5 Bay Area Arts & Entertainment Events To Check Out This Week, September 6-12
The guide to chronicling notable arts and entertainment events in the Bay Area.
SF Shakes’ roving “Pericles” goes online to in person
As the main character in “Pericles, Prince of Tire” from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Ron Chapman brings a childlike seriousness, humility and openness of a true interpreter to the events unfolding around him.
For the show’s first three episodes, he and the rest of the hard-working SF Shakes cast performed online, using Open Broadcaster Software, which grabbed the separate video streams of the actors performing from their homes and placed them in front of the show. the same background. SF Shakes pioneered the technology last year, with its production of “King Lear.”
Now, for the play’s concluding episode, SF Shakes returns to its modus operandi: performing for free in outdoor public parks. Newcomers can catch up with the first three episodes, which still air on demand. Pericles and his family have already been through a lot: one bride to be won with a riddle, another with a tournament; famine; multiple storms; false deaths; pirates; and many, many sea trips.
“Pericles, Prince of Tire”: 4:00 pm Sunday to Monday September 5 and 6. Until September 12 at Grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City; September 18-26 at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, 51 John F. Shelley Drive, SF; October 2-10 at the Cupertino Memorial Park Amphitheater, 21163 Anton Way, Cupertino. To free. 415-558-0888. www.sfshakes.org
– Lily Janiak
Second chance to see the incisive motherhood perform “Cry It Out”, thanks to the Cinnabar Theater
Motherhood, in “Cry It Out”, is the signal length of a baby monitor. These are wardrobe malfunctions induced by breastfeeding. It’s the loneliness and seclusion, along with the unlikely but nonetheless deeply meaningful little rituals and friendships that new moms make to avoid the abyss.
It is also, the play emphasizes, a constant source of judgment and punishment, whatever choice you make, whatever socio-economic class you come from; but especially if you are at a disaster salary.
When Molly Smith Metzler’s incisive piece had its Bay Area Premiere via Just Theater in 2019, in association with Custom Made Theater, I felt bad for anyone who hadn’t had the chance to see it. Now you have another chance, thanks to the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma.
The show follows three new moms from different walks of life, each facing an incredibly difficult decision that society will punish her for no matter what she chooses. But Smith Metzler never pontificates, and she raises the grim realities of the characters with deep compassion, cathartic humor, and a strange ear for dialogue.
Molly Noble conducts.
“Cry It Out”: in person. 7:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday September 10 and 11; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday September 12. Until September 26. $ 25- $ 35. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. To the north, Petaluma. Face cover required, as well as proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Broadcast on demand from September 24 to 26. $ 25. 707-763-8920. cinnabartheater.org
– Lily Janiak
Scalia and RBG clash amicably on the opera stage
The friendship between former Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia was one of the lingering perplexities of recent American legal life. They may have been on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they obviously put those differences aside after hours to socialize around a shared love of opera.
Derrick Wang’s 2015 one-act opera plays on this seductive bond with a collection of lyrical allusions and witty jokes. The piece was slated for a Solo Opera production a year ago, but of course COVID had something to say about it.
Now the play finally takes the stage, with soprano Nikki Einfeld in RBG and Christopher Bengochea in Scalia. Alexander Katsman conducts a chamber orchestra.
“Scalia / Ginsburg”: 8 pm, Friday September 10; 2:00 p.m. on Sunday September 12. $ 25- $ 50. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469. www.soloopera.org
– Joshua Kosman
‘Illustrated Pianist’ Pays Musical Tribute to Bradbury’s Sci-Fi Mastery
n 1951, Ray Bradbury’s famous collection of stories “The Illustrated Man” dazzled audiences with an array of terse and inventive tales of interplanetary travel and futuristic life. To mark the 70th anniversary of its publication – and a year after the author’s centenary – pianist Nicole Brancato organized a musical analogue.
“The Illustrated Pianist” is a multimedia collection of piano works composed and performed by Brancato, Jed Distler, Tin Yi Chelsea Wong, Jerry Kuderna and more. A visual installation by Cory Todd rightly creates an odd setting.
“The illustrated pianist”: 8 pm on Saturday September 11. $ 25. Former First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco. 415-474-1608. www.oldfirstconcerts.org
– Joshua Kosman
Robert Pokorny explores pandemic containment in “Thinking, Staring & Smoking” at Johansson Projects
After a year of pandemic isolation, Los Angeles artist Robert Pokorny created the work on display in “Thinking, Staring & Smoking,” a solo exhibition with paintings and drawings at the Johansson Project. The unconventional abstract portraits (with hints of cubism) are meant to represent allegories of confinement: some subjects look thoughtful, others conflicted, and many male figures seem to channel frustration and fear through their expressions.
Seeing the show in person at times feels like a journey of loneliness and anxiety, two feelings many shared during periods of accommodation last year. Unexpectedly, the works also have a sense of humor: the way smoking is depicted is comical in some pieces, with subjects frantically sucking bangs, contorting their abstract faces even more as they inhale and exhale. clouds à la Magritte.
Pokorny’s choice of pale blue, pink and kelly green backgrounds also adds cheerfulness to the works. With a bit of distance now from some of the worst early days of the pandemic, it’s interesting to see what an artist like Pokorny brings in his translation of this collectively shared experience.
“Think, Look and Smoke”: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. On view until September 18. Johansson Projects. 2300 Telegraph Ave. Oakland. 510-444-9140. johanssonprojects.com
– Tony Bravo
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