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.
Step right up into the Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium and discover the surreal world of LUZIA, where an imaginary Mexico springs to life to the soundtrack of brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico, Cirque du Soleil's new big-top show LUZIA features original music written for a live acoustic setting mixed with the electro-pop of Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible. Catch LUZIA -- a combination of the Spanish words luz (light) and lluvia (rain), two elements at the heart of the show -- on the Los Angeles stop of its world tour. VIP ticketholders can enjoy these high-flying acrobatics from the comfort of superior seats complete with an open bar cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres before the show and access to an exclusive VIP terrace and restrooms.
Put a little adventure in your holiday season at Queen Mary's CHILL Ice Adventure Park. In this revamped take on the annual favorite, you'll experience Christmas as Santa might, taking in the world's traditions all in one trip. Taste international foods -- from gourmet German pretzels to Swiss chocolate s'mores (roast them yourself!) -- while enjoying live music and dance from around the world. Then get ready for adventure with ice-skating, a two-story ice-tubing slide and a giant rocking horse. For additional purchases, you can hop in an ice bumper car, swoop down a zip line, race ice-cycles and more. A Christmas tree lighting and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus put the final magical touches on your holiday adventure, and Sunday nights will end with a bang during a fireworks show.
Winter Fest is coming to town, blowing tons of family fun into the OC Fair & Event Center. Winter Fest is a giant wonderland of immersive wintry fun featuring a full outdoor ice rink, a 150-foot, eight-lane Snowflake Summit ice slide, a play park featuring real snow blown in daily for snow angels and snowman building, photos on the world's largest rocking horse, inside a giant snow globe and on Santa's lap, strolling carolers and personal visits in the cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Plus, there's a Festival of Lights walk-through holiday light show featuring more than two million sparkling lights. See Santa and his reindeer as they actually fly over the fairgrounds during the nightly Christmas tree lighting, snowfall and firework show until Santa returns to the North Pole. If you're feeling adventurous, you can shred the gnar on a snowball simulator and fly across the fairgrounds on the Winter Fest zip line. There will also be live shows and meet-and-greets from kids' TV and movie favorites, including Thomas the Train and Sid the Science Kid. Winter Fest is also packed with over 30 carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, craft-making activities and plenty of Instagram-worthy picture opportunities. Your ticket includes a fast pass, so you can skip the lines and go down the Snowflake Summit ice tubing slide. Go for the season pass and return as many times as you would like over the 18-day run of SoCal's favorite winter experience!
Fill your holidays with music! Walt Disney Concert Hall is proud to present its beloved Holiday Sing-Along and the Grammy(r)-winning 12-man chorus, Chanticleer. A cappella sensations Naturally 7 produce their "instrumental" accompaniments with their own voices in a holiday-themed program. Rounding out this series is a sing-along screening of the beloved 1954 film classic White Christmas, and their always-spectacular New Year's Eve concerts!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 6:00pm (Los Lobos)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 6:00pm (Los Lobos)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 6:00pm (Ronnie Spector)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 6:00pm (Ronnie Spector)Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 / 6:00pm (8th Annual New Year's Day w/ Joseph Arthur & Special Guest Juliana Hatfield)Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 / 6:00pm (Steve Earle’s Annual Winter Residency w/ Special Guest Jonathan Russell (of The Head & The Heart))Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 / 6:00pm (RZA w/ Special Guest Performance by the WuTang Killa Bees (WuTang Rolling Paper Launch Party))Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 / 6:00pm (Tom Cochrane)
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."
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.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:30pm (Andy Brown Trio)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 9:30pm (Andy Brown Trio)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:30pm (We Three Sing - A Winter's Holiday! Rose Colella, Elaine Dame, Paul Marinaro)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 9:30pm (We Three Sing - A Winter's Holiday! Rose Colella, Elaine Dame, Paul Marinaro)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:30pm (Hinda Hoffman Trio)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 9:30pm (Hinda Hoffman Trio)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (le Percolateur - Gypsy Jazz)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 9:30pm (le Percolateur - Gypsy Jazz)
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.
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached adulthood she had a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice. Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. Now it returns to the Windy City for a smash run at Cadillac Palace Theatre courtesy of Broadway In Chicago.
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, crash course across three continents and 3,000 years of history -- from conquistadores to cumbia, Montezuma to Menudo -- he uncovers provocative truths that shock even him. Watch Leguizamo bring his mad genius to the stage -- in what The Daily Beast called a "truly electric" performance -- at New York's Studio 54.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 10:00am-8:00pm (Last Entry at 7:30pm)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 10:00am-9:00pm (Last Entry at 8:30pm)
One of the most unlikely music stars ever, Lindsey Stirling has defied expectations with her hugely popular and original mashup of violin, electronic music and dance. Stirling's energetic performance style, which combines choreographed movements with expressive violin playing, has made her a YouTube sensation, with nearly 8 million subscribers to her channel. Now the critically acclaimed violinist makes her way to The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where she'll perform hits from her first-ever holiday album, Warmer In the Winter. Get into the festive spirit with stunning onstage visuals and Stirling's cheerful take on holiday classics.
It's the movie event all Star Wars fans have been waiting for, and it's finally arrived. In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. See the film in grand style at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre, where you can experience an all-new Laser Lightsaber Show before each screening and get an up-close look at actual costumes from the film.
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.
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.
Holiday Pops has become a much-loved Boston Yuletide tradition. For a few short weeks, historic Symphony Hall becomes a feast for the eyes and ears the Boston Pops performs beloved holiday music with a special guest appearance from jolly old Santa Claus himself. Don't forget to warm up your vocal chords for the traditional Pops sing-along. For more than 30 years, millions of New Englanders and visitors to Boston have experienced the wonder of the Holiday Pops concert, making it one of the most popular holiday traditions around.
Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose puts a fun, modern spin on the beloved tale. Featuring alumni of So You Think You Can Dance, acclaimed TV and Broadway performers, choreography by Mandy Moore (La La Land), musical direction/arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol) and direction by Tony nominee Sheldon Epps, this production will get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. Kelli Berglund of Disney XD's Lab Rats, James Snyder of Broadway's If/Then, Harrison White of Broadway's The Lion King, Jonah Platt of Broadway's Wicked and Gedde Watanabe (John Hughes' Sixteen Candles) are just a few of the stars appearing in this delightful show. Packed with laughs and hit songs by Bruno Mars, Sam Cooke and Taylor Swift, this show from the acclaimed Lythgoe Family Panto comes to the stage in the style of a classic British holiday panto, which takes a well-known fairy tale and gives it a cheeky, modern twist. So, gather the family and come out to Pasadena Civic Auditorium to cheer the heroes and boo the villains in this fun, interactive play.
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.
This stunning version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet by artistic director David Wilcox has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for over 30 years years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of over 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects -- along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet's gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker "opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment," and The Huffington Post raves that it "enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe."
ELF The Musical 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 modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
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.
Combining great Japanese cuisine and live music, Yoshi's Oakland has quickly become one of the world's most respected venues for jazz, rock, blues and more. What started as a small sushi bar has blossomed into an award-winning live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland's Jack London Square. Yoshi's Oakland has hosted such legendary jazz greats as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr., Oscar Peterson and hundreds of others, and has also expanded its focus to present a variety of musical genres -- and even popular comedians.
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.
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.
This timeless children's classic goes from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this magical production from Boston Children's Theatre. In Margery Williams' touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. The company's 9th annual retelling of this beloved tale features beautifully hand-crafted puppets by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor Family in a production that will delight and endear young and old alike.
Harbor Breeze's Whale Watching Cruise is your chance to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and create some lifelong memories. And since one of the country's best aquariums is right next door, you're in good hands on this seafaring adventure. An educator from the Aquarium of the Pacific will guide you as you marvel at gray or blue whales (depending on the season), plus others majestic creatures, like the distinctive humpback, killer whales and several kinds of dolphins.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 12:00pm (Boarding Begins at 11:30am)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 3:00pm (Boarding Begins at 2:30pm)
It just isn't the holidays without The Nutcracker, which leaps to magical life on the San Diego Civic Theatre stage complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes and a lovely young lady on her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the magical story of Clara, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker has come to life. Together, they experience a fantastic adventure that leads them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets. Under the baton of Music Director John Stubbs, Tchaikovsky's extravagant score comes to life in a glittering production that will enchant all watchers.
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.
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.
Board a historic battleship and see history come to life before your eyes. Named one of the best exhibits to see with your kids by CBS Local, the Battleship Iowa Museum is the West Coast's only battleship open to the public. Walk the wooden decks and check out the guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas and the world famous Captain's Cabin -- with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for a president. Known as "The Battleship of Presidents," Iowa has hosted three presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. New for 2017, you'll get an up-close look at a Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever helicopter, fully restored and sitting on Iowa's flight deck. You'll also be able to have an augmented reality HUP Experience of flying an actual HUP helicopter, as well as take a simulated ride in a virtual reality Navy Flight Theater. The Battleship Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet prior to World War II and an area rich in maritime history.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Avery*Sunshine and Special Guests)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm ( Comedy and Cocktails In the Den Hosted by Damon Sumner)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Kris Allen - Somethin' About Christmas Tour)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Chinua Hawk)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 10:00pm ( Chinua Hawk )Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (Judy Gold)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Marcus Johnson)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 7:00pm (Anthony David)
Have a drink, maybe a bite to eat and get ready to laugh when Comedy Cocktail takes over the Foundation Room at the House of Blues Chicago. You'll have the chance to see both local favorites and top-notch comedians from around the country. On the stage will be the next generation of rising stand-up comics, as well as performers with major credits, including TV and movies. No food or drink is included with your purchase, but the full Lounge Menu will be available for you to order, and you'll receive 50% off all Foundation Room food menu items.
