Friday, November 3, 2017

Bay Area Performing Arts 2017 Fall and Winter Events


Where: PianoFight, San Francisco
When: 11/3-11/18/17 Friday & Saturday
Ticket Price: $15 - $40

Chardonnay falls into basic b*tchdom this November with their brand new sketch comedy show Totes Blessed! Afraid your love of mainstream trends is keeping you from living your #bestlife? Love pumpkin spice but hate the mental yeast infection? Looking for a safe space to unpack what being basic even means? Then this is the show for you.
Treat yourself (you deserve it!) to a celebrity life coach, learn how to tell your bestie that her baby will ruin your friendship, get your cardio in with some lady pirates, and dance like no one’s watching with Tilda Swinton.  Live Laugh Love <3 with Chardonnay at Totes Blessed! 


Where: 11/10/17
When: CounterPulse, San Francisco
Ticket Price: $20 - $100

Peacock Rebellion premieres You Really Should Sit Like A Lady (or how I got to femme).  What do martial arts, early 90’s R&B divas, crotchety elders and sailor moon have to do with gender? A whole damn lot! Join Lisa Evans for an exploration of the hilarious, perplexing and sometimes infuriating contradictions in the process of gender identity formation in their first ever full length show You Really Should Sit Like A Lady (or how I got to Femme).

Where: CounterPulse, San Francisco
When: 12/2 & 12/3/17
Ticket Price:  Free - $20

DanceHackSF is an annual San Francisco-based event that brings together performers and developers to inspire one another and experiment with emerging technologies, here in SF and around the World. This year will be the 4th annual DanceHackSF, the 2nd co-sponsored by Kinetech Arts and CounterPulse, in association with Raktor.  DanceHackSF is an opportunity to spark unconventional applications of new technological tools and innovative dance material to create an amazing live experiences. This year’s event is so big, it takes place over two days. Day 1 will be dedicated to hacking and experimentation, while Day 2 will feature performances based on the previous day’s discoveries.

Where: Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
When: 12/15 - 12/24/17
Ticket Price: starts at $40

What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, "as gleefully irreverent as it is visually poetic and musically sensitive" (Dance Magazine), returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years with all that and more. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice!


Where:  Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin
When:  11/7/17
Ticket Price:  Free with RSVP

Check out Headlands Center for the Arts’ new artist-deigned outdoor space, The Commons, while also enjoying a night of live music, storytelling, and cinema. The content will feature short films made and selected by current and past Artists in Residence. Wear warm layers, bring some blankets, and pack a snack. They’ll also have hot chili and cornbread prepared by Headlands’ chef Damon Little for purchase. In the event of rain, the event will relocate the screening indoors.

Where:  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film, Berkeley
When: 12/15, 12/23 & 12/27/17
Ticket Price: $12

Sit back and enjoy this new digital restoration of an American Noir film classic that features an Academy Award winning performance (Best Actress) by Joan Crawford. After her husband leaves her for his bridge partner, Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford) devotes her energies and talents to providing for her elder daughter, Veda, who suffers from perpetual dissatisfaction and disdains her mother penchant for work. In a disquieting mixture of the dark, unsettling world of film noir and the open, daylit world of melodrama, Mildred’s loving too much is inseparable from her working too much in a classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t.


Where:  Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco
When: 12/1 – 12/3/17
Ticket Price: $25 - $75

Academy Award-winning English composer Rachel Portman’s magical opera comes to the Opera Parallèle stage in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Cowell Theater. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story of a charming boy who falls from space into the Sahara desert takes on even more universal appeal and a feminist touch with the principal characters played by women and girls. The original production brims with digital magic, animated illustrations, and a cast of fantastical characters including the Prince and the Pilot, stars and birds, the King, a Businessman, the Rose and others.

Where:  Paramount Theatre, Oakland
When: 12/2/17
Ticket Price: $15 - $45

Join the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in their 32nd annual Holiday Concert with host, LeVar Burton.  “We send love, we send joy, we send peace.”

Where: San Francisco Symphony
When: 12/18/17
Ticket Price: $30 - $60

Ring in the holidays with a San Francisco tradition like no other – SFGC's annual holiday concert at Davies Symphony Hall.  This year’s concert - Greetings from All Seasons - is inspired by the diverse range of holiday traditions celebrated by SFGC’s choristers. Through the collection of stories from choristers about their respective holiday experiences, a unique program was formed to tell a special ‘SFGC Holiday Tale’ that ranges from Beltane to Luminaria to Hannukah to Victory Day to Holi to Nawrouz to Christmas, from Mexico to Haiti to Syria to Ireland to Armenia to China.

