Blue & Gold Fleet’s Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson’s daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Jan 19, 2020 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Jan 20, 2020 / 11:30amTuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 11:30amWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 11:30amThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 11:30amFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / Various Time Slots
Engage! Your trip to the outer reaches of the universe comes in these hilarious improvised episodes inspired by the hit science fiction fantasy series Star Trek. You don’t have to be a super fan to enjoy Phasers on Stun’s live show’s featuring intergalactic humor, cosmic exploration and planet-hopping adventures — all improvised on the spot. This improv gang specializes exclusively in Star Trek-inspired episodes about the cosmos, keeping audiences entertained with costumes, aliens and more. Check out this wild and wacky fan-fic spin at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar 21, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 18, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 16, 2020 / 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.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 10:00pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 10:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 10:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pm
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, Jan 25, 2020 / 10:00am Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 10:00am Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 10:00am Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 10:00am Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 10:00am Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 10:00am Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 10:00am Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 10:00am
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.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Feb 13, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 7:00pm
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.
Saturday, January 18, 2020 / Various Time SlotsSunday, January 19, 2020 / Various Time SlotsMonday, January 20, 2020 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, January 21, 2020 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, January 22, 2020 / Various Time SlotsThursday, January 23, 2020 / Various Time SlotsFriday, January 24, 2020 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, January 25, 2020 / Various Time Slots
Date night’s in the bag on Wednesdays at PianoFight. Grab dinner, drinks, then catch our longest-running comedy show, based on Craigslist posts from San Francisco’s most hopeful, heartbroken and high-strung. Each Wednesday night, we refresh the browser for a wildly different show and a new set of Missed Connections.
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 9:00pmWednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 9:00pm
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, Jan 24, 2020 / 11:00am Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 11:00am Friday, Jan 31, 2020 / 11:00am Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 11:00am Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 11:00am Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 11:00am Friday, Feb 14, 2020 / 11:00am Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 11:00am
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, Jan 19, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 1, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 15, 2020 / 11:00am
The floor burns with furious footwork. The air pulses with syncopated claps and castanets as rhythmic guitar resounds. A unique mother-daughter pair, Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco brings the passion and energy of flamenco and Spanish dance to Peña Pachamama.
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 22, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 29, 2020 / 7:00pm
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez — aka Rick Shelton — leads this entertaining and informative three-hour walking tour of San Francisco, focusing on the Gold Rush era of the 1850s and beyond. Montez herself was an Irish actress and mistress of the King of Bavaria and composer Franz Liszt, who became a popular “Spanish” dance queen in mid-19th century San Francisco. She’ll take you by some of her favorite haunts, tell you stories of the Barbary Coast and let you in on plenty of other little known town secrets, in this one-of-a-kind drag performance-excursion.
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 1, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 8, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 15, 2020 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 22, 2020 / 11:00am
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.
Monday, Jan 20, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 11:00amMonday, Jan 27, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 11:00amMonday, Feb 3, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 11:00amMonday, Feb 10, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 11:00am
Take a tour through San Francisco’s history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 11:00amThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 11:00amThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 11:00amThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 11:00amThursday, Feb 13, 2020 / 11:00am
Get ready for all things sparkly — the Gem Faire is coming to the Marin Center in San Rafael. This show brings a wide array of quality crystals, beads, gems and more straight from importers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Score some amazing deals on gorgeous jewelry and individual stones. Pick up some beautiful beads so you can turn them into earrings and necklaces everyone will notice (and perhaps even be just a little bit jealous of). Grab your fellow jewelry-loving BFFs for a fun day of browsing and shopping at the Gem Faire.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 10:00am - 6:00pmSunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 10:00am - 5:00pm
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)
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.
Like it or not, the United States is filled with borders, and a wall is not a realistic solution to most of them. Take a break from political posturing and media spinning with Border People, a play featuring the words and thoughts of actual people who navigate our nation’s borders daily.
There’s a reason Jay Alexander has been called the Human Lie Detector. With his combination of magic, psychology and mentalism, he can do everything from reading your mind to making objects vanish inches from your nose (and making you laugh the whole time, of course).
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 9:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 9:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 9:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 9:00pm
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Jan 20, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pm
Combining great Japanese cuisine and live music, Yoshi’s Oakland has quickly become one of the world’s most respected venues for jazz, rock, blues and more. What started as a small sushi bar has blossomed into an award-winning live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Yoshi’s Oakland has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, and has also expanded its focus to present a variety of musical genres — and even popular comedians.
