The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London. This festive event invites you into an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically lit music halls, pubs, dance floors and Christmas shops. You'll leave behind modern day Daly City when you step across the Cow Palace threshold, and enter into a twilight evening in Charles Dickens-era London. There you'll find winding lanes filled with literary and historic characters, as well as the enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods. Plus, dozens of lamplit shops will help you whittle down that holiday gift list.
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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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.
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Fox Theatre in Redwood City, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
A hit ever since its debut on Broadway, 42nd Street follows the journey of starstruck chorus girl Peggy Sawyer as she tries to fill diva Dorothy's dancing shoes. It's a timeless tale of dedication, hard work, talent, a little bit of luck and, of course, love. Set during the Great Depression, this classic musical is filled with exhilarating tap dancing and splashy, unforgettable tunes like "We're in the Money," "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title song. This lively hit show won a Tony Award for its original 1980 production and then again for its 2001 Broadway revival, and it continues to delight audiences today. Come and meet those dancing feet when Bay Area Musicals presents 42nd Street at Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.
You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", A Christmas Story: The Musical lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse.
Who needs snow in the wintertime? Enjoy an evening of ice skating under the stars and palm trees at downtown San Jose's Circle of Palms Plaza amidst other South Bay seasonal attractions such as the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, partners with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and routinely attracts more than 100,000 people each season. Your ticket includes admission to Downtown Ice's circular rink, plus skate rental.
Acclaimed illusionist Paul Nathan (HBO, MTV) brings the best magic, music, cirque and striptease acts from the U.S., Europe and beyond to his annual cabaret, offering up a sensual, romantic night of variety entertainment. The scintillating atmosphere of decadence and intrigue makes for a perfect date, so bring your special someone and indulge in a sensory feast of comedy, magic and more at the 100-year-old Chinese opera house, the Great Star Theater in San Francisco.
A zany, merry and bright new holiday extravaganza backed by Cirque de Soleil soloists rolls into the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for some seasonal cheer and awe-inspiring performances. If you're looking to combine a few family-friendly activities for the little ones, the whole gang will absolutely love JOY!, a world-class circus filled with acrobats, dancers and Candy Land-flavored music from a cappella group SoVoSó. Masterminds Jeff Raz and Diane Waznak star in this show from Tandy Beal & Company, creators behind the critically-acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!
The massively popular, Tony-winning adult puppet musical Avenue Q ran for six years at Broadway's Golden Theatre, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Full of humor and hummable tunes, the new production finds a home at Sunnyvale Theatre. This hilarious look at life in New York features a fantastic cast of people and puppets, who discover that children's television didn't prepare them for adulthood. The lovable cast of characters includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life.
You're sure to be dazzled by the International Gem and Jewelry Show's unmatched display of gems, jewelry, beads, accessories and minerals. For close to 50 years, the acclaimed bauble fest known as InterGem has traveled to locations across the country with the largest selection of jewelry all under one roof -- and now the show is back at the San Mateo County Event Center. Expect to find colored gemstones, exquisite fine jewelry, gold and silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets, beads and crystals, ethnic jewelry, classic pearls, vintage estate jewelry, engagement rings and wedding bands, designer watches and one-of-a-kind seasonal pieces. With special show pricing and a huge selection direct from worldwide designers and manufacturers, this event is perfect for gem enthusiasts, jewelry lovers or anyone looking for unique new accessories at great prices.
Quirky Canadian Harland Williams left behind a career as a forest ranger to try stand-up comedy, and soon found himself acting as well, landing parts in comedies like There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, The Whole Nine Yards and Sorority Boys. He continues to perform stand-up and has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, HBO, Comedy Central and at comedy clubs throughout the country. His oddball stand-up routine is popular for his random references and obscure topics, from koalas to KFC. He can be heard every week on his podcast, The Harland Highway, one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes. Catch him live at the San Jose Improv.
Everything moves in cycles, from fashion trends to political movements. Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Sinclair Lewis' darkly satirical It Can't Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? The cautionary satire follows a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who's caught in the chaos of social upheaval. He trusts the system will fix itself... until it all comes crumbling down. The New Yorker called the story "thrilling and grim... an argument for journalism as a basic pillar of democracy." At The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills, Foothill Music Theatre presents this timely and topical play.
