You’re in the picture at the Museum of 3D Illusions, a new, world-class museum has arrived in San Francisco, with over 40 completely interactive exhibits. The Museum of 3D Illusions is a place where you can let your mind soar through a world of optical illusions and become a full-fledged participant within the paintings on display. Featuring work from world-renowned artists, the pop-up is great for visitors of all ages and provides the perfect backdrop for terrific selfies and social media posts. It’ll blow your mind.
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’ll 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. The experience is always fresh, and there’s a new theme for 2019: Age of Scofflaws.
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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The ‘80s had aerobics. The ‘90s had Tae Bo. We have yoga. It’s exercise, it’s enlightenment … it’s big business. And in the world of Dipika Guha’s Yoga Play, apparel giant Jojomon is king – until a scandal sends the company into a freefall that no amount of comfortable, breathable fabric will get them out of. Desperate to recover their earnings and reputation, newly hired CEO Joan stakes everything on a plan so crazy, it just might work. Come along on a journey to enlightenment in a world determined to sell it in this production from San Francisco Playhouse.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you’ll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone’s a suspect — including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d’oeuvres followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package — and some serious bragging rights — at the end of the evening.
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jun 15, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Jul 13, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 10, 2019 / 6:00pmSaturday, Aug 24, 2019 / 6:00pm
Even in his 80s, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy continues his untouchable legacy. He’s influenced rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he’s a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, not to mention a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Guy has redefined guitar playing and he has a Presidential National Medal of Arts to show for his lifelong licks. With all those accolades under his belt, certain artists might choose to rest on their laurels. But, as Guy’s recent album’s title makes clear, The Blues Is Alive and Well … so the concert dates keep coming. The legendary blues artist’s 18th solo LP and followup to 2015’s __Born to Play Guitar__ showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, with 15 tracks of pure pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. Amp up the pleasure by seeing him perform live at The Masonic in San Francisco.
Showtune is a musical revue celebrating the words and music of Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. The 40 songs featured come from Herman’s Broadway musicals Milk and Honey,Hello, Dolly!,Mame,Dear World,Mack & Mabel,The Grand Tour,A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and La Cage aux Folles.
The Bacon and Beer Classic takes over the Bay Area for the sixth time and it’s pulling out all the stops at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. With local chefs serving up bacon-inspired dishes and regional breweries featuring creative draft beers, you’ll experience bacon and beer like never before.
For a relaxing afternoon on the water, hop aboard the Privateer, a truly traditional sailboat, for a semi-private 90-minute cruise of the bay, complete with included beer and wine. This double-masted, teak-decked, bronze-fitted beauty holds no more than 28 passengers, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention from the skilled and friendly crew as the Privateer glides over to Alcatraz and Angel Island, passes by charming and picturesque Sausalito, parallels the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and sails past the famous San Francisco skyline on its way back to the pier.
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
For an upstart comic, nothing is more terrifying than standing in the bright lights and lobbing jokes into invisible, often hostile, crowds. But week after week, that’s exactly where you’d find a young Mike E. Winfield, honing his craft, sharpening his punchlines and earning more and more laughs each time he took the stage. Years later, his tireless habit of stepping up at open mics has paid off in big ways — from cracking up Dave on The Late Show, to snagging a recurring role on The Office, to stealing the show on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and BET’s Comic View, and even an Emmy nomination. Check him out when he returns to Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club and find out why audiences often leave Winfield’s shows asking: “Does he live with us?” His spot-on observations on life’s hardships and the ups and downs of romance touch on things that we’ve all experienced at one time or another.
Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete, the star of the stand-up DVDs Hella Pinoy, Badass Madapaka! and Komik Organik, headlines the Improv. After two decades in the comedy business, the San Francisco native has performed at clubs all over the country, not to mention Europe and Asia. Not strictly limited to material for the Filipino audience, Navarrete finds the universality in the American immigrant experience — while still managing to get in a few jabs at Filipino icons like boxer Manny Pacquiao.
You’re in store for a night full of side-splitting performances, high energy dance numbers and whatever other absolute ridiculousness may occur with these crazy ladies. Get up close and personal with your host Armani Colby and her co-host drag queen Diva Tranz-Jenner at Jade Lounge in Monterey and expect some fierce drag numbers, hilarious comedy sets and games with giveaways.
Get ready to experience the car-crushing excitement and one-of-a-kind racing of Monster Jam, the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour. Featuring some of the biggest names in the sport, including Grave Digger, Max-DTM and more, Monster Jam comes to Santa Clara with an all-star lineup of 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound, tricked-out machines that soar through the air, tear up the custom-designed track and smash any obstacle in their path. Cheer on your favorites as they face off in racing and freestyle competitions packed with punishing stunts and amazing tricks. Monster Jam will have the whole family on their feet and cheering when it thunders into Levi’s Stadium.
