Hailed by Bay Area critics as “visceral and haunting” (Mercury News), “a sensory bombardment” (SF Chronicle) and “vibrantly theatrical and pointedly contemporary” (SF Examiner), The Jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle — the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the at the Afghan Café. Take a seat in a place where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle now arrives at the Curran in San Francisco with Miriam Buether’s award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran has been completely transformed and, in the process, the capacity has been reduced to an intimate 600 seats.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pm
Three-time Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling a cappella group Pentatonix has captured the hearts of millions with their unique arrangements of pop songs, medleys and originals. The group has sold 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. The Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts almost 17 million subscribers, yielding 4 billion video views. Now they’re coming to Oracle Arena in Oakland, where they’ll be joined by Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling recording artist Rachel Platten, who struck a chord of hope and resilience with her empowering hit “Fight Song.” Platten’s album Waves again delivered a searing, emotionally and socially relevant pop gem. Most recently, while awaiting the arrival of her baby girl, she released “You Belong” as a dedication and anthem for expectant moms everywhere.
Glam rock, gospel and modern pop collide in the smash off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs. When impulsive entrepreneur Wes buys a dilapidated building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he’s phantasmically transported to its glory days: the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. Serving as a home, a church and a gay dive-bar, the UpStairs was its own kind of paradise. As Wes meets the larger-than-life lounge regulars, he learns what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future. Entertainment Weekly raves “the show swells with heart.” Don’t miss the regional premiere of Max Vernon’s The View UpStairs at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that’s open to all ages. Voted America’s No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it’s also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:30pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:30pm (Kyle Rowland Blues Band)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:30pm (J.C. Smith Band )Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pm (Sue Foley)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 9:00pm (Artur Menezes)Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 9:30pm (Nick Schnebelen)Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:30pm (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute with Alan Iglesias & Crossfire)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pm (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute with Alan Iglesias & Crossfire)
It’s one of the most influential books of all time, and yet its origins remain somewhat mysterious. In The Good Book, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson weave themes of devotion, creation and legacy into the story of the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. A young man tries to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest, while a modern-day Biblical scholar and atheist struggles with doubt. Their stories highlight an incredible exploration into how the Bible came to be. From ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America, this production of The Good Book at Peet’s Theatre at Berkeley Rep takes you on a powerful and exuberant journey through the most enduring book in Western history.
This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). Don’t miss it when it hits the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm
The 2018 Winter Olympics may be over, but you can still catch the U.S. Figure Skating team in all of their jumping, spinning, dazzling glory for Stars on Ice. This Emmy Award-winning production brings together America’s top skaters as they hit the rink at SAP Center at San Jose. You’ll see Olympic gold medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, two-time World Champions and six-time National Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, three-time National Champion and 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, and 2018 National Champions and World Silver Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Founded and produced by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is a dramatic spectacle for the whole family, with innovative choreography, great music, stunning costumes and the best ice skaters in the world.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss created this cabaret and variety show, combining elements of sensuality and soul, with DJ sets to keep the dance floor grooving at all times. Not only was Burruss a part of the successful R&B group Xscape, but she went on to write the smash hits “No Scrubs” for TLC and “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child. Now she’s bringing Tamar Braxton and Trina with her to The Warfield in San Francisco for a sure-to-be sexy show.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroine Becky Sharp scrambles up social ladders and hurdles over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Conjuring an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women,” acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature’s most celebrated novels in this production at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
Experience the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman and their all-new show Ancient Land. Ireland’s greatest voices, musicians and dancers perform in a joyful show celebrating Ireland’s centuries-old heritage. Don’t miss this glorious and magical event at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
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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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, May 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, May 13, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
