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.
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.
A rare box-office flop for Disney when it was first released in movie theaters in 1992, Newsies made headlines by becoming a cult hit on home video. And since the Mouse House knows a little something about turning a film into a Broadway smash (see: The Lion King and Mary Poppins), Newsies hit the stage in 2012 featuring eight new songs and never looked back. Pack a picnic and enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Check-In Begins at 9:30am)
Based on the cult classic 1989 film, Heathers the Musical is a rowdy, guilty-pleasure musical which takes an unflinching look at the joy and anguish of high school. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing posse: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Misfit Veronica Sawyer, who hustles her way into this teenage power trifecta, discovers that life in the Teflon crowd isn’t all that it seems. All bets are off when a handsome stranger, JD, plans to put the Heathers in their place — six feet under. So… Are you in, or are you out? The darkly delicious satire comes to Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater in San Francisco.
Just in time for Pride month, the uproarious drag send-up of HBO’s beloved series Sex and the City celebrates its 8th year anniversary with two all-new episodes! Relive your favorite moments during this loving tribute to the iconic show, which finds four “young women” in search of the perfect relationship while looking gorgeous and knocking back plenty of cosmopolitans. This show features four of the San Francisco’s most fabulous drag stars: D’Arcy Drollinger, Sue Casa, Lady Bear and Steven LeMay playing homage to Carrie and the gang. Darren Star (creator of the HBO show) described this version as “funnier than it was on TV,” so you can expect some Big Apple-sized laughs at Oasis.
1863, Italy: In a remote military outpost, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful (but married) mistress, is forced to reevaluate his thoughts on love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel’s plain, sickly cousin. From the brilliant mind of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) comes this emotionally charged chamber musical, which has steadily earned a reputation as one of Stephen Sondheim’s most deeply emotional works. Intimate and erotic, it explores the line between love and obsession, power and manipulation. Now Passion makes its long-awaited San Francisco debut at Custom Made’s intimate theater, which has had recent hits with Into the Heights, Man of La Mancha and Chess (Best Production, Bay Area Critic’s Circle). Don’t miss the opportunity to see this rarely produced masterpiece.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, Jul 11, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, Jul 14, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, Jul 15, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / Various Departure Times
Hungry for some great theater? Moon favorite Michael Patrick Gaffney’s original one-man show, The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, offers up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. Gaffney cooks up numerous characters from his past with just the right amount of sauciness, Shakespeare, and a soupçon of self-discovery. Come celebrate one man’s journey of a life in the theater. Twelve years in the making, Gaffney started writing about his experiences preparing exquisite meals and preparing numerous characters for the stage. “I don’t know which is worse: an actor’s nightmare or a waiter’s? Not surprisingly, I have them both.” He was encouraged to workshop the piece and over the last few years, Cater Waiter has been further developed and performed at SF Fringe Festival, PianoFight, Berkeley Playhouse’s Julia Morgan Theater and at ZBelow.
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:45pm)
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.
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.
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.
What does it take to be good in a cruel world? In a city of “haves” and “have-nots,” can a good person stay good even as their fortunes rise? The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht is a fable for our times exploring the lengths to which one must go to keep clean in a dirty world.
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.
For some 30 years, Cobb’s Comedy Club has been one of the hottest venues on the stand-up circuit, hosting both up-and-comers and established comics. Known for developing some of the country’s top performers — including stars like Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt and Margaret Cho — the club’s famed showcases feature the funniest rising comics in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom already boast major TV credits. A fixture in San Francisco’s famous North Beach, Cobb’s offers a complete dinner menu and full-service bar for a complete evening of entertainment.
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.
Punitive laws, desire, and the realm of the human heart collide in Measure for Measure. Directed by Artistic Director Robert Currier, the production will have a contemporary setting, with prison scenes set in nearby San Quentin Prison, where Marin Shakespeare Company has offered programs for the past 16 years. Staged at the Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, there is no better place to enjoy Shakespeare under the stars!
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.
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 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
When you’re the guy that Dave Chappelle calls to open for him when he goes on tour, you know that you’ve arrived. That’s Mo Amer, a pioneer of Arab-American comedy and one of the freshest voices you’ll hear in clubs today. Mo first made a name for himself as one-third of the Allah Made Me Funny comedy tour. He performed on the 2013 CBS special What’s So Funny About Religion?, and created his own solo comedy show Legally Homeless: Trials of a Refugee. He’ll be headlining at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco.
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.
