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, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Aubrey Logan)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 6:30pm (J. Holiday)Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 10:00pm (Spyro Gyra)Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 9:00pm (Rachelle Ferrell)Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 10:00pm (Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin)
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed at this Club Fugazi production: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Adele. Now running for more than 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 / 8:00pm (Age 21 Or Older Only)
An acclaimed hit on Broadway by Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), this "vibrant and emotionally charged" (The New York Times) new play kicks off with a kiss. The lip-lock in question -- planted on a British butcher in his mid-70s by a free-spirited American woman at a London train station -- leads to an unexpected visit and an electrifying relationship that shocks him way out of his comfort zone and surprises her as well. Heisenberg is all about life's uncertainty, principally, along with the magnetic pull of human connection. It's coming to San Francisco's Geary Theater courtesy of A.C.T., which calls it a "perfect collision of strangers and strangeness ... from one of theater's most original voices."
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmTuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 7:00pmWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 2:00pm
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.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Mar. 26, 2018 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / Various Time Slots
Described as a cross between David Copperfield and Justin Timberlake, magician Adam Trent fuses classic magic with dancing, comedy and some seriously cool technology to entertain and confound a new generation of fans. His edgy, fun style will be on full display in The Magic of Adam Trent, an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music that's perfect for the whole family. If you think you've seen it all, Trent is happy to shatter those stereotypes with a performance that redefines what a magic show is supposed to be. With recent national TV appearances on The Today Show and The Rachael Ray Show, Trent's popularity is rising, so make sure you snag tickets for this show at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Riffing on life on growing up young and black in America, this dark comedy sets its sights on mistaken identity, incarceration, Greek gods, interracial adoption and more. With its multi-ethnic cast, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies is filled with arresting stylistic turns and outrageous comedy. When two 14-year-old black boys -- one from the inner city, the other from a suburban private school -- wind up in the same holding cell, they debate what it means to be black in a sharp discussion that veers from 2Pac to Nietzsche. Catch the regional premiere of Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies on the stage of the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pm
Are Connie and Tristan really in love, or is it just the antidepressants talking? As volunteers in a clinical trial for a new super-drug, their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to intervene and confront the ethics of what they're doing. Winner of the UK Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, The Effect tackles our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama. See what The New York Times called "a knockout, a ravishment of the senses," at San Francisco Playhouse.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Preview)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (Preview)Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 7:00pmWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 3:00pm
A beloved family fave, the Tony-winning Broadway musical comedy The Music Man follows the adventures of smooth-talking "Professor" Harold Hill, who attempts to con the good people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments for a boys' band he pledges to organize. Secretly, however, he knows nothing about music and plans to abscond with the cash. But matters get complicated when he takes a liking to the townspeople and falls for lovely Marian the Librarian, even as she begins to see through his scheme. This always-entertaining show sparkles with memorable tunes like "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Goodnight, My Someone," with music provided by a live orchestra. Meredith Wilson's six-time Tony Award-winning classic kicks off the Broadway By the Bay season at Fox Theatre in Redwood City.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:30pm
If you're slow on the social media uptake, not up on apps and still can't figure out how to pronounce "gif," Megabytes! is the production for you. This musical revue features comedic songs and sketches that delve into the frustrations, annoyances and occasional joys of surviving in a high-tech world. Playwright Morris Bobrow ushers you through the kinds of relatable situations your basic, everyday non-techie person knows all too well. Log off from swiping, scrolling and surfing and spend a little quality analog time at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
In the breakroom of the last small auto plant still standing in Detroit, four coworkers swap stories, share dreams and take pride in their work. The group has become a makeshift family, sharing tales of desperation, personal conflicts and doing what it takes to make ends meet. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines is each of them willing to step? A bold and compassionate new play by OBIE Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Skeleton Crew was named one of Time Magazine's 10 Best Shows of 2016. Now you can experience this funny, tough and tender drama for yourself with the regional premiere at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, featuring Margo Hall (Faye), Lance Gardner (Reggie), Christian Thompson (Dez) and Tristan Cunningham (Shanita).