The first known instance of a “Cinderella story” appeared more than 2,000 years ago in 7 B.C. What makes this a story for the ages? It is a tale that celebrates everything we love and value: hard work, modesty, generosity, bravery, perseverance and last, but certainly not least, the firm belief that something better … something wonderful … something impossible … is possible for us all. This is the new, updated version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Cinderella and Prince Topher meet as intellectual, if not social, equals. There are new songs, new subplots, new characters. But all the original favorites are still there: “Impossible”, “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Sister’s Lament,” “A Lovely Night” and more.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:00pm
At turns introspective, romantic and joyously hopeful, 110 in the Shade is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken, Depression-era town. Sharp-witted but insecure rancher’s daughter Lizzie is resolving herself to live out life as a spinster, until charming stranger Starbuck comes to town with the promise to make it rain, encouraging Lizzie to dream beyond her own view of herself. Meanwhile, the town sheriff must deal with the con man as well as coming to terms with his own past. This beautiful show boasts a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks). Enjoy 110 in the Shade at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pm
Remembering James tells the story of The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Spanning nearly two decades of his monumental career, you’ll see how a divided country, the growing Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shaped the artists’ work. A six-piece band accompanies the show, bringing the passion of his music alive while offering a message of hope to a grief-stricken nation looking for a moment of healing and celebration. Enjoy Remembering James at The Palace Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 4:00pm
With their successful blend of improvised comedy and song continuing to entertain the semi-masses on a weekly basis, the Secret Improv Society’s popular theatrical shows are not so clandestine anymore. A bunch of San Francisco’s best improvisers, comedians and musicians often come out to play with the sharp-witted regular cast, too. It all results in a fast-paced, high-energy revue, featuring plenty of audience input and interaction. Volunteers can even join the fun onstage. No two shows are ever identical, so repeat visits to this Shelton Theater laugh fest are strongly suggested.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 10:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00pm
BATS Improv — named the Bay Area’s Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian — presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that’s never the same show twice.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm (Objet d'Art)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm (The Bechdel Test)
Baron Vaughn headlines the San Francisco Punch Line Comedy Club. Currently starring on the new USA drama Fairly Legal, he is also one of America’s funniest up-and-coming stand-up comics, with TV appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Russell Simmons Presents, and more. A graduate of Boston University’s acting program, Vaughn has also appeared in numerous TV shows and films including Cloverfield, Black Dynamite, Rescue Me and Law & Order.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
Submission is a standup comedy show at the SF Armory Club. Every Friday night, top comedians from the Bay Area (SF Sketchfest, Cobbs, Punch Line) perform their hardest-hitting material and, just to keep things interesting, a member of the San Francisco kink community shares some tips and tricks. Grab a craft cocktail from the bar upstairs and prepare for a night of laughter with a touch of kink.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 14, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 21, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, Jun 28, 2019 / 7:00pm
The San Francisco Neo-Futurists are thrilled to present The Infinite Wrench, as part of an ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays that’ll never ask you to suspend your disbelief. Join the cast at PianoFight , where they test, experiment and create an ever-evolving show to contain the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 9:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 9:00pm
With his mother fighting a losing battle with cancer, a young black man must navigate through the harsh realities of life in order to find his way back home in Mother’s Milk. Blending together traditional blues with gospel classics, playwright Wayne Harris spins a powerfully moving tale about life, death and the Baptist Church — not to mention the best banana pudding recipe ever. Set during the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this drama features original music composed by Randy Craig and John McArdle. Get ready to fill your heart with song when this 2015 San Francisco International Fringe Festival “Best of Fringe” winner returns to The Marsh Berkeley just in time for Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Do you like stand-up comics? Do you like playing games? Do you like prizes? Do you like shows where a slight probability that something will go wrong is a definite possibility? If so, then you will definitely want to check out Baby Sheriffs. Laugh along as three comics play games of wit and foolishness in an attempt to win prizes for the audience. Hosted by Sara DeForest and Dan Linley, this show can be enjoyed at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Commuting in SF has never been so exciting! Defying physics, hanging, hopping and beat dropping, the San Francisco Youth Circus takes you into the hectic heart of our collective Mad Transit. The buses, the waits, the jams and scams — we’ve all experienced it, now see it in a fast-paced circus extravaganza! Mad Transit is a family-friendly, original circus show developed and presented by the San Francisco Youth Circus, the city’s preeminent, award-winning ensemble of 15 pre-professional circus artists. Prepare to be dazzled by acrobatics, hoop diving, juggling, contortion, trapeze, tissu, and more!
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
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, May 7, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
We’ve traded up our caves, tripled our life spans, written Ulysses, and gone to the moon. And along the way, melted the ice caps, oppressed the crap out of each other, and elected you-know-who. Are we getting anywhere? From the first gentrification (sorry, Neanderthals!) to the secrets of the genome, Paul Sussman’s The Wrong Kind of Pessimism takes on (and smacks down!) the big questions of Progress, Faith and Where It All Ends. See this solo show at The Marsh in San Francisco.