Where: San Francisco Symphony
When: 12/21 – 12/24/17
Ticket Price: $30 - 80

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and the whole Peanuts gang return to Davies Symphony Hall to bring this television classic to life. With live actors, an animated backdrop, and Vince Guaraldi’s timeless music performed live by the San Francisco Symphony, this is A Charlie Brown Christmas—LIVE! experience you won’t want to miss.  Come early and enjoy a family-friendly reception. The lobbies will be filled with festive decorations and activities, including gigantic Christmas trees and special Peanuts décor.

Where:  Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Oakland
When: 1/27/18
Ticket Price:  Free

Zawaya will present its inter-community collaboration A Musical Refuge: Salute to Dreamer, Immigrant, & Refugee Resistance at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. This free concert will feature collaborative performances by the Aswat Ensemble, Vukani Mawethu, La Peña Community Chorus, San Jose Taiko, and other special guests to perform Turkish and Persian music.


Where: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
When: 12/8/17
Ticket Price: $35 - $55

Join the Friends of Larkin Street (FOLS) for our 7th Annual Holiday Ice Skating Party on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm @ Justin Herman Plaza (right on the Embarcadero!)
We’ll have snacks, holiday games, and skate rentals ready to go so you can join us on the ice rink! Beer will be provided, but if beer’s not your thing, we’ll also have wine and featured cocktails on hand for you to purchase.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Larkin Street Youth Services programs for homeless and at-risk youth. For additional ways to give, on-site we will have mobile giving and a holiday gift drive for personal care items (shampoo/conditioner, lotion, soap, deodorant etc).

Where: 12/4/17
When: Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, Berkeley
Ticket Price:  Free

Ashkenaz’s Holiday Bazaar reflects our community center’s global perspective, exhibiting arts and crafts that are handmade, sustainable, recycled, related to music and dance themes, or representing cultures and traditions from around the world. Items to be offered include pottery, jewelry, handmade and ethnic clothing, leather crafts, African masks and baskets, books, photography, and more. Most are priced at $25 or less. Admission is free! The event also features live acoustic music, beer & wine, hot & cold beverages, and organic vegetarian food from our café. This year, we will also feature workshops in maraca-making, self-healing with acupressure, art, and drumming. 
Support local artisans this holiday season, and your home for world music and dance!


Where: City Lights, San Jose
When: 11/16 – 12/17/17
Ticket Price: $19 – $40

In this new holiday work, revisit your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice as they come together for Christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. It’s a continuation of Jane Austen’s beloved tale with the focus on Mary Bennet, still feeling like the odd sister out as she spends the holidays with her witty, pretty and newly married sisters. Then Mary unexpectedly finds she has a chance to write her own story. Miss Bennet is a perfect holiday show for family and friends, and it’s not one of the same holiday shows.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bay Area Performing Arts 2017 Summer Events


Where: ODC Theater, San Francisco
When:  June 2-10

Now in its sixth year, the Walking Distance Dance Festival features premieres by Bay Area artists.  This year, they feature performances by The Foundry, FACT/SF, Fauxnique, and tinypistol over the course of two weeks. A great primer for the renowned Bay Area dance community hailed for its innovation and talented core of choreographers, dancers, and production artists. ODC Theater is intimate, comfortable and does not have a bad seat in the house. A great way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening in the Mission District. Go on a date with friends or a sweetheart, grab some dinner and drinks, and enjoy some cutting-edge performances!

Where: Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa
When: June 18, 5-7pm

Join the MJDC for a special performance designed specifically for the sculptures within an exhibition of sculpture “Geometric Expressions: Ten Years of Voigt Family Sculpture” at Paradise Ridge Winery. Check the MJDC website for the latest information. Wine and hos d’ oeuvres will be served and tickets are guaranteed to sell out.


Where: San Francisco International Arts Festival, Cowell Theater
When:  June 2-3

A work for shadow theater, dance, voice, and Balinese gamelan that paints a story of a mythic tyrant whose arrogance poisons the rivers of knowledge, arts, and culture, casting the world into chaos. Saraswati, the goddess of arts, language, and learning fights a magnificent battle to restore balance. Balinese artists Dewa Berata and Emiko Saraswati Susilo work together with Larry Reed to lead 35 performers in a collaboration that is culturally specific yet globally resonant—a work that seeks a path to heal the wounds of a fractured humanity.

