What is it that makes a story move you? Radio host Jad Abumrad asks this question at Curran in San Francisco, having explored scientific and philosophical questions for 15 years on Radiolab, captivating listeners and changing the nature of broadcast journalism. New York Magazine calls Radiolab "a big questions show that wrestles with science and philosophy through a mix of Mulder-and-Scully banter, expert interviews, and vivid sound effects." One day on a street corner, Abumrad found himself staring down at a manhole cover and thinking: indoor plumbing! Of course! Follow Abumrad as he deconstructs the process of finding and developing stories and creating new, original work. He'll unearth the hidden ingredients key to the stories that inspire, change and connect us all.
Soft-rock superstars Air Supply were the kings of the '80s romantic ballad, and they've been tugging at the heartstrings ever since. The duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock enjoyed a remarkable run of seven straight top-five singles in the early '80s, and songs like "Lost In Love," "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love" and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" continue to be staples of adult-contemporary radio. Relive those huge hits with this concert at the City National Civic in San Jose, and check out the Australian popsters' newer songs as well. '60s legends Starship ("White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love" and "We Built This City"), led by Mickey Thomas, will open the show.
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.
Find your next travel destination, plus get the latest tips and tricks on saving big from well-known industry stars and thousands of travel experts. Famous speakers include Rick Steves, Samantha Brown and Pauline Frommer, who have plenty of advice to give on seeing the world in the best way possible. With cultural performances and hands-on activities, attending the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center feels like its own little getaway.
Feb 17, 2018 (10:00am-5:00pm) or Feb 18, 2018 (11:00am-4:00pm)
Lincoln Center Theatre's Tony-winning production of this classic musical, dubbed "breathtaking and exquisite" by The New York Times, makes a royal appearance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Set in 1860's Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. This Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is "too beautiful to miss," according to New York magazine, boasting a score with such beloved standards as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."
*Cue the fan girl screams* 'cause Demi Lovato is coming to San Jose with DEE-JAY KHAAALLLEEDDD! (You'll understand this reference if you read it literally) and Kehlani. America's Grammy-nominated sweetheart truly needs no bio, but if you must get a quick overview, she probably captured your heart when she starred alongside the hunky Joe Jonas in Camp Rock (talk about a throwback) before launching her solo career with "Heart Attack." Lovato's since become a role model for her open struggle against an eating disorder, and a straight up bad b**ch -- Just watch her Project X-esque music video for "Sorry Not Sorry," the first single off the critically acclaimed Tell Me You Love Me. Multi-platinum megastar DJ Khaled of We the Best, who's collaborated with everyone from Justin Bieber to Drake, along with hip-hop/R&B atist Kehlani (SweetSexySavage) join her for the perfect concert at the SAP Center.
Simply put, comedian Chris Kattan was on Saturday Night Live for a really long time. In the eight years Chris starred on the show, he became best known for wacky characters like Mango, Mr Peepers, and one of the "Butabi Brothers" in the "Night at the Roxbury" sketch alongside Will Ferrell (which also became a movie in 1998). Since his time at SNL, Chris has worked as the series regular Bob on ABC's The Middle, along with memorable appearances in the recent movies Hotel Transylvania and The Ridiculous 6. Chris also trained at Los Angeles' The Groundlings Theater, and is one of their most famous alumni. Catch him in this hilarious stand-up routine with friends at San Jose Improv.
Voted by Variety as one of 10 comics to watch for 2017, Bollywood star and comedian Vir Das (Yup, you read that right. He's basically an entertainment power house) is the biggest English-speaking comedian in India and has cemented himself as one of the country's top entertainers. Through his various tours, including Unbelievablish, The History of Comedy and Battle of the Sexes, he has sold over half a million tickets with stand-up alone. Vir has also climbed the ranks of the Bollywood elite in various films such as BadMaash Company and Delhi Belly, essentially becoming the country's Ben Stiller. While he's spent his formative years in India, his comedy and point of view is relatable to a mainstream audience, and he's destined to take over the States with his unique point-of-view. Check him out now at San Jose Improv.
The good times are sure to be rolling as Thursdays On The Mountain goes Mardi Gras, with a New Orleans-themed party featuring tastes of award-winning varietals, classic cocktails, Cajun-inspired food offerings, music, dancing and all that jazz. Saratoga's Mountain Winery is renowned for its pinot noir and chardonnay, as well as its gorgeous setting and fine hospitality. You're invited to come decked out in your finest green, purple and gold to really get into the Carnival spirit.
New York, 1971. There's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the titular singers in this high definition film of the London National Theatre's dazzling new production of Follies. Don't miss this screening at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose.
Swim with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness and the rest of the Emotions from Disney/Pixar's Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley's spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into the SAP Center at San Jose.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 10:30am (Doors Open at 9:30am)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
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.
