L.A.'s brightest holiday tradition returns as bright as ever this year with its wild wonderland of holiday lights. At the 2017 edition of L.A. Zoo Lights, as the animals sleep, make unforgettable memories as you take an evening stroll through an expanded area of the zoo that's been transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals rendered by lasers, 3-D projections and musical water-and-light displays. Delight in mischievous light-monkeys run amok, a stained glass menagerie, fanciful elephants and a giant glowing snake. This year's event features real reindeers, seasonal goodies and a chance to hang with Santa on select dates. Complete this festive cheer with holiday treats and hot chocolate to warm your fingers on a wintery night.
Descanso Gardens is famed for its daytime beauty, and now you can enjoy this SoCal treasure illuminated in glorious light. As the sun sets, the gardens transform into Enchanted: Forest of Light. During this colorful interactive experience you can stroll through a mile of Descanso Gardens' most beloved areas while marveling at 10 distinct lighting displays. Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso is a 160-acre outdoor wonderland featuring the Camellia Forest, Rose Garden, natural growth in the world-famous Japanese Garden and Oak Woodland. At Enchanted: Forest of Light, these sights are now even more magical.
The director of last fall's "must-see" King Charles III helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called "fiery and funny" by Time Out New York. In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in Othello. He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge -- a first for the role on London's West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright. See Red Velvet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
The holidays are better when celebrated together, and you will always remember the memories made at the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes presented by Chase. Head to Radio City Music Hall for a one-of-a-kind tradition, where the iconic Rockettes dance, ice-skaters glide, snowflakes swirl, and the unmistakable spirit of Christmas in New York City comes alive in a show that's a treat for all ages.
Direct from Broadway, Something Rotten! is a "big, fat hit!" (New York Post). Set in the '90s -- the 1590s, that is -- this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway's Josh Grisetti), two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is "The Producers plus Spamalot plus The Book of Mormon. Squared!" (New York Magazine). Don't miss this dazzling show when it comes to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Young Miguel is dying to become a musician -- but he gets more than he bargained for when his journey to musical stardom leads him to the fabled Land of the Dead! Surrounded by the skeleton inhabitants of this stunning and colorful world, Miguel teams up with the charismatic trickster Hector (voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal) for a literally death-defying journey to discover the true story behind his family history. The latest effort from the superstar creative team behind Toy Story, Finding Dory and Inside Out, Coco is coming to Disney's beautifully-restored El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Before the movie, see an all new fiesta of lights featuring the music and imagery of Disney/Pixar's Coco. Plus, see Olaf live on stage before the new Disney holiday featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
Dating all the way back to China's Han Dynasty -- we're talking 206 B.C. here -- the Lantern Festival has been lighting up the night sky in celebration of the Lunar New Year. And now, this breathtaking sight is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, featuring more than 30 of these larger-than-life displays, crafted by Chinese artisans. You'll also experience live acrobatic and folk-dance performances, art demonstrations and have the chance to shop for handicrafts, along with Chinese and traditional fair food and beverages.
The Clippers are back for another exciting season of cool dunks, hot passes and buzzer beaters, and you can be at STAPLES Center to see it all from a variety of vantage points, from regular seats to luxurious Premier Level tickets and VIP Suites. In the Premier Level, you'll never miss another exciting play standing in line for concessions, because you'll have in-seat food and beverage service featuring high-end sandwiches, sushi, burgers and more from your own server. These seats, located in the 200 Level, offer some of the best views of Doc Rivers' squad as they light up the scoreboard. If you opt for the suites, you can enjoy the game in climate-controlled comfort, with in-suite plasma TVs and a private seating concourse. Root for the Clippers, and treat yourself to a special night thanks to some of the best seats at STAPLES.
Watch metal fly at Irwindale Speedway's Night of Destruction. This racing bonanza features every kind of track and style you can think of, from a standard demolition derby to figure eight track and skid plate racing -- where cars with no back wheels fishtail their way toward the finish line. You'll even witness the strange yet entertaining art of trailer racing -- cars with boats, campers and whatever they can carry on their trailers zooming for dear life around the speedway.
Their moment to shine has finally arrived. This ongoing salute to Broadway and off-Broadway standbys, understudies and alternates showcases the talented performers who know their roles inside and out, yet rarely if ever get to step into the spotlight. Scheduled performers for this edition of the popular show are Zach Adkins (Anastasia), Kennedy Caughell (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Erin Clemons (Hamilton), Kayla Davion (Waitress), Tony LePage (Come From Away), Madison Micucci (The Band's Visit), Katie Sexton (The Play That Goes Wrong) and Eric Ulloa (On Your Feet!). Musical director Eugene Gwozdz provides accompaniment for At This Performance ... on the stage of The Green Room 42 in New York City.
City Winery is a truly unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes and fine dining. From folk acts and jazz quartets to legendary singer-songwriters and buzz-worthy indie rock bands, this innovative venue is serving up some of the best music Chicago has to offer -- along with some of its finest vintages. The brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the hugely successful Knitting Factory music venue, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space where folks can not only listen to great music, but also indulge their passion for quality cuisine, art and friendship.
Disney's The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey "Under the Sea" with Ariel, a mermaid who's tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some "help" from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs like "Kiss the Girl," "Part of Your World" and more at the Cupcake Theater in North Hollywood.
Put a little va va voom into the start of your weekends with Rosewood Theatre's Burlesque Show Fridays, a regularly sexy spectacular in New York with the alluring Midnight Circus. Bring the boys or take a date to this immersive adult playground (Did we get your attention yet?), where a glamorous host will escort you to a table in this two-story theater. Enter "the labyrinth," filled with dark, moody vibes and chandelier-lit bars. Once the velvet curtains are drawn, it's all fun and games from the ladies of Revel Fridays, oh la la! It's plenty of drinks, nipple tassels and just the right music.
What at first appears to be a charming drawing-room comedy quickly turns to mystery and international intrigue in Lillian Hellman's thought-provoking, and ever timely, 1941 drama Watch on the Rhine. With America on the brink of entering World War II, the daughter of a wealthy DC matriarch returns from abroad with her German husband, a anti-fascist activist. But when a fellow house guest with opposing views begins to pose a threat, tensions rise and family ties are tested. A co-production with the Guthrie, this well-reviewed show now comes to the Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre.
L.A. might not have a whole lot of lakes, but we do have 16 NBA Championships to our name -- which happens to make our beloved Lakers one of the most dominant franchises in all of sports. And there's only one way to watch the best: in style (this is L.A., after all). Okay, so maybe you won't be shelling out for courtside seats between Jack and Leo, but that's not the only way to live it up while this exciting young team tears it up on the court. The STAPLES Center's Premier Level seating and Suites both treat you to a bit of the V.I.P. experience. Forget standing in concessions lines, because you can get everything from high-end burgers and sushi to scotch and margaritas served to you without leaving your Premier Level seats. And you won't want to miss a single play with this 200 Level view of the action. Or kick back in a climate-controlled private suite, catch that slam-dunk instant replay on the in-suite plasma TVs and enjoy the game in luxury as the Lakers go for 17.
Cygnet Theatre brings back A Christmas Carol to San Diego, a longtime tradition and a holiday favorite. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. Three spirits usher Scrooge through the lessons of his past, present and possible future in this charming and heartfelt musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic, reimagined with original music, unique stagecraft and puppetry and live sound effects! It's a seasonal treat that the family will love.
It's 1890 in a lawless territory out west -- and Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy, finds himself sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. Johnny's sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life, and the governor promises to pardon Johnny if she'll "do his bidding" for the night. Adding to the hilarious complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. Be there when The York Theatre Company, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, opens its 2017-18 Season with this knee-slappin' new musical loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. It's naughty, it's country and it's a New York premiere. Yee-haw, verily!
Airfare to Rome may be out of reach this holiday season, but Westfield Topanga Mall has got you covered with an immersive exhibit that allows you to get up close and personal with the stunning frescoes of Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Reproduced to near original size by state-of-the-art technology -- and displayed on illuminated panels at ground level so you won't have to constantly crane your neck to look up at a ceiling -- this acclaimed collection features 34 of the artist's masterpieces, including the famed Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. Experience the awesome power of one of the world's most historic and moving artistic achievements this holiday season, and yes, there's a gift shop.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 10:00am (Last Entry at 8:30pm)
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.
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.
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.
As Wynton Marsalis put it, "Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it." Winter's Jazz Club in Chicago hosts jazz musicians specializing in everything from straight-ahead jazz to swing, big band, New Orleans-style and more. Every show at Winter's Jazz Club furthers the love of live jazz, where you can savor a drink for purchase along with tinnovative arrangements of the best jazz songs around.
From rock legends, folk acts and jazz quartets to incomparable hip-hop artists and buzz-worthy indie rock bands, this innovative venue is serving up some of the best music the city has to offer -- along with some of its finest vintages. New York's City Winery is a truly unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes and fine dining. The brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the hugely successful Knitting Factory, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space where folks can not only listen to great music, but also make their own wine, indulging their passion for quality cuisine, art and friendship.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Lloyd Cole)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Loudon Wainwright III)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Women of Letters)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Sawyer Fredericks)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 11:00am (Janie Barnett's Urban Americana Holiday Party With Special Guests Vicki Kristina Barcelona - Brunch Show)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 11:00am (The Music of Laura Nyro Feat. Diane Garisto - Brunch Show)
Desi -- pronounced "they-see" -- is a loose term for the people and cultures of South Asia. At the Desi Comedy Fest, America's largest South Asian comedy festival, a who's who of comics from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. come together to share in the universal pursuit of making crowds of people crack up laughing. At Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall, Desi comedians will use their original perspectives to poke fun at American culture -- along with their own.
One of New York's most exciting seasonal outings, Bar Car Nights is on track for another exciting and festive year. Enjoy an adult evening after hours at the wondrous Holiday Train Show, where you can drink and be merry at one of the many seasonal bars and relax at the all-new Visitor Center fire pit. Venture through the wintry landscape as the illuminated Snow Globe Dancers guide you through the Garden, and then bundle up with your favorite tunes as dueling pianos set in the warmth of the Pine Tree Café. The traditional Holiday Train Show gets rolling inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory within the New York Botanical Garden, featuring model trains zipping over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, leaves and pine cones. This year's exhibition pays homage to one of NYC's most celebrated districts: Midtown Manhattan. Watch as locomotives zip through a half-mile track around iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders. These special 21-and-older evenings allow you to get into the holiday spirit in a grown-up atmosphere under the magical glow of thousands of twinkling lights, perfect for date night or a festive group outing.
Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a heaping side of blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack Jr. has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts.
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Rat Pack)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 7:30pm (Simply The Best: The Ultimate Tina Turner Tribute With Vivian Ross)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 7:30pm (Jean Carn presents Duke, Ella & Me)Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Larry Carlton)Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (Sydni Marie and Brian Christopher)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Cedric Napoleon)Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Landau Murphy, Jr's Holiday Show)Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 / 7:30pm (Holiday Winds feat. Elan Trotman, Althea Rene & Tracy Hamlin)
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, via a new off-Broadway comedy coming to the Westside Theatre -- and it's not all Who-pudding and roast beast. Olivier Award-winning actress Lesli Margherita (Zorro the Musical, Matilda the Musical) stars as the now-grown Cindy Lou, who's been down a rough road, landing the once-adorable tot in a broken-down trailer on the side of snowy Mount Crumpit. Now, 40 years later, she'll recall the fateful events of that Christmas Eve night and beyond -- in Seussian rhyming couplets, of course. This irreverent yet heartfelt parody comes from the pen of Matthew Lonbardo, whose Broadway credits include High with Kathleen Turner and Looped, which starred Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance.
Everyone who lived through it remembers where they were and what they saw when the towers fell on 9/11. This powerful unscripted tour with a retired NYPD detective gives you an unparalleled first-person perspective of what happened on that fateful day. Hear firsthand accounts, and even the positive changes that have occurred since 2001. Your guide uses images taken by his partner, a world-renowned NYPD photographer, to allow you to walk in the footsteps of the first responders. Take an affecting glimpse backward at the FDNY Ten House in New York. Then enter the 911 Museum where you will view displays of the devastation of that day while witnessing firsthand the resilience of New York. Enjoy a self guided Audio tour of the Museum. Proceeds go to the 911 Victims Fund.
Here's how to be extra cute this holiday season -- Take 'em to a winter alpine village, where warm fuzzy feelings thrive. Taking over 85,000 square feet of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Winter Wonderland Staten Island is the perfect spot to bring the family out for a Sunday Funday or even to impress an adorable date (because let's be honest, the holidays are prime cuddle time). The village has every essential seasonal attraction, including ice skating, a holiday vendor market, live entertainment, rides and games. Special highlights include a life size gingerbread house bakery and an igloo bar, so we really mean it when we say Staten Island's Winter Wonderland seriously has a little bit of something for everyone.
Experience the magic of the lovely Newport Beach Coast at night, when the bright beach views transform to a starlight vision of twinkling lights and crackling bonfires. This 90-minute nighttime sail of the bay off of Newport Beach is a great way to enjoy the coast from a unique perspective while enjoying a full cash bar stocked all your favorite libations. During each cruise, you're likely to pass hundreds of yachts, sailing ships and cruise ships as they navigate the harbor, creating a festive boating experience. It's a great way to kick off a night on the town, or wind down after a dinner at one of the area's many great restaurants.