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pm Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pm
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), It's Only a Play thrusts you into the middle of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway play. It's the opening night of hilariously harried playwright Peter Austin's new play, and everyone has gathered at the daffy producer's townhouse to await the reviews. Joining Peter are his television producer best friend, a hilariously washed-up Hollywood diva, a lethal drama critic and more. Don't miss this tornado of sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater, replete with impromptu selfies and celebrity take-downs galore, at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 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, Mar. 21, 2018 / 9:30pm (Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 9:30pm (Harvey Mandell)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:00pm (HowellDevine)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 9:00pm (Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys)Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 9:30pm (Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 9:30pm (Karen Lovely Band)Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & Special Guest Tia Carroll)
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in mistrust and intolerance. Hiding in the back of the classroom, Dennis' sullen presence has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis' silence and earn his trust -- with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection. Once this thought-provoking play has widened your scope, stick around for a post-performance discussion with Berkeley Rep staff and community leaders.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm
ABBA-mania reigns supreme as SuperTrouper performs all the greatest hits of one of the world's most beloved pop groups of the 70s. From the smash pop stage musical Mamma Mia to all the international pop chart faves that made this ensemble famous, you'll hear (and see) all the costumes and lights of the original ABBA shows, duplicated to near perfection. This family friendly show is a delight for all ages and features many of the songs you've come to know and love over the years -- plus some you may have forgotten! Join us for a very special night of clap-along, sing-along laughter and showmanship at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
If you know jazz, you know Chick Corea. The legendary pianist, keyboardist and composer is the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history, with 63 nods and 22 wins. Corea pioneered electric jazz fusion as a member of Miles Davis' band in the '60s, led '70s fusion superstars Return to Forever and has shined as a solo artist, and in duos and trios for more than 50 years. He owns an incredible catalog of music, from straight-ahead compositions to the avant-garde, from Latin tracks to his beloved children's songs. Now, he's joined up with the world-famous Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to arrange his work for big band, and they're coming to Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Don't miss this collaboration of jazz luminaries.
Few music venues in the world are as iconic as the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea and Diana Krall have graced its stage. Now, this legendary venue is coming west. Located downstairs at the Napa Valley Opera House, the Blue Note Napa brings you that same blend of jazz greats and hot young stars on the scene, while adding a little wine country flavor to the mix. With gourmet farm to table cuisine and, of course, terrific local wines, the Blue Note Napa puts a fresh spin on the jazz club experience while keeping the focus on what matters most: the music.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (No Quarter - A Tribute to the Led Zeppelin Legacy)Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 7:30pm (The Oakland Crush)Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 9:30pm (The Oakland Crush)Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (The Reverend Shawn Amos)Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 / 9:30pm (The Reverend Shawn Amos)Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 8:30pm (Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones with The High Divers)
Red and White Fleet's California Twilight Cruise is a relaxed two-hour cruise with views of the spectacular city lights, live guitar entertainment, light appetizers and a hot or cold beverage from the bar in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The boat features heated indoor viewing decks with large windows and comfortable seats as well as outdoor viewing decks for taking in the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the infamous Alcatraz.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 5:30pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 5:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 5:30pm
"What They Said About Love was funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love. It was an amazing performance," said Richard Connema, TalkinBroadway.com. Actor and writer Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can't -- tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love -- what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06 and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love -- and, in some cases, find it. This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for a life partner. See the show named Best of Fringe at the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival now at The Marsh Berkeley.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 5:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 5:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 5:00pmSunday, Apr. 8, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Apr. 8, 2018 / 8:00pm
The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed and produced -- both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees -- has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. As a solo artist, he has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival and 2000's aptly titled The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book. Jean's latest studio album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, his first in eight years, was released in September. The album was recently named one of the "25 Most Anticipated Albums" of the fall by Billboard. Now you can see him perform live at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:00pm (Doors Open at 9:00pm)
