A poetic fable that delves into the questions of identity, aging and disappearance, Nobody Lives Here Now is a powerful dance-theater performance created by choreographer Joe Goode. Using the body in motion, this piece tells the story of a fantastical world where the things that anchor us - home, culture, people - rapidly shift and erode, causing a sudden transformation that's both shocking and empowering. This 30th anniversary production also features landmark performances as part of a retrospective on Goode's career and a special piece from original company member Liz Burritt.
A Night with Janis Joplin is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by showstopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Catch this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute to one of rock music's greatest performers in San Francisco at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 7:00pm (Bettye Lavette)Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jim Campilongo Trio)Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Niki J. Crawford)Friday June 30, 2017 / 10:00pm (Kev Choice)Wednesday July 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tommy Igoe Big Band)Thursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Count Basie Orchestra)Friday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pm ( Count Basie Orchestra)Friday July 7, 2017 / 10:00pm ( Count Basie Orchestra)
Fasten your seatbelts as fun-filled musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert rolls into San Francisco's Eureka Theatre. Based on the popular cult film, this high-energy musical adventure follows three disco drag queens aboard a battered old bus on a road trip through the Australian Outback. The journey becomes a touching, life-changing experience as the three companions search for and find love, friendship and acceptance. This hilarious and heartwarming production features dazzling costumes as well as a virtual hit parade of dance and sing-along favorites, including "It's Raining Men," "I Love the Nightlife" and "I Will Survive."
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pm
Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder has previously used his unique blend of character study and piano virtuosity for epic musical roles such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. Now he returns to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts to pay homage to Beethoven, one of the world's most prolific and iconic composers, in Hershey Felder, Beethoven. Experience the composer's greatest works in a whole new light when classics like Moonlight Sonata and 9th Symphony immerse you in a world that brings the composer and his masterpieces to life.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday July 5, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday July 5, 2017 / 7:30pm
San Francisco OysterFest -- the largest festival of its kind on the West Coast -- returns for its 18th year to prove that oysters are the perfect accompaniment for just about anything. This outdoor concert event at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park features Passion Pit, Kongos ("Come With Me Now"), Sir Sly ("High"), Panic is Perfect and The Soft White Sixties. All that plus beer, wine, premium spirits, bites from San Francisco's finest restaurants and more freshly shucked oysters than you can shake a stick at, all available for purchase, make this festival a must for foodies and music lovers alike.
RocketBoat is a high-speed, 30-minute thrill ride on San Francisco Bay. Roaring past the beautiful San Francisco skyline, RocketBoat screams down to Bay Bridge and near AT&T Park, where you'll thrill to the high-speed twists and turns, propelled by the boat's 2800-horsepower engines. A classic rock 'n' roll soundtrack adds to the fun. If you want to get wet, sit toward the back. You'll stay a bit drier if you sit in the middle or the front of the vessel. Wet or dry, this ride is fast and fun.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmSunday June 25, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmMonday June 26, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmThursday June 29, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmFriday June 30, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / Cruises Depart 12:30pm - 6:45pm
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.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / Various TimesMonday June 26, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday June 27, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday June 28, 2017 / Various TimesThursday June 29, 2017 / Various TimesFriday June 30, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday July 1, 2017 / Various TimesSunday July 2, 2017 / Various Times
Sweetwater Music Hall holds a special place in California music history. For over 40 years, this Bay Area treasure's played host to artists like Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Sammy Hagar, Bonnie Raitt and members of the Grateful Dead. In fact, it was the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir who helped reopen the club in 2012 with an all-new, state-of-the-art sound system and a revived sense of purpose to support local musicians. Today, Sweetwater Music Hall is a thriving 300-person venue that hosts everyone from rising local talent to the biggest national roots, folk and rock stars, with concerts virtually every night of the week (and an organic restaurant that's perfect for date night).
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 6:30pm (The Weight Band)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 9:00pm (Gappy Ranks & 7th Street Band)Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Aoife O'Donovan (SOLO))Saturday July 1, 2017 / 9:00pm (Fan Halen - The #1 Tribute to Van Halen)Sunday July 2, 2017 / 8:00pm (A Psychedelic Summer Night)Friday July 7, 2017 / 9:00pm (Zepparella)Saturday July 8, 2017 / 9:00pm (Zepparella)Sunday July 9, 2017 / 8:00pm (Split Lip Rayfield)
For French composer Hector Berlioz, it was a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Odéon Theatre in Paris in 1827 that first inspired his large-scale symphonic adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy -- a work that would ultimately rank among the finest works of his lifetime. More than a decade later, Berlioz's tour de force choral symphony finally got its debut at the Paris Conservatoire (with Wagner in the audience, no less). Now, after tackling his monumental Requiem in May, the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus are bringing Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet to the Davies Hall stage. Acclaimed opera singers Luca Pisaroni, Nicholas Phan and Sasha Cooke complete the cast to bring Shakespeare's romantic masterwork to life like you've never experienced it before, all under the baton of legendary San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pm
Though they're both in their mid-50s, Sharon and Robyn make an unlikely pair of roommates, much less friends -- Sharon's a staid Midwestern divorcee, who's happy to ante up her personal info, while her new renter Robyn's a hard-edged vegan from the Bronx, who plays her cards close to the vest. But when The Roommate finally does show her hand, revealing some shocking secrets, it spurs a surprising reaction in Sharon, proving it's never too late to take a gamble on changing your life. The San Francisco Playhouse stages the Bay Area premiere of this dark comedy by multi-award-winning playwright Jen Silverman.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 2:00pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 3:00pm
