The 1950s are out and change is in the air. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a fun musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ’do. This musical will dance its way into your heart when it hits the stage of San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre.
Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in pre-WWII Berlin, falls in love with the vivacious Sally Bowles, a singer at the local Kit Kat Klub. Their dream-like romance is tested by the political upheaval that changes their lives dramatically. Even after 50 years, this classic Tony Award-winning musical remains painfully prophetic, reminding us through Sally and the Emcee’s lost souls what horrors humans are capable of, lest we ever forget.
Joan Didion, a perennial front-runner for the “Best Living American Writer” title, found a powerful and poignant way to talk about grief in her acclaimed memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Now the award-winning book is an equally acclaimed play, which has ben called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief” (The New York Times) and “an intensely personal yet universal story of hope in the face of inescapable loss” (Playbill). This one-woman performance, starring Stacy Ross as Joan Didion, recounts the fallout from the sudden death of the author’s husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, shortly before the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary. That devastating period also saw the death of the couple’s daughter, Quintana, from a host of chronic illnesses. Experience Didion’s story of crippling grief and her ultimate, inspiring journey to acceptance when The Year of Magical Thinking comes to Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley.
As one of the coolest cities in America to visit, Oakland is thriving with a vibrant cultural scene that specializes in everything from art to music to food. Mark your calendars for this extravaganza of local art, live performances, family fun and more at the Frank Ogawa Plaza. Art + Soul Oakland has a stacked lineup of activities for the Bay Area, with an artisanal marketplace, beer and wine, and plenty of dancing that everyone will enjoy. Help create a masterpiece with the community mural painting or bust a move at the turf dance battle. This summer fun in Downtown Oakland is a chance to get the family out of the house and appreciating what this bustling, creative city has to offer.
The three Magrath sisters gather in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to await news of their grandfather’s death. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. The play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future — but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
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, Jul 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Jul 29, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Aug 2, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Blue & Gold Fleet’s Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson’s daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
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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.
Two Dykes and a Mic, hosted by McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon, is a touring all-female stand-up comedy show. Raunchy, sexy, LGBTQ friendly, this show will have your body rocking with laughter and sexual tension. McKenzie Goodwin is a writer and stand-up comedian based out of LA that is perpetually single and truly never trying to mingle. Rachel Scanlon hails all the way from Bloomington, MN, and is not only a stand up comedian and talent factory, but also an avid ranch dressing enthusiast.
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, Jul 27, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 10:00am
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.
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, Jul 26, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 2, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 2, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Aug 16, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 23, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Come see the Punch Line’s weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area’s top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one hilarious, show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and offers to take the audience on a delightful journey through the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the record plays, the show comes to life inside his apartment, including two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and a “drowsy” (i.e., intoxicated) chaperone. Add in an amazing score and remarkable tap dancing and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Don’t miss this show at San Francisco’s Shelton Theater.
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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50 weekends a year, the critically acclaimed San Francisco Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench, an attempt to perform 30 bite-sized plays in a frantic race against the clock, in an order determined by you, the audience. Each week, the ensemble offers up new plays ranging from the personal to the political to the profoundly WTF, all truthful and inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With The Infinite Wrench, the SF Neo-Futurists promise to break the fourth wall and maybe your heart but never your wallet in this ongoing, ever-changing show the SF Chronicle calls “an underground power generator.” We hear it’s a great first date, too.
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 2, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 9:00pm
Don’t miss the next Ace Boon Comedy F’larious Fridays show with host Ace Boon. Ace Boon Comedy F’larious Fridays showcases comedians from the world over, providing a great time in a fun, diverse and intimate environment. Each event will feature a seasoned/star headliner, hot music and sounds by DJ Kal; good food, full bar and lots of big laughs. Every ticket purchased will automatically be entered for a chance to win a raffle. Come early to get a good seat, and you and your friends can enjoy dinner and bar drinks. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle for a chance to win big cash!! You can get food, bar drinks, laughs and two chances to win cash and other prizes! What more can you ask for on a Friday (or Saturday)??
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.
Starting with a title chosen by the audience, BATS merry band of improvisers creates a full-length play in the style and language of William Shakespeare. Rebecca Stockley, who directed BATS Improv’s very first improvised Shakespeare show in March of 1990, is at the helm again for this show, which is part of BATS’ 30 Years of Narrative Longform celebration.
This seminar will cover market research — how to do it step-by-step and how to get customer’s feedback / barriers / critics before having a product. You’ll also learn personal selling (how to get in contact with key people in the B2B world) and advertising/publicity (how to raise B2B & B2C product awareness).
