From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 9:30pm (Artur Menezes)Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 10:00pm (J.C. Smith Band )Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 9:00pm (Ally Venable Band)Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain )Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 9:30pm (James Armstrong )Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 10:00pm (James Armstrong )Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 9:30pm (Earl Thomas)
Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco's hilarious pop culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by more than six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats. Entering their 45th year, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing lineup of hilarious political and pop culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Taylor Swift, Colin Kaepernick, Wonder Woman, Sarah Huckabee, Vladimir Putin, Ivanka Trump and Jared, Lady Gaga, Prince, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Harvey Weinstein, Bernie Sanders, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan, and the Golden State Warriors.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 9:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 2:00pm (All Ages)Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 5:00pm (All Ages)Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Age 21 or Older Only)
Come see the Punch Line's weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area's top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar 3, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
Discover the unique Barbary Coast, an exciting area that's evolved into a food lover's paradise. On this three-hour walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours, you'll enjoy food and drink samples from six of the neighborhood's authentic mom-and-pop restaurants and ethnic eateries. Explore a world-famous delicatessen that's presented a salami to the pope, nosh on pizza or rosemary focaccia from a 100-year-old bakery, nibble on decadent handmade truffles and more. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will give you an insider's look into how the foods are made at these eateries along with information about this historical neighborhood. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 16, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 23, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 2, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 9, 2019 / 11:00am
San Francisco's world famous Chinatown holds a wealth of exquisite flavors, but without insider knowledge it can be difficult to find those culinary secrets. Your Sidewalk Food Tours guide will lead you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown, where you will enjoy five flavorful tastings, satisfying your appetite for the exotic. You'll try Cantonese pork buns, President Obama's favorite San Francisco dim sum, Chef Han's authentic Szechuan cuisine, savory Peking duck and egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a flakey crust. At the end of the tour, you'll know all of the best spots to eat and can return to enjoy Chinatown's food with confidence. Vegetarian substitutions can be arranged with advance notice.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Feb 3, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Feb 10, 2019 / 10:00am
Take a tour through San Francisco's history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 2:30pm
It's time to take this week's sensational news stories and put them to good use: comedy. At SF Tonight, you'll be provided with newspapers, magazines and scissors, or you can bring your favorite stories from the week's news -- hard-hitting journalism (is there still such a thing?) or the latest popular thread on Facebook -- and the talented improvisers at EndGames Improv will turn those stories into a one-of-a-kind show that may not exactly be educational, but will definitely be entertaining. You might even be surprised by a special guest. So don't let the news get you down. Spend your Saturday night with the cast of SF Tonight at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Feb 16, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Feb 23, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar 2, 2019 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar 9, 2019 / 10:30pm
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander's shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2's Bono to Monty Python's John Cleese and the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander's unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 6:30pm Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 9:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, Feb 1, 2019 / 6:30pm
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District's most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover's walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area's renowned Mexican food -- even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 11:00am Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 11:00am Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 11:00am Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 11:00am Friday, Feb 1, 2019 / 11:00am Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 / 11:00am Friday, Feb 8, 2019 / 11:00am Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 / 11:00am
Craft beer and comedy merge harmoniously in the Beer Basement at Ales Unlimited, where The Setup draws some of the funniest local and nationally touring stand-ups in the business. The space is small and cozy but the hops and the laughs are big, with performers hailing from such comedic institutions as Comedy Bang Bang, San Francisco Sketchfest and The Comedy Store. So order a drink from Ales Unlimited's world-class selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails, then head downstairs for a truly underground experience in the heart of the Tenderloin.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez -- aka Rick Shelton -- leads this entertaining and informative three-hour walking tour of San Francisco, focusing on the Gold Rush era of the 1850s and beyond. Montez herself was an Irish actress and mistress of the King of Bavaria and composer Franz Liszt, who became a popular "Spanish" dance queen in mid-19th century San Francisco. She'll take you by some of her favorite haunts, tell you stories of the Barbary Coast and let you in on plenty of other little known town secrets, in this one-of-a-kind drag performance-excursion.