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Jul 11, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Jul 14, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Jul 15, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / Various Time Slots
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.
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.
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.
San Francisco is where a copywriter named Phyllis Diller first stepped out onto the stand-up stage (and stayed there for an astonishing 87 weeks). San Francisco is also where a high school dropout named Margaret Cho started doing open mics, and where Robin Williams discovered an ex-IHOP waitress named Paula Poundstone, and … See the pattern? The gender revolution that led to the current renaissance of American comedy started here and continues still, as recent rising stars Ali Wong and Emily Heller prove. Now Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) sweeps into Cobb’s Comedy Club to introduce you to the next crop of brilliant up-and-coming female comedians.
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.
Jamali Maddix is one of the most promising and exciting acts to hit the circuit in years. With an assured stage presence and considered material that comes from a fresh perspective, he already has the aura of a successful comic well beyond his years. His natural confidence and charm allow him to tread gracefully across more sensitive topics leaving many of his contemporaries behind. In his first two years of performing, Jamali won the Comedy Café New Act of the Year Competition and the Chortle Student Comedy Award — all while making it look effortless. Jamali has a plethora of gigs under his belt. He plays the Comedy Store and toured with them in the Middle East. In June 2015 he supported Jim Jefferies before a 3,500 strong Hyde Park audience. His debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe was a total sell-out and received rave reviews.
Brit Floyd is coming to the The Warfield in San Francisco, and if you don’t “Run Like Hell” to get a ticket you’re going to “Wish You Were Here” when this acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band takes the stage to perform a special retrospective concert in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon. With high definition sound, a multimillion dollar light show and state of the art video graphics, Brit Floyd have invested plenty of “Time” and “Money” in re-creating the immersive spectacle of a classic Pink Floyd concert. This “Great Gig” features unforgettable selections from Dark Side as well as The Wall, Animals, The Division Bell and more.
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.
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.
The San Francisco Food Safari offers you the chance to explore the city’s neighborhoods in-depth and discover the best cuisine each area has to offer. This 2.5-hour tour focuses on the North Beach neighborhood, where Chef Joseph will offer his knowledge and insights on the top places to eat as well as the history and culture of the area. You’ll have the chance to purchase whatever you’d like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Mara’s Italian Pastries, Liguria Bakery, Molinari Deli and beyond. Each tour ends with a picnic lunch made up of the delicious treats you’ve purchased along the way. Chef Joseph began his culinary career at San Francisco’s legendary Salmagundi. He was also the food critic at the Orange County and Long Beach Blade and IN Los Angeles magazines, has written food articles for magazines, worked as a caterer, taught cooking classes and is working on a book titled Created in California: The Golden State’s Gifts to Gastronomy.
This two-hour adventure takes place aboard a luxury yacht, where you’ll taste wines from a local winemaker, along with samples from a curated selection of local chocolate and toffee. Interact with the various culinary artisans, explore and luxuriate on the ship during a relaxing cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Then take home some of that great chocolate and wine you’ve discovered and purchased onboard for continued enjoyment.
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.
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.
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.
SF Symphony at Frost, presented by Stanford Live. New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New joins forces with the Grammy Award-winning SF Symphony, Chorus, and soloists in concerts featuring Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. A work of stunningly grand scale, and boasting demanding technique and the glorious choral finale Ode “To Joy,” this awe-inspiring symphony is widely considered the most iconic work in classical music.
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.
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.
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 12, 2019 / 7:15pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 7:15pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 7:15pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.
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 gonna 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.
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.”
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.
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 11, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Jul 18, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, 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 / 9:00pm
The “it conductor” of 2019, Gemma New is debuting with four different orchestras in the U.S. this summer, that’s how hot she is. She’ll bring the finesse and sparkle that’s made her a shooting star to SF Symphony’s all-Tchaikovsky program with guest violinist Gil Shaham (aka one of the greatest violinists on the scene).
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.
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 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)Friday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)
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…
Straighten your big puffy collar, crawl through your true love’s window, and turn into a donkey, because we’re taking the life and works of William Shakespeare and stuffing it all into a 60 minute sketch comedy show. Whether you’re a groundling or a raging Sir Francis Bacon truther, this summer will be the winter of your total content. Director: Stuart Bousel. Head Writer: Allison Page.
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.
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.
Regarded as a musical visionary, composer/conductor/producer/songwriter Steve Hackman re-imagines classical music with electronic-orchestral syntheses that have surprised and thrilled sellout audiences across the country. Experience a unique show that blurs the lines of fine and pop art when he conducts the SF Symphony in a daring hybrid of music by masterful Romantic composer Brahms and Grammy Award-winning electronic/rock group Radiohead.