A legendary veteran of the San Francisco comedy scene, Bob “The Rube” Rubin has entertained local audiences for more than two decades with his gleefully unhinged humor and vividly detailed bits. He’s also been seen on Comedy Central and MTV, released a live album, hosts his own podcast, Bananaland, and recently appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF. Plus, he’s made some memorable big screen appearances with Rob Schneider in The Animal and The Hot Chick, as well as in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and the 2011 documentary Off the Boulevard.
The mid-summer belongs to the Divine Femme with three divas of song: Being Lara Maykovich, an Afro-groovy mbira trio, The Voodoo Cabaret with Gisela Tangui’s modern orisha music band, and Leila Abdul-Rauf, a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Welcome to The Next Door Horror Live! Demonic Dan and Gabe bring their weekly Friday YouTube show to Piano Fight for one night only. We have interesting local guests, stand-up comics, terrifying movies, prizes and more! See you there, fellowhorror fans!
The funniest things in life are most often just plain silly. Stay Silly Comedy, at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, will introduce you to a variety of local up-and-coming comedians and amazing veteran comedians. So head to Cobb’s, order some great food, and support live comedy and while you get silly!
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: Field of Memes. 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!”
Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 1, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 15, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 22, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Aug 29, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 5, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Sep 12, 2019 / 9:00pm
From Independence, Missouri, to a new land, a better land, a place they call…Oregon. Follow our intrepid pioneers as they overcome tough terrain, manage intra-wagon conflict, and try to avoid getting dysentery. Oregon Trials is an improvised story driven by you, the audience. Choose which characters embark on this perilous journey and what happens to them along the way! Be warned, though — the American frontier is a dangerous place…
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, Jul 26, 2019 / 7:15pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
You are cordially invited to celebrate the birth of a beastly bitch JACKIE’S BIRTHDAY: The Best of The Beat! Its booze, balloons & blow jobs galore as legendary, larger-than-life drag superstar Jackie Beat officially becomes a card-carrying senior citizen! Dont miss this one-night-only opportunity to give Jackie her birthday whacks and help her blow out the many, many, MANY candles on her gluten-free, low-glycemic birthday cake! Get your tickets NOW. After all, let’s be honest, she’ll be dead soon!
From over the rainbow, the icon … Judy at Stonewall, one night only, at Pianofight. Renowned Judy Garland impersonator Connie Champagne brings Judy to life so she can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an incident that ignited the Gay Liberation Movement and, rumor has it, was in part caused by her death. Judy is back to celebrate the LGBTQ movement and sing some of her beloved classics. From “The Man Who Got Away” and “Get Happy” to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Connie will transport you to that legendary bar in New York City for a tour de force concert experience that never happened — but should have.
Direct from New York City, writer–performer Ryan Raftery will bring his acclaimed show, The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart. From her humble beginnings in Nutley, New Jersey, to her empire-building years in Westport, Connecticut, to her highly-publicized stint in federal prison, The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart tells the fascinating story of the woman who changed the way we live our lives by daring us to try harder. Set to the music of artists as varied as Beyoncé, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele, and Metallica, The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart is a chronicle of epically blind ambition. Hailed as “a one-man musical juggernaut” (New York Daily News) and “a force of nature all his own” (Interview Magazine), Ryan Raftery is the creator of the smash-hit Anna Wintour, Andy Cohen, and Calvin Klein musicals. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Raftery has been seen on television in Ugly Betty, What I Like About You, Malcolm in the Middle and, most memorably, on Law & Order: SVU where he warmed hearts all across America as Dennis Faber, the Amish teenager with measles. He has written eight shows, including the aforementioned Wintour, Cohen, and Klein musicals, as well as Ryan Raftery & Friends: A Solo Act, Ryan Raftery’s It Gets Worse and Ryan Raftery: King of the Jews.
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
What does it mean to be, in the words of London’s Daily Telegraph, “one of our finest improv comedians”? It means going on epic comedic riffs, glorious tangents studded with references to history, politics and religion. It means pulling punchlines out of thin air, instantly creating jokes other comics would spend years writing and polishing. It means, in short, being Greg Proops. Best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Proops has also appeared on dozens of TV shows, including HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. He was a frequent guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately and Red Eye. Currently the host of the acclaimed podcast The Smartest Man in the World, now the “Proopdog” brings his witty and hyper-literate stand-up style to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
With BATS Improv’s The Blatant Corporate Sellout Games, their big summer tournament is back with the one thing that every professional sport requires — corporate sponsorship! Two teams of improvisers go head-to-head each night, challenging challenges to each other and being scored by our professional judges. The winner goes on the face LA’s Impro Theatre in our August California Showdown!
