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, Apr. 29, 2018 / 9:00pm (Kindred the Family Soul)Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm (Tribu)
Head Over Heels is the fearlessly fresh new musical comedy from music legends The Go-Go's and the award-winning visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next To Normal, American Idiot, Spring Awakening and Avenue Q. An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family that must race to keep an oracle's prophecy of doom from coming to fruition. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family embarks on an extravagant journey full of mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of The Go-Go's -- including the hit songs "We Got The Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation" and many more -- Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen. Get your tickets now so you can be in the audience for this pre-Broadway engagement at the Curran in San Francisco.
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflects Nguyen's irreverent humor and pop-culture-obsessed aesthetic as it crisscrosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See American Conservatory Theater's production of this wildly imaginative, "culturally savvy comedy" (The New York Times) at A.C.T Strand Theater in San Francisco.
One of the most unforgettable romantic stories ever written, The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation's attention as a best-selling novel, then became an award-winning film, and is now a two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-torn Italy, looks forward to a few days alone on her Iowa farm while her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, a chance encounter becomes a four-day whirlwind romance caught between decision and desire -- offering a second chance at so much more. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless when TheatreWorks brings it to life on the stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Discover and acquire new art -- and explore art trends developing around the globe -- at the eighth annual Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area's leading contemporary and modern art fair. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships and attendance of over 25,000 visitors in 2017, the 2018 edition of Art Market San Francisco presents a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers in the beautiful and spacious Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion.
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.
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.
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
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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.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York. This production by Contra Costa Musical Theatre at the Lesher Center for the Arts finds two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the story has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, the latest in 2009. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America." Don't miss this iconic musical love story!
3Girls Theatre presents Disruption, a fast-paced, darkly comic whodunnit for our #MeToo moment. When an anonymous whistleblower threatens to go viral, visionary CEO Andrea Powell has just one day to save her company -- and herself -- from a public relations disaster that promises to destroy them both. But as the accusations morph from corporate espionage into sexual harassment, Andy and her team suddenly find themselves in a tense, high-stakes duel against an unexpected opponent. This world premiere by AJ Baker brings a unique perspective on our nation's conversation about sexual politics and power in the workplace to Z Below in San Francisco.
Robots battling each other may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie -- but it's definitely very real (and entertaining) with RoboGames. Wielding spinning blades and flamethrowers, 200-pound combat robots go head-to-head in the ultimate cage match. At this epic event, dubbed the Olympics of robots, hundreds of robots from the world's greatest minds compete in over 55 events, all broadcast around the world via Twitch live stream. Watch robots fight in the arena, play soccer and even create the perfect cocktail. Catch all the innovative action when RoboGames takes over Pleasanton's Alameda County Fairgrounds, presented by Visit Tri-Valley.
The Bay Area has a history of attracting visionary, self-starting artists, and stARTup Art Fair celebrates that independent spirit by curating over 50 emerging and under-recognized artists to exhibit their works. Score great art and make real connections in the intimate setting of San Francisco's Hotel Del Sol. The stARTup Art Fair 2018 organizers seek to provide an exhibition venue for independent contemporary artists, with 100 percent of the sales proceeds going directly to the artist. You'll get to speak with the artists directly, view the art in an intimate and homelike setting, and, if you see something you love, take a piece home with you.
A series of stunning pieces make their way to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to challenge and enlighten the Bay Area. With Smuin, ballet choreographer extraordinaire Helen Pickett's sensual and powerful Oasis is set to an original score by Emmy award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal. Inspired by the simplicity of nature, Pickett offers challenge and exploration to both dancers and audiences alike, igniting the stage with passionate energy. Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert's visually stunning Falling Up offers an in-depth look at strength and trust between partners. Set to a lush piano score by Johannes Brahms, Seiwert's signature sculptural movement and intimate partnering enhance the energy of contemporary ballet, resulting in a delicate creation. Last but not least, master dance maker Val Caniparoli returns to Smuin to create a world premiere to conclude the 24th season.
Tom Green became a household name thanks to his pranks and surreal interviews on MTV's The Tom Green Show, and he hasn't stopped pushing the boundaries of comedy since then. He conducted one-on-one interviews with a wide-ranging roster of guests on Tom Green Live, currently hosts the Tom Green Radio podcast and even partnered with a Canadian brewery to create a milk-stout beer. Now, he's back on the road and bringing his unique brand of humor and cracked perspective to Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. One thing is for sure -- a Tom Green comedy show is going to be anything but ordinary!
