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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmMonday, May 27, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pm
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.
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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
BATS Improv — named the Bay Area’s Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian — presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that’s never the same show twice.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
As part of the yearly Festival of New Works, the Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage in San Francisco showcases the top six 10-minute plays from the season’s Monday Night Series. The featured plays will be announced after the final Monday Night PlayGround of the season, on April 1.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander’s shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2’s Bono to Monty Python’s John Cleese and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander’s unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 9:00pm
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
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
Border People is based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, refugee safe houses on the northern border with Canada, and travels along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Featuring 11 monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, Border People is an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Take a tour through San Francisco’s history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
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’s one of the most influential books of all time, and yet its origins remain somewhat mysterious. In The Good Book, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson weave themes of devotion, creation and legacy into the story of the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. A young man tries to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest, while a modern-day Biblical scholar and atheist struggles with doubt. Their stories highlight an incredible exploration into how the Bible came to be. From ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America, this production of The Good Book at Peet’s Theatre at Berkeley Rep takes you on a powerful and exuberant journey through the most enduring book in Western history.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 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
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
OASIS is excited to welcome back the chiseled, bronzed, and rock-hard men of Aussie Heat for three sizzling nights. Come find out why they are rated the #1 male revue in Vegas! Get up close and personal with this all-star cast of Australia’s hottest break dancers, poppers and freestyle hip-hop dancers, as seen on Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. These guys take your fantasies to the next level and dance their way into your hearts (and maybe your pants!). These are dancers that CAN strip — not strippers that CAN’T dance. Just remember to breathe as these hot Aussie hunks bring your fantasies to life.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors At 6pm)
That burning sensation in your brain? That’s just us. Come watch three pairs of improvisers take the stage each night with only your suggestions and each other to lean on. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll ask for water. Because this is high-risk improv at its spiciest. This run is a collaboration between Un-Scripted Theater Company and Moment Improv Theatre, representing the best of both theaters’ improv ensembles.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother’s Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church — not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother’s Day.
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
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
Aco Tomine, a native of Yokohama, Japan, is a singer, songwriter and accordionist. Aco sings old Japanese folk songs (Min-yoh) and her original folk songs in her own unique style with her accordion, hoping that they will be sung for hundreds of years to come. Tomine started her career in 2008. Her live performances, over 150 a year, take place at concert halls, the Rakugo theaters, small bars and anywhere as long as there’s a room for her to stand. You can catch this unique talent at Gallery 308 in San Francisco.
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
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. As a radiologist tasked with diagnosing strokes, Dr. Diane Barnes was very aware of this fact. Nevertheless, when a stroke happened to her, she waited 20 hours before going to the hospital. In My Stroke of Luck, doctor-turned-actor Barnes recounts her experience of realizing she was having a stroke, her path to recovery and more. It’s a heartfelt and humorous look at love, family and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See this amazing one-woman show when it comes to the stage of at The Marsh Berkeley.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
This father and son duo will dazzle you with their magic, memory stunts and more. At the age of 10, James has already performed for audiences all over, including ones at Google, Microsoft and the Tech Museum of San Jose. In addition, James has been featured on Singtao Daily Newspaper and Silicon Valley Business Journal. His father, Dan, has performed for tech titans and international billionaires, and was called by Buzzfeed “Silicon Valley’s Favorite Magician … able to fool the most skeptical of audiences.”
The 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
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
Sail around the most iconic parts of the San Francisco Bay aboard a traditional sailboat. Be part of a centuries-old nautical tradition as you watch the crew raise sails, and grab a drink as you enjoy the sunset from the special vantage of the water. It’s a perfect way to liven up your weekend — an ideal mix of luxury and adventure.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
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
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 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
Steven Kent LIVE will be kicking off Memorial Day weekend in his hometown of Healdsburg, CA as a special guest at Coyote Sonoma’s. An international country singer-songwriter, Steven Kent is currently touring a long-awaited dream of his, honoring and celebrating the music and lives of two of the most influential iconic legends in the popular music history Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley in Cash & King: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends to sold-out crowds in CA, OR, and AZ. Tonight, Steven Kent will share the music of some of his all-time favorite songwriters and friends, Roy Orbison, Eddie Rabbitt, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, David Alan Coe, Merle Haggard and more including his own off is song-writers debut album Dream & Believe. As many of you already know they are all his favorites! As Steven’s passion for music and the legendary artist that he has been blessed to share the stage or special moments in time with truly are celebrations. This is a limited seating event so register early and bring your dancin’ shoes or just sit back and enjoy a full night of some of the greatest music of all time.