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.
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 9, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
The ukulele has come a long way in recent years — from a hipster novelty item to a serious musical instrument, and much of that is thanks to virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Rolling Stone has declared him a musical hero. He’s drawn comparisons to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix. He’s even performed his nimble-fingered mix of jazz, surf rock and pop for the Queen of England. From traditional Hawaiian tunes to covers of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” one listen and it’s not hard to see why he’s racked up millions of YouTube views, released more than a dozen albums — including his latest, The Greatest Day — and jammed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bette Midler. Now you can catch the renowned uke wizard live in concert at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
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.
Wednesday, 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
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.
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.
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Jul 11, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Jul 14, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Jul 15, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Jul 16, 2019 / Various Time Slots
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 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, Jul 19, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Peaches Christ Productions is proud to present, Bring It On, Queen, a live musical parody of the fabulously fierce 2000 film, Bring It On. Backstabbing — spotlight grabbing — secret blabbing … a drag queen’s life is all that. It’s amazing what some queens will do to get on top and stay there! Starring the gorgeous and indelible talents of Bob the Drag Queen (Winner, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8), Monét X Change (Winner, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 4), and San Francisco drag legend Peaches Christ.
Ineffable Live and Second Octave Presents The Poke Bowl featuring Jake Shimabukuro, FIJI, Anuhea, Kanekoa, live at SOMO Village Event Center on Saturday, July 13! Though some still have trouble pronouncing his last name and the instrument he plays, Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele (oo-koo-LAY-lay) players and composers. Polynesian recording artist George “Fiji” Veikoso is one of the most original and dynamic entertainers the Pacific Rim has produced who continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary Island Reggae music.
A quirky, comic drama about communication — its potential and its limits — this romantic parable for our times features a linguist at a loss for words, especially the vocabulary of the heart. Balanced delightfully between affection and adversity, The Language Archive is the whimsical, life-affirming chronicle of a brilliant scientist who fights to preserve the dying languages of far-flung cultures, only to neglect the promise and passion of his own.
Welcome to the Perreo Zone. Catch Amor Digital in the fast lane this July at the amazing new Valencia Room playing the classic reggaeton tunes, dembow, baile funk, dancehall and club sounds. Amor Digital’s very own Juanny Depp and 99 LEAN and more special guests are set to appear.
Rocky and Dandelion are the first Cave-people to adopt agriculture. Douglas is the first domesticated animal. Together, they have prepared a presentation for you, the other Cave-people, to tell you all about the joys of agriculture. Agriculture is really great. You’re going to love it. An interactive comedy in which we are given an opportunity to go back to the moment when humanity had a choice. One path led us towards global warming, institutionalized racism and Snapchat filters. The other path led mostly to being eaten by tigers. Is it time to admit that we chose wrong? You decide! When you arrive, you will enter into a cave. In a cave, there are many different seating options. Ever dream of sitting on a comfy log? We got you. You want to lounge on a pillowy fur? Done. Stumps are first come first served. Traditional seats and ADA seating are also available.
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.
Following five previous sold-out engagements, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with his new show, John Lloyd Young LIVE! Original Jersey Boys screen and stage star John Lloyd Young sets his thrilling vocals to classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, presented in the authentic acoustic style of original rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop and R&B. Along with tracks from Young’s critically-acclaimed debut album, My Turn…, the show will feature such hits as “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” and “In the Still of the Night.” Music direction by Tommy Faragher. John Lloyd Young is the star of Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys from Warner Bros Pictures, now streaming on Netflix. He is the original Tony Award-winning star of the Broadway production and lead singer on the Grammy-winning, double-Platinum Jersey Boys CD. As “Frankie Valli,” Young garnered unprecedented accolades from New York and national media, including one of the most exciting New York Times reviews ever written for an actor making a Broadway debut. Mr. Young went on to win the Lead Actor Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to date to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. His five-star-rated debut album of classic 60’s doo-wop and R&B, My Turn…, is an Amazon.com bestseller.
Friday, Jul 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Kill Move Paradise gives voice to the black men killed solely because of the fear of the color of their skin. From playwright James Ijames: "[The play] takes the Elysium of Greek antiquity and flips the script. Set in a netherworld prepared for its newly deceased inhabitants, we follow Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny as they try to make sense of the world they have been ‘untimely ripped’ from and this new paradise they now inhabit. Inspired by recent events, Kill Move Paradise gives a portrait of the slain, not as degenerates who deserved death, but as heroes who demand we see them for the splendid beings they are.”