Tony Rock was born to do comedy. The fourth of eight children, Tony has stepped out of the shadow of his brother Chris Rock and become a star in his own right. Rock is the host of Apollo Live, and his acting credits include roles on BET's Reed Between the Lines, FOX's Everybody Hates Chris and UPN's All of Us. He's performed stand-up at the most famous clubs in America, including numerous appearances at the Gotham Comedy Club, The Comedy Cellar, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and beyond. He adds another great name to that list when he headlines San Francisco's legendary Cobb's Comedy Club.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday June 24, 2017 / 9:45pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 will 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. Never the same thing twice, The Speakeasy is a meta-theatrical event you'll want to see again and again.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 7:30pm
Blue & Gold Fleet's Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson's daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 11:15amSaturday June 24, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday June 24, 2017 / 3:45pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 11:15amSunday June 25, 2017 / 1:45pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 3:45pmMonday June 26, 2017 / 11:15amMonday June 26, 2017 / 1:45pm
The uproarious drag sendup of HBO's beloved series Sex and the City is back at the Oasis. Relive your favorite episodes during this loving tribute to the iconic show, which finds four "young" "women" in search of the perfect relationship while looking gorgeous and knocking back plenty of Cosmopolitans. The show features four of San Francisco's most fabulous drag stars: D'Arcy Drollinger (Sh*t & Champagne), Sue Casa (Miss Trannyshack 2013), Lady Bear (Bear-Barella) and Steven LeMay (Sh*t & Champagne) playing homage to Carrie and the gang, while Drag King extraordinaire Leigh Crow guest stars as Mr. Big. Darren Star (creator of the HBO show) described this version as "funnier than it was on TV," so you can expect some Big Apple-sized laughs.
From the author of Slaughterhouse-Five, the classic novel Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut blends black and white into a chilling shade of gray, and artistic director Brian Katz brings it to the stage in this new adaptation. American Howard W. Campbell Jr., a self-professed spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? This historical reflection is also a love story, which fantasizes an idyllic "nation of two" as the only way to survive when the rest of the world has gone mad. Catch this world premiere at Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pm
David and Amy Sedaris are one of the funniest sets of siblings since the Marx Brothers ... and The Book of Liz, one of their written collaborations, is proof of such a claim. An eccentric and hilarious play about discovering your own self-worth, this long-running hit returns to San Francisco. For the sixth time, Custom Made Theatre Co. raises the curtain on the outrageous adventures of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, a devoted maker of cheeseballs who ventures away from her tiny religious community to encounter a host of colorful characters -- among them, Ukrainians with Cockney accents, restaurants run by recovering alcoholics and a certain talking peanut. But after this eye-opening journey, will her cheeseballs ever taste the same again?
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday June 26, 2017 / 7:30pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 7:00pm
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 9:30pm (The Bey Paule Band)Sunday June 25, 2017 / 9:00pm (J.C. Smith Band)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 9:30pm (The Daniel Castro Band)Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Thursday June 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (David Gerald)Friday June 30, 2017 / 10:00pm (Delta Wires)Saturday July 1, 2017 / 9:30pm (Chris Cain Band)Sunday July 2, 2017 / 9:00pm (The Soul Soldiers)
A true cult classic, Sordid Lives is a hilarious "black comedy about white trash" that was nominated for more than 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles. Written by Del Shores, the author of Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?), Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and coming out in a colorful small-town Texas family. The entire clan has converged for the funeral of Peggy, the family's matriarch and a good Christian woman ... in spite of the fact that she died during a tryst in a seedy motel room with her much younger, much married neighbor. Watch the family struggle to avoid a mortifying funeral in the San Francisco premiere of Sordid Lives at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.
For the 41st year in a row, Frameline presents its prestigious San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival at the Castro Theatre and elsewhere. Famed as the longest-running and largest event of its kind anywhere on the planet, the fest draws more than 60,000 attendees a year. This year's crop of films includes rom-coms, action flicks, documentaries, dramas and even musicals, including Hello Again, an adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's Off-Broadway show that stars Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton and Cheyenne Jackson. Also on tap for the fest is Becks, about a Brooklyn musician who moves back to her Midwestern hometown after breaking up with her girlfriend, featuring Mena Suvari, Lena Hall and Christine Lahti. Enjoy these and other select Frameline films playing this month.
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.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pm (Contemporary Noir)Friday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)Saturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek)Friday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)Saturday July 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek)Friday July 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)Saturday July 15, 2017 / 8:00pm (Warp Speed: An Improvised Trek)Friday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Theatresports: Summer Games)
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.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday June 26, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 7:00pmMonday July 3, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 5, 2017 / 7:00pm
After a 25-year absence, MacArthur Genius grant recipient Han Ong returns to the Magic Theatre where he made his made his professional debut in 1992. This acclaimed novelist and playwright is known for works like Fixer Chao (an L.A. Times "Best Book of the Year") and The L.A. Plays, which earned praise from none other than Robert Brustein, founder of the American Repertory Theater. Ong's latest work, Grandeur, imagines a meeting between an ambitious young reporter and musical visionary Gil Scott-Heron, often credited as the creator of rap music. With a cast lead by Carl Lumbly (ABC's Alias, CBS' Cagney & Lacey) playing Scott-Heron, Grandeur is a story of art and legacy, told through this funny and gut-wrenching exchange.
