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.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 / Various Time SlotsWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / Various Time SlotsThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / Various Time SlotsFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / Various Time SlotsMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / Various Time SlotsTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / Various Time Slots
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, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday, Jan 3, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Friday, Jan 10, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
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.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, Jan 3, 2020 / 1:00pmThursday, Jan 9, 2020 / 1:00pmFriday, Jan 10, 2020 / 1:00pmThursday, Jan 16, 2020 / 1:00pm
Celebrate the impressive San Francisco Bay Bridge and its history — which spans over 75 years — by embarking on this 90-minute cruise that sails under both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridges and passes by Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco history and landmarks via narrated headset audio in 16 available languages, which includes information about the city’s natural history, architecture, Native American culture, and, of course, the building of the famous bridges. It’s a stunning and informative way to experience the breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and its historic waterfront.
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Monday, Dec 16, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 12:00pm - 3:30pm (Various Departures)
This Red and White Fleet Cruise launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, and it’s still entertaining visitors and locals alike more than 70 years later. After departing from historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the ship sails along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, past the city’s Maritime National Park, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and around notorious Alcatraz Island, cruising by many other exciting sights as well on the one-hour voyage. Take advantage of the personal-headphone audio, available in 16 languages, to learn more about San Francisco’s history and world-famous landmarks, while enjoying a full onboard bar with drinks and snacks.
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.
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Dec 16, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 10:00am-10:00pm
As a young actor, George Lopez vowed never to play a drug dealer, gang member or other negative Latino stereotype. As a result, he mostly stuck to stand-up until starring in the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning sitcom George Lopez. Now a star on the big and small screen, Lopez returns to his stand-up roots for A Special Engagement.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 10:00pm
There’s a reason we feel the desire to tell and be told certain stories year after year — some tales just cut to the core of the human experience. That’s why, even after more than a century-and-a-half, Scrooge’s emotional transformation still puts tears in our eyes. Bring a pocketful of tissues and a heart full of Christmas spirit.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 6:00pmTuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:00pm
Northside Theatre Company presents its 37th 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.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pm
The joy of Christmas comes once again to Chanticleer, as we celebrate this age-old narrative with what we hope are fresh eyes and ears, hearts and voices. Gregorian chant and Biebl are never far away, but this year we turn also to carols in half-a-dozen different languages, American hymns, Spanish villancicos that ask us to dance, and “I Wonder as I Wander,” which calls us to pray. Our musical “Christmas crèche” has as its center the holy family, of course, featuring music of Hassler and Praetorius, Victoria and Morales. Completing the picture are shepherds, twittering angels, curious donkeys, some very wise men and you, our faithful audience. This is a tradition we cherish, and we can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with you again.
CMT Marquee presents Matilda; The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this magical story! Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. As a friendship blossoms between the two, Ms. Honey learns to appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. However, school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Based on the 1992 motion picture inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Door Open at 7:00pm)Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Tech is awesome. Tech people are terrible. But you’re afraid to tell them how awful they are, because you think they have deadly robot crows. Hey, they probably do. Thankfully, a party of renegade tech comedians is coming through town. They fear nothing. They don’t tape up their webcams. They don’t even use Incognito Mode. Watch these rogue comics roast whimpering techies in front of a live crowd. No mercy, no drink minimum, no assigned seating and no holds barred. Mark your fancy digital calendar. Get there early for good seats.