Any Available Cruise Through November 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Following on the heels of its acclaimed sister venues in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Nashville, City Winery Atlanta offers the best in intimate live music and comedy performances, along with fine dining, wine tastings and classes. Bringing the winery experience to the hot and happening Ponce City Market, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space that appeals to culture lovers and foodies alike, with performances from music legends like Don McLean, John Doe of X, Aaron Neville, Matthew Sweet, J.D. Souther and many more.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 7:00pm (Jeff Bradshaw & Friends ft. Algebra Blessett & Glenn Lewis)Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 / 8:00pm (Fantasia)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Kurt Elling)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 10:00pm (Marc Roberge of O.A.R.)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 10:00pm (Squirrel Nut Zippers)Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Matt Bellassai: The 'Everything Is Awful' Tour)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 8:00pm ( Comedy and Cocktails In the Den Hosted by Damon Sumner)
With gorgeous new sets and costumes by famed author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), Pacific Northwest Ballet's exciting production of The Nutcracker brings a world of joy and color to the stage at Seattle's McCaw Hall with George Balanchine's original choreography, the PNB orchestra playing the cherished Tchaikovsky score and dozens of dazzling dancers. This iconic version of the popular holiday ballet tells the timeless story of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical dream that her toy comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
The chance of a white Christmas in Los Angeles? One hundred percent, thanks to Musical Theatre West. Based on the holiday film favorite starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, this stage adaptation of White Christmas tells the story of two successful song-and-dance men who fall in love with a pair of beautiful sisters while struggling to save the fading Vermont inn that's owned by their former commanding general. Like a gorgeous Christmas card come to life onstage, this beloved musical features songs like "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "I Love a Piano" and the best-selling single of all time, "White Christmas." This song-and-dance extravaganza is bound to brighten anyone's holiday -- and with the magic of the holiday season in full swing, you never know ... it might even snow. Don't miss this classic at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
Celebrate the season inside the New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show, where G-scale model trains zip around you on a nearly half-mile journey around a miniature version of New York City, all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Visionary artist Paul Busse and his team have created a world filled with tiny versions of such tourist attractions as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center -- 150 replicas in all -- intricately crafted with bark, leaves and other natural materials. This year's exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan, with iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders sharing the spotlight among old and new collection favorites that define this celebrated district. Don't miss this unique melding of art, nature, science and imagination that The New York Times calls "one of New York City's best holiday gifts to itself."
John Leguizamo is back on Broadway! After a sold-out run at The Public Theater, a record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and unanimous praise from New York and national critics and audiences alike, Emmy Award-winner John Leguizamo stands at the head of the class in his new one-man tour de force, Latin History for Morons. When his son gets a school assignment on heroes, John seizes the chance to teach him all about the great figures of the Latino world. But once he sets out on his irreverent, 90-minute journey across three continents and 3,000 years of history -- playing all of the characters himself -- he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him. Leguizamo's cultural crash course is equal parts eye-opening and hilarious, and it's coming to the stage of Broadway's Studio 54 in New York City.
Even the biggest, bah-humbuggiest Scrooge can't resist a concert of beloved carols! Let one of the greatest choirs in the world, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, sing you into the season with Festival of Carols, a joyous celebration full of holiday favorites. The 110-person chorus will perform both new arrangements and traditional songs (think "White Christmas," "Deck the Hall," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing") in the acoustically pristine Walt Disney Concert Hall. This festive concert is an L.A. tradition that is guaranteed to put you in the mood to decorate the tree. Come early and enjoy the glorious sound of the holiday brass quintet. After the concert, stop by the concert hall's BP Hall and visit with Santa.
The LA International Tea Festival was founded seven years ago by the late Devan Shah in an effort to bring education, awareness and enthusiasm for specialty tea directly to tea lovers and enthusiasts across the greater Los Angeles area. Over the years it has morphed into one of the largest consumer tea festivals in the world. This year's festival promises to be another educational and entertaining experience into the multifaceted world of tea. It will bring authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, educators and tea lovers from around the world to California's largest weekend "tea party." The Deven Shah Tea Festival (Formerly known as the Los Angeles International Tea Festival) will be hosted at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena.
December 2, 2017 (11am-5pm) & December 3, 2017 (11am-4pm)
Husband-and-wife songwriting duo Alan and Marilyn Bergman have blessed the Great American Songbook with such classics as "The Way We Were" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" Now playwright Josh Ravetch has tapped their timeless talents for his new Tyne Daly-helmed musical Chasing Mem'ries. The show features a selection of pre-existing songs with lyrics by the Bergmans and music by composers including Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand. Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she's loved and the love of her life. Ravetch returns to the Geffen with a beautiful ode to love, nostalgia and our resistance to the passage of time. Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Twin Peaks) co-stars in this world-premiere production at the Gil Cates Theater in Los Angeles.
There's plenty of room for funny business at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, which just happens to be the world's largest comedy club, at 12,500 square feet. And just like its fellow outlets in Chicago and L.A., this venue regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from the Southland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. Plus, you never know who may drop by for a set. The Long Beach club is also home to the official Laugh Factory Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum, which boasts more than 500 pieces of comedy memorabilia from the likes of Groucho Marx and Rodney Dangerfield, plus wax figures of greats like Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
A Bronx Tale is Broadway's new hit musical. And now it's a New York Times Critics' Pick. Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Sister Act) direct this new musical adaptation of the classic story from Chazz Palminteri. Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. A Bronx Tale features music by eight-time Tony Award winner Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors), book and lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, On Your Feet). Don't miss your chance to see the show that AM New York hails as, "a combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story," at the Longacre Theatre.
The Color Purple was the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly re-conceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times). Directed by Tony winner John Doyle and with a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this theatrical triumph when The Color Purple comes to the Boch Center's Shubert Theatre in Boston.
When you think of Cuban music, what do you picture? Bongo drums? Acoustic guitars and salsa dancing? Erase all of that from your mind, but remember the addictive, pulsating rhythms of this genre when Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company cha cha chas their way into the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. They don't just keep it at a two-step pace, though. Malpaso incorporates a skilled fusion of ballet technique and earthy modern dance too, making this a truly unique experience in Los Angeles -- where cultures, traditions and people meld and thrive.
Awkward office gatherings, family dinners with relatives you'd sooner avoid, White Elephant and Ugly Sweater parties. The timeframe between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just crammed with all manner of social landmines. Four friends -- Heather Bodie, Jared Grant, Colette Gregory and A.J. Miller -- gather at Stage 773 to take deep breaths and brace themselves for incoming holiday horrors great and small. Christmas in Chicago finds the Fine Print Theatre talents confronting the unavoidable merriness of the season. This musical sketch revue takes on all those annual bugaboos that leave you fearing anything festive.
A mind-bending cross between a classic Broadway crooner and that creepy clown from It, Puddles Pity Party just might be the best thing to happen to the world of down-on-their-luck clowns since Krusty. Seven feet tall and blessed with heavenly pipes, Puddles the sad, singing clown puts on a show so fun, so strange, so bizarrely satisfying, you'll never look at grown men with painted red noses the same way again. You may have caught Puddles' cover of Lorde's "Royals," which blew up on YouTube (Lorde called it her all-time fave cover of the tune), but he's also appeared on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform at the Just for Laughs Circus Awesomeus. The "sad clown with the golden voice" continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all. Experience the Pity Party live at The Novo by Microsoft in L.A.
Fortunate Youth hit the stage with Long Beach Dub Allstars and Arise Roots for an irie night of reggae and roots rock. Hailing from Hermosa Beach, Fortunate Youth combines rootsy vibes and unique bass lines with harmonies, guitar solos and heavy keys that can't help but separate them from other mainstream reggae bands. Their straight-line reggae talents are built from delicate skank rhythms and the sharp voice of lead singer Dan Kelly, who with support from guitarist Ryan Gonzales and percussionist Travis Walpole make SoCal reggae unlike any other. Led by bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, Long Beach Dub Allstars to carry on the Sublime's musical legacy. Together with other contributors, the Allstars recapture the blend of Southern California reggae, dub and punk rock that made Sublime one of the top acts of the 1990s. Arise Roots opens the concert at The Novo by Microsoft.
Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman makes her Broadway debut in The Parisian Woman. Written by Beau Willimon, the creator of Netflix's hit series House of Cards, and directed by Tony Award winner Pam McKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), this darkly humorous Capitol Hill drama centers around Chloe (played by Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit who must come to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future following the 2016 election. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and the stakes couldn't be higher. This production at the Hudson Theatre also stars Josh Lucas (A Beautiful Mind), Martin Csokas (The Lord of the Rings), Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Broadway's Amelie) and Blair Brown (Orange is the New Black).
This Hollywood supper club hosts great live jazz and cabaret in a setting with Old World charm. Catalina has lived up to its slogan "Nothing But the Best in Jazz" by presenting a veritable who's who of music legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and vocalists like Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jane Monheit, Barbara Morrison and many more.
Plan your escape to the new musical about the choices we make -- and the people we become -- once we've had a change in latitude. Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including "Come Monday," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and many more. With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) and Emmy Award nominee Mike O'Malley (Survivor's Remorse, Shameless), this rousing and refreshing new production is choreographed by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rock of Ages) and directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis). Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water's warm and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all, and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Take a break from your troubles, make some new friends at the bar and kick back to the soothing sounds of the steel drum, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. It doesn't get much better than this. All you need now is a ticket. Escape to Margaritaville: It's more than a musical, it's a way of life.
Returning to the Theatre District after more than 10 years and boasting all-new sets and costumes, José Mateo Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker at Boston's Cutler Majestic is poised to bring back cherished memories, as well as to introduce a new generation to this magical production. This beloved holiday dance, set to Tchaikovsky's masterful score, tells the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas Eve gift and who dreams of an enchanted adventure full of excitement, romance and plenty of Sugar Plum Fairies.
Black Theatre Troupe returns once again this year with a stunning production of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. Assembling a joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, Black Nativity uses movement, griot-style storytelling and the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story. Hughes' song-play, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1961, is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, created to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community.
The town of Newport Beach is known for its holiday decorations: Bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go all "out" during this time of year. From rooftop animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees, hundreds of waterfront estates, docks, landscapes and waterfront businesses are lit with extravagant displays for this festive season. Hop on this holiday cruise and catch all the bright lights and elaborate decorations. And you can even pick which ones you think might win the annual Ring of Lights competition.
You ain't seen showbiz till you until you've seen Triple Espresso, an extra caffeinated comedy. A hit across America and Europe, the madcap play is the story of a singer-pianist, a magician and a comic, who recall a lifetime of show-business disasters -- from dust storms in Nebraska and dancing in Zaire to an incident involving a gorilla and four glorious minutes of failure on national television -- in hilarious fashion. The high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy for all ages provides of a jolt of caffeinated fun at the Black Box Theatre in the Minneapolis area.
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular will get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience, at Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre.
See Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's production of The Nutcracker in this breath-taking performance by the Joffrey Ballet. This fresh adaptation of the timeless Christmas ballet is set during the historic 1893 Chicago World's Fair and centers on Marie -- a young, impoverished girl from the South Side whose parents work at the fair. On the night before Christmas, a magical nutcracker guides Marie through a beautiful dreamland based on the World's Fair and the many exotic people, animals and places represented there. With Tchaikovsky's eternal music played by the Chicago Philharmonic, this electrifying work from one of the world's foremost choreographers leaps into Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.
If the thought of a Nutcracker prince in a sparkling thong puts you in a festive mood, then this dark and decadent vaudeville version of the famed Christmas ballet is sure to knock your stockings off. Dubbed "raucous and risque" by The New York Times and an "elegantly erotic holiday dance spectacle" by Broadway World, the acclaimed Nutcracker Rouge provides the perfect opportunity for award-winning creator Austin McCormick and his gender-bending troupe Company XIV to introduce their new theater-slash-lounge space in Bushwick. Their burlesque-inspired blend of theater, cirque and dance was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2014 and will no doubt satisfy adults searching for edgier, artsier holiday entertainment.
A hit ever since its debut on Broadway, 42nd Street follows the journey of starstruck chorus girl Peggy Sawyer as she tries to fill diva Dorothy's dancing shoes. It's a timeless tale of dedication, hard work, talent, a little bit of luck and, of course, love. Set during the Great Depression, this classic musical is filled with exhilarating tap dancing and splashy, unforgettable tunes like "We're in the Money," "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title song. This lively hit show won a Tony Award for its original 1980 production and then again for its 2001 Broadway revival, and it continues to delight audiences today. Come and meet those dancing feet when Bay Area Musicals presents 42nd Street at Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco.
Hear the real "no bull" stories behind Wall Street on this walking tour of the Financial District in New York City. Visit key sites along Wall Street with multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Dennis O'Leary as he reveals the behind the scenes world of the financial industry. Have a current business or business idea? Take this opportunity to pitch your guide along the route and receive some solid business advice as you go. Enjoy stories of white-collar crime and learn some of the inner workings of Wall Street, along with a visit to the Museum of Finance and the 9/11 Memorial, on this tour departing from the 60 Wall Street Atrium.
