OCTOBER 2012 I Your Guide to the Best Theatre, Music, Dance and More in the Bay Area!
TAYE DIGGS HELEN REDDY [THE SHOWS] DISNEY ON ICE THE SOUND OF MUSIC TOPDOG/ UNDERDOG
MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY
Thrillpeddlers’ THE BRIDE OF DEATH Leads A Little Crop of Horrors
ALSO: DAILY EVENTS + MUSIC & COMEDY CLUB LISTINGS + VENUE DIRECTORIES + MORE
legeNDary bay area giaNts OF Jazz cONcert series WelcOMes
THROUGH OCTOBER 6
AustrAliA’s ThundeR FRom down undeR PREPARE TO BE THUndERSTRUCk!
... bOth siDes ... NOW!!
OctOber 5 & 6
DaNce DiscO heat: a tribUte tO the FabUlOUs
OctOber 7 & 8
the aMbassaDOrs FOr rOMaNce
The FlamiNGos Terry JohNsoN
“I Only Have eyes FOr yOu”
OctOber 9 - 14
OctOber 12 - 14
“QUeeN OF MOtOWN”
JusTiN ViViaN BoNd
“MX aMerica” braND NeW shOW! sF preMiere!
OctOber 16 & NOveMber 6
tracy NelsON, DOrOthy MOrrisON, aNNie saMpsON, & aNgela strehli
1st tiMe iN sF! billy stritch ON piaNO Oct 16, teDD Firth ON piaNO NOv 5
OctOber 17 - 21
graMMy- WiNNiNg vOcalist aND piaNist “the First laDy OF Jazz”
classic bUrlesQUe revUe
retUrNs tO sF With beaUty as gOD(Dess) a cONcert celebratiNg the aesthetic OF the DiviNe
iN the still OF the Night:
The Blues Broads
diaNe sChuur our lady J
OctOber 23 - 28
aN eveNiNg OF stOry & sONg
Jim Caruso’s CasT ParTy!
FishNeT Follies GreGG marX
the WOrDs & MUsic OF cOle pOrter
legeNDary bay area giaNts OF Jazz cONcert series
OctOber 30 - NOveMber 4
blUe sOUl cD release celebratiON FeatUriNg
West cOast preMiere!
“ah MeN! the bOys OF brOaDWay”
The Tammy l. hall
222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
BeTTy BuCKley Grand Piano courtesy of Baldwin
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SCOTT HOLT Biscuits & Blues • 10/17
LINDSAY FULLER Hotel Utah Saloon • 10/25
SHIRLEY JONES The Rrazz Room • 10/23-28
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FOX THEATRE Oakland thefoxoakland.com I 510.302.2250 FOX THEATRE Redwood City foxrwc.com I 650.369.7770 Freight & Salvage Berkeley freightandsalvage.org I 510.644.2020 George’s NIGHTCLUB San Rafael georgesnightclub.com I 415.226.0262 Great American Music Hall Tenderloin, SF slimspresents.com I 415.255.0333 Hemlock Tavern Polk Gulch, SF hemlocktavern.com I No Calls ⇧ HOTEL UTAH SALOON SOMA, SF hotelutah.com I 415.546.6300 THE Independent Alamo Square, SF theindependentsf.com I 415.771.1421 jazzschool Berkeley jazzschool.com I 510.845.5373 Johnny Foley’s Union Square, SF johnnyfoleys.com I 415.954.0777 MAKE-OUT ROOM Mission, SF makeoutroom.com I 415.647.2888 MEZZANINE SOMA, SF mezzaninesf.com I 415.625.8880 MILK BAR Haight, SF milksf.com I 415.387.6455 napa valley opera house Napa nvoh.com I 707.226.7372 NEW PARISH Oakland thenewparish.com I 510.444.7474 OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE Oakland oaklandmetro.org I 510.763.1146
Rancho Nicasio Marin ranchonicasio.com I 415.662.2219 Regency Ballroom Civic Center, SF theregencyballroom.com I 800.745.3000 Rickshaw Stop Civic Center, SF rickshawstop.com I 415.861.2012 ROCKIT ROOM Richmond District, SF rock-it-room.com I 415.387.6343 ⇧ THE RRAZZ ROOM Union Square, SF therrazzroom.com I 415. 394.1189 SAVANNAH JAZZ Mission, SF savannajazz.com I 415.624.4549 SHATTUCK DOWN LOW Berkeley shattuckdownlow.com I 510.455.4735 SILO’S Napa silosnapa.com I 707.251.5833 Slim’s SOMA, SF slimspresents.com I 415.255.0333 STARRY PLOUGH Berkeley starryploughpub.com I 510.841.1424 THEE PARKSIDE Potrero Hill, SF theeparkside.com I 415.252.1330 UPTOWN THEATRE Napa uptowntheatrenapa.com I 707.259.0123 VIRACOCHA Mission, SF viracochasf.com I 415.374.7048 THE WARFIELD Downtown, SF thewarfieldtheatre.com I 800.745.3000 YOSHI’S Oakland + Fillmore, SF yoshis.com I 510-238-9200 + 415.655.5600