San Francisco’s world famous Chinatown holds a wealth of exquisite flavors, but without insider knowledge it can be difficult to find those culinary secrets. Your Sidewalk Food Tours guide will lead you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown, where you will enjoy five flavorful tastings, satisfying your appetite for the exotic. You’ll try Cantonese pork buns, President Obama’s favorite San Francisco dim sum, Chef Han’s authentic Szechuan cuisine, savory Peking duck and egg tarts cooked to a smooth flan-like perfection with a flakey crust. At the end of the tour, you’ll know all of the best spots to eat and can return to enjoy Chinatown’s food with confidence. Vegetarian substitutions can be arranged with advance notice.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 10:00am
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, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jul 20, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez — aka Rick Shelton — leads this entertaining and informative three-hour walking tour of San Francisco, focusing on the Gold Rush era of the 1850s and beyond. Montez herself was an Irish actress and mistress of the King of Bavaria and composer Franz Liszt, who became a popular “Spanish” dance queen in mid-19th century San Francisco. She’ll take you by some of her favorite haunts, tell you stories of the Barbary Coast and let you in on plenty of other little known town secrets, in this one-of-a-kind drag performance-excursion.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00am
Sail around the most iconic parts of the San Francisco Bay aboard a traditional sailboat. Be part of a centuries-old nautical tradition as you watch the crew raise sails, and grab a drink as you enjoy the sunset from the special vantage of the water. It’s a perfect way to liven up your weekend — an ideal mix of luxury and adventure.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)Friday, May 31, 2019 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:45pm)
The Setup presents A Funny Thing Happened, a night of world-class storytelling. You’ll be joining bestselling authors, Emmy-Award winning writers, TED speakers, stars of The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and accomplished comedic voices in an intimate setting right in the heart of San Francisco. Each night, storyteller hopefuls have the opportunity to join the all-star lineup. Volunteer names are drawn from a hat and one lucky person will get to tell their story. The show features six, (plus possibly yours) true, short stories, told live without notes in a beer basement that feels like your living room. Funny, poignant, intimate (easy now, not like that), and engaging, it’s a great way to spend your Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm Wednesday, Jun 5, 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, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pm Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pm
Enjoy a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan. They’ll offer you inspiration for creating a bright future full of laughter, connection and purpose. This delightful event has all the best ingredients: warm, deeply personal storytelling; refreshing candor and a well of empathy for the fears, inadequacies and self-consciousness we so often carry; the promise that through love and connection it’s possible to listen well, admit when we’re wrong, make peace with uncertainty, find our way through loss and laugh at the days to come; wit and insights on parenting, marriage, friendship and dreams (it’s not too late). Whenever they’re together, Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan love settling in for lots of laughter and fun. They could talk all day about being raised by dads who loved them ridiculously, their shared crush on Tom Brokaw, Kelly’s brief flirtation as a shoplifter in the ’80s, the glories and doldrums of writing, and so much more. Jen has written New York Times best-selling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. As “Chief BFF,” she believes we can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives. Noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including The Middle Place and her latest Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say. Bring the best women you know to a night you’ll not soon forget.
Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 20 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. They’ll take the stage at San Francisco Latin American eatery Peña Pachamama.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:15pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 7:00pm
Explore where East meets West, where fortunes are told with more sincerity than your average cookie and where the legends of masters live on. Between the beatniks of North Beach and San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, you’ll get a taste of teas, temples and culture, all with a local flare. Discover the hidden gems of Chinatown, make your own fortune cookie while listening to traditional Chinese music, sample authentic, traditional Chinese pastries, learn about the powers of traditional Chinese tea during a tea tasting with a tea master, explore San Francisco’s oldest temple and have your fortune read. Get to Chinatown Gate for this horizon-expanding experience.
Monday, May 13, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 1:30pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 1:30pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 1:30pm
Discover the unique Barbary Coast, an exciting area that’s evolved into a food lover’s paradise. On this three-hour walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours, you’ll enjoy food and drink samples from six of the neighborhood’s authentic mom-and-pop restaurants and ethnic eateries. Explore a world-famous delicatessen that’s presented a salami to the pope, nosh on pizza or rosemary focaccia from a 100-year-old bakery, nibble on decadent handmade truffles and more. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will give you an insider’s look into how the foods are made at these eateries along with information about this historical neighborhood. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 20, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 27, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Jun 3, 2019 / 11:00am
Bad Asians is a showcase featuring Asian comics doing stand up, being interviewed, and colorful commentary on current events and culture. Every month they have a different lineup of comedians whose credits have included NBC, HBO, Comedy Central and more! “Bad Asian” is a term used playfully and condescendingly when an Asian Pacific Islander (API) American person fails to live up to preconceived notions of what it means to be Asian. What is a “good” Asian, and what is a “bad” Asian?” How “bad” can you really be? Resisting these tropes of obedient sons and daughters who grow up to be doctors/lawyers/engineers, these API comics are NOT in the “model minority” business. They are in the entertainment business (and perhaps there’s nothing more “heinous” than that). Your best course may be to tread lightly around this line-up of hilarious provocateurs and troublemakers, hosted by Imran G!