An original site-specific work by Tomoko Momiyama, a composer and multi-disciplinary artist from Japan. Inspired by conversations with Japanese-American and Native-American communities as well as specialists in different disciplines including seed science, migratory birds, and natural history, the work explores the issues of home and Diaspora identities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 3:30pm
This lineup of Ancient Future that performed on the band’s influential World Without Walls recording features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, and Ian Dogole on percussion. In 2011, they reunited to perform concerts at venues from Yoshi’s in San Francisco to the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In honor of the reunion, the record was re-released digitally by Capitol Records. Twenty-two years after its initial release in 1990, broadcasters worldwide voted the record as one of the top 5 world music releases of 2012. The group comes together again at Gallery 308 in San Francisco for this reunion show.
“Bolinas artist Sha Sha Higby sculptures are complex and layered, informed by her experiences in Asia and many countries More than mere visual delights, these sculptures are made to move with her living body as the driving force. Meticulously crafted over the course of years, her sculptural costumes use paper, wood, leaves, silk, lacquer, ceramics, and gold leaf to make costumed creatures somewhere between the natural and the divine. Higby combines visual art with puppetry and dance to link all of us together in an invisible ephemeral experience.. timeless, Watch to see patience rewarded.” (Irene Hsiao of SF Weekly). Sha Sha Higby received a BS in art from Skidmore College and spent five years in Indonesia under a Fulbright Scholarship. She also studied for a year in Japan, and six months in India under an Indo-American Fellowship. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a NEA Fellowship in solo theater and grants from the Zellerbach Family Fund.
Orlando Leyba is an American standup comedian who connects with all audiences through his unique life experience and perspective. Orlando has a knack for finding humor in just about anything that crosses his path. With his animated demeanor, Orlando entertains audiences through his dynamic storytelling and undeniable likeability, allowing them to come along for the fun ride of his life experiences. He has been working hard to make his mark on the comedy scene. Most recently he made his late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and can be seen on Entre Nos on HBO Latino, TruTv Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks and his very own HBO comedy special, Adorable, which premiered in November 2018. A featured comedian this year at the New York Comedy Festival as a TBS Comics to Watch, Orlando was also a finalist in the NBC’s Standup Diversity Showcase last year and he voiced the role of “Wabo” in the animated children movie Luis and The Aliens. Orlando can be seen at comedy festivals and clubs throughout the U.S and Canada, and now is your chance to see him live in San Francisco at Punch Line Comedy Club.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:45pm
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
Kevin Camia’s laid-back, off-kilter style and unique take on life, work and relationships have made the Bay Area stand-up a local, national and even international fave. He’s toured across the country and in the Philippines and Hong Kong, been featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and won Best Up and Coming Comic at Rooftop’s Aspen Comedy Festival. Camia’s creepy-guy-meets-slacker delivery has won him fans around the globe, with recent sets at the Outside Lands Music Festival, SF Sketchfest and AZN network’s Asia Street Comedy.
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
Guru Shradha: An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey. Odissi dance, from the state of Odisha in eastern India, is one of the oldest surviving Indian dance forms. Its unique captivating grace is expressed through the juxtaposition of fluid torso movements, strong stamping footwork, and poses evoking temple dance sculptures. An Enchanting Odissi Odyssey takes the audience through a spiritual journey of Odissi’s repertoire pieces showcasing contemporary and traditional choreography revealing a tapestry of its devotional, emotive, and intricate dance performed to haunting music. Vakratunda and Jaya Mahesha will be performed by Guru Shradha company dancers; founder-director Niharika Mohanty will be featured in Pallavi Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose: Stories of Justice (2018, San Francisco Premiere). Stories of Justice explores stories of resistance, social justice, and resilience. Abhinaya will tell these stories by employing the stylistic vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, a dance form that originated in the Hindu temples of India. Stories of Justice will examine the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr. to demonstrate that the fight for social justice is ongoing and that past struggles provide lessons that enable us to confront our current problems. The dancers will dramatically portray this and other key protests in his life, where he emphasized the principle of non-violence deriving inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s struggles in India.