Stand-up comic, writer, actor and director Don Reed (The Tonight Show, OWN, HBO) returns to The Marsh Berkeley with his long-running, award-winning solo show, East 14th: Tales of a Reluctant Player. Reed relates the hilarious and poignant story of his boyhood in 1970s Oakland, torn between his strict, churchgoing mother's upbringing and his admiration of his father -- who happens to be a pimp. East 14th was an off-Broadway hit, nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards, and an excerpt aired on NPR/WNYC's acclaimed series Snap Judgment. The New Yorker called the show "hilarious" and went on to say, "The audience can't stop laughing ... Don Reed plays all the characters with both ease and inexhaustible energy."
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 5:30pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 5:30pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday July 9, 2017 / 5:30pmSaturday July 15, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday July 16, 2017 / 5:30pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 5:00pm
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 June 24, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday June 25, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday June 30, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday July 1, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday July 2, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday July 3, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Tuesday July 4, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday July 7, 2017 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Monday June 26, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Thursday June 29, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Wednesday July 5, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Thursday July 6, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)Friday July 7, 2017 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-in at 6:15pm)
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you'll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Sunday June 25, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Sunday June 25, 2017 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Monday June 26, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Monday June 26, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Monday June 26, 2017 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
Antidepressants and psychotherapy did nothing to help Adam Strauss deal with his debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder, so after reading a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure OCD, Adam set out on a psychopharmacological journey of his own. The Mushroom Cure earned great acclaim when it debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the laughs kept coming when it played at New York's International Fringe Festival, where it won the "Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance." The Mushroom Cure was hailed by The New York Times, who declared the show "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain." After an extended off-Broadway run, The Mushroom Cure now comes to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pm
Award-winning British screenwriter-playwright Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), has, in the words of Time Out, "elaborated a play of remarkable intensity and richness ... [that] gleams with ice-cool wit, glistens with the sweat of animal fear." And if that hasn't piqued your theatrical interest, take a moment and check your pulse. As a revolution grows increasingly violent outside the confines of an opulent presidential palace, the arrival of an embattled dictator is awaited by four women -- the dictator's wife, her best friend, a British journalist and a translator. Time refracts and the past plays out from varying perspectives as the political tension escalates and the plot of the fascinating Splendour unfolds. Don't miss the Bay Area premiere of this breathtaking journey from Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 7:00pmTuesday July 4, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday July 5, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pm
Journalist-turned-comedian Maureen "Mo" Langan, host of KGO Radio's Hangin' With Langan, is one of the country's top touring comics. In her new one-woman show Daughter of a Garbageman, Langan traces her roots back to her upbringing in New Jersey in the 1970s, where her Irish mother and New York City sanitation worker father taught her that hard work and education are always rewarded. Now living in an era where Kardashians have book deals and reality TV stars win elections, Langan uses humor, honesty and insight to tap into the frustrations of hard-working people and explore how her parents got it wrong. Daughter of a Garbageman received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and now it's at The Marsh Berkeley.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 8:30pmThursday July 13, 2017 / 8:00pm
Get ready to sing the praises of this off-Broadway musical comedy sensation about a fictitious Christian boy band that sets out to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Filled with angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and plenty of pointed parody, Altar Boyz finds the five-member group finally hitting the big time with their latest concert. But the boys are worried that their pious pop act -- filled with songs like "Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait" and "Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone" -- might not go over as well with sophisticated city folk. Don't miss this all-singing, all-dancing Center Rep production of Altar Boyz at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pm
It's 5:30pm. Do you know where your happy hour is? Instead of hitting up your regular watering hole for the umpteenth time, try something different and set sail on the Bay. The Alive After Five happy-hour cruise is a great way to relax with friends -- and meet new ones -- against the backdrop of San Francisco's famous skyline. Mingle, groove to the sounds of a live DJ, and snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and more on this two-hour excursion. Specialty cocktails and bar snacks are available for purchase on board.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Friday June 30, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday July 6, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday July 13, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday July 20, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday July 27, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 3, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday August 10, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Marin Theatre Company in the Bay Area will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 7:30pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 7:30pmTuesday July 4, 2017 / 7:30 PMWednesday July 5, 2017 / 7:30 PMThursday July 6, 2017 / 7:30 PM
Russian River Adventures' inflatable canoe trips offer a refreshing alternative to exploring gorgeous Sonoma County by car. Whether you're a couple looking for a relaxing getaway, a family or a group of friends looking for a fun activity, paddling along in Russian River Adventures' bright blue inflatable canoes is just the ticket. During this nine-mile full-day excursion, you'll navigate through gentle currents for four to six hours while enjoying the best that nature has to offer. If you're so inclined, you can even stop for a picnic or cool off in a refreshing swimming hole. Every member of the family is sure to have a blast on these self-guided tours... even the family dog! Check the event description below for more details.
Monday June 26, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Tuesday June 27, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Wednesday July 5, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Thursday July 6, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Monday July 10, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Tuesday July 11, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)Wednesday July 12, 2017 / 9:30am (Check-In between 9:30am - 10:30am)
A dinner party between two interracial couples goes horribly awry when an offhand comment sends them all into a paranoid tailspin in You Mean to do Me Harm. This world premiere by international award-winning playwright Christopher Chen (New York Times "Critics' Pick" Caught) is a surreal psychological dissection of the relationship between China and America, and our relationships with those closest to us. You Mean to do Me Harm comes to The Rueff at A.C.T's Strand Theater as part of San Francisco Playhouse's Sandbox Series, which brings daring new voices to the stage in intimate productions.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 2:00pm
A timely drama exploring the hot-button issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Brilliant Lies "strikes some dangerous sparks" (The New York Times). Written by David Williamson, the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theater, this razor-sharp work centers on Susy, an attractive young woman who, after losing her job, accuses her boss of sexual harassment. A mediator is called in to find out the truth -- only to discover that the truth is not so easy to find. Don't miss this "serious comedy" from Firescape Theatre and The Beverly Hills Playhouse of San Francisco.