Lots of people want to try stand-up. See somebody headline a comedy show for their first time onstage with the help of five of the Bay Area’s best stand-up comedians and host Drew Harmon in I Think I’d Be Good At That. Will it be the best night of somebody’s life … or the worst? Come to Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco to be a part of one of the most unique comedy shows happening that’s also been featured as part of SF Sketchfest. Finally, the funniest person in the office gets their chance!
From beatniks, blues masters and drunken sailors to hardened fishermen and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of local characters and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over a Anchor Steam ale on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking. You’ll discover San Francisco’s hidden pubs in Little Italy with a local guide, rub shoulders with the regulars at one of North Beach’s best bohemian pubs, stroll through the vibrant streets, try an award-winning Northern California craft brew and learn about North Beach’s colorful history. Get to Vesuvio Cafe for an experience to broaden your horizons.
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Bad Asians)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 10:00pm Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
The no-brainer way to get real laughs is to be in the company of hilarious people. With Real Live Comedians, you’ll get 90 minutes of live stand-up comedy action and other assorted funny business from some of the best talents out there. Brought to you by producer-performer Jason Mack, each show features a different host and selection of comics, plus stand-up from Mack himself, whose charmingly awkward persona and dark but silly humor has quickly won over Bay Area audiences. Get ready to laugh ’til it hurts when this comedy showcase takes the stage at the Punch Line in San Francisco.
The funniest things in life are most often just plain silly. Stay Silly Comedy, at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, will introduce you to a variety of local up-and-coming comedians and amazing veteran comedians. So head to Cobb’s, order some great food, and support live comedy and while you get silly!
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pm
Join improv team Local Honey as they create a brand-new reality show from scratch — inspired by you — at each and every installment of Real Honeys of SF. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and, hey, you don’t even have to get out of your leggings. So bring your BFF, grab your Snuggie and come on down to San Francisco’s Stage Werx to tune in and find out: Will they say yes to the dress? How super sweet will their 16 be? Or will they be … chopped?
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 10:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 10:00pm
Take a tour through San Francisco’s history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:30pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 16, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 23, 2019 / 11:00amThursday, May 23, 2019 / 2:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 11:00am
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, May 12, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
Following its smash hit sold-out world premiere at Z Space in 2018, Weightless makes a triumphant return to the Bay Area with this limited two-week engagement at A.C.T. The San Francisco Chronicle gave the show its highest rating (Leaping Little Man), calling it "a complete theatre experience. Magical. Gorgeous. A glimpse of the future of theatre.” This thrilling work weaves myth with evocative indie rock to tell a gripping story of sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. Through intimate storytelling, rollicking performances, and the Kilbanes’ celebrated sound, Weightless explores the bonds of sisterhood and the power of the female voice. Featuring: Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses (The Kilbanes) with Lila Blue, Julia Brothers, Dan Harris and Joshua Pollock.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 3:00pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pm
Maude, a middle-aged, unemployed bartender from Bakersfield, California, purchased a painting from a local thrift store for only a few bucks. Now she’s convinced the painting is a long-lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. Lionel, an expert from New York City, flies over to her trailer park home to authenticate the artwork, but what they discover is far beyond what either could have ever imagined. Who ultimately gets to decide what is true and what is false? In a world filled with fake news, we are constantly challenged to figure out if what we are seeing is truthfully depicted. Bakersfield Mist directly questions authenticity in art and, by extension, our relationships to one another.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
In Off-Broadway, Off-Book, Off-Kilter, Cat Dance improvisationally completes a play they haven’t read after a dramatic reading of the first scene. On select dates, they’ll feature plays by local San Francisco playwrights.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:30pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:30pm
When Joe returns from college to take the reins of his family’s traveling circus, he finds the sideshow performers under the big top, an animal trainer with no animals, a wire-walker grounded since the loss of her formerly conjoined twin, and a show struggling to find its footing in the modern world. To save the circus, everyone will have to face long-buried truths and rediscover the power of circus magic. Enjoy the world premiere of A History of Freaks at San Francisco’s Potrero Stage.
