Holiday Classic "A Christmas Story: The Musical"

at San Francisco Playhouse, San Francisco
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Wed, December 13
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FULL PRICE: $55 - $70
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You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set ... [more+]

You've seen the classic movie on TV every holiday season for years, now see the musical version that was nominated for three Tony Awards in its 2013 Broadway run. 9 year-old Ralphie has his heart set on the holy grail of Christmas gifts in the 1940s: an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. But first, he'll have to navigate a maniacal department store Santa, the infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, the terrifying bully Farkus, the bunny suit and much more. Featuring everything from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers like "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", "A Christmas Story: The Musical" lends a magnificent score to the famous, heartfelt holiday tale at San Francisco Playhouse. [less-]

"Holiday Soul": SF Symphony & Gospel Choir

at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
FULL PRICE: $59
OFFER PRICE: $35

A lot of holiday concerts out there will put you in the spirit of the season, but if you want a little soul with your holiday music, then you need this concert from the San Francisco Symphony. Conduct... [more+]

A lot of holiday concerts out there will put you in the spirit of the season, but if you want a little soul with your holiday music, then you need this concert from the San Francisco Symphony. Conductor Charles Floyd will lead the orchestra and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in a feel-good program of gospel, soul and jazz faves that'll have you on your feet. With their soaring harmonies, the choir has performed and recorded with the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Linda Ronstadt and MC Hammer. There will also be some special guest vocalists dropping by to spread the cheer at Davies Symphony Hall. [less-]

Sam Shepard's Gritty Stage Classic "Fool for Love"

at The Stage, San Jose
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
FULL PRICE: $41 - $50
OFFER PRICE: $16.40 - $25

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of the American stage is at turns funny and horrific and thought by many to be Sam Shepard's masterpiece. In "Fool for Love", Mae is hiding out at an old motel in t... [more+]

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic of the American stage is at turns funny and horrific and thought by many to be Sam Shepard's masterpiece. In "Fool for Love", Mae is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, her old flame and childhood friend, shows up and threatens to metaphorically and literally drag her back into the life from which she's fled. Their battle plays out in front of a stranger, and as they trade barbs, heartbreak and painful revelations, they take themselves and the audience on an unforgettable journey that demonstrates what happens when love and attraction cross the line to obsession. Take in all the gritty greatness of "Fool for Love" at the Stage in San Jose. [less-]

The Cats Are Holding a Social Hour at The Dancing Cat, and You're Invited

at The Dancing Cat, San Jose
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Wed, December 13
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FULL PRICE: $5 - $10
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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... [more+]

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. [less-]

A Nostalgic Christmas Musical

at Bus Barn Theater, Los Altos
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

It's December of 1942, and New York's little radio-station-that-could will air its final broadcast of the holiday-themed Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. "The 1940s Radio Hour" is a timeless musica... [more+]

It's December of 1942, and New York's little radio-station-that-could will air its final broadcast of the holiday-themed Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade. "The 1940s Radio Hour" is a timeless musical full of classic tunes, swinging dance numbers, five-part harmony and holiday cheer. Including enchanting songs like "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "You Go to My Head" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The 1940s Radio Hour" is like a time capsule of fond Christmas memories. Fall in love with the charming and nostalgic tale when the Los Altos Stage Company presents "The 1940s Radio Hour" at the Bus Barn Theater. [less-]

"A Christmas Carol": A Holiday Family Favorite

at Olinder Theatre, San Jose
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Wed, December 13
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Fri, December 15
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FULL PRICE: $22
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Northside Theatre Company presents its 35th 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"... [more+]

Northside Theatre Company presents its 35th 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. [less-]

A.C.T.'s "A Christmas Carol": SF Holiday Fave

at A.C.T., San Francisco
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Wed, December 13
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FULL PRICE: $22 - $110
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A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the ... [more+]

A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. A large, lively cast tells the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, a bah-humbuggy sort who's shown a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. A classic story of redemption and forgiveness, "A Christmas Carol" captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season, especially in this imaginative version written by A.C.T.'s own artistic director Carey Perloff and alumnus Paul Walsh. [less-]

Long-Running Musical Comedy Revue "Beach Blanket Babylon"

at Club Fugazi, San Francisco
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Wed, December 13
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FULL PRICE: $34 - $52
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Steve Silver's "Beach Blanket Babylon" is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, wher... [more+]

Steve Silver's "Beach Blanket Babylon" is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed at this Club Fugazi production: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Adele. Now running for more than 40 years, "Beach Blanket Babylon" remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment. [less-]

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's Musical "Bright Star"

at Curran, San Francisco
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
FULL PRICE: $39 - $145
OFFER PRICE: $31 - $92

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes "Bright Star", the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that "The New York Times" called "a shinin... [more+]

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes "Bright Star", the five-time Tony-nominated new musical that "The New York Times" called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by Carmen Cusack, whose role as Alice earned her a Tony Award nomination, along with an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. "Bright Star" -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- is "a gorgeous anthem to optimism" ("Variety"). Score your tickets today at the Curran in San Francisco. [less-]

San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

at SF Bay Cruise Adventure, San Francisco
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Thu, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $32
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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 ... [more+]

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. [less-]

Holiday Satire of Dickens' Christmas Classic

at Pear Theatre, Mountain View
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Thu, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $32
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Once again offering less-than-traditional holiday fare, Mountain View's Pear Theatre celebrates the season with a satire, written and directed by James Kopp. In "The Millionth Production of A Christma... [more+]

