The SF Must List: What to Do in San Francisco March 2017

Are you bored in San Francisco? You shouldn’t be! The City is booked with a variety of entertainment options that are affordably not “Hamilton”.

Bid adieu to your ennui with our round-up of San Francisco’s entertainment menu for the remainder of March:

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Alfred Hitchcock’s romanticization of San Francisco in Vertigo. Photo:


A 4K restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterwork shot in San Francisco. This will likely be an epic film experience for Hitchcock savants and newbies alike.
Vertigo | Castro Theatre | March 24th–26th. Check site for showtimes | $9 – $12

Beloved classic by Hayao Miyazaki of Spirited Away, a young boy and a girl with a magic crystal search for a floating castle. Part of Clay’s Midnight Movies program.
Castle in the Sky | Clay Theater | March 31st & April 1st: 11:55PM | $10

The new restoration of the cult classic starring a troubled teenage Jake Gyllenhaal and his imaginary friend. Writer and director Richard Kelly will be in attendance for Q&A after the April 2 and April 3 evening screenings.
Donnie Darko | Roxie Theater | March 31st through April 4th. Check site for showtimes. | $12

A fashionable ghost story starring Kristen Stewart (if the name doesn’t ring a bell, ask someone).
Personal Shopper | Kabuki and Landmark Embarcadero Theaters | All week | $12  

Ariana Grande, the Dangerous Woman tour. Photo: Creative Commons.
Ariana Grande, the Dangerous Woman tour. Photo: Lindsaydaniella, Flickr, Creative Commons.


The Vegas-bred American rock band brings their Death of a Bachelor tour to Oakland.
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor Tour | Oracle Arena | March 25th: 7PM

I love Ariana Grande so much, I want to order an Ariana Venti. The pop princess returns to the Bay with her Dangerous Woman tour.
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Tour |  SAP Center at San Jose | March 27th: 7:30PM

Since everyone’s obsessed. With a full orchestra and choir, Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi leads a high-tech, musical and visual journey through the Seven Kingdoms.
Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience | SAP Center at San Jose | March 29th: 8PM

With seven Grammys for recordings of Mahler’s symphonies, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler with the San Francisco Symphony.
MTT Conducts Mahler | Davies Symphony Hall | March 30th–April 2nd | 8PM & 2PM

Still from La La Land, the inspiration for the BATS Improv show La La Means I Love You. Photo:
Still from La La Land, the inspiration for the BATS Improv show La La Means I Love You. Photo:


Last show! Inspired by La La Land, BATS Improv moves “freely” through time as the audience meets two possibly-romantically-inclined characters.
La La Means I Love You by Bats Improv | Bayfront Theatre | March 25th: 10PM | $17

Every other week at Stagewerx. “Two people enter. Two people do improv. No one dies.” On principle, things might get a little… uncertain.
Uncertainty Principle by Endgames Improv |  Stagewerx Theatre | March 27th: 10:30PM | $5

An array of favorite local professional comedians do comedy.
Comedy All Stars | Punchline | March 28th: 8PM | $18

A live comedy battle that wrestles with social issues and pseudointellectualism. Topical!
Attractive Camp | Doc’s Lab | March 29th: 8PM | $6 – $15

Silence of the Lambs screen-grab: the original source material for its parody, Silence! the Musical. Photo:
Silence of the Lambs screen-grab: the original source material for its parody, Silence! the Musical. Photo:


Opening this week, this comedic play-within-a-play takes a peek into the backstage life of a second-rate theatrical troupe.
Noises Off | San Francisco Playhouse | runs through May 13th

A Tony-winning musical about a woman with a secret past attempting to restart her life by returning home. Previews begin March 29.
New Girl in Town | the Eureka Theatre | March 29th–April 16th

A.C.T.’s theatrical look into the art-driven journeys of Jazz legend Miles Davis and French filmmaker Jean Cocteau. The first preview is on March 30.
Opium and Needles | A.C.T.’s Geary Theatre | March 30th–April 23rd

An “unauthorized” musical parody of Silence of the Lambs. If it doesn’t ring a bell, ask someone.
Silence! The Musical | the Victoria Theatre | runs through April 1st

San Francisco Ballet's Swan Lake. Photo:
San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake. Photo:


Featuring short dance films from around the world, this festival “prioritizes films that stretch into new territory, challenge dominant narratives, and most importantly–embrace brevity.”
Tiny Dance Film Festival | Roxie Theater | March 25th & 26th: check site for showtimes

SF Ballet’s reprise of Swan Lake. Select shows offer a free chance to meet the artist.
San Francisco Ballet presents Swan Lake | War Memorial Opera House | March 31st–April 15th

A collaboration with Sara Shelton Mann and Mixed Bag Productions, ODC Theatre and LEVYdance co-present a production that invites you to “see between the lines.”
The Invitation: Lies and Other Truths | ODC Theatre | March 31st–April 1st

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Klay Thompson reppin’ the Golden State. Photo:


The Warriors have three home games at Oracle Arena during the rest of March. Re: basketball.
 Sacramento Kings: March 24th. Memphis Grizzlies: March 26th.  Houston Rockets: March 31st.

San Jose Sharks play ice hockey against NY Rangers. West Coast best coast! East the least.
Sharks versus Rangers | SAP Center at San Jose | March 28th: 7:30PM

The Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants share fields for Spring training. Re: baseball.
March 30th & 31st at ATT Park | April 1st at Oakland Coliseum

Sonita, playing at the USF Human Rights Film Festival. Photo:
Sonita, playing at the USF Human Rights Film Festival. Photo:

Free & Open to the Public

Cine Acción presents a selection of films that address local and international human rights issues. The festival opens with shorts produced by University of San Francisco students.
15th Annual USF Human Rights Film Festival | Presentation Theatre | March 23rd–25th | FREE

Et voila: entertainment in San Francisco is possible without “Hamilton” tickets. However, if you do have tickets to Hamilton, please contact us. Thank you.

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