The boys of Baker Street have their most "Wilde" adventure yet in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, from playwright Katie Forgette (Assisted Living). History and fantasy mingle when Oscar Wilde brings his dear friend, the actress Lillie Langtry, to see detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson. Someone has stolen the highly intimate letters Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales, and now she is being blackmailed. Holmes takes the case, even doffing his deerstalker to disguise himself as a character from Wilde's upcoming play, The Importance of Being Forthright (working title). Meanwhile, Watson falls head-over-heels for Langtry as a wicked professor tries to disgrace the Crown. Experience this witty play in Beverly Hills at Theatre 40 at the Reuben Cordova Theatre.
Celebrate the holidays with friends, family and loved ones while gazing out at the sparkling New York City skyline from the yacht Manhattan, decorated in festive seasonal decor. This cruise offers hot cocoa and house-made cookies, plus a complimentary alcoholic beverage of your choice. Listen or sing along to classic holiday songs with live carolers and enjoy the Statue of Liberty and New York City's greatest sights from the yacht's toasty solarium.
Aptly-named French dramatist Eugene Scribe is known as the father of the "well-made play" for turning out dozens of popular works with the same underlying structure -- though he might as well be known as the Shonda Rhimes of his time, for his talent at creating clever plot twists and turns (with the help of a writing staff), and for his prolific output, which numbered in the hundreds and ranged from comedies and tragedies to operas. Now one of his comic gems, Puff: Believe It or Not, comes to the stage in a timely world-premiere adaptation at the Greenhouse Theatre, courtesy of Chicago's Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Featuring Scribe's precise plotting and barbed wit, this satiric take-down of Parisian society centers on an honorable cavalry officer who returns home to find that his countrymen have suddenly become allergic to the truth.
Set in a modern African-American church on Christmas Day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies and down-home preaching, Black Nativity takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph. Harlem Renaissance poet-playwright Langston Hughes authored this one-act musical retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective. Featuring African costumes, moving songs of worship, magnificent choreography and old-fashioned spirituals, the song-play explores the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. Adapted by Robert John Connor with musical direction by Keith Wilson, Black Nativity brings the spirit of the season to Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center.
The West Coast premiere of the recent Broadway hit Holiday Inn brims with joyous music and plenty of holiday cheer. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1942 film starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn follows the story of a song-and-dance man who decides to leave show business and settle down in his Connecticut farmhouse. When he meets a talented school teacher named Linda, the two transform the farmhouse into a fancy inn offering guests show-stopping holiday performances. But when Jim's best friend visits from Hollywood and tries to steal Linda away as his new dance partner, the fate of the inn hangs in the balance. This new musical stage adaptation features lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 beloved Irving Berlin songs. Enjoy this heartwarming holiday treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of spirits, when it comes to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
You know you're funny when you can joke about dying alone in an apartment full of cats -- and it's not only funny, it's the kind of curtain-dropping, hit-'em-where-they-live closer that makes other comics green with envy. Then again, it's easy to envy Emily Heller -- she's one of the brightest, most original young stand-up talents on the scene. You've seen her on Conan (where her cat-death-witness joke slayed the audience), you've seen her at Just for Laughs in Montreal and on Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, etc. And, considering how witty and incredibly personal her material is, and given the fact that no one else is doing anything else like it, you will see her more and more places with each passing year. So make sure to see her live when she brings her uniquely hilarious perspective to the Drafthouse Comedy Theater in Washington DC.
Chicano soul draws from black, white and brown cultures, and is the often forgotten link in the story of rock 'n' roll. Drawing from numerous cultures, it's also one hundred percent American. Now you can experience the genre in-depth when Chicano Soul Legends comes to The Honda Center of Anaheim. You'll hear such acts as The Midniters with Little Willie G, El Chicano, Malo, Joe Bataan, Tierra, Patti Drew, The Temprees and many more in a concert that brings together the best of Texas, Mexico and California to create this under-the-radar musical hybrid.
There are few better targets for humor -- scathing, loving or just plain wacky -- than the holidays. From family get-togethers to insane gift-shopping to neurotic friends, family and significant others, this season is perfect fodder for the Groundlings, L.A.'s premier comic troupe, and the beloved Groundlings Holiday Show. Groundlings alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and many more who've taken their comedic chops to the world at large. The holiday-themed sketches will keep you laughing through the holidays at their home base theater in Los Angeles.
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage is ushering in the holidays with their unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes' cute Christmas ode to child endangerment, Home Alone. Join Kevin as he takes on the Wet Bandits, neighborhood creeps and his father's aftershave ("Ahhhhhh!") in this campy comic homage to the film that taught millions of kids that all you need to defend your home are some strategically positioned Christmas tree ornaments and a bucket of feathers. This cheeky, song-filled parody at Rockwell: Table & Stage stars L.A.-based actor-singers from TV, film and the Broadway stage.
Featuring a score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act: The Musical) and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy), Newsies is based on the popular 1992 Disney movie starring Christian Bale, about a group of newsboys who take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon. Based on true events from 1899, the musical tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. The rousing tale at Seattle's Village Theatre is full of high-energy dance and catchy tunes. "Seize the Day" and get your tickets now for this show about fighting for what's right and staying true to who you are.
A New York Times and a Time Out New York Critics' Pick, Bess Wohl's life-affirming one-act has an awful lot to say about human connection, as seen through six urbanites gathered for a silent yoga retreat in the woods. Small Mouth Sounds tracks these strangers' valiant attempts at non-verbal communication, in a show the Times calls "as funny as it is quietly moving" as well as "a model of ingenuity." This production at San Francisco's A.C.T. Strand Theater is directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812).
While some Christmas shows lean on extravagant costumes and decorations, This Wonderful Life gets to the heart of the season with a powerful story told by one man. James Leaming inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life in this American Blues Theater production at The Edge Theater in Chicago. Simple props and effects complete the scenes, and "the effects take on a life of their own, and the audience is swept up in the suspension of disbelief" (San Diego Union-Tribune). George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter and the gang come to life as a single actor tells the heartwarming story of one hardworking man's life and his effect on the people around him. The San Diego Union-Tribune calls it "theatrical magic ... [a] tour de force performance [by Leaming]," and it comes Jeff Recommended.
Before Scrooge, author Charles Dickens had his own ghosts to contend with. A Dickens Carol uses real events to reimagine the story of Scrooge from Dickens' point of view. With his marriage and finances in trouble in 1840s London, Dickens has become bitter toward life itself, a bit like the curmudgeonly character he has yet to create. But on a cold Christmas eve, a horrible train crash plunges him into the icy Kent river. Stuck in a carriage slowly sinking into the water, three spirits lead Dickens on a journey through his past, present and future. The journey transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. The carol behind the carol, this all-new twist on a family ghost story at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre promises to melt the heart of the scroogiest Scrooge out there.
Prepare your body for BODY, where you can shake it to the best in Afro-Caribbean grooves. DJ Tyn Man and DJ Money Bull spin reggae for a great weekly dance night at The Promontory in Chicago. Check out the impressive 11:00pm dance exhibition, and even catch a lesson to bring out your coolest self in the form of slick new dance moves.
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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Of all the magic shows in Las Vegas, Dirk Arthur's Wild Magic brings amazing feats and unbelievable illusions up close and personal, and you can see (or think you see) every clever trick at the Westgate Cabaret. Expect nothing less from Arthur, who pioneered the floating car illusion and was the first magician in the world to make a helicopter appear out of thin air, only to vanish it again ... and then make it reappear, hovering over the audience. Jaws will drop and minds will be blown when he brings his latest, greatest show -- on that's perfect for families -- to the stage.
Wild, bawdy and ferociously playful, Joe Orton's outrageous farce What the Butler Saw is one of the seminal works of modern comedy. When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. Catch What the Butler Saw when it fills Las Vegas Little Theatre with laughter, sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans.
This long-running New York City hit combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. The Yang family's amazing transformation of ordinary soap bubbles has earned them international fame and 16 Guinness World Records. The Gazillion Bubble Show has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox & Friends, The View, the Today show and more. Young or old, this is an event the whole family will enjoy.
BalletNova's Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition with thousands of families over the past 10 years. A professional production that includes children, it is a great way to be introduced to ballet and live theater for the first time. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the magical Christmas night adventures of young Clara, who dreams that her beloved toy nutcracker has come to life. Together they take on the wicked Mouse King, defeating him in an epic battle. Journey through the icy forest as beautiful snowflakes whirl about and then join Clara when visions of sugar plums delightfully entertain in the Kingdom of Sweets. The whole family will be swept up in the magic of the season at Arlington's Kenmore Auditorium.
Tarrytown reimagines the American fable The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a surprisingly modern love story. This world premiere musical finds Ichabod befriending married couple Katrina and Brom. Their unexpected new bond forces each of them to confront ghosts from their pasts as they gallop towards an unfamiliar and uncertain future. Part romance, part bromance, Tarrytown debuts at San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from The Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul.
Antoine McColister aka Ace Hood is basically bred for success in the rap world, and it's not just because he's got an unlimited supply of Bugattis. Formerly signed to insanely successful hip-hop labels Cash Money Records and Def Jam Recordings, he's also rolled with DJ Khaled's We the Best and brings legends like Future, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross onto his tracks. Having started back in 2007, Ace Hood is still going strong as an independent rapper, dropping mix tapes left and right and mending the tension between himself and Khaled. Trust the Process just came out this summer, the first in a three-part series. Catch these tracks and hits like "Bugatti" and "Hustle Hard" at Pub Rock in Scottsdale.
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest makes its triumphant return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, accompanied by a bevy of stars, for another superhero-sized weekend event. This year's lineup is set to include Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Katrina Law from Arrow, Danielle Panabaker and Robbie Amell of The Flash, Caity Lotz from Legends of Tomorrow and more. This fan-driven con not only gives you the opportunity to personally meet your favorite celebrities, but also offers tons of different panels to give you the behind-the-scenes scoop straight from creators and cast members. Plus, there're plenty of vendors, artists, cosplayers and more on hand to add to the excitement.
Mr. Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions is an eruption of one-man insanity complete with funny wigs and a real rocking chair. If Stephen Colbert grew out his hair, aged quickly, moved to the 19th cenutry, lived on a riverboat, and wrote satire as a man named Samuel Clemens writing under the pen name Mark Twain ... then you're close to what you'll experience in Mr. Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions, at Majestic Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas.
Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors have decided to perform Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). This hilarious production includes Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times, topical pop-culture and every carol ever sung. Take a madcap romp through the holiday season at Portland's Twilight Theater Company.
A total high-energy package, Howl at the Moon is the experience that brings together a live concert AND a full bar, and the fun doesn't stop short at their spot in Universal City. Try switching out the DJ for a live show that features musicians jamming out to their own renditions of dance anthems and party hits. Whether it's that pop song you hear on repeat on the radio or a good old '90s throwback, Howl at the Moon re-charges each tune with a new, refreshing kick that gets the crowd jumping. Massive buckets of sugar-fueled cocktails also lend a hand to the party, with treats like sparkling vodka apple lemonade, a Fruit Roll-Up-inspired medley and more.
It may be fall, but the bells, they are a-jingling already. And if you're dreading the start of the holiday season, then The Second City has the perfect recipe in Holidazed & Confused: Mandatory Merriment, another hilarious production that takes aim at traditional holiday fare. So when you're tired of frosty snowmen, Black Friday "bargains," pumpkin spice, dreidels and everything in between, join the quick-witted cast at Chicago's Up Comedy Club for a night of comedy that will make you "ho ho ho."
The NHL season is heating up as the Chicago Blackhawks return to tear up the ice at the United Center. Led by one of the best coaches in the game, Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks are setting their sights on their fourth Stanley Cup in nine seasons as they take on a fierce Central Division. The team is reinvigorated this year with the return of two of its championship team stars, Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp. Nothing goes with the action on the ice like some hot chow, and the United Center's got that in spades. Check out the tacos al pastor at Big Star Taco or an adobo sausage with chimichurri at the Chicago Sausage Shop. Wash it all down with a Goose Island brew. And for dessert how about crunching into a tub of Garrett cheddar and caramel popcorn mix?
It's tough to break into comedy -- and even tougher when you're starting out as an ex-drug dealer fresh off a six-year stint in state prison. Against all odds, in a country where the deck is more often than not stacked against a black man trying to get ahead, Felonious Munk did just that, first earning a six-figure position in corporate America before turning his attentions to comedy and landing a recurring guest spot on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. In Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains), Munk takes to the stage at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre with a cast of Chicago's sharpest comics to tell the harrowing and hilarious story of his story of breaking away from the street and into comedy.
In his "kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play" (Chicago Tribune), Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of modern American family life. Deciding to shake Thanksgiving up a bit, Erik Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to New York City to celebrate the holiday at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. But as darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night -- and family tensions reach a boiling point. After a successful Broadway run last year, where it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans now comes to Seattle Rep - Bagley Wright Theatre, directed once again by two-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello (Assassins).
Rock out to expert renditions of hits like "Who Are You?" "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" when Orange County's premier Who tribute band performs at Saint Rocke. WhosNext brings the power and the soul of one of Britain's greatest rock bands to the stage with spot-on performances, the look and instruments of the Who and an energetic live performance that will leave you wanting more. Double XL and the New Blues Revolution open up the concert at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.