Monday, May 13, 2019 / 8:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pm
Emily Post has gone to pot. As we enter a new “post-Prohibition” era, the stigma surrounding cannabis use is fading and the conversation around what it means to get high is changing. When it comes to being a respectful, thoughtful and responsible consumer of pot, there is a lot you need to know. Lizzie Post — great-great granddaughter of Emily Post and co-president of America’s most respected etiquette brand — explores and celebrates the wide world of legalized weed and answers your questions.
Lover. Sorcerer. Kingmaker. Medea left everything behind for Jason, but now he’s jilted her and their children for the king’s daughter. A woman and an immigrant with no means of returning home, Medea knows the system is rigged against her. Does she accept her fate, or fight for vengeance? Many of us know how her story ends, but it’s time we examined how she gets there. A.C.T. Associate Conservatory Director Peter J. Kuo directs Euripides’s haunting tale of bloodshed and betrayal, exploring the tsunami of Medea’s rage and the sea of love that supports it. Be there when American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts Program presents Medea at The Costume Shop in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 1:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:30pm
Brian Wilson, Prince, Paul McCartney — the list of artists who could go into a studio alone and emerge with a masterpiece is pretty short. Todd Rundgren is on that list. First bursting onto the scene with Something/Anything?, which he produced, played every instrument and sang on, Rundgren has been one of music’s top innovators ever since, influencing everything from power pop to prog rock to today’s bedroom musicians. But for all his technical genius, Rundgren also happens to write insanely catchy songs, with hits like “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It’s Me” and the arena staple “Bang the Drum.” He also happens to be a heck of a producer, steering everyone from The Band and Grand Funk Railroad to the New York Dolls, Hall and Oates, and Patti Smith to hit records. Now, with 50 years of cutting-edge music and two honorary doctorates to his name, Rundgren is hitting the road on the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour for his new autobiography. See Todd Rundgren live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00am
Take a jaunting romp through the Dark Ages with Basement Party as they explore the finer issues of the Medieval Era in seven hot new sketches sure to tickle your inner Lordship. Featuring fresh new guest performers and sexy new writers, Basement Party’s Ye Olde Sketche Comedy Showe storms the main stage of Pianofight on Saturdays.
Two teams go head-to-head for some friendly competitive improv! An incredible cast of hosts serve as your guides to this hilarious weekly showdown. At the end of the show, this week’s champ is decided by you, the audience!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 21, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, May 28, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 4, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 11, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 18, 2019 / 9:00pmTuesday, Jun 25, 2019 / 9:00pm
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.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 4:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
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, May 8, 2019 / 9:30amFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:30amSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 9:30amThursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Jun 10, 2019 / 9:30amWednesday, Jul 10, 2019 / 9:30amMonday, Aug 5, 2019 / 9:30am
As part of the yearly Festival of New Works, the Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage in San Francisco showcases the top six 10-minute plays from the season’s Monday Night Series. The featured plays will be announced after the final Monday Night PlayGround of the season, on April 1.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Take a detour down memory lane. Share a memory (nostalgic, silly, awkward), and you and the Chivalry Club improv troupe will delve into it together. Straddling the line between fantasy and reality, Chivalry Club shines a light on the strange and exciting parts of the past. Catch Wayback Wednesday at San Francisco’s Stage Werx.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 29, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Join Endgames Improv for a night of long-form improv comedy featuring house Harold teams Local Honey, Paint Dept and JACKSON. There will also be occasional appearances by Harold class graduates or holiday-themed shows. Don’t miss the laughs at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 / 9:00pm Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 / 9:00pm
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ At the Crossroads Series celebrates the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge voices from across generations. Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, SFCMP launches the series with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany and best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is an SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. Don’t miss it at SFJAZZ Center.
