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.
Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, Mozart and Mahler make for a sure-to-be blockbuster show from the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard joins the festivities on Thanksgiving weekend for a performance of Mahler's magical Symphony No. 4, which melodiously recalls the composer's childhood. Mahler himself conducted the premiere in Munich in 1901. MTT and the SFS are set to kick off the concert with a pair of works by Mozart, German Dances and Exsultate, jubilate, a motet originally composed for a castrato -- and since sung by a soprano.
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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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.
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.
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.
Beloved holiday show The Velveteen Rabbit returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enlivening Margery Williams' classic tale of a little boy, his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. With witty storytelling, charming music by Benjamin Britten, festive costumes and madcap characters, this annual Bay Area tradition has been delighting children for an incredible 31 years running. And with production by the acclaimed local dance company ODC, The Velveteen Rabbit's unique fusion of modern dance and compelling narration makes it a family event that older audience members will enjoy as well.
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!
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.
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that New York swing, especially for Brooklyn-born film genius Woody Allen, who can now add a musical under his belt for Bullets Over Broadway, an adaptation of his original 1994 film with Douglas McGrath. It's also a period piece, so get ready to go back to the Jazz Age when you enter the Saratoga Civic Theater. In the musical, young playwright David Shayne is looking for someone to back his next show. Enter a rich mobster with an actress girlfriend. Things get a little meta and we dive into Shakespeare's classic show within a show style, but ultimately you'll dig the big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the '20s roar.
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.
It took a fourth-quarter TD from Russell Wilson for Seattle to come from behind and beat the Niners in their first match-up this year, and now these NFC West rivals take the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for a late-season showdown. The atmosphere is always electric between these two teams, as Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks face off against first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan, C.J. Beathard, Pierre Garcon and the 49ers as part of a jam-packed Thanksgiving weekend of NFL football.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When soprano Lianna Haroutounian played the female lead in Verdi's opera Don Carlos, theater critic Mark Valencia raved, "It was the stuff of fairy tales." Now, Haroutounian is bringing her enchanted voice to San Francisco's Herbst Theatre for a solo recital with acclaimed pianist Tamara Sanikidze that will transport you to a time and a place far, far away. With works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Komitas and many more, this concert performance by one of the most promising sopranos of her generation will leave opera fans living happily ever after.
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)
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.
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.
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.