In this fast-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future show Ebenezer Scrooge how poor a rich man can be. Can they convince him to change before it’s too late? Come share the adventure of this timeless tale with the characters you’ve come to love – Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and of course the irascible miser himself.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pm
Michael Eric Dyson is known for his many talents. He is an outspoken academic and sociologist, social critic, best-selling author, a popular figure in political news media, an ordained Baptist minister and, in his own words, one of the country’s leading “hip-hop intellectuals.” Often in Dyson’s work, these concepts all intersect to reflect a well-rounded picture of black life in America. Now Dyson has set his analytical sights on someone who, he argues, is one of the greatest American poets of all time: Jay-Z. Join INFORUM and Dyson for an evening of all things Hova—from Jay-Z’s humble beginnings as a hustler in 1980s New York City to his meteoric rise to fame and his eventual recognition as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Dyson will explore how Jay-Z’s 30-year career has changed not just hip-hop but also the music industry, business, politics and social justice. Join us for an exploration of the life of a great literary figure and learn how he provided the blueprint.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 6:30pm (Doors Open at 5:30pm)
The classic Christmas musical with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen enamors even more fans with this sing-along screening at 3Below Theaters in San Jose. Bring the whole family and put on your coziest, most dapper holiday outfit and be a part of this spirited audience. Full of romance, music, misunderstandings and joyous reconciliations, White Christmas is a gem of Hollywood’s Golden Age and a wholesome crowd-pleaser.
Come watch Alex Ramon’s annual holiday magic show, and experience family fun at its finest. You’ll witness amazing magic and be a part of the show right from your seats. The New York Times says the show is “mesmerizing,” and the Los Angeles Times calls it “mind-bending.” Come and experience the art of illusion by a master of his craft. Believe in magic at the Lesher Center for the Arts’ Margaret Lesher Theatre in Walnut Creek.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:00pm
Jay Mohr is the elder statesman of stand-up comedy — from palling around with old comic legends like Chris Farley and Phil Hartman during his time on Saturday Night Live to creating the reality TV series Last Comic Standing, which launched new comic legends like Amy Schumer, Doug Benson and Roy Wood Jr., he’s lived his life at the center of the comedy world. When Mohr takes the stage, he brings 30 years of stand-up comedy history with him — which is what makes every set so unpredictable.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:45pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pm
Driven by empathy and humor, this Tony Award-winning play creates a hyper-realistic view of life and the complexities of the “American Dream.” Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. Unfolding over a single scene, The Humans is a “delirious tragicomedy” (Chicago Sun-Times) by acclaimed young playwright Stephen Karam who “infuses the traditional kitchen-sink family drama with qualities of horror in his portentous and penetrating work of psychological unease” (Variety), creating an indelible American family portrait.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pm
Andy Recently appeared The Late Late Show with James Corden. He has also appeared on Conan. He has a half hour special on Comedy Central. In 2014 he was the first comedian to make his network television debut on the Tonight Show: Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2009 he appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. Andy has appeared at many comedy festivals and contests including, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Maui Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and The Great American Comedy Festival. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, and was a semi-finalist in CMT’s “Next Big Comic”. He won the Best of the Midwest Competition at Gilda’s Laugh Fest in 2010. He has 4 comedy albums all in rotation on Pandora, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Andy is a resident of Chicago, where he was named one of four comedians to watch by the Chicago Tribune.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors open at 8pm)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15pm)Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 9:30pm (Doors open at 9pm)Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15pm)
R&B legend Brian McKnight has brought his velvety tones to not one but two Christmas albums. Now he’s bringing his favorite seasonal tunes to the stage at the Davies, joined by yet more friends — the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the SFS — for a sure-to-be joyful, powerful concert of classics.
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pm
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.
Isabelle Arc is a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing woman. Her headstrong daughter, on the other hand, communes with Saint Catherine, dons men’s clothing and prepares to lead the French army into battle. Motherhood in the fifteenth century is not easy. In her riveting new play, Jane Anderson reimagines Joan of Arc’s epic tale through the eyes of her mother. Isabelle follows the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter with a mother’s loving persistence—facing her own fears and upended faith along the way. "Marin is where my heart is, it’s where I go to soothe my soul. I’m so glad that this very raw and personal piece of me is getting a home on the MTC stage.” — Jane Anderson
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
Your favorite 1950s girl group — The Taffetas — returns to Tabard’s stage to celebrate the holidays! This musical confection of holiday classics, pop standards and rock ’n roll sung in high-energy four-part harmony will have you singing right along! A fun-loving musical hometown Christmas!
