See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when Winter Wonderland brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rink for ice skating to a different musical theme each night -- from '90s hits to movie soundtracks to Motown. The ongoing schedule includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, holiday arts and crafts stations, wine tasting and more. Plus, while you're having your frosty fun, you can also do some good. Donate canned food items when you arrive and Second Harvest Food Bank will make sure they're delivered to someone in need.
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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.
WinterFest is coming to California's Great America in Santa Clara, bringing an ice rink, lights, decorations, live entertainment and acres of holiday fun for the whole family. Bake cookies with Mrs. Claus, frolic in the snowfall at Hometown Square, or watch live shows like Cool Yule Christmas and It's Christmas, Snoopy, featuring the Peanuts gang. And if you want to celebrate the holidays with some thrills, take a spin on rides like Gold Striker, Flight Deck or more than 25 others. The winter scene and Christmas celebration will be dominated by one of the Bay Area's tallest Christmas trees adorned with thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by giant toy soldiers greeting guests. This amazing event will feature more than 7 million LED lights, creating a holiday event for the entire family.
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A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, A Christmas Carol captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh.
Feel the power of the San Francisco Symphony brass section in this unique holiday event that's sure to lift your spirits. Experience the astounding power, precision and virtuosity of these talented musicians as conductor Edwin Outwater leads them through a concert filled with seasonal music at Davies Symphony Hall. You'll hear a festive mix of classical and popular holiday music arranged for brass ensemble, including Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Prokoviev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite. It's an amazing way to kick off the holiday season and get yourself in the mood to celebrate!
From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by Carmen Cusack, whose role as Alice earned her a Tony Award nomination, along with an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Bright Star -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "a gorgeous anthem to optimism" (Variety). Score your tickets today at the Curran in San Francisco.
CMT Marquee Productions wraps up a holiday gift for young and old alike: the West Coast regional premiere of Disney's musical Newsies! Based on the 1992 musical film and inspired by a true story, Newsies takes us back to the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. Jack Kelly, the charismatic leader of a ragtag band of paperboys, dreams of a life far from the hardship of the streets. But when ruthless publishing titans raise prices at the boys' expense, Jack rallies "newsies" from across the city to strike, take a stand and fight. With catchy music and high-energy choreography, this David-and-Goliath struggle will charm and inspire you at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose.
Your Instagram Stories are about to get 100% more psychedelic, thanks to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze. This perception-altering attraction at San Francisco's Pier 39 puts a trippy new twist on the old-school House of Mirrors. The entire space is flooded with neon and black lights that illuminate a labyrinth of columns and archways. Spend an hour or three (or more!) wandering about and gazing in awe. Around every corner, you'll see your own astounded reflection as you allow yourself to get gleefully lost in light.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and all your favorite Peanuts characters return to Davies Symphony Hall to bring the television classic to life. The entire gang will sing and dance across the stage while an animated backdrop completes the winter wonderland. Meanwhile, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the San Francisco Symphony and the SFS Chorus in a performance of Vince Guaraldi's iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Plus, the lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic Christmas trees and special Peanuts décor.
T-Pain headlines this New Year's Eve shindig at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center. The ninth annual Eye Heart NYE -- dubbed one of the best year-end bashes in the U.S. by Rolling Stone -- provides state-of-the-art partying for 2018, including music fest-stage production, a giant ball pit, silent disco dancing and incredible views, not to mention a five-hour open bar -- which is billed as having the top bartender-to-guest ratio of any competing party in the country. Two-time Grammy winner T-Pain, the auto-tune artist and favored guest rapper whose hits include "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "I'm Sprung," "Can't Believe It" and many more, is sure to be lighting it up with cuts off his brand new album Oblivion. Also set to perform are Mad Decent's Party Favor ("In My Head"), along with DJ Dilly, El Cool J and James Ando. VIP tix score you access to special backstage bars, lounge, bathrooms and the mezzanine overlooking the entire venue.
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 Bay Area holiday family tradition, the California Revels are back with their 32st annual Christmas show at the Scottish Rite Theater in Oakland -- where this year's theme matches the gorgeous setting. A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year with plenty of high-kicking, kilt-wearing excitement, from traditional court dancing, ballads and reels to fascinating folk tales. Get your Outlander on with the Abbots Bromley Antler Dance and plenty of pipes and fiddles. As always, the local chorus of adults, teens and kids add to the plaid-filled fun, along with performances by regular favorites and newcomers as well.
