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JULY 2011 | Celebrating Live Performing Arts in SF and Beyond!



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THE STAGES DANCE | Seconds.......................................................................... 7 SHAKESPEARE | Macbeth........................................................... 9 MUSICAL | OMFG!......................................................................11 MUSIC | Julia Fordham & Paul Reiser......................................13 MIME | 2012: The Musical!.........................................................17 MUSIC | Outsound New Music Summit...................................19 OPERA | Opera Academy of California......................................21 MULTIMEDIA | The Book...........................................................25 Copyright © 2011 by Caselli Partners LLC. All rights reserved. Printed in California. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without written permission is prohibited. BAY STAGES is published monthly by VIA MEDIA, a division of Caselli Partners LLC. All content not attributed to an author is compiled by BAY STAGES staff from press releases and other sources. No guarantee is given for the validity of this data. Information is subject to change without notice.

BILLY ELLIOT Through September 17 Orpheum Theatre 1192 Market Street, SF $35 to $200 | 888.746.1799

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Celebrating Live Performing Arts in SF and Beyond!

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view from the editor In our time-crunched, media-saturated lives it is easy to notice the big, shiny objects and overlook the smaller gems. In Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim wrote “There are giants in the sky.” In our world of performing arts media the giants are indeed in the sky. They’re on billboards. They ride the television airwaves. They redecorate busses, coast on cab roofs and even go underground to take over entire subway platforms. Later in that show, Sondheim rightfully concludes: “Giants can be good.” He’s right. They can. The trick is to not notice just the giants. The Bay Area is rich with small to medium arts organizations tilting quixotically against limited resources, a still limping economy, and a dwindling pool of government, corporate and private sector support. Still they persevere. Ironically, some even manage to thrive - artistically, if not fiscally - and consistently produce excellent work. For the performing arts patron who must juggle those same economic conditions, the temptation to go with the “brand name” is reasonable. However

making that your only option cuts some choice artistic treats from your menu. Our mission at BAYSTAGES is to cover the full spectrum of options - or at least as much of it as we can get into our printed and digital pages - and share that information with residents and visitors so that you not only know about the latest nationally touring act to visit the region, but also about the really excellent creative work being done by performers and organizations in your neighborhood. This month we are launching the beta version of a new feature on our website - a custom-designed database that focuses only on the performing arts and leaves the other content to more general purpose information resources. We invite you to visit and give our search engine a spin. Tell us what you like about it and what could serve you better.


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The cast of last month’s production of Little Shop of Horrors at Boxcar Theatre, one of the many “small” theatre companies who don’t let a limit of square footage limit the scope of their imagination or creative ambitions. For this show they literally “took it to the streets” and created an innovative rendering of a well known, oft-produced show. Month after month companies with less than 100 available seats per performance do the same. Give them a try.

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CLOSING SHOWS 2 | Juno en Victoria


Stage Werx | San Francisco $24 | 000.000.0000

The following listings are compiled from a wide variety of sources including press releases and venue websites, which are subject to change without notice. Please be sure to verify performance times and dates when making your ticket purchases.

Inspired by Austen, Forster and others, a new tragicomedy about the secret lives of Victorian Women.

Shows with multiple performances are listed in DAILY STAGES as of their opening night. Some shows offer preview performances prior to opening. Please consult their websites.

2 | The Imaginary Invalid

CLOSING SHOWS are listed in the featured columns to the left with the date of the final scheduled performance noted next to the title. ONGOING SHOWS are listed in the features columns to the left and offer regularly scheduled performance throughout the month. Closing and ongoing shows are not included in the daily listings that follow.

Historic Hoover Theatre | SJ $16-$20 | 408.264.3479

In Shady Shakespeare’s production of Moliere’s last play, baroque meets glam rock. 3 | Moonlight & Magnolias

Altarena Playhouse | Alameda $22 | 510.523.1553 A backstage dramedy about the chaotic rewriting of the script for the film Gone With the Wind.

3 | Götterdämmerung

War Memorial Opera House | SF $25-$295 | 415.864.3330

The transcendent climax of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In repertoire with the full Cycle. 3 | Ethic Dance Festival

YBCA (Novellus Theater) | SF $18-$58 | 415.978.2787

Yup’ik Eskimo, Indian, Filipino, Korean, Liberian, Irish, Eastern European, Mexican dance and more. 3 | Dave Burleigh

Rooster T. Feathers | Sunnyvale $12-$16 | 408.736.0921

Dave Burleigh has been entertaining audiences around the globe with his unique blend of comedy. 3 | Hal Sparks

Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $18.50-$22.50 | 800.745.3000 Co-star of the hit Showtime series Queer As Folk, Sparks shares the stage with Myq Kaplan.


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01 | All My Children The Marsh | Berkeley $20-$50 | 415.641.0235

Matt Smith’s solo show: a man who tracks down his old girlfriends’ kids and pretends to be their dad (Ends 7/23) 01 | Favorite String Serenades - San Francisco Symphony Flint Center | Cupertino $15-$71 | 415.864.6000

Featuring Mozart’s A Little Night Music, Dvorak’s Serenade and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C major. 01 | James Cotton Superharp Band Yoshi’s | Oakland $28 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

James Cotton’s Birthday is July 1st. Come out and wish a Blues legend a Happy Birthday! (Ends 7/3) 01 | Knight Drive, Fantasia & Tres Hombres George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $10-$13 | 800.380.3095

A ZZ Top tribute, a hard rock tattoo band and a ladies’ band that evokes Heart and Led Zeppelin. 01 | Neko Case Mountain Winery | Saratoga $35-$75 | 800.745.3000

Neko Case brings her 2011 tour to Saratoga.

01 | Not a Genuine Black Man The Marsh | Berkeley $25-$50 | 415.641.0235

Brian Copeland’s monologue about race and more is both funny and poignant. (Ends 7/14) 01 | Ottmar Liebert Yoshi’s | San Francisco $25-$30 | 415.655.5600

Gold and Platinum album recording Flamenco guitarist brings his Luna Negra band to Yoshi’s. (Ends 7/3) 01 | Sonny & the Sunsets Great American Music Hall | SF $13 | 415.885.0750

Sonny Smith began singing as a patient at Warm Springs Foundation Hospital to amuse other patients. 01 | The Bubble Man The Marsh | Berkeley $8-$11 | 800.838.3006

Louis Pearl’s “The World’s Funniest Bubble Show” appeals to young & old with audience participation. (Ends 7/24) 01 | Wild Night and The Newcastles Club Fox | Redwood City $8 | 650.369.7770

Veteran Bay Area performers play the music of both Van Morrison and Eric Burdon and the Animals.