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 10:00pm (Victor Wooten)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 10:00pm (Scarface w/Band)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 10:00pm (Black London Featuring Kev Choice, Howard Wiley & Mike Blankenship)Monday, Jan 27, 2020 / 8:00pm (John Hanrahan Quartet Performs Wayne Shorter's Juju)Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 10:00pm (Steve Gadd Band)Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 10:00pm (Eddie Levert (The O'Jays))Friday, Jan 31, 2020 / 10:00pm (Gerald Albright)Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 8:00pm (Tony Lindsay With Michael O’Neill Quintet)
If you prefer your self-percussive musical clowns with a little bit of soul and funk thrown in, then Unique Derique is the mime for you. His shows at the Marsh are legendary fun for the whole fam, as are his post-performance juggling workshops.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 1:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 1:00pm
Red and White Fleet’s California Twilight Cruise is a relaxed two-hour cruise with views of the spectacular city lights, live guitar entertainment, light appetizers and a hot or cold beverage from the bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat features heated indoor viewing decks with large windows and comfortable seats as well as outdoor viewing decks for taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz.
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 6:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 6:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 6:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 6:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 6:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 6:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 6:00pm
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. This year marks Monday Night PlayGround ‘s 25th season and the return of the PlayGround Equity Company. PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area’s best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original 10-page plays — all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month. Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers’ processes and more. Priority General Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
Monday, Jan 20, 2020 / 8:00pmMonday, Feb 17, 2020 / 8:00pmMonday, Mar 16, 2020 / 8:00pm
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society’s popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco’s best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 10:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 10:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 10:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 10:00pmSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 10:00pm
Memphis, 1937. Transport yourself for one electrifying evening with Bessie Smith, as she recounts the incredible journey of her life and career, her loves and losses, and the songs that made her the show-stopping “Empress of the Blues.” This musical celebration is packed with Bessie’s legendary hits, “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” “St. Louis Blues” and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.” Directed by Darryl V. Jones and starring Bay Area favorite Katrina Lauren McGraw as Bessie.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:30pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:30pm
Don’t Say… with Paul & Dave Podcast is happy to be returning to SF Sketchfest to celebrate their one-year anniversary with you! Canadian hosts, Paul Greenberg & Dave Foley, along with their wives, Jackie Harris Greenberg & Crissy Guerrero, offer Americans a respite from, and a guarantee, that this is the one place you won’t hear that most unseemly word, “c*nt.” It’s a 90 minute stream of consciousness journey, peppered with enjoyable music and legal advice from the talented Eban Schletter (an actual lawyer), plus surprise guests as the icing on the cake. And by surprise, we mean Paul and Dave have no idea who is going to show up! No agenda, no boundaries and no “c” word.
Comedian Dave Hill gives his first-person account of different periods throughout history while Jim Biederman and Jodi Lennon call bullsh*t on most of what he’s saying. Completely improvised by Dave, Jim & Jodi. Formerly known as “You Had To Be There” (long story).
The Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo is the newest artistic collaboration from legendary singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Every other week, Aimee and Ted talk to friends across the creative spectrum to find out how they work. And sure, they’re friends with a lot of musicians, but weirdly not as many as you’d expect. So you’ll hear from comedians, directors, novelists, show creators – ok, yes, some musicians – writers, producers and more, as they discuss the process of turning an idea into art. With special guests Rhett Miller and Scott Thompson.
Desi Comedy Fest is the largest South Asian comedy festival in America. Desi, pronounced as “They- See”, is a loose term for the cultures and products of South Asia and their diaspora, derived from the Ancient Sanskrit देश (deśá or deshi), meaning Land or Country. “Desi” countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
From the Upright Citizen Theater comes the sketch and improv quartet Naked Babies who will perform their Earth shattering improv comedy and righteously take ownership of the life changes they might cause. The Naked Babies are: Rob Corddry, Brian Huskey, Seth Morris, and John Ross Bowie.
SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to iconic performer, actress, singer and author Sandra Bernhard! Sandra will take to the Castro Theater stage for a moderated conversation and Q&A, followed by a screening of the classic Martin Scorsese film The King of Comedy, for which she was rewarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics. Don’t miss you chance to spend an evening with this legendary one-of-a-kind talent! Moderated by Peaches Christ.