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District’s most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover’s walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area’s renowned Mexican food — even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, Aug 16, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 11:00am
Enjoy a complete evening of entertainment with Top Shelf’s award-winning R&B and soul tribute show. This fully staged and choreographed production invites you on an interactive musical journey from the early doo-wop days, through the classic sounds of Motown, Staxx and Atlantic up to the smooth soul favorites of the ‘80s. Fenix, Marin’s newest supper club, provides the perfect accompaniment, serving French-influenced American cuisine with a touch of soul, including a wide variety of small plates, salads, entrees and more.
Kevin Shea headlines the Punch Line, the club where he recorded his first stand-up album in 2010. Born in Korea and raised by his adoptive Irish parents in Pennsylvania, Kevin has appeared on the “Kims of Comedy” tour, as well as on Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s Down and Dirty With Jim Norton and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. With his unique style and lad-back approach to humor — without relying on being the typical Asian comic — Shea has blazed a hilarious trial for himself.
Join in one of San Francisco’s most unique event spaces. Take in the music and dance all day long, located directly across the street from Oracle Park (AT&T). Come join in the fun. Featuring the Bay’s favorite local Latin DJs: Pablo Cano, Tony O, Antonio, Hugo V, Dj Q and Andres, playing salsa, merengue, Cuban and bachata.
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. They’ll take the stage at San Francisco Latin American eatery Peña Pachamama.
Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 31, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Darren Carter blends stand-up comedy with hilarious impersonations — including his famous take on Snoop Dogg, which he’s performed multiple times at the rapper’s annual family reunion — into a raucous night of live comedy. Known for slaying audiences at well-known venues like the Laugh Factory and Hollywood Improv, Carter has starred in his own Showtime special called That Ginger’s Crazy, and has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, BET’s Comic View, Comics Unleashed and Chelsea Lately. He’s also released multiple comedy albums and appeared in a number of films, including Be Cool.
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.
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, Jul 27, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jul 29, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 5, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 12, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Aug 19, 2019 / 11:00am
ShortLived, one of the nation’s largest audience-judged theater competitions, returns for the eighth time with 48 short plays, all scored by the audience, and $5,000 on the line for the winning team. The first eight weeks of competition are Regular Season Rounds, and each week features six new shorts that range from dramatic plays, comedic sketches, devised work, musicals, movement-based pieces or solo acts. The audience scores each piece and the piece that scores highest in each round clinches a spot in the finals in September. Of the eight total plays in the finals, the team that scores the highest will win the competition and the $5,000 Grand Prize. Hundreds of artists, making 48 plays, over nine weeks, scored by audiences to crown one champion and the winner of $5,000. Get local. Get arty. Get in to ShortLived.
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.
San Francisco’s world-famous Mission District has a reputation for offering fantastic Mexican food, but on this San Francisco Food Safari, you’ll discover there are many more culinary delights to be found. During this 2.5-hour journey, you’ll visit pop-up restaurants, delis and markets to learn why the Mission has emerged as the Bay Area’s most intriguing culinary scene. You’ll have the chance to purchase whatever you’d like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Dianda’s, home of the Italian Rum Cake, Mission Chinese Food, a legend in the San Francisco street food scene, and many more local culinary gems. Bring your appetite and stroll through the San Francisco streets for a chance to buy your choice of culinary treats. Along the way, learn fun facts to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the area.
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.
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, Jul 25, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Jul 28, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, Jul 29, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, Jul 30, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, Jul 31, 2019 / Various Departure Times
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.
Mother, wife, media mogul, fashion designer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, actress, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams has hosted the five-time Emmy-nominated Wendy Williams Show for over a decade on daytime TV. This is your chance to see her and special guest artists – LIVE! – at the Paramount.
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.
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.
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 1, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, Aug 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Aug 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 5:00pm
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.