02 | 2011 Vans Warped Tour Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View $34.50 | 800.745.3000

A summer music/extreme sports festival since 1995, this tour features 40 bands on multiple stages. 02 | Lumerians Great American Music Hall | SF $13 | 415.885.0750

The Oakland-based quintet plays droning dance music for the soul you forgot you had. 02 | New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys HP Pavilion At San Jose | SJ $39.75-$105.50 | 800.745.3000

Join the mass female hysteria for the highly anticipated 2011 boyband-bananza! 02 | Pink Martini Flint Center | Cupertino $15-$75 | 415.864.6000

With the San Francisco Symphony, Pink Martini brings their eclectic stylings to the South Bay. 02 | Pink Martini with the San Francisco Symphony Flint Center | Cupertino $15-$75 | 415.864.6000

Known for their original mix of Latin, classical, jazz, cabaret, and one-of-a-kind musical style. 02 | San Francisco Symphony: Favorite String Serenades Davies Symphony Hall | SF $15-$71 | 415.864.6000

Here are three intimate pieces that deliver big delights from Mozart, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. 02 | Tim Hockenberry George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

Long-time Bay Area singer and Trans-Siberian Orchestra artist with guests The Lorin Rowan Trio.

03 | Carolina Lugo’s & Carole Acuna’s Ballet Flamenco Pena Pachamama | SF $18 | 800.838.3006

Show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork,song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar.

03 | Oh Mr Sousa! California Theatre | San Jose $21.50-$36.50 | 408.792.4111

With high-spirited music, eight actors play multiple roles to highlight major events in Sousa’s life 03 | The Great American Songsmiths Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium | Palo Alto $18-$28 | 650.725.2787

Clairdee, Bobbe Norris, Larry Dunlap, and other guest artists celebrate the Great American Songbook.

04 | 4th of July with the San Francisco Symphony Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View $25-$47.35 | 800.745.3000

Celebrate the 4th of July with the SF Symphony at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. 04 | Dayna Stephens Benefit Yoshi’s | San Francisco $25-$35 | 415.655.5600

All-Star Musicians’ Tribute and Fundraiser for saxophonist Stephens who needs a kidney transplant.

04 | George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic Yoshi’s | Oakland $50 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

One of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. (Ends 7/6)

CLOSING SHOWS 5 | Ariodante

Marines’ Memorial Theatre | SF $20-$37 | 415.771.6900 Somewhat modified from Shakespeare, Handel’s tale of love and villainy in a Medieval castle. 10 | Darwin in Malibu

Old First Church | SF $20 | 408.288.7820

Malibu. Today. With Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford in debate. 16 | A Raisin in the Sun

Pear Avenue Theatre | Mountain View $15-$30 | 800.380.3095

Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece about an African-American family claiming the American Dream. 16 | Hansel & Gretel: The Untold Story

Lucie Stern Theater | Palo Alto $8-$12 | A fanciful version of the beloved fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. 17 | Avenue Q

San Jose Stage Company $16.50-$50 | 408.283.7142

Hilarious and irreverent Tony winner for Best Musical about real life in New York City. 17 | Kim Nalley

Rrazz Room | San Francisco $30-$37.50 | 800.380.3095 Nalley presents her show She Put A Spell On Me: The Songs of Nina Simone.

17 | Metamorphosis

Aurora Theatre | Berkeley $38-$55 | 510.843.4822 Kafka’s masterful tale of horror and absurdity about a traveling salesman’s bizarre transformation. 17 | Go, Dog, Go!

Children’s Fairyland | Oakland $15 | 510.296.4433 Bay Area Children’s Theatre - All the zany excitement of the story for preschoolers comes to life.

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CLOSING SHOWS 17 | King O’ the Moon

Willows Theatre | Concord $20-$32 | 925.798.1300 A family gathers to honor their father’s memory and they become entangled in each others’ problems. 22 | Around the World in 80 Days

Sunnyvale Community Theatre $10-$25 | 408.720.0873 California Theatre Center. Jules Verne’s tale of Phileas Fogg. In rep w/3 other plays until 7/24.

23 | The Sound of Music

Saratoga Civic Theater $16-$30 | 800.838.3006

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical. 30 | Tigers Be Still

SF Playhouse | SF $15-$50 | 415.677.9596

A young woman expects the perfect career and life to fall into place upon earning her masters. 31 | The Verona Project

Bruns Amphitheater | Orinda $35-$66 | 510.548.9666

A brand-new work by Amanda Dehnert inspired by (but not limited to) The Two Gentlemen of Verona. 31 | Assisted Living

Imperial Palace | SF $79.50-$99.50 | 866.811.4111 A ride through the pleasures and perils of later life served up with a dim sum banquet dinner. 31 | Teatro ZinZanni: Maestro’s Enchantment

Teatro ZinZanni | SF $117-$186 | 415.438.2668 Joan Baez returns. European cabaret and cirque performers served up with a gourmet fivecourse meal.


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DAILY 05 | Steely Dan Mountain Winery | Saratoga $65-$225 | 800.745.3000

The tour showcases greatest hits and deep cuts alike. 06 | Scott Capurro George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

San Francisco native known for his confrontational, controversial yet thought-provoking comedy. 07 | Boxcar (El Vagon) Brava Theatre | San Francisco $20 | 800.380.3095

Four Mexicans wait for even the border patrol to open their sealed boxcar in the insufferable heat. (Ends 7/16) 07 | Buckethead Great American Music Hall | SF $27-$30 | 415.885.0750

Buckethead is a virtuoso guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist encompassing several genres of music. (Ends 7/8) 07 | Colbie Caillat Wente Vineyards Estate Winery Livermore $79-$275 | 800.745.3000

Armed simply with her dusky vocals and acoustic guitar, Colbie Caillat continues to resonate. 07 | George Clinton and Parliament Yoshi’s | San Francisco $50 | 415.655.5600

Celebrating the 70th birthday of the Godfather of Funk. (Ends 7/10) 07 | Marga Gomez The Marsh - San Francisco | San Francisco $15-$50 | 415.641.0235

Gomez’s Not Getting Any Younger show, her “coming of middle age” show. (Ends 7/24)

07 | Pablo Francisco Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $23.50-$25.50 | 800.745.3000

Funnyman Francisco starred in Comedy Central’s special “Ouch!”23.50 (Ends 7/10) 07 | Roomful of Blues Yoshi’s | Oakland $12-$20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Inspired, lively and heated brand of rippling, up-tempo, horn-dominated R&B. 07 | San Francisco Symphony : My Classic Gershwin Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco $15-$70 | 415.864.6000

Featuring tunes from Girl Crazy, American in Paris and more treasures of American musical theater. 07 | Smash Mouth with Drake Bell Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $49-$86 | 408.961.5858

Smash Mouth has brought their ska influenced pop-rock to the big screen in popular films.

07 | Vanessa Carlton Café Du Nord | San Francisco $25 | 800.745.3000

An evening with the certified platinum Rock, Pop and Alternative performer. 08 | Michael Franks Yoshi’s | Oakland $22-$30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Singer/songwriter has mesmerized an international legion of fans with his one-of-a-kind artistry. (Ends 7/10)

by grier cooper Ballet takes a quantum leap into the digital age as Post:Ballet presents its sophomore season, aptly named Seconds. The company’s mission of challenging the stereotypes of ballet and its relevancy to modern audiences through multidisciplinary collaborations yields an end result that pushes artistic and technical boundaries to create dance that is rooted in a classic idiom, yet alive and vital through its use of today’s artistic pioneers and technologies. Choreographer Robert Dekkers, named one of ’25 To Watch’ by DANCE Magazine in 2011, firmly believes in the power of collaboration: “I am such a huge fan of movies, photography and visual art and I saw no reason why dance couldn’t be integrated with these multimedia elements to create new works that employ the unique qualities of each medium.”

The program includes The Happiness of Pursuit (2010), with an original score by Jacob Wolkenhauer, and Flutter (2010), an exploration of rigid gender-specific social expectations created for three women but currently reworked for three men. “I think this variation on my original theme will lead to some very interesting discussions and comparisons!” says Dekkers. Seconds July 15 to 16 | 0800 pm Herbst Theater 401 Van Ness Avenue, SF $15 to $15 | 415.392.4400

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The program opens with two world premieres. Colouring (2011) features live dance, music (an original score by Daniel Berkman), painting and photography (yes, all live!) to create a unique expression of the creative process. “I was fascinated by the tremendous amount of labor involved in the process of creation, all focused on that brief moment when the creation breathes life,” says Dekkers. “The photographer’s ability to capture brief moments in time… ultimately helps me express the lengthy and truly beautiful process of creation.” Interference Pattern (cinematography by Amir Jaffer and music by Avey Tare and Kria Brekkan) resulted from Dekkers’ fascination with a quantum physics experiment where scientists realized their expectations elicited a change in the behavior of particulate matter. “I have a deep-seeded interest in exploring scientific theories or concepts and then considering how they relate to our word and our relationships… In

a world where we are constantly connected to those around us, is observation subliminally influencing every action we take?”



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Anne Doherty’s one-woman musical dramedy about life, love and the San Francisco experience.

08 | OMFG! The Internet Dating Musical ODC Theater | San Francisco $15-$18 | 415.863.9834

ONGOING SHOWS Alcove Theatre | SF $32-$50 | 415.922.8168

Club Fugazi | SF $25-$130 | 415.421.4222

Two people reinvent themselves on an online dating site through song, dance, and spoken word. (Ends 7/17)

Big City Improv

08 | Salty Towers Exit Theatre | San Francisco $15-$25 | 800.838.3006

Beach Blanet Babylon

Long-running revue that skewers news an pop culture with songs, dances and outrageously big hats.

Shelton Theater | SF $20 | 866.468.3399

4 years running - every scene is based upon the suggestions shouted out by the audience. BILLY ELLIOT

Orpheum Theatre | SF $55-$200 | 888.746.1799

A young boy from a poor neighborhood dreams of becoming a dancer in this Elton John musical. (Ends 9/17) DON REED - EAST 14th St.

Marsh | Berkeley $20-$35 | 415.641.0235

“Tales of a Reluctant Player” a Godfearing church boy, he wanted to be just like his dear old dad. Marga’s Funny Mondays

Marsh | Berkeley $10 | 415.641.0235

Comedy and variety showcase featuring a changing line-up of jokesters, hosted by Marga Gomez. Secret Improv Society

Shelton Theater | SF $15 | 866.468.3399

Thunderbird Theatre presents a farce about Poseidon, an underthe-sea inn-keeper, and his cohorts. (Ends 7/23) 08 | Zoo Station & Stung George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $10-$13 | 800.380.3095

One act offering “the complete U2 experience” and the other as “the ultimate Police tribute band.” 09 | Colbie Caillat Robert Mondavi Winery | Napa $75-$205 | 866.468.3399

Armed simply with her dusky vocals and acoustic guitar, Colbie Caillat continues to resonate. 09 | Hot Buttered Rum Osher Marin JCC | San Rafael $20-$25 | 415.444.8000

Bluegrass Night at Osher Marin JCC. Jugtown Pirates open for Hot Buttered Rum String Band. 09 | Lydia Pense & Cold Blood George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

Creating characters, stories, scenes, and songs on the spot based on audience suggestions.

A San Francisco funk, soul and rock band with a sound that came to be known as East Bay Grease.

Shopping! The Musical

09 | Sheila E & Pete Escovedo Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $49-$86 | 408.961.5858

Shelton Theater | SF $27-$29 | 800.838.3006

An original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow about everyone’s favorite pastime.


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Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and daughter-hitmaker Sheila E. perform together.

09 | Washed Out Great American Music Hall | SF $16 | 415.885.0750

Washed Out is the alias for Ernest Greene, who recorded “Within and Without” with Ben Allen. 10 | Anya Marina Café Du Nord | San Francisco $12 | 800.745.3000

A modern day Renaissance woman: actress, comic, disc jockey, and songwriter with unique vocals. 10 | Howard Jones Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $49-$86 | 408.961.5858

Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late ‘80s before becoming a 90’s cult figure.

10 | Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View $40-$75 | 800.745.3000

Lineup includes Dethklok, Testament, Disturbed, Godsmack, Machine Head, Trivium, and many more.

10 | The Monkees featuring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork Mountain Winery | Saratoga $49.50-$150 | 800.745.3000

Three of the four original members of the popular ‘60’s group have reunited for a summer tour. 10 | The New Literary Vanguard Brava Theatre | San Francisco $12.50-$15 |

Jesse Ball, Adam Levin and Charles Yu - hailed as heirs to Pynchon and his ilk - in conversation. 11 | Bill Bell Yoshi’s | Oakland $16 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Bill Bell, jazz pianist, composer, arranger has earned the title “Jazz Professor”.

by nicole dial Shakespeare’s Macbeth is arguably one of his most famous plays and portrays the tragic tale of tortured noble and his wife as they set on a dark course of political ambition and murder most foul. This season, the Livermore Shakespeare Festival performs the Bard’s legendary and infamously cursed “Scottish Play” in the heart of the Livermore Valley at Concannon Vineyards in front of the restored Ellen Row Concannon Victorian house. Beginning just before sunset at the outdoor theatre, Macbeth hears the prophecy of three witches that predict he will become the King of Scotland. While the sky darkens over the audience, Macbeth and his wife will be seduced by lure of power, stopping at nothing to make sure the prophecy comes true, with the play reaching the final conclusion backlit by the moon and the stars over the stage. This version of Macbeth draws only from the first folio version of the play and is set as a period drama in medieval Scotland. “The play will be performed the way Shakespeare intended it to be performed,” said Jennifer Le Blanc who is playing Lady Macbeth opposite Armando McClain’s title character.