San Francisco's Circus Center presents its acclaimed monthly entertainment series, Circus Center Cabaret. It's a unique mix of live jazz and a rotating cast of the Bay Area's best circus and variety performers, presented in an intimate venue with a full bar. In the March edition, you'll head to The Great White Way with Broadway Bound. You'll want to strap yourself to your seats right before fabulous Cabaret Chanteuse, Madame Leanne Borghesi, blows the roof off the building with her amazing Broadway belt. Witness her wrap herself around the tremendous live music of the Roger Glenn Trio, and become enraptured by an all-new lineup of circus stars. With reserved seating and enhanced sightlines, you're guaranteed to leave the theater with a song in your heart and a smile on your face.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm
Blue & Gold Fleet's Escape From the Rock Cruise is an exciting 90-minute excursion that takes you around the perimeter of Alcatraz to view the island from every angle. As the ship sails, passengers are treated to a presentation complete with sound effects and chilling tales of inmates Al Capone and Billy Cook, not to mention Clyde Johnson's daring escape attempt. This historical yet entertaining boat trip does not stop at the island of Alcatraz itself, but it does evoke the days when this iconic maximum-security prison was the most feared institution in the American penal system.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 11:30amThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 11:30amFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 11:30amFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 3:45pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 11:30amSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 3:45pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 11:30amSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 3:45pm
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.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmMonday, Mar. 26, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmTuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 10:00am - 9:00pm
For the first time in 50 years, David Kleinberg returns to Vietnam to revisit the base camp where his buddies died and perform Hey, Hey, LBJ!, his acclaimed solo theater work on the war. David's wife, daughter and his ex-Vietnam buddies all tell him he's going to get arrested for trying to stage the work without the Communist government's approval. Kleinberg, who was an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years and has been a stand-up comedian for 10, presents this powerful work on one veteran's return to Vietnam to face -- and make peace with -- his past, at The Marsh Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco.
From world-renowned chamber musicians to Israeli pop singers and beyond, San Francisco's Temple Emanu-El hosts a series of eclectic, exciting concerts ranging from the spiritual to the secular at its historic Lake Street building, famed for its beautiful dome and striking main sanctuary. Recent and upcoming events include Koleinu: Hear Our Voices, an annual gathering that draws musical inspiration from a Jewish theme, the Music at Meyer recital series featuring a variety of vocal ensembles, classical artists and more, and yearly visits from the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows, along with performances by the best Jewish and Israeli artists from the Bay Area and beyond.
Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 5:00pm (Klezmatics With Special Guest Joshua Nelson)
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander is the new headliner at the Marrakech Magic Theater with his Mind Tricks show, a triple entertainment experience of comedy, magic and mentalism. Alexander's shows have been praised by everyone from Robin Williams and U2's Bono to Monty Python's John Cleese and the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood. Your evening begins in the Oasis Lounge where you will see world class sleight-of-hand, and a wonderful assortment of drinks and Moroccan appetizers are available for purchase prior to the show. You will then be escorted into an intimate showroom for Jay Alexander's unforgettable performance of magic, psychology and human lie detection that will lift your spirits and have you gasping in amazement.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 6:30pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 9:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 9:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 6:30pm
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.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / (Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 3:45pm)
Celebrated satirist Will Durst has performed for three elected presidents (if you count Al Gore ... which Durst does) and appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR and C-SPAN. Now, he's headed back to The Marsh in San Francisco with The Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness, his up-to-the-minute, lightning-paced comedic exploration of a changing America during the "Time of Trump." Hailed as "[q]uite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" by none other than The New York Times, Durst's cutting-edge commentary is pulled from the latest political headlines, and is always as timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4:00 a.m. tweet.
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, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
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.
Even while living the life of a charismatic public figure, talk show host and actor-writer Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) struggles with debilitating bouts of depression. He's taken those struggles and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show chronicling the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor ("how much would be appropriate to spend on the gun?"), Copeland shares his insider's perspective on the deepest wells of depression. He interweaves his story with interviews of others suffering from depression, showcasing the universal nature of the experience. This show takes place at The Marsh, host to Copeland's previous hit Not a Genuine Black Man -- the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.
In 1955, a new musical featuring an up-and-coming composer/lyricist's Broadway debut was set to open when the lead producer suddenly died, and the show was scrapped. That show was Saturday Night, and that composer/lyricist -- Stephen Sondheim -- has become one of the most important figures in musical-theater history. The show was finally produced in 1997, and 42nd Street Moon is pleased to be presenting its Bay Area professional premiere at San Francisco's Gateway Theatre. A lighthearted story of lovers and friends in 1929 Brooklyn, Saturday Night's score features some lovely songs and many flashes of the genius that Sondheim was soon to become.