One of America's best Thanksgiving traditions ain't got a thing to do with eating, shopping or watching football -- it's all about that swing. The 38th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza is back to bop at the Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center for the entire holiday weekend. Saturday night's headliners are the Candy Jacket Jazz Band and Jonathan Doyle's Swingtet, who'll be providing the tunes for the legendary swing-dance contest, but there are five ballrooms filled with nothing but performances from morning till night, including a piano-solo salon. From traditional jazz to dixieland, ragtime and rockabilly, you won't have to go far to find it, and even the hotel's Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet offers live musical accompaniment. More than 30 bands and guest artists, plus vendors and more, are set to appear at this world-class festival that never fails to get music-lovers in the holiday groove.
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.
Queen Elizabeth will someday pass on (we assume), and this future history play posits what will happen once Prince Charles finally gets his promotion. Hailed as 2015's best new Broadway play by Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, Mike Bartlett's King Charles III goes beneath the crowns and behind the tabloids as it explores the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family. This modern-day riff on a Shakespearean political drama features Camilla, William, Kate and Harry, but centers on Prince Charles, who takes the throne after a lifetime of waiting only to face an ethical dilemma over a bill limiting the freedom of the press. Catch the L.A. premiere of this Olivier Award-winning play at the Pasadena Playhouse.
This heartwarming comedic spin on the classic holiday poem shakes things up with a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl and an Elf-B-I agent -- who're trying to track down Santa's missing Naughty or Nice List before his sleigh takes off. Join the festive family fun at the Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, written by Tony-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo).
Described as "whimsical, fantastical, lyrical" and "just a little bit irreverent," Solstice: Stories and Songs for the Holidays brings poetry, folktales and music together for a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration at Dallas' Theatre3. Aiming to keep her niece occupied during winter solstice -- the longest night of the year -- a loving aunt introduces her to some magical creatures, and some traditional but little known tales, including a Santa origin story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). There'll be poetry from Longfellow, Frost and contemporary writer Susan Cooper, along with short plays and new music created by local Dallas artists. The cast is set to include favorites like Denise Lee, Paul Taylor, Marti Etheridge, Ian Mead Moore and Sara Prejean.
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.
Alfred Hitchcock and Monty Python collide in The 39 Steps, a hilarious spy-melodrama-turned-comedy that toys with all the best tropes -- a beautiful woman with a mysterious past, a murder, a nationwide manhunt and a nefarious ring of spies. It's equal parts adventure, romance and absurdity. Moonbox Productions cues up a cast of more than 150 characters ... played by just four actors. And as the plot thickens on the the BCA Plaza Theatre stage, you'll witness a series of death-defying leaps (all from short distances) and behold an array of dazzling special effects (all pulled from a steamer trunk).
Let Customized Tours take you to one of Washington's most popular annual holiday traditions for families: the Christmas Lighting Festival in the picturesque Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. During this full-day event, browse through the village's quaint shops, savor German food from the street stands offering delicious creations, enjoy live outdoor entertainment, let your kids sled down the snow hill, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and then gather at dusk (on Saturdays and Sundays) for the lighting ceremony as the town becomes ablaze in twinkling lights. Afterward, relax back on the bus as you return home filled with the holiday spirit.
He's taken us on a tasting tour of Victorian England's back alley pie shops (Sweeney Todd), through a magical fairy tale forest (Into the Woods) and even inside a work of art (Sunday in the Park with George). But never has Stephen Sondheim played a more raucous musical tour guide than in his laugh-out-loud ancient Roman comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The winner of six Tonys, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in this feel-good romp that sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of comely courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one fun night of theater. Step into the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank and enjoy classic show tunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the beloved Broadway showstopper that actually starts the show, "Comedy Tonight." Actor-singer Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) is set to appear as Pseudolus from November 22 through December 10, and Paul Vogt (Hairspray Live, MADtv, Broadway's Chicago) stars November 17-19 and December 14-31.
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.
Can winter time date ideas get any cuter than this evening city tour of the holiday lights in San Francisco? Enjoy some hot cocoa, pack your coats and get ready to snuggle as this open top double decker bus takes to the streets of one of the most romantic cities in America (Don't try to deny how dreamy that fog is). You'll cruise by the Christmas Tree at Pier 39, Union Square, Civic Center, Treasure Island and more, all decked out in their seasonal finest, plus play games for candy canes too. Don't think this is just limited to couples, though. The little ones will also enjoy the twinkle of San Francisco during the holidays, not to mention those sweet candy canes.
Who says wine tastings have to be pretentious? Wine Riot is perhaps the least pretentious -- and fun -- tasting event you could ever hope for. The idea is to break it all down for you with interactive samplings that teach you the basic lingo (dry vs. sweet, young vs. mature), tasting booths divided by varietal region and the ever-popular bubbly bar featuring sparkling wines like prosecco, rose, champagne and such. Inspired to dig a little deeper? Imbibe in one or more of the 20-minute sit-down seminars. That's all in addition to a fun photo booth, temporary tattoos and eats from local hot spots available for purchase. Once you're done, you'll be able to say you've tried everything from a new California Cabernet to a German Riesling to a Portuguese wine made from grapes no one can pronounce. It's all going down at New York City's Brooklyn Expo Center.
You can bet your bottom dollar that there'll be plenty of fun when Annie takes over Onley Theatre Center for the holidays. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Broadway debut, the musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen shows no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, Annie brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace and the wicked Miss Hannigan. Featuring unforgettable numbers like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," this production, directed by Jason King Jones (Mary Poppins), will leave you with a spring in your step and a song in your heart.
Head over to the world-famous Laugh Factory and see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet. Located in the heart of the new Belmont Theater District just minutes from downtown, the Laugh Factory is renowned for attracting high-caliber stand-up talent, including up-and-coming comics and big-name stars from TV and film. For its recurring Chicago's Best Stand-Up show, the club pulls together an ever-changing and original lineup of comedy titans, representing the best the Windy City has to offer.
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf the Musical. The festive fun starts as soon as you enter the lobby of Aurora's Paramount Theatre, where you'll be greeted by a two-story Christmas tree and thousands of sparkling lights. Then fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, a little boy who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy then takes off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
This epic, award-winning musical from the creators of Les Misérables tells the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days of the Vietnam War. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. The powerful love story is a modern retelling of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and boasts such songs as "I Still Believe," "Sun and Moon," "The American Dream," "Why, God, Why?" and "I'd Give My Life for You." See Cameron Mackintosh's stunning production of Boublil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre for a limited engagement, starring Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones.
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, but put all of that behind you at the end of the week while getting up-close and personal with the ocean's ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific's free Friday Shark Lagoon Nights. You'll have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks like sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium's Shark Lagoon while chilling out and enjoying the social atmosphere. On select Friday nights, live local bands will further enhance the ambiance. Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Your Goldstar voucher gets you guaranteed entry.
Based on the modern cinema classic, Elf the Musical Jr. is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This youth production of the modern Christmas favorite is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf as it ice skates into the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery is a magical memory play featuring songs and stories that follow a young black girl as she grows up in the civil rights-era South. The narrator, 25-year-old "Daughter," shares memories of being raised by a community of women -- some related, many not -- after losing her mother as a child. This timeless coming-of-age tale explores passage into womanhood, race and rituals in the 1960s South. Be uplifted by Shay Youngblood's stories of survival, healing, deep faith and mystery when the play comes to the stage of Chicago Dramatists Theatre courtesy of Pegasus.
Experience all the wonder and delight of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker in a family-friendly, all-dance performance at Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York. This one-hour production starts with the famous "Snow Scene" and includes the Waltz of the Flowers, Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance and more. The show is presented by Valentina Kozlova, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet. The production also features dancers from her school, including several award-winning students, two (the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) of whom won scholarships to the legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the Kirov Ballet dancers train.
Mr. Popper is at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands when he receives a family of penguins from Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. Now, he and his wife have a lot of extra mouths to feed on a tight budget. Mr. Popper trains the penguins to perform and takes their show on the road, leading to mischief, hilarity and dreams come true in this spirited family musical. Based on the classic 1938 children's book by Richard and Florence Atwater, the flipper-filled fun waddles from the page to the stage -- complete with puppets and song-and-dance numbers -- at Seattle Children's Theatre.
The first animated film ever nominated for an Oscar, Disney's magic fairy dust has since turned Beauty and the Beast into a Tony-nominated musical that ran on Broadway for 13 years and then back into a live-action hit at the box office in 2017. And every version works, thanks to its engaging romance, time-tested storytelling, sly humor and in the case of this stage version, its amazing score. And now Gaston, Belle, Lumiere and the gang are coming to brighten your holiday season at the Media Theatre with classic tunes like "Be Our Guest," "A Change in Me" and more.
Laemmle NoHo 7 and Eat|See|Hear have come up with the perfect film series for all you cinephiles, pop culture-lovers and nostalgia buffs: Throwback Thursdays. Come out to the North Hollywood cinema haven and rediscover popular classics and buried gems that are rarely, if ever, shown on the big screen. You might even get treated to a special guest appearance by a celebrity connected to the film. There's something for every taste at Throwback Thursdays -- from When Harry Met Sally to Blade Runner and beyond.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 7:30pm (Murder By Death - part of "Watching the Detectives" series)
These soulful performers give Christmas classics a fresh sound that touches the heart and lifts the spirit at Lund Auditorium in River Forest. Finalists in season nine of America's Got Talent, the four friends combined their talents to audition for the show. With a unique combination of harp, piano, cello and voice, Sons of Serendip quickly became fan favorites and finished in the top four. Since taking the country by storm on AGT, they've opened for John Legend, performed with the Boston Pops and released two albums (with another on the way).
Come be transformed as Upper Marlboro's Evangel Cathedral celebrates Christmas by re-creating the birth, crucifixion and triumphant ascension of Christ on stage. This Broadway-caliber musical production features the talents of such renowned gospel artists as Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, FredHammond and more. You'll be enthralled by Christmas scenes that transport you as far back as the Victorian era and biblical times. What starts as a jolly Christmas ball ends with a wrenching, ultimately uplifting portrayal of the story of Jesus Christ. Expect to see one jaw-dropping spectacle after another -- from live camels and sheep to a laser light show to over-the-top period costumes.
From honky-tonk country to yacht rock, Joe's Live in Rosemont has a band for every fan of a good time. National and local artists bring the best of rock, hip-hop and acoustic country to the stage, and there's also a full bar and great grub to be had, especially with Bub City barbecue right next door. You wouldn't want to get all entertained on an empty stomach, now would you?
Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and '30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes.
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 / 10:00pm (Braxton Cook)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 10:00pm (Merlon Devine)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 10:00pm (Lorree K. Slye "Christmas Season Kickoff")Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 10:00pm (Gloria Reuben "Great Ladies of Song" - Vocals)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 10:00pm (Nicole Henry "Set for the Holidays" - Jazz Vocals)Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 / 10:00pm (Daniel Weatherspoon "Celebrates Christmas" - Contemporary Jazz)Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 / 10:00pm (Chaise Lounge "Swinging thru the Holidays" - Swing/Lounge)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 10:00pm (Dave Detwiler & The White House Band - "Tis the Season")
Amazement awaits you and your guests inside Black Rabbit Rose, a swanky multi-space venue boasting a theater for magic and variety acts, plus a bar featuring craft cocktails and Thai-Chinese small plates. This retro-style cabaret show sets out to impress with an array of burlesque and specialty performers, while the world's finest close-up illusionists dazzle you with their magical talent. VIP admission grants you a cocktail to start the evening at this intimate Hollywood nightspot.
A glowing tradition, lantern festivals light up the skies of China every Lunar New Year, marking the return of the spring season and symbolizing the reuniting of family. Its colorful displays of floating, fiery lanterns has brought tourists from around the world, and now Columbus takes this beloved festival to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairground for a memorable cultural experience. At the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival, artisans from Sichuan and Zigong will showcase ornate handicrafts including palm leaf weaving, sugar painting and Shu embroidery. 39 illuminated lanterns will also be on display, along with nightly cultural performances to truly immerse yourself in this experience. Don't forget to satisfy your appetite with Chinese and traditional fair food and beverages.
Chicago comedy powerhouse Corn Productions is back with its sixth annual seasonally-themed sketch comedy show Happy Holly-Daze. This refreshing alternative to the usual Christmas fare turns every holiday sketch into a drinking game, courtesy of the wacky folks at Corn. Bring your own booze and get blitzed with Blitzen, rowdy with Rudolph and drunk with... Santa. Throughout the performance, instead of Rudolph's shiny nose, a flashing "drink" sign will light your way to consuming the cocktail of your choice, making for a very merry evening of entertainment.
It's a hard-knock life out there. You know it, Jay Z knows it and most of all, Annie knows it. 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 Seattle Musical 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.
Maybe you haven't heard of David Arnold, but he's probably been making you laugh for years without you even knowing it, like some sort of comedy ninja. Besides his specials on Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, this writer-performer-comic has crafted jokes for popular TV shows including Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, House of Pain, Real Husbands of Hollywood and Raising Whitely -- and soon he'll be stepping in front of the camera as the star of his own BET show executive produced by Kevin Hart. Come to Baltimore Comedy Factory to let David Arnold crack you up face-to-face.