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Le Blanc is excited to be playing the role. “It’s fascinating to chew on the words, until you find the places that unhinge her. She’s such a very rich and interesting character,” Le Blanc said. “She goes from an ambitious woman to someone who is completely racked with guilt by what she’s done and seen. “ macbeth July 1 to 30 Concannon Vineyards 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore $34 to 39 | 925.443.2273

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DAILY 11 | Eddie Vedder Paramount Theatre | Oakland $78 | 800.745.3000

14 | Fly By Night Lucie Stern Theater | Palo Alto $22-$47 | 650.463.1960

11 | Terry Disley Yoshi’s | San Francisco $20 | 415.655.5600

14 | Jay Pharoah Cobb’s Comedy Club | San Francisco $18.50-$20.50 | 800.745.3000

The guitarist and lead singer of Pearl Jam for two decades, Eddie Vedder solos at the Paramount. (Ends 7/12) CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Original Broadway Cast The energetic, Tony-winning performance of Norbert Leo Butz - along with co-stars Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat and Kerry Butler - is captured for posterity on CD. The score to the adaption of the 2002 film - about con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. and his FBI pursuer Carl Hanratty - is by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tonywinning team behind Hairspray. The recording offers a generous 17 tracks including the bonus number, “Fifty Checks” sung by Tom Wopat, which was cut after the 2009 Seattle tryout. Packaging includes a richly illustrated booklet with a full libretto. (

UK Jazz pianist Terry Disley and an 8 piece band re-interpret the work of Brubeck & Guaraldi. 12 | American Idol Live! Tour 2011 Oracle Arena | Oakland $42.75-$62 | 800.745.3000 americanidol.comtour

AMERICAN IDOL tour returns for another summer jaunt showcasing performances by this season’s top 11. 12 | American Idols Live! Oracle Arena | Oakland $42.75-$62 | 800.745.3000 americanidol.comtour

The Top 11 finalists from the 10th season of ‘American Idol’ hit the road for the summer. 12 | Jonathan Butler Yoshi’s | San Francisco $18-$25 | 415.655.5600

WONDERLAND Original Broadway Cast

Closing after less than a month’s run and a total Tony shut-out, Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland lives on digitally. Janet Dacal headlined this musical re-vamp of the Lewis Carroll classic, with lyrics by Jack Murphy, playing an adult Alice stressed out by modern life. Critics of the show cited a lack of focus in proceedings, which is not improved on the on the recording. Karen Mason lands a moment with “Off With Their Heads” but the rest of the songs really don’t engage you with story. There are some attractive melodies, but it’s not a score that will invite repeat listenings, despite an attractive package and full libretto. (

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South African-born Butler brings his sold-out show back to Yoshi’s. (Ends 7/13) 13 | American Idols Live! HP Pavilion At San Jose | San Jose $42-$65 | 800.745.3000 americanidol.comtour

The Top 11 finalists from the 10th season of ‘American Idol’ hit the road for the summer. 14 | Chris Botti With The San Francisco Symphony Davies Symphony Hall | SF $15-$80 | 415.864.6000

Grammy-award winning trumpeter Chris Botti and his sensational band returns.

The promise of change begets anxiety and hope, devastation and delight in this charming musical. (Ends 8/13)

Pharoah’s comedic chops earned him a role as 1the star of the 2010 BET Awards short, “The Package.” (Ends 7/17) 14 | Jon Nakamatu Plays the Coronation Concerto California Theatre | San Jose $20-$65 | 800.838.3006

Festival remains the only festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart’s music. 14 | Nellie McKay Yoshi’s | San Francisco $15-$20 | 415.655.5600

The talented, diverse & awardwinning McKay brings her unique ability to transcend genre to Yoshi’s. 14 | One-Man Star Wars San Jose Repertory Theatre | SJ $39-$69 | 408.367.7255

Charles Ross takes us on a hilarious re-creation of the original Star Wars trilogy. (Ends 7/17)

14 | Pete Escovedo & Family Latin Jazz Orchestra Yoshi’s | Oakland $24-$28 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

The legend broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. (Ends 7/17)

by chris rené To hear composer Chris Winslow describe it, OMFG! is about “a girl and a guy who are in mid mid-life crisis and decide to use online dating as a way to connect.” To improve their options, each character gets creative with their self-evaluation. They also indulge in a codependent wave of trying to be whatever they think will please the other.



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When the guy infers he likes Latin women, the girl goes all Spanglish, which Winslow says is the perfect opportunity for a song for her. On the flip side, rather than admit he’s an elementary school art teacher, the guy tells makes up a story about being a sailor and traveling the world and she just buys into it. Cue song. “The music uses different genres that reflect each of their fantasy worlds,” says Winslow. It was important to Winslow to cast actors who sang rather than singers. “We had to have just the right people for the two leads. Cindy Goldfield and Jackson Davis are superb actors. Singers are wonderful, but actors who can propel themselves into a song are so much more engaging for a piece like this.” The show, which has lyrics by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, has been in development for three years while Winslow has been Artist in Residence at ODC Theater. “What’s been great about that is that there’s been no pressure to do something in a hurry. We did a small private workshop reading about a year ago with a director to just, you know, hear the music and read through he script. The folks at ODC have been really great at providing the space and the resources to get the show to the point where it is now, so I can really focus on the rehearsal process and working with the performers.”

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And after ODC? Winslow see lots of potential. “It’s the kind of show that doesn’t require a huge budget, so it could really play anywhere, and I hope it does!” OMFG! July 8 to 17 ODC Theater 3153 Seventeenth Street, SF $15 to $18 | 415.863.9834

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DAILY 14 | The Music Man Fox Theatre | Redwood City $22-$48 | 800.380.3095

Watch the fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa. (Ends 7/31) 15 | Charlie Hunter Freight & Salvage | Berkeley $24.50-$26.50 | 866.468.3399

ANDREA MARCOVICCI July 19 to 31 Rrazz Room 222 Mason Street, SF $35 to $45 | 800.380.3095 Considered the First Lady of Cabaret by many, Marcovicci brings a level of scholarship to the preparation of her shows that is unparalleled. This time around, she’s serving Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song. It’s the melancholy melodrama of songs made popular by the likes of Ruth Etting and Libby Holman leavened with a generous dash of Marcovicci charm.

His latest features the jawdropping guitarist alongside drummer Eric Kalb and a new horn section. (Ends 7/16) 15 | Colbie Caillat Bimbo’s 365 Club | San Francisco $27.50 | 877.435.9849

See multi-Grammy winning singersongwriter Colbie Caillat perform in this rare intimate club. 15 | Cryptical George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

A tribute band of five musicians who grew up with the Grateful Dead’s music in their souls. 15 | Mazacote Yoshi’s | San Francisco $25 | 415.655.5600

Old-school Salsa group, including percusionist Louie Romero, present Latin jazz and original salsa.

THE E FAMILY July 14 to 17 Yoshi’s 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland $24 to $28 | 510.238.9200 Northern California native Pete Escovedo brings on the whole clan for a series of hot Latin jazz evenings guaranteed to please. Joining their patriarch are daughter Sheila E and sons Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo to celebrate his 76th birthday and pound out some loud and lively percussion rhythms. If the Escovedos don’t make your heart beat faster then maybe you just don’t have a pulse.

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15 | sfSound Old First Church | San Francisco $17 | 415.474.1608

sfSound is a unique collective of composer/performers that performs its own music compositions. 15 | Steve Kimock Great American Music Hall | SF $16 | 415.885.0750

The celebrated guitarist, with guests Bobby Vega, Kyle Hollingsworth, Wally Ingram, and others.