Check out the trails of the unbelievably scenic Muir Woods during Extranomical Tours' morning expedition to this beautiful national monument. The tour begins as you're picked up in San Francisco and then whisked to the Ferry Building where you can pick up coffee or breakfast. Then get some Instagram-worthy pics during a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. You'll then be transported to the Muir Woods, where you'll spend a morning surrounded by giant coastal redwood trees and nature in its finest form. Enjoy the view of the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees, and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes to gaze at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. This semi-customizable tour offers the option of a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge or the quaint Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito. In addition, at the end of the tour, guests can choose to return to San Francisco from Sausalito by ferry.
Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:40amMonday, Mar. 26, 2018 / 7:40amTuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 7:40amWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 7:40amFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:40amSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:40amThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 7:40amWednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 / 7:40am
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. This Pulitzer-winning drama comes to Young Performers Theatre in San Francisco.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / Various TimesFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / Various TimesSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / Various Times
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.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
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.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
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.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
Flipping the tables on film noir tropes, solo performer Jill Vice's A Fatal Step tells its shadowy tale not from the point of view of a hardboiled detective, but from that of the femme fatale, those sultry - and deadly - bombshells at the heart of the genre. An SF Fringe Festival Best of Fest winner, Vice (Tipped & Tipsy) combines "an impressive array of body language and vocal talent" (Huffington Post) in her original shows. This one-woman noir centers on Sarah, who decides to take matters into her own hands when another woman dares to come between her and her handsome podiatrist. A Fatal Step has already taken home the Audience Choice award at IndyFringe, and now it comes to The Marsh.
SF Bay Adventures is the premier boating, event, tour and outdoor experience resource for the San Francisco Bay. Located on the north side of Golden Gate Bridge, in the beautiful and historic town of Sausalito, SF Bay Adventures has been helping people get out on and around the water for more than 20 years. Their flagship sailboat, Schooner Freda B, is one of the Bay's most popular yachts for locals and visitors alike. Schooner Freda B is an 80-foot classic schooner built along the same lines as the traditional tall ships from the mid to late 1800s. Known for their upright, comfortable and stable sailing, schooners are an ideal way to sightsee on the San Francisco Bay. SF Bay Adventures offers a variety of different sailing options, from a morning eco-sail around the Marin headlands to sunset and nighttime city lights sails, as well as special occasion and holiday sails.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 6:45pm (Saturday Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay - Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 6:45pm (Saturday Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay - Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 6:45pm (Saturday Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay - Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:45pm (Saturday Sunset Sail on San Francisco Bay - Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
When it comes to sleek, smart and modern magic, look no further than magician David Gerard, who performs his theatrical illusions and mind reading to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area. Join Gerard for his first shows written exclusively for PianoFight in San Francisco, where you'll witness near-impossible mental and physical feats just inches away from your seat. Through a mix of psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship, Gerard will create an experience you'll remember long after the show is over.
Being a classic rock fan isn't easy -- you might never get to experience your favorite bands live. But Led Zeppelin fans can get the next best thing when tribute band Zeppelin Live takes to the stage at the Lesher Center for the Arts. From Robert Plant's scorching vocals to Jimmy Page's trademark riffs and John "Bonzo" Bonham's thundering drums, Zeppelin Live (formerly Heartbreaker) sells out venues across the country with their dead-on, high-energy re-creations of favorite Zeppelin songs like "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Whole Lotta Love," "Black Dog" and many more. Don't miss this chance to experience what a Led Zeppelin concert was like in the band's prime!
Meet Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers. Get drunk and drag it up with those sexy T-Birds, guys and gals as they sing, dance and destroy one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Greased is live singing, parody drag theater, getting you lubed up to ride Grease Lightning with Danny, Sandy and the gang at Oasis in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm
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 Upstairs Studio Theater in San Francisco.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm
Some of the hottest musical acts in San Francisco head to BATS Improv, where they'll present songs on the spot. From there, the talented improv team turns the songs into completely improvised -- and completely hilarious -- scenes right before your eyes. There's a new musical guest each week, so each performance is fresh and brand-new! Listen to the Band puts the best minds in music and improv together on stage, where magic happens.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pm
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, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 7:00pm
Celebrated satirist Will Durst has performed for three elected presidents (if you count Al Gore ... which Durst does) and appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR and C-SPAN. Now, he's headed back to The Marsh in Berkeley with The Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness, his up-to-the-minute, lightning-paced comedic exploration of a changing America during the "Time of Trump." Hailed as "[q]uite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today" by none other than The New York Times, Durst's cutting-edge commentary is pulled from the latest political headlines, and is always as timely and as irreverent as the president's latest 4:00 a.m. tweet.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:30pm
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic 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 event starts out with a reception at San Francisco's Le Méridian Hotel, featuring table-served hors d'oeuvres, followed by the 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, Mar. 24, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018 / 6:00pm Doors Open (Show at 6:30pm)
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.