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330 RITCH SOMA, SF 330ritch.com/ I 415.541.9574 AMNESIA Mission, SF amnesiathebar.com I 415.970.0012 ASHKENAZ Berkeley ashkenaz.com I 510.525.5054 BIMBO’S 365 CLUB North Beach, SF bimbos365club.com I 415.474.0365 ⇧ BISCUITS & BLUES Union Square, SF biscuitsandblues.com I 415.292.2583 BLANK CLUB San Jose theblankclub.com I 408.292.5265 BLISS BAR Noe Valley, SF blissbarsf.com I 415.826.6200 Bottom of the Hill Potrero Hill, SF bottomofthehill.com I 415.621.4455 BRICK & Mortar MUSIC HALL Mission, SF brickandmortarmusic.com I 415.800.8782 Café du Nord Upper Market, SF cafedunord.com I 415.861.5016 Café ROYALE Lower Nob Hill, SF caferoyale-sf.com I 415.441.4099 club fox Redwood City clubfoxrwc.com I 650.369.7770 DNA LOUNGE SOMA, SF dnalounge.com I 415.626.1409 ELBO ROOM Mission, SF elbo.com I 415.552.7788 EL RIO Mission, SF elriosf.com I 415.282.3325 THE FILLMORE Fillmore, SF thefillmore.com I 415.346.6000
view from the editor There’s a line from Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker that I often paraphrase as: “If you’re gonna live from hand to mouth, you’d better be ambidextrous!” That very much applies to people in the arts who are, sometimes by necessity, sometimes by desire, creatively ambidextrous, and it can be wonderful to experience someone’s previously unknown - to you at least - multi-hyphenate talents. Eric Inman was first known to me as Artistic Director of Willows Theatre in Concord; I first saw Michelle Ianiro on stage acting in Clue at Boxcar Theatre in San Francisco; and I first met Sally Hogarty as a writer when I joined the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. This month they are mixing it up. In Bound By Blood, opening this month at Boxcar Theatre, Eric and Sally are part of the acting ensemble shown below, and Michelle steps out of the frame - literally! - to direct. Did I mention Eric is the playwright? I’m eager to see what these talented folks can do in different roles on and off stage!
Other folks with intriguing new dimensions this month include Helen Reddy, who is making a return to performing after a decade-long hiatus during which she became a practicing hypnotherapist, and Taye Diggs, that handsome leading man of all mediums who has a ready answer to the question: “So you think you can dance?” Here at BAYSTAGES we’re sticking with our main role - bringing you information about the best theatre, music, dance and more throughout the Bay Area. October brings some of our best weather. We hope it will inspire you to get out to more live performance and expand your role as an audience member. We’re here to help you do that.
ROBERT SOKOL, editor
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Meryn MacDougall, Eric Inman, CC Sheldon, Jeremy Parkin, Sally Hogarty and Abigail Edber are part of the cast of Inman’s family drama Bound By Blood, running October 5 - 27 at Boxcar Playhouse .
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little dog laughed Dragon Theatre • 10/7 6 | Doubt Coastal Rep | Half Moon Bay $25-$30 | 650.569.3266 coastalrep.com Pulitzer & Tony winning drama set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964.
Performance and event listings may be submitted to our curated, searchable, online event database at any time via the form at www.baystages.com where they will be promptly processed by our staff. The listings must be submitted to the online database in order to be considered for inclusion in these DAILY STAGES pages and for further editorial consideration. KEY: LF-Lafayette, MV-Mountain View, PA-Palo Alto, RC-Redwood City, SF-San Francisco, SJ-San Jose, SR-Santa Rosa, SU-Sunnyvale, WC-Walnut Creek. 1 | Oleanna
Brava Theatre | SF $18-$23 | 800.380.3095 brava.org Teatro Vagon presents David Mamet’s gripping drama. (Ends 10/13)
2 | Avenue Q
Roda Theatre | Berkeley $14.50-$99 | 510.647.2949 berkeleyrep.org David Henry Hwang is back with a canny comedy of cross-cultural errors.