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest makes its triumphant return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, accompanied by a bevy of stars, for another superhero-sized weekend event. This year's lineup is set to include Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Katrina Law from Arrow, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell of The Flash, Caity Lotz from Legends of Tomorrow and more. This fan-driven con not only gives you the opportunity to personally meet your favorite celebrities, but also offers tons of different panels to give you the behind-the-scenes scoop straight from creators and cast members. Plus, there're plenty of vendors, artists, cosplayers and more on hand to add to the excitement.
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.
The Santa Clara Ballet Company's 44th annual production of Benjamin Reyes' full-length, traditional version of the Nutcracker ballet is a holiday family favorite with sparkling choreography set to the renowned music of P.I. Tchaikovsky. Andre Reyes, former principal dancer at the San Francisco Ballet, returns to perform with the Santa Clara Ballet Company, joined by Marcos Vedovetto most recently with the San Francisco Opera Ballet, Sharon Kung, with Dance Theatre of San Francisco and Mikhail Guz, Principal Dancer with the Santa Clara Ballet Company. Rowan Allegra reprises her role at the Santa Clara Convention Center as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
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.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to North America on its 25th anniversary tour. Nearly 40 renowned dancers bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to sweep up the whole family in the spirit of the season. Don't miss the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker when it leaps onto the stage at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
A lot of holiday concerts out there will put you in the spirit of the season, but if you want a little soul with your holiday music, then you need this concert from the San Francisco Symphony. Conductor Charles Floyd will lead the orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in a feel-good program of gospel, soul and jazz faves that'll have you on your feet. With their soaring harmonies, the choir has performed and recorded with the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Linda Ronstadt and MC Hammer. There will also be some special guest vocalists dropping by to spread the cheer at Davies Symphony Hall.
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.
A Bay Area holiday favorite, Mark Morris Dance Group's The Hard Nut is back at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with its retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker, complete with gender-bending snowflakes, twinkle-toed G.I. Joes and a wacky family holiday party featuring a Soul Train-style dance line. It's been called a "sublime marriage of wit, music, and movement" by the San Francisco Chronicle, not to mention "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" by Dance Magazine. Plus, Tchaikovsky's ever-brilliant score is performed live by members of the Berkeley Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.
Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.
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.
Who knew fans and families across the country would await this nice Jewish boy's arrival with the kind of anticipation reserved for St. Nick? For his 20th anniversary Christmas Tour, nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz reunites with two members of the original lineup, pianist David Benoit and guitarist Peter White, along with trumpet maestro Rick Braun and newcomer, singer Selina Albright. Together, these five artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs, at City National Civic of San Jose.
This season, join the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Nourse Theater for the iconic holiday tradition Elfstravaganza: Making the North Pole Gay Again! The Chorus brings its glorious singing and hilarious hijinks for a journey from the comfort and coziness of your home all the way to the North Pole. Expect the unexpected with 250 elves in their best holiday drag, a team of fabulous reindeer, handsome lumbersexuals, Mr. and Mrs. Claus singing opera, and even a few nuns thrown in for an unforgettable night of fun.
Over the past half-century the San Jose Dance Theatre has chalked up 51 enchanting productions of the dreamland adventures of a little girl and her treasured Christmas gift in The Nutcracker -- and now's your chance to snag a seat for number 52. With Tchaikovsky's breathtaking score once again performed by the Cambrian Symphony, this ballet performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is a dazzling display complete with sparkling costumes, wintertime scenery and a giant Christmas tree. San Francisco Ballet dancers Julia Rowe and Jaime Garcia Castilla (December 1-3) are set to star as well as Cincinnati Ballet dancers Chisako Oga and James Cunningham (December 8-10), plus young student dancers from the company's academy. Don't miss this grand holiday adventure that twists and turns from an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
Jump, Jive and Jingle Bells! Nobody keeps the season swinging with as much flair as the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Since he was little, legendary rocker Brian Setzer dreamed of fronting a big band with an electric guitar. Now, as lead guitarist and vocalist for the BSO, he's backed by trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, string bass and drums. Achieving international success with their cover of "Jump, Jive an' Wail," the band is equally well known for their rockin' take on the Christmas classics. A favorite of the Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony, their exhilarating holiday shows are fan favorites from coast to coast. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy holiday songs, including selections from the BSO's latest record, Rockin' Rudolph, when the 14th annual Christmas Rocks! tour swings through the Warfield in San Francisco with special guests The Texas Gentlemen.
