Campus Movie Fest – PREMIERE

The world's largest student film festival is coming to San José and will be premiering the top 16 filmmakers from San José State University. Free to SJSU Students, Faculty, and Staff with Tower Card.

NT Live: Hamlet – Screening

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a royal family tears itself apart.

Joshua Radin and The Weepies

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Joshua Radin and iconic indie duo The Weepies team up this fall in a tour presented by Sirius XM's The Coffee House with special guest, Lily Kershaw.

Shanghai Quartet

One of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Shanghai Quartet’s elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music, and cutting-edge contemporary works.

NT Live: Frankenstein – Screening

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. NOTE: This is not a live performance; it is a high-definition film of the stage production captured live onstage in London.

Actors from the London Stage – Twelfth Night

Mistaken identities, disguises, and love triangles: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night sees the great playwright blending his comic and dramatic devices with masterful dexterity. This deliriously enjoyable romantic comedy is presented by one of the oldest touring Shakespeare theatre companies in the world, Actors From The London Stage.

Black Cab Jazz — Kendrick Scott Oracle

Drummer and composer Kendrick Scott kicked off his Blue Note contract four years ago with We Are The Drum, earning rave reviews and reiterating how Oracle, Scott’s long-running working group, is one of the most thoughtfully powerful jazz bands of its generation. 


Experience the Exceptional...Expect the Unexpected! Transporting audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery, MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen, and television.

Borderlands — A Conversation with Sonia Nazario

Join us for an interactive talk with Sonia Nazario, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. Her stories and articles have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, imimigration.

Kaleidoscope! 2019

Join us for Kaleidoscope! an annual live show presented by the talented performers of SJSU's School of Music and Dance!

NT Live: Fleabag — Screening

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. NOTE: This is not a live performance; it is a high-definition film of the stage production captured live onstage in London. 

Steinway Society – Anna Dmytrenko

Playing works by Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, the Steinway Society is proud to present prize-winning Ukrainian-American pianist Anna Dmytrenko.

Black Cab Jazz — Quiana Lynell

In 2017, Quiana Lynell made her salient mark on the jazz-and-beyond musical world as a wise, heartfelt, warm vocalist whose voice is singular in its soul, intensity, and outright spiritual courage.

Dreamer Project: an undocuplay — Borderlands

Undocumented students share their story in the Dreamer Project, a verbatim theatre piece created from interviews with SJSU students. Follow these young people on their continuing journeys from Mexico and Central America and learn about the issues surrounding those who seek to find a home in the U.S..

A Merry-Achi Christmas – Mariachi Sol de Mexico

How is Christmas celebrated in the Southwest? With traditional carols playedby a mariachi of course! And this November, Mariachi Sol de Mexico®, with the blazing sounds of its 13-piece ensemble, brings to life a festive, joyous holiday celebration.

Bang-Bang You’re Dead!

The Department of Film and Theatre's School Touring Ensemble Program (STEP) presents its theatrical production of Bang Bang You're Dead! written by William Mastrosimone and directed by Buddy Butler, to help enable and empower students to put an end to the escalating trend of violence and bullying in schools today.

Cool Yule 2019

The SJSU Jazz Orchestra mixes a mainstream jazz repertoire with holiday classics in Cool Yule. Celebrate the start of the season with this concert of contemporary jazz for large ensemble.

Son Luna y Jóvenes Zapateadores

Merging different rhythms and dance styles, Mexican musical ensemble, Son Luna, provides the traditional music of Veracruz, Mexico while dance troupe, Jóvenes Zapateadores showcase the evolution of Son Jarocho roots with different rhythms and dance styles.

Storm Large – Holiday Ordeal: Come One, Come All

Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. For the 2018-19 season, Storm performs her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough, a “ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force.” (Chelsea Cain)

Storm Large – Holiday Ordeal: Late Late Show

Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome. For the 2018-19 season, Storm performs her one-woman autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough, a “ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force.” (Chelsea Cain)

The San Jose Nutcracker

Our story begins at a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz, and their family in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Meet fascinating Uncle Nikola and his electric gifts, including electric lighting for the home, an arc lamp, and a large electric coil that rivals the power of lightning itself.