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 3, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 10, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 17, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 24, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 10, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 17, 2019 / 11:00am
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, Jan 16, 2019 / NoonThursday, Jan 17, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Jan 21, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Jan 22, 2019 / NoonWednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / Noon
Engage! Your trip to the outer reaches of the universe comes in these hilarious improvised episodes inspired by the hit science fiction fantasy series Star Trek. You don't have to be a super fan to enjoy Phasers on Stun's live show's featuring intergalactic humor, cosmic exploration and planet-hopping adventures -- all improvised on the spot. This improv gang specializes exclusively in Star Trek-inspired episodes about the cosmos, keeping audiences entertained with costumes, aliens and more. Check out this wild and wacky fan-fic spin at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar 16, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, snacks and more.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Monday, Jan 21, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 10:00am-3:45pm (Various Departure Times)
Join Endgames Improv for a night of long-form improv comedy featuring house Harold teams Local Honey, Paint Dept and JACKSON. There will also be occasional appearances by Harold class graduates or holiday-themed shows. Don't miss the laughs at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Jan 30, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Feb 6, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Feb 13, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Feb 20, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Feb 27, 2019 / 9:00pmWednesday, Mar 6, 2019 / 9:00pm
What's in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions -- some comical, some sad, and some demeaning. PlaywrightIrma Herrera's observations from the frontlines, notes from American history, and laugh out-loud humor allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along. When Herrera gives her name its correct Spanish pronunciation, some people assume she's a foreigner. She's not. Herrera proudly claims her Tejano roots and her Mexican and American identity as well as her native languages: Spanish and English. Her solo play Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name? both sheds light and throws shade on our prejudices and assumptions. See it at The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 5:00pm
A recent winner of the San Francisco Stage Magic Competition and a finalist at the Rooster T. Feather's and Wharf Room Comedy competitions, Ryan Kane will astound and amuse in his show, Please Enjoy Responsibly. Kane began honing his craft as a teenager on the streets of Old Sacramento where he attracted audiences with his deft magic and charming personality. In his show, minds are read, whiskey bottles appear out of nowhere and a paintball gun is fired at the man responsible for it all. Don't miss his San Francisco appearance at the EXIT Theatre.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Feb 1, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Feb 15, 2019 / 8:30pmFriday, Mar 1, 2019 / 8:30pm
Take a tour through San Francisco's waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you'll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery.
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 3, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Feb 17, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Mar 17, 2019 / 11:00am
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, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 7:00pm
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.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 11:30amThursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 11:30amFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 11:30amFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 3:45pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 11:30amSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 3:45pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 11:30amSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 3:45pm
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. This year marks Monday Night PlayGround's 25th season and the return of the PlayGround Equity Company. PlayGround, the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area's best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original 10-page plays -- all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month. Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers' processes and more. Priority General Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
Monday, Jan 21, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Feb 18, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, Mar 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
Get ready for all things sparkly -- the Gem Faire is coming to the Marin Center in San Rafael. This show brings a wide array of quality crystals, beads, gems and more straight from importers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Score some amazing deals on gorgeous jewelry and individual stones. Pick up some beautiful beads so you can turn them into earrings and necklaces everyone will notice (and perhaps even be just a little bit jealous of). Grab your fellow jewelry-loving BFFs for a fun day of browsing and shopping at the Gem Faire.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 12:00pm-6:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 10:00am-5:00pm
BATS Improv -- named the Bay Area's Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian -- presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that's never the same show twice.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Jackpot)Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Day Of...)Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (Jackpot)Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Day Of...)
