Hailed by Bay Area critics as “visceral and haunting” (Mercury News), “a sensory bombardment” (SF Chronicle) and “vibrantly theatrical and pointedly contemporary” (SF Examiner), The Jungle is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle — the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the at the Afghan Café. Take a seat in a place where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality amidst squalor and danger. The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle now arrives at the Curran in San Francisco with Miriam Buether’s award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran has been completely transformed and, in the process, the capacity has been reduced to an intimate 600 seats.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pm
Three-time Grammy-winning and multiplatinum-selling a cappella group Pentatonix has captured the hearts of millions with their unique arrangements of pop songs, medleys and originals. The group has sold 10 million albums worldwide and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe. The Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts almost 17 million subscribers, yielding 4 billion video views. Now they’re coming to Oracle Arena in Oakland, where they’ll be joined by Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling recording artist Rachel Platten, who struck a chord of hope and resilience with her empowering hit “Fight Song.” Platten’s album Waves again delivered a searing, emotionally and socially relevant pop gem. Most recently, while awaiting the arrival of her baby girl, she released “You Belong” as a dedication and anthem for expectant moms everywhere.
This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania). Don’t miss it when it hits the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm
The 2018 Winter Olympics may be over, but you can still catch the U.S. Figure Skating team in all of their jumping, spinning, dazzling glory for Stars on Ice. This Emmy Award-winning production brings together America’s top skaters as they hit the rink at SAP Center at San Jose. You’ll see Olympic gold medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, two-time World Champions and six-time National Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, three-time National Champion and 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, and 2018 National Champions and World Silver Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Founded and produced by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is a dramatic spectacle for the whole family, with innovative choreography, great music, stunning costumes and the best ice skaters in the world.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Real Housewife of Atlanta Kandi Burruss created this cabaret and variety show, combining elements of sensuality and soul, with DJ sets to keep the dance floor grooving at all times. Not only was Burruss a part of the successful R&B group Xscape, but she went on to write the smash hits “No Scrubs” for TLC and “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child. Now she’s bringing Tamar Braxton and Trina with her to The Warfield in San Francisco for a sure-to-be sexy show.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
In this colorful adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s satire of 19th-century British society, the wiley and scheming antiheroine Becky Sharp scrambles up social ladders and hurdles over whims of fate in this farcial comedy about trying to get what you want out of life, no matter the cost. Conjuring an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women,” acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility) brings her signature quick wit and distinctly unfussy retelling of classic work to one of literature’s most celebrated novels in this production at A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 8:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 2:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
Experience the phenomenal, Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman and their all-new show Ancient Land. Ireland’s greatest voices, musicians and dancers perform in a joyful show celebrating Ireland’s centuries-old heritage. Don’t miss this glorious and magical event at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
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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Whether you want to kick off a fabulous date night or wrap up an enjoyable afternoon, this two-hour sunset sail is just the ticket. Step aboard the gorgeous traditional vessel called the Privateer to take in the sights at the most bewitching time of day. You’ll sail past Alcatraz, hug the coast at Sausalito and experience the full grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sip two servings of your choice of included beer, wine, soda or water as Privateer cruises along the spectacular San Francisco cityscape, while the sun sets and the lights of the city come to twinkling life.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Friday, May 10, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Monday, May 13, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)Tuesday, May 14, 2019 / 6:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 6:15pm)
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, May 7, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 4:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 4:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 12:30pm (Mandatory Check-In at 12:15pm)Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 2:00pm (Mandatory Check-In at 1:45pm)
Now in its 16th year, Pear Slices 2019 presents eight vignettes in one performance — a stunning variety of stories, settings and plot twists penned by local playwrights and brought to life by a single cast of highly versatile, local actors. Pear Slices is like a box of chocolates — there’s something for everyone’s taste. Each spring, Pear Theatre patrons gather at Mountain View’s intimate theatre company for this collection of original, short plays from the members of the Pear Playwrights Guild.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm Thursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pm
Enjoy a lively conversation with best-selling authors (and friends) Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan. They’ll offer you inspiration for creating a bright future full of laughter, connection and purpose. This delightful event has all the best ingredients: warm, deeply personal storytelling; refreshing candor and a well of empathy for the fears, inadequacies and self-consciousness we so often carry; the promise that through love and connection it’s possible to listen well, admit when we’re wrong, make peace with uncertainty, find our way through loss and laugh at the days to come; wit and insights on parenting, marriage, friendship and dreams (it’s not too late). Whenever they’re together, Jen Hatmaker and Kelly Corrigan love settling in for lots of laughter and fun. They could talk all day about being raised by dads who loved them ridiculously, their shared crush on Tom Brokaw, Kelly’s brief flirtation as a shoplifter in the ’80s, the glories and doldrums of writing, and so much more. Jen has written New York Times best-selling titles Of Mess and Moxie and For the Love. As “Chief BFF,” she believes we can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives. Noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four books, including The Middle Place and her latest Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say. Bring the best women you know to a night you’ll not soon forget.