Weekend Pass: May 10-11, 2019 (Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman's Legacy)
Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, best known as the long-suffering league commissioner Kevin on FX’s hit show The League, headlines Cobb’s Comedy Club. Rannazzisi launched his career by moving from a doorman job at the world-famous Comedy Store on Sunset to hitting the stage as a stand-up, where he honed his skills amongst some of the most prolific comics in the business. His first TV job was as a cast member on MTV’s Punk’d after Ashton Kucher caught his stand-up act. Since then, he’s acted in several films, appeared on numerous television series and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 9:45pm
What better way to start the new year than a Silent Disco on the Bay? Pier 23 Cafe & Bar is right on Embarcadero and right on the water, with views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge. This upscale venue is ideal for your next birthday party or girls night out! Your experience includes: a pair of Quiet Events headphones, glow-in-the-dark gear, three live DJs battling for your attention, drink specials, and an outdoor bar with a patio on the water.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Sep 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Oct 12, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Nov 9, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30amSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pm-1:30am
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that, well, Life Sucks. Or does it? Posner’s follow-up to his hugely successful Stupid F*cking Bird is part Mel Brooks and part Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate and unexpectedly tender. Enjoy this Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pm
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District’s most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover’s walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area’s renowned Mexican food — even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 12, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 17, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 19, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 24, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, May 26, 2019 / 11:00amFriday, May 31, 2019 / 11:00amSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00am
Flash Mob Musical is an explosive, energetic cluster of excitement, song and dance. The longest-running musical montage group in San Francisco, Flash Mob Musical is musical improv like you’ve never seen before. The current cast features Aimee Lucido, Bahaar Taj, Debra Schifrin, Dustin Clingman, Eric Lamothe, Craig Gaspian, James Liu, Margot Stern and Rico Rocque at Stage Werx. The players are from different improv theaters in the Bay Area including Endgames Improv, BATS, Leela and Pan Theatre. On keys are Neil Pomerleau, David Norfleet and Michael Risse.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 14, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jun 28, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jul 26, 2019 / 8:00pm
Two-time Emmy Award and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein returns to San Francisco to perform at his namesake Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Long established as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, he’ll perform beloved standards as well as some contemporary surprises. Feinstein’s critically acclaimed concerts spanning the globe have established him as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Don’t miss your chance to see this quintessential performer live in San Francisco.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:00pm
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.
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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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 6:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 6:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 6:00pm
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander’s shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2’s Bono to Monty Python’s John Cleese and the Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander’s unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 9:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 9:00pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 6:30pm Thursday, May 23, 2019 / 9:00pm
Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the fourth replacement of her tombstone. The previous ones have been defaced by feminists who chiseled off her married name, claiming it was Ted Hughes who caused Sylvia’s death. Did he? Was her suicide at 30 a good career move? Would she do it again? And what does it say to us today? Find out when Who Killed Sylvia Plath, written by award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman, comes to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, May 26, 2019 / 5:30pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:30pmSunday, Jun 2, 2019 / 5:30pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pm (Savoy Brown)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00pm (Kev Choice Ensemble)
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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, May 7, 2019 / Various Departure TimesWednesday, May 8, 2019 / Various Departure TimesThursday, May 9, 2019 / Various Departure TimesFriday, May 10, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSaturday, May 11, 2019 / Various Departure TimesSunday, May 12, 2019 / Various Departure TimesMonday, May 13, 2019 / Various Departure TimesTuesday, May 14, 2019 / Various Departure Times
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it’s still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, past the city’s Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks and snacks.