Cinderella meets Tinder in this modern musical about finding the one ... and then, the one after that. Your princess, Meg, longs for true love, but she can barely get a "like." Her fairy-god-roommate reveals the magic of Tinder and, suddenly, prince charming is only a swipe away. But Meg still has to get to the ball, catch BART before midnight and reconcile her fairy-tale dreams with grown-up reality -- all without losing her slippers. Don't miss the world premiere of this hysterical, racy and rocking adult musical, a co-production with San Francisco's FaultLine Theatre and Custom Made Theatre.
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at San Francisco's A.C.T. follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.
From the mind of one our greatest storytellers -- and the composers behind Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman -- comes this season's most oversized, fantastical, magical, must-see musical for the entire family. Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his cruel and devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized giant -- and a doorway into a land where anything is possible. Befriending talking grasshoppers and singing ladybugs, James and friends plan an escape -- only to discover that leaving one foe behind can bring about new challenges. See James and the Giant Peach now at Berkeley Playhouse.
If So, What? is a new immersive event celebrating art, design, music and innovation. At the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, If So, What? features showrooms by an international roster of curators, exhibitions by galleries from around the world and artists working in the field of digital media. Visitors can even attend music performances and a series of multi-disciplinary panel discussions with visionary speakers. Inspired by the creative communities in the Bay Area and internationally, the event invites visitors to experience art and design in a new way.
Step back in time to ancient China for an enchanting journey through a world of light and color at the Lantern Light Festival. Redefining your notions of what a lantern can be, this annual celebration fills the night with gigantic handmade structures that take weeks to build. You might walk through a luminescent castle, come face to face with a towering dragon or meet a glowing giant panda. It's all to celebrate the coming of spring, a Chinese tradition that dates back 2,000 years and is now transforming Solano County Fairgrounds. In addition to these dazzling works of craftsmanship, the festival will feature Chinese food, a bunch of activities for kids and a fireworks show.
Good Any Thursday or Friday Through April 27, 2018
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.
After more than five decades of performing and with more than 200 recordings under his belt, Canada's most famous folk-pop singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, continues to entertain. The multi-platinum-selling artist famous for his deep baritone and 12-string finger-picking skills had success in the 1960s with songs like "For Lovin' Me," "Early Morning Rain," "Steel Rail Blues" and "Ribbon of Darkness." But it was the recording of his songs by major names -- from Elvis Presley and John Mellencamp to Neil Young and Bob Dylan -- that solidified Lightfoot's name in the folk canon. With more than 20 albums and five Grammy nominations to his name, Lightfoot is in exclusive company as one of music's all-time greats. Catch this folk-pop legend live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
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.
Hot on the heels of his hilarious, critically acclaimed shows East 14th and The Kipling Hotel, Don Reed is back with a new installment of his wonderfully wild autobiographical trilogy, Can You Dig It?: The '60s at The Marsh San Francisco. A nostalgic ride through the amusing and oftentimes turbulent '60s and beyond, Reed's solo show takes place before his father became a pimp, before little Donnie was forced into "that door-knocking religion," and includes some unbelievably true tales never revealed in previous productions. From the Beatles to the Black Panthers, James Brown to The Jerk, MLK to JFK to the KKK, you'll experience life through the eyes of an awkward, spunky kid just trying to fit in during the rowdy '60s.
Nestled in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of the Sciences boasts some pretty impressive credentials: This San Francisco landmark is the only place on Earth that houses an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum, all under one living roof. Your general admission pass lets you get up close and personal with hundreds of free-flying tropical birds and butterflies inside the four-story living rainforest and gives you access to the award-winning, galaxy-spanning digital shows in the Morrison Planetarium. Animal-lovers can feast their eyes on an albino alligator, a colony of feisty African penguins, and more than 38,000 other live animals in the Steinhart Aquarium. Plus, you can learn about everything from meteors to minerals to mankind's evolution ... and that's all before you make your way up to the rolling hills and fields on the rooftop.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 11:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday, May. 1, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 / 9:30am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
If you've ever lost hours of work to a "blue screen of death," been blindsided by an incomprehensible update to Facebook's layout or cursed a stubborn and uncooperative printer, Megabytes! is the production for you. This comedy revue of original songs and sketches portrays the hilarious situations we go through in dealing with technology in our daily lives. Playwright Morris Bobrow ushers you through the kinds of relatable situations you will know all too well. "There's no more polished master of the original musical revue than Bobrow," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Log off from swiping, scrolling and surfing and spend a little quality analog time at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
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.
