7 Bay Area arts and entertainment events to check out this week, September 27 through October. 3
The guide to chronicling notable arts and entertainment events in the Bay Area.
‘Man With a Movie Camera’ invites us to contemplate everyday life, 92 years ago
Directed by Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov, “The Man with the Camera” follows a day in the life of a city – in fact three cities, Odessa, Kiev and Moscow. Silent film from 1929, it has no story and no subtitles. Rather, it is a non-linear and exuberant expression of the new cinematic medium.
Bursting with life and innovation, the film has taken on even greater significance over time, in that it has become a fascinating document of what changes and what remains the same in human life. The way people smile is the same. Haircuts change, vehicles change, the details of urban life are changing, but the feeling of a big city remains the same.
For a screening at the Pacific Film Archive, the film will be accompanied on the piano by Judith Rosenberg, who knows the film well having previously accompanied it. The film evokes a sense of community and is perfect for a movie theater rather than a home viewing.
“The man with the camera”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 29. $ 8-14. Pacific Film Archives, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley. 510-642-0808. www.bampfa.org
– Mick LaSalle
Geopolitics and Basketball Collide in “The Great Leap” at San Jose Stadium
native of San Francisco Lauren Yee wrote “The Great Leap” based on a story about her father that sounds too crazy to be true. In 1981, Larry Yee and other talented local basketball players were selected to participate in an exhibition match in China. What they weren’t told: They would play against a 300-pound 7-footer.
“Even today, people still stop him on the streets and try to explain to me what a legend he was,” Yee writes of his father in a foreword to the script. “They tell me his nickname (Spider), his stance (center) and his signature move (the reverse jump). Then they’ll tell me about China.
In the show, now in a San Jose Stage Company production, Yee transposes the action to 1989, combining his father’s story with the Tiananmen Square protests. But it remains local: the American coach of the play is from the University of San Francisco.
“Le Grand Bond”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Thursday September 29-30; 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, October 1 and 2; 2:00 p.m. Sunday October 3. Until October 17. $ 32- $ 72. San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St., San Jose. 408-283-7142. www.thestage.org
– Lily Janiak
Mozart and Salieri chat in an online presentation of the Opera San José
Almost a century before “Amadeus” made their so-called rivalry a household name, Mozart and Salieri faced off on the opera stage. Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-act opera, based on a play by Pushkin, pits the two great composers against a chatty dinner flavored with a little poison.
“Mozart and Salieri” is an intimate and small-scale work, which could make it a perfect vehicle for a streaming production of the genre, presented by Opera San José. Shot in the company’s Heiman Digital Media Studio, the production features baritone Sidney Outlaw as Salieri and baritone Simon Barrad as Mozart. Donato Cabrera directs, staged by director Fenlon Lamb.
“Mozart and Salieri”: Opera San José. $ 40 to $ 65. Available to stream from 6 p.m. Thursday, September 30. 408-437-4450. www.operasj.org
– Joshua Kosman
Peaches Christ’s “The Immortal Reckoning” Brings The Ghosts Of The Old Mint To Life
Even when the San Francisco Mint isn’t haunted by Peaches Christ, the Greek Revival building of 1874 almost on its own tells ghost stories – those majestic Doric columns, those long hallways, those vaulted cellars with their ridiculously thick doors. , perfect for burial.
Now, however, the drag star and horror aficionado from San Francisco have returned home to roost, with an immersive new show presented by Into the Dark, which teams up with Christ with David Flower Productions and Non Plus. Ultra.
In “The Immortal Reckoning”, groups of no more than eight people embark with a guide on what appears to be a tour of a museum of necromancy and paranormal activity. But soon, the line between immortal and mortal blurs, and guests must find a way to escape ghosts, vampires and more.
To give you liquid courage beforehand or help you recover from a (controlled) flirtation with death afterwards, a pop-up bar, Fang Bang, serves Halloween-themed bites and drinks.
