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‘Party People’

October 17 - November 23
Party People is based on both the Young Lords and the Black Panther Party, and through hip-hop, spoken word, dance, jazz and poetry, the production by theatre ensemble UNIVERSES shows how both revolutionary groups stood up to police abuses, increased the profile of their underrepresented communities, and directly served their own people.

‘Alien She’

October 24, 2014 - January 25, 2015
This large exhibition, named after a Bikini Kill song, focuses on the lasting impact of the early-'90s riot grrrl movement by looking at the work of seven contemporary artists as well as collecting plenty of zines and flyers from riot grrrl's height.

‘Testament’

October 29 - November 23
From playwright Colm Tóibín comes this portrait of the Virgin Mary, originally staged on Broadway as The Testament of Mary. The story of a mother whose son, as the description notes, "has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics," the play has faced criticism from Catholic groups for its so-called blasphemous portrayal. The indefatigable Carey Perloff directs and Seana McKenna stars in this production by A.C.T.

‘Bad Dads V: An Art Show Tribute to Wes Anderson’

October 29 - November 22
For five years now, Spoke Art has hosted Bad Dads, an annual show collecting dozens of artists working with one assigned theme: the films of celebrated director Wes Anderson. No strangers to cultural phenomena, Spoke Art has also hosted art show tributes to Martin Scorcese and, perhaps most virally, the jaw-challenged cat Lil' Bub.

‘The Hole in the Head’

November 1, 2014 - February 8, 2015
This mammoth exhibit encompasses art, music, video and artifacts related to the 1960s protests against PG&E's plans to build a nuclear power plant on the Sonoma Coast, which often included San Francisco Dixieland revivalists and notoriously outspoken neighbors. The first of its kind, the exhibit explores the roots of an environmental movement that coalesced under what’s now viewed as an insane proposal.

‘Breakfast with Mugabe’

November 7 - December 7
The West Coast premiere of Fraser Grace's play about the infamous African dictator and his bout with modern psychiatry.

‘Balance’

November 7, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Unofficially subtitled "new ways to say I love you," the first group show between famed street muralists Chor Boogie and Jet Martinez explores Chor's new lighter approach infused by love and Martinez's rich, floral paintings inspired by Mexican folk art.

‘Keith Haring: The Political Line’

November 8, 2014 - February 16, 2015
The de Young offers more than 100 politically tinged works in this major retrospective of the artist's prolific yet sadly short career.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

November 14 - November 23
San Francisco’s award-winning ballet company returns with a new show based on Shostakovich string quartets, along with Rasa, a work in collaboration with tabla master Zakir Hussain. Read more from Dani Burlison on KQED Arts.

‘The Totalitarians’

November 19 - December 14
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's new play follows Penny, a candidate for state office in Nebraska, and her underhanded plans for the state.

Lucero

November 21 - November 23
The rollicking alt-country outfit plays a three-night stand at Slim's, with no openers, and with each show preceded by an acoustic set.

James and the Giant Peach in Berkeley

November 22
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Every week on Saturday and Sunday until December 14, 2014
Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents James and the Giant Peach, a new family musical, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs. The Berkeley shows will be performed at the Freight & Salvage.

All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt’s Trains at The Walt Disney Family Museum

November 22
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Every day until February 9, 2015

Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening at The Conservatory of Flowers

November 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until April 12, 2015
Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants at the Conservatory of Flowers' new exhibition Aquascapes -- The Art of Underwater Gardening featuring lush underwater gardens designed to artfully highlight the diversity of freshwater tropical waterways.

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

November 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Millions have enjoyed the Mark Twain Tonight! show since its original performances on Broadway, and Hal Holbrook continues to perfect it, drawing upon his vast experience on the stage and screen.

‘Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences

November 26
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Every day until January 4, 2015
Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland at the California Academy of Sciences’ annual ‘Tis the Season for Science exhibit. Join in on the holiday fun and step inside a Snowman Theater, dance beneath falling snow flurries, and visit with a pair of live reindeer.

‘A John Waters Christmas’

November 29 @ 8:00 pm
Everyone's favorite subversive filmmaker (and surprise hitchhiker) returns to town for a ribald one-man monologue about Christmas.

Frances McDormand

December 2 @ 7:30 pm
Dave Eggers interviews McDormand about her rich career in film, her partnership with husband Joel Coen, her return to Broadway and what's coming next.

Thee Oh Sees

December 4 - December 5
Local-boy-gone-south John Dwyer brings the band back to town for a two-night residency at the Chapel.

Stevie Wonder

December 5 @ 8:00 pm
Stevie Wonder returns to the Bay Area to perform his album 'Songs in the Key of Life' in its entirety.

Dan Deacon

December 11 @ 7:00 pm
Dan Deacon visits the Exploratorium with an unusual show featuring the Disklavier player piano, inspired by the ahead-of-its-time compositional vision of Conlon Nancarrow.

tUnE-yArDs

December 11 @ 8:00 pm
Returning from a tour for her third album, 'Nikki Nack,' Merrill Garbus plays to a hometown crowd at Oakland's Fox Theater.

KQED Member Day at the de Young Museum

December 12 @ 9:30 am - 5:15 pm
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Every week on Friday and Saturday until December 13, 2014

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets

December 13 - December 21

Johnny Marr

December 14 - December 15
Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has enjoyed hard-fought reappraisal as the most indispensable force in the band's sound; he plays two nights at the Independent.

James and the Giant Peach in San Ramon

December 20
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Every week on Saturday and Sunday until December 21, 2014
Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents James and the Giant Peach, a new family musical, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs.The San Ramon shows will be performed at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.

Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening at The Conservatory of Flowers

December 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants at the Conservatory of Flowers' new exhibition Aquascapes -- The Art of Underwater Gardening featuring lush underwater gardens designed to artfully highlight the diversity of freshwater tropical waterways.

James and the Giant Peach in San Francisco

December 27
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Every week on Saturday and Sunday until January 4, 2015
Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents James and the Giant Peach, a new family musical, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs. The San Francisco shows will be performed at Children’s Creativity Museum Theater.

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure in San Jose

January 2, 2015
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Every day until January 3, 2015

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure in Oakland

January 4, 2015
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