Come see the Punch Line's weekly SF Comedy Showcase, held every Sunday for over 30 years. San Francisco has a rich and vibrant comedy scene, and this weekly show has launched the careers of such comedians as Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Arj Barker, as well as the current flock of rising stars such as W. Kamau Bell and Moshe Kasher. Laugh at a lineup of the Bay Area's top stand-up comics, many of whom have appeared on late-night television, Comedy Central and other esteemed television outlets.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 9, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 16, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 6, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 13, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
At a desolate campground in Oregon, two desperate families find themselves driven over the edge by greed, secrets and desire. The Edge of the World tells a timely tale of illegal immigrants who are suddenly caught on the radar, and how their ensuing quest for survival leads to a series of ill-conceived actions and treachery. Virago Theatre Company's immersive, world premiere production of Miles Pawski's The Edge of the World pulls you into a strange and violent world at San Francisco's Potrero Stage.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday June 25, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 2:00pm
Treat yourself to a day of stunning coastal views, fresh ocean breezes and picturesque seaside villages. This day trip takes you by coach along the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Cruz to Monterey, where you'll have two hours of free time in the historic waterfront district of Cannery Row to enjoy a delicious local meal, explore the shops and learn about Monterey's history by visiting a local museum or one of the many preserved historic buildings. After that, it's back on the bus to travel along the scenic 17-Mile Drive, where you'll catch glimpses of the area's famous golf courses and luxury estate homes and the pristine coastline that's been the subject of countless works of art. At Carmel-by-the-Sea, you'll have an hour of free time to explore the trendy shops, art galleries and cafés that draw artists, poets and writers before heading back to the city.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 8:20amSunday July 9, 2017 / 8:20amFriday July 14, 2017 / 8:20amFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:20am
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.
Tuesday June 27, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Wednesday June 28, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Thursday June 29, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Friday June 30, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Saturday July 1, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Sunday July 2, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Monday July 3, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)Wednesday July 5, 2017 / (Cruises Depart From 9:15am To 6:15pm)
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.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / Various TimesMonday June 26, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday June 27, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday June 28, 2017 / Various TimesThursday June 29, 2017 / Various TimesFriday June 30, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday July 1, 2017 / Various TimesSunday July 2, 2017 / Various Times
The Skivvies head back to A.C.T. Strand Theater to celebrate San Francisco Pride. Comedy-pop pair Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley have sold out shows playing their signature pared-down arrangements of eclectic song covers, all while stripped down to their underwear. Letting it all hang out, the popular "undie-rock" duo plays everything from the cello to the ukulele to the glockenspiel as they remake and mash up pop hits. Catch their Pride Rock concert at night, or during a special brunch performance.
Explore San Francisco's vast and scenic Golden Gate Park -- which is actually bigger than NYC's Central Park at more than 1,000 acres -- while cruising along on an ultra-cool Segway. After a brief training session in which you'll learn the ins and outs of maneuvering your vehicle safely, you'll set out for a 2.5-hour tour of the park led by your narrator, who will reveal the history and tales behind this man-made oasis in the city. It's the best -- and most fun -- way to see all that the park has to offer.
Any Available Date April 1, 2017 Through June 30, 2017 at 10:30am or 4:00pm (Must Reserve 3 Days in Advance)
"One woman tour de force" (SF Bay Guardian) Sharon Eberhardt brings her latest piece to The Marsh Berkeley stage. Eberhardt is a writer-performer who's created and produced some of The Marsh's longest-running shows including Tell It on Tuesday. In Crazy Famous, she introduces you to Sandy, who'll do anything to craft a killer song: move in with Mira, the manipulative ex-girlfriend of two dead rock gods, obey Mira's every whim to hear the tapes of the rock stars' legendary last sessions, even collaborate with Nick, a sketchy ex-bassist and unemployed bartender.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
This is not your grandmother's gospel. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, where Jesus' betrayer Judas stands trial in purgatory as his lawyers bargain for his admission to heaven. The trial flashes through Judas' life, all the way back to his childhood, while incredible figures from history and beyond are called to testify -- figures like Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud and even Satan himself. As the trial unfolds, audience members must confront old truths and examine what it means to really forgive during a production that ranges between hilarious dark comedy and intimate, touching drama. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot can be seen at Shelton Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 13, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
Strap in for a wild ride through other dimensions with San Francisco's mind-blowing 7D Experience at Pier 39. Step into the 20-seat theater, but don't spend too much time marveling at the movie screen -- sit down, buckle up and get ready to experience the thrills of a 3D movie, a rocking roller coaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game ... all at once. With this Laser Maze Challenge and DarkRide Combo Ticket, you'll also get the opportunity to put your agility, speed and action movie skills to the test as you navigate your way through a web of criss-crossing laser beams. There are multiple dark rides to be enjoyed -- featuring everything from zombies to werewolves to Mad Max-style mayhem and more -- so the 7D Experience is bound to have you coming back for even more fun.