15 | The Shadow Circus Show Stage Werx | San Francisco $13 | 800.838.3006

Macabre puppets with special guest star Jason Brock. (Ends 7/16) 15 | Tito Puente Jr Orchestra Yoshi’s | San Francisco $24 | 415.655.5600

Son of a legend, Tito Jr. carves out his own niche while also deeply honoring his roots. (Ends 7/16) 15 | Vertical Horizon with Kevin Cadogan’s Third Eye Blind Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $45-$78 | 408.961.5858

Matt Scannell and Keith Kane are the members of this folk-based acoustic duo from D.C. 16 | 88 Keys of Passion Historic Hoover Theatre | SJ $30-$42 | 415.392.4400

From Spain, Rosario Montoya and her Flamenco group; dancer Rocio Romero and percussionist Pakito. (Ends 7/17) 16 | Aterciopelados Yoshi’s | San Francisco $25 | 415.655.5600

Columbian music icons bring their passionate musical storytelling to the stage at Yoshi’s. 16 | Bird with Strings featuring Andrew Speight Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium Palo Alto $28-$32 | 650.725.2787

Andrew Speight channels Charlie Parker as he plays the original arrangements with live strings. 16 | Plena Libre Osher Marin JCC | San Rafael $20-$25 | 415.444.8000

Gary Nuñez and wife Valerie Cox present “An Evening in Puerto Rico.”

music in the key of collaboration by will schmid

Playdates are usually reserved for puppies and preschoolers, but that’s exactly what Paul Reiser calls an afternoon he spent with Julia Fordham. It was a meeting where the veteran comic and star of Mad About You exposed himself to the prolific British singersongwriter, but only in the most professional of ways. Few knew Reiser had majored in piano and composition at Binghamton University. Cut to 2009 and, he says, “I’d given myself a license to write, but I didn’t know exactly what it was going to be.” Long a fan of Fordham’s work, he decided to risk asking her to listen to his music. She’d seen his show and read his book when she got the call, but “hadn’t a clue” about anything else. “I immediately Googled and found he had this degree in music,” she recalls. “That told me a lot because obviously he’d had a lot of success as an actor and comedian, but if someone major’s in music, that is

their first and true love.” Just to be sure, she also checked him out with mutual friends who gave hearty endorsements.


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Last year they released their CD “Unusual Suspects.” Now they’re off on a six-city tour. Reiser is a surprised as anyone. “I truly never planned for it to be anything more than an afternoon,” he says,” let alone something publicly released. It just went so easily and so well.” julia fordham & paul reiser July 30 | 8:00 pm Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Avenue, SF $28 | 877.435.9849

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16 | San Francisco’s Summer of Love Revue Club Fox | Redwood City $8 | 650.369.7770

Tributes to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Jefferson Airplane & The Stones!


16 | Volker Strifler Band George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $12-$15 | 800.380.3095

Styles cover jazz, roots, blues, rock and funky calypso rhythms. Guest: Gentry Bronson Band. 17 | Aida Montgomery Theatre | San Jose $16-$23 | 408.792.4111

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17 | An Evening of Award Winning Hawaiian Music featuring Kupaoa Club Fox | Redwood City $17-$20 | 650.369.7770

The musical union of a real-life couple: Oahu native L’hau Hannahs Paik and Kauai’s Kellen Paik. 17 | An Evening with Sarah McLachlan and Friends Mountain Winery | Saratoga $45-$95 | 800.745.3000

The Sarah And Friends tour will be one unlike any other, with shows consisting of two sets.

“You will laugh and cry.. A show this nuanced, this layered – and this much fun, Absolutely San Francisco is a show to see again and again.” - Ed Attanasio, Northside San Francisco

Thu and Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm - Open Run

The Alcove Theater 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor San Francisco

For tickets go to or telephone 1.415.992.8168

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17 | Murder in Morocco - Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Angelica’s Bistro | Redwood City $65 | 650.365.3226

Celebrating French Bastille Weekend,Angelica’s Bistro presents a riotous intrigue set in Casablanca.

17 | Shahrzad Sepanlou Yoshi’s | San Francisco $30-$35 | 415.655.5600

Iranian born vocalist presents songs about her homeland and songs about love and hope. 18 | Chris Dilley Rrazz Room | San Francisco $25 | 800.380.3095

Best known to Bay Area audiences for creating the character of Trampolina of The Kinsey Sicks. 18 | Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Yoshi’s | San Francisco $9 | 415.655.5600

16-piece jazz ensemble featuring top-notch musicians of the Bay Area. 18 | Rhys Darby

6/19/11 11:07 Club AM | San Cobb’s Comedy

Francisco $20.50 | 800.745.3000

Although he has been featured in many other genre, stand-up remains a key component of Darby’s work. (Ends 7/20) 18 | Ricardo Lemvo Yoshi’s | Oakland $20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles is seamless and infectious. 19 | Andrea Marcovicci Rrazz Room | San Francisco $35-$45 | 800.380.3095

Marcovicci presents her show Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song. (Ends 7/31)

19 | JD Souther & Jill Andrews Yoshi’s | San Francisco $28 | 415.655.5600

Singer/songwriter J.D. Souther, who spent two decades away from the stage, is joined by Andrews.

19 | Jimmy Scott Yoshi’s | Oakland $20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

One of the world’s best singers, influential and admired by recording artists of all music genres. 19 | The Avett Brothers Fox Theater | Oakland $37.50 | 800.745.3000

A rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop - even a jab of punk-style dynamics. (Ends 7/20) 20 | Arj Barker George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

Pawn shop owner Dave from “Flight of the Conchords” hosts Comedy Wednesday with special guests. 20 | Jon Nakamatsu Yoshi’s | San Francisco $30 | 415.655.5600

Acclaimed pianist Nakamatsu brings his talent to the stage at Yoshi’s. 20 | K’Jon Yoshi’s | Oakland $18-$24 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

K’Jon is poised to take his rightful places in the canon of legendary R&B singers and songwriters. 20 | You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Lucie Stern Theater | Palo Alto $8-$12 |

A day in the life of Charlie Brown, based on the iconic comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. (Ends 7/30) 21 | Bettye Lavette Yoshi’s | Oakland $30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Ms. LaVette, 64, now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer.

21 | Charlie Murphy Cobb’s Comedy Club | San Francisco $28.50-$32.50 | 800.745.3000

Critically-acclained stand-up show and a true Hollywood acting, writing and producing talent. (Ends 7/24) 21 | Chris Isaak Wente Vineyards Estate Winery | Livermore $89-$285 | 800.745.3000

Isaak has an impressive recording career from his stunning 1985 debut to his latest stellar effort. 21 | Crooked Still Great American Music Hall | SF $20 | 415.885.0750

Anon-traditional bluegrass quintet as a purveyors of the nu-folk, bluegrass movement. 21 | Johnny Gill Yoshi’s | San Francisco $38 | 415.655.5600

Boy band sensation with a repertoire of his own brings his pop stylings to Yoshi’s in the Fillmore. 21 | Mark Brandenburg Plays the Clarinet Concerto Midsummer Mozart Festival California Theatre | San Jose $20-$65 | 800.838.3006

Festival remains the only festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart’s music. 21 | Nine City Lights Theater | San Jose $15-$40 | 408.295.4200

Musical based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2 about mid-life crisis. (Ends 8/28) 21 | Spontaneous Combustion Stage Werx | San Francisco $12-$15 | 800.838.3006

Comedy team of Paul Dougherty, Nina G. Perry, Elizabeth Whalley, and Hilary White.