When it comes to catching the biggest names in comedy doing their thing at a historic venue, it's hard to top Laugh Factory Hollywood in the heart of the Sunset Strip. A short list of comics that have graced its luminous stage include Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Nealon and many more. You just never know who is going to drop by to get the crowd roaring with a hilarious set. So get on down to the Laugh Factory, get yourself a drink from the full bar, and get ready to crack up with the best of them.
OHM Nightclub is about to get steamy as PartyNextDoor preps to bring his sensual hits to the stage. Making sure the music world sees him as more than just "Drake's sidekick," the Grammy-nominated Canadian rapper's dropped one hit after another. He co-wrote Rihanna's smash single "Work" and topped charts -- both in the States and up north -- with down-tempo tracks, "Recognize," "Come and See Me" and "Not Nice." He recently dropped an EP featuring acts like Rick Ross and previous tour mate Halsey, now he slides into this Hollywood concert with a few special guests up his sleeve.
Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family.
What is the meaning of success? That question is at the crux of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, the Obie Award-winning play making its premiere at the Keegan Theatre. This contemporary examination of a woman's role in society tells the story of a career-driven woman and the sacrifices she makes for her achievements. Featuring Churchill's famous dinner party scene placing five woman from five different historical periods, this powerful production explores the loss of humanity needed to attain power in a male-dominated environment.
Named after its first regular headliner, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, Birdland first feathered its nest on Broadway in 1949, and has since become synonymous with New York jazz. Count Basie and his band made the club their home, as did Coltrane, Monk, Dizzy, Miles and more. Now on West 44th in Midtown Manhattan, Birdland's still going strong, and is called "close to perfection for serious fans and musicians" by The New York Times, with its awesome sight lines, pristine acoustics and an award-winning Cajun-American menu. You'll find the most famous names in jazz on its stage, as well as exciting up-and-comers every night of the week.
This new musical, from the producers and co-creators of Altar Boyz, is everything you never learned in history class. The year is 1620, and the Native Americans are enjoying a gluten-free, low carb, artisanally happy life when they are invaded by the nation's first immigrants -- pilgrims. There goes the neighborhood, but in the tradition of all musical comedies, love wins! "At its core, this musical comedy is about looking at this global melting pot that we live in and how we can learn from each other's differences and embrace each other," says director Stafford Arima. See the world premiere of The New World, Bucks County Playhouse's first homegrown musical, in New Hope.
Experience the holiday spirit in Philadelphia on this guided walking tour by Philadelphia Urban Adventures. See the holiday light show that features the world's largest pipe organ, follow the model train and smell the fantastic mix of food at Reading Terminal Market. You'll also see the spectacular new holiday show from one of Philly's newest skyscrapers and the decorated tree at Rittenhouse Square, plus enjoy the NYC-esque window displays in the city's restaurant and shopping district. A three-hour adventure, these are just a few fun-filled highlights on the tour, which also includes a decadent snack along the way.
Who knew a winter show could be so steamy? Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret's holiday cabaret Wonderland brings together a talented cast of performers for a glittering parade of nostalgia that's bursting with dance, laughter and all the cheer of yesteryear. Set at Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, this holiday soiree turns Can Can's intimate theater into a whimsical winter chalet, with plenty of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry (watch out for the performers swinging from chandeliers overhead!) in a titillating, feel-good show that combines "song, dance and old-school sexy winter sparkle" (Seattle Magazine). In the kitchen and behind the bar you'll find a variety of food, wine, and spirits available for purchase, all carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients.
Kensington Town Hall presents the classic tale of Belle and the gruff Beast who unexpectedly wins her heart. The British Players bring this beloved family story to life in the traditional "panto" musical comedy style, with song, dance, jokes, gags (and just a bit of mild innuendo).
The Historic Everett Theatre may be over 100 years old, but it still stands as a lively home for all different types of entertainment. Voted "The Best Venue" by the Seattle A-List, this historic community gem hosts a diverse range of events, including classic and contemporary plays, stand-up comedy acts, movie nights, ghost hunting and tribute band concerts. First built in 1901, this performance space has been fully remodeled (but still upholds its classic charm), which makes it the perfect place to enjoy the acoustics of any live concert or performance. You can be sure to catch the latest and most exciting programs at this historic theater located in the heart of downtown.
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as A Noise Within presents Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, as adapted by the company's own Geoff Elliott. This holiday show tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has isolated him from his community and the spirit of Christmas. Watch as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future send Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to open your heart and be fully human. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition.
Loaded with humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. Prepare for outstanding music and outrageous laughs when Avenue Q comes to the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
Drew Struzan's iconic movie posters are images we all grew up with. Join the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale, Robert Townson and special guests as they celebrate Struzan's 70th birthday. They'll be bringing the legendary artist's paintings to life like never before. Beloved film music, movies and artwork will come together on stage at UCLA's Royce Hall. See poster art from films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, all in a magnificent new light.
The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker is back for another year of local holiday fun at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic DC of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old.
A true NYC institution, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers and a show biz story that packs a powerful punch. Set amidst the showy decadence of the 1920s, Chicago tells the tale of convicted murderers Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, who'll stop at nothing to get the attention of the press and celebrity attorney Billy Flynn. Their malicious crimes turn them into media darlings, producing a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which could just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids. A smash on Broadway (winning six Tony Awards) and on the big screen (winning six Academy Awards), this biting satire features the unforgettable songs of Kander and Ebb, including "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango" and many more hits. Enjoy this musical trip back to a time when a little razzle-dazzle made everything just fine in this dazzling production at the Ambassador Theatre in the heart of Broadway.
When you love someone, you're supposed to share everything, right? Angst-ridden Max and mildly unstable Elanor have revealed every crazy and embarassing quirk to each other, only deepening their relationship. Eleanor has discussed her ex-boyfriends with Max, however Max hasn't quite divulged his. What dark secrets is he keeping from her? Hot Mess at New York's Theater Center shows that in order to find yourself, sometimes you have to get lost.
Rev up your engines and get ready to howl as Seattle Children's Theatre presents Go, Dog, Go! This fun children's musical based on P.D. Eastman's famous book explodes on stage with high-spirited singing, zooming cars, construction zone chaos, and up-all-night antics that will have the whole family in stitches. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs at work and dogs at play all delve into life with gusto, with lots for audiences of all ages to marvel at. The madcap party never stops when these zany canines leap off the page and onto the stage in one of the most inventive adaptations in SCT history.
A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns in the Metropolis' annual production, which has been delighting audiences since 2001. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. Three spirits usher Scrooge through the lessons of his past, present and possible future in this charming and heartfelt adaptation of Dickens' classic by resident playwright Scott Woldman.
It's a hard-knock life out there. You know it, Jay Z knows it and most of all, Annie knows it. 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.
Experience an evening that's the best mix of historic and modern. At The Triple Door in Seattle you'll step into what was originally a 1920s vaudeville house, but has become a modern entertainment hub with plush booths, clear sight lines from every seat and the best sound system around. You can enjoy exotic cocktails and cuisine from the Wild Ginger restaurant upstairs during your show or in the Musicquarium Lounge before or after your event. The lounge features a stunning 1,900 gallon freshwater aquarium and live music most nights, making it the perfect pairing for a show. On the Main Stage you'll hear musicians from around the world and from nearly every genre, as well as a variety of other entertainment.
Over the past half-century the San Jose Dance Theatre has chalked up 51 enchanting productions of the dreamland adventures of a little girl and her treasured Christmas gift in The Nutcracker -- and now's your chance to snag a seat for number 52. With Tchaikovsky's breathtaking score once again performed by the Cambrian Symphony, this ballet performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is a dazzling display complete with sparkling costumes, wintertime scenery and a giant Christmas tree. San Francisco Ballet dancers Julia Rowe and Jaime Garcia Castilla (December 1-3) are set to star as well as Cincinnati Ballet dancers Chisako Oga and James Cunningham (December 8-10), plus young student dancers from the company's academy. Don't miss this grand holiday adventure that twists and turns from an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
From the top-quality live musical guests to its exceptional Southern cuisine, Biscuits & Blues is the perfect San Francisco spot to enjoy a night of down-home entertainment nearly every night of the week. Located in the heart of the theater district, this intimate venue hosts the best regional and national blues and jazz acts in a comfortable, close-up setting that's open to all ages. Voted America's No. 1 blues nightclub by The Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, it's also known for serving up some of the best fried chicken in the entire region, not to mention California wines, microbrews and specialty cocktails.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 9:30pm (JC Smith)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 9:00pm (Tia Carroll)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & SG: Francesco Cerosoli)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 9:30pm (Chris James & Patrick Rynn)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 9:30pm (Rudy Columbini & the Unauthorized Rolling Stones)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tribute to the King w/ Big Daddy Cade)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 10:30pm (Tribute to the King w/ Big Daddy Cade)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 9:00pm (Tribute to the King w/ Big Daddy Cade)
Set during the twilight years of the 19th century, Michael John LaChiusa's Tony-nominated musical follows the journey of multiracial Marie Christine, from a genteel life in New Orleans Creole society to her tragic fate, imprisoned without a trial to face a death sentence. Inspired by the Greek myth of Medea and loosely based on real-life voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau, Marie Christine is a tale of love, betrayal and vengeance. BoHo Theatre's production runs at Theater Wit in Chicago.
Who needs snow in the wintertime? Enjoy an evening of ice skating under the stars and palm trees at downtown San Jose's Circle of Palms Plaza amidst other South Bay seasonal attractions such as the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, partners with Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and routinely attracts more than 100,000 people each season. Your ticket includes admission to Downtown Ice's circular rink, plus skate rental.
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. Critics call this "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare." After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast. Take part in this joyous Yuletide tradition at Stage 773.
Beloved holiday show The Velveteen Rabbit returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, enlivening Margery Williams' classic tale of a little boy, his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. With witty storytelling, charming music by Benjamin Britten, festive costumes and madcap characters, this annual Bay Area tradition has been delighting children for an incredible 31 years running. And with production by the acclaimed local dance company ODC, The Velveteen Rabbit's unique fusion of modern dance and compelling narration makes it a family event that older audience members will enjoy as well.
The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy and Good Speech Entertainment present Too Lit For TV! Step out the crib and watch the kind of content you won't find on the small screen. Comedy so hot, so raw, so real, so in your face, it could never be televised! Join us for a night full of lit sketches, stand up comedy and more at The Revival in Chicago.
Baritone Richard Fredricks of New York's Metropolitan joins singers from the L.A. Metropolitan for this birthday tribute to famed opera diva Maria Callas. You'll hear some of her signature arias from works by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Bellini at Santa Monica's Mount Olive Lutheran Church, while also contributing to the congregation's Students4Students program for homeless teens.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:30pm)
Park yourself down at Arts Garage to enjoy world-class music from established, Grammy-winning artists and exciting, new up-and-comers in a comfortable cabaret atmosphere in Delray Beach. From jazz, blues, Latin and soul to world music, classical, urban and hip-hop, Arts Garage attracts famed artists and "performers at the top of their game" (Palm Beach Post) with its excellent acoustics and intimate, up-close seating. You're also welcome to bring your own food and drink to make your evening complete, or partake in snacks and sodas from the concessions stand.
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Felipe Lamoglia - Latin Jazz Saxophonist)Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Rockin’ Jake Band - Funky Blues)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 8:00pm (VIBE - Delray's Hottest Jam Session)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (CIRCUIT - A Safe, Clean, Alcohol-Free Nightclub Experience)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 8:00pm (Shareef Clayton - Jazz Infused With Funk and Soul)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Wolfepak Band)Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Feedback - Poetry Open Mic Night)Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 8:00pm (Carole J. Bufford Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond!)
The Met's hit show returns in a brisk 100-minute version perfect for families. Celebrate the holidays with Mozart's masterpiece in this English-language production that The New York Times calls "magical ... an enchanting ride!" Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King), this spellbinding musical journey is the story of Prince Tamino, who sets out on a quest with the bird-catcher Papageno to save Pamina, daughter of the mysterious and beautiful Queen of the Night. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved portrayal of Papageno. And your ticket includes a complimentary glass of champagne!
SoCal may not have snow, sleds and mittens for the holidays, but Newport Beach boasts dazzling Christmastime light displays sparkling from the boats, homes, docks and businesses along the harbor. Now a holiday tradition dating back more than 100 years, locals go "all out" with roof-top animated scenes, dancing Christmas trees, special effects and more (there are even prizes awarded). Hop onboard a 75-minute Holiday Lights Cruise on Davey's Locker Ships, and be a part of one of the biggest Christmas celebrations in the country.
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For over four years, Real Live Comedians has brought the country's best comics to Rocklin, California for 90 minutes of hot, live comedy to make you wet your pants laughing. Jason Mack hosts the best local and national talent from TV, festivals, comedy clubs and dive bars including comics from Comedy Central, SF Sketchfest, the Punch Line, Cobb's and more! If you don't wet your pants at Blacktop Comedy Theater, you're probably a robot.