Monday June 26, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmMonday July 3, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday July 5, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 10:00am - 9:00pm
Raise your glass and enjoy a romantic sunset on the water with magnificent views of San Francisco, highlighted by a delicious seasonal dinner prepared fresh on board by Hornblower's chefs. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want a different sort of night out, the sight of San Francisco's spectacular skyline as you sail past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge will make the evening special. The elegant four-course, sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, choice of entree, plus coffee, tea and dessert. Spend the rest of the cruise relaxing and dancing to live music. There's a cash bar on board as well, serving signature cocktails and other libations.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
San Francisco is where a copywriter named Phyllis Diller first stepped out onto the stand-up stage (and stayed there for an astonishing 87 weeks). San Francisco is also where a high school dropout named Margaret Cho started doing open mics, and where Robin Williams discovered an ex-IHOP waitress named Paula Poundstone, and ... See the pattern? The gender revolution that led to the current renaissance of American comedy started here and continues still, as recent rising stars Ali Wong and Emily Heller prove. Now Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women) sweeps into Cobb's Comedy Club to introduce you to the next crop of brilliant up-and-coming female comedians.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday July 23, 2017 / 7:30pm
Describing itself as "a glitch-filled celebration of the cosmic meaninglessness" designed to "drive a sledgehammer of fun down your throat," Hamburger Cat Cabaret is an outrageous mix of circus contortionists, street performers, dancers, crooners -- and even a "Japanese vampire!" Prepare to be amazed and perplexed as you witness amazing performers like internationally acclaimed circus superstar Fleeky Flanco, So You Think You Can Dance alum Darius Drooh, Japanese vampire Neko Princess Yuko Hata, '90s speakeasy crooner Stefania Devire and Kevin Armour -- a street performer who can pull his entire body through a tennis racket (no, really!). Come experience this crazy world of fun at San Francisco's Great Star Theater.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 8:00pm
The City by the Bay is as famous for its cuisine as it for its cable cars, with a well-earned worldwide reputation as a foodie nirvana. And seafood is at the center of its culinary renown. On this walking tour through the trendy neighborhoods around Beach and Mason Streets, you'll get a taste of San Francisco's best, from clam chowder and bay shrimp to classic fish & chips. This fun and filling outing also offers tidbits about local history from your friendly and knowledgeable guide. And your two-hour excursion is topped off by a signature dessert created by one of the city's top chefs.
Any Sun @ 3:30pm Through June 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Experience Shakespeare's chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal on the Phoenix Theatre stage in San Francisco. Set in a macabre world of ghosts and witches, Macbeth's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday July 13, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
For far too long, a shadowy cabal of donors and elitist administrators has controlled what is seen on stage in San Francisco. Their reign ends with ShortLived, the largest audience-judged theater competition in the nation. Now you get to decide which playwright ultimately succeeds in winning the $5,000 grand prize. Over six rounds, you'll be shown 36 plays, with each offering a sampler of bite-size brilliance from experienced playwrights, unknown up-and-comers and local indie theater companies. Your vote is key in determining who is the ultimate champion -- but be forewarned, if previous years are any indication, it's tough to pick a favorite from these funny, serious and always-interesting shorts.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 2)Thursday June 29, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 3)Friday June 30, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 3)Saturday July 1, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 3)Thursday July 6, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 4)Friday July 7, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 4)Saturday July 8, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 4)Thursday July 13, 2017 / 7:00pm (Round 5)
Forget the usual dinner-and-a-movie and head out for a night of laughs instead. Punch Line Comedy Club, San Francisco's longest-running stand-up venue, presents Comedy Allstars, featuring a rotating lineup of hilarious stand-up comics from the Bay Area and beyond, including top local headliners to up-and-coming stars and comedians with national TV credits. With stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and more having cut their comedy teeth at the Punch Line, you never know when you're going to see the next big name in comedy.
Explore the beautiful and historic sights of San Francisco while riding a Segway. This narrated tour lets you visit points of interest along San Francisco's waterfront while riding one of the most futuristic -- and fun-to-master -- modern modes of transportation, the Segway personal transporter. After 45 minutes of training on the i2 Segway, you'll depart as a group and see such sights as Fisherman's Wharf, Maritime Park and the North Beach neighborhood on this tour of the city, which includes plenty of stops for photos. Each guest is issued a compact radio receiver so they don't miss a detail of guides' explanations of noteworthy sites along the way.
Any Available Date April 1, 2017 Through June 30, 2017 at 9:00am or 4:00pm (Must Reserve 3 Days in Advance)
Meet four-year-old Lucy's imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade. He's a workaholic cocaine addict who beats his personal assistant and has a penchant for porn and sex toys. Oh, and Lucy's other "friends"? They're five-year-old Larry, who holds the record for the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey, and Sookie, her neglectful mom. Does this sound like the strangest comedy ever? It might just be. Playwright Noah Haidle's supremely dark comedy is full of "I can't believe I'm laughing at this" moments and gives both a hilarious and a heartbreaking glimpse into the life of a little girl who's growing up way too fast. See this Breach Once More production at Young Performers Theatre in San Francisco.
Best known for his recurring role as Dave the pawn shop owner on HBO's hit comedy Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker mixes observational comedy and deadpan absurdism in his hilarious stand-up act. He's also the co-creator of the off-Broadway hit The Marijuana-Logues, and his stand-up appearances include Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central's Premium Blend and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Barker has released two albums and seven DVDs of stand-up.
Thursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 10:15pmSunday July 2, 2017 / 7:30pm
Pulitzer Prize finalist The Clean House is a wry romantic comedy that centers around Matilde, a Brazilian-born live-in maid who'd rather be telling jokes than mopping floors. Her employer, Lane, seems to have it all: a successful surgeon husband and her own busy career as a doctor. But things aren't always what they appear to be on the surface. The New York Times has called playwright Sara Ruhl "a provocative new theatrical voice" and The Clean House "visionary, tinged with fantasy, extravagant in feeling, maybe a little nuts." An entertaining tale about love, loss and the power of a good joke, this show sheds insightful light on characters searching for ever-elusive perfection. Laugh out loud (and learn something too) at the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay.
Get ready to pounce on this opportunity to meet, mingle and maybe find romance. Younger men and older women party the night away like they were at Gatsby's at The Cougar Ball, coming to Monroe on San Francisco's electric Broadway. This '20s flapper era-inspired space is the perfect location to make new friends, with an easygoing mixer game and lively atmosphere. Dress in your best nightclub attire because you'll be meeting other singles of all drinking ages. You'll also have the chance to dance your booty off because a house DJ will be playing all your favorite bass-heavy hits.
San Francisco is a cultural mecca with a rich history and an even richer food scene. As a melting pot of Western, Eastern and Latino cultures, San Francisco offers a wide variety of culinary adventures and some of the best cuisine in the world. On the San Francisco Food Crawl, you'll get a sampling of some of the delicacies that put San Francisco on the map, like Ghirardelli chocolate and Boudin Bakery's sourdough bread, all while learning the history and seeing the sights of The City By The Bay.
Any Sun @ 1:00pm Through June 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
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. Peña Pachamama is known for its Latin American, Bolivian, vegan and raw food tapas and other dishes, plus wine, beer and specialty cocktails for purchase.
Saturday July 1, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 7:00pm
Out with the old, in with the Neo-Future! Called "a hotbed of energy and creativity" by the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Neo-Futurists are blazing a trail to the future of theater. Their spirit of artistic adventurousness had them named the Bay Area's Best Theater Company in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's 2016 Readers Poll. Now the Neo-Futurists present their latest daring, genre-defying work (or should we say works?), The Infinite Wrench. Presented at SAFEhouse Arts, The Infinite Wrench is comprised of a series of two-minute plays designed to shift the conventions of live performance with the irrepressible, the honest, the WTF and the new.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday July 15, 2017 / 9:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday July 22, 2017 / 9:00pm
Hailed as "America's favorite Dragapella beauty-shop quartet," The Kinsey Sicks are back and bringing their high-camp hijinks to San Francisco with their latest a cappella musical, Things You Shouldn't Say. It's a provocative evening of hilarious, thought-provoking, heartbreaking theatrics. In glorious four-part harmony and mile-high heels, Winnie, Rachel, Trixie and Trampolina will spill the tea on all things personal -- and political -- at Oasis. Prepare to be amazed (or appalled) by these fabulous gals as they throw down their sequined gloves and tackle subjects like Trumpism, racism, extreme macramé, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and more.
Monday June 26, 2017 / 7:30pmTuesday June 27, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday June 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
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 July 1, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday July 8, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday July 15, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday July 22, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday July 29, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday August 5, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday August 12, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday August 19, 2017 / 11:00am
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.
Singer Lorna Luft, daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, helps celebrate Pride Weekend in San Francisco with a return performance at Feinstein's at the Nikko. Born to Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna made her debut singing on The Judy Garland Show. She went on to write the bestselling memoir Me and My Shadows, she's wowed audiences on and off Broadway, and she's earned acclaim with her multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me - The Judy Garland Songbook. Luft was most recently seen in San Francisco entertaining audiences in Irving Berlin's White Christmas at SHN.
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 July 1, 2017 / 10:00amSunday July 2, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday July 8, 2017 / 10:00amSunday July 9, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday July 15, 2017 / 10:00amSunday July 16, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday July 22, 2017 / 10:00amSunday July 23, 2017 / 10:00am
Dive into the best pizza pie San Francisco has to offer on this guided tasting tour through the trendy neighborhoods around Beach and Mason Streets. You'll sample hand-tossed, stuffed, deep-dish, wood-fired crispy and more, with a variety of toppings, from the city's most famed pizza purveyors on this fun and filling outing, while learning about local history and landmarks from your friendly and knowledgeable guide. And the tour is topped off by a signature dessert created by one of the town's top culinary creators.
Any Sat @ 1:00pm Through Jun 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
In the small town of Tarnation, all hell breaks loose when the Supreme Court passes a law that criminalizes gay marriage. As the conservative Pastor Aiden and his right-wing sidekick, Faith, revel in the "glorious" news at the Sunnyside Baptist Church, two young lesbians will stop at nothing to ensure they are married before the new laws take effect -- even if it means barricading themselves inside the church. A raucous farce about marriage equality, What in Tarnation? dissects homophobia and intolerance with cutting-edge comedy and razor-sharp wit at Eddy St. Theatreplex's The EXIT Theatre in San Francisco.
Join some of Northern California's funniest stand-up comedians as they set out to prove that laughter is the best medicine with Alternative Facts. The Bay Area has long been a hotbed for comedy, so you never know who you might see. Come out early to San Francisco's PianoFight for dinner and drinks, then settle in for a night of laughs to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.
