An elegant yet whimsical homage to the Edwardian era and the creations of illustrator-author Edward Gorey, the Edwardian World's Faire is part of the world-famous Edwardian Ball. This unique extravaganza merges live music, theater, fashion, circus, fine art, riveting stage shows, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs and character play into a whirlwind cultural adventure. You can peruse the unique vendor bazaar, wander the haunted grounds of the 1909 Masonic Ballroom, sip locally distilled absinthe cocktails and try your hand at parlor games. This year, the annual event features The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll's Imbroglio, a one-of-a-kind interactive Gorey tale. Get decked out in a fanciful costume of your own, then experience this decadent evening at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom.
Make someone's holiday this year by giving them the gift of Cirque du Soleil. One of the most popular entertainment events in the world, Cirque du Soleil always provides a magical experience, no matter the theme of the show. Whether they're turning the Beatles' hits into a psychedelic circus or bringing to life a steampunk world of clockwork curiosities, Cirque du Soleil brings unrivaled visual imagination and jaw-dropping acrobatics to their productions. The Cirque du Soleil gift card allows the recipient to choose any Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas or any of the touring shows across the U.S. and Canada. The card balance never expires, is good for any available date and it's super easy to use -- just go to the Cirque du Soleil website and follow the instructions to pick your show. You can even use it for merchandise, food and beverage purchases at Big Top shows and merchandise at Las Vegas resident shows. Gift cards cannot be used on Goldstar.
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.
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.
For most people, ice is a nuisance: something to be slipped on, chiseled off a windshield on a snowy day or avoided altogether out on the open road. But for a select few, ice is a canvas upon which they practice breathtaking feats of athleticism, acrobatics and grace, all of which you can see in person at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship in San Jose. The best figure skaters from across America are coming to the SAP Center for this competition, and you can be sure they'll be bringing their A-game, because this is the final qualifying event prior to the selection of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After watching these masters twirling, dancing and flying with ease, you'll never look at that patch of ice in your driveway the same way again.
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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Back in 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway ... and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production, and it's making a stop in San Jose. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters: love. See this musical sensation on the stage of the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Northern California's largest car show is coming to San Jose McEnery Convention Center to showcase the future of driving -- from electric cars to over-the-top exotics. At the Silicon Valley Auto Show, you can see what's new in fuel efficiency and luxury rides and even test drive 2018 models from Ford, Chevy, Toyota and more. Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the new automotive world, so don't miss this chance to see not just what you'll be driving in the future, but how you'll be driving too.
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.
Playwright, pianist and actor Hershey Felder is famed for bringing musical greats like Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Franz Liszt and more to life via a series of engaging and acclaimed solo shows. His latest subject is Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who's not only considered one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world-famous compositions like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6. Now, Felder pulls back the curtain on the curious life of the beloved and tormented composer at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Cooleyhighharmony returns to Oakland! Four-time Grammy winners Boyz II Men have been thrilling fans with their pristine a cappella vocals for more than 20 years, and with some 60 million albums out the door, they now reign as the biggest-selling R&B group of all time. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris are still together, recording and performing hits like "Motownphilly," "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road," which was ranked No. 1 for a record-breaking 13 weeks. They've also been named Billboard Magazine's top musical group of the '90s and earned a star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame. Come catch their sweet harmonies live at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
Two-time Tony-winner Judith Ivey (Hurlyburly, Will & Grace, Grey's Anatomy) stars in Harold Pinter's darkly comic classic at the Geary Theater in San Francisco. When asked what his surrealist plays were really all about, the Nobel and Tony-winning playwright famously replied, "the weasel under the cocktail cabinet." Whether you prefer that definition, or describe it as a "comedy of menace," The Birthday Party is pure Pinter. It revolves around Petey, Meg and their long-time tenant Stanley, a retired pianist, who lead a quiet life at a seaside boarding house ... until two strangers show up. Their presence turns Stanley's surprise birthday celebration into something much more sinister, which includes a high-stakes game of blindman's bluff and a mysterious blackout. A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli and Stratford Fest star Scott Wentworth are also set to appear in the company's new production.