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.
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!
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.
Christmas is a time for carols and eggnog, for presents and good cheer. But for one family, it's also a reminder of the day that changed their lives forever. Toggling between Harlem in the '80s and the present day, The First Noel is a life-affirming holiday musical about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmastime. With a score that incorporates everything from pop and jazz to gospel renditions of holiday faves, and colorful characters representing three generations of a family that must learn to love and forgive one another to survive, this entertaining production at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech offers an emotional message of healing, hope and the true meaning of the holidays. There won't be a dry eye in the house.
The Los Angeles Kings return to the ice for the with hopes of adding another Stanley Cup trophy to their franchise thanks to their core group of Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick. They've also added Michael Cammalleri to spark the offense and help L.A. get back to the postseason. But no matter what the outcome of the game, the Kings always make things exciting for the fans. You can watch the action from a variety of vantage points at STAPLES Center, but nothing beats a private suite, where you get to enjoy customized catering options, a VIP entrance to the arena, flat-screen televisions and more. Or go with a Premier Level seat to kick back with in-seat service and great views. Get fired up in style as the Kings fight to lead the Pacific Division into the postseason.
A pair of feuding perfume shop employees don't realize that they're secretly and anonymously writing love letters to each other in the sentimental musical comedy She Loves Me. You can think of it as NBC's Superstore but with music. The Tony Award-winning tale also features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick -- the same pair that wrote the tunes for the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof. Produced on Broadway in 1963 and revived in 1993, the story is adapted from the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, which served as the inspiration for the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Enjoy this production of She Loves Me at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.
Based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of mom Doris Walker, who doesn't want her six-year-old daughter Susan's head filled with silly holiday notions. With Christmas approaching, Fred Bailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at the Macy's department store where Doris works. Susan becomes convinced that this Macy's Santa might just be the real Kris Kringle. Filled with humor and beloved songs like "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," the heartwarming holiday musical is fun for the whole family. This live performance of the original 1940s radio broadcast, complete with a live foley artist and a twinkle of holiday cheer, stars Alfred Molina, Peri Gilpin and Beth Grant on the stage of the Pasadena Playhouse.
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.
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.
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).
Voted "San Diego's Best Nutcracker" by San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Awards, and described as "a plum of a Nutcracker," by the San Diego Union-Tribune, City Ballet's 23rd annual Nutcracker returns to the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. This lavish production is fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master Lev Ivanov who created the very first Nutcracker more than 100 years ago. Virtuoso dancing is complemented by opulent sets, costumes and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's brilliant score performed live by The City Ballet Orchestra with John Nettles conducting. The cast is made up of professionals from the City Ballet company, with children's roles performed by the top talent from the City Ballet School. This beloved holiday ballet follows young Clara on an exciting Christmas night journey through an enchanted dreamworld, where she encounters the Nutcracker Prince, fights epic battles and travels to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Combining ballet, swing, flamenco, hip-hop, step and urban tap along with Tchaikovsky's classic score and Duke Ellington's signature swing, Tony Williams' Urban Nutcracker features a multicultural cast of talented dancers in this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. Now in its 16th year, the production remains fresh with updated choreography, new costumes and surprise guest stars. Instead of the traditional children's roles "Clara" and "Fritz," though, this version of the story presented at Boston's Back Bay Events Center features the characters Clarice and Omar, whose roles are shared by talented local kids ages 9 through 13.
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.
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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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.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 7:30pm (Classic Soul Christmas Tour Featuring The Intruders & Friends)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Frank McComb, Kenya & Deborah Bond Soul & Jazz Holiday Show)
Your favorite divas from Logo TV's RuPaul's Drag Race are bringing the merry and bright for an oh-so-fabulous holiday spectacular at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by glamazon Trinity "The Body" Taylor, this holiday extravaganza is set to chanté onto the stage with appearances by fan-fave contestants that range from side-splitting comedy queens to fierce fish to vintage-inspired ingenues. And as a special holiday treat, these talented performers will participate in an audience Q&A sesh. So get ready to receive the gift of shade-throwing, face-serving and stage-stomping.
Whether you're a Quidditch expert or merely a muggle, you'll find laughs aplenty in this comedy that takes on the zany challenge of cramming all seven books in the popular Harry Potter series -- that's roughly 4,000 pages -- into 70 hilarious minutes. Created by Olivier-nominated actors Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience -- A Parody by Dan and Jeff has played to sold-out houses all over the world. Two actors inhabit 360 characters, fend off a live fire-breathing dragon and even manage to stage a real-life game of Quidditch in the theater. The show was a critic's pick of The New York Times, Daily Herald and Time Out London, among others, who hailed it as a must-see family event for anyone age 6 to Dumbledore. See it in Chicago at Broadway Playhouse.
Your favorite non-traditional, music-and-wig-filled Christmas comedy-variety show is back. Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate brings Seattle's Dos Fallopia to ACT's Falls Theatre for their 17th year of utter irreverence. Dubbed "two comic geniuses" by BroadwayWorld.com, Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt are primed and loaded for their latest round of off-the-wall seasonal sketches, gender-bending musical parodies and more, starring beloved characters like mother-daughter country duo The Spudds, the small but proud Sequim Gay Men's Chorus and a seriously angsty slam poet.
Once upon a time, holograms were either some sci-fi fantasy ("Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope") or some sort of futuristic technology you'd never hope to see in your lifetime. But when a holographic Tupac Shakur materialized at the 2012 Coachella alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, minds were forever blown. Now, you can experience the phenomenon yourself in this cutting-edge concert presented by Hologram USA, featuring the best of jazz icon Billie Holiday. Through the use of innovative motion capture, high-tech projections and sound editing, legendary stars like Holiday are digitally resurrected on the stage -- and not only can these life-like re-creations perform all of your favorite tunes, they can also interact with the audience. Step inside L.A.'s Hologram USA Theater and see the future as it's unfolding while marveling at a musical genius of the past.
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.
Prepare to take flight on a magic carpet ride and discover a whole new world filled with plenty of humor, whimsy and pop tunes when Aladdin and His Winter Wish soars into Laguna Playhouse for the third year in a row. Produced in the style of a classic British Yuletide panto, which traditionally takes a well-known fairy tale and gives it a wacky, melodramatic makeover, Aladdin and His Winter Wish updates the classic tale from Arabian Nights with plenty of singing, dancing and audience participation, along with modern pop songs from One Direction, Right Said Fred and Earth Wind and Fire. Bring the whole family and enjoy this fun holiday tradition.
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.
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.
The coolest DJs from around the country hit the hottest members-only room in Chicago for a weekly dance party at the House of Blues' chic and intimate Foundation Room. Elevate gathers top spinners from across the land to get the EDM groove going and keep the dance floor filled until the wee hours. You'll enjoy it all inside this upscale setting, featuring Moroccan-themed tented booths, wall tapestries, a special lounge menu and a full bar dedicated to the space.
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.
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."
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?
California is America's largest and most diverse state, home to people, traditions, languages and ideas from every corner of the world. California's dynamic population, culture and geography have made a notable impact on the state's artistic output, which has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. This spirit is always on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which showcases works by California artists in exhibitions like In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture, which features paintings of California life from the past 150 years, and "a sky in the palm of a hand", which pays tribute to local artists Lloyd Hamrol and Joan Perlman.
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 The Maltese Falcon and beyond, with tributes to stars like Dennis Hopper and directors like Paul Thomas Anderson.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dennis Hopper Dec.: Waterworld)Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Boogie Nights)Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: There Will Be Blood)Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Hard Eight)Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 / 7:30pm (Support Your Local P.T.A.: Magnolia)
The Eclectic Company Theatre is celebrating the holiday season with its brand-new show, All Is Bright. Featuring the writing of Rochelle Perry, Thomas Prosser and Linda Rand, there are tales new and old, including stories from Louisa May Alcott and Clement Clarke Moore. Come celebrate in the festivities with caroling, crafts and -- yum! -- hot cocoa. The whole family will delight in this fun, festive show at the cozy Eclectic Company Theatre in North Hollywood, with 25 percent of the ticket sales being donated to the SoCal fire relief efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Instagram Stories are about to get 100% more psychedelic, thanks to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze. This perception-altering attraction at San Francisco's Pier 39 puts a trippy new twist on the old-school House of Mirrors. The entire space is flooded with neon and black lights that illuminate a labyrinth of columns and archways. Spend an hour or three (or more!) wandering about and gazing in awe. Around every corner, you'll see your own astounded reflection as you allow yourself to get gleefully lost in light.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Stark and Ashley Menard perform tributes to Adele and Amy Winehouse in this stirring show at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. Hello is the ultimate tribute to the world famous and much loved soul singer Adele. This performance features songs from her debut album 19, her mega hit sensation 21 and record breaking follow up album 25. Hear every song you love by Adele such as "Hello," "Rumor Has It," "Someone Like You," "When We Were Young" and many more. Then, Stark and Menard pay tribute to the one and only Amy Winehouse. A huge talent whose light faded way before her time, the English singer-songwriter shot to stardom in 2006, winning five Grammys for Back to Black. Posthumously, she was listed at No. 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
This One's for the Girls -- but it's also for everyone who's ever loved a female! This fascinating and original new musical comes to St. Luke's Theatre in New York to celebrate women's lives over the past hundred years through beloved popular songs. From the sad laments of female victims ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and vow not to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me"), This One's for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of American women that's certain to thrill and entertain men, women and everyone in between. Show some "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" and get your tickets now!