She's Jewish, he's Christian; She's white, and he's black. They love each other ... but not in that way. Or maybe they do? It's complicated. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were just nine years old. Now, as they tumble into their 20s and confront the mysteries of their sexuality, they find that the path forward is not always the one right in front of you. The Mystery of Love and Sex was written by Bathsheba Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex), and this regional premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center is directed by Rebecca Longworth. Come see for yourself why Time Out New York hailed this show as "wise and exquisitely crafted," and The New York Times described it as "tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations ... perfectly wonderful."
Willy Russell's hit Broadway dramedy is a one-woman show about a middle-aged, middle-class housewife who finds herself stagnating in a lonely marriage. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley wonders if she should leave the drudgery of cooking dinner for her husband behind and head for the Mediterranean. What follows is an exploration -- told with humor, sympathy and sharp human insights -- of a woman breaking out of the mold that life seems to have cast for her. See Shirley Valentine now at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
The San Francisco Choral Society comes to the historic and acoustically stunning St. Ignatius Church for a moving performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's liturgical symphony All-Night Vigil -- also known as Vespers. Written in just two weeks, this 1915 work not only stands as one of Rachmaninoff's most acclaimed compositions, but also represents the crowning achievement of the "Golden Age" of Russian Orthodox sacred choral music. Ingeniously integrating traditional Russian chant melodies, this choral masterwork is regarded as one of Rachmaninoff's finest compositions.
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 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 made its international debut in Edinburgh in 2016 and its U.S. debut at The Marsh in San Francisco in 2017, where it completed a six-month run, and then went on to Nantucket, Florida and The Irish Writers Festival. Now Langan returns to The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater.
Arguably one of the "worst/best" movies ever made -- and Joan Crawford's last film -- Trog follows anthropologist Dr. Brockton and the discovery of a living troglodyte (an Ice Age "missing link" half-caveman, half-ape"). D'Arcy Drollinger presents San Francisco's living legend, Matthew Martin, as Crawford in the drag parody of this 1970 British sci-fi horror film. Watch as the campy creature goes on a rampage across the Oasis stage in Trog Live!. This live adaptation features drag star Heklina, along with a hilarious cast of queens, comedians and clowns.
At the forward-thinking Eureka Day School, all decisions are made by consensus and everyone's opinion is valued. But when a crisis puts their children in danger, it turns out that Eureka Day parents have different definitions of safety. The debate over vaccinations hits home in this comedy of liberal manners, as the school community confronts the central question of our era: How do you find consensus when you can't agree on the facts? Aurora Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of this funny, poignant, and oh-so-Berkeley play.
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.
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Be there when Magic Theatre presents the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn's The Gangster of Love, which is based on her book of the same name and focuses on the author's personal story of immigration from Manila. In this memorable play, Raquel "Rocky" Rivera and her eccentric family settle in the Haight during the 1970s, amidst a dynamic period of conflict, social change and artistic flourishing in San Francisco. The lauded city of poets, rebels and thriving musicians will be reclaimed at San Francisco's Magic Theatre through the eyes of Hagedorn's immigrant artists. This world premiere stage adaptation -- 20 years in the making -- will feature live music, poetry reading and the music video as key narrative forms.
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.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 10, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday, May. 20, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Friday, May. 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Wednesday, May. 30, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Thursday, May. 31, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
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.
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 Berkeley.
San Francisco's most devilish divas star in Mother, the Oasis nightclub's recurring drag extravaganza, each with its own fabulous theme. You'll see local, national and international drag celebrities like RPDR Season 10 Contestant The Vixen, Miss Rahni Nothingmore, Bionka Simone and more as they tear up the stage with their twisted takes on everything from the leading ladies of the silver screen to the glamorous pop stars of the '80s and beyond. With custom lights and laser projections throughout the performances, and a post-show dance party 'til the wee hours of the morning, Mother is a wickedly fun way to spend an evening.