Are you ready kids? Aye aye captain! SpongeBob’s Best Year ever continues with a table read of a fan-favorite episode, all the latest Bikini Bottom news, and a sneak preview of a brand new episode. Bring it around town to hear from voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), along with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli and moderator Busy Philipps, about what it’s like to be part of this iconic Nickelodeon cartoon. So drop on the deck and flop like a fish, because we’re celebrating 20 years of nautical nonsense! Since its launch July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants 20th Anniversary has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. SpongeBob SquarePants 20th Anniversary is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 170 countries, translated in 30+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every quarter. SpongeBob SquarePants 20th Anniversary is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends. Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum.
Phoebe Robinson is a multi-talented stand-up comedian, New York Times best-selling writer, and actress. She is best known as the co-creator and co-star of the hit podcast turned TV show 2 Dope Queens, the WNYC hit podcast Sooo Many White Guys and has recently founded her own production company, Tiny Reparations. The company’s first project is a 10-episode interview-based series launching on Comedy Central in 2020. Phoebe is the author of The New York Times best seller You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have To Explain, a collection of essays about race, gender and pop culture, and her second book, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay was released last fall. Phoebe will be joined in conversation by renowned interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist Favianna Rodriguez. Among her many contributions to advocacy and social change, she has organized with artists in the entertainment industry through 5050by2020.com, an initiative launched in 2018 by Jill Soloway to build intersectional artist power.
SF Sketchfest presents a special tribute conversation with the one and only Kevin Nealon, in conversation with Marc Hershon. Emmy and SAG-nominated actor, comedian, and author Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds. Kevin currently stars on the CBS-TV comedy series Man With A Plan, produces and hosts digital series Hiking with Kevin, and tours his stand-up globally.
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to groundbreaking and iconic comedy legend George Wallace, who will sit down for an in-depth conversation with his friend and fellow comedian, Patton Oswalt. Wallace’s credits include Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gotham Comedy Live!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Home and Family, Late, Late Show, Oprah, The Joy Behar Show, The Talk, The View and tons more. Wallace was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Soul Train/Centric Comedy All-Star Awards; and won Best Stand Up Comedian at the prestigious American Comedy Awards after four consecutive nominations. Wallace’s most recognized material is his “I Be Thinkin’” lines and jokes about everything from conversational thoughts to political aspirations. If provoked, he might even throw out a few of his signature “Yo Mama” jokes. He shows his gratitude to the audience by signing autographs and taking photos after every show.
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved Disney family classic The Journey Of Natty Gann with a screening followed by a conversation and Q&A with stars Meredith Salenger and Ray Wise, hosted by Patton Oswalt. Set in the Great Depression, the film follows resilient young Natty Gann (Meredith Salenger in a star-making performance), who journeys from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest in hopes of being reunited with her father (Ray Wise). Along for the journey are a faithful wolf and amiable drifter Harry (John Cusack). Directed by Jeremy Kagan.
Based on real people and real events, Silent Sky is the story of some of the first woman astronomers who helped pave the way to our understanding of both the universe and Earth. Three exceptional women are hired in the early 1900’s at the Harvard University Observatory in jobs called “computers.” Prohibited from actually looking through the giant telescope (that’s for the men), they undertake to discover the answer to “Where do we fit in space?”. Their sources are photographic plates of images gathered by others. The compelling central characters proceed with humor and determination toward their goals, while handling the very contemporary challenge of balance between families and potential romance – and their absorbing scientific quest. The triumphant result of their efforts was the discovery of the key to measuring the distance between objects in space, previously unknown.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pm (Reception at 7:00pm)Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pm
Blanca Fiberton is The Miss American Dream Show. Taxes, infomercials and snacks. Everything America loves, Fiberton serves it up with satire and physical comedy. Remember when television was educational after school? Start to learn again with Miss American Dream. You wont even want to tune out for the ads. Written and performed by Sierra Camille, The Miss American Dream Show was birthed in a San Francisco basement and has traveled up and down the west coast for the past year. This is the show that completes Sierra’s Artist in Residence program at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, CA and the show is once again hot off the press! Talkbacks will be held with the cast after each Friday and Saturday performance.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 3:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 4:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 3:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 3:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 4:00pm
Join Living Jazz for their exhilarating civic and cultural celebration that brings our diverse community together to honor, through the music of Sam Cooke, the inspirational teachings of the great Dr. King. Featuring Tony Lindsay, Raz Kennedy, Tammi Brown, Clif Payne, Tiffany Austin, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Living Jazz Children’s Project choral program. Event Lineup: Tony Lindsay, Raz Kennedy, Tammi Brown, Clif Payne, Tiffany Austin with Frank Martin, piano; Troy Lampkins, bass; Ruthie Price, drums; Shelley Doty, guitar Mistress of Ceremonies, Dana King Presenter of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award, Congresswoman Barbara Lee Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award Recipient, Clarissa Doutherd.