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.
See the Mountain Winery get a merry makeover when Winter Wonderland brings flurries of fun to nearly every corner of the majestic Saratoga spot. Bundle up in your best holiday attire and hit the rink for ice skating to a different musical theme each night -- from '90s hits to movie soundtracks to Motown. The ongoing schedule includes a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, holiday arts and crafts stations, wine tasting and more. Plus, while you're having your frosty fun, you can also do some good. Donate canned food items when you arrive and Second Harvest Food Bank will make sure they're delivered to someone in need.
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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.
The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company for this magnificent production of The Nutcracker, featuring Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Experience the magical Christmas night adventures of young Clara, who dreams that her beloved toy nutcracker has come to life. Together they defeat the wicked Mouse King in an epic battle, then journey through an icy forest where snowflakes whirl to the enchanting Kingdom of Sweets, where visions of sugar plums dance and entertain in this Christmas classic.
Rock pianists Scott Doyle and Tim Butterworth are limbering up their fingers for the holiday edition of their popular dueling piano show, Blazing Pianos, at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. During this rollicking, interactive night chock-full of crowd-pleasers, the talented twosome takes requests and dukes it out on the ivories, drawing on an impressive repertoire of songs old and new. Sing along with your favorite holiday tunes in what's sure to be a fun night. If you work up an appetite, you can chow down on everything from pulled-pork fries to homemade guacamole to brownie sundaes. Cool down with the extensive menu of craft beers, cocktails and boutique wines.
20th Century Blues is made up of a Ted Talk; a photo shoot; a test of friendship; a bond that connects four women who meet once a year to have their pictures taken in a ritual that chronicles their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children and the complications of history. But when these private photographs have the potential to go public, relationships are strained, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they've become and how they'll deal with whatever lies ahead. From the author of My Left Breast, Susan Miller's 20th Century Blues is the sharply funny and evocative new play that questions our place in the world and with one another. Catch it at New York's Pershing Square Signature Center's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater.
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such iconic pop classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice. Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. See this unforgettable show at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.
Luis Bravo's acclaimed dance spectacular Forever Tango brings 14 of Argentina's best dancers -- including guest star Anna Trebunskaya (Dancing With the Stars) -- to San Francisco. Along with a vocalist and live orchestra, the dancers invite you to relive the colorful history of tango from the barrios and brothels of Argentina to the high-class parties and nightclubs of Europe and America. See an entire story told with the flick of a leg and arch of an eyebrow when Forever Tango comes to the Palace of Fine Arts Theater.
Experience the wonder of holiday magic at Oregon Ballet Theatre's beloved holiday production of The Nutcracker, with George Balanchine's original choreography. On selected dates, the Oregon Ballet Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's immortal score live at Keller Auditorium in Portland. This iconic version of the popular holiday ballet tells the timeless story of young Marie, who receives a nutcracker soldier as a gift and has a magical Christmas-night 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 Sugarplum Fairy's magical Land of Sweets.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 2:00pm (Recorded Music Accompaniment)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 7:30pm (Recorded Music Accompaniment)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 2:00pm (Recorded Music Accompaniment)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Recorded Music Accompaniment)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 2:00pm (Recorded Music Accompaniment)Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 / Noon (Recorded Music Accompaniment)
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.
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. 22, 2017 / 12:30pm (Boarding Begins at Noon)
A little-known American hero steps into the spotlight in playwright Jeanne Sakata's eloquent one-man show, Hold These Truths. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, this stirring drama spotlights an important but far-too-often forgotten moment in American civil rights history. When the government decides to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II, Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. constitution and democracy. Join him on his journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs and failings. Michael Hisamoto (Stage Kiss) takes on the role of Hirabayashi in this Lyric Stage Company of Boston production that reflects both the civil rights hero's Quaker upbringing and Japanese ancestry, and features a trio of kurokos: "invisible" stage manipulators in the kabuki theatrical tradition.
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.
Hosts Ray J and Kato "House Guest" Kaelin present the best of L.A.'s alternative performers in Hologram USA's Sexy Hollywood Freakshow. This hilarious hologram performance features the talents of Chris Wonder, Scot Nery and Tosh Burlesque. Experience the endlessly appealing possibilities of holographic 3D tech at this cutting-edge Beverly Hills event.
Experience an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance in honor of the holiday season at Brian O'Donovan's annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Seamus Egan of Solas leads the musicians of the 15th annual show, accompanied by harpist-singer Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, and a phenomenal section of fiddles, guitars and virtuosic Uilleann piper Joey Abarta. Mairi Cambell from Scotland performs as featured singer, along with four-part vocal harmony from the group Windborne. Newly named dance director Kevin Doyle joins Lord of the Dance star and choreographer Maureen Berry and the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. O'Donovan, the host of WGBH's national radio program, has been at the helm of this live show since 2003, and he promises plenty of surprises for a unique and memorable evening.
This year's Winter Wonderland Celebration will have three times the real snow and loads of family-friendly holiday activities. Welk Resorts San Diego will feature custom-built snow hills for sledding and tubing, a 5,000-square foot snow play area, photos with Santa, an opportunity to meet Santa's reindeer and complete Elf Missions, plus holiday games and crafts, cookie decorating and more inside Santa's Elf Academy. Ride the Polar Express, hit up the carnival attractions, and roast s'mores around cozy fire pits. There will also be live bands, food trucks, international Christmas cuisine tastings, snow cones, hot chocolate and more.
A Christmas classic rolls into the Boston Center for the Arts, bringing all your favorites from the Peanut gang onto the stage of the Calderwood Pavilion. Bust a move with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy as they put on a Christmas pageant, trying to discover the true meaning of this holiday. Expect to see the famous little fir tree, a present that the whole family will enjoy.
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.
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.
Cirque du Soleil's latest touring show, VOLTA, tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves acrobatics and stunning physicality into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. Popular gameshow host WAZ has lost touch with his inner self in his pursuit of fame. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories and he encounters free spirits who help him find his way. Will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? Find out when the newest Cirque spectacular comes to the Grand Chapiteau at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
New to Los Angeles and want all the local hangs? Or are you just a visitor looking to uncover some hidden gems in the City of Angels? Locals on Tap has experts who are ready to show you a good time without the touristy mass of crowds in Hollywood, a spot that's way more than just the Walk of Fame and Hollywood Sign. Angelenos will give you insider tips that you can't find in the guidebooks, as well as show you around the neighborhood itself. You'll get to hang out with like-minded travelers too as you wander around Hollywood's historic theaters, entertainment industry hotspots and hip clubs. You'll finish off the tour at a local tap room with craft beer on draft. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for this experience that begins at the Hollywood and Highland Metro station.
Pasadena Dance Theatre brings Tchaikovsky's classic score to life in The Nutcracker ballet. The dance tells the timeless story of young Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker soldier comes to life. Together they experience a grand adventure that takes them through an epic battle with the Mouse King, into the land of snow, and on to the Sugar Plum Fairy's majestic kingdom and the grand waltz of the flowers. More than 80 dancers take part in this year's colorful holiday spectacular, sure to delight both young and old.
The only holiday moment more magical than watching A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV is watching it live on stage in this Boston Children's Theatre production. Join good ol' Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang for this fun, festive show that's a nostalgic trip for some and a holiday treat for all. Eric Schaeffer's acclaimed adaptation centers around everyone's favorite football-whiffing kid who, alarmed by the commercialism he sees all around him, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. This very special show at the Regent Theatre features brand new staging and direction, plus many of your favorite Christmas tunes.
Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show The Golden Girls and you have an assured night of theater for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love features local drag stars Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). Prepare yourself for Blanche's sexy antics, Sophia's cutting wit, Dorothy's consternation, Rose's endearing stupidity and lots of beefy shoulder pads, at the Victoria Theatre. No matter the season, nothing warms your heart -- or keeps you laughing -- like the Golden Girls.
Hip-hop superstar Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and his partner in rhyme Redman (of Def Squad) raise the roof at The Novo. Two of the most popular MCs of the '90s, Method Man and Redman first teamed up in 1999 with their platinum album Blackout! and have since continued to make waves in both music and movies, with Method Man popping up in The Wire, CSI and Soul Plane, and Redman playing a role in Seed of Chucky. Together they starred in the film How High and the Fox sitcom Method & Red, but in Los Angeles it's all about the hip-hop as two legends of the genre storm the stage.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Forget the stress of the holidays and get ready to laugh! Catch headliner Jeremy Hotz and other top comedians live at the world-famous Improv.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:15pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:45pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 9:45pm (Doors Open at 9:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:15pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 9:30pm (Doors Open at 9:15pm)
Though Northwestern hosted the very first NCAA basketball championship, way back in 1939, the Wildcats wouldn't make their first tourney appearance 'til 2017 -- but they made it hella exciting with a first-round win again Vandy and a close contest against No. 1 seed Gonzaga. Now coming off their most successful season ever, the No. 19-ranked 'Cats are led by head coach Chris Collins and team captain Bryant McIntosh, who holds the NU career and single-season assist records. Their home court in Evanston is being renovated, so they'll be taking on Big 10 opponents and others at Chicago's Allstate Arena -- where you just might see NU alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who's been known to come and cheer on her player son Charlie Hall.