“The Immortal Reckoning”: slots start every 15 minutes from 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30; 6 p.m. Friday to Saturday, October 1 and 2. Until October 31. $ 50 to $ 70; Private VIP party rooms $ 500. San Francisco Mint, 88 Fifth St., SF www.terrorvault.com
– Lily Janiak
“Last Black Man in San Francisco” Highlights Bernal Heights Open-Air Cinema Series
“The last black man in San Francisco” come home.
Long before it became an acclaimed feature film in 2019, director Joe Talbot first showed a five-minute trailer he shot with star Jimmie Fails at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Series at Precita Park. in 2014. Now the completed feature film, starring Jonathan Majors and Danny Glover, will be screened outdoors at BHOC 2021 on Saturday October 2, with Did not plan to appear in person.
Live music begins at Precita Park (Precita Avenue in Folsom Street, SF) at 5:30 p.m., shorts at 7 p.m. and main feature at 7:30 p.m.
This is part of a robust October for BHOC, which is in its 18th year of offering free screenings in a neighborhood. The series begins Friday October 1 and ends October 29 with free screenings of short films at BHOC’s pop-up drive-in, South Slope Cinema, at Alemany Market Plaza (100 Alemany Blvd., SF).
On Thursday, there will be pop-ups featuring work from local film organizations, including the Bay Area Video Coalition-Next Gen (October 7, Secession Art and Design, 3235 Mission St., SF), Citizen Film (14 October, Heated outdoor patio of the Bernal Star restaurant, 410 Cortland Ave., SF) and Cine + Mas: San Francisco Latino Film Festival (October 21, Bernal Star).
While all events are free, only Precita Park screenings are first come, first served. For others, reservation is required through Eventbrite. For the full schedule, booking information and updates, visit bhoutdoorcine.org
Bernal Heights Open Air Cinema Series: Saturday October 2. 5:30 pm, live music, short films at 7:00 pm, main feature film at 7:30 pm. Series until October 31st. Free. Precita Park (Precita Avenue in Folsom Street, SF) bhoutdoorcine.org
– G. Allen Johnson
Symphony Silicon Valley Kicks Off New Season With World Premiere
Symphony Silicon Valley is returning to live concerts as it always has – with a series of guest conductors rather than a single musical director. It’s a scheme that seems to work in an unlikely way, judging by a 2021-22 season schedule that runs from Beethoven to Ellington to Florence Price.
The season opens with an appearance by conductor Joann Falletta, who will conduct the world premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s flute concerto “D’Colonial Californio” with soloist Marisa Canales. Also on the program are the more familiar delicacies of Mendelssohn’s Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony.
Symphony Silicon Valley: 8 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3. $ 55 to $ 115. California Theater, 345 S. 1st St., San José. 408-286-2600. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org
– Joshua Kosman
‘Richard & Martha Shaw’ set the table at Anglim / Trimble
In a double exhibition of the artist couple, the opposing backgrounds of Richard and Martha Shaw are exhibited at the Anglim / Trimble Gallery in San Francisco. Despite having different mediums and topics, husband and wife both make dinner plates an area of common interest on this show.
Richard Shaw’s “Low Tide” ceramic plate sculptures reveal the sometimes beautiful but irresistibly grotesque trash that remains when the tide rises. The works show everything from marine life to dead reptiles and rodents clad in piles of ocean rubbish and garbage. The memento mori style of the works directly refers to Renaissance ceramist Bernard Palissy, who poured living creatures into molds for sculptures, but no animals were harmed during the creation of Richard Shaw’s pieces.
Martha Shaw’s paintings and mono prints can also be seen of paper cups and plates, as well as houses in shades of gray, white and pale yellow. In the works, the disposable plates become the subjects of an exercise in contemplating every detail of the pictorial plane, a formalist and radically different approach to the subject than that of Richard.
In art, as in a meal, a good dish goes a long way.
“Richard & Martha Shaw”: 11 am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. On view until October 30. Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., SF 415-433-2710. https://www.anglimtrimble.com
– Tony Bravo
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