Get ready for an evening of pulse-pounding, high-flying action as Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the world's most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship, comes roaring back to the Bay Area. With 17 action-packed races per season visiting North America's hottest stadiums, close to a million fans will witness the best riders from all over the world competing on custom-designed courses featuring tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections and vertigo-inducing jumps that launch 225-pound motorcycles up to 30 feet in the air. Don't miss your chance to catch this FIM World Championship at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
Winston Smith lives in a world perpetually at war with unseen forces, where personal electronic devices can be used by the government to spy upon the populace, and where facts can be manipulated or completely erased. George Orwell published 1984 in 1949, and his vision of a dystopian universe has never been more prescient than here in the 21st century. Experience Los Altos Stage Company's chilling adaptation at the Bus Barn Theater.
It's April 1616, and Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous man. But wait -- all's not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can't he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can't Anne find the dog? Over the course of a sleepless night in Stratford, the secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage are laid bare. See the clever play Shakespeare, His Wife, & the Dog at San Jose's intimate Hammer 4, the Hammer Theatre Center's 4th floor black box theater.
SFJAZZ celebrates Leonard Bernstein and his 100th birthday with a world premiere production that links Bernstein's classic 1951 opera Trouble in Tahiti with composer Jake Heggie's groundbreaking work At the Statue of Venus -- a timeless story about love, happiness and a troubled young marriage in "picture perfect" suburban America. This fully-staged production by Opera Parallèle features atmospheric visual projections, mixed media collages, 50's era costumes, a dancing statue, 22-piece orchestra, a jazz vocal trio and more. The Telegraph describes the opera as "a sour-sweet fable on the theme that runs through the television series Mad Men... clothed in music of jazzy lyricism not many miles from West Side Story."
In the multiple Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, a dozen actors playing more than 100 characters combine their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up." In this swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan, join a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Don't miss the show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades" when it lands at the Hillbarn Theatre near San Jose.
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.
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.
The ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success, while secretly yearning for her own, Gypsy is set all across America in the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, this landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with artful humor, heart, and sophistication. This timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and more. Experience this classic musical at Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
Treat yourself to a fall concert of hard-hitting, faithful renditions of pop, funk, soul, R&B and Motown favorites from the '70s to today with Top Shelf's award-winning tribute show. Top Shelf's fully staged and choreographed production will take you on a musical journey of hits, all performed by a talented cast decked out in period costume at Club Fox in Redwood City. Enjoy high-energy dance music, or laid-back, funky smooth Jazz. There's "No Parking on the Dance Floor" as you flashback to the '70s, '80s and '90s with the sound of Motown, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll.
Everyone's favorite ogre is coming to the stage of Los Gatos' Loma Prieta Community Center in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film Shrek. This production throws just about every fairy tale ever told into a blender for a hip and funny mash-up. Come along for a song-filled adventure as a very unlikely ogre hero teams up with a sassy donkey and a feisty princess who's anything but a damsel in distress. Together, the trio takes on the short-tempered bad guy, Lord Farquaad, to save their kingdom. Featuring music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical promises to be ogre-sized fun for the whole family.
When Matthew Shepard's life was taken in 1998, the residents of Laramie reacted to the anti-gay hate crime and surrounding media storm with anger, bewilderment and sorrow. Their reactions were recorded by Moisés Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project, and masterfully spun into a piece of theatre as important today as it is relevant. The Laramie Project portrays the seismic and deeply personal impact Matthew's death had on the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, while also demonstrating the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence. Join Palo Alto Players on the 20th anniversary of Matthew's death with The Laramie Project at the Lucie Stern Theatre.
Political pioneer and unsung hero Shirley Chisolm helped pave the way for the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In 1968, the New York City native became the first African-American woman elected to Congress and, four years later, she became both the first African-American to run for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's nomination. Dr. Mona Vaughn-Scott's bio-play Unbought & Unbossed maps the road leading to the campaign trail. Uncover a significant, yet overlooked chapter in American history when Chilsolm's story comes to the Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
In the multiple Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, a dozen actors playing more than 100 characters combine their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up." In this swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan, join a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Don't miss the show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades" when it lands at the Saratoga Civic Theater.
"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.
From the sensational to the serene, Santa Clara University Department of Theatre & Dance's annual Images dance concert features faculty, guest artist and select student works. Images showcases SCU's dancers' overwhelming talent, displayed across genres -- from jazz and tap to modern and hip-hop. Intriguing collaborations with costume and lighting designers as well as diverse music round out this breathtaking evening in the Mayer Theatre.
Rev up your girls' night out or make your best friend's bachelorette party a night to remember with Fifty Shades of Men, a male revue created exclusively for women. You'll spend the evening being tempted by gorgeous hunks when this fun and flirty night of entertainment from Alpha Male Promotions comes to Sunnyvale's Pure Lounge. The show combines music, sexy dance moves and seductive theatrics in a hot, high-energy performance you and your girls will talk -- and dream -- about for weeks.
