Spend a chilly winter evening enjoying San Francisco’s always-hot theater and film scene. The 2017-18 season has lots of exciting options in store. ALADDIN Nov. 1 – Jan. 7 Experience the one-of-a-kind visual wonder of Aladdin at the SHN Orpheum Theater. Adapted from the Disney film of the same name, Aladdin offers a little something for everyone, with award-winning music and sparkling production design highlighting a story filled with daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. BRIGHT STAR Nov. 28 - Dec. 17 Celebrating the multi-generational idea of family, the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical Bright Star, featuring Carmen Cusack at The Curran is inspired by a true event and tells the sweeping tale of love and redemption against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Jan. 10 - Feb. 8 See the classic Harold Pinter drama The Birthday Party at the American Conservatory Theater’s historic Geary Theater. The unassuming setting is a birthday party in a ramshackle boardinghouse in a small, English seaside village, but the gathering is soon disrupted by the arrival of two sinister strangers. One of Pinter’s best-known works, The Birthday Party seethes with mystery, danger and unsettling comedy. VIETGONE Feb. 2 - April 22 The irreverent comedy Vietgone will be rolling into to the A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. Ride along on the freewheeling adventure of three young Vietnamese immigrants as they embark on a road trip across the disorienting and foreign landscape of ’70s America. Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club. THE BOOK OF MORMON Feb. 4 - March 6 Don’t miss your chance to catch the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Book of Mormon at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Follow the hilarious misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the "Good Word." The New York Times called this international smash "the best musical of this century.” FILM FESTIVALS Several world-class film fests are making their way to San Francisco this winter. Film noir buffs will revel in Noir City at the historic Castro Theatre from Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, focusing on films from 1941–1958. This year’s theme and schedule will be revealed at the Castro on Dec. 20. SF Indie Fest puts the spotlight on edgy and independent cinematic works playing at various venues from Feb. 1 – 15. Marvel at the wonders of the deep blue sea at the International Ocean Film Festival from March 8 – 11. The festival uses film as a medium to increase public awareness of the importance of marine ecosystems and ocean stewardship. As the longest running film festival in the nation, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) is an extraordinary celebration of cinema and major cultural event. Premieres, competitions, live performances, artist talks and more take place across the city in April. While normally a film showcase held in March, CAAMFest is shifting its festival to May. CAAMFest is the largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films in the U.S., presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.
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