Steve Treviño was a writer and cast member on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and has completed several national tours with the show’s star Carlos Mencia. His hilarious jokes, many of which are stories about his childhood in Texas, have also been seen on BET’s ComicView, SiTV’s Latino Laugh Festival, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and many more TV shows. His Showtime debut Grandpa Joe’s Son was a hit and his second special Relatable is available on Netflix. Catch him headline in Sunnyvale at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 7:00pm
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, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 8:00pm
Think of it as “The Songbook of Your Childhood.” A Spoonful of Sherman is a world-premiere musical revue celebrating three generations of the Sherman family’s songwriting journey, which include such beloved classic as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim- chim cher-ee,” “Its a Small World (After All),” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Feed the Birds,” “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers,” “Hushabye Mountain” and a rousing rendition of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite!” In the first half of the 20th century, Al Sherman wrote songs that were recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and more. Al’s sons, Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, were the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of Hollywood, composing more movie musical songs and acclaimed film scores than any other writing team. Their Oscar-winning songs were features in films like Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Winnie The Pooh and The Slipper and the Rose. Bring the whole family to experience this new musical at 3Below Theaters in San Jose.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
Following its smash hit sold-out world premiere at Z Space in 2018, Weightless makes a triumphant return to the Bay Area with this limited two-week engagement at A.C.T. The San Francisco Chronicle gave the show its highest rating (Leaping Little Man), calling it "a complete theatre experience. Magical. Gorgeous. A glimpse of the future of theatre.” This thrilling work weaves myth with evocative indie rock to tell a gripping story of sisterhood, love, betrayal and rebirth. Through intimate storytelling, rollicking performances, and the Kilbanes’ celebrated sound, Weightless explores the bonds of sisterhood and the power of the female voice. Featuring: Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses (The Kilbanes) with Lila Blue, Julia Brothers, Dan Harris and Joshua Pollock.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 7:30pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 5:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 3:00pm
To close out their 50th anniversary season, the Sunnyvale Community Players are gonna ease on down the Yellow Brick Road with their magical new production of The Wiz. This show opened the door for a brand new sound on Broadway, and the South Bay hasn’t produced this iconic retelling of The Wizard of Oz in over 25 years! Everyone knows the beloved story: Dorothy, a restless farm girl eager to escape her humdrum daily life, is transported via tornado to a magical world of Munchkins and talking scarecrows. On her way to beg the Wizard to send her home, Dorothy meets loyal friends who help her defeat the Wicked Witch — and ultimately learns that there’s no place like home. Infused with an exuberant mix of rock, gospel and soul, this boisterous twist on an old favorite features a Tony-winning score that includes faves like “Ease on Down the Road” and “If You Believe.” And with a full 23-piece orchestra and world-class sound, this production will be one you won’t want to miss.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:30pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 4:00pm Friday, May 17, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 31, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, Jun 7, 2019 / 7:30pmThursday, Jun 13, 2019 / 7:30pm
When famed Victorian explorer Melford Pumbleshire is torn to pieces by something horrible and unseen while on safari in deepest, darkest Africa, his redoubtable fiancé Euphonia Riggstone must lead an expedition to put his unquiet spirit to rest. This globetrotting adventure comedy has romance, betrayal, an amnesiac ghost, perfidious cultists, and a Lovecraftian tentacle monster. Part of the Main Stage Series.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 19, 2019 / 2:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, May 24, 2019 / 8:00pm
Weekends are for relaxing and rejuvenating, and San Francisco Sailing Company offers the perfect way to do that. Climb aboard a sailboat for a two-hour cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, enjoy two complimentary drinks, such as champagne, mimosas, beer, white wine or soda. You’ll depart from Pier 39 at 10:00am, when sailing is the smoothest and warmest. Along the way to Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll cruise past Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Field and Fort Point. You’ll be right under the Golden Gate Bridge for the 11:00am champagne toast. The return journey through the central bay and around Alcatraz Island will offer magnificent views of the cityfront, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 18, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 19, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Friday, May 24, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Saturday, May 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Sunday, May 26, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)Monday, May 27, 2019 / 10:00am (Mandatory Check-In by 9:45am)