The calendar might be ready to move to 2018, but during this New Year's Eve concert, you'll feel like you've traveled back in time to the golden era of vocal groups as The Whispers and The Dramatics take the stage. R&B-dance legends The Whispers have been delivering dance-ready hits for nearly 50 years, scoring chart-toppers in the '70s and '80s with singles like "Rock Steady," "And the Beat Goes On," "Can You Do the Boogie," "Out of the Box" and more. Coming up in Detroit, The Dramatics harmonized their way to a string of hits with "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Be My Girl," "Shake It Well" and "In the Rain," and even appeared on Snoop Dogg's debut. Don't miss this New Year's celebration at Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.
With over 30 million YouTube fans worldwide, San Francisco's Voices of Music is the most popular early music ensemble in the United States by a wide margin, and one of the most popular ensembles in any genre of classical music, in the world. Performed in beautiful cathedrals around the Bay Area, their authentic interpretations of virtuoso baroque concertos are an especially vibrant treat for the ears, as the small, tight-knit group present beguiling and even playful arrangements for violins, cellos, organ and other instruments. Interpreting works by masters ranging from Vivaldi to Bach, this spectacularly talented group of musicians will transport you to another time.
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.
Long before The Amazing Race hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: Around the World in 80 Days. Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
Imagine Pee-wee's Playhouse with a touch of drag, a smidge of circus and plenty of sexy -- PeeWee's Burlesquehouse is a circus dance extravaganza from the kooky minds of Portland and Las Vegas talent, and now they're giving you an extra twisted dash of holiday cheer and seasonal sultriness. This wild and raunchy night at San Francisco's Great Star Theater will enchant you with a holiday party you won't want to miss, incorporating sexual innuendos, playhouse fantasies and burlesque, all hosted by the world famous Tana the Tattooed Lady. What Chanukah treats will be at the Playhouse, and will Pee-Wee find candy or coal in his stocking this year? This '80s television tribute answers your pressing questions in ways you never imagined possible.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to North America on its 25th anniversary tour. Almost 40 renowned dancers bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to sweep up the whole family in the Christmas spirit. Don't miss Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Cupertino's Flint Center for the Performing Arts.
A zany, merry and bright new holiday extravaganza backed by Cirque de Soleil soloists rolls into the Hammer Theatre Center 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 San Francisco show from Tandy Beal & Company, creators behind the critically-acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!
If you're looking for something a little more naughty than nice this year, join the Holiday Gaiety With Armistead Maupin and the SF Symphony. Your yuletide will get cheery listening to the holiday hits concert by the SF Symphony and Glee's Cheyenne Jackson. Maupin will dish about his odyssey from the Old South to freewheeling SF by reading wickedly witty excerpts from his memoir Logical Family. Bringing the fabulous festive flair with comedy will be drag queens Peaches Christ, Bob the Drag Queen and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The icing on the cake will be an appearance from the Celebrity Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride 2016, Melissa King (Top Chef). You don't need to go to the gym on this date because your abs will be getting a full work out from laughter at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.
Hip-hop superstar Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and his partner in rhyme Redman (of Def Squad) raise the roof at The Warfield. Two of the most popular MCs of the '90s, Method Man and Redman first teamed up in 1999 with their platinum album Blackout! and have since continued to make waves in both music and movies, with Method Man popping up in The Wire, CSI and Soul Plane, and Redman playing a role in Seed of Chucky. Together they starred in the film How High and the Fox sitcom Method & Red, but in San Francisco it's all about the hip-hop as two legends of the genre storm the stage.
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.
Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to Tchaikovsky's classic The Nutcracker. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara (or Masha, in the case of this Russian production) and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Russian Grand Ballet comes to Silicon Valley with its traditional yet dynamic version of The Nutcracker, featuring some of Russia's brightest ballet stars. Create a new holiday tradition with Tchaikovsky's immortal The Nutcracker at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See The Santaland Diaries at The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills near San Jose.
Northside Theatre Company presents its 35th annual production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol with innovative style at the Olinder Theatre in San Jose. Hailed as "the best Christmas Carol in the Bay Area" by Mercury News, Northside's production features impeccable staging and high-end production values. This stage adaptation of the Dickens classic captures all the power, humor and warmth that this ageless tale has to offer. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous and kind human being.