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.
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.
If the Christmas tree lights are twinkling, then It's a Wonderful Life is on TV -- watching the classic film is a holiday tradition for many. When the film was released in 1946, however, movies were often also adapted as radio plays and performed for a live studio audience. Travel back in time as New York's Roebuck Theater sets It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play as a broadcast in the '40s. Using only sound effects, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Disheartened and down on his luck, Bailey considers ending his life. Right as he starts to jump, an angel arrives to show him how the lives of his loved ones would be affected if he weren't around. The message of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play remains as profound and relevant today as ever.
Sugarplums won't be the only dancing visions you dream of this holiday season after you see Smuin Contemporary American Ballet's The Christmas Ballet. Snow-kissed dancers clad all in white glide onstage, pirouetting in graceful ballets, before a little funk enters the picture, and they tap out staccato rhythms and swing to jazz, revving up into a fun-filled second half. That's when the red-costumed dancers take over, letting loose with a collection of fresh, fantastical numbers, inspired by great tunes like "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and the perennial favorite "Santa Baby." This Bay Area nontraditional holiday tradition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater will enchant and delight and is sure to make for sweet dreams that'll sweep you into the New Year.
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."
Singer Michael Whelan weaves inspirational stories that warm the heart with classic holiday songs, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "O Holy Night" in The Secret of Christmas, a musical reflection of the moments that make the holidays special. Backed by a multimedia presentation, Whelan's new show at the John & Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest unveils lessons that bring home the true meaning of the season. Whelan, a Libertyville native, has been a featured vocalist for the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and appeared as an opening act for the legendary Aaron Neville.
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.
The world-famous Improv welcomes Mike Cano for an afternoon of stand-up comedy without all the dirty words. This show is a blend of energy, fun and hilarious comedy -- the only difference is that the comics don't use any vulgar or offensive language. Mike performs stand-up comedy in the many comedy clubs throughout L.A., Orange County and the Inland Empire. He's appeared at venues like the Ice House, The Improv (Hollywood, Ontario, Brea, Irvine, and San Jose), The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and many more. He also performs comedy for corporations, fund raisers, private parties, schools and churches.
"You'll shoot your eye out!" The classic line spews from TV sets nationwide every December as 1940s cherub Ralphie Parker -- oversized glasses, dapper sweater and meticulously-combed blond hair -- struggles to find compassion in a sea of dream-crushing adults. His Christmas wish is simple: to get 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 having none of it. Catch Ralphie's shenanigans live at OnStage Atlanta, featuring all your favorite characters and scenes from the film -- scary Macy's Santa, neighborhood bullies, tongue-frozen-to-the-flagpole, sexy leg lamp and of course Ralphie's eccentric, lovable family.
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 musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." The timeless family classic is back at Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 5:00pm (Pre-Show Gala Starts at 4:00pm)
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. Plus, with a nod to the show's title, Goldstar Red Velvet members will receive a special gift at the theater!
Before creating the beloved sitcom Sullivan & Son, Steve Byrne went from winning the TBS competition "Myspace Standup or Sitdown Comedy Challenge" to a busy film and television career in just a few short years. His high-energy, physical style not only slays stand-up audiences, it helped him land roles in movies like Four Christmases and Couples Retreat, and appearances on the late night circuit. He's even opened for musical acts like Modest Mouse, Puddle of Mudd, Spoon, Rev. Horton Heat and entertained troops on the USO tour. See him live when he headlines the Irvine Improv.
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 the true events of 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 Phoenix Theatre - Mainstage Theatre is about fighting for what's right -- and staying true to who you are.
Spamilton, the show that celebrates, roasts and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster, makes its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda claims he laughed his brains out upon seeing this theatrical parody. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway), the show features a talented young cast that has drawn flattering comparisons to their Broadway counterparts. Spamilton is not just a send-up of its Tony-winning source material; it also pokes fun at such Broadway icons as Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim and more. See the spoof that the New York Times called "convulsively funny" and the Chicago Tribune called "a revolution all its own."
From the beating drums to the splashing paint to the sensory surprises at every turn, the Blue Man Group experience is wildly intense and totally unique. The show combines comedy, music and technology -- but no words -- to create a pulsing rhythm that unites people of all ages, languages and cultures in a spirit of joy. Reviewers describe it as "visually stunning," "wildly inventive," and "hysterically funny" -- and audiences often come away speechless, with huge smiles on their faces. An international sensation, the Blue Man Group has made themselves a longtime home at Boston's Charles Playhouse, nestled in the heart of the Theater District, just steps from Boston Common.
Ring in the holiday season with a warm and cozy cruise around Boston Harbor aboard the Northern Lights luxury yacht, all while enjoying piping hot cocoa and singing along to Christmas carols with musicians and vocalists from the Berklee School of Music. This cruise gives you a breathtaking view of the Boston waterfront, including landmarks like the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Marriott Custom House Tower. No matter how chilly it gets outside, you can count on being nice and toasty in the Northern Lights' climate controlled cabin, where there's plenty of lounge furniture to snuggle up on and snacks and drinks available for purchase.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 6:00pm (Boarding Begins at 5:45pm)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)
A Bay Area holiday favorite, Mark Morris Dance Group's The Hard Nut is back at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with its retro-modern take on the beloved Nutcracker, complete with gender-bending snowflakes, twinkle-toed G.I. Joes and a wacky family holiday party featuring a Soul Train-style dance line. It's been called a "sublime marriage of wit, music, and movement" by the San Francisco Chronicle, not to mention "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" by Dance Magazine. Plus, Tchaikovsky's ever-brilliant score is performed live by members of the Berkeley Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.
It began as one man's story -- then it became everyone's music -- and now it's a smash hit musical. Motown the Musical tells the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. The timeless Motown sound shattered barriers, shaped lives and helped get everyone moving to the same beat. Experience the story behind the music in this smash hit featuring songs like "My Girl," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and many more when it comes to the stage of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
Bedlam first burst onto the off-Broadway scene in 2012 with a brilliant and inventive adaptation of Saint Joan, with just four actors playing more than 25 characters. Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout called it "the most exciting George Bernard Shaw revival I've ever seen, bar none." Since then, the New York-based company has solidified its winning formula with six more of its shows being named Ben Brantley's Critics' Picks for The New York Times. Now they're back for the holidays with Artistic Director Eric Tucker's adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, providing the perfect opportunity for Bedlam to let their imaginations really fly. This time, a cast of six takes on 25 characters, including favorites like the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and more, at the Duke on 42nd Street.
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, Dec. 18, 2017 / 10:00pm (Dave Detwiler & The White House Band - "Tis the Season")Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tim Reynolds - Solo Guitar)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tim Reynolds - Solo Guitar)Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 / 10:00pm (Dwayne Adell Trio - Piano/Bass/Drums)Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 / 10:00pm (Mystical Waters featuring Saleem Waters & Friends - Multi-instrumeltalist)Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 / 10:00pm (Jaguar Wright & Gerald Veasley "I Got Life: The Music of Nina Simone" - Vocals/Bass)Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 / 10:00pm (Unit 3 Deep David Dyson - Bass, Patrick Cooper - Keys, & Duane Thomas - Drums)Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 / 10:00pm (Veronneau "National CD Relase Party" featuring DAVE KLINE - Violin Virtuoso)
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.
As champagne flows, can-can girls dance and composer Franz Lehár's incomparable music swirls, a suitable husband is sought for The Merry Widow, who also happens to have inherited a fortune. A former paramour seems to fit the bill, but after their bad breakup, she's not so willing to forgive. A host of complications arise, even as sparks continue to fly between the two. "The Merry Widow Waltz," "Vilja" and "Maxim's" are just a few of the score's many memorable melodies. Now you can see this enchanting operetta with an art-nouveau setting at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Susan Graham sings the title role, performed entirely in English. And making the evening even merrier, your ticket includes a complimentary glass of champagne!
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.
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.
The Ontario Improv presents The Dirty Show, an evening of very adult comedy with the "Twin Towers of Comedy" that's guaranteed to offend and amuse in equal measures. Hosted by comedy duo Cory and Chad, the identical twin sons of a mail carrier and a crazed biker, The Dirty Show is sure to have you laughing at the most taboo topics. Masters at riffing off each other, "Good Twin" Cory pairs his laid-back style with Chad the "Evil Twin," notorious for his wild party stories.
"Deadheads, be grateful," The New York Times trumpets, because Jerry Garcia's timeless tunes set the perfect tone for the new musical Red Roses, Green Gold. Set in 1920s Cumberland, this fantastical tale tells the comical story of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers. As the wayward crew gambles its way to love and riches, you'll hear the fruits of Garcia's musical collaborations with lyricist Robert Hunter. The production also features contributions from the late guitarist's pals Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus keyboardist and longtime Dead touring member Jeff Chimenti serves as the show's music supervisor. Red Roses, Green Gold delivers an Americana-meets-psychedelia trip at New York's Minetta Lane Theatre.
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.