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pm
Valerie Redd plays Emma Bovary, Gustave Flaubert and herself in this acclaimed postmodern take on Madame Bovary. Conceived by Redd, this clever, timely play was written by rising Argentine-American playwright Paz Pardo.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pm
With the charm of a crackling fireplace and the thrill of a high-wire act, Cirque Dreams: Holidaze meshes holiday cheer with jaw-dropping spectacle. The whole family can enjoy dozens of original numbers featuring snowmen, toy soldiers, candles, penguins, reindeer, carolers and giant ornaments. This production at San Jose Civic captures all the wonder of the holidays.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pm
The most rewatchable, most quotable holiday movie ever gets even more fun in this hit Broadway adaptation. The musical wizards behind La La Land, and Dear Evan Hansen have added a lively score, and all your favorite scenes — from Ralphie’s Christmas gift wish (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”) to his dad’s prized “leg lamp” — are recreated live on stage.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:00pm
Inspired by the beloved film from Adrienne Shelly and brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the Broadway hit Waitress opens up shop at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. With original music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave”) and original direction from Tony winner Diane Paulus, this is a vibrant tale of a waitress and pie maker who dreams of leaving her small town and loveless marriage. When a baking contest and a new doctor offer a chance at a fresh start, she must summon the strength to build her new life in a musical Entertainment Weekly calls “a little slice of heaven.”
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 6:30pm
A masterpiece from one of the greatest dramatists of our time, Could 9 is about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. It is also about relationships — between women and men, men and men, women and women, work, mothers, power, generations, politics, and money, which is why this classic play feels as urgent today as when it made Churchill a household name.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
The Flamenco Society of San Jose will host “Holidays Juerga” (Flamenco Jam Session). Evolving from the interactions of many cultures, flamenco is an art form that grew from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Inhabiting the area for centuries, the unique interplay among Moors, Jews, Andalusians and Gypsies has shaped this most expressive and culturally rich folkloric genre of song, music and dance. Featuring musical arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar and percussion, highlighting the passion and beauty of flamencos. Showcasing from Sacramento a great cast of flamenco artists: Bianca Rodriguez, dance; Jimmie Kay Ramos, dance/singer; Gopal Slavonic, guitarist; Marlon Aldana, percussion; plus other special guests.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
A musical adventure awaits you this holiday season when the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. brings its inventive and imaginative retelling of the beloved, Newbery Medal-winning modern fable to Berkeley Rep. The courageous Despereaux, shunned by his community for his love of stories and humans, shows a forlorn kingdom that even the smallest voice can change the world — and that it only takes a little light to reveal the truth. An indie folk band that creates dazzling works of theatre, PigPen infuses this tale of bravery, forgiveness, and redemption with their masterful music, stunning stage effects, and witty performances. PigPen’s The Tale of Despereaux is a spellbinding musical treat that resonates with adults and children alike.
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:00pm
The Art of Magic: Close-Up Magic Show and Class with David Martinez is exclusively at Studio by Terra Amico. Limited to 15 participants, you’ll experience the art of magic! Enjoy a close-up show where the miracles happen right before your eyes. Then get expert instruction on magic tricks you can do from one of the Bay Area’s top performers. The fun starts as David performs a world-class close-up magic show just for you. The show is fun and baffling, and it features lots of audience participation. You’ll be just inches from the magic as you experience the kind of astonishment you can’t get anywhere else. The fun continues after the show as we spend at least an hour learning tricks that are ideal for casual situations like parties and workplaces. They’ll be easy to learn but mystifying to audiences. And you’ll learn not only the secret actions but also the psychology that makes the tricks successful. You’ll receive all the materials necessary so you can start performing right away. You’ll also get links to a special web page with videos and other resources.
Experience J.K. Rowling’s world like never before at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco. The story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione continues on stage—where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the Wizarding World. But even when you think the battle is won, darkness comes from unexpected places. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as this Tony Award-winning spectacle “leaves you gasping in wonder at the magic of it all” (TIME). The entire Curran Theater has been transfigured for the show’s exclusive West Coast production to immerse you in this world where epic duels, extraordinary spells, and beloved characters come to life. “It has to be seen to be believed” (USA Today).