Your own internet history may never be further than a CTRL+H away, but if you've ever been curious about the origins of the 2000-year-old device that allows you to Youtube an endless stream of puppy videos, Google no further than Mountain View's Computer History Museum. Learn about the roots of today's technology with over 1,000 historic artifacts, which range from room-sized supercomputers to an early mouse prototype to the first-ever Apple computer. Have a blast playing a round of OG video games like Pac-Man and Pong, and then channel your inner hacker with coding demonstrations from software pros. After loading up on the past, you can jump ahead into the future as you sit in a Waymo self-driving car.
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.
Drawing on the momentum from a top 10 spot on NBC's The Voice, as well as over a decade of experience working in the music industry, singer Kat Robichaud brings her band Darling Misfits to San Francisco's Great Star Theatre for an exciting holiday blend of musical theater, rock 'n' roll and vaudeville. For the show, Robichaud and her band create a winter wonderland of decadence, bawdiness and damsels (not) in distress, complete with magicians, high-flying aerialists, burlesque dancers and drag darlings. In this holiday performance, Kat presents a festive show that's campy, decadent and a little bit naughty! A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret stars Robichaud, with guests Miss Viva Las Vegas Frankie Fictitious, local legend Carnie Asada, the charming puppetmaster Dave Haaz Baroque and more.
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You'll be saying Hello Gorgeous! when Rebecca Clark takes the stage in the Barbra Streisand Holiday Show. In this one-woman tribute show, Clark embodies the iconic performer as she sings her greatest hits and holiday favorites, interspersed with comedic dialogue and fun crowd interaction. You'll hear songs from Funny Girl, A Star Is Born and Yentl, plus "The Christmas Song," "Evergreen," "The Way We Were," "Second Hand Rose," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Memories" and more. Why settle for any old holiday show when you can let one of our greatest performers (or at least the next best thing!) get you in the holiday spirit during this musical tribute at Montgomery Theater in San Jose.
Peppa Pig -- star of her own hit children's animated series on Nick Jr. -- is back and bringing her latest fun-filled stage show to the U.S.! It's a lovely day outside and Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a wonderful surprise in store for Peppa and her little brother, George. Will they guess the exciting news? Find out at San Jose's City National Civic as Peppa and the rest of her family and friends come to life as full-sized puppets in Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig's Surprise! Expect lots of singing, dancing and audience participation during this fast-paced, funny performance that's perfect for preschoolers.
This late season match-up between the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco is bound to have playoff implications, so make plans now to head out to Levi's Stadium to cheer on the 49ers. The team's got a new brain trust this season with general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, and they've put their stamp on the squad with a host of new faces, hoping to take the Niners to their first post-season appearance since 2013. Their AFC South opponents haven't seen the post-season since '08, though they came close in 2016 with a 9-7 record.
Spend New Year's Eve with Paula Poundstone as the famed stand-up slices and dices her way through a showcase of keen cultural commentary at San Francisco's Nourse Theater. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off of a crowd. It's also why she's been the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, and why she became the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner. Ever since breaking through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, Poundstone has been a sought-after headliner whose winning, spontaneous style makes even big audiences feel like they're part of an intimate cocktail party with hilarious friends.
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.
Professional guest dancers join the talented young performers of Peninsula Youth Ballet for this annual production of The Nutcracker. Set to the cherished Tchaikovsky score, the dance tells the timeless story of young Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Mouse King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Kingdom of Sweets. Kick off the season with this beloved holiday classic at San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
Catch some of the nation's top stand-up comics, spreading laughs as they pass through the San Jose Improv. One of the region's top comedy clubs, the theater that houses the club once hosted magician Harry Houdini and comic actor Charlie Chaplin on its stage. Today, the San Jose Improv regularly features many of California's funniest and most famous comedians, as well as touring performers from around the country.
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Once again offering less-than-traditional holiday fare, Mountain View's Pear Theatre celebrates the season with a satire, written and directed by James Kopp. In The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol, a small theater in Northern California fears closing its doors after mounting costly shows with poor sales. Hoping to appeal to a larger audience, the artistic director puts up Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. With signature humor from the writer of such productions as Geeks vs. Zombies and Super Villain!!, The Millionth Production also gives serious consideration to the compromises between art for art's sake and art that pays.