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.
Legendary singer-heartthrob Engelbert Humperdinck heats up the stage once again with his world-class charm, smoking-hot good looks and the ability to just plain entertain. With more than 140 million records sold to date, this music-industry idol has recorded everything from romantic ballads like "Quando, Quando, Quando," "Release Me," "The Last Waltz," "Spanish Eyes" and "After the Lovin'" to the platinum-selling "Lesbian Seagull" from Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. The man born Arnold George Dorsey also boasts four Grammy nominations, 35 platinum records, 64 gold records, a Golden Globe Award for Entertainer of the Year and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don't miss the chance to see him live at City National Civic in San Jose.
A troupe of China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and gymnasts, the Peking Acrobats return to Zellerbach Hall to dazzle with spellbinding feats and daring maneuvers. Drawing on more than 2,000 years of tradition and 50 years of performing, these rigorously trained acrobats -- armed with tremendous agility and grace -- create a true cirque-style carnival of trick cycling, powerful precision tumbling and other cringe-worthy maneuvers that've gained them worldwide fame, including an appearance in the hit movie Ocean's Eleven. Live musicians playing Chinese folk instruments, vibrant costumes and exciting special effects add extra flair to this already captivating performance.
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sorta like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their really clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But the hometown Harlem team is making a stop at Oakland's Oracle Arena to play the long-suffering Washington Generals ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
If you're slow on the social media uptake, not up on apps and still can't figure out how to pronounce "gif," Megabytes! is the production for you. This musical revue features comedic songs and sketches that delve into the frustrations, annoyances and occasional joys of surviving in a high-tech world. Playwright Morris Bobrow ushers you through the kinds of relatable situations your basic, everyday non-techie person knows all too well. Log off from swiping, scrolling and surfing and spend a little quality analog time at San Francisco's Shelton Theater.
Las Vegas' longest-running scripted show, Menopause The Musical has been seen by more than 11 million women worldwide! The show now comes alive at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose. This joyful musical parody tells the tale of four ladies with nothing in common except a certain black lace bra. They meet by chance at a lingerie sale in a department store and end up poking fun at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. With classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s moving the action along, these diverse women in Menopause The Musical create a sisterhood as they realize that menopause is a shared experience.
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.
Inspired by a true story, The Road to Mecca follows Miss Helen, a South African widow who harbors an unconventional artistic impulse. She is caught between an old friend who urges her to conform and a young friend who encourages her to follow her heart. Time magazine included the play in its "Theatre: Best of the Decade" list, praising playwright Athol Fugard's compassion and the play's "Ibsenesque conflict." The play will be directed by the Pear's new artistic director Elizabeth Craig and will feature emeritus director Diane Tasca as Miss Helen. Don't miss The Road to Mecca at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View.
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.
Step into the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930 Berlin, where seductive singer Sally Bowles (played by Liza Minnelli in the '72 film version, for which she won her Oscar) enchants the crowd nightly. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with numbers like "Maybe This Time," "Don't Tell Mama," "Two Ladies" and, of course, "Cabaret." The misfits and outcasts of Berlin dance on the edge of oblivion, taking refuge from the storm of a rapidly changing society where their kind is less than welcome. Don't miss this production from theTRIBE at San Francisco's Great Star Theater.
Seven-time Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax throws down with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for a pair of concertos by Mozart and Schoenberg. As an Avery Fisher Prize-winning soloist and the longtime duo recital partner of Yo-Yo Ma, Ax has inspired a legion of fans known as "Manny Ax's Maniax." He's sure to bring his "thoughtful, lyrical [and] lustrous" (The Washington Post) performance style to these powerful pieces, while Tilson and the symphony take on Beethoven's Leonore overture and Robert Strauss' lively Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, inspired by the trickster of German folklore.