Experience the high-flying, fast-paced action of professional ultimate frisbee when the San Francisco FlameThrowers set out to defend their title as reigning champions of the American Ultimate Disc League. Twenty-three other teams from across the country will be gunning for the FlameThrowers' title this year in a pulse-pounding spectator sport that combines the pass plays of football, knock-away defense of basketball, the speed of soccer and the sheer fun of frisbee. Highlights from matches often make ESPN's Top Ten Plays of the Day, so come out and catch the exciting action as these world-class athletes compete at Oakland's Laney College Field.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. San Diego Growlers)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Seattle Cascades)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 6:30pm (The FlameThrower Cup)Saturday, Jun. 16, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. San Jose Spiders)Sunday, Jun. 24, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Los Angeles Aviators)Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018 / 6:30pm (vs. Seattle Cascades)
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it's still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman's Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, past the city's Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco's history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks, snacks and more.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmThursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmFriday, Apr. 27, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmSaturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmSunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmMonday, Apr. 30, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmTuesday, May. 1, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pmWednesday, May. 2, 2018 / Cruises Depart From 10:00am To 5:00pm
BATS Improv -- named the Bay Area's Best Theater Company by the San Francisco Chronicle, Best Comedy Troupe by SF Weekly and Best First Date Spot by the San Francisco Bay Guardian -- presents a variety show full of comedy fun, including head-to-head improv battles, long-form murder mysteries, musicals and more. Located at Bayfront Theater in the Marina District, every BATS show is one of a kind, using audience suggestions for a unique mix of improv comedy and theater that's never the same show twice.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Superscene - SPRUNG!)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Shakespeare in Amerika)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Gather: True Stories....Made Up Scenes)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Women of the West)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Gather: True Stories....Made Up Scenes)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (Women of the West)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Gather: True Stories....Made Up Scenes)Saturday, May. 19, 2018 / 8:00pm (Women of the West)
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.
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.
Composing and conducting are big jobs: Composers imagine the music and write it down, and conductors work with orchestras to bring the music to life. But how do they come up with and communicate their ideas, and what inspires their musical talents? In this Music for Families concert at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and Resident Conductor Christian Reif explore the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and several other great American musical heroes. Arrive early and collect stamps for your musical passport, enjoy lobby activities like the instrument petting zoo, coloring stations and a conductor photo station. With a running time of less than 90 minutes, Work Hard, Play Hard -- The Lives of Composers & Conductors is the perfect blend of learning and entertainment for families with children ages five and older.
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, Apr. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 10, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 17, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 24, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)Thursday, May. 31, 2018 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:30pm)
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, Apr. 25, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 / 6:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 5:45pm)
You Are My Sunshine is a fact-inspired, multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, narrated in Woody Guthrie-style folk songs, accompanied by Bay Area music favorites Chris Haugen (guitar) and Trevor Marcom (vocals/guitar). This ensemble drama was spurned from a long-worn, much-hushed rumor in Kelli Kerslake Colaco's family that her great grandfather, Ernest Fletcher Hodge (a semi-pro baseball player with the Detroit Tigers), lost his mind one hot summer night in Blytheville, Arkansas and killed his wife, his mother-in-law and then himself. Part John Steinbeck, part Coen Brothers, this intriguing play focuses on the search for truth behind a dark family legend vis-à-vis an ancestor and the women and children in his life. See You Are My Sunshine at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre.
Over the past 100 years, Americans from all walks of life have fought many inspiring battles against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, and homophobia -- yet today many of these hard-fought victories appear to be in jeopardy. Through powerful photographs taken by the world's leading photographers and evocative first-person essays from over a dozen noted writers, best-selling author Rick Smolan created The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice to capture the sporadically violent, often triumphant, always risky struggles of Americans who have experienced hatred, oppression or bigotry because of their gender, skin color, beliefs and more over the past century. Fought in the streets, the courthouse and the corridors of Congress, this story, as told through Smolan's new book, has unfolded across America, illustrated with more than 180 memorable photographs, nearly 60 embedded videos, over a dozen compelling essays plus examples of music and lyrics that rallied America's resistance to injustice. To celebrate these stories and struggles, Smolan will engage some of the contributors to his book to share inspiring stories about how Americans have fought against injustice. See it at Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco.