An enticing lineup of musicians, an intimate atmosphere and a premium selection of beer, wine and small plates add up to the perfect place to see some jazz in the heart of Silicon Valley. Café Pink House has all these elements in spades, not to mention two stages across which local and national jazz and blues artists play four nights a week. Enjoy some of the sweetest grooves in Saratoga, along with a selection of desserts for purchase at this inviting neighborhood club.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of the American stage is at turns funny and horrific and thought by many to be Sam Shepard's masterpiece. In Fool for Love, Mae is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, her old flame and childhood friend, shows up and threatens to metaphorically and literally drag her back into the life from which she's fled. Their battle plays out in front of a stranger, and as they trade barbs, heartbreak and painful revelations, they take themselves and the audience on an unforgettable journey that demonstrates what happens when love and attraction cross the line to obsession. Take in all the gritty greatness of Fool for Love at the Stage in San Jose.
Let your spirit soar and get swept away as the talented young performers of Children's Musical Theater San Jose take on the most beloved musical of all time. Featuring unforgettable songs including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Tradition" and "To Life," Fiddler on the Roof Jr. follows the life of Tevye, a dairyman in a small Russian village trying to honor the Jewish religious customs of his ancestors. But times are changing, and his daughters are eager to follow new ways. Inspired by the Tony-award winning classic, this dazzling youth production from CMT's Rising Stars Series (which features performers between the ages of 8-15) explores timeless themes of community, family, devotion and tradition at Montgomery Theater.
Steve Byrne, the star and creator of TBS's Sullivan and Son, is one of America's top touring comics. Before he started the show, he had two hit hour-long stand-up specials on Comedy Central: Steve Byrne's Happy Hour and The Byrne Identity. He's toured as part of Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour, and with Bobby Lee and Ken Jeong as "The Kims of Comedy." His film credits include the Jeremy Piven vehicle The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard and two comedies starring Vince Vaughn: Four Christmases and Couples Retreat. Born to a Korean mother and an Irish father, his interesting family history gives him a wealth of material.
Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.
This is your chance to, quite literally, hang out with the coolest cats in town. San Jose's The Dancing Cat is a creative space for people, and sometimes adoptable cats are able to get in on the human interaction. The space provides a living room-like ambiance where anywhere between seven and 11 lucky cats can wander and play in a cage-free environment. Visitors go there to meet friends, read, study or simply lounge with adoptable cats under a ceiling of colorful paper lanterns. Whether you're looking to adopt or just like to soak up the cool cat vibe and maybe scratch behind a few furry ears, this is one hour of your time that won't be wasted.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, at least until he finds his muse: Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area's favorite actors. Enjoy Shakespeare in Love at Mill Valley's Marin Theatre Company.
This comedy picks up immediately after the events of the Ibsen classic, Hedda Gabler. In this entertaining "sequel," Hedda finds herself in fictional character purgatory with child-murdering Medea and Mammy (from Gone With the Wind). They set off to find The Furnace, the place from which all fictional characters are born, because Hedda is determined to break her cycle of dramatic suicide. Along the way they meet all kinds of fictional stereotypes and learn that with change comes sacrifice. Enjoy this irreverent comedy at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.
The West Coast's largest indoor arts-and-crafts show kicks off the holiday season with shopping, entertainment, prizes and family fun. Guests can browse through more than 24,000 items including original art, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, specialty foods, clothing, home decor and more. With live music, a KidZone featuring make-and-take crafts for children, and plenty to do for adults, the whole family can enjoy themselves at the Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
A vast variety of samples, coupons, classes and more are on the menu for the Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo (GFAF) at the San Mateo County Event Center. Designed to be fun, educational -- and flavor-filled -- the San Mateo GFAF is the perfect place for those with dietary restrictions to discover the multitude of products catering to their nutritional and culinary needs and preferences. You'll find more than 100 exhibitors and brands at the expo with items to taste and purchase, plus speakers, workshops and more.
Inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, Mom's Gift is the story of a ghost on a mission to earn her wings to heaven. How she'll get those wings exactly is a mystery. When she shows up (in the "spirited flesh" at her husband's birthday party, her daughter is the only person who can actually hear her -- who's only present because her anger management program requested it. Family secrets will unfold is this comedy with heart at the Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose.