Where:  Custom Made Theatre, San Francisco
When:  July 14-23

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival has been going strong for more than 40 years! The festival is one of the few opportunities that the general public is able to get an early glimpse of the original voices and new works that the Playwrights Foundation is incubating. Over two weekends you are able to see six outstanding new plays and, if you are lucky, witness a legacy in the making.

Where:  Various locations in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco
When:  July 1-October 1

To mark its 35th year as the Bay Area’s beloved provider of free and inviting Shakespeare performances and education programs, SF Shakes will present Hamlet for the first time at Free Shakespeare in the Park. The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. “To be or not to be…” dear colleagues? There is no excuse not to given the 32 performances throughout the Bay Area are free, family, and dog-friendly.

Where:  Various locations in Oakland and San Francisco
When: June 15-25

Frameline Film Festival is first and oldest film festival devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer programming. Films are well curated and screened at theaters in San Francisco and Oakland. Two standouts in the 2017 line-up include “I Dream in Another Language” about a 50-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language (in Spanish with English subtitles and winner of the Audience Award at Sundance). The other is “After Louie” about a survivor from the early years of HIV/AIDS, played by the always beguiling Alan Cumming (pictured).

Where:  Brava Theatre, San Francisco
When:  June 9-11

At their 13th annual San Francisco International Queen Women of Color Film Festival, they screen films created through their programs, in addition to films by independent filmmakers from around the world.  It is unlike any other film screening you’ve been to.  A theater full of friends and family who are gathering to not only watch a film together, but to experience something new, to think differently, build community, and to participate in deep, lasting social change.


Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco
Every Sunday at 2pm, June 25-August 7th

This concert series is presented at an outdoor venue located in a magnificent grove of trees. It has a classically Northern California ambiance. This year’s diverse lineup includes Mavis Staples, Fantastic Negrito, Los Angeles Azules, Amadou & Mariam, WAR, and Brazilian Girls. Bring a blanket, picnic on the grass and enjoy some great music. Perfect summertime fun!

Where:  SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab
When: July 22 at 7pm and 8:30pm

Mariachi Flor de Toloache is a risk taking, genre-bending, all-women mariachi group, the first and only of its kind from New York City. With multiple influences and mariachi swagger, the music is a fresh take on traditional Mexican music. SF Jazz is a Bay Area arts and culture cornerstone with a year-round diverse lineup of world-class performers from around the globe. Not a mariachi fan? Check out SF Jazz’s website and we’re sure you’ll find something to spark your interest. The theater is medium sized, comfortable and there is not a bad seat in the house. Lots of good restaurants to choose from in the vicinity.

Where: Oakland Museum of California
When: Every Friday night, 5-10pm

Enjoy spring and summer with Friday Nights @ OMCA, an evening of local music, food, art, and culture! Friday Nights @ OMCA is open an extra hour later this spring and summer and expands onto Oak Street, adding five more food trucks to help quench your thirst for delicious local cuisine. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Get a taste of the hottest in Bay Area culture and food at Friday Nights @ OMCA!

Where:  Mountain View Center for Performing Arts
When:  June 7– July 9

Following his triumph as Irving Berlin, the brilliant Hershey Felder now brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese Doctor who as a boy spent Beethoven’s last years by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works, from the “Moonlight Sonata” to the “9th Symphony” and the “Emperor Concerto,” this intense, illuminating, and unforgettable journey through time will immerse you.

Where:  St Cyprian’s Church, San Francisco
When:  June 24 from 8-10pm

Notes Against the Ban features the music of the seven Muslim countries banned from traveling to the United States in January 27th’s Executive Order #13769.  The songs may be religious, secular or folk, but in every case will showcase the most-loved, most typical music from each country -- the music that makes people think of home. Performed by internationally renowned and local musicians, the concert will express the complexity and many cultural layers of the seven countries  Libya, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan-- with music acting as an ambassador from these countries to our own.

Where: Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose
When:  August 11-13

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017 returns for its 28th festival season from Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13 in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park in downtown San Jose. A showcase for jazz, blues, funk, R&B, salsa and related genres, SJZ Summer Fest is also nationally recognized as one of the biggest Latin festivals in the country. A standout summer destination for music lovers, concert-goers and families alike, the three-day event features 120+ performances on 10 stages, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to downtown throughout the weekend.

Where:  AT&T Park
When: June 30 at 7:30pm

The San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark.  This free performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.  Join 30,000 fellow attendees for an unforgettable evening of opera – and garlic fries – under the stars!