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:



NPR's Ask Me Another with Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton and guests Alex Borstein and Dan Savage 8:00, $35

A mash-up of “Jeopardy” meets “Saturday Night Live,” Ask Me Another is NPR’s rambunctious hour of puzzles, word games and trivia that blends your local pub’s trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton challenge in-studio contestants and listeners alike with games that stretch their noggins and tickle their funny bones. And each episode celebrity guests take a turn in the contestant's chair, facing games written especially for them. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes, and the grand prize is a good time.

For Tickets and Information, go to



"But I'm A Cheerleader:" The Peaches Christ Experience with Natasha Lyonne 7:30, $25

SF Sketchfest and the magnificent Peaches Christ herself invite you to celebrate this iconic romantic satire the way it was meant to be seen: at the Castro Theatre, surrounded by fabulous drag queens! Directed by Jamie Babbit (“Gilmore Girls,” “Drop Dead Diva”), “But I’m a Cheerleader” is the 1999 story of a young woman sent to conversation therapy camp for gay kids. As former cheerleader Megan comes to understand her own complex sexuality, the film challenges oppressive authority in a silly, bracing, and ultimately hilarious way. In attendance will be the film's star, Natasha Lyonne, who can currently be seen on "Orange is the New Black," and who also starred in "All About Evil," which just so happens to be a horror comedy written and directed by Peaches Christ.

For Tickets and Information, go to



SF Sketchfest Tribute to Penn & Teller 8:00, $30

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to magic and comedy icons Penn & Teller, whose prolific partnership has yielded live shows, films, television series, books and countless awards. Their 14-year run at The Rio in Las Vegas makes them one of the longest running and most beloved shows in Las Vegas history, while their acclaimed Showtime series “Penn & Teller: BS!” was nominated for 13 Emmys and was the longest series in the history of the network. Throughout almost 40 years performing together, Penn & Teller have had sold out runs on Broadway, multiple world tours, written three New York Times bestsellers, and have created or appeared on countless television networks, including Emmy-winning specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central. They also produced two critically lauded documentaries, the comedian-studded “The Aristocrats” and most recently the spectacular “Tim’s Vermeer.” SF Sketchfest welcomes the brilliant magicians back to San Francisco where, in the 70’s and 80’s, they had a successful run at the erstwhile Phoenix theatre. Don’t miss this rare event with Penn & Teller in an evening of candid discussion, audience Q&A, video clips and a couple of Penn & Teller’s classic magic tricks performed live!

For Tickets and Information, go to



RiffTrax Night of the Shorts 5: A Good Day to Riff Hard with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett and guests Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and Cole Stratton 8:00, $30

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and return to SF Sketchfest for a fifth edition of RiffTrax Shorts -- the guys and their guests will take on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional shorts of yesteryear, and riff them into submission.

For Tickets and Information, go to



SF Sketchfest Tribute: "Weird Al" Yankovic Moderated by Chris Hardwick with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Hard 'n Phirm and Jonah Ray 7:00, $30

SF Sketchfest is delighted to present a night of music, comedy and conversation with our SF Sketchfest Tribute to the inimitable "Weird Al" Yankovic. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, this evening will include clips, musical tributes by Hard 'n Phirm, Garfunkel and Oates and more, and a conversation and audience Q&A.

For Tickets and Information, go to



"Misery Loves Comedy" screening and conversation/Q&A with Kevin Pollak, Janeane Garafalo and more 1:00, $15

Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry Hey Look At Me, but who chooses that as a profession? Over fifty funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Jason Reitman, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, and more share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter.

Benson Movie Interruption: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 with Doug Benson and surprise guests 4:20, $35 for the double feature, $20 for single feature

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater, mics in hand, and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads while the sparkling immortal granddaddy of all tween fantasy franchises smolders through its final chapters: “Twilight- Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2.”

For Tickets and Information, go to



Benson Movie Interruption: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 with Doug Benson and surprise guests 4:20, $20

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater, mics in hand, and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads while the sparkling immortal granddaddy of all tween fantasy franchises smolders through its final chapters: “Twilight - Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2.”

"The Princess Bride" Quote-Along Party Screening with very special guest Cary Elwes 7:30, $27.50

A Quote-Along screening of “The Princess Bride” with Cary Elwes live in person? Inconceivable! But true! Lace up your boots, draw your swords, and call out your favorite lines as the film plays on the big screen at the beautiful Castro Theatre. And since everyone will receive a collection of props to bring the action to life, you’ll be able to wave your inflatable sword in the air when you cry out “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” After the movie, join the Action Pack’s Henri Mazza in an extended conversation and open floor discussion with the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. Prepare for a miracle, because this is true love. You think this happens every day?

For Tickets and Information, go to



Marc Huestis presents
in Celebration of 20 Years at the Castro

with LEONARD WHITING "Romeo" Live In-Person!

"Romeo, oh Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" - right here in San Francisco at ye olde Castro Theatre!

And we're having a ball to celeb-rate as Marc Huestis presents ROMEO & JULIET with Leonard Whiting ("Romeo') Live In-Person! This kick off to the 20th Anniversary of "Marc Huestis presents" at the Castro will have a masked ball theme overflowing with romance for Valentine's Day. It is also a rare public appearance by "Romeo & Juliet" star Leonard Whiting, who caused a sensation when he starred in Zeffirelli's all time 1968 classic- nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture and winning 2 (Cinematography & Costume Design).

Romeo (Leonard Whiting) will jet in from London & have his moment to shine in a q&a about the making of this classic film. Also featured will be tribute performances, rare film clips a Romeo & Juliet look-a-like and Best Mask contest. Costumes are encouraged. Look for surprise celebrity guests, and an autograph signing with Whiting (VIP tix holders at 6:30. General Signing after the Event).

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL til Jan. 15, 2015.
Available at
Or call 415 863-0611 ask for the ROMEO discount!

$25 General Orch Side (reg $30)
$37.50-VIP orch center-reserved row gala + preshow signing w/Whiting (reg $45)

Huestis originally presented ROMEO & JULIET with Olivia Hussey Live in 2008 and it was a HUGE hit, selling out the 1400 seat Castro Theatre one week prior to the engagement. Here is an excerpt of that show on Youtube and it has over half a million hits.

Event sponsors include Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Galleria Park Hotel, Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Twin Peaks Tavern.

So " borrow Cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound."

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