Not gonna lie -- it's bound to be emotional when tribute artist Jayden Frost sings the late, great George Michael's epic song "Last Christmas" at the House of Blues Chicago, just a couple days before the holiday. But Freedom -- Frost's whopping 10-piece band -- shows lots of love and respect for the influential entertainer with a spot-on spectacular that not only re-creates all the iconic hits, including "Careless Whisper" and "Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)," but also features original multimedia visuals.
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
The hottest team in town is the Ontario Fury, which kicks off its fourth season in the Major Arena Soccer League with intense indoor soccer action. The team is made up of rising stars and veterans from the MLS, the nation's top collegiate squads and international players -- all under the tutelage of experienced coach Bernie Lilavois. Bring your family out to beautiful Citizens Business Bank Arena and enjoy the fast-paced action of the world's most popular sport.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 3:05pm (Fury vs. Rio Grande Valley Barracudas)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Turlock Express / Doors Open at 6:05pm)Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Tacoma Stars)Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. San Diego Sockers)Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Soles De Sonora)Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Monterrey Flash)Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Monterrey Flash)Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 / 7:05pm (Fury vs. Tacoma Stars)
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.
Last Comic Standing semi-finalist Zainab Johnson hits San Jose Improv with a block of stand-up sessions, delivering her signature real-talk observational comedy. The L.A.-based graduate of UCB, the Groundlings and IO West has graced the stage at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and The Arsenio Hall Show and was the breakout star from HBO's All Def Comedy. She's known for her candor, quick wit and unflappable swagger, cracking jokes about dating, body image, her Harlem upbringing and her large family of 12 siblings. With reports of her starring in a forthcoming Wanda Sykes-produced ABC sitcom, now's the chance to catch Johnson on the verge of a career breakthrough.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast comes to L.A.'s CASA 0101 Theater, sharing the classic story of Belle and the young prince trapped in the body of a gruff beast. If Belle can help him learn to love and be loved, the curse that's trapping him will end and he'll be transformed to his former self. But time is running out.
In film noir-inspired holiday thriller Christmastown, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday takes a deal tracking down "Big Red" for a client who will stop at nothing to uncover unsavory secrets. Add a glamorous elf, a used Christmas tree salesman and a muckraking reporter, and you've got what the Seattle Times calls "the best new holiday romp of the year." Watch the seasonal sleuthing get underway at the Bathhouse Theater.
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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Experience the magic of a holiday tradition as José Mateo Ballet Theatre brings its beloved production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker to the Strand Theatre for its 10th season. Get swept up in the fantastical story of Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker comes to life and takes her on an adventure to the Land of Sweets. Together they battle the evil Mouse King and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This enchanting ballet is the perfect holiday treat and a great introduction for the whole family into the world of ballet.
The New York Times called Ballet Arizona's production of The Nutcracker "one of the three finest" in the country. Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to the Tchaikovsky classic. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now Ballet Arizona returns with its traditional yet dynamic version of The Nutcracker, which is charged with the stunning choreography of Ib Andersen, the company's acclaimed artistic director, and accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. Create a new holiday tradition -- or relive memories of holidays past -- with Tchaikovsky's immortal The Nutcracker.
Experience a little Christmas magic in Frosty!, a musical re-telling of the classic Frosty the Snowman tale. When orphan Billy arrives in New York to build the best snowman ever, he meets a homeless man named Paddy, who tells him about his magical hat. When Billy steals the hat and places it atop his snowman, Frosty comes to life and leads him on an adventure throughout NYC. Paddy teams up with a social worker named Dot to find Billy and learn how special the holidays truly can be during this family friendly musical at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square.
It just isn't the holidays without The Nutcracker, the magical story of Claire, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker soldier has come to life. 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. A Terre School of Dance in Fontana presents this holiday treat, brought to life by local artists of all ages at The Grove Theatre in Upland. It's a show the entire family can enjoy.
San Diego Ballet brings America's favorite holiday event to dazzling life in its production of The Nutcracker, which features Tchaikovsky's timeless score, a cast of over 100 beautifully costumed dancers and members of the San Diego Children's Choir. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's beloved holiday tale, this glittering production, now in its 27th year, follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at a family Christmas party, magically leading to a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince and an epic battle between mice and toys, and ends with a journey to the Land of Sweets. Experience this eternal story at Mandeville Theater.
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.
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.
Come and enjoy some jazz in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel with The Ralph Gibson Quartet, featuring some of Los Angeles' finest jazz musicians. All from the local jazz stomping grounds, the members of this talented quartet are sure to inspire you with their smooth sound this holiday season.
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), 42nd Street Moon's production of this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at The Gateway Theatre in San Francisco.
Get a dose of Christmas spirit with American Coast Theater Company's brand new variety style cabaret. It's sure to invite, delight and excite. This song and dance show at the Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa will highlight sacred and popular Christmas folk tunes with six of the most talented professionals in Orange County!
Playwright Alfred Uhry brilliantly mined his Atlanta Jewish upbringing for his Pulitzer and Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, and he digs into it again for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, resulting in the same successful mix of thought-provoking drama and laughter, with a touch of romance. Now coming to the Edlavitch DCJCC's Theater J, the Tony-winning play takes you back to December 1939, as Atlanta hosts the Gone With the Wind premiere and Hitler invades Poland. But the biggest concern of the Freitag family is Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for the southern Jewish elite. When Uncle Adolph brings Joe -- his new, very eligible assistant -- home for dinner, sparks fly between his niece and the Brooklyn native, whose presence lights a fuse on a family dispute over long-held beliefs and prejudices.
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.
Gospel music delivers powerfully uplifting sounds that are perfect for the holiday season. New York's Mount Olivet Baptist Church hosts its Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration to help you start your season on just the right note. These one-hour concerts will bring joy to your heart as the foot-stomping, toe-clapping, heavenly harmonizing and soulful rhythms of Black gospel music ring through the air.
Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes' comedy revolves around a group of female friends learning how to adult in the Big Apple, but Barnes' BLKS is definitely not Dunham's Girls. With its own distinctive Bed-Stuy story to tell, informed by Barnes' completely original contemporary voice, the play covers a single day and night in the lives of three queer black women, one of whom faces an unexpected health scare. So they decide to throw one "final turn-up for the ages," according to the playwright. "And it all goes to shit." Chicago's Tony-winning Steppenwolf Theatre stages this world premiere.
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.
Escape room meets vintage cabaret in this interactive Nutcracker in swingtime. Discover mysteries, puzzles, dancing, music and mayhem as you find Herr Drosselmeyer and his niece, Dr. Clara Stahlbaum, busy with new research and development at Drosselmeyer Industries -- including the famed military technology Project Nutcracker: Version Charlie. This technology could change the outcome of the war ... for whomever controls it. Herr Drosselmeyer has hired the best dance acts from all over the world to dazzle and delight. Complete with an original swing score performed by Rocco and the Stompers, be a part of the puzzles and mystery as you dance the night away or just drink craft cocktails and watch the floor show at the hottest club of 1940. Step into Club Drosselmeyer 1940 at Oberon in Cambridge.
"Absolutely dazzling!" raves the Huffington Post. Actor and international piano virtuoso Hershey Felder embodies the iconic Irving Berlin to bring you the musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice. From Czarist Russia to New York's Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Berlin's life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter's most popular and enduring work, including "God Bless America," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "White Christmas," and more. Felder's signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move and delight at Lyceum Stage.
One step at a time, Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score including the song favorites from the hit animated film, "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December," Anastasia, at the Broadhurst Theatre, is the spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you're meant to be.
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.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and all your favorite Peanuts characters return to Davies Symphony Hall to bring the television classic to life. The entire gang will sing and dance across the stage while an animated backdrop completes the winter wonderland. Meanwhile, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer will lead the San Francisco Symphony and the SFS Chorus in a performance of Vince Guaraldi's iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas score. Plus, the lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic Christmas trees and special Peanuts décor.
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 front-row seating at this intimate Hollywood nightspot.
Fly away to an enchanted Land of Sweets with Oakland Ballet Company's whimsical version of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday favorite with choreography by Artistic Director Graham Lustig and live accompaniment by the Oakland Symphony. This heartfelt Christmas spectacular is filled with dynamic dancing, gorgeous costumes and lovely sets. Audiences of all ages will fall in love with the magical holiday tale of a young girl who experiences a truly enchanted winter evening after receiving the gift of a magical Nutcracker for Christmas. Oakland Ballet's colorful and spritely version of the holiday classic has quickly become a beloved Bay Area tradition.
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.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Afterthoughts: A Comedy Roast)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 7:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 9:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Stand Up Stand Up)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Drink Date Laugh)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 11:30pm (The Nasty Show)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 9:30pm (Top Ten Tuesdays)
LOL Times Square comedy club is home to more than just punchlines and potshots. Times Square Magic takes over the club's stage with astonishing feats of mind-reading, juggling and illusions. You'll see magicians from New York and beyond who've pulled off the seemingly impossible on America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and more. It's mind-blowing fun for the whole family.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 6:00pm (Doors Open at 5:45pm)Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 / 6:00pm (Doors Open at 5:45pm)
Set in a local hair salon, Shear Madness is a hilarious whodunit with you as a central character and jokes and lines as up-to-date as the morning's news. When the beauty parlor's landlady is murdered at the outset, a blend of mystery and improvisational theater ensues, with audience members called upon to make sense of the clues, question the actors and ultimately solve the crime. This award-winning Boston institution, ongoing at the Charles Playhouse since 1980, boasts new clues and ripped-from-the-headlines humor every night, resulting in rollicking repeat visits, and has spawned 50 different productions in cities as far-flung as Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
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.