The punk Lovechild of the Earth and Death must reunite her estranged parents in order to take a stand against the Shatterer of Worlds. In a gender-bending, mischievous rock-opera, a group of contemporary dancers and musicians will investigate themes around good, death, veils, bonds between the human and the universal, and the end of time. A collaboration between dancer, musician, poet and previous Bread and Puppet company-member Lili Weckler, and Jen Meller, lead singer of the LA-based band Beast, the piece will include cosmological characters, fierce choreography applied to a narrative structure, and a rock band playing all original songs.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
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
An irascible middle-aged scholar with dementia communicates with her caretaker daughter using only the text of King Lear, as the two struggle with aging, love and their own balance of power. The performance is immediately followed by a conversation with the audience.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 3:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
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
StringQuake and Wind Weavers come together in an evening of innovative instrumental music, led by two Bay Area native composers Amelia Romano (electric harp) and Diana Strong (accordion). Expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation with influences spanning classical, modern, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.
Gambling, murders, prohibition…a mystery awaits. Don’t miss this multi-media staged reading of Shadows and Secrets from Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec. Eth-Noh-Tec, founded in 1981 by Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, is interdisciplinary story theater of precision choreography, music and lyrical word-weaving. Performing ancient Asian mythologies, folktales and urban legends along with contemporary Asian American inspiring stories, Eth-Noh-Tec has created an exciting new blend of storytelling and kinetic theater. Eth-Noh-Tec performs nationally and internationally with storytelling theater programs, workshops and residencies in festivals, educational institutions, theaters and conferences. They have also appeared on television and radio shows such as NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS. They are most proud to have performed in the Clinton and the Obama Inaugural Celebrations.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 4:00pm
The Charm Offensive is a comedic collaboration between Paco Romane (voted Best Comedian by SF Weekly) and Destiny’s Mom Comedy duo Krista Fatka and David Roth, stand-ups who’ve made the rounds at hotspots like Sketchfest and Outside Lands. The trio teams up at Punch Line Comedy Club with one goal in mind: to charm your pants off. They’ll host a night of great jokes and magnetic personalities, featuring some of the most awarded comedians in the Bay Area, as well as a few national headliners. They promise you’ll laugh, swoon and — once you regain your composure — you’ll swipe right.
Presented in Mandarin with English super-titles, L’Orphelin 2.0 is based on _The Orphan of Zhao), one of China’s oldest plays and the first to be translated into a European language. Described as the Chinese Hamlet, it is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend. As with any classic, several versions exist. It first appeared in Zuo Zhuan, the well-known commentary of Zuo on The Spring and Autumn Annals and then described by the great historian Sima Qian in his Records of the Grand Historian_. But is there a “true” version? Artistic Director Ata Wong Chun Tat said of the work, “_L’Orphelin is more about how far one would go to stand up for the truth and what they think is right.” Founded in 2010 by Ata Wong Chun Tat in Paris, Théâtre de la Feuille is a physical theatre group deeply influenced by the western methodology of Jacques Lecoq, interweaved with Eastern artistic traditions. While the group is now based in Hong Kong, it has gone on numerous international tours, performing on different global stages which include France, Italy, Croatia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. Théâtre de la Feuille is eager to accumulate as many touring experiences as possible. Théâtre de la Feuille currently consists of a group of 20 creative actors from a plethora of different cultures and backgrounds. Its actors receive custom-made and continuous trainings of traditional Chinese martial arts and Lecoq; together they emerge as a strong and unique ensemble of Hong Kong.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:15pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
Earth Speaks is a dance-music production that explores humankind’s intricate physical, emotional and spiritual relationship to the EARTH (PRITHVI in Sanskrit). When that connection, that umbilical cord is disturbed or even severed what happens to our being, our existence? The production incorporates Indian mythology, Greek mythology and contemporary stories to tell the story of Mother Earth in HER voice.
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
Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is unparalleled in the art of the khomus, an instrument that’s similar to a jaw harp but loud and strikingly expansive in range. Her music draws on the wisdom and traditions of the Yakut people to portray the timeless relationship between Man and the Universe. Chirgilchin is a throat singing ensemble from Tuva, the birthplace of the most advanced forms of throat singing. Atmospheric and mesmeric, throat singing is too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. Chirgilchin’s music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people.
Even while living the life of a charismatic public figure, talk show host and actor-writer Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) struggles with debilitating bouts of depression. He’s taken those struggles and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor (“how much would be appropriate to spend on the gun?”), Copeland shares his insider’s perspective on the deepest wells of depression. He interweaves his story with interviews of others suffering from depression, showcasing the universal nature of the experience. Winner of Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play. Copeland has been in show business since he first stepped on the comedy stage at age 18. Soon, he was headlining clubs and concerts across the country and opening for such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, and Aretha Franklin, in venues from The Universal Amphitheater to Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Copeland then branched off into television, appearing on comedy programs on NBC, A&E and MTV. He spent five years as co-host of San Francisco FOX affiliate KTVU breakfast program Mornings on 2 and two years hosting San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO’s Emmy Award winning afternoon talk show 7Live. His first network special, Now Brian Copeland, premiered on NBC after Saturday Night Live for West Coast audiences in January 2015. His theater work includes NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN, the longest running solo play in Bay Area theatrical history and THE SCION, KQED’s Best New Play of 2014.
Caminos Flamencos presents Flamenco Generation XYZ, a show that provides a platform of artistic expression for up-and-coming flamenco dancers and musicians who have adopted the culture, professionality and mantle as the next generation of flamenco in the U.S., in a collaboration between Artistic Directors, the Emmy Award-winning choreographer Yaelisa and extraordinary guitarist Jason McGuire. All dancers and musicians in this performance will work closely alongside Caminos Flamencos to present their art and immersion in a culture that is foreign to them, while showcasing the strength of the survival of an art form that continues to flourish locally and throughout the Americas.
Don Quixote is back! Following the success of the 2018 production ¿Dónde está Don Quixote? the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company invites young audiences on another whimsical flamenco adventure. Master Flamenco artist Luis de la Tota stars as Don Quixote in this bilingual, rhythmic escapade filled with dazzling footwork, colorful costumes, audience sing-a-longs and more. A dynamic cast of musicians and dancers bring the excitement and beauty of this traditional Spanish art form into a family length program that will captivate children and adults alike. He can rap, he can tap, he will make you laugh! Don Quixote rides again and you’re invited!
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
With all of its murder, war and sex, Game of Thrones isn’t exactly known for its humor! That’s where The Iron Stage: Improvised Game of Thrones comes in. Each show is totally improvised based on your suggestions and offers a totally hilarious take on everyone’s favorite epic fantasy series. Come have a blast battling White Walkers, flying with dragons, and murdering just about anyone. For each performance, Karen Brelsford, Shawn Brick, Rez Graham and Laura Wood craft a unique show, at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
San Francisco International Arts Festival is pleased to present to US audiences the international husband and wife team of Zoltan Vakulya from Hungary and Chen-Wei Lee from Taiwan. Making their US debut at the Festival the couple will perform their signature work, Together Alone — a solo danced as a duet that counters individual loneliness with the power of being together. Deprived of all external concealment and decorations, the two return to the primitive in dance and face each other as their most naked selves. In this intimate space they communicate and learn to move forward through compromise and cooperation. Giving and receiving, they explore the invisible border dividing the seemingly connected bodies. By constantly linking up and then separating they ﬁnd harmony in conﬂict and conﬂict in harmony. Through unceasingly merging, transferring, destroying and then reconstructing — eventually they squarely face their respective loneliness, together. Profound as the piece is on many levels there is also a pragmatic explanation for the work. As professional dancers and journeymen who both tour internationally with different companies, Ms. Lee and Mr. Vakulya find themselves occupying precious few moments in a shared physical space. So they spent some of those moments making a dance about the experience.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 6:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
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
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
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.
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
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
I Should Have a Party For All The Thoughts I Didn’t Say is a devised theatrical performance dedicated to the social awkwardness of grief, and a love letter to Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Staged site-specific in a chapel, the performance is structured as a funeral and funeral after-party, traversing from a deep well of grief to a riotous, tragicomic attempt to leave the tragedy behind. Storytelling that utilizes everything from physical theatre to polyphonic singing, Source Material has devised a highly visual, deeply adventurous love letter to a celebrated playwright.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
Get ready for Tango Night — this is not your mother’s tango! In this groundbreaking performance, Tango Con*Fusión, San Francisco’s all-women company, dances to original music composed by Charles Gorzynski and his Redwood Tango Ensemble. Both groups define tango as the backbone of their work while pushing traditional boundaries to take the genre into a whole new experience. Together they entertain, surprise and ignite passion. Following the performance portion of the concert, the live music continues. Audience members are invited to stay for a “milonga,” a traditional Argentine Tango dance to socialize with friends and meet and perhaps dance with the members of Tango Con*Fusión.
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
Brian Copeland returns to The Marsh for three special performances of his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man. The longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, this is the hilarious and poignant autobiographical story about Copeland’s childhood. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, eight-year-old Copeland and his African-American family moved in. Not a Genuine Black Man is a hilarious and insightful look at Bay Area history, and at the many ways in which our upbringings make us who we are.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 7:30pm
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
Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability and equity in the food system. Live from San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center, national investigative news organization Mother Jones and Food Tank, America’s fastest-growing nonprofit organization in food and agriculture, will convene some of today’s top leaders in food — from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what’s on our plates. Speakers include (alphabetical): Leigh Gaymon-Jones (Castanea Fellowship), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Justin Phillips (San Francisco Chronicle), Tom Philpott (Mother Jones), Alice Waters (Edible Schoolyard), Paul Willis (Niman Ranch), with some incredible surprise guests to be announced.
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.
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
Capone is known as the original “Gangster of Comedy,” a hilarious comic with an aggressive, rapid-fire delivery and a reputation for keeping it real. Born and raised in the Bronx, this ruthlessly funny comic is one of the busiest comedians working the stand-up circuit today. He’s shared the stage with comedians such as Michael Epps, Drew Frasier, Tracey Morgan and many others comedy stars, and slays audiences with his unique takes on relationships, children, work and ethnicity.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:15pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:45pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 7:00pm
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)
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
SRGO Productions Presents: Funny Latinos Comedy Show Join us at Manny’s. Your host Sergio Novoa has found the funniest Latino stand up comics in the Bay Area and they are ready to make you laugh. We’re looking forward to entertaining you and your friends. Lineup: Sergio Novoa, Hugo Gutierrez, Felicia Aleman, Pete Muñuz, Jennifer Alvez, Arturo Raygoza and Serena Gamboa.
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)
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 wildly talented Hunter Hayes is a five-time Grammy nominee, CMA New Artist of the Year, multiple Teen Choice Award winner and the youngest male act ever to top the Billboard Hot Country song chart — and he’s still just 27 years old. An accomplished singer-songwriter who can play more than 30 instruments, Hayes had his first No. 1 album with his self-titled debut, and his first platinum-selling single with “Wanted” in 2011. He’s since opened for Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood on their major tours, released his second No. 1 album, Storyline, in 2014, and written songs for the Rascal Flatts and Jewel. His latest release Hunter Hayes (Encore) expands on the greatest of his debut album with eight new and re-recorded songs, including duets with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe. Look forward to hits like “Invisible,” “I Want Crazy,” “Cry With You” and more during this concert at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, where Hayes will be joined by country musician Levi Hummon.
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)
One of the top draws on American Idol ‘s fifth season, Chris Daughtry had audiences voting like mad with his bold performances of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.” He even impressed Fuel so much that they offered him a spot in the band, but he turned it down to start his own group instead — thus Daughtry was born. The band’s first album was the fastest-selling debut in SoundScan history, with five hits making the top 40. They’ve even hit the road with Bon Jovi, the Goo Goo Dolls, Nickelback and more. Now Daughtry will bring their brooding, energetic rock sound to The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
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
Pioneering reggae-pop group UB40 brings their legendary groove to Mountain Winery, providing a fresh take on tracks from the ‘70s and ’80s with their best-selling, critically-acclaimed album A Real Labour of Love. Since reuniting five years ago, lead vocalist Ali Campbell and percussionist/trumpeter/vocalist Astro have put together a tight touring ensemble, complete with a three-piece horn section, to re-create best-selling singles like “Red Red Wine,” "Can’t Help Falling in Love" and “I Got You Babe.” Don’t miss UB40 live in concert at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga with opener Collie Buddz.
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
The first known instance of a “Cinderella story” appeared more than 2,000 years ago in 7 B.C. What makes this a story for the ages? It is a tale that celebrates everything we love and value: hard work, modesty, generosity, bravery, perseverance and last, but certainly not least, the firm belief that something better … something wonderful … something impossible … is possible for us all. This is the new, updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Cinderella and Prince Topher meet as intellectual, if not social, equals. There are new songs, new subplots, new characters. But all the original favorites are still there: “Impossible”, “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Sister’s Lament,” “A Lovely Night” and more.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 1:00pm
You’ll be drinking in six-packs galore with all the hard bodies on display in Hunks: The Show. This Magic Mike-style male revue hits the stage at El Infierno Cantina in Santa Rosa with a high-energy, choreographed show starring gorgeous guys in acts designed to fulfill any woman’s fantasy — from firemen and cowboys to pirates, cops and beyond. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party or divorce, experience the ultimate ladies’ night out with music, lights and plenty of action. And don’t worry — audience interaction is highly encouraged.