Acclaimed illusionist Paul Nathan (HBO, MTV) brings the best magic, music, cirque and striptease acts from the U.S., Europe and beyond to his annual cabaret, offering up a sensual, romantic night of variety entertainment. The scintillating atmosphere of decadence and intrigue makes for a perfect date, so bring your special someone and indulge in a sensory feast of comedy, magic and more at the 100-year-old Chinese opera house, the Great Star Theater in San Francisco.
Christmas isn't about the gifts -- it's about the people you spend it with. You probably didn't need us to tell you that, but the protagonists in Gift of the Magi 2.0 could probably use a reminder. In this new adaptation of O. Henry's timeless holiday fable by N. Emil Thomas, Jim, an Atlanta streetcar driver struggling to make ends meet during the Atlanta Transit Strike of 1950, goes to great lengths to buy a Christmas gift for his wife Della, unaware that Della is going to similar lengths to afford a gift for him. This story of family, sacrifice and the blessings we take for granted is coming to Marietta's New Theatre in the Square to show that love is the greatest gift of all.
With The Royale, playwright and acclaimed television writer Marco Ramirez (Orange Is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy) tells a fictionalized story based on the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion and the sacrifices he makes to take his place in history. Jay "The Sport" Jackson wants a shot at the world title. Trouble is, he's living in a time when blacks and whites do not face off in the ring. He's out to win at any cost, though. With rhythmic and inventive choreography used to portray the heat of the boxing matches, it's Jackson's internal struggle that delivers the sharpest and most surprising blow in this hard-hitting drama now making its Bay Area premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company.
Deon Cole currently stars as the hilarious "black friend" Charlie on ABC's hit comedy Black-ish and will soon be seen as one of the lead roles in TBS' Angie Tribeca, created by Nancy and Steve Carell. Cole is a familiar face on Conan, and he's also performed on Def Comedy Jam, Comic View and Showtime at the Apollo, as well as starring in his own Comedy Central special. He appeared in the movies Barbershop and Barbershop 2, but it was his appearance on The Tonight Show that really launched his career. Conan O'Brien loved his clever observations on dating, race and everyday life in America, and hired him as a writer and performer for the show. When he's not writing for and appearing on TV, Cole continues to tour the world doing stand-up -- and now you can catch him live at the Ontario Improv.
One of Boston's oldest comedy houses and one of the top clubs in the country, Nick's Comedy Stop has hosted such legendary comedians as Denis Leary, Jerry Seinfeld, Phyllis Diller, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno for more than 30 years. Nick's draws national headliners while providing a space for up-and-coming talent, as well as the leading local stand-up comics in Boston, including Steve Sweeney and Joe Wong. This hub for humor -- named the Top Comedy Club in Boston by Travel + Leisure magazine -- is located in the heart of the city's Theater District.
Bring in the holidays with The Georgia Ballet's Nutcracker! This time-honored winter favorite is sure to enthrall all with dueling soldiers, enchanting fairies, exquisite dancing snowflakes and an absolutely magnificent growing Christmas tree. Watch the journey of Clara, a charming little girl, as she makes her way into the Land of Sweets.
If you're searching for a perfectly picturesque and authentic Christmastime experience, congratulations -- you've just hit the jackpot. This journey begins at 7:00am, where you will enjoy complimentary breakfast snacks as you're ferried through the gorgeous Cascade Mountains to Red Tail Farm. There, you'll snuggle up under warm wool blankets as a winter wonderland unfolds before your very eyes in a custom-built sleigh pulled by Belgian and Suffolk Draft horses, as it carries you through woods, trails, fields and snow-covered canyons. At the ride's conclusion, you can warm yourself by the fire, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and pose for pictures with the horses, and then it's off to the nearby town of Leavenworth. In this quaint, old-world town, you're free to browse, shop and enjoy live outdoor entertainment and authentic German food purchased at street stands and local eateries. At dusk, the town promenade becomes home to the Christmas Lights ceremony (on Saturdays and Sundays only), as hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights come alive in a magical moment. Then just relax on your comfortable journey home and treasure the memories made over the course of your 13-hour Christmas expedition.
Ease on down the road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they try to figure out how to get Dorothy back to Harlem. The funky Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score, The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." The hit stage production is back at Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
A powerful play that explores the 1980s AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart follows a group of queer activists, their lovers and their struggle for equality in a time of danger. This moving and always relevant piece shows at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Eating, drinking and being merry on a Hornblower cruise is a holiday tradition that never goes out of style. Set sail for a daytime cruise with panoramic views of the New York City skyline while enjoying a holiday-inspired lunch buffet. The menu includes starters, an assortment of main courses from the buffet station, and seasonal desserts. Coffee, tea, soda and juice are included, and there's a cash bar to purchase cocktails. After the meal, dance to seasonal music from a live DJ and soak up more of New York's spectacular sights, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the magnificent Manhattan skyline, during this elegant harbor excursion designed for the entire family to enjoy.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at Noon)Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at Noon)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at Noon)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at Noon)
The great author, broadcaster and journalist Studs Terkel touched a nerve in 1974 when he published Working, an oral history of real people and the jobs they performed. From sanitation truck drivers to professional athletes, the book gave voice to a sweepingly diverse cross-section of American life and was subsequently adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name. Now that you're hooked on seeing it, prepared to be reeled in -- the Working musical was recently updated with new songs by Hamilton impresario Lin-Manuel Miranda, adding a whole new level of clout and resonance for the modern age, and it's coming to the Umbrella Annex in Concord. See it and be powerfully reminded that though there is much that divides us, we are all school teachers, millworkers, waitresses and masons. We are all united by the need to work, and to find meaning in the work that we do.
In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. You'll be able to explore the special holiday display: a whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back, with a 10-foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels. Sit for photos with Santa Claus with an included digital download, delight in live Christmas music in the magnificent White House East Room, and admire First Lady Pat Nixon's 1971 Gingerbread House Replica. You'll also be able to write letters and sign holiday cards for wounded warriors and Marines at Camp Pendleton, create festive Christmas ornaments to bring home for your tree, decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and coffee. In addition, discover the history of America's 37th President in the Nixon Library's award-winning presidential museum galleries. These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon's legacy of opening the White House to the American people, along with her love of Christmas.
The top comedians in New York City are among the best comedians in the world -- and you can catch their acts live at The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club. Featuring performers seen on The Tonight Show, Late Night, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and more, the Gramercy venue is committed to showcasing the best in modern comedy, from well-known stars to the hottest new names on the scene. The bar serves unique and delicious cocktails, and there's no drink minimum. If you want to make a night of it, make dinner reservations for before or after the show at the adjacent restaurant, which is run by executive chef Seth Levine.
From his earlier work as lead singer for the Smiths -- arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the '80s -- to his 11 solo records, Morrissey's theatrical crooning and world-weary, lovelorn lyrics on hits like "Every Day Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead" make him one of the most beloved figures in alternative rock. And the tribute band Maladjusted covers both Moz's solo work and the best of The Smiths. Also on the bill at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach are Psychedelic Furs tribute The Furs and New Order tribute Substance.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
A zany, merry and bright new holiday extravaganza backed by Cirque de Soleil soloists rolls into the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium for some seasonal cheer and awe-inspiring performances. If you're looking to combine a few family-friendly activities for the little ones, the whole gang will absolutely love JOY!, a world-class circus filled with acrobats, dancers and Candy Land-flavored music from a cappella group SoVoSó. Masterminds Jeff Raz and Diane Waznak star in this show from Tandy Beal & Company, creators behind the critically-acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!
Since the play's debut at ACT in 1976, more than 600,000 people have joined Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and good old Ebenezer Scrooge on his harrowing journey from grumpy bah-humbugger to holiday believer. In Charles Dickens' truly timeless classic, the miserly businessman Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of three spirits -- the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. First published in 1873, the novella became a critical success and its story has yet to be improved upon. Directed by Emily Penick, this historic production has become a staple Seattle family tradition.
Imagine the heartwarming melodies of a pop hit sung with the so-beautiful-you-could-cry harmonies of a piece of sacred choral music by Handel (you know, the "Hallelujah!" guy). That's the enchanting blend you get from The Tenors, three guys with some serious pipes -- and the multiplatinum album sales to prove it. But they've also got some serious cred: they've performed on Oprah -- with Celine Dion, no less -- and for the Queen of England at her Diamond Jubilee. And their male fans aren't too shabby, either -- Paul McCartney? Neil Young? They've sung a harmony or two together. Enjoy The Tenors' Christmas Together Tour at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
Miracle on 34th Street gets even more miraculous when San Diego Musical Theatre performs it live in the style of an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects. When a man named Kris Kringle agrees to serve as a last-minute replacement for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he's so convincing that he's offered a job as the department store's in-house Claus. But how can he convince the doubters, including a cynical single mother and her eight-year-old daughter who yearns for something to believe in? Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast, this charming production perfectly captures the spirit of the season at The Horton Grand Theatre.
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
You think Robin Hood is a hero? Get real! He and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich and give to no one but themselves... until bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good. The twist on the world's most infamous outlaw comes to the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, showing not just a battle for Nottinghamshire, but a battle for the heart of a hero. The Boston Globe says "It's a romance, a comedy and a drama. It has swashbuckling, cross-dressing and acrobatics... by the time of its final glorious romantic tableau, it will be a rare theatergoer who's not won over."
Look, if a giant singing Christmas tree isn't enough to get you in the holiday spirit, you are a tough nut to crack. But maybe a couple of dancing Santas, the chance to sing along to your favorite carols and a beautifully cinematic nativity scene will do it? Just try to stay Scrooge-like when three hundred angelic voices shower holiday glory on you and you've got a Santa Claus dancing around -- I dare you! Portland's annual singing Christmas tree show at Keller Auditorium is an awe-inspiring tradition not to be missed.
Catch some holiday-themed theater for a good cause with The Quannapowitt Players, who bring their sixth season of Suburban Holidays to the Boston area. At this fundraiser, you'll watch six brand new plays from aspiring playwrights covering all holidays. Featured works include Holiday Council, Blood Relations, Trimmed to Nothingness and more.
"I suppose it would have been better if I had never been born at all," laments George Bailey in the Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life, the Musical. America's favorite holiday story is taking the stage at Woodland Opera House in Sacramento. Alone and defeated, George Bailey stands on the bridge that overlooks his beloved Bedford Falls, convinced himself that his life and his work have been for nothing. He's about to end it all when he's visited by a guardian angel who will show him what life would have been like without him. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original. This heartwarming story about the importance of ordinary acts of kindness and decency has become a beloved holiday tradition.
What's better than brunch? Only one thing: Brunch and a live show. Seattle's classic winter Wonderland brings together a cast of A-list performers for a glittering parade of nostalgia bursting with dance, laughter and all the cheer of yesteryear. This holiday spectacular turns Can Can's intimate theater into a whimsical winter chalet where you can order a special brunch from Pike's Place Market, carefully crafted with market-fresh seasonal ingredients. This afternoon cabaret is lighthearted holiday fun for the whole family.
One of the all-time great Christmas stories comes to the stage in A Wonderful Life, a musical adaptation by Pulitzer-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and composer Joe Raposo. Based on Frank Capra's iconic film starring James Stewart, this holiday favorite tells the story of George Bailey, a down-on-his-luck man whose guardian angel Clarence shows him what his town would be like had he never been born. A tearjerker even the biggest Grinch won't be able to resist, A Wonderful Life is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Join everyone's favorite orphan on her adventures as she escapes the miserable orphanage and the evil Mrs. Hannigan with the help of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. As they explore the wonders of New York City, Annie melts his heart and he ends up changing her life forever. With great songs like "Tomorrow," "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Together at Last," plus a collection of memorable characters and a story that will melt your heart, it's no wonder Annie has become a favorite of families everywhere. Be sure to catch it when it comes to the Berkeley Playhouse.
The compelling true story of Eva Perón -- the controversial first lady of Argentina -- comes to vivid life on stage in an English-language run, followed by a Spanish version. Filled with showstoppers like "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," the Tony-winning musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice fuses dramatic chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences as it follows a peasant girl who uses her considerable smarts to rise from the slums of Argentina to become the wife of the President and a powerful advocate for the working class. Though she was much beloved by her people as the voice of the poor, her inevitable downfall came through her unwavering ambition and a devastating illness, making her one of history's most tragic and dramatic figures. The Actors' Playhouse brings back one of the most significant productions in the company's 30-year history to the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Performance in Spanish)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 2:00pm (Performance in Spanish)Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Performance in Spanish)Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 / 2:00pm (Performance in Spanish)Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (Performance in Spanish)Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 / 2:00pm (Performance in Spanish)
You would be hard-pressed to find a comedy club with more history or greater pedigree than the Comedy Store's West Hollywood location along the Sunset Strip. Since its beginnings in the early '70s, the venue has regaled audiences with an unrelenting torrent of the biggest names in comedy, ranging from Sam Kinison to Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, Dane Cook and beyond. Through it all, the Comedy Store has never lost its quirky, intimate atmosphere, making it as inviting for the audience as it is the comics. At any given show you're guaranteed to see some of today's best and brightest stand-ups testing out material, and you never know what surprise guests might drop by to do a set.