As one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music — and big brother to the late Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan — Jimmie Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage. Plus, he’s just a longtime avatar of retro cool: His favorite hobby is designed classic custom cars. He spearheaded the current blues revival with the Fabulous Thunderbirds (“Tuff Enuff”), played in a duo with his brother and has appeared on albums by Clapton, Santana and Dylan, to name a few. Now you can see the master live at Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.
Witness commentaries on humanity and its impact on the earth and struggles of our society through dance. Dance-emphasis majors from Santa Clara University are mentored in the process of creating original, evening-length recitals. This powerful, diverse performance highlighting a variety of genres features the works of Ella Fogel and Teresa Schofield at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre in Santa Clara.
Dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” political satirist Bassem Youssef created the first political satire show in the Middle East, Al Bernameg (The Show), which quickly became the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers each week. Named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time, the cardiothoracic surgeon-turned-TV-personality riffs on propaganda, politics and the media (his guiding belief: that “satire brings awareness and breaks down taboos”) both in the Middle East and in his adopted home of America. He shares his unique perspective and his biting wit at the San Jose Improv.
In this rock musical based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place … six feet under. Heathers: The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal show based on one of the greatest teen comedies of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers can be enjoyed at the Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre.
The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. This Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming to terms with the reality that her South Boston neighborhood offers the same lack of opportunity it always has. For most people, it’s a place where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and church bingo is a big night out on the town. Facing eviction, Margie’s forced to turn to an old high school flame for help. But he’s now a successful physician living in the suburbs and Margie is way out of her element there. With a keen eye for character and an uncanny sense of humor, Good People explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hope that comes with having next to nothing in America. Enjoy this witty, gritty dramatic comedy at San Jose’s Northside Theatre Company.
Meet new friends at this singles event for adults of all ages, which includes a fun mixer game with prizes and light appetizers (whiile they last). Dress to impress and come out to Trattoria DaVittorio in downtown San Carlos.
Soar away to Neverland in the magical musical Peter Pan at the Bayside Performing Arts Center in San Mateo! The Darling children love to hear about Peter Pan’s adventures during his visits through the open window of the nursery. Then one night after Nana has taken his shadow and Wendy has sewn it back on, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell whisk the children off to Neverland to be part of the adventures. All your favorite characters are there, including Captain Hook and his pirate crew, Princess Tiger Lily and her tribe, and the Lost Boys and Girls! The whole family will enjoy this show from Bay Area Educational Theater Company featuring both children and adult performers.
Delighting both die-hard followers (known as “Wheatheads”) and new fans alike, legendary prog rockers Kansas celebrate the 40th anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return with a new national tour. They’ll raise the roof at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland with a live rendition of the entire 1977 disc, plus hit songs, deep cuts and fan favorites, including “Dust in the Wind,” “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles” and “Paradox.” The Point of Know Return originally peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s album charts, reached multi-platinum status and spawned three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
A heart-wrenching and moving tribute to the indomitable spirit of an American family, The Grapes of Wrath is adapted from John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The timeless story of the Joad family finds them reduced to poverty during the Great Depression, abandoning their Oklahoma farm for the promise of a better life in California. From the turbulent Tom Joad to the stalwart matriarch of the family, Ma Joad, this powerful drama is filled with some of the most memorable characters in all of fiction — characters tested by the brutal realities of life on the road during one of our nation’s toughest times. See soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.
In his one-man biographical musicals, Hershey Felder has brought to life everyone from Beethoven to Irving Berlin, and in Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, the virtuoso performer takes audiences on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. From the sweeping La mer to the evocative L’après-midi d’un faune and the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten. Experience it at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
You’ve seen plays, movies and TV shows, and the one thing they all have in common is … the script. In Closing Night, Fremont’s Made Up Theatre throws the script out the window and makes up a play on the spot, based on a title from the audience. That’s right. It’s an actor’s nightmare, but it’s an improvisor’s delight! Plus, you’ll witness a unique and hilarious format to kick off the show.
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Apr 27, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
“Family-friendly improv comedy” is almost an oxymoron, but Made Up Theatre captures wholesome lightning in a bottle. The show features a series of improvised games based on audience suggestions, like the hit TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? The entire show is made up on the spot, so you never know what might happen. The fun, funny and interactive show offers a great outing for the whole family at Made Up Theatre in Fremont.
For 30 years now, the South Bay Guitar Society has cast a highly selective musical net, enticing the world’s best classical guitarists to perform as part of their acclaimed annual concert series. Musicians from Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, across the U.S. and beyond have impressed SBGS audiences with their passion, virtuosity, fingering and fretwork, in a variety of styles from classical to world. You’ll hear the best works by both the old masters and contemporary composers played by artists at the top of their game at the elegant and acoustically superior Trianon or Le Petite Trianon Theatre in downtown San Jose.
Similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this fast-paced short-form improv show plays a series of improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Laugh Track City is a great opportunity for the cast and audience alike to have a fun and hilarious time at Made Up Theatre.
Friday, Apr 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr 26, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 3, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm