(credit: Beach Blanket Babylon)
Take note if you haven’t already: Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. Plan ahead for tickets if you’re going to make it special with dinner and a show. Tommy Emmanuel’s upcoming February 14th performance was sold out before Christmas, and several San Francisco theaters are dark on Valentine’s weekend, so procrastinating won’t do at all. Get a date sorted out so you can hold hands at a sock hop, tap your toes to some jazz, giggle at a comedy club or delight at San Francisco’s longest running musical.
678 Green St.
San Francisco CA 94133
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
It’s been around for 40 years, and for good reason. Six million people cannot be wrong; “Beach Blanket Babylon” is the longest running musical revue in theater history. So, if your date is a San Francisco native, it’s a perfect choice. And if your date is a San Francisco newbie, it’s a perfect choice. The show is “a constant cascade of show stoppers,” says the San Francisco Chronicle. The Times of London chimes in, “It unlocks the golden feel-good factor.” Hold hands with your Valentine’s date while you follow Snow White in search of Prince Charming in this evergreen hit musical comedy.
Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Did you know that four-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Roseanne Barr actually came in sixth in the U.S. presidential general election in 2012? Come to the North Beach comedy club if you and your date want to have some good laughs on Valentine’s Day. Returning to her stand-up comedienne roots, TV’s funny lady star is in San Francisco for two nights, so catch her if you can with a fun-loving date.
Valentine’s Day Sock Hop
50 Moraga Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
One thing that’s different about this show is that the audience is in it. Another thing is that it’s free. Shake, rattle and roll with music by The Ely Brothers & The Doubletake Band, plus performances by The Jitterbugs throughout the evening. Strut your 50s stuff, or take up the dance tutorials from master dance coach/hostess Cynthia Glinka if you’ve got two left feet. Cocktails will be available for purchase from Arguello Restaurant. Reservations for complimentary admission is required.
1805 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 9 p.m.
The seven-piece soul band has a sound that channels Memphis. The group’s first album, “Half the City,” is out and St. Paul and the Broken Bones are on tour promoting it. Called “white hot” by the Boston Globe and “one of 2014’s most impressive DIY stories” by Hollywood Reporter, the Birmingham, Alabama group is getting a lot of attention for its “grit, elemental rhythm and tight-as-a-drumhead playing,” says Ticket Biscuit. The show has support from Sean Rowe, presented by Live Nation.
Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
SF JAZZ Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
As part of the series “Women With Voices,” master drummer / producer / vocalist / composer / arranger, Carrington brings together her Grammy-winning all-star jazz group that includes vocalists Lizz Wright and Nona Hendryx, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Tia Fuller and pianist Helen Sung. In a melding of jazz with modern R&B, “through weaving arrangements containing blues, jazz, fusion, Afro-Cuban and even world music approaches,” Carrington hits it out of the park according to the New York Post. Jazz lovers would love nothing better than this for Valentine’s Day.