At Thursdays On The Mountain, dress up in your favorite fashions of the '80s and '90s, get your groove on and join the fun on the Mountain! At these monthly evenings, come enjoy dancing to era-specific music as you partake of award-winning Estate wine tasting, classic cocktails and tasty bites at Mountain Winery in Saratoga. The Mountain Winery is renowned for its Burgundian-styled Estate Pinot Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay established with the help of winemaker that was a protege of Paul Masson. Your ticket includes entry, entertainment, games and parking.
As part of the San Francisco Symphony's celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centennial, Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas conducts a concert version of his comic operetta Candide, complete with acclaimed vocalists and chorus at Davies Hall. A true American legend, Bernstein may be best known for Broadway musicals like West Side Story and On the Town, but Candide's proven popular over the years too, as it details a madcap odyssey around the world. Originally adapted from Voltaire's famed novel, the naïve titular hero sets off to find his one true love, the beautiful Cunegonde, while enduring a series of comic misadventures that take him through wars, plagues, pirates, swindlers and even the Spanish Inquisition. Along the journey you'll be treated to renditions of such memorable tunes as "Glitter and Be Gay," "Make Our Garden Grow" and "The Best of All Possible Worlds," performed by Jay Armstrong Johnson, Meghan Picerno and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sorta like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, El Gato and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at the SAP Center at San Jose to play the long-suffering Washington Generals ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
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.
Enjoy an evening of great concert band music featuring the West Bay Community Band from Millbrae, California and the Cameraygal Wind Symphony from Lane Cove, Australia. The West Bay Community Band is a community concert band with over 40 members from throughout the San Francisco peninsula. The Cameraygal Wind Symphony comprises a group of approximately 45 members. The group's performance focus centers on the classic and new serious wind band repertoire along with the occasional lighter entertainment concert pieces.
You've seen those crowds pop up at block parties, beer gardens and other massive public gatherings with whimsically gigantic headphones. They're usually dancing their hearts out -- to seemingly complete silence. Now, you can be a part of the party that's happening inside the headphones at Los Gatos Bar and Grill. Quiet Clubbing is a cutting-edge party that offers three live DJs, spinning hip-hop, entrancing EDM tracks and club-worthy throw-backs from the '80s and '90s. You can access all the music via your free-to-use wireless headphones and switch among channels at any time. The volume's adjustable, so you can go as loud or as mellow as you like, and each set features LED lights, so you'll know which channel the cutie next to you just picked.
Insignificance imagines a meeting of the minds between Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Senator Joe McCarthy and Joe DiMaggio in a New York hotel room in the 1950s. Using these archetypes as a jumping-off point, playwright Terry Johnson shows that celebrity, sex, death and politics are all intertwined. Hilarious and heartbreaking, Insignificance shows us that everything is in fact relative. Catch this play at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.
Say "I do!" to a day bursting with great wedding planning resources and fun. As the Bay Area's top bridal expo, the Palo Alto Wedding Fair is an unbeatable one-stop-shop for brides-to-be and their loved ones, bringing together all things matrimonial under one roof at the Palo Alto Crowne Plaza. Enjoy European luxury in Silicon Valley during the bridal fashion show, where you can check out the latest in wedding gown fashions. You can also visit with wedding professionals to help pick out the perfect party favors, flowers, photographers and cake. Along the way, you'll snag exclusive discounts from more than 60 of the city's top wedding vendors, specializing in photo booths, reception tables, custom headwear, honeymoon destinations and much more. You'll also have the chance to enter giveaways -- most notably for a $10,000 wedding package and Las Vegas getaways -- during this fun and productive day.
One of YouTube's biggest breakout comedy stars (with more than 65 million views and counting), "thinking man's comic" Steve Hofstetter now brings his no-holds-barred stand-up show to the Full Circle Brewing in Fresno. Comedy Without Apology features some of his most unfiltered, hilarious and very adult observations about virtually anything and everything under the sun. Along with his popular YouTube videos, Hofstetter's performed on TV, with sets on The Late Late Show and Comics Unleashed, and headlined at some of the country's top comedy clubs.