When Italian chocolatier Domingo Ghirardelli came to the United States in 1849, he chose San Francisco as the site of his new business, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. The site of his original factory is now known as Ghirardelli Square, one of many landmarks tied to San Francisco's rich food scene. On the San Francisco Sweet Treats Tour, Ghirardelli chocolates, cupcakes and homemade ice cream are just a few of the delicacies you'll sample as you experience the history and flavors of The City By The Bay.
Any Sun @ 1:00pm Through Jun 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
For more than a decade, the performers of Red Hots Burlesque have been bumping and grinding their way across the best stages in New York and San Francisco. Now the United States' longest-running queer burlesque show's moving their popular Friday night extravaganza to the Stud, San Francisco's oldest gay bar! Voted San Francisco's hottest happy hour by SF Weekly, Red Hots features burlesque's signature striptease numbers, along with comedy, drag, live music, death-defying aerials, acrobatics and more. This all-inclusive troupe boasts talent from every gender, size, cultural background and performance style, and with a rotating roster of international performers, you're guaranteed to see an all-new show each and every time.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Why sit down and have dessert when you can stroll through the city enjoying an array of specialty coffees, teas, hot (or iced) chocolate, and pastries and desserts? Sip some tasty warmth in the chilly months, enjoy iced options to cool you down in the summer. Whether you're a coffee connoisseur or a family looking for a fun and active way to enjoy a sweet treat, Second City Tours' San Francisco Coffee & Hot Cocoa Crawl is 90 minutes of tasty perfection. Purchase a voucher now and schedule your tour when your sweet tooth calls.
Any Sun @ 11:00am Through June 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Master showman and "illusionist of the mind" Kevin Blake is known for his theatrical magic shows and blink-and-you'll-miss-it close-up conjuring. A favorite at private galas for companies like Google and Square, he's brought his immersive and interactive magic to L.A., London and nearly everywhere in between and even opened for Third Eye Blind at The Fillmore. In his newest performance, Blake combines tall tales, wonders of the mind, witty banter and brilliant illusions that'll leave you scratching your head. Prepare to spend countless hours wondering, "How'd he do that?!" after this show at The Amado Theater in San Francisco.
The Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco is ground zero for the hippie movement -- from the Summer of Love to antiwar demonstrations to the fight for gay rights, the Haight has been at the center of American counterculture. Departing from Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Free Spirit Tour is a 90-minute trek through this historic neighborhood, with stops at psychedelic landmarks like Amoeba Music and houses where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Manson Family lived. The tour ends with complimentary card readings for everyone in the group.
Any Fri @ 6:00pm Through June 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
One of today's rising comedy stars, Barry Rothbart recently made his debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he killed it with his easy, natural disposition and quirky personal stories about everything from the bizarre things he's seen around L.A. to his vision of what he'll be like as an old man. He can be seen on TV in national commercials for Taco Bell, Honda and Miller Light, and in TNT's Men of a Certain Age and MTV's Punk'd. Rothbart was named a "Best of the Fest" performer at the 2011 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, and has been seen on TBS's Conan. He's even got a role in the Martin Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street. See him in person at the San Francisco Punch Line.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 10:15pm
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 June 24, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday June 24, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday June 29, 2017 / 11:00amThursday June 29, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 11:00amSaturday July 1, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 11:00amThursday July 6, 2017 / 2:30pm
San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood has a well-earned reputation as a hippie haven -- but this three-stop food tour is less about flower power and more about suds and swine. At each destination on the San Francisco Bacon & Beer Binge, you and your friends will be greeted by a wide variety of craft beers and a bacon-filled, bacon-topped, bacon-wrapped or bacon-stuffed treat. This pilgrimage of pig lovers departs from Golden Gate Park and is perfect for birthdays, bachelor parties or anyone who wants to take a tasty trip through The Haight.
Any Sun @ 3:30pm Through June 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
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 June 29, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday June 30, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday July 6, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday July 13, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday July 20, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 7:45pm
Called the "arts space San Francisco needs," PianoFight Bar and Restaurant serves up a wide variety of live entertainment at its beautiful cabaret and intimate two-theater performance space in the Tenderloin. You can catch shows featuring the hottest local talent, ranging from sketch, improv and stand-up comedy to world-premiere plays, theater competitions, dance performances, live podcasts, film screenings and more, while enjoying food and drinks with no minimum. More often than not, they'll also have a live band playing on the cabaret stage both before and after their scheduled shows.
Wednesday June 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (HWTF Presents: Dr. Parnassus's Old-Fashioned Good-Time Cure-All Comedic Emporium and Show)
This one-woman show follows Coretta Scott from her childhood picking cotton in Alabama through her musical career to her role at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement alongside her husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Widowed after Dr. King's tragic assassination, Coretta must find a way to move forward while carrying on her late husband's work. Coretta is coming to Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco.
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 June 30, 2017 / 11:00amSunday July 2, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 7, 2017 / 11:00amSunday July 9, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 14, 2017 / 11:00amSunday July 16, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 21, 2017 / 11:00amSunday July 23, 2017 / 11:00am
Ever wished you could enjoy wine and cheese with friends but skip the cocktail party part? Now you can. Second City Tours presents the San Francisco Wine and Cheese Walk. Stroll to three excellent restaurants and wine tasting rooms, where you'll sample 8 or more varietals of reds, whites and sparkling wines, expertly paired with assorted cheeses and breads. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying the city, socializing with friends, and imbibing tastefully in some vino and small bites. Purchase your voucher now and schedule your tour at your leisure.