The San Francisco Chronicle called rising star conductor Krzysztof Urbanski “gorgeously expressive” when he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony during their 2016 season. Now Urbanski makes his much-anticipated return for what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “a must-hear event” — Mendelssohn’s sun-kissed Italian Symphony. He’ll be joined by young violin virtuoso Vilde Frang, making her San Francisco Symphony debut with a performance of the soulful, poetic and fiendishly difficult Elgar Violin Concerto. Lose yourself in this night of radiant returns and daring debuts at Davies Symphony Hall.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
Shifts in Consciousness embarks on the creative journey of altering mainstream perceptions of oppressed people. The hope of this production is to enable viewers to think more critically and empathetically about injustice and the sufferings of an emerging generation. This production is unique in its engagement with audience members in a community circle after the production. Shifts in Consciousnesses is inspired by audre lorde who teaches us, “When we dare to be powerful, to use our strength in the service of our vision, then it becomes less and less important whether we are afraid.”
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
The US Premiere of Mu No Kukan, Space for Nothingness pays homage to Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Mishima’s novel is based on the real story of the arson of a temple in Kyoto: an event that shocked Japan. The work explores the human psyche and the correlation between desire and destruction through film footage, live music, and text. This work features taiko performer Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, bassist, shamisen (3 string Japanese instrument) player, taiko artist, and experimental filmmaker Tatsu Aoki, and tuba performer William Roper.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 2:00pm
Ritual and performance collide in an evening of immersive theater and contemporary dance, where audience members move through Fort Mason’s historic Army Chapel, witnessing vignettes, memories and lost moments. Wishes Before the Apocalypse features Joe Landini, Mariana Sobral, Kitty Conlon-McManus and Bhumi B. Patel.
ANIMA MAGNETA is a multimedia performance piece based on theories in David Abram’s 1996 book The Spell of the Sensuous. Key themes discussed by Abrams are explored: the transformation of sensory awareness due to our immersion with technology, animism, and our symbol-induced alienation from nature. Choreographer Amy Lewis and sound artist Agnes Szelag interweave dance, video, and sound, to create an experience of a surrogate reality where seemingly disparate ideas and dimensions suddenly coexist. Get ready for time to shift and other worlds to appear.
Friday, May 24, 2019 / 9:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
Co-produced by Circuit Network and Mixed Bag Productions, POOLREADY!, choreographed by Salt Farm’s founding artistic director Ledoh, explores the complexities of climate change, and the irony in the futility of individuals being able to act collectively in their self-interest and for the good of humanity. Ledoh’s character is prepared for the next Noachian flood-at the ready, with floaties, snorkel and fins, equipped to float in an illuminated display case, surrounded by a digitally-induced desert yet threatened by flood. Videographer Perry Hallinan provides media design, with music by Matt Ogaz and Reverend Markus Hawkins, and performances by Ledoh and Monique Goldwater.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pm
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
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
This “entirely fresh, funny and gorgeous new production” (New York Magazine) of Fiddler on the Roof sets up shop at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, hot off its latest acclaimed Broadway run. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher has re-imagined this American classic, which tells the heartwarming story of Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who’s tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the Russian village’s way of life, Tevye’s faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. The Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score boasts all-time faves like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” not to mention the splendid “Bottle Dance” number.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 6:30pm
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
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
It’s hard to beat San Francisco for a scenic cruise, so if you’re looking for a great way to get out and celebrate spring, look no further than the Pier Pressure SF Memorial Weekend Yacht Party. Dress in your best smart casual duds and come aboard the beautiful three-decker luxury yacht The San Francisco Spirit to take in the sunset from the sky deck as you set sail. Then head in to one of three dance floors, where DJs will be spinning hot tracks to get everyone in the dancing mood. After you work up a thirst, hit up one of the fully stocked bars and relax with views of Treasure Island, Alcatraz, The Bay Bridge, Nob Hill, the Golden Gate Bridge and the glittering San Francisco Skyline.
Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 4:30pm (Boarding Begins at 4:00pm)
Break out the leg warmers and miniskirts, it’s time for a totally tubular tribute to some of the greatest music of the ‘80s. DJ Dave Paul is bringing That BIG’80s Party to Public Works in San Francisco — and he’s bringing the decade’s best music with him. You never know which classic you’re going to hear. But chances are you’ll enjoy plenty of hits from the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, Men at Work, George Michael and many more.