Once dubbed the "spiritual love child of Sade and D'Angelo" by Rolling Stone, singer-songwriter Goapele's music fuses jazz, soul and hip-hop with her own beautiful poetry. Goapele means "to move forward" in Setswana, and the Oakland native has been doing just that since her 2001 debut. The sultry songbird's been a Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart mainstay and has collaborated with everyone from E-40 and Snoop Dogg to Eric Benét and BJ the Chicago Kid. Now she hits Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub in Sacramento. Hear her put her seductive voice to work on hits like "Closer," "Play" and "Strong as Glass."
When Rodgers and Hammerstein -- perhaps the greatest composing team in musical-theater history (The King and I, Oklahoma!) -- got together to adapt the enchanting tale of Cinderella, the results were suitably magical. This recent big-budget production boasts a new book by five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Xanadu), whose delightfully comic, romantic take on the tale includes fun favorites like the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and Cinderella's fabulous transformation, as well as some surprising new twists. And that's all in addition to the classic score, with beloved songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago." A smash on Broadway, Cinderella continues to charm on its national tour, now arriving at San Diego Civic Theatre.
At Springfield High School, you better believe that the female population has hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! This holds especially true for the Wondrettes -- four gals with incredible voices who all want to make it big, and by the second act's 10-year high school reunion, you'll find out which of them did. The leading ladies keep this nostalgic romp rocking with their versions of '50s and '60s jukebox classics like "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "It's My Party" and many more. Discover for yourself why The New York Times called The Marvelous Wonderettes "an utter charm bomb" at this Crown City Theatre production in North Hollywood.
When they're not selling out crowds on Broadway, see your favorite stars in the heart of the Theater District on a more intimate stage at The Green Room 42. Broadway's newest, most spacious and funkiest hangout has a delicious menu of food and drink for purchase, but no purchase minimums, so you can relax and enjoy everything from solo shows and cabaret to jazz and comedy. Your wonderful evening out has already been planned for you at The Green Room 42 in New York.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 7:00pm (Tony Yazbeck)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (Tony Yazbeck)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 9:30pm (Andy Christopher & Esther Stilwell The Baby Show(er))Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 / 9:30pm (Water in Concert with Arielle Jacobs, Gerard Canonico, Nick Rehberger, Kayla Foster and Ben Moss) Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 8:00pm (The Ugly Christmas Sweater Soiree)Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 7:00pm (Ryan Raftery)Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 / 7:00pm (Broadway Sings for Toys A Benefit for Toys For Tots)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 7:00pm (Louis Sacco & Drew Gasparini)
Charles Dickens' holiday classic gets a clever hip-hop remix in Q Brothers Christmas Carol. Created by the Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Theater creative producer Rick Boynton, the team behind the international hit Shakespearean "ad-rap-tation" Othello: The Remix, this irreverent update tweaks Dickens' beloved characters and sets Scrooge's time-traveling journey through the hip-hop decades to a live score by DJ Super Nova. You'll meet an Ebenezer Scrooge with an erotic passion for cash, a Jamaican Jacob Marley and Lil' Tim, the tiniest Cratchit with a slew of maladies, all singing to mashups of everything from reggae and dancehall music to dubstep and epic rock ballads. Sure to become a holiday favorite, Q Brothers Christmas Carol is as cheeky, intelligent and street smart as audiences have come to expect from the Q Brothers. See it at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.
Desi -- pronounced "they-see" -- is a loose term for the people and cultures of South Asia. At the Desi Comedy Fest, America's largest South Asian comedy festival, a who's who of comics from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. come together to share in the universal pursuit of making crowds of people crack up laughing. At Portland's Curious Comedy Theater, Desi comedians will use their original perspectives to poke fun at American culture -- along with their own.
If you need proof that the Upright Citizens Brigade is responsible for some of the best improv comedy on either coast, just look at some of the comedy legends who founded the place: Veep's Matt Walsh, Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay and the incredible Amy Poehler. So when the UCB Touring Company hits the stage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, rest assured that you're about to get cracked up by some of the funniest improvisers in America over the course of a freewheeling and unpredictable 90-minute show that nobody has seen before -- and will never see again.
Chicago is renowned across the world as the home of great improv comedy. With this show, the Windy City's finest improvisers prove it, as they perform under the direction of the legendary Mick Napier, who's helmed numerous shows for the famed Second City. Called "slick and entertaining" by the Chicago Tribune, the hour-long show includes plenty of audience interaction, with hilarious and thoroughly original results. The talented cast includes the cream of the crop from the company that birthed the careers of Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and many more. Plus, no matter how many times you go, it's always a one-of-a-kind evening with fresh laughs.
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with one completely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Austin. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to The Rockwell near Boston for The Taming of the Shrew, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
This is New York's top-rated and longest-running off-Broadway magic show. Now in its 21st year, each week the show features some of the finest stage magicians performing mind-boggling illusions and head-scratching sleight-of-hand in an intimate theatrical setting. Every show is different and showcases at least five renowned illusionists, many of them featured on TV shows like America's Got Talent, Good Morning America, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and NBC's Today Show. The fun even spills off of the stage and into intermission, as magicians mingle with guests in the Close-Up Gallery and the theater. Catch this must-see NYC experience any Monday evening at the Players Theatre. Please see the full event listing for the schedule of upcoming performers.
Named the No. 1 Comedy Club in the country by USA Today, the Laugh Factory regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from Chicagoland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. Plus, you never know who may drop by for a set. The Laugh Factory's roster of performers has included Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and many more -- almost anyone you can think of in the comedy business. With tableside food and drink service and stellar talent on stage, the Laugh Factory is a surefire bet for a great night out.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Drink Date Laugh)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Roast of Tommy Wiseau)Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 / 8:00pm (Afterthoughts: A Comedy Roast)Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 7:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 9:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Minority Report)Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 / 7:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 / 9:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)
A legend returns home as NBA great and Georgetown alum Patrick Ewing takes over as head coach for the Hoyas men's team. After a disappointing finish last season, the Hoyas under coach Ewing are going to be coming out of the gates strong as they look to battle their way back to the top of the Big East and return to March Madness glory. With the pep band blasting and the students whooping it up, there's nothing more exciting than college basketball, and the Hoyas are one of the sport's most consistently fierce teams. So lock in your tickets now and cheer them on at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons make this an unlikely holiday classic. Often described as a medieval Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, James Goldman's The Lion in Winter follows Eleanor of Aquitaine, the queen and wealthiest woman in the world who's been kept in prison since raising an army against husband King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the the family's inner conflicts as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry's paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, "Every family has its ups and downs" ... and this regal family is no exception. Watch the royal drama and comedic dysfunction unfold when The Lion in Winter comes to San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre.
Start your holidays with a festive musical treat! The San Bernardno Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Scenes concert includes Broadway stars Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera) and Bill Hutton (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), along with a 50-voice choir and full orchestra led by Guest Conductor Cory Hirsch. Enjoy the music of the season at California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
With over 30 million YouTube fans worldwide, San Francisco's Voices of Music is the most popular early music ensemble in the United States by a wide margin, and one of the most popular ensembles in any genre of classical music, in the world. Performed in beautiful cathedrals around the Bay Area, their authentic interpretations of virtuoso baroque concertos are an especially vibrant treat for the ears, as the small, tight-knit group present beguiling and even playful arrangements for violins, cellos, organ and other instruments. Interpreting works by masters ranging from Vivaldi to Bach, this spectacularly talented group of musicians will transport you to another time.
Experience the best of Boston from both land and sea this holiday season by heading out on an amphibious World War II-style landing vehicle called a "Duck" -- that's dolled up with garlands hanging from the roof and a Santa hat on its mascot, Kilroy the duck. With a friendly and informative con-duck-tor behind the wheel, you'll hit the road to see all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a bustling modern city, including the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, TD Banknorth Garden Arena, Boston Common, Copley Square, Big Dig, Government Center, fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Prudential Tower and more. Then, the con-Duck-tor will drive the vehicle right into the Charles River for a cruise and breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Entertain out-of-town guests or spring a holiday surprise on employees and friends -- they'll get to enjoy lots of little-known facts and interesting insights about Beantown.
Christmas in Oz is an enchanting, full-length Broadway-style musical treat for the entire family, overflowing with unforgettable songs, thrilling dance numbers, classic comedy and magical special effects. And it's all the brainchild of the Bay Area's own theatrical wizard, Ron Lytle, creator of The Man Who Saved Christmas,Oh My Godmother! and more than a dozen other musicals. Enjoy this world-premiere production of the show that is destined to become a holiday tradition at Castro Valley's Chanticleers Theatre. Come in costume, have your picture taken on the stage with the cast, even meet Santa Claus after the show.
A Christmas Story: The Musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts -- an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!" "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story: The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't. This production at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi.
Celebrate the dynamic and danceable music of the Buena Vista Social Club with this tribute to the Golden Age of Cuba, featuring a red-hot trio of musicians: guitarist-vocalist Francois Wiss, Damian Quinones on guitar and vocals, and Danny Valdez on percussion and vocals. The set list will include such Buena Vista Social Club favorites as "Chan Chan," "El Payande," "Se Seco el Arroyito" and many others. Enjoy The Music of Buena Vista Social Club: Tribute to Cuba's Golden Age at New York City's Club Bonafide.
Leonard Bernstein is basically a legend in the world of classical music. Not only was he one the first US-born and educated conductors to get worldwide fame, he was also the first who gave television lectures on classical music -- till his death. Talk about dedication, right? His musical repertoire spans nearly 50 years of work, and his "100th birthday" is coming up next year. Beloved violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn pays tribute to the master at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, an epic venue that is a must-see (if you think the outside is architecturally stunning, just wait till you step inside) and must-listen experience, especially for its incredible acoustics.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Pre-Concert “Drinks in the Garden” Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 2:00pm
Tassels will be spinning as the sexy and seductive biweekly burlesque show Tease, If You Please transports you back to the golden age of striptease and Gypsy Rose Lee. Staged at the historic Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Tease, If You Please spotlights some of the most creative dancers in the business, tapped specifically for their originality, stage presence and style. Miss Donna Hood, who performed alongside the one-and-only Dita Von Teese in Strip, Strip, Hooray!, produces this thoroughly modern yet vintage-style show, which stars a rotating cast of talented artists including Olivia Bellafontaine, Jessabelle Thunder and Tonya Kay, in an elegant cabaret-style atmosphere.
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.
For 57 years, Colorado Ballet's Nutcracker has been charming audiences with its magical story, becoming a cherished part of the holiday season. Timeless choreography performed by talented dancers to Tchaikovsky's extraordinary score played live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra is quintessential holiday fare. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season, and it's coming to the stage of Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver.
It's hard to imagine a world without Hamlet, Falstaff, Romeo, Juliet or any of the indelible characters and stories created by William Shakespeare -- but were it not for the diligent work of a few of The Bard's friends and contemporaries, we'd be living in that world today. Set just after Shakespeare's death in the early 17th century, The Book of Will is the story of two of his actors rushing to gather and publish all of his works before they're lost to time. But with the original scripts scattered all over London, collecting them all is going to be a caper that's Shakespearean in scope. This heartfelt and hilarious play, inspired by the true story behind Shakespeare's First Folio, comes to the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
The NBA season is heating up and the Sacramento Kings are hitting the court at Golden 1 Center. After making some big moves in the offseason, the Kings are newly reinvigorated with an exciting young team. With Rookie of the Year contender De'Aaron Fox bringing a jolt to the offense and eight-time All-Star Vince Carter adding some veteran leadership, the Kings are setting their sights on the playoffs. To get there, they'll have to battle it out with a tough Western Conference first. You won't miss a single play now that the Kings are in their shiny new arena, which features one of the largest screens in the NBA showing replays in 4K Ultra HD. Plus, there's free Wi-Fi, so you can Instagram all the selfies and slam dunks you can snap. Don't forget to nab some of the locally sourced concessions items, like a juicy pork sandwich from Porchetta House and a Fieldwork IPA.
It's beginning to look a lot like a romantic holiday for one new couple. This season is meant for magical memories and the couple sets out to make their first holiday historically special. However, New York City has a way of changing one's plans and soon, the couple's facing obstacle after obstacle. Get the warm holiday feels watching them overcome their pitfalls when Holly comes to the stage at Under St. Marks.
Ailyn Pérez steps into one of opera's most difficult roles in Jules Massenet's Thaïs. The Metropolitan Opera brings to life this tale of an Egyptian courtesan and priestess of Venus who becomes locked in a struggle between piety and lust with the Christian monk (Gerald Finley) who is attempting to convert her. Thaïs contains the gorgeously delicate and instantly recognizable "Méditation," which has been recorded countless times, including by Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma. With seductive heat to match the desert setting, this production at New York's Metropolitan Opera House is one you won't want to miss.
Join Alonzo Bodden for an evening of, as he puts it, "cynically good-natured" stand-up comedy. The New York native was the champion of the third season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and he's also showcased his brand of sharp observational stand-up on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents and tons of other TV shows. He's appeared in a number of feature films, including Bringing Down the House, The Girl Next Door and Scary Movie 4, and had a recurring role on TV's Californication. Now you can see him live on stage at Brea Improv.