Led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (otherwise known as E), the Eels have been producing soundtrack-friendly alt-rock for the better part of 25 years. Their biggest radio hits, “Novocaine for the Soul” and “Last Stop: This Town,” came along in the late ‘90s, but they’ve continued to release albums, including 2018’s The Deconstruction. Meanwhile, their tunes have been heard on more than 50 major Hollywood productions, including Jim Carrey’s ‘08 Yes Man, all three Shrek films, plus TV hits like __Grey’s Anatomy__, Elementary, Sneaky Pete and Fear the Walking Dead, among many more. They’re coming to The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco with Texas piano man Robert Ellis.
Monday, May 13, 2019 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Percussionist Galen Lemmon joins the San Jose Wind Symphony for a rare performance of Paul Creston’s groundbreaking Concertino for Marimba. Written in 1950, Creston’s rhythmic yet lyrical Concertino was the first ever solo work composed for the marimba. The concert also features highlights from other American masterpieces, including George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Meredith Willson’s popular Broadway show, The Music Man, and Howard Hanson’s lush and romantic opera, Merry Mount. May 12 is also Mother’s Day, so bring Mom, then take her out to dinner — she’ll love it!. Order your tickets now!
Children’s Musical Theater (CMT) San Jose presents Chicago, featuring local performers ages 14-20. In the legendary city during the Roaring ’20s, two rivals are locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together; driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been seeing behind her husband’s back. Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slick lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got a few tricks up her own sleeve …
Friday, May 10, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 7:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 7:00pm
“To create something new, we must first love what is old,” claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang’s new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. Mei-Li flees Mao’s communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco’s Chinatown. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son’s determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin’ Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry sure to delight our Bay Area audience. The Palo Alto Players perform Flower Drum Song at the Lucie Stern Theatre.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 / 7:30pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 2:00pm
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, May 7, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmWednesday, May 8, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmSaturday, May 11, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00pmSunday, May 12, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmMonday, May 13, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pmTuesday, May 14, 2019 / 10:00am - 10:00pm
Pianist. Composer. Improviser. These are the traits and skills that are attracting both old and new generations of classical musicians to American pianist Charlie Albright. He brings a whole new perspective to classical audiences — an artist who brings music to everyone, he uniquely connects with audiences like no other through his music, speaking, and making concerts fun. Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” with a “dazzling natural keyboard affinity”” by the Washington Post, Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and Gilmore Young Artist Award, Albright won the Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award presented by Marc-André Hamelin (Germany) and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The first classical pianist in the Harvard/New England Conservatory 5-Year BA/MM Joint Program, Albright received a bachelor’s degree in economics and completed a pre-medical curriculum at Harvard College (Class of 2011) and a Masters of Music student in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music (Class of 2012). Before this show at San Jose’s Trianon Theatre, he will conduct his own pre-concert lecture and will be available after the concert for a Meet the Artist session.
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, May 11, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, May 18, 2019 / 8:00pmSaturday, Jun 1, 2019 / 8:00pm
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.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 9, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, May 15, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 16, 2019 / 1:00pmFriday, May 17, 2019 / 1:00pmWednesday, May 22, 2019 / 1:00pmThursday, May 23, 2019 / 1:00pm