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander’s shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2’s Bono to Monty Python’s John Cleese and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander’s unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Discover Marin County’s most picturesque town — its history and the people who created it. From its indigenous people, to the Spanish explorers who sailed along the California coast in the 1540s, to the first Europeans to enter San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate in 1775, to its early settlers in the 1800s, through its 80 years as a rough and tumble railroad town, to its evolution into one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most beautiful communities and tourist attractions, the history of the Tiburon Peninsula will come alive in this leisurely one-and-a-half to two-hour walking tour. You’ll learn about: The history of Tiburon, Angel Island, and Belvedere; why it took 200 years for the Spanish to enter the Bay through the Golden Gate; the Coast Miwok Indians, their lives and treatment by the Spaniards and Americans; the Peninsula’s first European settlers, John Reed and his descendants; Dr. Benjamin Lyford’s Hygeia, a vision of the world’s finest health resort and community; the Donahue brothers, who brought the industrial revolution to California by way of Tiburon; Tiburon’s history as a railroad town from 1884 until 1967; the fires that virtually destroyed the town three times; how the town dealt with Prohibition; how Al Capone figures (twice!) in Tiburon’s history; some of the Peninsula’s notable residents; Tiburon’s evolution into a suburban community and tourist destination; how Main Street’s early 1900s character has been maintained; the Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum and its working model of the 1909 Tiburon rail yard; and how conservationists fought hard to maintain the area’s physical beauty and small-town character.
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.
One of the most beloved films of the ‘80s, the Tom Hanks comedy classic is now a heartfelt musical fantasy. Josh Baskin is 12 years old. He wishes that his mom would stop hugging him in public, that he didn’t have to take out the garbage, and that Cynthia Benson, the girl next door, would notice him. When she passes him over for an older boy, Josh makes a wish to be big … and wakes up the next morning in the body of a 30-year-old man. Taking off to the big city, Josh now must navigate the unknown world of adults — a world of jobs, girlfriends and disgustingly fancy foods — as he and his best friend seek out a way to undo the spell that caused him to grow. Filled with Zoltar machines, floor pianos and a dazzling, pop-filled score, Big: The Musical reminds us that there’s always room to be a child at heart. Get in on all the fun at the Berkeley Playhouse.
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.
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Jul 29, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
Russian River Adventures’ inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures’ bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you’ll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you’re so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours… even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Monday, Jul 29, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)
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.
Combining great Japanese cuisine and live music, Yoshi’s Oakland has quickly become one of the world’s most respected venues for jazz, rock, blues and more. What started as a small sushi bar has blossomed into an award-winning live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Yoshi’s Oakland has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, and has also expanded its focus to present a variety of musical genres — and even popular comedians.
Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 10:00pm (The Bar Kays)Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 7:00pm (Eric Roberson)Monday, Jul 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Rob Bess)Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 / 8:00pm (Nils featuring Tony Saunders)Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 8:30pm (Joey Alexander)Monday, Aug 5, 2019 / 8:00pm (Uncle Los Music)
SRGO Productions Presents: QUEER Comedy Night Join us at Harmonic Brewing for live stand up comedy and drag show. Lineup:Sergio NovoaDaphne DormanJade TheriaultBaruch Porras-HernandezKristee OnoGregoire MartineauEli Boyd
SRGO Productions Presents:Dating Drama: A Night of Comedy Are you single? Do you use dating apps? Or have you given up on dating all together? Whether you’re single or married, we’ve all been on terrible dates. In addition to venting to their friends, comedians write jokes about their dating life and share them on stage. Join us at Raven Bar for Dating Drama: A Night of Comedy. A show where comedians turn terrible dates into comedy. Do you have a dating horror story? Want to share it with the audience? Put your name in the bucket to be randomly selected to share your story. Lineup:Sergio NovoaTaylor EvansKristee OnoTinyEerie DiamondRegina FletcherA.J. DeMello
From Motown to Miley Cyrus, pop hits get a retro-cool big-band makeover courtesy of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Bradlee’s musical alchemy has been viewed on the ensemble’s YouTube channel well over 450 million times — and it’s nothing compared to their amazing live shows. The rotating cast of singers, musicians and dancers have an uncanny ability to take a contemporary song and reincarnate it into a vintage-flavored standard from the last century. Miley’s “We Can’t Stop,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Lorde’s “Royals” and other top hits become doo-wop ditties, ragtime standards, sultry ‘70s jams and more. The Tenors — Clifton, Fraser and Victor — have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs, outstanding harmonies and undeniable charm. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multiplatinum-selling band have achieved international success, performing over 1,000 live shows and hundreds of TV appearances on five continents. The Canadian vocal super-group have performed for the last four presidents of the United States, including at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting for the Obama family, for the world leaders at the G20 Summit, for the opening ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games, for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Oprah Winfrey Show with Celine Dion, The Primetime Emmy Awards, and the NBC Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Centre.