The best kinds of music inspire and empower us, or relate to the deepest parts of us and the ghosts that haunt us. Mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales, composer-performer Molly Joyce, poet Jacqueline Suskin and visual artist Rosemary Feit Covey tap into music that changes us and its power to interact with our lives. The potent night of music dives deep into what makes us human, in both our weakest and strongest aspects, at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center.
Weave together the feel of a classic fairy tale, the magical delight of a fractured fairy tale and the fun of a mystery in need of solving, and you can't go wrong with this expertly-woven comedy performed by San Carlos Children's Theater! Filled with hilarious characters and fun new takes on everyone's favorite stories, the Princess's quest to remember her true identity will keep you guessing right up to the happily ever after ending. Bring the whole family and see THe Princess Who Had No Name at Mustang Hall.
Stanley Banks is not ready to be the Father of the Bride, especially to his 21-year-old daughter who announces her engagement out of nowhere. As the guest list grows larger each day, and the costs spiral out of control with the addition of florists, furniture movers, dressmakers and more, the Banks household quickly becomes a scene of matrimonial mayhem. Originally written as a novel in 1949 and adapted for the stage by Caroline Francke in 1951, this story is insanely relatable, and has been seen on the big screen multiple times (once with Spencer Tracy as the titular father and later starring Steve Martin). Now you can enjoy this funny and touching play live on the stage of the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre, and don't be surprised if there's a bouquet toss!
Whether you just want to dance to your favorite hits or meet someone who appreciates your fashion choices, wear your finest blue jeans and a dressy top to the annual Blue Jean Ball! This is the perfect opportunity to stay comfortable and be yourself in a fun, social setting. Dinner is available for purchase, so you can catch a bite or get to know someone better over a meal. This event at San Jose's Blue Door is co-sponsored by The Society of Single Professionals, the world's largest non-profit singles organization.
For 30 years now, the South Bay Guitar Society has cast a highly selective musical net, enticing the world's best classical guitarists to perform as part of their acclaimed annual concert series. Musicians from Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, across the U.S. and beyond have impressed SBGS audiences with their passion, virtuosity, fingering and fretwork, in a variety of styles from classical to world. You'll hear the best works by both the old masters and contemporary composers played by artists at the top of their game at the elegant and acoustically superior Trianon or Le Petite Trianon Theatre in downtown San Jose.
No one knows what the future holds, but you can guarantee great entertainment in your future with this four-show season subscription from San Jose Stage Company. Take a break from your 2017 holiday preparations with Fool for Love. Considered by many to be Sam Shepard's masterpiece, this gritty classic follows two old flames in an encounter at a seedy Mojave Desert motel. The two take themselves and the audience on an unforgettable journey that demonstrates what happens when love and attraction cross the line to obsession. Then celebrate the Valentine season with a re-envisioning of the revered Sondheim classic Sweeney Todd. In this contemporary iteration of the macabre tale, an unjustly exiled barber returns to London seeking vengeance against the judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. When he teams up with the proprietress of the failing pie shop downstairs, the two come up with the perfect -- albeit bloody -- recipe for revenge. Sondheim's score masterfully rides the border between love and vengeance. Next there's The Postman Always Rings Twice. This world premiere of a new adaptation of James M. Cain's notorious 1934 novel is jam-packed with thrills, sex and violence. And last but definitely not least, the brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking and wickedly funny Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American punk rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell that won four Tony Awards in 2014. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Robinson through equal parts rock concert and journey of self discovery.
Wednesday Evening Previews (11/22/17 - Fool for Love, 2/07/18 - Sweeney Todd, 4/11/18 - The Postman Always Rings Twice & 5/30/18 - Hedwig & the Angry Inch) Friday Evening Previews (11/24/17 - Fool for Love, 2/09/18 - Sweeney Todd, 4/13/18 - The Postman Always Rings Twice & 6/01/18 - Hedwig & the Angry Inch) Wednesday Evening Performances (2nd, 3rd or 4th Series at 7:30pm)Thursday Evening Performances (2nd, 3rd or 4th Series at 7:30pm) Friday Evening Performances (2nd, 3rd or 4th Series at 8:00pm)
Great composers are the virtue for the second concert of the season, with Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, the most revered of the five he composed. The Monterey Symphony will welcome talented pianist David Jae-Weon Huh, making his first appearance with the orchestra. Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 was the first programmatic symphonic work, changing the course of symphonic writing for the remainder of the Romantic Era. It premiered the same night as his famous Symphony No. 5 in one of the most influential concerts in all of history. Make your way to the Sunset Center Theater in Carmel and hear these works performed live by the Monterey Symphony, along with members of the Honors Orchestra of Youth Music Monterey County.
