Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls and you have an assured night of theater for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theatre. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart -- or keeps you laughing -- like the Golden Girls.
Thursday November 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (With Special Guest Star Alaska 5000)Friday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday December 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday December 10, 2017 / 7:00pm
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and along the San Francisco Bay's historic waterfront on Blue & Gold Fleet's Bay Cruise Adventure. This fully narrated one-hour tour features information and history on city landmarks and plenty of opportunities for taking pictures of the unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, so you can experience the sights and sounds from out on deck or take it all in from the warmth and comfort of an interior seat -- either experience makes for a truly great San Francisco adventure.
Sunday October 22, 2017 / Various TimesMonday October 23, 2017 / Various TimesTuesday October 24, 2017 / Various TimesWednesday October 25, 2017 / Various TimesThursday October 26, 2017 / Various TimesFriday October 27, 2017 / Various TimesSaturday October 28, 2017 / Various TimesSunday October 29, 2017 / Various Times
Every third Thursday of the month at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga offers a themed evening of dancing, tasty food booths, classic cocktails, wine tasting and more. The November installment of this super-fun event is Bollywood Night, an ode to the wildly entertaining Indian film tradition that is full of spectacular dance numbers, lavish costumes and over-the-top characters. DJ Daniel provides the tunes. You provide the good vibes.
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.
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.
Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Champagne Gala Opening Night)Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
Just in time for the holidays! Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning, but watch out for the loony lost boys, precocious pirates, and a carnivorous crocodile along the way. One of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Peter Pan has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell's fairy dust to muster its magic, with unforgettable songs including "I Won't Grow Up" and "I Gotta Crow." Palo Alto Players' annual family offering will surely "hook" all those who truly believe at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto.
Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pm
Be there when this inspiring musical sees its world premiere with this TheatreWorks production, as The Prince of Egypt begins its international journey towards a debut in Denmark next year. This soaring celebration of the human spirit features a dazzling and diverse cast in one of the greatest stories ever told -- the saga of Moses and his Pharaoh brother, Ramses. Inspired by the 1998 animated film and featuring a score that includes the Oscar-winning "When You Believe" by the composer of Wicked, this transcendent journey of faith and family can be enjoyed on the Main Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 7:00pm
When Steve Martin imagines a meeting between two of history's greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same gritty Parisian bistro. In Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two icons muse on the century's achievements and other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Picasso's date, his mistress, an elderly philosopher, an idiot inventor and a charismatic singer from another era inject humor and absurdity into the conversation when San Jose favorite Kirsten Brandt directs the witty Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Hammer Theatre Center.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday November 8, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 11:00amThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:00pm
This cult classic horror/sci-fi parody -- which inspired the 1975 long-running midnight movie beloved by millions -- takes place on a dark and stormy night, as clean-cut sweethearts Brad and Janet find themselves stranded on a lonely road. The innocent couple seeks refuge at the castle of gender-bending mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter. Once inside, they have their eyes opened to a whole new world of sex, science -- and maybe even love. Come dance the "Time Warp," and hear all your favorite Rocky Horror hits. It's the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season at the Victoria Theatre.
Thursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:00pmTuesday October 31, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 1, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
A powerful play that explores the 1980s AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart follows a group of queer activists, their lovers and their struggle for equality in a time of danger. This moving and always relevant piece shows at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 3:00pm (Preview)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Opening Night)Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pm Thursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 3:00pm Saturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pm
Behind a secret door near the intersection of North Beach and Chinatown lies a dimly lit subterranean realm teeming with colorful characters and overlapping storylines. This is The Speakeasy, an interactive theatrical experience that 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.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pm
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to the Bay Area. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such iconic pop classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice.Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 7:30pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
Come check out Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks as they hit the ice at the Tank. Here's your chance to bring your friends and family to SAP Center and watch one of the NHL's elite while enjoying new options for drinks and food along with the fun atmosphere of the SAP Center. You won't want to miss all the big hits, highlight-reel goals and sweet skating.
Wednesday November 8, 2017 / 7:30pm (vs. Tampa Bay Lightning)
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!
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:30pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pm
Powered by the pulse-pounding, breathtaking ability of its performers, World of Dance became a NBC TV sensation over the summer. Now, some of your favorite dance innovators are back for the live tour, which makes a stop at City National Civic of San Jose. Featuring junior division finalist Eva Igo, plus crowd favorites Diana Pombo, DNA, Supercr3w, Elektrobotz and The Mihacevich Sisters, this show promises to be an electric celebration of dance innovation.
Larry Shue's The Foreigner is full of secret conversations, hidden identities and lots of laughs. When an introvert traveler fakes a language barrier while visiting Georgia to avoid conversations, playing dumb teaches him a lot about others and himself. You will never have more fun exploring communication -- and miscommunication -- than in this show at The Louis B. Mayer Theatre in Santa Clara.
Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmWednesday November 8, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
Third Eye Blind, the alt-rock hit-makers behind '90s gems "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be," roll into San Jose with their Fall of the Summer Gods tour to close out a banner year of travel. Frontman Stephan Jenkins and the rest of the San Francisco-born band have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their breakout self-titled debut. The group is still in peak form two decades later; last year alone, they dropped the We Are Drugs EP and made the festival rounds, including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Catch them when they hit the stage of City National Civic with a show that spans two decades of music.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler explore the hidden motivations that secretly drive our choices about money. Ariely, professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, co-authored Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter with Kreisler, a Princeton-educated lawyer turned comedian. The pair explains why our irrational behavior often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances. Cutting through our unconscious fears and desires to help improve our spending habits, Ariely and Kreisler offer tangible advice and lessons about credit card debt, household budgeting and holiday spending. Learn how to make better financial choices by saving and spending smarter at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club.
It's that time of year: The air is turning colder, the days are growing shorter, and the mountains are beginning to call to you. And come that first snow, you'll be hitting those slopes. But first, you've got to gear up. Luckily, there's the SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival. This two-day extravaganza will feature great deals on pretty much anything you can take in the snow (probably no sled dogs, though). The actual mountains will most likely have ski lifts, but just in case, you can bone up on your mountaineering skills on the Bear Valley climbing wall. There will also be a BMX and skate ramp show, opportunities to win prizes and more. And if you nab a Powder Pass, you'll get three lift tickets. Winter is coming ... so make like Jon Snow and get ready at Pier 35 in San Francisco.
Saturday November 4, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pm
Even if you've read all of David Sedaris' best-selling books, heard every segment he's performed on This American Life, and caught all of his appearances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, prepare to be delightfully surprised when he arrives at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. It's an evening of all new readings, a Q&A session and book signing of his latest: a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002). Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. He has sold more than seven million books, which include such comedic classics as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Now "the prime candidate for funniest writer alive" (Salon) comes to San Jose for a night full of incisive social critiques and his trademark sardonic wit.
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.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Manuel Valera)Monday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pm (Emmet Cohen)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Aaron Schultz Trio)Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pm (Lewis Jordan and Music at Large)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Nebula)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dave Potter Group)Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pm (Razavi/Vichev)Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pm (Scared of Spiders)
Ibsen's 1882 drama is all too timely as it delves into a political firestorm over poisoned water and the courage it takes to fight it. When Dr. Stockman discovers that the medicinal baths that have made his town a travel destination may in fact be poisoned, he faces off against the mayor -- who also happens to be his brother. As the siblings go head-to-head, political and ethical issues rise to the surface with shocking consequences for everyone. Mountain View's Pear Theatre stages a new production of An Enemy of the People from the recent Broadway revival, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 29, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pm
Few characters are as synonymous with seduction as the biblical character Salomé. From the New Testament to Oscar Wilde to Richard Strauss, Salomé has served as a symbol for the dangers of female sexuality for hundreds of years. As the story goes, Salomé, Princess of Judaea, requested the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter as a reward for performing the "Dance of the Seven Veils." Now, this charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution in an occupied desert nation. Internationally acclaimed theater director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create this urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre, the second incarnation of the adaptation first created at Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2015. See the filmed performance of Salomé at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center in this National Theatre Live HD screening.
Two NFC rivals meet once again when the New York Giants trek to the Bay to battle the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Giants are considered to be one of the favorites in the NFC East thanks to the combo of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., one of the league's most dangerous passing pairs. The new-look 49ers will try to outscore the G-Men with Brian Hoyer leading the passing game and WR Pierre Garcon snagging balls in the slot. There's nothing like seeing the NFL in person, and you can cheer on the Niners with these great seats.
Sunday November 12, 2017 / 1:25pm (vs. New York Giants)
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.
Wednesday October 25, 2017 / NoonWednesday October 25, 2017 / 1:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 2:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / NoonThursday October 26, 2017 / 1:00pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / NoonFriday October 27, 2017 / 1:00pm
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.
Friday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
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.
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.
Friday November 24, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 9:45pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday November 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
Thursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 9:45pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 7:00pm
"Family-friendly improv comedy" is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
Sunday November 5, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 2:00pm
This season's Stanford Cardinal football team is not only looking to defend its Pac-12 division crown, but possibly steamroll all the way to a national championship. With do-everything running back Christian McCaffrey jumping, stiff-arming and twirling toward a Heisman Trophy bid, the offense is on fire under coach David Shaw, and the defense has been shutting opponents down right and left. Put on your Cardinal red and cheer the gang on in person at Stanford Stadium, where the air is crisp and the atmosphere is crackling.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pm (vs. Washington Huskies)Saturday November 25, 2017 / TBD - vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has earned a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to Cupertino. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Friday November 24, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday November 26, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pm
For its final concert of the season, the Santa Clara University Orchestra is mixing things up with a mashup of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Weaving together Vivaldi's baroque elegance with Piazzolla's sultry tangos in alternating movements, the orchestra creates a fascinating dialogue between the two works. Led by music director and conductor John Kennedy, this springtime concert at Mission Santa Clara de Asis will feature SCU's talented violinists taking turns as soloists.
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.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package -- and some serious bragging rights -- at the end of the evening.