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DAILY 22 | Bach to Bebop Douglas Morrisson Theatre | Hayward $10-$15 | 510.881.6777

22 | ODC Summer Sampler ODC Theater | San Francisco $20 | 415.863.9834

22 | Casablanca With The San Francisco Symphony Davies Symphony Hall | SF $15-$70 | 415.864.6000

22 | Rent Mel Mello Center for the Arts | Half Moon Bay $15-$30 | 650.569.3266

In this concert, four centuries of vocal favorites brought to you by the Morrisson Theatre chorus. (Ends 7/24)

The San Francisco Symphony provides the live musical accompaniment for this classic American film. 22 | Chris Isaak Mountain Winery | Saratoga $49.50-$99.50 | 800.745.3000

Isaak has an impressive recording career from his stunning 1985 debut to his latest stellar effort. 22 | David Benoit Yoshi’s | Oakland $20-$26 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. (Ends 7/23) 22 | Fiddler on the Roof San Ramon Valley High School | Danville $12-$15 | 925.324.7359

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22 | Korczak’s Children Hastings Studio Theatre at A.C.T. San Francisco $10 | 415.749.2228

A.C.T. Young Conservatory tells of a pediatrician heading a Jewish orphanage during WWII-era Warsaw. (Ends 8/6)

Choreographers Brenda Way and KT Nelson present an intimate sampler of ODC’s works. Reception prior. (Ends 7/23)

Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway musical based loosely on La Boheme. (Ends 8/20)

22 | Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $15-$20 | 800.380.3095

Bring your dancing shoes for an evening of slide guitar by the Grammy-winning producer and player.

22 | Susheela Raman Yoshi’s | San Francisco $24 | 415.655.5600

Tamil Londoner is equally at home with South Indian Classical as with Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti. 22 | The Velvet Teen Great American Music Hall | San Francisco $13 | 415.885.0750

Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen has challenged the very concept of genre. 23 | Alex Ramon Magic San Jose Repertory Theatre | San Jose $20-$40 | 925.943.7469

You will see a fresh approach on magic by a modern-day showman. 23 | Chris Isaak Robert Mondavi Winery | Napa $75-$205 | 866.468.3399

Isaak has an impressive recording career from his stunning 1985 debut to his latest stellar effort.

life imitates art for sf mime troupe by james j. siegel

If you’re a small theater company, do you tell the stories you want to tell or do you sell out for the cash in order to survive? That’s the question posed by the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s latest production 2012: The Musical! The troupe, which launches its 52nd season, has been asking provocative and political questions since 1959. 2012: The Musical! was written by Michael Gene Sullivan, a member since 1998. Sullivan has performed in and written over 20 of the troupe’s productions, including Red State, about a tiny town that must decide the next presidential election; and last year’s Too Big To Fail about a demon that casts a “spell of debt.” This time around, they take on the art world, telling the story of a political theater company that must decide to stay true to its roots or take corporate money at the risk of compromising its vision. The plot of the show couldn’t have had better timing. After the story was chosen, the San Francisco Mime Troupe started making headlines in political papers and on the Huffington Post. Recently, Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, had to defend grants made including those to the SF Mime Troupe that were called “ridiculous” by Representative Jeff Flake

(R-Ariz.) “We were in the middle of rehearsals when the press came out,” said Sullivan.


2012: The MUSICAL! According to Sullivan, San Francisco Mime Troupe is only able to pass along its messages through grants and donations. Most shows are free and open to the public. In fact, 2012: The Musical! debuts at Dolores Park in San Francisco. The troupe sets up a stage in the park, has a full band, and performs for park visitors. By doing this, Sullivan said he and his troupe are “claiming the public space.” It gives the company the opportunity to bring an important message to a group of people who may not necessarily buy a ticket to a show at a theater.

After the San Francisco Mime Troupe wraps up its production at Dolores Park, the musical will visit other public spaces in San Francisco and throughout California in August and September. See their website for a full schedule. 2012: The musical! July 2 to 4 | 2:00 pm Dolores Park 18th & Dolores Streets, SF FREE | 415.285.1717


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DAILY 23 | Dee Dee Bridgewater Yoshi’s | San Francisco $5-$30 | 415.655.5600

Award winning Broadway star shares her Jazz chops with audiences at Yoshi’s, including kid’s matinee (Ends 7/24)

GISELLE in 3-D July 12 | 12:00 & 7:30 pm Various Venues $13 to $15

The story of a simple village girl who falls deeply in love with a dashing prince disguised as a peasant, Giselle has been delighting dance audiences since its Paris debut in 1841. Marrying this classic to 21st century technology, a performance recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, will screen twice at cinemas in San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City, Dublin, Pleasant Hill , San Bruno and Daly City.

23 | Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh YBCA (Forum Theatre) | SF $25 | 415.978.2787

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25 | Cold Cave Great American Music Hall | San Francisco $16-$40.95 | 415.885.0750

An experimental electronic pop group who makes melodic synthscapes with jackhammer beats.

23 | Super Diamond George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $20 | 800.380.3095

25 | Ed Reed Yoshi’s | Oakland $14 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Neil Diamond tribute band sings “Sweet Caroline,” “I Am, I Said” and many more classic Diamond hits.

23 | Wallpaper Great American Music Hall | SF $16-$19 | 415.885.0750

24 | Emily Bergl Rrazz Room | San Francisco $30 | 800.380.3095

Tom Reardon and Kerie Darner are “Professor” Harold Hill and Marian ‘The Librarian” Paroo in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. The show kicks off Broadway by the Bay’s 2011 season in their new home base. The 1957 Tony winner and 1962 Oscar nominee has a score full of classics including “Gary, Indiana,” “Ya Got Trouble” and “76 Trombones.”

Lugerner’s music encompasses the richness of diversity and values of his Bay Area roots.

Joined by string quartet ETHEL and others representing Latin, Arab and Persian musical traditions.

Wallpaper is led by Ricky Reed, a producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

THE MUSIC MAN July 14 to 31 Fox Theatre 2215 Broadway, Redwood City $24 to $50 | 650.579.5565

24 | The Steven Lugerner Septet Yoshi’s | Oakland $14 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Celebrating the release of new CD BORN TO BE BLUE. 25 | Karel Stands Up! Returns Rrazz Room | San Francisco $25 | 800.380.3095

The radio host and stand-up comedian shares his uncensored world view. 26 | Average White Band Yoshi’s | Oakland $25 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

Blending classic Waller and Cole Porter hits with Fats vintage takes on modern favorites.

AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. (Ends 7/27)

24 | Hapa Yoshi’s | Oakland $30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland

26 | Heroes and Other Strangers The Marsh | San Francisco $10-$15 | 415.641.0235

Hawaii’s most ambitious, diverse and imaginative music group. 24 | Indigo Girls Mountain Winery | Saratoga $35-$49.50 | 800.745.3000

The Indigo Girls bring their 2011 tour to Saratoga with special guest Mount Moriah.