So You Think You Can Lap Dance? is a show that fuses IMPROVISED modern dance and performance art on your lap which inevitably results in comedy. With audience volunteers and songs suggested on the spot, SYTYCLD has become a hit show for viewers interested in seeing or RECEIVING bizarre, hilarious, and beautiful lap performances. Generic lap dances should not be expected. This show is an exploration of the many shapes a “lap dance” can take, and how this improvised act can create a fully present and embodied performance between giver and receiver. In other words, it’s weird, creative, and fun as f**k, with performers with some serious performance chops. Created by Pearl Marill, Hosted by failed actress Martha T. Lipton
A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager,” we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes — from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young lovers Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization. Directed by Michael Barr.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 7:30pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 7:30pm
Hot goss kicks the kiki up another notch in award-winning playwright Ryan Fogarty’s new comedy. This thoroughly modern look at a group of gay friends in the midst of a variety of personal dramas is set to debut at New Conservatory Theatre Center, which is also hosting a number of special pre- and post-show events.
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 2:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 8:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pm
If witches have so much power, then why are they always poverty-stricken? Vinegar Tom is a wild mash-up of desperate women living in 17th century society with modern musical numbers connecting the tale to our own troubled times. This is Churchill at her best: raw, satirical, political, and mad as hell!
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 5:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pm
Kate has everything she’s ever dreamed of… but so does Kate’s husband’s girlfriend. With a polyamory therapist and a sex-positive ethos, Kate begins a polyamorous marriage that goes wrong. A story of his and her. And hers. And his. And sex. And therapy. And love. This follow-up to the award-winning Ain’t That Rich, which ran for seven weeks at The Marsh in the fall of 2017, is filled with emotionally nuanced storytelling. A riveting sexcapade of love, betrayal, and friendship at The Marsh San Francisco Main Stage Theater! “Best Bet” at NYC’s FRIGID 2018 Festival.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:30pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:30pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm
Your tour guide will greet you at a historic mansion for the first of four stops that will compose this gourmet, progressive pairing experience. You will stroll along the river in order to access three other key restaurants that contribute to the San Francisco Bay Area Michelin Guide and the Wine Country’s culinary fame. You can expect to spend approximately 30 minutes in each restaurant (more for the mansion) with nice walks in between to balance calories and exercise!
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Feb 21, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Feb 28, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Mar 6, 2020 / 3:30pmFriday, Mar 13, 2020 / 3:30pm
The St. Helena experience in Napa is our brand new culinary tour with wine, presentations and fun demos. Learn historic, fun facts as we walk by significant landmarks in downtown St. Helena. From organic brunch bites through chocolaty dessert, enjoy St. Helena through your tastebuds, while strolling the town with a fun guide. Enjoy local wines presented by the pros and if you choose an award winning cocktail too We are listed in top 15 Best Foodie Tours in the USA by US News and World Reports.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Feb 13, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Feb 20, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Feb 27, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Mar 5, 2020 / 10:30amThursday, Mar 12, 2020 / 10:30am
Our Sonoma Plaza Tour is Gourmet Food and Wine Tour’s flagship tour in the north bay from 2014. This experience is a walking, pairing-tour and includes local, boutique wine with four-top restaurant stops. Gourmet Food & Wine Tours features The girl & the fig on each tour. Our farm-to-table eclectic menu items represent Sonoma, the Wine Country, and each esteemed chef. We walk the perimeter of the Sonoma Plaza incorporating history, films, and stories. Each four restaurant stop marries a special, local wine with our culinary dish. Each tour lasts approximately 3 hours and is guided by professional foodies local to the area for over 24 years. Most of the wine we taste can be purchased and shipped to you, provided the state you live in is friendly to wine crossing their border. The Sonoma Food and Wine Tour is the flagship experience and is the very tour that launched Gourmet Food and Wine Tours into business!