Saturday October 28, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 6:00pm
Don't miss this scintillating and genre-defying evening of totally original dance works from today's most talented choreography students at Santa Clara University. Expect the unexpected -- you might just catch the next big choreographer's work on the stage of the Louis B. Mayer Theatre.
Thursday November 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 7:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 9:00pm
Take a trip back in time to the era of big band jazz with the Santa Clara University Jazz Band and Combo, under the direction of Sam Griffith and Kristen Strom. In this swinging performance at Santa Clara University's Music Recital Hall, the groups will play a variety of catchy big band hits. Grounded in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the talented students who make up this smooth, stylish ensemble will perform classics that'll keep you grooving all night long.
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 Mateo County Event Center.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 10:00am-6:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pm
Following a two-year run at Caroline's on Broadway and an evening at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden, comedian Colin Kane takes the stage at the San Jose Improv. A New York native, Kane's uncensored comedy and sharp crowd work earned him the top spot in Howard Stern's Kill or Be Killed competition, and he's a regular radio guest on The Opie & Anthony Show. Kane has played the New York comedy club circuit as well as venues in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Boston, Mexico City, Norway and Stockholm, and Dennis Miller calls him "the next really big comedian."
Friday November 3, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 9:45pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 9:00pm
It's December of 1942, and New York's little radio-station-that-could will air its final broadcast of the holiday-themed Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. The 1940s Radio Hour is a timeless musical full of classic tunes, swinging dance numbers, five-part harmony and holiday cheer. Including enchanting songs like "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "You Go to My Head" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," The 1940s Radio Hour is like a time capsule of fond Christmas memories. Fall in love with the charming and nostalgic tale when the Los Altos Stage Company presents The 1940s Radio Hour at the Bus Barn Theater.
Thursday November 30, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday December 6, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday December 7, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday December 13, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday December 14, 2017 / 8:00pm
Experience the rush of live music during an evening with the Santa Clara University Wind Symphony. The program, led by Music Director and Conductor Dr. Anthony Rivera, pushes the boundaries of the symphonic band repertoire, with performances of beloved classical and popular compositions, or interpretations of contemporary music. You might hear anything from John Philip Sousa to Sigur Rós through the rich sounds of wind, brass, and percussion. The band includes music program majors and minors. The concert takes place at Music Recital Hall on the campus of Santa Clara University.
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.
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.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
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!
Friday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday November 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
Known for his high-energy kvetching and hilarious complaints about everyday life, stand-up comic Orny Adams has made appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman, and he had his own hourlong Comedy Central special, Orny Adams: Takes the Third. He first gained national fame in 2002's Comedian, Jerry Seinfeld's documentary about the stand-up comedy life. As an actor, Adams appeared alongside Adam Sandler in Judd Apatow's Funny People and played the eccentric Coach Finstock on MTV's Teen Wolf.
Thursday November 30, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 9:45pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday December 3, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
Friday October 27, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 1, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 8, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday December 15, 2017 / 8:00pm
He's been called "The Rocker of the Flute" (Informador de Guadalajara) and has established a reputation as "one of the nation's top emerging young concert artists" (Del Mar Times). Now flautist Ray Furuta is bringing his incredible talents to Music Recital Hall at Santa Clara University. Furuta is an expressive and dynamic performer, with interests and influences ranging from contemporary to chamber music. Having performed and taught across the globe, his recital promises to be an exciting journey through a variety of genres and styles.
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. You don't need to be a biddy biddy rich, yidle-diddle-didle-didle man to get your hands on these exclusive pre-sale tickets.
Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 6:00pm
Texan stand-up comic, writer and actor Shane Torres looks like a Native American Meatloaf impersonator, and he's fine with that. He's cracked up audiences at festivals and venues all across the country. He's performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops, and made appearances at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival, the RIOT comedy festival in Los Angeles and Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Armed with his disarming drawl and quick wit, Shane Torres now makes his way to Sunnyvale's Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday November 5, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
Thursday November 2, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
It was at the age of four that Nef the Pharaoh got his first taste of the spotlight, winning first place for rapping in a high school talent show while he was still in preschool. An outlier by any measure, Nef -- now 22 years old -- has collaborated with fellow hip-hop artist E-40, who also issued Nef's self-titled EP in 2015, spawning the track "Big Tymin'" -- a hit with critics and fans alike. Now, hot off the release of his latest album, The Chang Project, Nef the Pharaoh brings his live show to the stage of Back Bar SoFa in San Jose.
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.
Friday November 24, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday November 25, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday November 26, 2017 / 7:00pm
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.
Thursday November 16, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 17, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday November 19, 2017 / 7:00pm
When comedian Sean Donnelly wants to feel like a millionaire, he just walks into Old Navy with a hundred bucks and a top hat. With his blue-collar comedy and hilarious observational humor, Sean Donnelly has scored various television appearances such as MTV's Jenked, The Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central's Adam Devine's House Party. Donnelly has also earned semi-finalist spot in the Boston Comedy Festival as well as appearing regularly on TruTv's World's Dumbest. Now Donnelly brings on the laughs at Sunnyvale's Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club.
Thursday November 9, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 9:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 9:30pmSunday November 12, 2017 / 7:00pm