Zack Jaffee’s one-man-show is a noir tale told through a psychedelic lens. 26 | Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos Mountain Winery | Saratoga $39.50-$85 | 800.745.3000

Latin rock fans are in store for a special treat with this summer’s The Brotherhood Tour.

making their own kind of music by jason victor serinus

The 10th anniversary of the Outsound New Music Summit is upon us. Celebrating musical innovation and sonic mayhem, the four nights of concerts and two public events feature some of the most cutting edge - or on the edge - musicians in the Bay Area and beyond. This year’s summit, presented by Rent Romus’ Outsound Presents, offers four distinctly different concerts, all of which are preceded by a questionand-answer session with the artists.

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The first program, FACE MUSIC, takes the human voice where it has rarely gone before. Among the performers are Bran… (POS), otherwise known as Jake Rodriguez. This legend has spent well over a decade using his voice, face, and auxiliary electronics to create a one-of-a-kind experience. “Whenever I experience his music, it’s amazing to see how deep and guttural his sound is, yet how controlled and professional it can be,” says concert organizer Romus. The next night’s The Freedom of Sound presents everything from free jazz to skronk (free improvisation that utilizes elements of free jazz and rock). Keep a special lookout for the ensemble led by Tom Djll, aka Grosse Abfahrt (translation: Big Departure), featuring unusual musical elements that create an exceptionally wide and diverse palette of sound.


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On the third night, The Art of Composition will offer premieres of works written for Outsound’s 10th year. The biggest set, coming at evening’s end, has Gino Robair’s Ensemble Aguascalientes performing a musical suite based on scenes depicted in Jose Guadalupe Posada’s politically infused engravings of late 19th and early 20th-century life in Mexico. Also on the program are works by Andrew Raffo Dewer, and Tony Dryer and Krys Brobrowski.

The big close is Sonic Foundry Too! Expect ten inventors of thoroughly modern and visually stunning musical instruments in five collaborations. The treats will be equally sonic and visual, with all instruments set up simultaneously. In fact, some of the inventors will demo their instruments at the festival’s free Touch the Gear Exposition. Also free is a discussion panel, on Elements of Non-idiomatic Compositional Strategies. OUTSOUND NEW MUSIC SUMMIT July 17 to 23 SF Community Music Center 544 Capp Street, SF $10 to $12 | 800.838.3006 Walter Funk Bran...(POS) Aurora Josephson

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DAILY 26 | Rasputina Great American Music Hall | SF $16 | 415.885.0750

“Sister Kindhook” is their seventh album, with Melora Creager, Catie D’Amica and Daniel DeJesus. 26 | Thurston Moore & Kurt Vile Great American Music Hall | SF $16-$19 | 415.885.0750

Moore is an acoustic guitar player and songwriter. Vile delivers distinctive Philly-accented vocals. 27 | Jason Aldean Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View $31-$73.90 | 800.745.3000

Aldean extends his 2011 tour into the summer, with special guests Clay Walker and Thompson Square. 28 | Joshua Walters The Marsh | Berkeley $15-$50 | 415.641.0235

Walters’ Madhouse Rhythm is a very personal account of turning mental illness into mental skillness. (Ends 8/25) 28 | Kenny Burrell w/ Jazz Heritage All-Stars Yoshi’s | Oakland $20-$30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.comoakland


Three very different musical films make their way to Blu-Ray for the first time. The ABBA-laced jukebox score of the 1994 Australian hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is now a legit musical on Broadway. Hair was filmed by Miloš Forman in 1979 and has a national tour of the recent Broadway revival heading to San Francisco later this year. New York, New York features classic songs mixed with Kander and Ebb originals on the lips of Liza Minnelli and others. Disappointingly, the Hair disc is just the film with no bonus materials, but the other two offer director commentaries, featurettes and other supplemental materials to enhance your viewing experience. (

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Featuring Steve Turre, Steve Wilson, Tivon Pennicott, Bobby Rodriguez, Billy Childs & more. (Ends 7/31) 28 | Richard Lewis Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $23.50-$25.50 | 800.745.3000

Not just the guy from Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lewis brings his comic chops to the stage at Cobb’s. (Ends 7/31) 28 | United in Peace Commonwealth Club | Sƒ $20 | 415.597.6700

Artists, Statesmen and Community - arts as a medium of peace. With Thomas Simpson of Afro-Solo.

29 | A Streetcar Named Desire Dragon Theatre | Palo Alto $15-$25 | 800.838.3006

Dragon tells its own story of this winning classic about pretense and violence by Tennessee Williams (Ends 8/21) 29 | Aida Montgomery Theatre | San Jose $15-$18 | 408.792.4111

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale. (Ends 8/7) 29 | Kid Rock Sheryl Crow Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View $42-$98.05 | 800.745.3000

The wild child of rock is joined by the talented Sheryl Crow in Mountain View on his Born Free Tour. 29 | Melissa Etheridge Mountain Winery | Saratoga $45-$109.50 | 800.745.3000

Melissa Etheridge brings her considerable musical talents and inspirational songs to Saratoga. 29 | Necessary Monsters YBCA (Novellus Theater) | SF $20-$25 | 415.978.2787

A contemporary song cycle based on Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings. (Ends 7/30) 29 | Strange Travel Suggestions The Marsh | Berkeley $ | 415.641.0235

Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald brings the audience members into this improvisational adventure. (Ends 8/27)

classical voices on an intimate scale by james j. siegel

If you’ve always wanted to experience opera but felt you were too much of a novice, no need to worry, the Opera Academy of California is here to help. This month, the non-profit organization is presenting three operas that are perfect for the rookie opera lover.

The series starts with I’domeneo. Composed by Mozart, the work is set in ancient Greece after the Trojan War. Maizel promises it runs the gamut from love and jealousy to calamity and plague.

The shows, L’Etoile, I’domeneo and Little Women, will be staged at the intimate Magic Theater. The theater seats approximately 200 people, which is a far cry from the enormous opera houses where these productions are usually held.

At the other end of the spectrum, Little Women was composed by Mark Adamo in 1998. The story follows the book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, and Maizel said that staging this opera gives audiences the opportunity to see a modern stage adaptation.

According to Yefim Maizel, artistic director for the academy, staging the shows at the Magic Theater gives audiences the opportunity to be “in the story or next to it. The level of engagement if much higher.” OAC not only strives to connect with audiences, but future opera stars as well. The academy takes undergrad and grad students under its wing to prepare them for bigger stages. “This is a big chance to expand their repertoire and immerse themselves in opera,” Maizel said about the students.


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Wrapping up the series is L’Etoile by Emmanuel Chabrier. What makes this opera different from the other two OAC productions is its humor. The story, about a king looking to impale someone for his birthday, might not sound very humorous, but the opera delves into scenarios of mistaken identity and comic timing. The three operas range style and subject matter, but they do have one thing in common. Maizel believes they all have a positive spirit and audiences will leave the Magic Theater with an “uplifting experience.”