Once again offering less-than-traditional holiday fare, Mountain View's Pear Theatre celebrates the season with a satire, written and directed by James Kopp. In "The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol", a small theater in Northern California fears closing its doors after mounting costly shows with poor sales. Hoping to appeal to a larger audience, the artistic director puts up Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". With signature humor from the writer of such productions as "Geeks vs. Zombies" and "Super Villain!!", "The Millionth Production" also gives serious consideration to the compromises between art for art's sake and art that pays. [less-]

Colin Quinn: "One In Every Crowd"

at A.C.T. Strand Theater, San Francisco
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $50
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From commenting on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal for SNL's "Weekend Update" to covering the history of the world in the hit Broadway show "Long Story Short" -- directed by Jerry Seinfeld, no less -- an... [more+]

From commenting on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal for SNL's "Weekend Update" to covering the history of the world in the hit Broadway show "Long Story Short" -- directed by Jerry Seinfeld, no less -- and way beyond, Colin Quinn has skewered just about every sacred cow with his sharply honed wit, which he'll no doubt wield with hilarious precision in his sixth and latest solo show, "One in Every Crowd". Not only are Seinfeld and stars like Amy Schumer big fans, but Quinn was named one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time. Don't miss his only Bay Area appearance at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. [less-]

Leapin' Lizards! It's "Annie"

at Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
FULL PRICE: $50
OFFER PRICE: $24

It's a hard-knock life out there. Nobody knows that better than everyone's favorite orphan: Annie. But this little redhead never gives up, and her optimism leads the way to a happy ending. Let Annie i... [more+]

It's a hard-knock life out there. Nobody knows that better than everyone's favorite orphan: Annie. But this little redhead never gives up, and her optimism leads the way to a happy ending. Let Annie inspire you this holiday season, 'cause no matter what happens, the sun "will" come up tomorrow, and this feel-good musical will lift your spirits and give you life. Join Foster City's Hillbarn Theatre, the adorable Annie and her even more adorable dog for a show filled with great songs (like "Tomorrow," "It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Easy Street"), memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart. [less-]

Classic Adventure "Around the World in 80 Days"

at Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
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Thu, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $65 - $73
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Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed wit... [more+]

Long before "The Amazing Race" hit TV screens, master of adventure and steampunk founding father Jules Verne dreamt up the original madcap globetrotting race: "Around the World in 80 Days". Packed with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains, this action-packed tale comes alive onstage, as five actors play dozens of characters in a race against time and treachery. With his faithful valet at his side, gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg sets out from Victorian London and into a world bursting with danger, romance and comic surprises. Bring your family, buckle up and get ready for a trip like no other at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. [less-]

Stand-Up Comic Phil Hanley ("The Tonight Show")

at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, Sunnyvale
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Thu, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $14 - $22
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With his penchant for personal interaction with the audience, no two Phil Hanley shows are ever the same. The Canadian comic got his first big break at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival in 2008. His... [more+]

With his penchant for personal interaction with the audience, no two Phil Hanley shows are ever the same. The Canadian comic got his first big break at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival in 2008. His performance there brought him international acclaim, and his jokes were recognized in the "Montreal Gazette's" annual Best Jokes of the Festival list. More recently, Hanley was named one of the Five Comics Creating a Buzz by "The Hollywood Reporter", and rewarded with his own featured segment on the "The Tonight Show". [less-]

Smuin's "The Christmas Ballet": Holiday Dance Treat

at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco
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Thu, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $59 - $69
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Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's "The Christmas Ballet". Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide ons... [more+]

Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's "The Christmas Ballet". Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year. [less-]

Skating, Tastings & More at Mountain Winery

at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
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Fri, December 15
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FULL PRICE: $13 - $18
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See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when "Winter Wonderland" brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rin... [more+]

See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when "Winter Wonderland" brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rink for ice skating to a different musical theme each night -- from '90s hits to movie soundtracks to Motown. The ongoing schedule includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, holiday arts and crafts stations, wine tasting and more. Plus, while you're having your frosty fun, you can also do some good. Donate canned food items when you arrive and Second Harvest Food Bank will make sure they're delivered to someone in need. [less-]

Russian Ballet Stars Come to San Jose for "The Nutcracker"

at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
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Fri, December 15
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FULL PRICE: $45 - $90
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The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company for this magnificent production of "The Nutcracker", featuring Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music performed by Sy... [more+]

The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company for this magnificent production of "The Nutcracker", featuring Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Experience the magical Christmas night adventures of young Clara, who dreams that her beloved toy nutcracker has come to life. Together they defeat the wicked Mouse King in an epic battle, then journey through an icy forest where snowflakes whirl to the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets, where visions of sugar plums dance and entertain in this Christmas classic. [less-]

5 Play: East Bay Improv Faves Make Up a Movie

at Made Up Theatre, Fremont
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 15
FULL PRICE: $5
OFFER PRICE: COMP

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 ha... [more+]

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. [less-]

"The Santaland Diaries": 1-Man Christmas Skewering

at The Lohman Theatre, Los Altos Hills
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 15
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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FULL PRICE: $45
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $30

Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" first made waves as a story read on-air on N... [more+]

Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See "The Santaland Diaries" at The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills near San Jose. [less-]

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