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 2:00pm (Part One Only)Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 7:30pm (Part Two Only)Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 2:00pm (Part One Only)Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)
AMALUNA is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest — but The Bard’s original take on this story of castaways shipwrecked on a magical island didn’t feature unicycling acrobats, trapeze artists plunging into a pool of water, or a cast that’s more than two-thirds female.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 4:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 4:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:30pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 4:30pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 1:30pm
Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, gracefully pirouetting, before a little funk enters the picture, prompting them to tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz. It’s just one of many musical mashups that make The Christmas Ballet a Bay Area holiday tradition like no other.
Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, Dec 18, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 19, 2019 / 7:30pm (LGBTQ Night!)Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pm
Every Christmas we watch the same heartwarming stories about Ebeneezer Scrooge and George Bailey — but have you ever heard of the holiday fairy Candysprinkles? As she dispenses sparkling magic, sparkling decorations and sings a couple of original sparkling songs written by emcee Kat Robichaud, rest assured that you’re taking part in a completely original holiday tradition.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 / 8:00pm
Ever wondered what little Cindy Lou Who’s been up to after her successful heart-enlargement of the mean ol’ Grinch? Well, this decidedly adult Dr. Seuss sequel has your answer — and it’s not all Who-pudding and roast beast. The now-grown Cindy Lou has sledded down a rough road, landing the once-adorable tot in a broken-down trailer on the side of snowy Mount Crumpit. Now, 45 years later, she’ll recall the fateful events of that Christmas Eve night and beyond — in Seussian rhyming couplets, of course — in this off-Broadway hit coming to 3Below Theatres in San Jose. The New York Times called it “a raunchy riff on Dr. Seuss’ yuletide tale,” so only those with the naughtiest sense of humor will be ready for this holiday offering that dirties up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec 20, 2019 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 7:30pm
The holidays are on their way and the Girls are back! Take four talented drag performers, cast them in two Xmas episodes of the uproarious TV show The Golden Girls_ and you have the perfect holiday event for the entire family. In what has become a yearly tradition, this drag send-up and 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).
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 3:00pmWednesday, Dec 11, 2019 / 8:00pm
Celebrate the holidays at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, a 50-minute production of the classic holiday ballet for families with small children and audiences of all ages. This special production is danced storytelling that is affordable, magical, zany, and fun. Foehringer uses his choreographic skills in contemporary dance and ballet to craft a show that is sure to thrill dance newcomers and seasoned ballet lovers. See all of the favorite Nutcracker characters in beautiful costumes performing on a colorful set with live chamber orchestra music. Maestro Michael Morgan of Oakland East Bay Symphony serves as Music Director for the nine-piece orchestra. Award-winning scenic designer Peter Crompton provides the set design and Emmy-nominated Richard Battle creates gorgeous costumes. Former ODC dancer Brian Fisher returns as the popular character Drosselmeyer.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 1:00pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Dec 21, 2019 / 4:00pmSunday, Dec 22, 2019 / 4:00pm
Along with all the magnificent sets, costumes, special effects — and of course, dancing — at San Jose’s longest-running Nutcracker, you’ll also be treated to live accompaniment by the Cambrian Symphony and several guest artists starring as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier — including principals from the San Francisco Ballet. Plus, with more than 250 restaurants in downtown San Jose, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy within just a few blocks.
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 14, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 15, 2019 / 2:00pm
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.
Friday, Dec 13, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, Dec 20, 2019 / 10:00pmFriday, Dec 27, 2019 / 10:00pm
Nothing announces the holiday season like the brilliant tones of a brass section blowing a festive blend of classical masterpieces and holiday faves. And while it probably won’t be a white Christmas in the Bay Area, if you close your eyes during this concert, you might feel like you got a little taste of one. San Francisco Symphony’s brass section is sure to set your spirits soaring when they return to Davies Symphony Hall with their ever-popular Holiday Brass concert.