Red and White Fleet's California Twilight Cruise is a relaxed two-hour cruise with views of the spectacular city lights, live guitar entertainment, light appetizers and a hot or cold beverage from the bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat features heated indoor viewing decks with large windows and comfortable seats as well as outdoor viewing decks for taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 5:30pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 5:30pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 5:30pmMonday, Jan 21, 2019 / 5:30pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 5:30pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 5:30pm
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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Who needs snow in the wintertime? Enjoy an evening of ice skating under the stars and palm trees at downtown San Jose's Circle of Palms Plaza amidst other South Bay seasonal attractions such as the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, partners with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and routinely attracts more than 100,000 people each season. Your ticket includes admission to Downtown Ice's circular rink, plus skate rental.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 5:00pm-9:00pmThursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 5:00pm-9:00pmTuesday, Jan 22, 2019 / 5:00pm-9:00pmWednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 5:00pm-9:00pm
Building on the sci-fi-comedic lineage of Rifftrax and Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Pole Vault Championship of the Entire Universe at Marines' Memorial Theatre is an Audible original that follows Kara Everglades as she is caught up in her grandfather Cornelius’ harebrained scheme to legitimize his island micronation by hosting a sham Olympics there. Unfortunately, the games have also attracted the attention of an alien named 9-Krelblax, who has set a course for Earth to prove his planet’s dominance. Come see a live reading of excerpts from a brand new, out-of-this-world Audible Original. Featured performers: Bill Corbett, Lucy Davis, Kevin Murphy, Andy Richter, Eliza Skinner, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and Weird Al Yankovic!
Audible presents a living, breathing version of the improvised audio comedy Bad Reception, the hilarious story of a truly bizarre town and its zany inhabitants. Join the creators of this Audible original, Justin Michael and Eric Martin, as they welcome you to the buttery mystery of South Grampers, Northern California with an all-star cast of improvisers. Featured improvisers and performers: Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Eric Martin, Jessica McKenna, Justin Michael, Zach Reino, Paul F. Tompkins and more!
A master of the comedic rant, Lewis Black hits the stage with a hilarious dose of sanity for our increasingly insane world. Known for his no-holds-barred political tongue-lashings on The Daily Show and on the stand-up circuit, Black serves up much-needed catharsis for anyone who's fed up with the state of politics and society. And with our daily deluge of news, there's no shortage of material. Most recently seen as the personification of Anger in the Pixar film Inside Out, Black has a way of raging against the machine that not only expresses what so many feel, but also captures the black comedy that lurks in our political processes and popular culture. Don't miss his The Joke's on US Tour at The Masonic in San Francisco.
Border People is based on conversations and interviews from the South Bronx housing projects courtyards, refugee safe houses on the northern border with Canada, and travels along the southwestern border and into Mexico. Featuring 11 monologues of people who live on or across borders both geographic and cultural, Border People is an intimate, raw, poignant, funny look at the borders we all negotiate in our everyday lives.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Count the murders in this comic thriller…and you’ll be wrong. Deathtrap twists and turns with devilish cleverness, thrills and plenty of laughter along the way. Nominated for four Tony Awards, Deathtrap ran on Broadway for a record four years. Written by Ira Levin. Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 1, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 8, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 15, 2019 / 8:00pm
Two of Broadway’s most endearing leading ladies -- Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie -- celebrate two of America’s most beloved musical theatre composers -- Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch -- at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Opening with Sondheim's "Another Hundred People" from Company, Andrea and Donna take the audience on a musical journey as they share personal stories and a collection of wonderful songs, finally looking back on the life they have chosen with Hamlisch's “What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line. Other shows represented in this evening include A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music and They're Playing Our Song. It will be a night of legendary songs performed by these favorite Broadway leading ladies who were there! Andrea McArdle first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie. She has since starred in several Broadway musicals and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally, and internationally. McKechnie, who received a Best Actress Tony Award for her performance in A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. Other Broadway shows include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Promises, Promises, Company, On the Town and State Fair. Donna was invited by Bob Fosse to play the lead in his last production, a national tour of Sweet Charity.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
SF Sketchfest and the creators of The Speakeasy are teaming up to host a never-before-seen immersive live comedy experience. Each evening will feature a different headliner performing two sets on the Mainstage Cabaret, each one lasting an hour, while “choose-your-own-adventure” style experiences sprawl the full venue. Your ticket includes entry to one of the shows, plus full access to all the fun stuff happening outside of the shows. Engage in impromptu encounters and conversations with performers, work with comedians to craft the perfect joke, interact with strolling improvisers and magicians as you play blackjack, craps and roulette in a vintage Casino, and get pulled into intimate comedy sets performed just for you and your friends -- you might even try your own hand at stand-up with a classic karaoke-style “Joke-e-oke” routine! Tonight's heaadliner shows feature Dana Gould, creator of IFC’s Stan Against Evil and longtime writer and producer of The Simpsons, and Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, producer, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Mr. Show with Bob and David). With Blaine Capatch, Caitlin Gill, Deborah Baker, Jr, Eban Schletter, Nate Mooney, Steve Agee, The Poubelle Twins and more!