A world-class collection of singers, vocal ensembles, chamber musicians, flautists and organists are set to appear this year as part of the acclaimed concert series at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. With the beauty of the setting, the acoustics of the church, and one of the country's best organs, drawing top-notch artists hasn't been a problem. In fact, the Kenan Memorial Organ, named after longtime Atlanta parishioner and philanthropist James G. Kenan, boasts 87 ranks of pipes, more than 5,000 total, and began making beautiful music in 2003.
Tustin Dance Center proudly presents its 14th annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet at Fullerton's historic Plummer Auditorium, featuring dozens of dancers of all ages. In this enchanting ballet, featuring the famous score by Tchaikovsky, a young girl has a very special Christmas. At a fun-filled family party with dancing, magic and dolls that come to life, Clara receives a special gift: a Nutcracker. That night she dreams of an epic battle between mice and toys, and a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara dances with her Prince and meets the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.
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.
Start a new holiday tradition on Broadway with Home for the Holidays, featuring some of the greatest voices of our generation performing contemporary takes on more than 25 beloved favorites. Hosted by The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe, the show brings American Idol's Candice Glover, The Voice's Josh Kaufman, America's Got Talent's Bianca Ryan and more stars from TV and film together on one stage for the first time ever at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. Backed by an energetic eight-piece rhythm and brass band, they'll put their spin on traditional favorites like "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" along with popular radio tunes like "All I Want for Christmas is You" and "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)." Don't miss this star-studded, limited Broadway engagement this holiday season.
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.
Classic Harbor Lines' Holiday Sunset Cruise is everything you want in a holiday activity. One, they've got a hot chocolate bar. Two, they've got a warm, cozy interior that's festively decorated. Three, you can spike your hot chocolate or order up your favorite adult beverage at the cash bar. You don't really need much more than that, but you'll also get beautiful sunset and skyline views and cannon fire at sunset from the USS Constitution. It's perfect for a romantic evening out, a break from holiday stress or a special activity for visiting family.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 3:30pm (Boarding Begins at 3:15pm)
Looking for an antidote to all that holiday madness -- the relentless jingles, the relatives, the vicious fights for the very last Turbo-Man action figure? Now you can get away from it all, by booking a trip on The Polarizing Express: Dysfunction Junction, with your conductor: Brave New Workshop. You'll ride the rails of comedy, stopping off in Belly Laugh Junction and -- O.K., enough of that metaphor. All you need to know is: for over 50 years, Brave New Workshop has been cracking up the Twin Cities and producing comedy stars (Louie Anderson, Penn Jillette and Al Franken, to name a few). So if you're looking to laugh off the craziness this holiday season, they can deliver.
The pain of losing Tom Petty -- one of America's all-time great rock songwriters -- has been a heartbreaker, all right. But if anything can help in the healing, it might be hearing those classic hits performed live. Nashville-based tribute band Southern Accents re-creates the legendary group's concerts and radio faves like "American Girl," "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream," among many more -- with heart, soul and amazing accuracy. Experience this loving tribute at the House of Blues Chicago.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
An outlandish holiday favorite, Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy remains one of Minnesota's most treasured traditions of the season. The story begins at a Christmas party in 19th-century Nuremberg, and unfolds through the eyes of Marie as her wizardly godfather, Drosselmayer, weaves a magical fantasy. His tale takes her on an extraordinary adventure to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Experience the beautiful choreography of Loyce Houlton danced by Minnesota Dance Theatre company members, guests artists and children of the School, with the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky played by the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra and led by Philip Brunelle.
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.
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 9:30pm (Big Red and the Boys)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Eddie Marrero, Timeless Christmas)
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.
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.
Smash-hit musical comedy series The Imbible is known for taking audiences on a booze-fueled journey through the history of spirits and cocktails. Now, there's a special brunch edition, Day Drinking, which explores the quintessential New York brunch experience. Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread (or waffles, or French toast) with good friends. Your ticket includes three complimentary cocktails: one build-your-own Bloody Mary, one authentic Irish coffee and one seasonal Bellini. Please arrive 30 minutes before curtain at The Green Room at New World Stages to enjoy the create-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Come in out of the cold into the 190-year-old candlelit confines of St. John's Lutheran Church in historic Greenwich Village, where the award-winning and "phantasmic!" (The New York Times) Radiotheatre will present seven suspense-filled tales in repertory -- all of them 1940s radio adaptations of classic Alfred Hitchcock films. The classic fare includes Strangers on a Train, Suspicion, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt, Rebecca, The Lodger and The 39 Steps. All you need to bring is your imagination to these Hitchcock radio classics, complete with original symphonic scores, a great cast of performers and a plethora of sound FX. See below for the full schedule.
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 hard to top a romantic dinner out on the town -- until you add a luxurious yacht to the mix, that is. This sumptuous supper cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia has all the ingredients of an unforgettable evening: Watching the sunset from the Delaware River, enjoying the lights of the Philadelphia skyline from the spacious outdoor observation deck, and a freshly-prepared buffet-style dinner that includes baked ziti, whole-roasted pork loin, North Atlantic sole filet and braised beef short ribs. After dinner, head to the dance floor, where a live DJ will be spinning a mix of Top 40 hits and classic favorites to get everybody moving.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:00pm)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:30pm)
It only took a few short but extremely exciting years for Selena to earn her nickname: "The Mexican Madonna." Selena was the best-selling Latin star of the '90s, the Grammy-winning Queen of Tejano and she brought a sexy, pop vibe to her performances. B.B. King's welcomes the sound and spirit of Selena back to New York City, with a special tribute concert, Selena Live! Building on the popularity of Selena's last Live! album, lead vocalist Genessa Escobar and her band perform Selena's biggest hits, including "Como La Flor," "Amor Prohibido" and "Baila Esta Cumbia," among many more. A Gloria Estefan tribute act featuring Angel Ram opens the show.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Comedian Alfred Robles is a quickly rising star in the stand-up world. Offering up politically incorrect one-liners on the Latino experience and just about every other topic under the sun, Robles grabbed the attention of comedian Gabriel Iglesias. The stand-up star invited Robles to tour with him in 2010, and has continued to champion Robles ever since, inviting him to perform on the #FluffyBreaksEven World Tour and to appear on the hit TV show Stand-Up Revolution and in The Fluffy Movie. Come find out why Iglesias is such a fan as Alfred Robles hits the stage at the Brea Improv.
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues w/ Chris Cain & SG: Nate Ginsberg)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 9:30pm (Tia Carroll)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 9:30pm (Alvon)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00pm (Big Harp George)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 9:30pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers)Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 / 9:30pm (Bay City Blues with Chris Cain & Rick Estrin)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 9:30pm (Howell Devine)Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 9:30pm (Mitch Woods & his Rocket '88s)
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.
In the early '60s, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe made history when they teamed up in Las Vegas. Their carefree antics on stage became legendary and earned them the nickname "The Rat Pack." To this day, audiences can't get enough of these performers. Now, see a tribute to this incredible foursome at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. This 90-minute show features Rat Pack favorites like "That's Amore," "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend," "New York, New York," "Mr. Bojangles," "My Way," and many more. These outstanding performers will transport you back to a time of smoky Vegas lounges as you sing along to these timeless classics.
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00PM)
San Diego's longest-running professional theatre production is celebrating its 27th anniversary this year, but Lucifer is sneering. The hard-partying Prince of Darkness and his minions are making plans to ruin Christmas. The newest in Teatro Máscara Mágica's award-winning series of Mexican-inspired Christmas musicals, once again features the timeless battle between Lucifer's forces of evil and Michael the Archangel's champions of goodness set in today's world of chaos and hope. Enjoy La Pastorela De Los Alacranes at San Diego's Lyceum Stage.
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.
If you ever find yourself in a sinking ship, just pray that you're as lucky as Viola, the heroine of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. When she washes ashore in a mysterious land called Illyria after a shipwreck, rather than scavenging for food and struggling to survive she finds herself dressing up as a man, falling in love and getting drawn into a gender-bending maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. While disguised as a man, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsinio, who himself is in love with Countess Olivia, who in turn falls in love with Viola, who she mistakes for a man. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay -- and now it's coming to Washington, D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Known for his animated stage presence, Bruce Jingles is a regular on stages throughout L.A. and surrounding areas. Jingles credits his comedic style with growing up in suburban Southern California. He says that as the new black kid in a Mexican neighborhood, and always just a few inches taller than everyone else, there was always someone trying to one-up him. And with a last name like Jingles? "C'mon man," he says. "I had to learn to make folks laugh." And learn he did. He's performed alongside such big comedy names as Jeff Garcia, Carlos Mencia, Chris Tucker, Gabriel Iglesias, Damon Wayans, Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook, and his TV credits include two Showtime comedy specials, including Jeff Garcia's Low Budget Madness. Inland Empire Weekly even named him Comic of the Year for two years in a row, and USO tours have allowed him to perform for American troops around the globe.