Growing up in an impoverished family in the Bronx in the 1920s and '30s, Moss Hart dreamed of being part of the glamorous world of the theatre. Forced to drop out of school at age 13, Hart's famous memoir is a classic Horatio Alger story that plots Hart's unlikely collaboration with the legendary playwright George S. Kaufman. Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine has adapted Act One for the stage, creating a funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful play that celebrates the making of a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and his play, Once in a Lifetime. Enjoy this South Valley Civic Theatre production of Act One at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse.
One of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has been enjoying tremendous international success in concert series and at festivals worldwide. Using audience participation and social media tools, the Neave Trio is fast distinguishing itself as an ambassador of music to a wider audience through its innovative concert presentations. Highlights of the season include tours of the US, England and Spain, and the world premiere, at their Chicago debut, of a commissioned work by the major American composer Augusta Read Thomas. Trio members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia.
Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it's not just hilarious -- it's astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think Whose Line Is It Anyway?). Then the Players raise the stakes with longer, more connected scenes so good they seem scripted. But they're not: Everything that happens at Black Cat Licorice Theater is discovered in the moment.
Give thanks, clear your plates and then bring the whole family to the Made Up Theatre Thanksgiving Improv Showcase. Laugh Track City performs improvised games, scenes and songs similar to the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. With everything based on audience suggestions, it's a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre in the San Jose area.
In a single bit, comic Jerry Rocha will do a half-dozen impressions -- each one ingeniously specific (Like "the redneck afraid of a magician" or "racist uncle brooding by the Christmas tree"), all of them incredibly hilarious. His amazing stock of characters, along with his wicked way with a punchline, has made him one of the top young comics in America and a semi-finalist on season seven of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Already a well-traveled veteran of the country's top comedy clubs, Rocha has appeared on SiTV's Latino Laugh Festival and was the subject of a Travel Channel documentary. Now come out and enjoy some big laughs with Jerry Rocha at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club.
Motherhood and young children might not seem like ripe material for some of today's edgiest, darkest comedy -- but Laurie Kilmartin is no ordinary comedian. A former staff writer for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson who currently writes for TBS's Conan, Kilmartin has performed her hilarious observational stand-up about dating, motherhood and more on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Today Show, Comedy Central, VH1 and Showtime. In 2010, she was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and later co-authored the best-selling book Sh*tty Mom, inspired by her experiences as a single mother. Now Kilmartin, whose Seeso special 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad made Vulture's Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016, comes to work her magic at Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale.
Sonoma Laugh & Lovefest is a comedy weekend featuring comedians from Los Angeles, Seattle, the Bay Area and London for two nights of stand-up and sketch comedy at The NDNU Theatre in Belmont. The schedule includes We Are Thomasse, who've played to full houses in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. The New York Times says "The married comedy duo of Nick Afka Thomas and Sarah Ann Masse combine his droll British wit and her joke-packed American energy in this clever, cross-cultural sketch show." Often likened to Elaine May and Mike Nichols, We Are Thomasse is a fast-paced, old-school comedy couple whose British-American humo(u)r relies on high concepts, charmingly absurd characters and clever wordplay. Seattle's sketch comedy team Villains also appears, and stand-up comedians Ellis Rodriguez (Kevin Hart's Hart of the City on Comedy Central), Josh Covitt (The Mindy Project and Grandfathered on FOX), David Roth, Jay P. Brown, Irene Tu and Nick Hoffman, among others. Proceeds go to Sonoma County Resilience Fund and Redwood Credit Union to help families recover and rebuild. If you'd like to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child for the holidays, they will be collected for Toys for Kids.