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.
Two teams building for the future collide at Levi's Stadium as the Jacksonville Jaguars clash with the San Francisco 49ers in an AFC-NFC showdown. The Jaguars hope they've landed a running back for the future when they drafted former LSU star Leonard Fournette to join forces with QB Blake Bortles. The 49ers are building a wall on defense, with rookie Solomon Thomas joining DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead to create an imposing front line. Check out one of the NFL's coolest stadiums with these sweet seats and cheer the Niners on to victory.
The top spot in Pac-12 football is up for grabs again, so it's time for a North vs. South battle royale. The Pac-12 North team has won every year, so there'll be a lot of pressure on USC, who have already clinched the South, to bring the first victory home in 2017. In the North, the Washington teams and Stanford are still battling it out, with a few more games left to determine who gets the spot. If Washington prevails, they'll be defending their 2016 Championship, and if Stanford is the team taking the field, they'll be looking for an astounding fourth victory in this Championship game. Whoever's playing, it'll be a tough battle on the field at Levi's Stadium between some of the best athletes in the country.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 5:00pm (Pac-12 North Champion vs. USC Trojans)
Masters of condensing the classics, the fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company take you on an irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays fit for the whole family. If you can't take one more sappy Christmas carol or glowing homage to the wonder of the season, The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is your antidote. This fast-paced bout of slapstick merriment finds three fairly clueless performers forced to perform an entire Christmas Pageant after none of the scheduled acts arrive. Enjoy this bitingly funny and original Christmas show at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center.
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.
Enjoy an evening of holiday music and celebrate the season of giving with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito. Bianco Natale delivers a collection of holiday favorites, opera and American, Italian and Spanish standards to the Bayside Performing Arts Center. This San Mateo performance benefits the Notable Music and Arts Organization.
Treat yourself to a fall concert of hard-hitting, faithful renditions of Motown favorites, R&B classics and soul jams with Top Shelf's award-winning tribute show. Top Shelf's fully staged and choreographed production will take you on a musical journey from the early doo-wop days, through the classic sounds of Motown, Staxx and Atlantic up to the smooth soul favorites of the '80s. You'll hear stone-cold oldies by Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and more, all performed by a talented cast decked out in period costume at Club Fox in Redwood City.
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.
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)
Forget the same old boring holiday celebration and put a little Latin flair in your festivities when the Flamenco Society of San Jose hosts a Christmas Flamenco Juerga (jam session). With musical arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar and percussion, festival-style flamenco adds a red-hot dash to the Christmas spirit. The passion, power and emotion of flamenco finds an intimate setting at the Historic Hoover Theatre, with a great cast of flamenco artists, Koko de la Isla's Dance & Company, and a special guest appearance by the Flamenco Society Dance Academy.
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
"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.
How in the Dickens does Kellan Baker do it? Play all 34 characters in A Christmas Carol, that is. Stage adaptations of Charles Dickens' Christmas classic usually delight and charm, but rarely do they leave audiences flat-out floored. And yet, amazement might be the most appropriate reaction to this tour de force turn from veteran performer Baker. With only props for company, he recreates the teeming world of Victorian London in a production that touches on tragedy, pathos, humor and fun. Experience an old favorite in an entirely new way during Scrooge: One Christmas Carol at San Jose's Montgomery Theater.
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.
Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at Carmel's Sunset Center Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.
20-year-old concert pianist and Bay Area native Daniel Hsu won the Bronze Medal and two top prizes at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Still riding high on that wave of success, Hsu comes to the Trianon Theatre to share his talents with San Jose. The Steinway Society hosts this amazing pianist, praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a "poet...[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes."
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening of family-friendly yuletide favorites at the West Bay Community Band Holiday Concert. Comprised of over 40 members from throughout the San Francisco peninsula, the West Bay Community Band ushers in the holiday season with a selection of beloved songs at Mills High School Theater in Millbrae.
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.
The nonprofit live theater company Dragon Theatre produces shows that are uncommon, intimate and accessible to its audiences, artists and community. With an emphasis on empathy and boldness, their works illuminate deeper facets of the human condition. Dragon Late Nights stays open on select Friday nights in Redwood City to showcase up-and-coming local talents with unique performances, from song and dance to storytelling, that you won't see anywhere else.