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, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 21, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 28, 2020 / 8:00pm
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, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
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, Feb 4, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmMonday, Feb 10, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pmTuesday, Feb 11, 2020 / 10:00am-10:00pm
This delightful play is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are forced to look after their daughter’s soon-to-be step-son, and the teenage boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the couple have longed for. A family drama full of pathos, humor and more humor.
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash and some good old-fashioned romance!
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 3:00pm Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pm Friday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pm
From the sensational to the serene, our annual Images dance concert features faculty, guest artists’ and select student works. Images showcases our 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.
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pm
Anyone and everyone can relate to The Fantasticks, a story of a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The humorous and heartfelt musical has entertained generations of audiences the world over, enduring thanks to its engaging music and universal appeal. See why so many people have seen The Fantasticks at 3Below Theaters in San Jose.
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:30pmThursday, Feb 13, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 2:30pm
Come join Carlmont Performing Arts for one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals. Set in the 1920s during the silent movie era, our movie star, Don Lockwood, knows that the future of movies is in talkies, but his leading lady, Lina Lamount, has a voice better suited for silence. The public wants to see Don and Lina in talkies, but how can they do it with Lina’s screechy voice? Filled with every hilarious moment from the movie, a downpour of unforgettable songs, and tons of tap dancing, this show is sure to entertain the whole family! With a cast, crew and student orchestra of over 100 of Carlmont High School’s most talented, dedicated and creative students, this show is not one to miss.
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 7:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 7:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pm
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this hilarious and jubilant musical comedy features a group of six awkward young students competing at the annual spelling bee. In between the rounds of the contest, the students delve into an eclectic and touching mix of stories from their lives at home, revealing personal details about themselves that show the audience that perhaps winning is not, after all, the most important thing.
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 16, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Feb 21, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 22, 2020 / 8:00pm
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 2:00pm
Instead of dealing with the dating apps, and all that winking, swiping and agonizing over the perfect message, why not try finding that special someone by going the time-tested real-life route? The Society for Single Professionals makes it simple with these meet-and-mingle holiday and themed parties at Crowne Plaza Hotel Silicon Valley, Sevens Restaurant, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with unattached adults of all ages looking for romance, while dancing the night away and enjoying drinks from the cash bar.
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm (Meet Your Valentine Dance)
Winner of the 2017 Tony for Best Play, Oslo tells the true and widely unknown story of how a Norwegian diplomat and her husband planned and orchestrated top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, culminating in the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 8:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pmWednesday, Feb 12, 2020 / 8:00pmThursday, Feb 13, 2020 / 8:00pm
Considered by author Alan Ayckbourn to be his only “true farce,” Taking Steps is set on three floors of an old and reputedly haunted Victorian house, the stage is arranged so that the “stairs” are flat and all three floors are on a single level. Inside are assembled a hard drinking tycoon considering buying the property, his wife who is always considering leaving him, his lawyer, the builder selling the house, the tycoon’s brother-in-law, and his in-law’s fiancee who is possibly running away from the impending marriage…
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pm
South Bay Guitar Society presents the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) winner from Paris, Raphaël Feuillâtre. This concert will be at the Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose. In 2017 Raphaël won 1st prize in the International Guitar Jose Tomas Competition in Spain. For the past 16 years we have been presenting the winners of the GFA competition. The GFA is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. These young players are always amazing.
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), this funny and deeply touching story of hope, compassion, love and human connection in the digital age has been called “a theatrical hug for turbulent times" by Variety. How good does that sound right about now? Well, spread your arms wide and make your way to the San Francisco Playhouse for Tiny Beautiful Things.
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 7:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 7:00pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 3:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 7:00pm
Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary is coming up, so you’d probably expect a program that includes Symphony No. 9 and No. 5. But SF Symphony is celebrating a little differently — by performing underrated works that capture Beethoven’s impact and influence.
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pm
It’s an old cliche to encourage people to bring tissues to emotional performances like The Pianist of Willesden Lane, so… we won’t. (But seriously — you should.) If the power of the story doesn’t get you (it will), the sublime piano playing of Mona Golabek probably (definitely) will.
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 2:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pm
The New York Times may have hit the nail on the head when they called Will Eno’s breakthrough 2005 play — and Pulitzer finalist — Thom Pain (based on nothing) “stand-up existentialism.” His latest, Wakey, Wakey, offers a similarly tragicomic look at matters of life and death, and this new A.C.T. production stars Veep and Arrested Development fave Tony Hale.
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 / 7:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 2:00pmWednesday, Feb 5, 2020 / 7:30pmThursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 7:30pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:00pmTuesday, Feb 11, 2020 / 7:30pmWednesday, Feb 12, 2020 / 2:00pm
Eight years after fleeing their home in Iraq, Noura and her family celebrate Christmas, and their new life, in New York City. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, Noura and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices; the past they left behind. Inspired by stories from Arab-American women and created in response to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Heather Raffo’s Noura charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage — and the fragile architecture of what we call home.
Set in the year 2025, the internet has become The Nether, a totally immersive virtual wonderland where anything goes. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm
Filled with trampolines, juggling, live music, a playful sense of humor (remember never to stick your tongue to a freezing cold telephone pole) and some stunning stage design, this show even brings a flurry of snowflakes to San Jose — an unusual sight to say the least in a city where it hasn’t snowed since 1962!
Born in Kazan, Russia to a family of musicians, Russian-American pianist Daria Rabotkina studied at the Kazan State Conservatory and later with Vladimir Feltsman at Mannes College. She is the winner of top prizes at international competitions and has performed under renowned conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, and in distinguished venues in Europe, Japan and the U.S., including at Carnegie Hall. Her album of Humoresques by Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Reger and Schumann has received critical praise for “commanding technique and keenness of interpretive insight” and “affection and warmth.” Her program includes selections from Schubert, Beethoven, Griffes and Aurandt.
Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 / 2:30pm (Pre-concert lecture at 1:45pm)
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, February 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part One) & Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm (Part Two)Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm (Part One) & 7:30pm (Part Two)Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 1:00pm (Part One) & 6:30pm (Part Two)
Fans of The Voice already know what a powerhouse singer Kat Robichaud is, and her performances on the show, which included dancers and crowd-surfing, showed off her larger-than-life theatricality. But if you’ve never experienced Kat live, this Circus is the perfect introduction, a mix of original songs, aerialists, clowns and — why not? — burlesque lions.
Friday, Feb 7, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 / 8:00pmFriday, Feb 14, 2020 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 / 8:00pm
Say “I do!” to a day bursting with great wedding planning resources and fun. As the Bay Area’s top bridal expo, the Palo Alto Wedding Fair is an unbeatable one-stop-shop for brides-to-be and their loved ones, bringing together all things matrimonial under one roof at the Palo Alto Crowne Plaza. Enjoy European luxury in Silicon Valley during the bridal fashion show, where you can check out the latest in wedding gown fashions. You can also visit with wedding professionals to help pick out the perfect party favors, flowers, photographers and cake. Along the way, you’ll snag exclusive discounts from more than 60 of the city’s top wedding vendors, specializing in photo booths, reception tables, custom headwear, honeymoon destinations and much more. You’ll also have the chance to enter giveaways — most notably for a $10,000 wedding package and Las Vegas getaways — during this fun and productive day.