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Opera Academy of California July 14 to 31 Magic Theater Fort Mason Center - Building D, SF $25 to $35 | 415.345.7575

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DAILY 29 | Unauthorized Rolling Stones George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $12-$15 | 800.380.3095

Dave Garcia as Keith Richards fronts one of the leading Rolling Stones tribute bands in the world.

MELISSA MANCHESTER July 16 | 8:00 pm Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad, Pleasanton $35 to $45 | 925.931.4848

The Grammy-winning singersongwriter studied with Paul Simon and backed up Bette Midler as a Harlette before making her mark with “Midnight Blue.” She’s since worked in most every genre of entertainment, making films, writing scores for theatre, acting on television and recording hits like “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.”

ROBERT WUHL July 1 to 3 Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main Street, Napa $25 to $30 | 707.226.7372

School’s back in session in Assume the Position, where Emmy winner Robert Wuhl (best known as Arli$$) delivers an irreverent comedic history lesson that playfully examines some of the facts, myths, and myths-that-became-facts that have permeated American history. Mixing pop culture with historical events and observations from pundits, Wuhl is the history teacher you never had but perhaps wished you did!

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29 | When It Settles New Conservatory Theatre Center | San Francisco $32 | 415.861.8972

Solo performances of a dance piece by Carrie Whitaker and a theatre piece by Louie Jenkins for NCTC. (Ends 7/31) 30 | A Perfect Circle Greek Theatre | Berkeley $45 | 800.745.3000

An extension of the alt-metalfused-with-art rock style popularized by Tool in the early to mid-’90s

30 | Greg Scott Band George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $10-$15 | 800.380.3095

Singer-songwriter-musician Scott blends diverse influences from soul, pop and R&B. Guest: AgapeSoul 30 | Our Miss Gibbs Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts | Mountain View $25 | 650.903.6000

All the elements of a romantic comedy romp filled with many of the best songs of the Edwardian age! (Ends 7/31) 31 | K.D. Lang & The Siss Boom Bang Mountain Winery | Saratoga $40.50-$101.50 | 800.745.3000

Lang has matured before our very ears over twenty-five years as a major-label artist.

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by grier cooper Enter the world of The Book and you forever transform the topography of this multidimensional multimedia performance-based installation. Each performance is a random page, where performers and audience interact to create a sort of public collective diary, a collage of sketches, snippets of thought, debris of feelings, traces of movement, and echoes of sound. The brainchild of Avy K Productions (cofounded by long-time collaborators Erika Tsimbrovsky and Vadim Puyandaev), The Book is an invitation for the audience to enter and move freely within the private internal world of the artist and leave behind impressions of the external world. “As they enter into our territory they bring with them their opinions, thoughts, and energy, thus completing the performance so that it is not merely an image we present to the audience but an experience within the same physical and energetic space,” says Ms. Tsimbrovsky. “The Book seeks to answer whether the artist can be solely an introvert, or if extroversion becomes necessary in contemporary society. Does sharing one’s art - one’s internal world - transform the artist into an extrovert?”

THE BOOK July 7, 14 & 21 | 8:00 pm SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, SF $10 | 415.863.1414

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The Book has a signature audio-visual-kinetic approach to its performances, as do all other Avy K Productions. Aesthetic principles from painting are employed to develop movement sequences.

Strong visual elements of sets and costumes take on their own life within the shows, which are structured improvisational performances based in experimental non-theater dance, with a rotating cast of guest artists. Participants have a familiarity with underlying themes and one another, yet each show is a real-time conversation between them. Tsimbrovsky adds, “The core idea is that no media serves another; instead we facilitate a dialogue between artists of different media and unite them under a common theme. After a period of time I see a change in each of the participants. I see on their bodies how the project has changed them. For me, the remarkable moment is when suddenly, without my control, the group becomes transformed into a single, connected organism, fully immersed in the world of The Book.”


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turning the pages of multimedia and performance

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TIM ROBBINS July 20 | 8:00 pm Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Avenue, SF $28 | 877.435.9849

Director and Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins shows off another side of his talents. With guitar in hand, he trades filmmaking for music making, touring with his Rogues Gallery Band and offering songs from a newly released CD. If the sound is a little folky and Americana - Robbins writes his own songs - it’s worth noting that his father is the late Gil Robbins, member of The Highwaymen.

BARBARA EDEN July 10 | 8:00 pm Castro Theatre 429 Castro Street, SF $25 to $45 | 415.863.0611

Miss San Francisco of 1951 returns for an evening of fun and fan worship. As the title character on I Dream of Jeannie, Eden became a television icon while sporting the most controversial television navel of the era. This evening promises look-alikes, interviews, musical performances, film clips, autograph sessions and more. Eden will also visit the Castro after a noon screening of her film The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.

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The following is a partial list of music clubs in the Bay Area with ever-changing bookings of bands and other entertainment. If you enjoy the independent music scene, we recommend you call or check the websites for these clubs to get the latest performance schedules and information about ticket prices, age limits and minimum charges (if any).

The following is a partial list of comedy clubs and improv groups in the Bay Area. Please call or check the websites to get the latest schedules, ticket information, age limits and minimum charges (if any).

BISCUITS & BLUES Union Square, SF | 415.292.2583

BIG CITY IMPROV Union Square, SF | 415.433.1227

Bottom of the Hill Potrero Hill, SF | 415.621.4455

COBB’S COMEDY CLUB North Beach, SF | 415.928.4320

Café du Nord Upper Market, SF | 415.861.5016


Freight & Salvage Berkeley | 510.644.2020

COMEDYSportz San Jose

George’s San Rafael | 415.226.0262 Great American Music Hall Tenderloin, SF | 888.233.0449

BATS Marina, SF | 415.474.6776

THE DARK ROOM Mission, SF | 415.401.7987 ENDGAMES IMPROV Union Square, SF ENSO Half Moon Bay | 650.726.1409

Hemlock Tavern Polk Gulch, SF | No Calls

FUNNY TUESDAYS Castro, SF | 415.431.4278

Independent Alamo Square, SF | 415.771.1421

THE IMPROV San Jose | 408.280.7475

Johnny Foley’s Union Square, SF | 415.954.0777 Rancho Nicasio Marin | 415.662.2219 Regency Ballroom Civic Center, SF | 800.745.3000 Rickshaw Stop Civic Center, SF | 415.861.2011 Slim’s SOMA, SF | 888.233.0449

THE MARSH Berkeley | 415.641.0235 PUNCHLINE Enbarcadero, SF | 415.397.7573 ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Sunnyvale | 408.736.0921 SECRET IMPROV SOCIETY Union Square, SF STONE SOUP IMPROV Oakland | 510.380.6808

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BACK Justin Bond visits the cast of Vice Palace at the Hypnodrome

Jake Shears on Union Square

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Esai Morales at the Castro Theatre

Kim Nalley at the Rrazz Room

Debbie Gibson at the Phoenix Hotel

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LaToya London at the Marines Memorial Theatre

Laura Linney and Armistead Maupin on Union Square

Denise Perrier at the Hotel Nikko

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Anita Cocktail at the Rrazz Room

Seth Numrich of War Horse at Frameline

L. Peter Callendar at the Green Room

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