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, Apr. 25, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 4:15pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 12:15pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In Time 1:45pm)
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.
Wind down your weekend with a Hornblower yacht cruise across the scenic San Francisco Bay. You'll get picture postcard views of iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Bay Bridge and, occasionally, McCovey Cove. This two-hour Social Sundays cruise features a full cash bar where you can pick up anything from a mule to a mojito to a martini. There'll also be small bites available for purchase. Plus, a DJ will be onboard spinning the perfect Top 40 soundtrack to your cocktail-sipping, good life-living afternoon.
Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday, May. 6, 2018 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday, May. 13, 2018 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)Sunday, May. 20, 2018 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:00pm)
A visit to San Francisco just wouldn't be complete without a ride aboard an original open top double-decker bus. The One-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass combines two tours and gives you the opportunity to explore all main sights of San Francisco and Sausalito with unlimited hop-on hop-off use for 24 hours. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Chinatown, hop off to explore Golden Gate Park or Pier 39. In addition you will get a restaurant gift card for a $25 value, valid for around 200 restaurant in the Bay Area.
Discover the next big video game at the Playcrafting SFO Spring Play. Over 70 game developers from the Bay Area will be unveiling their latest creations for iOS, Android, Windows and beyond at The Google Launchpad. You'll get to take the new games for a test-drive, meet the developers and give them your feedback, which could help them shape the ultimate release. Some of the creators will include HIGHKEY Games, Flint Games, Walt Destler, Pixelbizarre, Nascent Games, Free Range Games and River Liu. Keep yourself charged up with pizza onsite, then head over to SPiN for the after-party.
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.
The infectious sounds of Afrobeat music come the Bay Area courtesy of the Lagos Roots Ensemble, led by legendary Nigerian musician Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, O.J. Ekemode). With lively call-and-response choruses, funky guitar parts, horn-blasted melodies and African percussion, Afrobeat emerged in the '70s from artists like Fela Kuti. Today, Lagos Roots continues that legacy. Omadhebo used to sit in on Kuti's rehearsals, and the group's cofounder, Babatunde Williams, was Kuti's legendary trumpet player. Get caught up in this high-energy music as Lagos Roots comes to Black Repertory Group Theater.
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.
Vanya and Sonia have never left their Bucks County childhood home, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. But in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a surprise visit from Masha and her latest boy toy Spike throws the normally quiet household into utter and hilarious upheaval. Its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating stew of lust, rivalry, regret and the sudden possibility of escape. Christopher Durang's side-splitting satire pokes fun at Chekhov's classic dramas, but you don't need to know anything about Russian lit to appreciate the wackiness of this farce now onstage at Half Moon Bay's Coastal Repertory Theatre.
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.
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, Apr. 28, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
When she was a young girl, Nana Mouskouri's parents could only afford to send one of their two musically gifted daughters to an elite conservatory in Athens. When they asked the girls' tutor who to pick, she told them that while her sister had the better voice, Nana had the true inner need to sing. Over the course of an astonishing 60-year career, Mouskouri has proved her tutor right again and again, recording more than 1600 songs in 19 different languages, from Greek and English to Korean, Hebrew and Maori, all while selling more than 200 million albums worldwide -- second only to Madonna. Join this polyglot pop sensation for a celebration of her 134th album when her Forever Young tour comes to San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
For an evening of sophisticated fun, join Hornblower's Supper Club Cruise on San Francisco Bay. With several small-plate dining stations featuring international favorites and tasty desserts, this three-hour cruise is the perfect setting for a night out with friends, a date night or a special celebration. Local DJs spin up-tempo lounge and Top 40 hits so you can work it out on the dance floor, or step outside for gorgeous views of the twinkling city skyline. Soda, coffee, tea and water are included and wine, beer and cocktails are available for purchase.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, May. 25, 2018 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)
Sound Play Media brings four favorite folk stories to inventive new life as sound-art narratives, with accompanying choreography and staged movement. Experience this evocative performance of "The Little Match Seller," "The Fox & The Crow," "Lilith" and "La Llorona" at the Exit Theater in San Francisco.
An award-winning cast of two dozen tango dancers, singers and musicians steam up the stage in a spectacular show that traces the evolution of this passionate art form through the eyes of a single character, aptly named "Tango." I Am Tango sweeps you along through the storied history of the dance, from its Golden Age right up to today, with evocative costumes, sets and even multimedia elements. Experience the latest impressive production from Tango Lovers at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre.
