6 Bay Area arts and entertainment events to check out this week, October 4-10
The guide to chronicling notable arts and entertainment events in the Bay Area.
Catalyst Quartet launches four-concert series to defend little-known composers
The redoubled energy with which classical artists are finally working to expand the repertoire of the stage has been a heartwarming thing to see. After decades of seemingly endless neglect, there has been a detectable effort to bring the music of female and non-white composers into the limelight.
The Catalyst Quartet’s “Uncovered” series – four concerts presented during the season by San Francisco Performances – promises a focused exploration of this repertoire, each event in partnership with a different collaborator.
Pianist Stewart Goodyear participates in the inauguration of the series with a chamber music program by black composers George Walker and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Catalyst Quartet: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 7. $ 45 to $ 65. Herbst Theater, 401 avenue Van Ness, SF 415-392-2545. www.sfperformances.org
– Joshua Kosman
Famous New York Burlesque Show ‘Blunderland’ Arrives at Great Star Theater
Eric Schmalenberger’s “Blunderland” is known for its outrageous mix of burlesque, circus, cabaret, and performance art, all wrapped up in an aesthetic taken from New York’s queer nightlife scene. Think of the point of view as “1990’s club kids taking over an abandoned carnival show on mescaline” and then multiply it by ten.
The variety show now makes its West Coast debut at the Great Star Theater, hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, with a mix of local and foreign talent including stripper Dirty Martini, naked body poet Jett Adore, superstar international cabaret Lady Rizo, San Francisco’s “wild woman” artist Snatch Adams, the surrealist Bay Area clown troupe Fou Fou Ha and multi-talented Alotta Boutte from San Francisco.
In a time when circus arts and live variety shows make a post-pandemic comeback, “Blunderland” offers one of the riskiest options; inspired by both classic American burlesque and the art of positive sexual performance. Audiences are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the show and “be their own icon”.
“Blunderland”: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 7; 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday, October 8 to 10. $ 25 to $ 650. Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson. 415-735-4159. Proof of vaccination and the use of face coverings are required to attend. Masks should be worn at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. .greatstartheater.org
– Tony Bravo
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Brings Work in Progress to SF Venues, Healdsburg
Margaret Jenkins has been engaging in stimulating postmodern dance in San Francisco since 1973, and her creative contraptions don’t slow down during a pandemic.
The coldly precise and warm Margaret Jenkins Dance Company will present clips of her new work in progress, “Global Moves”, in San Francisco and Healdsburg in a series of free performances in October. On Saturday, October 9, the show will be presented in the newly renovated square of the Presidio Theater, where the complete work will premiere at a later date. The second, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, will take place in a former warehouse in Healdsburg, where a new outdoor sculpture by designer Nilus de Matran will anchor the prologue to the dance.
The Presidio performance offers time to talk with the dancers about the evolving work (which is created via a video collaboration with dancers in China and India), while the Healdsburg event is followed by an artists reception. .
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: 1 p.m. Saturday, October 9, at the Presidio Theater Performing Arts Center, Outer Square, 99 Moraga St., SF; 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at 444 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. To free. RSVP required. www.mjdc.org/performances
– Rachel Howard
‘The Faithful’ is a 20-year study of obsessive fandom
Fandom can sometimes turn into cult and obsession. This is the subject of Annie Berman’s documentary “The Faithful: The King, the Pope, the Princess”. Made over 20 years, it follows obsessive fans of Pope John Paul II, princess diana and Elvis Presley, focusing on the artifacts that different groups find and treasure.
We are centuries back from the days when churches collected relics, like the embalmed finger of a saint or a vial of a saint’s blood. Berman’s film shows that human nature didn’t quite stray from those ancient times. The urge behind these impulses – the desires to connect and transcend and avoid a sense of loneliness – is ever present.
Filmmaker Annie Berman is expected to appear and answer questions from audiences following the screening at the Roxie.
“The faithful: the king, the pope, the princess. »4:15 p.m. Saturday 9 October. $ 8-13. Roxie Theater. 3117 16th Street, SF www.roxie.com
– Mick LaSalle
‘Capote Tapes’: conversation with filmmaker Ebs Burnough and columnist Tony Bravo for Litquake
Truman Capote’s stories, like “A Christmas Memory” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, dazzled readers with their evocative language and sensitive portrayals of foreign characters. His 1965 book “In Cold Blood,” recounting the murder of a Kansas family, created a new genre of true detective writing while earning it international acclaim. But for all his talents, Capote suffered from a familiar cocktail of loneliness, regret and addiction that plagued him until his death in 1984 at the age of 59.
Ebs Burnough’s new documentary “The Capote Tapes” explores both the writer’s brilliance and his blackness, using hours of recorded interviews with Capote’s longtime friends, captured by the biographer George Plimpton, as a foundation. For devoted Capote fans, Burnough’s attention to the mysterious unfinished novel by writer “Answered Prayers”, a subject of fascination and speculation for decades, will be particularly rewarding.
The screening is presented by Litquake, SFFilm and The San Francisco Chronicle, and will conclude with a conversation between Burnough and Chronicle columnist Tony Bravo, a longtime Capote fan.
“Les bands de Capote”: presented by Litquake. Cinema screens at 5 pm; Conversation screens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 9. $ 11.25, registration required. Available to stream for up to 48 hours after the premiere. www.litquake.org
– Staff chronicle
Danish String Quartet creates commissioned work in response to Schubert
With the return of the performing arts, the Danish String Quartet is launching an ambitious – and frankly exciting – multi-year commissioning program. Entitled “Doppelgänger”, the program combines string works by Schubert with new pieces written in response to these familiar scores.
The first installment will have its US premiere in a recital presented by Cal Performances which combines Schubert’s string quartet in G major with a premiere by Danish composer Bent Sørensen. Coming in the coming seasons, pieces by Lotta Wennäkoski, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Thomas Adès.
Danish String Quartet: 3 p.m., Sunday, October 10. $ 58 to $ 92. Zellerbach Hall, University of Berkeley. 510-642-9988. www.calperformances.org
– Joshua Kosman
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