Looking to do all the cute holiday things this season? Mountain Winery's Winter Wonderland has the best of them, all in one spot. The winery has a solid selection of tastings to make this adults-only ice skating night a little easier (or a silly, icy mess), along with a holiday-inspired menu. Oh, and it's also ugly sweater party themed. It's basically going to be an insanely photogenic evening, so start planning your winter date night around this cocktail and wine tasting extravaganza at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
98 Degrees is coming to Thousand Oaks outside L.A. this Christmas to warm your cockles and melt your heart with cuts off their all-new holiday album, Let It Snow. The amazing vocal stylings of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons first ruled the airwaves in the late '90s with their pristine harmonies and hits like "Thank God I Found You" and "The Hardest Thing," selling a staggering 10 million records. Now, 18 years after the release of their platinum-certified disc This Christmas, the boys are back with their first new album in four years, featuring more cool seasonal tunes like "What Christmas Means To Me," "Little Saint Nick" and "Run Rudolph Run." This concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre is also set to include the guys' greatest hits, as well as a possible paso doble or two courtesy of Dancing With the Stars winner Drew Lachey, and his brother Nick, who competed in the show's Season 25.
A strong argument could be made that Oliver! is one of the most engaging and delightful musicals ever written. In fact, we'll make it. But don't let all that delight get to your head, because this tale also travels down some dark pathways, putting its characters through the narrative wringer. Lionel Bart brought Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters to vivid new life with this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs like "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything" and "Food, Glorious Food," this STAR Repertory Theatre production of Oliver! serves up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that'll have you calling out for "More!" at Vista's Avo Playhouse.
The holiday tradition you love is even more magical this year! Miami City Ballet has retired its 27-year-old Nutcracker production to make way for this festive staging, with all-new enchanting sets and costumes by artistic power couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Of course, your favorite holiday classic will still feature George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score-- performed this year by Miami City Ballet's Opus One Orchestra at every show at Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House.
With flowers that waltz, a nutcracker toy that springs to life as a prince, a Sugar Plum Fairy that dances a pas de deux and gingerbread soldiers that war with mice, The Nutcracker always casts a magical spell, thanks to this annual production that teams the Minneapolis/St. Paul's Metropolitan Ballet with the Hopkins Youth Ballet team. Kudos also go to the Kenwood Symphony for providing the live score, making this special version of Tchaikovsky's ballet the only one in Minnesota with a full orchestra. Experience it at the Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center.
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.
Diaspora tells the story of a group of college-age Jewish-Americans visiting Israel through the Birthright program. Olivia wants to reconnect with her heritage and childhood friends: Rachel and Hannah. Hannah is still reeling from a breakup with her first real boyfriend and looking for a distraction. Rachel questions the politics of the trip and her surroundings, and has a plan that involves seeing the parts of the country that Birthright means to hide. While their storyline seems like Girls Trip or American Pie goes on Birthright, the ancient narrative of Achinoam and Masada starts to become more than just a talking point for the tour guide. Her people have been under siege by the Roman army and mass suicide seems like the only option for the refugees to preserve their liberty as Jews. See Diaspora at The Gym at Judson in New York City.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 7:00pm (The Mike Levine Jazz Sextet - Smooth Jazz)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (ONYX (Two Local Bands - PoP Music))Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (A TRIBUTE TO LA PASION DE LA LUPE WITH JESSI CAMPO)
There's not a single negative thing you can say about drag brunches, especially when you put a holiday twist on them. It's brunch, booze, in-your-face singing and fabulous costumes. Is there no better way to start off a winter afternoon than that? If you agree, make your way over to the Highline Ballroom for the Divas Holiday Drag Brunch, which features wild performances by New York City's hottest queens, shimmy and shaking to prove to you whether they've been naughty or nice this year. This show's ultimate gift to you are guest appearances by RuPaul's Drag Race -- the fiercest divas in the game. You'll ho ho ho, you'll drink some mimosas, but most importantly, you'll have a blast singing "Jingle Bells" with a raging cast of holiday honeys who know how to WERK IT.
'Tis the season to be Mary. It's that time of year again -- and we ain't talkin' gingerbread men -- the fan favorites of RuPaul's Drag Race are werking it in the Christmas Queens world tour. It's time to put a little naughty in your nice because when it comes to this sassy concert, "the phrase "yas, queen" has never been more appropriate." (People Magazine) But don't let all of the fabulous fun fool you, these dancing divas have got the pipes and can sing circles around those holiday hits. They may be belting festive jams, but this will be anything but a "Silent Night". The only thing better than a drag show is a holiday drag show, so join hostess Michelle Visage and the eight maids a milking it (Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Phi Phi O'hara, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor and Ivy Winters) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
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.
The name Doo Doo Brown rings a bell for a few reasons: It's a party anthem by 2 Live Crew and also a popular Atlanta comedian best known from BET's Comic View and P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy. For two decades, Doo Doo Brown has been making folks around the world cry with laughter with his in-your-face style and thug life stories. Catch the undisputed "King of Underground Comedy" when he jumps in the ring in his hometown at Atlanta Comedy Theater.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:30pm (Check In By 8:00pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Check In By 8:00pm)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:30pm (Check In By 10:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:30pm (Check In By 7:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 10:00pm (Check In By 9:30pm)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 11:59pm (Check In By 11:29pm)
It's hard to get into the holiday spirit when everyone's wearing shorts and t-shirts in San Diego. Frozen Fairgrounds at Del Mar puts wonder back into the season with two beautiful (and covered) outdoor ice skating rinks. Lace up your skates and glide around The Community Rink, which gives you plenty of room for epic twirls and spins -- or graceful/ungraceful falls, if you're more of a beginner. With the NHL Rink, you can tear up the ice just like a pro hockey player. If you want to take a break from all the ice skating, you can shoot some pucks at numerous Hockey Interactive Skill Zones or chill out at their onsite concession stand or lounge area. Your ticket includes skate rentals and an all-day skating pass, letting you bask in the frozen wonderland of this quintessential winter activity.
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.
Featuring live music, stunning costumes and a whimsical set, GEM Theater's delightful holiday revue begins with a journey to the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you'll enjoy beloved standards and contemporary holiday favorites such as "Winter Wonderland," "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Sleigh Ride" -- and a special appearance by Santa Claus and his tap-dancing elves. The magical fun continues when the Second Act curtain opens to reveal a breathtaking scene that evokes Victorian England from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional songs of the season including "White Christmas," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "Silent Night." Lighthearted, fun and entertaining, The Holiday GEM is a dazzling holiday treat for the whole family.
Who knew fans and families across the country would await this nice Jewish boy's arrival with the kind of anticipation reserved for St. Nick? For his 20th anniversary Christmas Tour, nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz reunites with two members of the original lineup, pianist David Benoit and guitarist Peter White, along with trumpet maestro Rick Braun and newcomer, singer Selina Albright. Together, these five artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs, at City National Civic of San Jose.
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.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 7:00pm (vs. San Antonio Spurs)Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 / 7:00pm (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 / 7:00pm (vs. Phoenix Suns)Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 / 4:00pm (vs. Memphis Grizzlies)Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Charlotte Hornets)Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Denver Nuggets)Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. San Antonio Spurs)Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 / 7:00pm (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)
Step into the Roaring 20s, when skirts were short and booze was a secret pleasure. Bathtub Full of Gin is Terrible Enfant's Theatre Company's new spectacular immersive dance party series, where evocative theatre performances combine with high energy electro swing music. The series features exclusive one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences with The Moonlight Dolls, inviting guests for a sexy, performance-filled dance party. From scintillating dance numbers to high flying, death defying aerial acts, everything is inspired by the nostalgia of the 1920's with an edgy modern steampunk twist. Enjoy a decadent menu available for purchase in the beautiful and nostalgic atmosphere of Houston's Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. The scene and live entertainment provide the perfect escape from the daily routine.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 / 11:30pm (Doors Open at 11:00pm)
Spun around a solid core of more than 20 traditional spirituals and folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! tells the engaging Depression Era story of Susannah, an ambitious folklorist from the Library of Congress, and Pearl, a Texas prisoner with a soulful voice, steely spirit and an incredible collection of historic African-American music. Susannah's after the songs that will put her in the spotlight, and Pearl's angling at a chance for freedom, but the women find common ground in their struggle to find respect in a man's world -- and in Pearl's powerful music. Inspired by the real-life musical partnership of historian John Lomax and legendary folk singer-guitarist Lead Belly, Black Pearl Sings! comes to the Lyceum Space courtesy of the San Diego Repertory Theatre.
Cruel Intentions, the awesomest of all '90s teen dramas, comes to New York in tongue-in-cheek musical form, after a pair of sold-out runs in L.A. -- at which original stars Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair bestowed their blessing upon it. Based on the famed Les Liaisons dangereuses, this titillating tale of sex, drugs and moody pop revolves around a pair of devious upper-crust New York step-siblings who wager on a girl's loss of innocence, snaring them in an ever-growing web of lies, lust and revenge. Filled with rad throwback hits like "Lovefool," "Just A Girl," "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Bittersweet Symphony" and co-starring Home Improvement mom Patricia Richardson, this intimate live musical event comes complete with cocktails for purchase at Le Poisson Rouge. So there's just one question left: "Are you in, or are you out?"
Broadway titans Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) breathe music and life into Dickens' beloved tale of redemption, forgiveness and community. A Christmas Carol the Musical finds that legendary curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge visited by four spooky ghosts, who show him the error of his ways and offer a new path that spreads love and support to the people around him. Bring the whole family to the new musical show that captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season at Antoinette Hatfield Hall's Brunish Theatre in Portland.