Long before she held court as a finalist on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ginger Minj reigned as The Comedy Queen of the South from her home base in Orlando, Florida. The self-professed “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet” cites classic funny ladies Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols. “Anyone who can pile three wigs on their head, squeeze their body into a beaded and rhinestoned gown and serve humor alongside the glamour is my hero,” says Ginger. That’s why she coined the term “Glamour Toad” to describe her unique persona. Now she brings her Big Gay Cabaret show to San Francisco’s Oasis.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm
That burning sensation in your brain? That’s just us. Come watch three pairs of improvisers take the stage each night with only your suggestions and each other to lean on. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll ask for water. Because this is high-risk improv at its spiciest. This run is a collaboration between Un-Scripted Theater Company and Moment Improv Theatre, representing the best of both theaters’ improv ensembles.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pm
Connor, an adopted black youth, has lived his entire young life flying under the radar, adhering to the rules of “the talk.” When an officer involved shooting thrusts him into the crux of his city’s mounting racial and political animus, between opposing movements for power, he is set on a journey of mythic proportions to learn the truth of his heritage. A revelation that holds the key to the greatest superpower against man’s inhumanity to man.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
For fans of his late, legendary father, country music great Merle Haggard, his youngest son Ben is no Stranger — in fact, he’s been the lead guitarist in Hag’s longtime band of the same name for the past eight years, since he was 15 years old, fitting in easily with veterans like musical director Norm Hamlet and Scott Joss. Ben was a regular on Merle Haggard’s recordings, took the stage with him and the Highwaymen (Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) as well as Blake Shelton for a memorable performance at the 2014 Grammys and for the 2012 “All for the Hall” show besides two of his idols, Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Earlier this year, Ben was featured with the Strangers backing Toby Keith for a Merle tribute on the nationally televised American Country Countdown Awards. Noel Haggard has enough life experiences to more than completely inhabit the things he sings about…and does it with the same natural phrasing and richly sonorous baritone that one would expect from someone with such a loaded last name. See these two sons of country royalty as they forge their own path to greatness live in concert at the Mystic Theatre & Music Hall in Petaluma.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:30pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
William Tyler and Vetiver come to Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA. William Tyler returns with Goes West, his follow-up to 2016’s Modern Country. Listen to first single “Fail Safe.” Recorded with Scott Hirsch at Echo Magic West in Ojai, CA, the CD features early versions of five songs from Goes West plus three other tracks from the session.
Dreamgirls is the concert version of the famed 1982 multiple Tony Award-winning stage musical. It features all of the hit songs and is based on the story of a 1960s Detroit rhythm-and-blues female vocal trio and their rise to fame and fortune. The singing cast features students and staff from San Francisco State with the vocal talent and coaching of Beach Blanket Babylon star and faculty member Renée Lubin as Effie.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pm
Our special, one-time-only variety show will have 25 mature professionals, mostly from San Francisco! You will be thoroughly entertained and filled with nostalgia as we reawaken the Chinatown nightclub scene of the 1950s and ’60s. Live music, dance, comedy, magic and poetry will help us pay tribute to mothers and veterans. All entertainers are donating their time and talent for this very special event at the incredible Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pm (Doors Open at 1:00pm)
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it’s time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as “an absolutely wonderful new play … as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pm Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 3:00pm Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
SFBarprov is turning six! Join producers and your evening’s hosts Dwayne McDaniel and Michael J. Astrauskas for a look back over 6 years of unscripted San Francisco comedy. There will be nostalgia. There will be prizes. There will be music. Plus, improv from SFBarprov’s favorite guests, The Ballroom and Chick Flick, and live — and written on-the-spot — music from comic troubadours Freelance Romance. Barprov: Drink Hard, Laugh Harder!
Mark Ellis and special guests perform live stand-up at Milk Bar SF for one night only. Seen on channels like Collider, Rotten Tomatoes and host of the Schmoedown, you and your friends are in for some stories and laughs.
Trio Terme was formed last summer at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy. The three performers, all with extensive solo and ensemble experience, were so delighted playing together at Interharmony, that they decided to continue to explore the rich clarinet, cello, piano repertoire.
The average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated. As a radiologist tasked with diagnosing strokes, Dr. Diane Barnes was very aware of this fact. Nevertheless, when a stroke happened to her, she waited 20 hours before going to the hospital. In My Stroke of Luck, doctor-turned-actor Barnes recounts her experience of realizing she was having a stroke, her path to recovery and more. It’s a heartfelt and humorous look at love, family and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. See this amazing one-woman show when it comes to the stage of at The Marsh Berkeley.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 5:00pmThursday, May 30, 2019 / 8:00pm
After a long day at work, your parents were too busy, too tired or just plain didn’t want to encourage your wild imagination. But Go Ask Your Father gives you a second chance, kiddo. Spend the evening with Stunt Dad as we act out the inane, the juvenile and the heartfelt thoughts you didn’t quite outgrow. Sure, these improv masters don’t smell like Dad’s bourbon or bake cookies as well as Mom, but they sure know how to entertain. Come to Endgames Training Center South to experience a little bit of home right here in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 25, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 8, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 22, 2019 / 8:00pm
You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pm
With numerous No. 1 releases, Steinway artist and composer Chad Lawson’s latest recording, re:piano, pushes the envelope with elements of looping piano and effects. His last release, The Chopin Variations, brought new interpretations to the poet of the piano. With an unmatched versatility that comes from dabbling in various musical genres throughout his long life as a musician, Lawson is one of the most exciting and dynamic pianists working today. Catch this virtuoso live when he comes to the Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building.