King Berenger clings to life like he clung to his scepter. One-by-one his faculties, staff and two wives are taken from him. He now has no choice but to die, as we all must, alone. But will he die at peace? Directed by Stuart Bousel, Eugene Ionesco's celebrated Exit the King returns to San Francisco's EXIT Theatre in a vibrant new production that shows us how to look Death in the eye, laugh in Death's face, and go quietly into the long night, whether we've lived gracefully or not.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 8:00pm
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man -- with a lot of loose ends. So begins this wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, author of the hit The Clean House. A work about how we memorialize the dead, Dead Man's Cell Phone is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. See it at Ross Valley Players at the Barn Theater in Ross.
BATS Improv musical presents a musical comedy inspired by film noir. In Kiss of the Minor 7th, temptation sings its siren song, and passion lurks in the smoky haze waiting to claim another hapless victim. Lust, murder and music make up yet another Saturday night. Head to San Francisco's Bayfront Theater for a completely improvised show featuring passion! Murder! And songs! It's always made up on the spot by the talented team of improv pros, so each show is totally new and fresh.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pm
Allied soldiers Thom, Matt, and Jake have survived the destruction of Europe to return home as heroes - but with a terrible secret. As they journey toward a future of redemption and love, the woman they left behind in France makes her own journey into the past.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm
A prominent businesswoman launches a consensual affair with her young male employee and experiences fireworks from her husband, lesbian daughter and public opinion. This sexy, funny, thought-provoking new work was co-created by Glickman Award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman (Acid Test, The Couch) and the improv actors of San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Company. This unusual and exciting collaboration marks the first time in its 15 years of existence that Un-Scripted has gone scripted! Directed by Erin Gilley (The Speakeasy, The Lily's Revenge), Sex Scandal brings the worlds of scripted and improvised theater together like never before.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm
Red took Broadway by storm in 2010 with its portrait of painter Mark Rothko's ambition and vulnerability. The winner of that year's Tony Award for Best Play, this daring drama picks up with Rothko in the early 1960s, after he has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art -- a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Working feverishly in his studio in the Bowery with his brash young assistant, Ken, Rothko struggles to complete what he hopes will be his crowning achievement while also facing the possibility that the project could become his undoing. Red's startling snapshot of a brilliant artist experiencing vulnerability at the height of his fame comes to San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre courtesy of Bread & Butter Theatre Company.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pm
From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls' indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's award-winning first play, premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm. It won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Don't miss this production of The Wolves at Mill Valley's Marin Theatre Company.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 7:30pm
It's time to take this week's sensational news stories and put them to good use: comedy. At SF Tonight, you'll be provided with newspapers, magazines and scissors, or you can bring your favorite stories from the week's news -- hard-hitting journalism (is there still such a thing?) or the latest popular thread on Facebook -- and the talented improvisers at EndGames Improv will turn those stories into a one-of-a-kind show that may not exactly be educational, but will definitely be entertaining. You might even be surprised by a special guest. So don't let the news get you down. Spend your Saturday night with the cast of SF Tonight at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Swipe Right is a fully improvised one-hour late-night show about the craziness of online dating and the search for love ... and other things ... in San Francisco. As the improvisers encounter metaphorical forks in the road, the audience will vote to help choose their fate, hopefully putting the characters on the path to love. Regardless of the final outcome -- marriage? kids? a drink in the face? -- laughs are part of this show, which is back after two seasons of sold-out shows, at Un-Scripted Theater Company.
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgable tour guides will share their insider info as they take you to sights like the Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Nob Hill, Coit Tower, the Financial District, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio, Golden Gate Park and the Castro and Mission districts. You'll get an up-close experience of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods, beautiful parks and striking coastline. To top off this unique tour of one of the world's greatest cities, you'll even be able to see either Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island prison.
Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:40amMonday, Mar. 26, 2018 / 7:40amTuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 / 7:40amWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 7:40amFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:40amSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:40amThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 7:40amWednesday, Apr. 11, 2018 / 7:40am
Famed nature photographer Ansel Adams once said that Yosemite Valley "is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space." Bask in all its breathtaking natural beauty on this one-day roundtrip small-group tour from San Francisco. The only tour from the city that runs daily, even in winter, the Total Yosemite Experience from Extranomical Adventures comes complete with an expert guide and spends five or more hours in the park, allowing you to see the most popular sights, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point and more. Then this special excursion takes you to a higher elevation for a hiking opportunity among the Giant Sequoias, Earth's largest living trees, before heading back to the city with a picturesque drive down the Sierras. Please see the full event description for more details.
Nothing good ever happens after midnight... Enjoy a decadent and sinfully intriguing night of burlesque when the Red Hots celebrate 10 years in the Bay Area. bodyTABOOdefiance embodies the absurd, alternate universe of San Francisco with stunning acts from a huge variety of performers, including post-binary drag socialist Hollow Eve, international burlesque chanteuse Alotta Boutte and contortionist Sylphie Currin, plus butch queens, ballerinas, bodacious bodies and a beautiful mess of other artists.
PianoFight-based sketch comedy group Mission CTRL-- who SFist called "SF Sketch Legends"-- is back with a new, super-weird, fast-paced sketch show: The Erotic Blockchain. It's like Bitcoin, but sexier. The Erotic Blockchain explores cryptocurrency, workplace sexuality, dolphin-speech, Werner Herzog, productivity, mortality, and how to maximize your life through blockchain technology. Catch this hilarious show at PianoFight 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.
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, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 9:45pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 9:45pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 9:45pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Apr. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm
Laugh at a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians at #HellaFunny, San Francisco's hilarious traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. For this show, Viceland's Stroy Moyd takes the stage at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. The three-time winner of the Laugh Factory Hollywood's Fresh Faces Comedy Competition has opened for hot shots like Dave Chapelle, Hannibal Buress and others that have also cracked a couple jokes at this venue themselves.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm
X-Factor finalist and three-time recipient of the Bay Area Reporter's "Best Male Cabaret Performer" award Jason Brock returns for an all-new solo show! In Recovering Christian at Martuni's in San Francisco, Brock explores his Christian upbringing through the gospel and Christian songs that he still loves while reckoning with his painful exclusion from his fundamentalist family because of his sexual orientation. This performance will be fun, funny, touching and heartwarming -- as well as body-warming if you're drinking!
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:00pm
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.
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.
Instead of dealing with the dating apps, and all that winking, swiping and agonizing over the perfect message, why not try finding that special someone by going the time-tested real-life route? The Society for Single Professionals makes it easy with these themed meet-and-mingle parties at San Francisco's Lalita Thai Cuisine & Bar. You'll have the opportunity to connect with a variety of available adult professionals as you dance to your favorite hits and enjoy drinks from the cash bar.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Spring Fever Singles Dance)
Acclaimed writer David Mamet returns to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a conversation about Chicago, his new 1920s thriller set in the mobbed-up Windy City. Mixing some of Mamet's most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, it explores honor, deceit, revenge and devotion. i>Chicago, the book he has been building to his entire career, is that rarest of literary creations, combining spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.
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.
Put a strut in your step with lessons in both salsa and the lesser known Latin dance form bachata, then try out your new moves at a three-room dance party with a live salsa band. No partner or experience is required to attend these fun, welcoming classes at Dance Fridays in San Francisco, where you'll learn everything you need to spin, shimmy and roll out on the floor. Throw in a social crowd that loves to laugh and a classy venue with plenty of vibe, and you have an action-packed night that can't be beat.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm (Orq. Julio Bravo, Live Salsa, Bachata & Zouk)Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pm (Orq. Mazacote - Live Salsa, Bachata & Latin Mix)
Quiet is the new loud! Find out why at the Silent Party quiet clubbing event at Bar San Pancho, in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. You and your friends will be given a pair of headphones, which you can use to set your own soundtrack for the night. Three live DJs will be spinning different styles of music, competing to be your choice of grooves. LEDs on the headphones will tell you what track everyone's listening to, so you can find the dancers you're in synch with. Plus, you control the volume, so if you actually want to talk, you won't have to yell over the music. The night will also feature drink and food specials, including seasonal cocktails and old-school tacos. And, if you need a break from the dance floor and are feeling sporty, this Cal-Mex cantina has a foosball table and a vintage shuffleboard.