In an English country estate in the late-20th century, a pair of scholars sift through a haphazard trove of historical documents related to the estate's sprawling gardens. There's a chance that Lord Byron once visited the estate, killing a man in a duel, and the scholars are competing to uncover the historic truth. Meanwhile, in 1809, the 13-year-old Lady Thomasina Coverly has become preoccupied with a strange notion: that underneath the seeming randomness and chaos of the world lies a predictable, mathematical order. As the lines between past and present become increasingly blurred, the world of the play begins to echo the nearly-lost discoveries of the world's first chaos theorist. By turns touching, funny and thought-provoking, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a masterful exploration of the tension between (and reconciliation of) the Classical and the Romantic, the ordered and the disordered, and the eventual and the never-quite-becoming. Watch it all unfold at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 5:00pmWednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
In Hand to God, fearsome and hilarious hand puppet Tyrone bewitches young Jason, forcing a side-splitting showdown between the forces of good and evil. After his father's death, Jason seeks solace at the Christian Puppet Ministry, but his quiet life is thrown into upheaval when his puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and irreverent personality of his own. Darkly delightful, the Tony-nominated Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality and the ties that bind. Catch it at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Feb 1, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Feb 8, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 8:00pm
Join us for an afternoon screening of Bill Forsyth's classic 1983 film Local Hero with an in-depth, on-stage interview with co-star Peter Riegert, in conversation with Marc Hershon. Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction. Enjoy the film and learn more about this production at The Castro Theatre.
As the Found Footage Festival, childhood friends Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) take you on a guided tour through their incredible collection of special-interest VHS tapes found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country. Everything Is Terrible! is the video and performance collective that's responsible for some of the internet’s most hilarious and bizarre videos. EIT! has posted daily re-edits for 11 years that have been culled from the mountains of dead media on the verge of abandonment by humanity, and their legion of cult-like followers drive for hours to their one-of-a-kind live experiences which showcase their videos, costumes, puppets, performances and insane worldview. Experience it all at San Francisco's Castro Theatre.
SF Sketchfest pays tribute to the hilarious Julie Klausner, who'll sit down at Marines' Memorial Theater for a spirited onstage conversation about her life and work, moderated by Tom Scharpling. Julie Klausner is the creator, writer and star of Hulu’s critically acclaimed Difficult People, produced by Amy Poehler and starring Klausner and Billy Eichner as two pop culture-literate, struggling comedians in New York City who hate everything in the world except for each other. Her long-running podcast, How Was Your Week, has been called “one of the few essential podcasts” by The New York Times and was named one of the best 10 comedy podcasts of the moment by Rolling Stone and GQ. She regularly performs her own solo shows in NYC, and posts regularly to Instagram, often featuring her beloved feline companion Jimmy Jazz.
Join three of the finest comics hailing from Sacramento -- Ngaio Bealum, Keith Lowell Jensen and Kiry Shabazz -- for a night of stand-up straight from the capital during this SF Sketchfest show at Punch Line Comedy Club. Keith Lowell Jensen writes autobiographical fan fiction. He will record Not For Rehire for 800 Pound Gorilla Records in 2019. In 2018, Jensen's first book, Punching Nazis and Other Good Ideas was published by Skyhorse Books. Ngaio Bealum has traveled the world, bringing hilarity and good vibes everywhere he goes. His wickedly funny stories and quick, sharp wit have earned him a five-star rating on Ticketmaster and he is currently the cannabis expert on the new Netflix hit show, Cooking on High. He has performed in bars, nightclubs, comedy clubs, theaters and festivals from the Bay Area to Berlin, is a regular guest on all of Doug Benson's podcasts and has worked with Dave Chappelle, Brian Posehn, and countless other comedians during his two-plus decades as a touring comedian. Kiry Shabazz is a stand-up from Cleveland, now based in LA. Starting his comedy career in Northern California, Kiry quickly became a regular at the Punch Line, Rooster T Feathers, and Cobb's. In 2017, Kiry was one of 1,250 stand-ups who auditioned at open calls for the annual Stand Up NBC competition and went on to win the competition. In April, Kiry made his late night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. Caitlin's stand up has been featured on the Viceland show Flophouse. She has performed at the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, Take My Wife and The New York Times. She was named one of TimeOut LA's 2018 Comics to Watch, and was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013. You can hear her on podcasts like 2 Dope Queens, The Cracked Podcast, Put Your Hands Together and more. Langston Kerman is an LA-based stand-up comic, actor and writer originally from Oak Park, IL. Langston’s first half-hour special just aired in September 2018 as part of Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents. This past month, Langston wrote and starred in a Broadway video produced presentation for Hulu, Bust Down, which also featured Chris Redd, Sam Jay and Jak Knight. Additionally, Langston released his first comedy album Lightskinned Feelings which was recorded at the historic Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco. In TV, Langston recurs as Jared on the HBO hit series Insecure from Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. See these rising comedy stars live at the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco.
Catch a free Frameline Encore screening and Q&A of the documentary, Yours In Sisterhood, which explores the letters to Ms. magazine that were signed, “In sisterhood" -- but never published. Forty years later, women across the U.S. read them aloud and react, on camera, to their secrets, rants and pleas. The result is an extraordinary history of 1970s feminism: intersectional, personal, political and stunning. Director Irene Lusztig will be present for a Q&A following the film at the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland.
SF Sketchfest presents a pairing from a dozen hand-picked stand-up comedians on the rise: names you might not know now, but will be hearing a lot from soon. Max Silvestri is a comedian, writer and actor whose stand-up special is out now on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. Max is currently developing a half-hour comedy at FX, together with Annapurna and best friends Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate. He's also a Consulting Producer for Netflix's Big Mouth and Medical Police. As an actor, Max has appeared on The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Broad City and the Fox Searchlight feature Table 19 with Anna Kendrick. As a stand-up, he’s appeared on @Midnight and has performed at Just For Laughs, the New York Comedy Festival, Treasure Island and Boston Calling. Nick Youssef is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, actor and host of The Nick America podcast. Fresh off the new sitcom Alone Together on the Freeform network, Nick's comedy also has been seen on Hulu’s Coming to the Stage, NBCs Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Viceland’s Funny How?, the Joe Rogan podcast and Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Nick's first stand-up album, Stop Not Owning This, debuted in the top 5 of the iTunes comedy charts and was featured in Esquire magazine. In 2016, Nick's second album, 1982, debuted at the top of the iTunes comedy charts. In addition, Nick writes articles for such publications as Esquire and Paste magazines and can be seen regularly performing stand up at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Improv comedy clubs in Hollywood. See Max and Nick when they hit Punch Line Comedy Club during this SF Sketchfest Dozen show.
With this trio of all-star stand-up comics -- Guy Branum, Sean Cullen and Alice Wetterlund -- SF Sketchfest offers anyone looking for laughs an irresistible night out at Cobb’s Comedy Club. You may recognize Branum as the host of truTV’s Talk Show the Game Show or perhaps as the staff writer and panelist on E!'s Chelsea Lately (where he was known colloquially as the "Staff Homosexual"). You might have also heard his whip-smart takes on pop culture in the podcast Pop Rocket. Basically, Branum's been around the block and has proven himself funny every step of the way. Wildly unpredictable yet supremely confident, Cullen has brought his unrivaled blend of characters, accents and absurdist observations to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS' The Late Late Show and specials on Comedy Central and beyond. He was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and as an actor, starred in the Canadian production of Mel Brooks' The Producers, among other TV and film roles. Wetterlund's laid-back energy is belied by a fierce and uncompromising wit that gives her poster-ready aphorisms and throwaway insights a sharp edge. It's not for nothing that Wetterlund was named a "New Face for 2013" at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and has appeared on New Girl, HBO's Silicon Valley and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Welcome to a dinner party from hell. In an attempt to find closure after a family tragedy, Debora and Michael invite their son’s bully and his family over for dinner in the drama Late Company. As the night progresses, pain, loss and rage all come to a head, and there’s enough blame for everybody to have a heaping share. At turns both beautiful and brutal, Late Company is a hotbed of visceral tension as questions are raised that no one is prepared to answer. New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco is proud to stage this important work by Jordan Tannahill, a fast-rising playwright in Canada. Directed by Evren Odcikin, named one of “6 Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine, you won’t want to miss this play that London’s Telegraph called “Utterly transfixing.”
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
Ms. Pak-Man: Bonus Stage! is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Ms. Pak-Man: Multiple Lives! that played to packed houses in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is a cabaret-style theatre experience coming to Oasis. Watch this world-renowned video game superstar of the 1980s try and stage her big comeback (again) after years of popping too many power pills. This is an all-new show, with some old favorites sprinkled in, and is guaranteed to achieve a high score! It's a hilarious night of comedy, confessions, camp and quarters. Starring Scott Shoemaker as the loveable train-wreck Ms. Pak-Man and featuring Erin Stewart and Amalia Larson as the Ghostettes.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Spanning time from the invention of the wheel to modern-day suburbia, The Skin of Our Teeth is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Thornton Wilder at his most delightfully playful and provocative. The allegorical satire follows the Antrobus family of New Jersey, and their melodramatic maid Sabina, as the perpetually befuddled yet indefatigable clan deals with mammoths and dinosaurs in their living room, multiple Ice Ages, biblical floods, and -- horrors upon horrors -- political conventions, always persevering in the face of an absurd series of catastrophes. Through it all, The Skin of Our Teeth is also the story of the theater company putting on the play, adding yet another layer of meaning as this wildly entertaining production comes to Live Oak Theatre courtesy of Actors Ensemble of Berkeley.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind with a relaxing day on the ski slopes! Sharpen your skills and get ready to hit the snow with Sourced Adventures’ San Francisco learn-to-ski bus to Boreal Mountain! An epic winter adventure awaits you on the slopes -- and this package has all you need to get your slide on. With round-trip transport from San Francisco, lower mountain lift tickets and equipment rentals all included, this excursion takes all the stress out of planning a ski trip, freeing you up for a day of fun on the slopes.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Feb 23, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Mar 2, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Mar 9, 2019 / 5:00amSaturday, Mar 16, 2019 / 5:00am
Between communication and understanding lies a vast, sometimes hilarious, at times perilous, uniquely indescribable abyss. Join the intimate journey of two twins exploring the gap between them. We stretch the limits of our uncommon understanding, grasping for the words in every language available -- singing, dancing, flipping, climbing, rolling and pitching ourselves ever onward towards an increasingly elusive clarity. What results is Mind the Gap at the Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 4:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 3:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 7:00pm
Bread & Butter Theatre presents the San Francisco premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool. In this fast-paced play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, a high-school vice principal and a Middle Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences. Bruce Avery and Zaya Kolia star in this play directed by Lana Palmer. Bread & Butter Theatre stages contemporary drama and Shakespeare in San Francisco, developing a company that pairs study in physical and devised theater with grounding in the Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov acting techniques. Bread & Butter envisions physically exciting, visually stunning, lyrically moving performances of new work, modern classics, and Shakespeare. The North Pool is presented as part of PlayGround’s Potrero Stage Presenting Program.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee’s father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men’s club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it truly means to be a Yee. Don’t miss the Bay Area premiere of this cultural comedy at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, Jan 29, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Jan 30, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
In his one-man autobiographical play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson takes us on a journey from his days as a young poet through the completion of his acclaimed American Century cycle. Beautifully raw, poignant and humorous, How I Learned What I Learned gives audiences a detailed look at the man behind some of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. See Marin Theatre Company's production in Mill Valley.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 7:30pm
Experience this amazing look at women’s careers and history in the “space race” and aviation, with a panel discussion with women working in the space industry, moderated by Sarah Cruddas. Cruddas is an English space journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter with an academic background in astrophysics. She is the popular voice of space on British TV and a passionate advocate for space exploration. She has a book coming up for global release on the topic of Apollo 50th Anniversaries, with a forward by astronaut Eileen Collins. The other panelists include Catherine Keys, who holds a B.S.E. in Earth Systems Science and Engineering and a M.E in Space Engineering from the University of Michigan; Wendy L. Holforty, who works at NASA Ames Research Center located at Moffett Field, California; Dr. Yvonne Cagle, who is an astronaut for NASA and consulting professor for Stanford University’s department of cardiovascular medicine and its department of electrical engineering; Tina Silva, who received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 and is currently a Systems Engineering Manager at SSL MDA in Palo Alto, most recently responsible for BulgariaSat-1 Spacecraft, which launched in June of 2017; and Lucía R. Capdevila, Ph.D., who currently works at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, San Jose State University.
A favorite in cities across the country and now coming to Omni Hotel San Francisco, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The evening kicks off with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by a meal which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Feb 23, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar 2, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar 23, 2019 / 6:00pm
Juke Joint Jukebox is a cabaret-style tribute to an American icon. A cast full of some of the best vocalists/performers in the Bay Area will sing one iconic song after another and narrate the historical development of the juke joint. Trace its evolution from its roots in slavery-era community houses through the growth of jazz in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Explore the artistic Renaissance of juke joint music through big bands and artist like Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra and many more. Finally, you’ll take a glance at the amazing music created during WWII and into the 1960s with Motown and the Civil Rights movement, leading into the Vietnam War. Don’t miss this North California Arts Collective production at the Shelton Theater.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 2:30pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 2:30pm
Join the community and get to know the neighborhood that Cutting Ball calls home. Tenderloin, Cutting Ball’s original documentary-style play from 2012, is a collage of interviews with its denizens, a vibrant homage to the unheard voices of a complex and spirited neighborhood. In 2019, Cutting Ball is thinking locally: The Tenderloin Tour brings the "prime cuts" of that original production back to the theater and out into the community that inspired the play. Catch it at the EXIT Theatre on Taylor Street in San Francisco.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 2:00pm
Ah, long walks on the beach. The crash of the waves. The feel of the sand between your toes. The giant talking lizards -- wait, that one’s not normal … unless you exist in the world of Edward Albee's Pulitzer-winning play Seascape. Leave it to the writer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to come up with such a bold premise, and then use it as a springboard for an insightful, funny look at the times of big change in life, and the fear that can come along with them. In her A.C.T. debut, artistic director Pam MacKinnon continues her career-long exploration of this icon of American theater, bringing Albee back to the Geary Theater for the first time in a decade. Don’t miss it.
