Carlos Santana | The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light 7:30

Carlos Santana is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of all time. For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. A 10-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, in the realm of guitar legends, Santana stands alone. This evening, he tells his story, in conversation with Ben Fong-Torres. Presented by The Booksmith.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a concert! Tickets, $35 - $45, available online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006.



Rick Prelinger presents LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO, 9 Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 SOLD OUT

This year’s LOST LANDSCAPES (the 9th year in a row!) will bring together familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more. Blanketing the 20th-century city, from the Bay to Ocean Beach, this screening includes San Franciscans at work and play; peace rallies in Golden Gate Park; early hippies in the Haight; a walk on the incomplete Golden Gate Bridge; newly-discovered images of Playland and the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; 1930s color images of a busy Market Street; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more. As usual, you’ll be the star at the glorious Castro — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.




Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society. Join us for a night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths.

Time: 5:45 check-in and premium reception, 6:30 program, 7:30 book signing - See more at:



The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, return to San Francisco after a sold-out engagement in 2013, for a one-night-only performance of Oy Vey in a Manger on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, San Francisco). The holiday spectacular is part of a 10-city tour, with stops in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. The San Francisco engagement will serve as the send-off performance for Irwin Keller, one of the group’s founding members and the original Winnie. Tickets are $25, $40 and $55 and are available for purchase now at or by phone at 415-392-4400.

The performance will also mark the debut of the group’s new Winnie, San Francisco's Nathan Marken, and will mark the only time that both Winnies will appear in the same performance. “I can hardly wait to meet myself,” noted Winnie. “Me, too," agreed Winnie. ”I’ve always wanted to have a Winnie-twinnie."

The Kinsey Sicks formed in December of 1993 in San Francisco. Since then, they have written and performed scores of musicals, starred in their own Off-Broadway show at New York’s legendary Studio 54, an extended run in Las Vegas, toured internationally, recorded 8 albums and been the subject of 2 feature films. Their fan base is extensive and remarkably diverse – including people of all ages, genders and religions (and several political positions).

In "Oy Vey in a Manger", we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie, and Trampolina trying to sell off their manger - yes, that manger - before it's foreclosed upon. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues - all in glorious four-part harmony. This a cappella musical boasts The Kinsey Sicks' reinterpretations of holiday classics, such as "God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians," "Satan Baby", and "I'm Dreaming of a Betty White Christmas", plus hilarious Jewish satiric fare, including "Don't Be Happy, Worry", the Chanukah spa classic "I Had a Little Facial" and, of course, the requisite Yiddish production number, "Papirossen."

During his tenure of more than two decades with The Kinsey Sicks, Keller has also served part-time as a rabbi of a small congregation in Sonoma County. He looks forward to devoting more time to that calling. Keller has penned a blog post about his departure and what his time with The Kinsey Sicks has meant to him.

The New York Times praises their “voices sweet as birdsong” and Variety calls them “one act that should not be missed.” The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Their mangling of hit songs hits genius level.”

Read more about The Kinsey Sicks at






An Evening with BIANCA DEL RIO

Who said Christmas had to be nice? Hot off the heels of winning this year's Ru Paul's Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio puts the ho back in ho, ho, ho as Sasha Soprano presents AN EVENING WITH BIANCA DEL RIO / "Rolodex of Hate" (Chrismas Edition.) This night of rio-tous stand up comedy and festive fun features a full set by insult comic Bianca Del Rio . It will be femceed by legendary icon Peaches Christ, putting the Peaches back in Christmas with special appearence by Pippi Lovestocking. Donning gay apparel & opening for Bianca will be Sasha Soprano, who also serves as producer. This glittering evening of very naughty, barely nice humor occurs at the historic Castro Theatre ,429 Castro St (@Market) in San Francisco beginning at 8 pm. This event is produced in association with Marc Huestis presents.



MARGARET 7:00 - 10:00
San Francisco Institute of Possibility

A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster inspires new music and stories by: Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, Mts. & Tunnels and more.

Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. He was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry.

Last year when he introduced her to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned that not only was Margaret born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, buried in the enigmatic pyramid above the town.

Webley and Rinaldi assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret’s life and writings for a special concert in Everett this past April. As an encore to that sold-out show, they are bringing the concert back to the place where that scrapbook was found with this show at San Francisco's beautiful Castro Theatre.

Tickets available at:

Copyright © 2005-2014 The Castro Theatre. All Rights Reserved.