From spicy jalapeños and mezcal-smoked peaches to chicatana ants and worm salt, there's a ton of different ways to make a margarita, and at the Margarita Rumble, you'll have a chance to taste San Francisco's best. Held at The Village, this competitive tasting event will bring together mixologists from 15 of the best restaurants and bars in town to compete for the title of Best Margarita in SF. Competitors include Matador, Tacolicious, Mezcalito, West of Pecos, TRES Tequila Lounge & Mexican Kitchen and more. While you sample the drinks and vote for your favorite, live music will provide a festive atmosphere, and there will also be food available for purchase. A portion of all proceeds go to benefit USBG National Charity Foundation.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 1:00pm-9:00pm: Various Sessions
Hair, the rock musical, is a celebration of freedom. In 1967, in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a group of young people meet to celebrate freedom and to find a way to create meaning in the midst of the hypocrisy, violence and the confusion around them. The first-ever rock musical, Hair includes such classics as "Let the Sun Shine In," "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine." Still as timely and tuneful as ever, catch this new production of Hair at the Creative Arts Building at SFSU.
Whether you're a tourist or longtime resident, seeing San Francisco by sea is nothing short of spectacular, and there's no better way to experience it than aboard a Hornblower cruise of the bay. This two-hour excursion takes you past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, for stunning views of the city skyline and more. You'll also enjoy a lunch buffet served on board, with soda, juice, coffee and tea included. Wine, beer and cocktails will be available for purchase as well.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 11, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / Noon (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)
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.
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.
Maybe God does make mistakes. Ronnie and Judy are just two regular kids who love the Lord. But when Judy is attacked and impregnated by a dolphin, their summer plans go out with the tide. A greedy pastor, an eccentric French professor and a famous pop singer all get involved in Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party -- an absolutely ridiculous, absurdist satire about religion, fame and love at PianoFight in San Francisco.
Everybody has that one friend that's obsessed with the Meyer Briggs Personality Test. If that friend is you, then you'll definitely dig this new play that revolves around it! As the show opens, psychologists Kate and Ben, a married couple, face a deadline in their project to write a popular level book on personality types, choosing four couples from their own practice to illustrate what happens when opposites mate. As the couple learns something about themselves in the process, so will the audience. Come see it at the Barns Theater in the Bay Area.
A pure dose of comedic storytelling crack from David Rodwin, F*ck Tinder: a love story is a strange-but-true tale of relationships in the modern era. After getting held up at gunpoint the night his girlfriend breaks up with him, Rodwin moves from LA to SF and goes on dates with 120 women in 2 years -- searching for love, but finding everything else. Surprisingly, these crazy stories grow into a tale of love ... that takes a strange twist. Hear the whole wild story at PianoFight in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Get ready for a plethora of all things sparkly -- the Gem Faire is coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This show brings a wide array of quality gems, beads, crystals and more straight from more than 80 importers, wholesalers and manufacturers, so you can score some amazing deals on gorgeous jewelry and stones. If you're interested in making your own jewelry, be sure to check out the vendors selling beautiful beads and other supplies that you can turn into earrings and necklaces everyone will notice (and perhaps even be a little bit envious of). Grab your fellow jewelry-loving friends for a fun day of browsing, shopping and creating at the Gem Faire.
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.
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.
See San Francisco's best attractions and majestic views in one day during Extranomical's Bay in a Day tour. Knowledgeable tour guides share 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 Muir Woods.
Remember that feeling when you first arrived in San Francisco? The San Francisco Youth Circus conjures that magic in their new, full-length circus show Fog City Swing. Join Mia, a young woman who's new to the city, wide-eyed and full of hope. As she explores life in the Bay, she meets a bevy of diverse and colorful characters. She makes friends, learns a few life lessons and discovers all that's wonderful about life in this town. With circus as her muse, she finds her way through the fog and into the light! Fog City Swing is a family-friendly, original circus show developed and presented by the San Francisco Youth Circus, the city's preeminent, award-winning ensemble of 15 pre-professional circus artists. Prepare to be dazzled by acrobatics, hoop diving, juggling, contortion, trapeze, tissu and more at Circus Center.
Along with being an incredible, vibing city of opportunity, San Francisco is blessed with natural wonders too. Get a glimpse of the Golden Bridge, Sutro Baths and other Bay Area wonders on this tour of the city. A guide will take you through both popular and local hangs, starting from the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastline and secret trails of San Francisco. Your fun begins at the Bridge Cafe.
Born in Paris, Betty Roi is a French chanteuse who sings beloved jazz standards and slinky cabaret numbers in both English and her native language. She'll perform an array of familiar favorites from Edith Piaf, each one carefully selected to evoke the love, longing and happiness of her Parisian roots. A former dancer, Roi's performances are big, bold and theatrical, crackling with a fluid physicality you won't soon forget. Catch her at Feinstein's at the Nikko.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Enjoy food and drink samples from five of the Mission District's most exciting taquerias, mom-and-pop shops and restaurants on this food lover's walking tour from Sidewalk Food Tours. Sample award-winning pizza, taste the area's renowned Mexican food -- even skip the line at a bakery whose owners won the coveted James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2008. Between tastings, your knowledgeable guide will tell intriguing stories about 17th century Spanish missionaries, the lively punk scene of the 1970s and more. All food and beverage tastings are included with the tour. Please see the full event description for a list of tasting locations.
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.
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.
With all of its murder, war and sex, isn't exactly known for its humor! That's where The Iron Stage: Improvised Game of Thrones comes in. Each show is totally improvised based on your suggestions and offers a totally hilarious take on everyone's favorite epic fantasy series. Come have a blast battling White Walkers, flying with dragons, and murdering just about anyone. For each performance, Karen Brelsford, Shawn Brick, Rez Graham and Laura Wood craft a unique show, at the Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco.
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.
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.
The Mission might be San Francisco's oldest neighbourhood, but this district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of the city. Starting from Dynamo Donut and Coffee, you'll walk among the hippest locals in town on this San Francisco food tour that combines artisanal eats with some of the most beautiful murals and legendary street art in the city. Sample artisan donuts, Mexican pastries, tasty pies and other delicious local snacks while meeting the locals and learning the neighborhood's history from an expert local guide.
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.
Hot on the heels of two sold-out runs in London, Love, Bombs & Apples makes its U.S. debut at San Francisco's Potrero Stage. A Palestinian actor learns there's more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what's wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favor at the worst possible time. This is the comic tale of four men -- each from different parts of the globe -- all experiencing a moment of revelation. Powerful, inspiring, political and humorous, this Golden Thread Productions presentation of Love, Bombs & Apples -- in association with Turtle Key Arts -- promises to be must-see theatre.
An experienced epicurean concierge leads a three-hour Edible Excursion to San Francisco's Japantown, where guests will taste local delicacies at up to seven different stops and learn about the area's hidden restaurants, ethnic markets and mom-and-pop restaurants. Home to many craft and food artisans, these neighborhood gems reflect the rich and diverse culinary history of Japan while often adding their own special twist. Treats to try may include mochi, onigiri (traditional rice balls), sweet potato latte and Osaka-style okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza).
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, Apr. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (Orq. Borinquen, Live Salsa, Bachata & Latin Mix)
Watch as a guest star of HBO's GIRLS swipes right on her live Tinder account -- at your command. This former Cosmopolitan sex guru improvises ridiculous live texts and phone calls with unsuspecting Tinder matches. You pick the matches -- from the dreaded inappropriate bathroom selfie to the "I'll buy you a pizza if you let me touch your butt..." message. Comedian and Onion writer Lane Moore's on-point commentary and tips for the digital-dating masses will have you dying laughing when Tinder Live! With Lane Moore comes to San Francisco's Cobb's Comedy Club.
Two teams go head-to-head in Comedy Baseball, a competitive joke-telling show on a digital baseball field. Featuring retro graphics, this custom baseball game is a throwback to old Nintendo baseball games... except it's controlled by telling jokes. Over the course of the season the teams will duke it out for the title of Comedy Baseball Champions at San Francisco's PianoFight!
Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Her work, encompassing music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for 40 years. Join Anderson at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco for a special performance of her new work, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, which includes visual images and performances, along with commentary on some of her iconic work with voice, electronics, codes, narrative styles and digital language.