Any Sat @ 2:00pm Through Jun 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Faster-paced and more frenetic than other styles of improv, DASH is a "flash free-form" improv comedy show. The latest from San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Co., DASH mixes games and scenes into a seamless, spontaneous and continuously morphing spectacle of excitement and laughs. Over the course of this hourlong show, the cast incorporates audience ideas and suggestions throughout -- from the ridiculous to the hilarious. Anything can (and probably will) happen at DASH, but all things comedy and chaos are pretty safe bets.
Saturday June 24, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday July 1, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday July 8, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday July 15, 2017 / 10:00pm
Take a vivid trip back through the heart of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, considered by many to be the birthplace of the 1960s cultural revolution, courtesy of this comedy walking tour from the folks at FOOT. You'll see the locations of some of the most memorable events of the Summer of Love, as well as the former homes of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and other notables. Your tour guide will also discuss the music, poster art and lifestyles that defined the hippie era in San Francisco's most colorful neighborhood.
Sunday June 25, 2017 / 3:30pmSaturday August 12, 2017 / 11:00amSunday September 3, 2017 / 3:30pm
He's opened for Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, the Wayans Brothers and Hannibal Buress -- and now Oakland's own Stroy Moyd and his #HellaFunny crew host this hilarious new weekly showcase at Bar Fluxus in Downtown San Francisco. Run by the same folks behind Madrone Art Bar, Bar Fluxus is a new, ridiculously colorful cocktail bar filled with cool art. Downtown Comedy Night features sets by some of the funniest rising comedy stars in the Bay Area and beyond, with hilarious headliners you may recognize from SF Sketchfest, Punchline, Cobbs, Viceland, NBC, ABC and beyond.
Long home to an electric comedy scene, the Bay Area has spawned some of the biggest names in stand-up, from Margaret Cho to Patton Oswalt, and it continues to breed the next generation of hilarious stars, like Vahé Hove and Chris Schiappacasse. Every Friday, get a sneak peek of who is up-and-coming in San Francisco's comedy scene, when a fresh line-up of San Francisco's best comics -- including many who have been seen performing on HBO, NBC, Comedy Central and more -- take the stage at the beautiful Variety Preview Theater in downtown San Francisco's iconic Hobart Building. Once there, splurge on food and drinks for a good cause. Proceeds from the sales go to Variety Children's Charity of Northern California.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 7, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 14, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 21, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday July 28, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 4, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 11, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday June 30, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 7, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 14, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 21, 2017 / 11:00amFriday July 28, 2017 / 11:00am
Explore the Gothic side of Nob Hill on this tour that's mostly true history mixed with a good dose of blood-curdling vampire lore and humor. Your guide through the city's vampire underworld is Mina Harker, a vampiress from the legend of Dracula who has lived on or under the city streets for 100 years. She'll tell her story and reveal the parts other local vampires have played in SF history as she leads you through the neighborhood with stops at Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel, and the Mark Hopkins Hotel. This tour is suitable for all ages, and you're encouraged to wear costumes or put on your finest vampire finery, as there will be a costume contest as part of the evening's activities.
Saturday July 1, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 5, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 8:00pm
Whichever Pride flag represents you, make sure you raise it high and proud at EVERY BODY, a Gay Pride weekend blow-out at Bao Down. For two nights, this fun Asian fusion restaurant will host some of San Francisco's most fabulous drag queens and DJs for some unrivaled revelry. Each party has its own unique vibe, so you can clap it up for Friday's hostess Lil Miss Hot Mess, cheer for mistress of ceremonies Kuntrl Alt V on Saturday, or truly live it up by attending both nights. Purchase a cocktail or a delicious dish and get ready to celebrate with stage stars like Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, L.A. "drag terrorist" Meatball and local icon GlamaMore.
Pianist-storyteller Richard Glazier combines his passion for the Great American Songbook with more contemporary standards to create special programs displaying the highlights of both eras. His piano arrangements come with fascinating history and stories behind the songs and their composers. His inside knowledge of shows, films, stars and funny anecdotes makes for a compelling tour through classic tunes. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Library of Congress, Smithsonian and more. Expect "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis, a Fiddler on the Roof medley, "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and many more at Lark Theater in Larkspur.
From Ellen Degeneres and Robin Williams to Dana Carvey and Margaret Cho, some of the greatest stand-up comics of all time first cut their teeth on the stages of San Francisco. Now #HellaFunny Sundays is carrying on the tradition with a weekly stand-up showcase at Neck of the Woods. Come laugh (and enjoy the no-drink minimum!) with some of the city's funniest local headlining comedians, including fresh-faced comics who've been featured on Viceland, Comedy Central and HBO.
Interactive science comedy showcase Eureka! demystifies science through laughter. Twice a month, San Francisco's PianoFight hosts guest scientists to give a talk on a grab bag of brainiac topics. Meanwhile, comedians riff and banter with them, producing a hilarious experience ... that may even be educational. Plus, you can get in on the action by answering the expert's questions in exchange for fun, theme-related prizes.
They've appeared across the globe at prestigious events, from Scotland (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) to Australia (Melbourne Comedy Festival) to entertaining the troops as part of a USO tour. This showcase for headlining comics who've entertained abroad sets off on its journey for laughs at the Eastside West gastropub in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District. Along with the established comic, you'll also see a carefully curated collection of local stand-ups as well. This show is brought to you by Dave Chappelle's Bay Area opener, Stroy Moyd.