For more than 30 years, Cuarteto Latinoamericano has been praised as one of the world's liveliest, most renowned classical music ensembles. Founded in Mexico in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout the world, acting as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartets, premiering more than 100 works written for them and continuing to introduce new and neglected composers to the genre. As the winners of the 2012 and 2016 Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recordings, they have received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP's "Most Adventurous Programming" Award three times. Now, see this exciting foursome at the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose.
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.
Based on America's No. 1 toy brand, YouTube sensation and international toy phenomenon, Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, state-of-art video and set design. Original music, songs, dance and interactive sing-a-longs are a huge part of the live show, with performances from Shoppies Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more. This is one family theatrical event at San Jose's City National Civic you don't want to miss!
A superstar among next-generation classical artists, Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova has won top prizes at both the Rubenstein and Chopin competitions, and is widely known for her strong YouTube presence, where her Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 performance has skyrocketed to 14 million views. A favorite among audiences and critics alike, Fedorova now comes to the stage of Trianon Theater in San Jose for a Steinway Society concert. Come early for a pre-concert introduction to the music and stay after to meet the artist.
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.
The Australian raved that the ballet Circa; Il Ritorno is "a powerful vision of humanity and compassion -- and now this acclaimed work of dance is coming to Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Set to the music of Claudio Monteverdi's opera Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria performed by a live chamber ensemble and singers, this powerful physical poem of absence and separation features seven skilled acrobats appearing to lift, hold, levitate and fall against a stark black backdrop. Their movements driven by the forces of desire, devastation and absence, the figures' core motivation is the hunger to return home, powered by longing and haunted by the past.
Marvel at Made Up Theatre's crack quintet of comedians as they improvise an entire movie on the spot at their club in Fremont. Whatever you and your fellow audience members can dream up, 5 Play can handle. The genre of the movie is determined each night when a big wheel is spun by an audience member -- could it be you? From a nice romance or musical comedy to a rootin' tootin' western or big-budget action flick, this talented troupe has got it covered. In fact, they've won a number of awards, including the prestigious-sounding 2015 International Society of Humor Studies Conference prize for Best Improv Performance, and they've also appeared at the San Francisco, Sacto, Orange County and Sonoma County comedy festivals. These shows are free to the public, but purchasing in advance guarantees seating.
Join renowned psychic medium Bill Philipps, as he takes you on a journey beyond the physical realm with Expect the Unexpected at Santa Clara Marriott. Philipps' amazing gift of communicating with the deceased is unparalleled; as he brings through messages, validations and specific details from spirits of those who have crossed over, proving that the soul lives on after death. Philipps has won the confidence of skeptics and believers alike. Throughout several years of reading professionally, he has helped thousands of people deal with the grief of losing loved ones by bringing through validations, evidential information and beautiful messages. His gentle and direct delivery has earned him great recognition, along with a clientele that spans the globe.
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.
Phènix Opera Company opens its 2018 season with a brilliant double-bill. For this performance at Spindrift School of Performing Arts in Pacifica, you'll be treated to Herny Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Puccini's Suor Angelica. Come and enjoy an evening of passionate and motherly love sung by Bay Area-based professionals. This performance is part of the Voices of Hope Concert Series.
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.
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 Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose.
Hailing from the Bay Area of San Francisco, LoveRance made the transition between independent local rapper and international major-label star within a head-spinning matter of months. With the help of blogs and social media sites such as Twitter, LoveRance's first single, "Up!," entered the Top 100 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Featuring friends Skipper and the song's producer, IamSu!, "Up!" was an introduction to LoveRance's laid-back Southern style, and caught the ear of execs at Interscope, which drafted 50 Cent to contribute a verse to the single. After appearing alongside various other rappers such as Show Banga and Rayven Justice, LoveRance went about preparing his debut album. Now, he's bringing his amazing swagger and talents to San Jose's Back Bar for this concert.
Bruno Tucunduva Ruviaro is a Brazilian composer and performer who focuses on electronic music. Come on out to this Faculty Recital performance at Santa Clara University's Music Recital Hall and prepare to be intrigued, immersed, surprised and captivated.
Whether you're a sucker for those beautifully painted covers of vintage science fiction novels, you're tracking down an old edition of your favorite literary classic, or you're on the lookout for an amazing piece of artwork, The San Francisco Bay Area's Classic Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair is the place to go. In addition to special exhibits from private collections, lectures and readings, the fair will feature dealers from around the world selling rare books and manuscripts, plus illustrations and art, antique and modern prints, posters, photographs, autographs, postcards, ephemera, maps and more. You'll find it all at the San Mateo County Event Center.