Endgames Improv brings their Indie Night of comedy to Stage Werx in San Francisco. The show will consist of the best of Endgames' indie and experimental teams, with something new and funny always waiting to be seen.
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 1, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 15, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, May. 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:45pm)
Wash those Monday Blues away with comedy you can trust. San Fran Monday Blues Comedy lets you soak up the cool club vibes at the old-school Delirium as you catch one-of-a-kind talent from the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene.
Quiet Events is holding it down with another Quiet Clubbing Party in the heart of San Francisco at one of the city's most iconic venues, The EndUp! Known as San Francisco's legendary after-hours nightclub and No. 1 Late Night & Day Party Destination, The EndUp celebrates dance culture like no other venue. Conveniently located on 6th & Harrison in the SoMa district, The EndUp delivers premium nightlife and top-notch entertainment. The Quiet Clubbing party will be outdoors on the patio for a night of music, dancing and drinks.
Join Endgames Improv for a night of long-form improv comedy featuring house Harold teams Local Honey, Paint Dept and JACKSON. There will also be occasional appearances by Harold class graduates or holiday-themed shows. Don't miss the laughs at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 16, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 23, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, May. 30, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:45pm)
From beatniks, blues masters and drunken sailors to hardened fishermen and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of local characters and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over a complimentary drink on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking. You'll discover San Francisco's hidden pubs in Little Italy with a local guide, rub shoulders with the regulars at one of North Beach's best bohemian pubs, stroll through the vibrant streets, try an award-winning Northern California craft brew and learn about North Beach's colorful history. Get to Vesuvio Cafe for an experience to broaden your horizons.
Explore where East meets West, where fortunes are told with more sincerity than your average cookie and where the legends of masters live on. Between the beatniks of North Beach and San Francisco's iconic Chinatown, you'll get a taste of teas, temples and culture, all with a local flare. Discover the hidden gems of Chinatown, make your own fortune cookie while listening to traditional Chinese music, sample authentic, traditional Chinese pastries, learn about the powers of traditional Chinese tea during a tea tasting with a tea master, explore San Francisco's oldest temple and have your fortune read. Get to Chinatown Gate for this horizon-expanding experience.
The Bay Area's unique cultural mix of clever and quirky is an amazing breeding ground for comedy. Comedians from the area tend to stand out from the crowd, and some of America's greatest entertainers have come from this area: Dana Carvey, Greg Proops, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho and more. The Do What You Love Comedy Series at the WeWork Civic Center continues the tradition by celebrating next-gen comedians and surprise guests every fourth Friday as featured on SF Sketchfest, Netflix, Punch Line, Vice TV, Comedy Central and more.
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.
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.
Femprovisor Fest showcases diverse female-identified improv ensembles, comics and sketch groups representing the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. This four-day Exit Theatre event features workshops, panels and shows with innovative artists who are committed to increasing the visibility of women in all areas of improvised performance.
Comedian Terry Dorsey hosts Comics and Convo, an interactive comedy show and talk show featuring six comics with very different stand-up styles. You use your smartphone to choose which comic you'd like to be interviewed on the second half of the show. Dorsey will deliver special guest Stroy Moyd (#Hellafunny), a San Francisco-based band, plus the comic with the most audience picks. This Punch Line Comedy Club show will be filmed, so be prepared for the camera to catch all your reaction shots.
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.
Two of the world's leading classical guitarists, Marc Teicholz and Michael Partington, team up to perform duos by de Falla, Brahms, Tedesco, Granados and more at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in San Bruno. A San Francisco Conservatory faculty member and prize-winning guitarist, Teicholz has received critical acclaim for his recitals and master classes, and he's been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii. He's also recorded several solo CDs, including his latest Valseana, which presents works performed on historic guitars. University of Washington guitar program director Michael Partington has been praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his "lyricism, intensity and clear technical command," and has also performed at prestigious venues around the world and released several solo discs.
Lots of people want to try stand-up. See somebody headline a comedy show for their first time onstage with the help of five of the Bay Area's best stand-up comedians and host Drew Harmon. Will it be the best night of somebody's life ... or the worst? Come to Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco to be a part of one of the most unique comedy shows happening that's also been featured as part of SF Sketchfest. Finally, the funniest person in the office gets their chance!
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 fill you in on facts about the music, poster art and lifestyles that defined the hippie era in San Francisco's most colorful neighborhood.
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.