Over 50 years ago, people all over the world descended to San Francisco to experience a moment of togetherness, of love, of dancing, of peace and the music they loved. On July 12th, we celebrate San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the spirit of the ’60s, and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock by paying homage to one of the most important bands of all-time — The Beatles. Come dressed in your favorite ’60s flower power “boho” style or mod British Invasion look, channel your inner Yoko Ono, and be prepared for a psychedelic journey through the music of The Beatles and fellow ’60s trailblazers like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Beach Boys, The Doors — even Motown!
Sprouted in the orchards and pot farms of Sonoma County and raised on the foggy streets of the San Francisco Bay Area, Frankie Boots’ songs are now deep-frying in the sultry Southern soul of New Orleans. The outcome is a unique brand of free-range Americana. Frankie writes about what he knows, painting vivid images of late nights, long roads, broken hearts and true love. Whether it be country, rock, soul, bluegrass or any other true form of great American music, Frankie throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. Frankie continues to tour nationally both solo and with a band, bringing his unique brand of honest and magnetic songwriting to intimate listening rooms, raucous theaters and festivals alike. He has opened for some of the most respected names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Leon Russell, Pokey LaFarge, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Reckless Kelly and many more. Frankie Boots is currently at work on his fourth studio album and resides in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans with his fiancé, numerous guitars and an ever-growing population of feline dependents.
Steve Hofstetter, who has a whopping 24 million views on YouTube, is the host and executive producer of Laughs on Fox. The show was already renewed twice in its first season, and features stand-ups from around the country. Hofstetter has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. He is in Adam Carolla’s new movie, and he’s currently starring in a national commercial for JDate. His last album reached No. 1 on iTunes’ comedy charts and he’s parlayed his success into ownership of comedy clubs in Louisville, Dayton, and Indianapolis. He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and The New York Times, among others.
Comedian and actor Gene Pompa’s television credits include numerous appearances on CONAN O’BRIEN, and several appearances on THE LATE, LATE SHOW on CBS. Other credits include COMEDY CENTRAL, the sitcom SCRUBS, HBO, IN LIVING COLOR on FOX and NUVO TV!, and CMT’s RON WHITE’S SALUTE TO THE TROOPS. You have also seen him on-screen in the film “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston and “Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star” starring Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, and Don Johnson. More recently, Gene starred and produced two one-hour comedy specials at The Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. He also starred in two half-hour solo stand-up specials, “POMPALICIOUS” for COMEDY CENTRAL and a self-titled half-hour stand-up special for Nuvo TV. Gene’s offbeat perspective seems to go over quite well with all audiences and crosses all racial and ethnic lines. He headlines regularly at comedy clubs across the country, doing a stand-up show with great social relevance and irrelevance. As a product of the multi-ethnic suburbs of Los Angeles, Gene was inspired to utilize universal themes in his stand-up and his writing. Gene was born in East Los Angeles and raised in the working-class suburbs of Southern California. He’s been a Mexican-American for most of his life, except for a few years during the 70s when he was a “practicing Chicano.”
Nothing goes better with laughter than a nice glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Herron Entertainment serves up a refreshing evening of laughter with The Winery Comedy Tour, where top touring comics take the stage to bowl you over with witticisms and wisecracks. The cross-country winery tour continues, featuring some of the best NYC and LA-based comedians without NYC/LA prices. Uncork your work week stress and enjoy a night with friends or come meet new ones at Cosentino Winery & Tasting Room in Yountville.
Nationally recognized comedians travel the country tasting local wine and making new fans in this new comedy circuit that brings quality comedy to folks for a fraction of what typical comedy clubs demand. Come out for a night of hilarious comedy and great local wines. This comedy tour takes top comedians whom you’ve seen on TV and sends them out on the road to perform at wineries throughout the country. Find out which local wines pair best with raucous laughter when The Winery Comedy Tour comes to Lichen Estate in the Bay Area.
Along with being an incredible, vibing city of opportunity, San Francisco is blessed with natural wonders, too. Get a glimpse of the Golden Bridge, Sutro Baths and other Bay Area wonders on this tour of the city. A guide will take you through both popular and local hangs, starting from the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastline and secret trails of San Francisco. Your fun begins at the Bridge Cafe.
Monday, Jul 15, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, Dec 6, 2019 / 1:30pm