Taking its name from a Sean O'Casey play, The Plough and the Stars wears its Hibernian heritage on its sleeve as it captivates visitors with an atmosphere of Irish whiskeys, heady beers, and live music. The owners and most of the staff hail from the Emerald Isle, charming their guests with authentic accents and a mastery of pouring Guinness the Irish way—easing the black ambrosia into a glass as they recite On Raglan Road while drinking a cup of water. Patrons sip perfectly mixed irish coffees as they watch Celtic set dancing on Thursdays or raise their glasses of draft Kilkenny and Smithwick's to live bluegrass, blues, and traditional Irish tunes almost every day of the week.
The multiple award-winning funny comedian, Ash K. entertains audiences with magic shows ranging from house parties to corporate events. In 2010, he was voted the Best Arts and Entertainment/Theatre performer on the San Francisco Chronicle's Baylist, which he celebrated by turning every section in the newspaper into the funnies. Once described by a reviewer as a mash-up of Borat, Harpo Marx, and Emo Philips, the celebrated performer has delighted spectators with his sleight-of-hand magic, physical comedy, Eastern European accent, and his subversive use of the English language. Click here to see a video of Ash in action.
Housed in a venue that was constructed in 1919, Broadway Studios augments special events with an extensive offering of amenities, services, and staffing options. A grand ballroom with two bars sits beneath towering 30-foot ceilings, with professional sound equipment, concert-style seating capacity, and large wooden dance floors lit entirely from the power generated by troupes of performers doing the Electric Slide. Neoclassical décor adds a touch of the past to performance spaces that have played host to famous entertainers such as Dave Chappelle and Dead Kennedys, along with providing the setting for numerous television and film tapings.
The Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium is armed with stunning acoustics and an intimate 3,165-seat floor plan designed so that no seat is more than 21 rows away from the stage. Dual sound systems will project the deepest registers of the performers’ voices. An extensive array of lighting equipment swathes the stage in shades of blue while olfactory simulators pump out the smell of fresh blueberries.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms The Fillmore into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces grateful dance floors with smile-baiting 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, girl-group garage rockers The Sandwitches enchant with sardonically lovelorn themes and harmonies, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios and hockey anthems about their cats. The Fillmore invites Groupon holders backstage after the show to meet the band, discuss musical influences, and take notes on hitting the elusive high Z note.
SHN brings Broadway productions to San Francisco with two highly acclaimed new shows. From the director of Rent, Next to Normal invites audiences to a modern rock musical about a suburban family striving to keep it together. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, The New York Times calls this overachieving show "more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical". Later in the season, Rock of Ages, a five time 2009 Tony Award nominee, captures the classic boy-meets-girl love story and zips it into a pair of tight leather pants. Set during the ’80s in LA's most famous rock club, a small-town girl meets a rock star, sparking an entertaining stroll through hair-metal history. Just like the psychological thriller The Notebook the story unfolds to guitar-exploding melodies from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Pat Benatar, Night Ranger, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and others. Customers taking advantage of this deal will become subscribers and enjoy benefits such as free ticket exchange, first access to purchase additional tickets, invitations to special events, and free commentary from audience parrots.