Welcome back F**kUp Nights San Francisco! Join us for F**kUp Nights, Volume One – July edition! F**kUp Nights is a global movement and event series born in Mexico in 2012 to share public business failure stories with hundreds of people attending each event around the world. Hear from successful founders and entrepreneurs about their favorite business failure, what they learned and how it can help your business. Mingle and network with others in the Bay Area business and creative community. Space: Impact Hub – San Francisco: Impact Hub SF provides community, space and events for people taking collaborative action for a better world.
Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Panteón Rococó formed in 1995. Since debuting in 1997, the band have released nine records and become one of the most vital ska bands around, with deep ties to both the Mexican punk scene and radical left-wing organizations. Their music blends several styles of popular music such as rock, punk, salsa, mariachi, reggae, ska, and also mestizo-music into a very energetic, groovy sound. The ten piece band have remained one of today’s must-see live acts of the Latin American rock scene, and have built up a following all over Europe as well as in South America. They’ve toured with the likes of Manu Chao and have performed at festivals from their home town of Mexico City’s Vive Latino to Germany’s heavy metal spectacular Wacken Open Air. Now you can catch them at City National Civic in San Jose, with Tijuana No! — the social justice-minded ska band out of Baja.
American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen performs in Sherith Israel’s historic sanctuary. Don’t miss this amazing performance. Cohen possesses a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, he plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is in the vanguard of his generation’s advancement of music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” Cohen notes that performing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the Emmet Cohen Trio, is a vibrant solo performer, and is in constant demand as a sideman.
SRGO Productions presents: Women on Top: The Comedy Show. Join us at Manny’s for our monthly show. Our lineup features some of the best comedians in the Bay Area. Lineup: Cathe Boudreau, Jennifer Gerry, Kristee Ono, Sue Alfieri, Alyssa Westerlund, Nina G., Bernadette Luckett.
Pianist Jeanette Tietze holds degrees in both piano and violin pedagogy from the Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna, and an MM degree in Piano Performance from SF State University, where she studied with Carlo Bussoti. At SFSU she was also awarded a scholarship and studied piano trio repertoire with William Corbett-Jones. Her teachers in Vienna included Oleg Maisenberg and Leonid Brumberg, former assistant to Heinrich Neuhaus. She also studied with John McCarthy here in San Francisco. Jeanette holds a Kodaly certificate from Holy Names University and teaches at several schools in the Bay Area. She is Organist/Music Director at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Corte Madera, and accompanist for the Dominican Chorale, the Vivo Choir of the Young Women’s Choral Project and Marin Catholic High School Choir. She maintains a private piano studio in Marin. She’ll be performing Beethoven and Brahms.
Four community nonprofits. One classic and timely American musical. The San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED), San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SF BATCO), the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company (YPTMTC, a program of San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department) and the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony present a one-night only performance of West Side Story at the Palace of Fine Arts, benefitting arts education programs for San Francisco youth. The multigenerational cast of 70 includes performers, ages 9-14, from SFArtsED’s Broadway Bound summer camp along with young adults from YPTMTC and SF BATCO, who range in age from 15 to 33 and serve as mentors and co-stars to the younger performers. The celebrated score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim will performed by the 40-piece UC Berkeley Summer Symphony.
Tuesday and Cyrus Present Freak Show is LA’s #1 variety show four years running. Freak Show features the top in sideshow acts, stand-up comedy, musical comedy, performance art, character comedy, drag and all sorts of dark twisted bizarre hilarious fun. Seen on MTV True Life and BBC’s World of Weird, Freak Show has performed to sold-out crowds across the country. Freak Show’s talent attracts casting directors from major networks and our performers have been featured on shows like America’s Got Talent and The Gong Show. Hosted by the “Punk Rock Cher” Tuesday Thomas and featuring standup comedian Cyrus Naderpour, Freak Show, at San Francisco’s Punch Line Comedy Club, is the nightmare you never knew you needed.
Do you like stand-up comics? Do you like playing games? Do you like prizes? Do you like shows where a slight probability that something will go wrong is a definite possibility? If so, then you will definitely want to check out Baby Sheriffs. Laugh along as three comics play games of wit and foolishness in an attempt to win prizes for the audience. Hosted by Sara DeForest and Dan Linley, this show can be enjoyed at PianoFight in San Francisco.
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, Jul 27, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jul 28, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Aug 3, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Aug 4, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Aug 11, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Aug 17, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Aug 18, 2019 / 5:30pm