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 1:30pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 1:30pm
Join us for a historic culinary tour in Sausalito. Follow Gourmet Gurus along a culinary experience of Sausalito’s downtown village with colorful, renowned restaurants and optional wine. Given Sausalito’s popularity with local and out-of-town tourists, we have created the town’s first walking tour, interspersing culinary delights with delicious bites of local history. This bayside village boasts a handful of famous restaurants on and near the ferry and is a perfect place to spend a morning exploring the top restaurants with some of the worlds most beautiful views. This tour is intended as a very filling multi-course lunch with wine pairings. It includes 4 sit-down restaurant experiences in all, with an organic chocolate stop for our sweet tooths! A ferry boat or water taxi ride across from San Francisco (not included). Farm-to-table and sea-to-table offerings with Napa or Italian varietals. Michelin Guide or on Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants. Stellar panoramic views of Tiburon, Angel Island, Alcatraz & SF. Learn about Sausalito’s historic significance. Fun, local guides who have worked in the food and wine industry.
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Feb 22, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Feb 29, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Mar 7, 2020 / 11:45amSaturday, Mar 14, 2020 / 11:45am
Get a Taste of the Bay Area. Your wine professional and guide will greet you at the JCB Tasting Salon for the first of four stops that will compose this gourmet, progressive pairing experience. You will stroll the renown micro-village of Yountville along Washington St. for three other key stops that contribute to its culinary fame due to celebrity chefs that built up the town. You can expect to spend approximately 30 minutes in each restaurant with nice walks in between to balance exercise and enjoy our lovely California weather. Upscale tasting tour pairs the unexpected with a delicious pairing menu and flow of famed or notable restaurants in Yountville. See for yourself how Yountville went from a dot of a farm-town to the culinary epicenter it is today in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about Napa Valley, the Michelin brothers, celebrity chefs and practical information that will better help you appreciate varietals Hear about cultural attractions (films, books and series) as well as the history and culture of Napa. Finale at renowned French Laundry Culinary GARDEN, across the street from the restaurant, where we discuss interesting facts about one of the best restaurants in the world. Here we will end with our dessert pairing.
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 11:30amSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 11:30amSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 11:30amSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 11:30amSunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 11:30amSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 11:30amSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 11:30amSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 11:30am
Slam dunking from 885 feet in the air? Setting more Guinness World Records — including longest-distance basket (70 ft.), most three-pointers made in under a minute (10) and the longest blindfolded hook shot ever made (52+ feet)? That’s nothing compared to what the insanely talented athlete-acrobat-entertainers of the Harlem Globetrotters have got up their shooting sleeves this year. Their Pushing the Limits World Tour is packed with tons of all-new thrills, fresh stunts and family fun … and you’re already humming “Sweet Georgia Brown,” aren’t you?
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 2:00pmMonday, Jan 20, 2020 / 1:00pm
Jack Cimo is a classically-trained Spanish guitarist known for his powerful presence, beautiful tone, and exciting renditions. Having played the guitar since he was a toddler, his devotion to the instrument has directed the course of his life. He has over 20 years of performing experience, and now calls San Luis Obispo, California home. He has worked with Grammy-award winning musicians such as Steve Suvada, William Kanengiser, and Pepe Romero; and has captivated audiences in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Costa Rica, and Ireland to name a few. He has been a finalist or prizewinner in various competitions, including winning USC’s Presser Award and taking 3rd in the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival. He was recently one of two Americans to be invited to the prestigious Joann Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, NY. Jack is passionate about exploring different styles and has a mastery of Spanish classics, romantic Italian music, and festive Central and South American pieces. His wide repertoire includes everything from Baroque and Renaissance music to avant-garde pieces and The Beatles. The program will feature Spanish, Brazilian, and South American music. Composers include Isaac Albeniz, Leo Brouwer, Villa-Lobos, Francisco Tarrega, and others.
Bread & Butter Theatre returns to Potrero Stage with the world premiere of Lana Palmer’s Funeral Game. Artistic Director Bruce Avery directs this two-person play about memory and omission, love and grief, lost and found, and the overwhelming power of family history. The cast features Emma Attwood and Rachael Richman.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pm
Sarah Ruhl is a force of nature in American theater. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer, Ruhl first gained acclaim for her new spin on the Eurydice myth in 2003, and her latest play takes a darkly comedic look at how far we’ve come — or, more accurately, how far we’ve fallen short — when it comes to women’s rights in modern-day America. This is pure Ruhl, so expect witty dialogue, a timely-yet-timeless tale and even a bit of witchcraft.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pmTuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pm
Jeremy Jordan first appeared on Broadway in the musical Rock of Ages. He then won the starring role of Tony in Broadway’s revival of West Side Story followed by the initial production of Bonnie & Clyde in Sarasota, Florida, starring opposite Laura Osnes. This was followed by his first feature film, Joyful Noise, opposite Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. In the fall of 2011, Jeremy was cast as Jack Kelly in Disney’s world premiere production of Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and starred in the show’s run on Broadway, which earned him critical raves and a Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for this star-making role – and a Grammy nomination for the cast album. While starring in Newsies on Broadway at night, he appeared regularly on NBC’s hit series Smash. Jeremy also starred in the film adaptation of The Last 5 Years, opposite Oscar and Tony nominee, Anna Kendrick, from the cult musical from Jason Robert Brown. Jeremy also starred as real life Peter Pan writer J.M. Barrie in the stage musical version of Finding Neverland, directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus at Boston’s legendary A.R.T. theatre. Jeremy reprised his role as Jack Kelly in Disney’s live filmed stage production of Newsies which opened in movie theaters around the country last year. He also appears as the voice of Varian in Disney Channel’s new animated series, Tangled, based on the 2010 hit movie. Jeremy most recently starred in The CW drama Supergirl opposite Melissa Benoist. On Broadway he played opposite Scandal star Kerry Washington in the drama American Son that was filmed for Netflix this year.
Sarah Ruhl was still in her twenties (and just two years out of grad school) when her breakthrough play Eurydice premiered, ushering her as a bright new star in the world of theater. Since then, she’s been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, nominated for a Tony and announced as a finalist for the Pulitzer — twice. This relationship comedy is classic Ruhl, seamlessly weaving together the everyday and the surreal as two couples discuss polyamory.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pm
Two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin’s new show titled, How Did You Get This Number?, features signature songs from her acclaimed performances in Finian’s Rainbow, Giant, Big Fish, and Hello Dolly! Hailed as “the redheaded firecracker” (Stephen Holden, The New York Times), she tells the story of how each song became a part of her life and what it means to her. More from writers like Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman and long-time friend and collaborator Georgia Stitt fill the program with gorgeous music and expert storytelling. “We suppose there are some things that Baldwin cannot do, but over the past decade we have yet to see her be anything but superb,” says Steven Suskin of Playbill.
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
It’s an old cliche to encourage people to bring tissues to emotional performances like The Pianist of Willesden Lane, so… we won’t. (But seriously — you should.) If the power of the story doesn’t get you (it will), the sublime piano playing of Mona Golabek probably (definitely) will.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pmTuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 7:30pmWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 2:00pm
Come celebrate Janis Joplin’s birthday with “Loving Janis” at Feinstein’s! Bay Area Vocalist Kyra Gordon and Pianist Larry Steelman bring us their heartfelt, hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin. In “Loving Janis” the stylistic interpretations of both Janis Joplin and Janis Ian will encompass jazz, rock and folk arrangements of the iconic performers. Enjoy classic songs including “At Seventeen”; “Jesse”; “Piece of My Heart”; “Bobby McGee”, as well as lesser known cuts from both of these timeless musicians. A rare musical event for audiences of all generations, Feinstein’s at the Nikko is excited to introduce this thrilling concert that has had audiences on their feet. Come celebrate the groundbreaking music of two iconic and quintessential female artists on what would have been the 77th birthday of Janis Joplin and revel in the music that has reverberated through artists of all who followed.
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 7:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
The New York Times may have hit the nail on the head when they called Will Eno’s breakthrough 2005 play — and Pulitzer finalist — Thom Pain (based on nothing) “stand-up existentialism.” His latest, Wakey, Wakey, offers a similarly tragicomic look at matters of life and death, and this new A.C.T. production stars Veep and Arrested Development fave Tony Hale.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 7:30pm (Preview)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 2:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 7:30pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 7:30pm
The Bill Murray flick that inspired this entertaining musical is, in our humble opinion, a contender for one of the best comedies of the ‘90s. And we’re willing to bet you’ll like this San Francisco Playhouse production so much you’ll want to see it again… and again… and again…
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 3:00pmSaturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pm
Experience J.K. Rowling’s world like never before at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco. The story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione continues on stage—where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the Wizarding World. But even when you think the battle is won, darkness comes from unexpected places. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as this Tony Award-winning spectacle “leaves you gasping in wonder at the magic of it all” (TIME). The entire Curran Theater has been transfigured for the show’s exclusive West Coast production to immerse you in this world where epic duels, extraordinary spells, and beloved characters come to life. “It has to be seen to be believed” (USA Today).
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)
Witness the next generation of magicians and be prepared to be amazed by this young prodigy magician. At a young age, James Chan has already fooled the most brilliant minds in the Bay Area at top tech companies including Airbnb, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, the 49ers, the Olympic Club, the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, and the Golden State Warriors. With seven years of experience, he’s a triple threat. James can juggle two diabolos, five balls, and will give you one of the best close-up experiences you’ve seen. First, you’ll be personally escorted to the showroom above a busy restaurant. Then James will entertain you with some of the most perplexing magic you’ve ever seen and leave you with a child’s sense of wonder. And after the show, James will give you a short private magic lesson, detailing how you can be the most popular employee in the office. Witness the next generation of magic today.
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 6:15pmWednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 6:15pmTuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 6:15pmWednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 6:15pm
Ensemble for These Times performs the World Premiere of Chinese composer Weiwei Miao’s “Blooming Flowers, Full Moon” for piano trio, along with works by 9 women composers: Pulitzer-winning (first in music for a woman) Ellen Taafe Zwillich (b. 1939): “Lament” for cello and piano; American Academy of Arts and Letters’s Walter Hinrichsen Award and Miriam Gideon Prize Victoria Bond (b. 1945): “Binary” for solo piano; American Academy of Arts and Letters Chen Yi (b. 1953): “Ji Dong Nuo”; Opera America Discovery Grant Lori Laitman (b. 1955): selections from “The Metropolitan Tower and Other songs”; Kronos Fifty for the Future Aleksandra Vrebalov (b. 1970): “Passion Revisited”; Connecticut Artist Fellow Jessica Rudman (b. 1982):“Times of Speaking and Silence”’ Theatre composer Ellen Mandel (b. 1957): songs; Emerging New Zealand composer Gemma Peacocke: "Steppe Lands; Audrey Call (1905-2001): "The Witch of Harlem. Musicians: Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; Dale Tsang, piano; and guest violinist Ilana Blumberg.
On this walking tour, you’ll learn about Tiburon’s history as a blue-collar, rough and tumble railroad town from 1884 until 1967. You’ll learn about the major events and historic figures of this time, including: The Donahue brothers, who brought the industrial revolution to California by way of Tiburon, the fires that virtually destroyed the town three times and how the town dealt with Prohibition, how Al Capone figures (twice!) in Tiburon’s history. Then you’ll learn about more modern history, including some of the Tiburon Peninsula’s notable residents, the decline of the railroad and Tiburon’s transformation into a suburban community and tourist destination. Find out how the dedication of two families helped maintain Main Street’s early 1900s character, and how conservationists fought hard to maintain the area’s physical beauty and small-town character. Learn about local landmarks like The Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum and its working model of the 1909 Tiburon rail yard, The Arks and the creation of Ark Row.
Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible)Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)Sunday, Mar 1, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)Sunday, Mar 15, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour time is flexible.)
On this 1½ – 2 hour walking tour, you’ll learn about Tiburon’s history before the arrival of the railroad in 1884. You’ll also learn about the lives of the indigenous people, the Coast Miwok, their first encounters with Europeans, and how they were treated by the Spaniards and later the Americans. We’ll talk about the early Spanish explorers in the 1500s and why it took them another 200 years before Juan de Ayala entered the Golden Gate into San Francisco Bay. You’ll learn about The Tiburon Peninsula’s first European settlers, John Reed and his descendants, and what life was like before the railroad. We’ll visit Lyford’s Stone Tower, the entrance to Dr. Benjamin Lyford’s Hygeia, a vision of Tiburon as the world’s finest health resort and residential community. You’ll also learn about the history of Angel Island, called by some “The Ellis Island of the West,” and how it was saved from commercial development. And you’ll learn about the history of the City of Belvedere, which began in the 1890s as the weekend and summer home of the wealthiest San Franciscans.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible) Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 / 1:30pm (Tour Times Are Flexible)
PlayGround has announced the lineup for its third annual PlayGround Solo Performance Festival, a curation of the best in Bay Area solo performance, celebrating diversity and innovation, running January 23 to February 9 at Potrero Stage. The festival features 12 double-bill performances by 11 local artists over three weeks, including premier performances by John Fisher, Jessica Bates, Annamarie MacLeod, Trixxie Carr, Vera Hannush, Llano River Blue, Emil Guillermo, and Christopher Magee; also featuring performances by Geoffrey Pond, Houston Robertson, and Talisha Tolliver, bringing fresh development to existing content. In their continuing efforts towards inclusion and accessibility, PlayGround opens their stage to the next generation of performers with a special Open Mic Night on Monday, January 27 at 8pm, hosted by San Francisco drag innovator Polly Amber Ross. This year’s festival was curated as a celebration of the intersectionality and diversity that exemplifies Bay Area artistry, and is a direct extension of PlayGround’s mission and commitment to the discovery of bold new voices for the stage and the development of innovative and timely original content.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 8:00pm (Talisha Tolliver, John Fisher)Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Jessica Bates, Geoffrey Pond)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Vera Hannush, John Fisher)Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 / 7:00pm (Trixxie Carr, Annamarie MacLeod)Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 / 8:00pm (Houston Robertson, Annamarie McLeod)Friday, Jan 31, 2020 / 8:00pm (Geoffrey Pond, Christopher Magee)Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 / 8:00pm (Emil Guillermo, Vera Hannush)Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 / 7:00pm (Jessica Bates,Talisha Tolliver)
She has a “powerhouse voice” (New York Times_). He is “a theater world heartthrob” (_New York Times). Together, Orfeh and Andy Karl have had an impressively long run as one of Broadway’s best couples. Although they met while doing the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, their irrepressible chemistry became the stuff of legend when they co-starred in Legally Blonde, which garnered Orfeh a Tony nomination. Karl earned his own Tony nods for Rocky, On the Twentieth Century and Groundhog Day (for which he received an Olivier Award). Fresh off their run in Pretty Woman as Kit De Luca and Edward Lewis, Broadway’s power couple celebrates the release of their album with their hit show, Legally Bound. The sexy, funny, and enormously talented duo tear through an eclectic mix of pop, rock, rhythm and blues and show tunes that is sure to excite and delight! Orfeh and Andy will be joined by musical director Steven Jamail and their band for an unforgettable evening of chart-toppers, show-stoppers, and high belting. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
RagTag Improv pushes the boundaries of improvised theatre and comedy with a wide variety of shows. Every night is 100% improvised, engaging, and a great way to spend an evening in San Francisco. Live spontaneously — come on out to see something new!
Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (DuoProv!)Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm (Mullet!)Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 / 8:00pm (DuoProv!)Saturday, Apr 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, May 9, 2020 / 8:00pm (Mullet!)Saturday, Jun 13, 2020 / 8:00pm (DuoProv!)
Drag diva Lady Bunny returns to Oasis in San Francisco for three nights of cabaret glory with Pig in a Wig. A dementedly fun time, this show combines raunchy pop parodies, a spoof of Laugh-In, scandalous videos, over-the-top costumes and enormous wigs to create an evening of unforgettable entertainment and irreverent humor. Blending Bunny’s love for the Bay Area with jabs at pop culture, our addiction to technology, political correctness and the gentrification of San Francisco, Pig in a Wig proves why Lady Bunny is the high queen of low comedy.
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 / 7:00pm Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 7:00pm
San Francisco’s Circus Center presents its acclaimed monthly entertainment series, the Circus Center Cabaret. It’s a unique mix of live music and a rotating cast of the Bay Area’s best circus and variety performers, presented in an intimate venue with a full bar. For our January edition, we’re blasting off! Madame Leanne Borghesi, our fabulous Cabaret Chanteuse, is back and ready to take her place among the stars. She’s got the Roger Glenn Trio ready to start a “Disco Inferno” as she trips through galaxies filled with strange aliens doing the hustle. What extraordinary lifeforms might she meet on her way? Only the most incredible circus and variety artists on a San Francisco stage! It may be cold in outer space (and in San Francisco), but it’s warm and cozy in our elegant cabaret theatre. So grab your honey or a buddy and hustle on in to the Circus Center Cabaret!
Friday, Jan 24, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)