will feature hot music by DJ Big Kal and some of the best local and national comedians Jason Cole, Nicole Blue, Special Guest, Aivy Cordova and w/Headliner as seen on tour with Paul Mooney, Ali Wong and on Hulu & Amazon Prime; LYALL BEHRENS! Every ticket purchased will automatically be entered for a chance to win a raffle. Come early to get a good seat and you and your friends can enjoy dinner and bar drinks. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle for a chance to win big cash! Come and get FOOD, BAR DRINKS, LAUGHS and 2 chances to win cash and other prizes!!! What more can you ask for on a Friday???!!
Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / 7:30pm
Nothing says summertime like an outdoor blues festival. So come out to Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose for the Fountain Blues Festival. Chow down on great food, cool off with a wide selection of craft beers on tap from Poor House Bistro and groove to some great blues music. Hitting the stage for the festival’s 38th year are legendary harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, the JC Smith Band, Lady Bianca and more.