Since 2004, this all-local walking food tour company has offered tours of the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmers Market to thousands of guests from around the world. This historic, waterfront building is home to many of San Francisco's most acclaimed food artisans, including handmade chocolatiers, legendary Vietnamese cuisine, locally-sourced cheese, meat, bread, baked goods and peak-of-season produce. Guides are chefs, food writers, food activists and other active members of the food community. This tour is an ideal choice for guests with limited mobility or who don't want a lot of walking. With pre-arrangement, tours can accommodate any special dietary need.
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, Mar. 23, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 9:30pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 9:30pm
See comedian Eddie Pepitone's hilariously embittered, insightful comic rants at the Punch Line in San Francisco. Eddie began his career in New York, where he was a recurring performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He's also been seen on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Sarah Silverman Program, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing, and Chappelle's Show. He's best known for his powerful stand-up, though, which blends rage, self-doubt and a kind of strange enlightenment with unmatched skill. Eddie's album A Great Stillness was released to great acclaim in 2011, and his podcast The Long Shot and web series Puddin' are hits on the Internet.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:15pm
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.
One of the world's most traveled stand-ups, Eddie Ifft has headlined shows in 17 different countries, and taped his live DVD in front of a sold-out crowd at the Sydney Opera House. He's got tons of TV credits, including Last Comic Standing, his own Comedy Central special, Comics Unleashed, BET's Comic View and E!'s Chelsea Lately. He's also a sought-after host on radio and TV and helms a weekly podcast, called Talkin' Sh*t With Jim Jeffries and Eddie Ifft.
Mixed-up suitcases, secret identities and a missing sibling provide the fun farcical ingredients for the Rossini one-act La'Occasione fa il Ladro (Opportunity Makes the Thief) about a young gentle woman, her maid and the men that want to marry them. Phenix Opera's performances at the Spindrift school in Pacifica will be sung in the original Italian with English subtitles and feature live piano accompaniment by the company's artistic director Osvaldo de Leon. A portion of the proceeds benefit the ALS Hope Foundation.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 2:00pm
Is there anything as painfully funny as an old photo of you and your loved ones? From awkward phases to bad haircuts to questionable poses, there's no shortage of ways your past self can embarrass you. Now, Endgames improv troupe Chivalry Club is here to twist the knife with its new show ThrowBackThursday. Putting a fun spin on audience suggestion-based improv, Chivalry Club asks you to email them a photo from your past. If your picture is chosen, the talented group of improvisers will turn your embarrassing memory into a hilarious improvised scene at the show! Catch all the fun at San Francisco's Stage Werx.
Phènix Opera Company presents, as part of its 2018 season, this brilliant one-act opera by G. Rossini. Come and enjoy an evening of laughter and love sung by talented Bay Area performers with this production that is part of the Voices of Hope Concert Series. Phènix Opera company envisions a virtuous circle between artist and community, where each nurtures the other in a spiral of beauty and compassion. In this spirit, Phènix Opera Company and the ALS Hope Foundation are collaborating to create awareness and provide care for ALS sufferers, as well as rallying contributions for medical research toward finding a cure. Enjoy L'Occasione fa il Ladro (Opportunity Makes a Thief) at the Spindrift School of Performing Arts in Pacifica.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 2:00pm
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.
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.
Catch plenty of high-energy characters, fast-paced scenes and personal absurdities with the comedy stylings of RagTag Improv. Whether it's an entire play invented from scratch using audience suggestions, a series of scenes using every genre imaginable, or some off-the-cuff musical performance, the unpredictability only makes the jokes land harder. Bring friends and settle in for a night of laughs at Stage Werx as the talented cast of improvisers draw on San Francisco's brand of energy to deliver unscripted and unexpected comedy -- always different, but reliably hilarious.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Long Game)Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, Jun. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 / 8:00pm (SuperScene!)
Comedian, actor and TV host Adam Ferrara brings his high-energy act to Cobb's. Ferrara is best known for playing Chief "Needles" Nelson alongside Denis Leary on FX's Rescue Me, and for co-hosting the History Channel's Top Gear USA, but he's also performed stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, and two of his own Comedy Central specials. His acting roles also include CBS's King of Queens and the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Definitely, Maybe.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:15pm
Combining two of the Bay Area's most popular trips into one spectacular all-day tour, Extranomical Adventures and its friendly guides take you north over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument to explore the park and marvel at the natural beauty of the giant Redwoods. Then the excursion heads to both Sonoma and Napa Counties, visiting three small boutique wineries for included tastings. Along the way, you'll stop at the historic Sonoma Plaza to grab lunch on your own and shop before heading back to the city.
Take a tour through San Francisco's history with one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost it all on a bad investment. He responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." Rather than dismissing him, San Francisco embraced him, treating him as royalty and accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour, taking on the persona of Emperor Norton and introducing you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial city mascot.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 11:00amThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 2:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:30pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 11:00amThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 2:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 2:30pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 11:00am
San Francisco's always-popular traveling comedy show. #HellaFunny comes to Milk Bar with a mix of longtime favorites and up-and-coming comedians. The show began at the legendary Purple Onion club in 2010 in the North Beach neighborhood of S.F., and now carries the fun to venues all over the Bay Area. Comedians who appear on #HellaFunny have been featured on Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest, Comedy Day and at the Punch Line. DJ Josef With an F will be spinning your favorite '90s hit all night long. The show is produced by Dave Chappelle's Bay Area opener, Stroy Moyd.
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, Mar. 23, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Apr. 8, 2018 / 11:00am
One of the most talented rising comics in the Bay Area, Nick Hanna offers up observational and animated comedy at Punch Line Comedy Club San Francisco. A son of Middle Eastern immigrants, Hanna offers a perspective on life through the eyes of a young man with an old soul during this live taping of his debut comedy special, Embrace The Chaos. He has an acting background which helps propel his stories and stage presence. In the few years he has been doing comedy, he has performed on many area stages and on the The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Arabs Gone Wild, Big Al's Big Ass Comedy Show, Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Tommy T's Comedy Competition.
Whether bebop represents a music evolution or a REvolution is something that we'll leave to historians. For this event, bop is the thing, with film clips featuring some of the finest musicians in modern jazz. Mark Cantor will screen clips that are largely new to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco audience, including clips of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Arts Ensemble of Chicago and many others. With a vast archive of more than 12,000 films and clips, Los Angeles music maven Mark Cantor's spectacular collection of jazz and blues performances is widely considered one of the world's premier collections of American popular music on film.
Famed local historical figure Countess Lola Montez -- aka Rick Shelton -- leads this entertaining and informative two-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.
Take a tour through San Francisco's waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city's most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you'll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery.
San Francisco's world-famous Mission District has a reputation for offering fantastic Mexican food, but on this San Francisco Food Safari, you'll discover there are many more culinary delights to be found. During this 2.5-hour journey, you'll visit pop-up restaurants, delis and markets to learn why the Mission has emerged as the Bay Area's most intriguing culinary scene. You'll have the chance to purchase whatever you'd like throughout this shopping tour, which takes you to Dianda's, home of the Italian Rum Cake, Mission Chinese Food, a legend in the San Francisco street food scene, and many more local culinary gems. Bring your appetite and stroll through the San Francisco streets for a chance to buy your choice of culinary treats. Along the way, learn fun facts to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the area.
Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 11:00amWednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 11:00am
Julie Goldman's stand-up is delightfully in-your-face, honest and aggressively funny. Headlining throughout the U.S. at clubs, colleges, festivals and events, she's been described as "unapologetically un-PC" by Go Magazine, "a hilariously irreverent, butch lesbian" by Afterellen, and Autostraddle writes, "watching someone be outraged has never been so fun." Goldman's appeared on everything from Bravo's The People's Couch to LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show to HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, not to mention her own hit podcast Dumb Gay Politics with Julie & Brandy. Watch her go off at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco.