A black-tie affair with good times in mind, San Francisco Chic! is an annual party that rings in the new year with panache. Held at the Westin Hotel, the party spreads across several different rooms—guests might laugh it up with the comedians in attendance, head over to hear the funk, soul, and rock-and-roll of party hosts Top Shelf, listen to jazz with Sonya Jason, or groove with Raquel con Bolero y Mas! for salsa dancing. Additional packages include dinner theater, a makeshift casino that donates its proceeds to charity, and a bouncer to make sure 1973 doesn’t try to come back for seconds.
After three decades as lead singer of renowned progressive-metal band Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate shows fans a strummier side on his West Coast acoustic tour. Tate turns his mellifluous pipes on an unplugged set that includes songs from his 2002 self-titled solo album, Queensrÿche classics, and Andrew Lloyd Webber favorites. The stripped-down style brings Tate's famously brooding voice and complex melodies, along with a less expected sense of groove, to the fore. The show opens with an acoustic trio led by special guest Jaime Kyle, who has written songs for luminaries including Faith Hill. Originally a movie palace, the art deco Uptown Theatre Napa evokes the splendor of Hollywood's golden age, and the auditorium's 860 plush seats keep guests comfy during concerts and postshow discussions with ushers over the semantics of the phrase "you have to leave."
Touring behind their sixth album Dark Horse, Canada's grizzled guitar slingers, Nickelback, return to California to pummel rock fans with the band's signature melodic fist-pumpers and power ballads. Plop into the Sleep Train Pavilion's snug upper reserved seating and turn your ears toward the stage, where hugely popular hits like "How You Remind Me," "Photograph," and "Rockstar" slowly morph fingers into devil horns and stadium seating into a sea of artificial fireflies. Experienced producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard) lent his successful knob-turners to Dark Horse, which resulted in the band turning out an LP of edgier tunes that has remained in the Billboard Top 200 for 99 weeks. Stop by the pavilion early to prepare your palate with axe-shredding openers Three Days Grace and Buckcherry.
The Pacific Film Archive is the Berkeley Art Museum’s venue for all things filmic, cinematic, and animatic, offering screenings, collections, and events and seminars that explore the rich world of motion pictures. An individual membership to the archive comes with a reel's worth of celluloidal benefits, including free admission to the PFA gallery, discounts on tickets to film screenings, and free artist discussions and lectures. With reciprocal membership privileges at more than 30 university art museums, you can become a fixture in the film world, which, unlike the spontaneous-rock-hurling world, is a vibrant, supportive community.
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of song, dance, and ritualized fighting that is centered on a physical game called jogo de capoeira. Like Spock and Kirk forced to fight by a threatening tribunal of bearded men, two players dance around each other in the center of a circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a constant, heart-pumping flow. Both players attempt to control the space by confusing their opponent, although no intentional contact is made or harm done—unlike sticks and stones with hurtful words carved into them. The observers in the circle play a variety of traditional Brazilian instruments and sing, setting the pace and beat of the dance-fight. Explore the schedule to find times during the week that work for you; additional classes are held at 7 a.m. by appointment only. Each session will immerse you in the flips, feints, kicks, and songs of capoeira.
A critically acclaimed show, Mortified brings average adults onstage to relive past pits of awkwardness and embarrassment through the reading of youthful journals, letters, and other writings. Performances are carefully curated by Mortified's crack team of humiliation experts, digging through volunteers' juvenilia to search out the pieces that offer the most entertaining and cathartic evenings as well as the most effective blackmail. Today's deal allows viewers to cringe with commiserating delight at Shattuck Down Low, an intimate bar, lounge, and music venue with cozy booths and couches that give viewers a comfortable perch from which to watch the readings. A guest band and large dance floor provide a post-show opportunity to shimmy and shake mortification away or bring it raining down with ceremonial awkwardness-summoning moves.