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 2:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 7:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
The New York Times called singer-actress Audra McDonald "a defining voice of our time." Winner of a record six Tony Awards, two Grammys, an Emmy and many more prestigious accolades, she has thrilled Broadway audiences in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, as well as Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun. For cabaret and concert buffs, it's McDonald's versatile soprano that draws them back time and time again. Now, as part of the Broadway @ The Herbst series benefitting San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Project Open Hand & Sandy Hook Promise, Seth Rudetsky welcomes McDonald to the stage to sing a dozen or so songs from her storied career and personal journey. The format of the concert will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s funny, insightful and revealing questions – and the music from McDonald’s stellar Broadway career.
Bay Area favorite Stacy Ross returns to Custom Made to star in this vital and compelling play. It's the early 1970s, and Agnes (Ross) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’ college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside her tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own preconceived notions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help. When We Were Young and Unafraid reminds us that the path to the rights enjoyed by today’s women was perilous and their future is not guaranteed, while telling a personal tale of change and redemption.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
After five award-winning solo shows, an off-Broadway run, appearances on The Tonight Show, Netflix, Amazon Prime, NBC and elsewhere, Don Reed lets loose with his latest one-man comedy-variety show, complete with irreverent sketches, edgy stand-up, short films and music. From original characters to celeb impressions, Reed does it all, and he's a regular at the Marsh, where he's staged hit shows like Can You Dig It?, East 14th and The '80s, among many more. Catch his latest at the Berkeley stage.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jan 27, 2019 / 5:30pm
Treat yourself to a night of laughs and excitement when a lineup of hilarious Bay Area comics goes head-to-head to see who can make you laugh the hardest. At the end you’ll vote to decide to winner. Not only will the winners have bragging rights, they’ll also score a cash prize, so you know they’ll be bringing their “A” material. With three categories in the mix -- Stand Up, Word Up and Beat Up – there’s sure to be a wide range of entertainment at Black Repertory Group Theater. Don’t miss this night of mid-week fun hosted by Jerry Law.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
In Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane, Lisa Rothman spins a hilarious fairy tale fit for any parent. After her kids dodge bullets at the local park, Lisa takes them to the Winter Solstice Carnival, where she must now dodge a gang of PTA moms in Lululemon, a fire-breathing dragon and, worst of all, her father. Of course, no fairy tale would be complete without a fairy godmother to help her sort through her parenting choices. See Rothman’s unmatched storytelling skills in action when her latest solo show comes to The Marsh in Berkeley.
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Feb 2, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Feb 9, 2019 / 5:00pmSaturday, Feb 16, 2019 / 5:00pm
Writer-performer John Fisher -- who's won just about every award ever given for Bay Area theater -- brings his latest one-man show to San Francisco after a prize-winning run at New York City's United Solo Festival. In A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin, Fisher recommends the best books on the subject, comments on the cutest battlefield generals and then provides pertinent info on the hottest actors who played said soldiers in the movies. Lauded by the Chronicle, which says his plays "bristle with wit, intelligence, and a wonderfully developed theatrical instinct," Fisher's new work comes to The Marsh SF MainStage.
Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 8:30pmThursday, Jan 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 8:30pmThursday, Jan 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
ZinEx, as it's become known, pops the cork on a Grand Tasting event at the Embarcadero, serving up samples of different wines and blends by the best Zinfandel producers in the world. You can truly get up close and personal with the winemakers at this comprehensive gathering, designed to take you on a flavorful exploration of growing regions, varietals and latest releases. Don't miss one of the most comprehensive showing of Zinfandels and blends in the world!
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, Scooter, Hoops and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the SAP Center at San Jose to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 / 1:00pm Monday, Jan 21, 2019 / Noon
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sorta like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their really clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But the hometown Harlem team is making a stop at Oakland's Oracle Arena to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 2:00pm Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Anyone working with difficult clients or micromanaging bosses knows that humor is critical to survival, but humor can also build bridges, add value and help forge connections. FunnyBizz Talks features published authors, TED speakers, creative directors and comedic talent who illuminate how laughter not only inspires loyalty, it also relieves tension and facilitates professional trust. The practical and comical event gets things moving at Optimizely HQ in San Francisco. Plus, your ticket includes wine, beer and soft drinks.