With last year's Grammy-nominated The Bird & The Rifle, singer-songwriter Lori McKenna took an already illustrious 15-year career to all-new heights. NPR Music hailed it as "one of 2016's best releases," Pitchfork deemed it "one of the most accomplished and devastating singer-songwriter albums of the year," and the hit track "Humble and Kind" won "Song of the Year" at The 50th Annual CMA Awards. Now you can see this one-of-a-kind artist in concert at Lexington's Cary Memorial Hall, playing a selection of songs from a career that includes hits like "Stealing Kisses" and "Unglamorous."
EastVille Comedy Club, located in the heart of Manhattan's East Village, prides itself on featuring the funniest and most experienced comics in the biz for a sure-fire night of laughs. The 125-seat retro club regularly hosts comedians seen in film and on television's Comedy Central, HBO, The Tonight Show and Late Show. Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are among the top comics who've recently played the EastVille, and up-and-comers often share the bill, so you can see the comedy stars of tomorrow, too.
After a six-year run at Broadway's Golden Theatre, the massively popular, Tony-winning adult puppet musical Avenue Q now calls New World Stages its home. Full of humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life.
Steve Byrne, the star and creator of TBS's Sullivan and Son, is one of America's top touring comics. Before he started the show, he had two hit hour-long stand-up specials on Comedy Central: Steve Byrne's Happy Hour and The Byrne Identity. He's toured as part of Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour, and with Bobby Lee and Ken Jeong as "The Kims of Comedy." His film credits include the Jeremy Piven vehicle The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard and two comedies starring Vince Vaughn: Four Christmases and Couples Retreat. Born to a Korean mother and an Irish father, his interesting family history gives him a wealth of material.
Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland -- with glorious music, traditional dance, laughter and plenty of Celtic soul. The latest edition of An Irish Christmas, as seen on PBS, features world-champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance) and Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance). Traditional Irish vocalists, musicians and dancers lend their spirit, along with Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell for a memorable night that sparkles with charm. This annual family favorite brings a joyous and authentic international spirit to the holiday season at San Jose's Hammer Theatre Center.
The two-part force of stand-up known as The Smash Brothers is composed of Cory and Chad, identical twins who were born and raised outside of East Los Angeles. As kids, they attended more than 14 schools, which means these wise guys are comfortable just about anywhere. With Cory playing the "Good Twin," and Chad the "Evil Twin," they delight in spinning amusing, often taboo tales of switching classes, girlfriends and driver's licenses. You never know what these two will say or do next, so come out and see why audiences throughout the Southland have ranked The Smash Brothers as one of L.A.'s top comedy duos.
Did you know the movie Frozen was inspired by a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen? Disney has a real knack for reworking classic tales into animated magic -- from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Little Mermaid to Tangled -- and Frozen is no different. You can see the origins of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in Serenbe Playhouse's new production of The Snow Queen. In this version, a woman must save her brother from the icy clutches of a frigid queen. It's a tale of loyalty and love with dazzling visuals in a magical outdoor setting. Expect an immersive, outdoor experience during the 50-minute performance.
The toasty Northern Lights yacht in full holiday décor ushers you atop the water as you view the city lights of Boston Harbor and enjoy jazzy Christmas tunes. Hot chocolate, peppermint schnapps and Irish coffees are available for purchase, then you can snuggle up on the lounge furniture and enjoy panoramic views of the Boston skyline, the Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution and the Marriott Custom House Tower. With jazzy Christmas classics, the Benjamin Young Jazz Trio of the Berklee School of Music gets you in the holiday spirit during this festive cruise.
Enjoy a relaxing two-course meal while taking in the sights of Newport Beach and getting into the holiday spirit on this two-hour cruise. You'll be greeted with a boarding glass of champagne, background holiday music, and lunch prepared fresh on-board by Hornblower Cruises' chefs.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding at 11:30am)Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding at 11:30am)
Experience the best Southern California has to offer on a gorgeous and relaxing 90-minute sail of the bay off of Newport Beach at sunset. Take in the beautiful coastal scenery while enjoying complimentary fresh chips and salsa and taking advantage of the on-board drink specials, which includes the house special: the Newport Bay Margarita. Watch as the sun sets and the sky becomes a fiery red spectacle. After dusk the stars come out, and you'll be treated to a beautiful view of the twinkling lights of Newport Beach and its famous coastline.
Any Available Cruise Through November 30, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime), It's Only a Play thrusts you into the middle of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a Broadway play. It's the opening night of hilariously harried playwright Peter Austin's new play, and everyone has gathered at the daffy producer's townhouse to await the reviews. Joining Peter are his television producer best friend, a hilariously washed-up Hollywood diva, a lethal drama critic and more. Don't miss this tornado of sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater, replete with impromptu selfies and celebrity take-downs galore, at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton.
Don't miss Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, starring Emmy Award-winning actress, Donna Mills (Knots Landing). This memorable show covers the 1940s through the 1970s at the height of the Civil Rights movement, delicately exploring racial tensions when a warm friendship evolves between an elderly Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. This production also stars Broadway veteran James Leo Ryan and Arthur Richardson. Enjoy Driving Miss Daisy at Burbank's Colony Theatre.
Comedian Billy Gardell headlines the Chicago Improv of Schaumburg. Best known as the star of CBS's hit series Mike and Molly, Billy has appeared in the films Bad Santa and You, Me and Dupree, as well as guest roles on Yes, Dear, My Name is Earl and The King of Queens.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 10:15pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Prepare to trade Beauty and the Beast's castle, forest and provincial town for an inventive new setting with a 1920s steamship, moving metal pieces and a living mechanical man. La Belle at Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley dazzles audiences of all ages with complex animatronics, elegant puppets, gear-driven devices, handmade machines and mischievous fairies run by both machines and puppeteers. The whole family will marvel at the touching tale of love between two very different beings, brought together by childlike wonder and imagination.
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, and you can see it at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
Enjoy the best cuisine from the Pacific Islands while relishing in the different types of locally brewed beer. Who says it's December when you can still celebrate the island spirit right here at San Diego's Waterfront Park? All tickets include unlimited beer tasting, island food for purchase, commemorative glass and festival experience. There will also be DJ's, raffles, games and more.
South Coast Repertory's beloved production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns for a 38th year to bring 19th Century London to life. And once again, the somersaulting Hal Landon Jr. stars in the role of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who he has played every year since the production began. From "Bah! Humbug!" to "God bless us, every one," join Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley and the rest of the gang as A Christmas Carol recreates the spirit of old-fashioned holiday magic on Segerstrom Stage.
The world premiere of the "classic fit" musical Levi! hits Los Angeles' Camino Theatre at LACC, with music by the famous Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Charlotte's Web). Following the rags-to-riches story of Levi Strauss, the immigrant who found fame and fortune when he created Levi's jeans, Levi! is filled with humor, drama, friendship, heartbreak, love, loss and great, hummable tunes.
Newlyweds Paul and Corie are beginning their new life together in a tiny Manhattan walk-up. They couldn't be more different -- he's a straight-laced lawyer, and she's a free spirit who's always looking for the latest adventure. Paul doesn't understand Corie's relaxed ways, and she'd like him to be just a bit more spontaneous. Even something as simple as running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. Throw in a New York brownstone in constant disrepair, an eccentric neighbor, and a surprise visit from Corie's mother, and watching the ups and downs of married life has never been so enjoyable. Catch this Tony-nominated comedy, filled with Neil Simon's trademark witty repartee and hilarious characters at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake.
You've never seen The Nutcracker quite like this -- and neither have the ladies of the Beulaville Baptist Book Club. When the cast of their fundraiser production of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet gets sick, the book club turns to the only other performers in town: a stranded burlesque troupe called the Velvet Kittens. Not quite knowing what "bur-less-Q" is, the club is in for one hilarious surprise -- and you won't want to miss it! Now in its 11th year, this racy holiday fave took home Goldstar's 2014 National Nutcracker Award, and is going to be bigger than ever as it moves into Addison Theatre Centre's Main Stage.
No matter how familiar you might be with the fairytale story of two siblings wandering through an enchanted forest, this brand new all-ages rock musical will knock you off your feet. The beloved Grimm Brothers tale is brought to vivid life with a rock and roll score by Grammy-nominated songwriter Justin Roberts and set amidst an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of authors Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. Follow two intrepid youngsters as they come face to face with a witch whose appetite is truly "childish" in this presentation at Carpenter Performing Arts Center. This sparkling fable is wicked fun for the whole family.
Named one of the Great Jazz Venues of 2015 by Downbeat Magazine, South sets out the welcome mat for Philadelphia music fans with top acts from the Northeast and beyond. The hospitality extends to the acclaimed restaurant and bar-lounge as well, with the finest New Southern cuisine and cocktails available to order while you enjoy the groove. Along with weekly jam sessions and guest musicians, South offers up series like the weekly Thursday night Unscripted Jazz Series, curated by bassist Gerald Veasley, to spotlight contemporary jazz artists in a setting where they can perform classic jazz as well as their own original material.
It's New Year's 2017 in Rotterdam. Alice has finally found the courage to email her parents and tell them she's a lesbian. But just before she hits Send, her girlfriend reveals that she's always identified as male, and now wants to start living as one. After playing in 2015-16 to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's groundbreaking play features deeply relatable characters who are flawed and hilarious and a story line that asks powerful questions about love and identity. Now Skylight Theatre Company brings Rotterdam's West Coast premiere to the Los Angeles stage.
Songs by Cole, a stylish and seductive celebration of beloved Broadway composer Cole Porter, captivated audiences when it premiered in 2017. Now that acclaimed show is in the spotlight at Washington DC's Capital Yacht Club's third annual Giving Tuesday event. This presentation highlighted by video clips offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of the ballet's creation, from choreography to costume design to musical arrangements. Singer Lena Seikaly and pianist-singer Barry Gurley reprise Porter classics, while Diane Coburn Bruning teaches some of the cowpoke dance moves that made "Don't Fence Me In" an uproarious audience favorite.
What will the world look like eight years from now? It's a question a lot of classy people have been asking lately. The Pulitzer Prize finalist who wrote Other Desert Cities has an idea, and it makes up the new epilogue of his huge Trumpian satire, Vicuña. John de Lancie (you know, Q from Next Generation and Breaking Bad) stars in this show, which originally premiered as a much-needed antidote to the 2016 election season. The action follows an Iranian tailor who has a tough job: making a custom suit for a real-estate tycoon preparing for the final presidential debate. Bring some laughter to the insanity at the terrific Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Laughter and charm are in full effect at the Joke Joint, where chandeliers and an ornate balcony create elegant old-time atmosphere. The comedians, however, are as up-to-the-minute as they come, a heady stew of nationally touring headliners and local stand-up stalwarts. A full bar is stocked with martinis, margaritas and other concoctions, with a beer list that ranges from domestics to hopped-up microbrews. And the menu of chicken tenders, fried ravioli and other pub-grub fare will ensure that the relentless belly laughs do not exhaust you. Pop on into the Joke Joint in Saint Paul, and feel your spirits lift.
There are plenty of nyucks to be had at the 20th annual edition of the Alex Film Society's Three Stooges salute, when the post-Thanksgiving favorite turns to a theme of The Creme de la Cream Pies. Included in the mayhem will be Men in BlackDisorder in the CourtOily to Bed, Oily to Rise,A Plumbing We Will Go, and An Ache in Every Stake. Catch all of their crazy shenanigans when the Stooges take over the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Joe's Bar is known for its country-music bona fides, with concerts by Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and others, but this warehouse-style venue has also hosted the likes of Salt N Pepa, Run DMC, Rick Springfield, Good Charlotte, Joan Jett and Eddie Money. How's that for range? In addition to national touring artists, you can find local Chicago favorites playing everything from rock to hip-hop to acoustic country, not to mention tribute acts and party bands like the famed Yacht Rock Review. Cap it all off with a full bar and excellent sound system, and you've got one heck of a music venue.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 / 10:00pm (Raise Your Glass)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Hard Candy Christmas)Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 / 9:00pm (Modern Day Romeos)Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (HITS Rockin' Holiday Party)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 9:00pm (The Ron Burgundy's)Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 / 9:00pm (New Year's Eve With Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press)
The leg lamp, the pink bunny suit, the Chinese restaurant, the frozen flag pole -- all your favorites from the film are here in this musical adaptation of the movie-turned-TV-classic A Christmas Story, which even happens to include a tune called "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out." With a score from the Oscar-winning composing team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land), this holiday spectacular follows the Yuletide adventures of Ralphie, a cherubic '40s-era kid who's got one simple Christmas wish: He wants a Red Ryder BB gun. Or, more specifically, a "Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time." But the grown-ups in his life are rightfully wary of the request. This song-filled romp offers up a heaping helping of fun family holiday entertainment at the Woodbury Community Theater's Loft Stage.
Bundle up in your favorite festive Christmas sweater, take to the water and experience some maritime merriness with An Irish Christmas Carol. Aboard 1920's New England-style motor yacht Northern Lights, you can sing along to cheerful holiday ballads led by house Irish band Slainte, partake of a mug of cocoa (or something stronger) and immerse yourself in Celtic Christmas cheer. The vessel will be decked out with festive décor and the sounds of carols will fill the air. This 90-minute cruise offers stunning panoramic views of the Boston skyline and iconic waterfront, including the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and the Marriott Custom House Tower.