My Very First Nutcracker 2019

My Very First Nutcracker is a special one-hour classical ballet presentation of The San Jose Nutcracker suitable for our youngest audiences, including children and toddlers of all ages. My Very First Nutcracker features the first act of The San Jose Nutcracker, including a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz, and their

Starting Arts presents Mary Poppins

"Anything can happen if you let it." Follow Mary Poppins in this Broadway Musical performed by the talented 9th-12th grade students from Starting Arts' Dream Team program.

Ballet Folclórico Nacional de Mexico de Silvia Lozano

The Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México (BFNM) is an institution tasked with the dissemination, preservation, and promotion of the Culture of México, both at home and abroad. As of 2020, the BFNM will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its artistic career, continuing the legacy of México’s leading researchers and practitioners of folklore, dance, music, and costumes.

Shannon Wild: Pursuit of the Black Panther

Shannon Wild has been charged by an elephant, bitten by snakes and lizards, and pinned by a cheetah, but her most difficult assignment may be filming a rare and elusive black panther in southern India.

NT Live: All My Sons — Screening

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama, All My Sons. NOTE: This is not a live performance; it is a high-definition film of the stage production captured live at The Old Vic.

Cirque Flip Fabrique Blizzard

FLIP Fabrique takes you on a crazy, poetic, and gentle journey in the dead of winter, and invites you to lose yourself in a moment of complete wonder. With performers at the peak of their art and outstanding visual poetry, Blizzard promises to blow away everything in its path.

Tommy Orange (CLA)

The Center for Literary Arts is pleased to present Tommy Orange, author of There There, at the Hammer Theatre. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview with Professor Nick Taylor, audience Q&A, book sale, and signing.

SJSU Dance Residency: Gallim Dance

Brooklyn-based company Gallim celebrates elemental connections through exploration of the human experience. Under the direction Andrea Miller, Gallim’s international success spans the world of performing arts and cultural festivals.

Steinway Society – Daria Rabotkina

A winner of several top competitions, the Steinway Society presents renowned Russian-American artist Daria Rabotkina. Rabotkina’s program includes pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Griffes, and Aurandt.

Kakani Katija: Designed by Nature

Bioengineer and research diver Kakani Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean—one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—and shares how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design.

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream — Screening

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy, captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). NOTE: This is not a live performance; it is a high-definition film of the stage production captured live onstage in London. 

Georgia on My Mind: The Music of Ray Charles

Tonight we celebrate Ray Charles, a Georgia native son and American treasure who won every major honor from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Black Cab Jazz — Matt Wilson Quintet

Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz like Matt Wilson. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing, and an indomitable spirit of surprise.

Catalyst Quartet w/ Imani Winds (Borderlands)

Two leading chamber ensembles join forces for a program that combines their high-energy virtuosity and brilliant programming. The concert features a new work composed by Catalyst Quartet violinist, Jessie Montgomery, that was inspired by her great-grandfather’s experience during the Great Migration in the United States.

SJZ: WinterFest: Sheléa w/ SJSU Jazz Orchestra

Sheléa’s sultry sound is an exciting oasis in an age of auto-tune; blending traditional pop, jazz, R&B, and soul, she brings a contemporary edge to classics and a classic touch to contemporary pop standards.

Black Cab Jazz – Melissa Aldana

Award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana joins Black Cab Jazz to bring her experiences and influences from Santiago, Chile, and the US East Coast to San José.


For nearly five decades, MUMMENSCHANZ has been the epitome of contemporary mask theater worldwide, crossing language barriers and cultures. Without spoken word, purely visually, and completely without music and set design, only with masks and bodies against a black background, the artists appear.


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)