The worldwide phenomenon known as Blue Man Group is a wildly outrageous and engaging theatrical experience combining music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a totally unique form of entertainment. Plus, there's a lot of fun audience interaction, as well as a pulsating finale with an original score. Audiences across the globe have experienced and loved this imaginative stage show for all ages and its exuberant nonverbal combination of comedy, art and science, not to mention the fabulous visual effects and Grammy-nominated music. The Astor Place Theatre production continues to reinvent itself, too, combining classic moments with exciting and fascinating new pieces that you have to see to believe.
Catch weekly showcases of the East Coast's funniest comics at Anthem Lounge in the Tropicana Casino & Resort. Regulars include Matt Bridgestone (writer for the Justin Bieber Roast), impressionist Clipperman, Zach Pickert (HBO), Dupree Lee, Amarie Castillo (ESPN Radio), Ray Vazquez and more. Take a load off, enjoy drinks available for purchase and relax with some very funny people, both new and familiar.
'Tis the season -- for Hallmark Christmas Movies. In A Verry Merry Unscripted Christmas, a brand new, completely different original play is performed every night, completely improvised on the spot in the style of the the holiday season's most beloved guilty pleasures, Hallmark movies. Using audience suggestions, Modjeska Improv Ensemble will create 16 orginal plays based on the made-for-cable Christmas movies that air on the Hallmark Channel every holiday season. Each play will be full of festive spirit, Christmas magic -- and maybe even a touch of romance. This hilarious spin on the season returns to the Modjeska Playhouse in Lake Forest.
The Global Winter Wonderland holiday festival blows into town again, promising all new displays and entertainment. You'll walk through larger-than-life illuminated displays of Santa's Village, a land of toys and an underwater world of jellyfish and mermaids. Included with admission is Global Winter Wonderland's Circus of Light, where you'll see death-defying, fire-dazzling, high-action performances every night. Cal Expo will light up this holiday season with lights, entertainment, more than 30 family and thrill rides, a host of holiday shopping opportunities and international cuisine.
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply your own personal me-time with Drink, Paint, Create. Jalapeno Pete's in Studio City hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and at the end of the evening you'll get to take home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
Forget the North Pole -- Santa's Village in East Dundee has all the holiday fun you can handle with its all new Magical Christmas celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are rolling out the red-and-white carpet with tons of cool rides -- including the all-new Super Cyclone roller coaster -- plus live entertainment, special seasonal food offerings, cookie decorating, holiday shopping and 16 animal attractions, including Santa's reindeer, of course. You'll want to visit with the Jolly Ol' Elf himself and check out his Tree House Slide -- which has been around since this Chicagoland favorite first opened way back in 1959.
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.
'Tis the season to be Mary. It's that time of year again -- and we ain't talkin' gingerbread men -- the fan favorites of RuPaul's Drag Race are werking it in the Christmas Queens world tour. It's time to put a little naughty in your nice because when it comes to this sassy concert, "the phrase "yas, queen" has never been more appropriate." (People Magazine) But don't let all of the fabulous fun fool you, these dancing divas have got the pipes and can sing circles around those holiday hits. They may be belting festive jams, but this will be anything but a "Silent Night". The only thing better than a drag show is a holiday drag show, so join hostess Michelle Visage and the eight maids a milking it (Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Phi Phi O'hara, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor and Ivy Winters) at Metro Chicago.
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, puppetry and live sound effects! It's a seasonal treat that the family will love.
Madame Morbid's Trolley Tours explore the haunted past and unsolved mysteries of Brooklyn. Relive over 400 years of history as you ride in a vintage 22-seat trolley outfitted with chandeliers, curtains inspired by Gone with the Wind and a TV monitor screening mini documentaries about the area. Learn about alien abductions, notorious murders, battlefields, bloody accidents, mob hits and more from a knowledgeable guide attired in Victorian garb. You'll leave the tour a bit of a history buff after riding through this fascinating New York neighborhood.
As the heart of the holiday season approaches, musicians of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform music with that special festive sparkle. Popular selections by Handel (Royal Fireworks Music), Tchaikovsky (Sleeping Beauty), Mozart (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) and more will make Copley Symphony Hall resound with yuletide cheer. The orchestra will be conducted by Ruth Reinhardt.
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.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Burbank for a wide range of lively shows, from stand-up lineups featuring national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, to comedy contests showcasing up-and-coming performers. Throw in some weekly hilarious themed shows and a menu full of fries, wings, tots and margaritas. Flappers Burbank also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set.
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (Celebrity Drop In Tuesday - Brian Kiley)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 10:00pm (Thirsty Thursday - Jerry Rocha)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tom Clark from Comedy Central )Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tom Clark from Comedy Central)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 4:30pm (Two Milk Minimum)Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tom Clark from Comedy Central )Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 / 10:00pm (Tom Clark from Comedy Central)Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 / 7:00pm (Jokes For Jews - Wendy Liebman)
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as The Hanover Theatre presents their 10th anniversary production of Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, adapted by President & CEO Troy Siebels. Featuring elaborate set designs, spectacular costumes and stunning special effects, 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 at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
Queen and their flamboyant front man Freddie Mercury will always be rock royalty, and Queen Nation have been paying tribute to that monarchy for more than a decade, playing some of the most famous venues in SoCal. Tribute Band Magazine calls their renditions of huge hits like "Somebody to Love," "We Are the Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and others "hauntingly realistic." From the original band's signature sound to its vibrant stage persona, Queen Nation manages to match them in a retrospective that's pitch-perfect in both music and spirit. Catch their latest show at the House of Blues Anaheim.
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
John Henton first made his mark in the '90s, when he impressed Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show before scoring notable roles on two popular and long-running sitcoms: Living Single and The Hughleys. Since then, he's appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, The View, Conan and Politically Incorrect, among many others, including a return appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now you can catch this consummate comic live on stage at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead.
John Heffron's off-the-cuff material is created on stage, fueled by the crowd's energy and his owned hilarious insights into family life. His reflections on growing up, getting old and surviving everyday life make him one of cleverest, freshest professionals working the circuit. Dubbed "the cute one" by the legendary Phyllis Diller, Heffron was the winner of Season 2 of NBC's Last Comic Standing and has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Joe Rogan Experience and Chelsea Lately. Now watch this modern-day master create comedy live at the Ontario Improv.
Only precocious eight-year-olds find the prospect of being "Home Alone" at Christmas all that exciting. For those of us who are older and wiser (and still single) there's The 12 Dates of Christmas, a funny and touching one-woman show about being surrounded by holiday cheer when you're miserable. When Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life "alone" as a New York actor in her thirties. Renita James stars in this exceptional play that's quickly becoming a holiday tradition in its own right at Aurora Theatre.
Christmas looks a whole lot different when your hairy man legs are being compressed by red and white striped tights. David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries first made waves as a story read on-air on NPR in 1992. The bestselling humor writer's hilarious account of one excruciating holiday season working as a Macy's Christmas elf has since become a one-man production that is, in its own right, a holiday tradition. This one-man show cycles through 50 characters, from stressed out sales clerks to screaming kids. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this tale of mass marketing, drunk Santas and the general insanity that takes hold during the holidays is a sardonic and unpredictable wild ride filled with sarcasm. Sedaris' words mercilessly cut through the Christmas spirit to point out the craziness humans inflict on themselves and others during the holidays. See The Santaland Diaries at The Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills near San Jose.
Are you sick and tired of being the best dressed person at every party you go to? If so, the Fashion Networking Party is right up your alley. You'll meet plenty of fellow fashionistas at this swanky get-together at the Troy Liquor Bar in Manhattan, where fashion professionals, models and F.I.T. students can enjoy some drinks, snacks and games while tearing it up on the dance floor to the stylings of a live D.J. Just be sure to dress to impress -- not that you ever don't.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mark Normand, Wil Sylvince)Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Todd Barry, Mark DeMayo)Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mark Normand, Wil Sylvince)Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mark Normand, Mark DeMayo, Emma Willmann)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mark Normand, Mark DeMayo, Emma Willmann)Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mark Normand, Wil Sylvince)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Janeane Garofalo, Mark DeMayo, Emma Willmann)Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 / 10:00pm (Janeane Garofalo, Mark DeMayo, Emma Willmann)
You say you want a revolution? Look no further than Counting Sheep, an immersive, kinetic folk opera that puts you up close and personal in 2014's Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine. Powered by the sounds of Canada's beloved guerilla-folk party-punk band, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Counting Sheep surrounds the audience with large-screen projections of real-life news coverage and found footage from the uprising. Stunning visuals and beautiful, polyphonic Ukrainian choral music bring to life the personal stories of those caught up in the volatile whirlwind of tragedy, violence and hope. A sold-out smash hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this acclaimed show now comes to 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York City.
It's hard to get in the holiday spirit in Los Angeles when everyone's wearing shorts and t-shirts. The Rink in Downtown Burbank puts wonder into the season with a beautiful outdoor ice skating rink next to hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses decked out for the holiday season. Attracting local communities and visitors alike, this iconic gathering place adds the special activity and ambiance that makes for a joyful and memorable family outing. Your ticket includes the rental of a pair of skates, letting you bask in the frozen wonderland of this quintessential winter activity.