⇧ 7 | Little Dog Laughed
1 | The Fantasticks
2 | Much Ado About Nothing
1 | Napa VALLEY Playhouse
2 | The Elephant Man
1 | The Hour of Feeling
2 | Harry the Dirty Dog
2 | Sly Fox
2 | Stan Erhart Band
7 | Chinglish
Dragon Theatre | Palo Alto $16-$25 | 800.838.3006 dragonproductions.net A satire lampooning Hollywood.
7 | The Normal Heart
American Conservatory Theater | SF $20-$70 | 415.749.2228 act-sf.org Larry Kramer’s landmark 1985 drama unfolds like a political thriller. 7 | THE Laramie Project
Napa Valley College | Napa $15-$20 | 707.256.7510 napavalleytheater.org Follow-up interviews with the original subjects in the Matthew Shepard case. 7 | Lucky Stiff
Lesher Center | Walnut Creek $38-$47 | 925.943.7469 centerrep.org A zany, offbeat and very funny and romantic murder mystery farce!
lucky stiff Lesher Center • 10/7
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Altarena Playhouse | Alameda $22 | 510.523.1553 altarena.org The longest-running musical ever with a timeless tale of love. (Ends 11/4) Napa Valley Playhouse | Napa $75 | 707.255.5483 napavalleyplayhouse.org Your favorite Broadway tunes sung by Napa Valley’s most talented singers.
Z Space | SF Free | 415.626.4061 goldenthread.org Reading of Mona Mansour’s new play (recently part of the Humana Festival).
Town Hall Theatre | Lafayette $29-$32 | 925.283.1557 thtc.org Larry Gelbart’s tale of fleecing the rich men of the Barbary Coast. (Ends 10/20)
STAN ERHART BAND Johnny Foley’s Irish House • 10/2-31
Newark Memorial High School $20 | 800.838.3006 stage1theatre.org Stage 1 Theatre presents this hilarious Broadway puppet hit. (Ends 10/13) Pacifica Spindrift Theatre $20 | 650.359.8002 pacificaspindriftplayers.com Shakespeare’s timeless parable of love and trickery. (Ends 10/21)
Spreckels Center | Rohnert Park $22-$25 | 707.588.3400 whatashow.com The touching true story of the extremely disfigured John Merrick. (Ends 10/14) Sunnyvale Community Theatre $12-$15 | 408.245.2978 ctcinc.org Be amused by Harry’s funny antics to avoid bath time! (Ends 10/28) Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Covers a spectrum of blues, r&b, rock, soul, jazz, & originals. (Ends 10/31)
HARry the dirty dog Sunnyvale Community Theatre • 10/2-28
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The following listings are compiled from submissions to the baystages.com database and are subject to change without notice. Please be sure to verify performance times and dates when making your ticket purchases. Shows with multiple performances are listed below as of their first public performance, with the final performance date noted in the description. CLOSING SHOWS are listed separately in the sidebar columns with the date of the final scheduled performance noted before the title. ONGOING SHOWS offering regularly scheduled performance throughout the month are also listed separately in the sidebar columns. Closing and ongoing shows are not included in the listings that follow.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
And Fresh from it’s New York Premiere:
Oh, Inverted World / Trey McIntyre set to music by the Shins West Coast Premiere of
Cold Virtues / Adam Hougland set to music by Philip Glass
Three stunning short works by Michael Smuin set to music by Ravel, Paul Simon, and the Gipsy Kings
A “don’t miss” evening of dance! “engaging, fresh, irresistible” – Alistair Macaulay, New York Times
“ liquid clockwork… intensely physical, humanly engaged, and sweetly comic.”
Scan for Tickets
Palace of Fine Arts Oct. 5 - 14
415 912 1899
Jane Rehm featured with men of Smuin Ballet / Photography by Ellen Crane
– Ann Murphy, InsideBayArea.com
3 | Of Thee I Sing
4 | Fabulous Artistic Guys...
3 | Terry Savastano
4 | ¡Viva Cristo Rey!
3 | Sex, Slugs & Accordion
4 | John Lawton Trio
3 | 33 Variations
4 | Melissa Ivey
3 | Thunder From Down Under
5 | Clowns on a Stick
Eureka Theatre | SF $25-$75 | 415.255.8207 42ndstmoon.org “Love is Sweeping the Country” in this Pulitzer Prize musical! (Ends 10/21)
CHERRY ORCHARD Pear Avenue Theatre • 10/14 13 | Family Programming
Shelton Theater | SF $15-$20 | 800.838.3006 leftcoasttheatreco.org A light-hearted, provocative, surprising look at gay and alternative families.
⇧ 14 | Cherry Orchard Pear Avenue Theatre | MV $10-$25 | 650.254.1148 thepear.org Chekhov’s classic comedy in new translation by Marina Brodskaya.
14 | The Kipling Hotel
Marsh | Berkeley $20-$50 | 415.282.3055 themarsh.org Writer/director/playwright Don Reed’s follow-up to his play East 14th. 14 | Play About the Baby
Gough Street Playhouse | SF $10-$30 | 415.798.2682 custommade.org An absurdist comedy from playwright Edward Albee. 14 | Lend Me a Tenor
Ross Valley Players | Ross $15-$20 | 415.456.9555 rossvalleyplayers.com Ken Ludwig’s backstage romp about celebrity worship & mistaken identities. 14 | The Other Place
Magic Theatre | SF $22-$62 | 415.441.8822 magictheatre.org “a cagy, emotionally resonant drama packed with plot twists” –NY Times
THE OTHER PLACE Magic Theatre • 10/14
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Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Irish / Italian with an English accent invites you to sing along. (Ends 10/31) Marsh | Berkeley $10-$50 | 415.282.3055 themarsh.org An evening with Jet Black Pearl (formerly Jetty Swart). (Ends 11/14)
Mountain View Center $23-$73 | 650.463.1960 theatreworks.org Regional premiere of Moises Kaufman’s Beethoven play. (Ends 10/28)
CounterPulse | SF $15-$20 | 415.626.2060 counterpulse.org The effects of heterosexism and harassment on queer identity. (Ends 10/6) Historic Hoover Theatre | SJ $15-$20 | 408.674.2522 quovadistheatre.org Tale of Miguel Augustin, martyr for “Cristiada” of 1920s Mexico. (Ends 10/14) Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Live music nightly at Johnny Foley’s. (Ends 10/28) La Peña Cultural Center | Berkeley $10-$12 | 510.849.2568 lapena.org “Ivey’s vocal power...make her a captivating performer.” -Xposur
Rrazz Room | SF $35-$55 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Celebrating 20 years of the standard in adult male productions. (Ends 10/6)
6th Street Playhouse | Santa Rosa $10-$20 | 707.523.4185 6thstreetplayhouse.com A full-length, non-speaking clown piece to delight all ages. (Ends 10/14)
3 | Race
5 | Speed the Plow
3 | Bad Penny
5 | Assassins
3 | Presidential Debates
5 | Menlowe Ballet
San Jose Stage Company | SJ $20-$45 | 408.283.7142 thestage.org America’s most controversial topic in a tale of sex and accusations. (Ends 10/28) Sonoma State University | Rohnert Park Free | 707.664.2353 sonoma.eduwaterworks A satiric comedy and outdoor performance event. (Ends 10/14) Washington Inn | Oakland $10 | 415.676.1371 the-last-laugh.com Watch the debates, then watch the comics dish out commentary. (Ends 10/22)
menlowe ballet Bayside Performing Arts • 10/5-7
Actors Theatre of San Francisco $38 | 415.345.1287 actorstheatresf.org Third title in Mamet’s Business Trilogy of dramatic plays. (Ends 11/17) Ashby Stage | Berkeley $20-$30 | 510.841.6500 shotgunplayers.org Sondheim’s musical take on America’s nine presidential assassins. (Ends 10/28) Bayside Performing Arts | San Mateo $28-$45 | 510.522.6096 menloweballet.org The ENCORE program includes Surfside, Serie and Song. (Ends 10/7)
assassins Shotgun Players • 10/5-28
images: courtesy photo (the cherry orchard - diane tasca, kevin copps), jennifer reiley (the other place - henny russell), courtesy photo (menlowe ballet), jennifer palipoli (assassins - kevin singer, jeff garrett, galen murphy-hoffman)
there’s no need to fear
image: kevin berne (topdog/underdog - biko eisen-martin)
by chris rené
In Topdog/Underdog, the only Pulitzer Prizewinning play to date by an African-American woman, two brothers sort out their lives. The older is a three-card-monte street legend who is working toward a more stable existence. The younger would like to take up his brother’s hustle as a means to income and esteem.
has increased. I think this time around Booth is going to be more grounded in me as opposed to being a character. The first time I did it I think I used some of the language kind of in a Shakespearean way. I kind of used the language to create the character. Whereas now I’m trying to let the language just inform me, you know?”
The 2002 play by Suzan-Lori Parks gets a rare local production at Marin Theatre Company this month with Timothy Douglas directing. In the cast are Bowman Wright and Bay Area native Biko EisenMartin, who after some time and training away, is making something of a homecoming bow as a newlyminted Actors’ Equity Association union member.
Eisen-Martin calls the relationship between the brothers “very interesting” and suggests “the audience is gonna have a lot to think about in terms of the kind of things that they experience together and the things they put each other through. These guys are very unique. There’s not many monte card throwers and talented kleptomaniacs living together in the same roof.”
The young actor knows the playwright’s work well. “This will be my second time doing this show and this will be the fourth Suzan-Lori Parks play that I’ve been in,” he says on a break from rehearsal. “Her language is so rich. I love her work. She’s kind of been a beacon for me.” A poet and former Youth Speaks spoken word artist, Eisen-Martin is pleased with the chance to revisit this role. He feels his approach to the role has “gotten a lot more specific. My understanding of what’s going on has increased. My overall understanding of myself and my journey in the show
TOPDOG/UNDERDOG October 2 to 21 Marin Theatre Company 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley $36-$57 I 415.388.5208 marintheatre.org
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DAILY 5 | Bound by Blood
6 | Lyle the Crocodile
5 | Hand to Mouth Comedy
6 | Madonna
5 | Philharmonia Baroque
6 | The Tall Shadows
5 | Trouble in Mind
6 | Geezer
5 | Smuin Ballet
6 | The Merry Widow
Boxcar Playhouse | SF $10-$25 | 925.550.7860 ianiroproductions.com Follows discovering the power and heartache of acceptance. (Ends 10/27)
bollywood sleeping beauty New Conservatory Theatre • 10/14 14 | Elvis Has Left the BLDG
⇧ 14 | Bollywood Sleeping Beauty
New Conservatory Theatre | SF $15 | 415.861.8972 nctcsf.org NCTC Family Matinee Series presents this Indian twist on a classic tale. 21 | Hamlet
Herbst Theatre | SF $25-$92 | 415.392.4400 philharmonia.org Purcell’s Dioclesian, a semi-opera about a soldier’s ascent to the Roman throne.
Newman Auditorium | Santa Rosa $15 | 707.527.4343 santarosa.edutheatrearts Written by Alice Childress, a pioneering African-American playwright. (Ends 10/14)
HP Pavilion | San Jose $170-$355 | 800.745.3000 livenation.com Madge hits the Bay Area with her 2012 world tour. (Ends 10/7) Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Cover band performs classic rock and modern hits from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. Marsh - San Francisco | SF $25-$100 | 415.282.3055 themarsh.org Hysterical riffs from life in a nursing home to the meaning of life. (Ends 11/16)
Bruns Amphitheater | Orinda $35-$71 | 510.548.9666 calshakes.org New, visceral revelations in every corner of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater | SF $25-$65 | 415.912.1899 smuinballet.org World premiere by Ma Cong, plus Swipe and a Michael Smuin work. (Ends 10/14)
Montgomery Theatre | SJ $27-$37 | 408.986.1455 lyrictheatre.org Lyric Theatre presents Lehar’s comic opera in English with orchestra. (Ends 10/14)
21 | 6th Annual Tapas
5 | Odair Assad
Conservatory of Music | SF $30-$45 | 415.242.4500 omniconcerts.com Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist presented by Omni and SF Performances.
6 | Lynyrd Skynrd
Rio Nido Lodge | Rio Nido $15 | 707.583.2343 pegasustheater.com Eight short plays by greater Bay Area playwrights.
21 | 44 Plays 44 Presidents
5 | Jason Robert Brown
Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $35 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org Composer/lyricist with Roustabout Theater and singer Amy Ryder.
6 | Revolver
City Lights Theater | SJ $17-$40 | 408.295.4200 cltc.org A fun, fast-paced look at the history of the Oval Office! 25 | The Waiting Period
6 | La Bohème
7 | “8” The Play
Marsh - San Francisco | SF $20-$50 | 415.282.3055 themarsh.org Brian Copeland’s compelling account of living with profound depression.
hamlet California Shakespeare Theatre • 10/21
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Bankhead Theater | Livermore $39-$64 | 925.373.6800 mylvpac.com Livermore Valley Opera presents Puccini’s classic tale. (Ends 10/14)
jason robert brown Wells Fargo Center • 10/5
Mountain Winery | Saratoga $60.50-$140.50 | 888.929.7849 mountainwinery.com Rock band known for the Southern hard rock genre. With Michael Lee Firkins. Rancho Nicasio | Nicasio $12 | 415.662.2219 ranchonicasio.com Beatles tribute band, with Bonnie Hayes and her tribute to Carole King. American Conservatory Theater | SF $50-$100 | 415.749.2228 act-sf.org The landmark marriage equality play, with Dustin Lance Black and more.
geezer The Marsh • 10/6-11/16
images: courtesy photo (bollywood sleeping beauty), kevin berne (hamlet - zainab jah. leroy mcclain), kurt sneddon (jason robert brown), patti meyer (geezer - geoff hoyle)
Theatre on San Pedro Square | SJ $29-$35 | 800.838.3006 tabardtheatre.org A screwball comedy packed with The King’s unforgettable music.
Dark Room | SF $5 | 415.401.7987 handtomouthcomedy.com A monthly, topic-based comedy show. One show, one topic.
Freight & Salvage | Berkeley $12-$20 | 510.296.4433 bactheatre.org The Primms love Lyle, but their neighbor wants to send him to the zoo! (Ends 10/28)
making his moves by robert sokol
The on-screen image of Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back or the hit series Private Practice is so cool, so smooth, that you’d naturally expect him to have some great moves. What most people don’t know is that Diggs is actually an accomplished choreographer and a founder of a dre.dance company. He’s making a rare visit to the Bay Area for one night as a song and dance man with a renewed emphasis on dance.
’12 • ’13 series
“I’m not getting any younger,” he jokes, “and I’m trying to kind of face my fears. You know, you spend so much time in front of a camera, it’s easy to lose track of how it all began. So I wanted to kind of go back to my roots and kind of challenge myself.” He’ll definitely be utilizing the voice that won him raves - and perhaps, future wife Idina Menzel - in Rent, but he’s also stepping up with some fancy footwork. “I’ve never danced my own choreography in front of people before. So with this show the main challenge is integrating my own choreography with some of the music that I like to sing. It’s kind of an experiment. I’m hoping that it’s successful.” Taye Diggs October 6 I 8:00 pm Jewish Community Center 3200 California Street, SF $55-$67 I 415.292.1233 jccsf.org
10/28 Mary Wilson
of the Supremes
11/11 Tommy Tune 12/9 Peter Gallagher 2/17 Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley 3/1 Elaine Paige 3/23 Nellie McKay + Chanticleer THE VENETIAN ROOM
image: courtesy photo (taye diggs)
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DAILY 7 | Perla Batalla
7 | Wayne Krantz
7 | Funniest Bubble Show
8 | The Blank Tapes
7 | Preservation Hall
8 | Comedy Returns to El Rio!
7 | Brian Kent
8 | Disclosure
Firehouse Arts Center | Pleasanton $12-$25 | 925.931.4848 firehousearts.org Mexican-American singer-songwriter. Grammy nominated composer-arranger.
peter morrison Marakech Magic Theater Beach Blanket Babylon
Club Fugazi | SF $25-$130 | 415.421.4222 beachblanketbabylon.com Long-running revue with songs, dances and outrageously big hats. Dinner Detective Murder Mystery
Marsh | Berkeley $8-$50 | 415.282.3055 themarsh.org Louis Pearl works magic with bubbles, delighting folks of all ages. (Ends 11/25)
Preservation Hall West at The Chapel | SF $30 | 877.435.9849 ticketfly.com Guests Justin Townes Earle and Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys.
Yoshi’s | SF $20 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Guitarist-composer consistently skirting the edges of jazz, rock and fusion. Café Du Nord | SF $10 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com Singer-songwriter, Matt Adams, with The Lawlands & Cabana Café. El Rio | SF $7-$20 | 800.838.3006 koshercomedy.com Multicultural stand-up featuring Sammy Obeid, Bobby Golden and Nick Leonard.
Hilton San Jose | SJ $69.95 | 888.453.9788 thedinnerdetective.com America’s largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show!
Rrazz Room | SF $50 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Recording artist Kent brings his one man show dance music from NYC.
Studio 250 Theatre | SF $5-$10 | 614.302.0484 playwrightscentersf.org Pursuit of closure leads Maya deeper into conflict with those she loves most.
FOODIES: The Musical
7 | The Flamingos
Rrazz Room | SF $35-$45 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Innovative show of their standards featuring Terry Johnson. (Ends 10/8)
9 | Greg Hahn
Shelton Theater | SF $30-$34 | 800.838.3006 foodiesthemusical.com Hilarious songs and sketches about food - how, where and what we eat.
⇧ Peter Morrison
7 | Catherine Cook & Friends
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | SF $18-$25 | 415.648.5236 nvcm.org Catherine Cook, Jennifer Culp, Elisabeth Lowry and Kristin Pankonin perform.
9 | Alfie Boe
Marrakech Magic Theater | SF $45 | 800.838.3006 sanfranciscomagictheater.com Intimate theater seats 35 for a special close-up magic show experience. Performance Objects
7 | Spooky Cabaret
Stage Werx 446 | SF $10-$35 | 415.632.6112 wilywestproductions.com Four spooky evenings of theatre & music brought to you by Wily West. (Ends 10/10)
9 | Martha Reeves
Museum of Performance & Design | SF $5 | 415.255.4800 mpdsf.org Exhibit showcasing rare items from the collection and tracing their origin. The Shout
7 | Steve Vai
9 | Chris Minh Doky’s Nomads
Uptown Theatre | Napa $50 | 707.259.0123 uptowntheatrenapa.com Guitarist and composer, with special guest Beverly McClellan.
Palace of Fine Arts Theater | SF $49.50 | 800.745.3000 ticketmaster.com English tenor. Star of Les Misérables in the West End. Rrazz Room | SF $40-$45 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com The Queen of Motown, jazz/blues singer Reeves is back on the road. (Ends 10/14) Yoshi’s | Oakland $20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Danish bass master plays with Dave Weckl, Dean Brown and George Whitty.
Sunday’s A Drag
Harry Denton’s Starlight Room | SF $45 | 415.395.8595 harrydenton.com Sunday brunch with professional drag show. Comedy, music, illusion. Thanks For Playing
Retro Dome | San Jose $24-$44 | 408.404.7711 theretrodome.com Interactive musical that celebrates America’s love of ‘60s game shows.
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perla batalla Firehouse Arts Center • 10/7
alfie boe Palace of Fine Arts • 10/9
images: courtesy photos (peter morrison), (perla batalla), (alfie boe)
Grand Lake Coffee House | Oakland $5-$20 | 510.220.8614 theshoutstorytelling.com Life’s true stories told without notes or scripts on every 2nd Monday.
Napa Valley Opera House | Napa $15 | 707.226.7372 nvoh.org Cafe Theatre Comedy presents this fave of The Bob & Tom Radio Show.
by steve murray Disney’s beloved characters are back in the Bay Area, resplendent in fanciful costumes and singing favorite songs in Disney on Ice. But what makes this show particularly special is the ice choreography by two-time Emmy-winning Canadian figure skater Sarah Kawahara. A seven-year veteran of the Ice Capades, Kawahara went on to choreograph for television, film and touring shows, working with a who’s-who of great figure skaters like Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Dorothy Hamill and Oksana Baiul to name a few. “I love how all the arts come together - the dance, music, acting. Different styles constantly marry into my choreography, a real fusion. I continue to choreograph because it is like creating moving sculpture for me.” Kawahara happily accepted the challenges of bringing the Disney characters to life, which is different from the athletic programming she had previously created. “I always loved storytelling,” she says, and is thrilled to be able to work with “so many more characters to add, with so many more layers.”
For this show Kawahara must work with many moving elements including cumbersome costumes. “I work very closely with the scenic department and with Jerry Bilik, the director,” she says, noting there’s “lots of experimentation and repetition. The character costumes are a real challenge to move in. When you think about how effortless the animated character moves, trying to skate the movement adding jumps and spins and footwork can be tricky.” disney on ice October 12 to 21 Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland October 24 to 2 HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara Street, SJ $15-$77 I 800.745.3000 disney.go.com/disneyonice
image: courtesy photo (disney on ice - rafiki)
Kawahara delivers the familiar Disney characters but adds her own creative sensibilities. “The Disney characters do have their expected vocabulary of
movement that their fans expect them to see,” she says. Her creativity applies in different touches, “like the soldiers in Toy Story. I created a drill team routine with actual rifle drill maneuvers.”
DISNEY ON ICE
creating some cool choreography
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STILL STANDING (UP)
DAILY 10 | James Fulkerson
11 | Freud’s Last Session
10 | Elect to Laugh!
11 | emperor’s new clothes
10 | The Footsteps Of Django
11 | Shakespeare: Abridged
Meridian Gallery | SF $10 | 415.398.7229 meridiangallery.org Composer-trombonist presents his own music plus works by others.
SAMMY OBEID El Rio • 10/8
⇧ COMEDY RETURNS TO EL RIO El Rio I SF $7-$20 I 800.838.3006 elriosf.com Laughs in the Mission the second Monday of every month at 8:00 pm.
HARVEY’S FUNNY TUESDAYS
Harvey’s I SF FREE I 415.431.4278 harveyssf.com Ronn Vigh and a roster of LGBT-friendly comics on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm. HELLA GAY COMEDY
Tommy T’s Showroom I SF $10 I 415.346.5597 tommyts.com/showroom Jill Bourque hosts a night of stand-up every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. MARK PITTA & FRIENDS
142 Throckmorton I Mill Valley $15-$20 I 415. 383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org National headliner from SF comedy scene hosts Tuesday at 8:00 pm. MINORITIES STAND UP
StageWerx I SF $10-$15 I At The Door stagewerx.org Edwin Li & Samson Koletkar blast away at stereotypes every 3rd Wednesday. SFCC UNDERGROUND
Lesher Center | Walnut Creek $14 | 925.943.7469 fantasyforum.org Fantasy Forum Actors presents an original musical by Florence Denison. (Ends 10/13)
Yoshi’s | Oakland $22-$25 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com With Lulo Reinhardt, Les Doigts De L’Homme, Norig Gadji.
Suisun Harbor Theatre | Suisun City $25-$50 | 707.940.0700 secondchancetheatrealliance.org A hilarious mash-up of the Bard’s 37 plays with mirth and (ir)reverence. (Ends 10/28)
10 | Kurt Elling
11 | Joshua Radin
11 | Set List
11 | Archie Shepp Quartet
11 | Dinner with Friends
12 | Genius of Mozart
11 | Wild Women of Song
12 | The Spirit of Lennon
11 | Steve Trevino
12 | The Scotland Company
Yoshi’s | SF $25 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Renowned Grammy-winning performer of jazz vocalese. 142 Throckmorton | Mill Valley $20-$30 | 415.383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org This touring comedy show is produced by Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad. Olinder Theatre | San Jose $15-$20 | 408.288.7820 northsidetheatre.com Play about the reality, trauma & comedy of long-term relationships. (Ends 11/4) Oshman Family JCC | Palo Alto $30 | 800.838.3006 paloaltojcc.org Pamela Rose combines live jazz & blues with projected images and storytelling. Rooster T. Feathers | Sunnyvale $13 | 408.736.0921 roostertfeathers.com Appearing with Tim Babb. 21 and over show. (Ends 10/14)
Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $29.50 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org Recording artist, songwriter and actor, with Alison Sudol’s A Fine Frenzy. Yoshi’s | Oakland $25-$35 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Saxophone player-composer-pianistsinger with guests. (Ends 10/12)
Bankhead Theater | Livermore $30-$45 | 925.373.6800 mylvpac.com Pacific Chamber Symphony opens its 25th season with an all-Mozart program. El Campanil Theatre | Antioch $22 | 925.757.9500 elcampaniltheatre.com Drew Harrison presents this tribute concert to the late Beatle. EXIT Theatre | SF $20-$30 | 800.838.3006 thunderbirdtheatre.com Scotland. Rich culture and history, or just a made-up farce? (Ends 10/28)
Purple Onion I SF $7 I 800.838.3006 sfcomedycollege.com SF Comedy College on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm.
KURT ELLING Yoshi’s • 10/10
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the scotland company EXIT Theatre • 10/12-28
images: courtesy photo (sammy obeid), anna webber (kurt elling), bill schroeder (the scotland company - xanadu bruggers)
Deco Lounge I SF $20 I 415.346.3025 decosf.com LGBT comedy variety show that changes its theme every month.
Worthy of Love | Petaluma $15 | 707.763.8920 cinnabartheater.org Will Durst’s show will satisfy the appetite of the most ravenous political junkie.
San Jose Repertory Theatre | SJ $10-$74 | 408.367.7255 sjrep.com An imagined debate between Dr. Sigmund Freud and writer C.S. Lewis. (Ends 11/4)
RED HOT & REVELATORY
“HIGH-VOLTAGE... PROVOCATIVE” ...technicolor dreamcoat Lesher Center • 10/12-11/10
salvador santana George’s Nightclub • 10/13
- Bloomberg News
images: courtesy photos (joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat - tom homsley, estelle fernandez), (salvador santana), david kimelman (justin vivian bond)
12 | Thee Oh Sees
Great American Music Hall | SF $15 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com John Dwyer’s SF band, with Sic Alps, Sonny Smith & The Mallard. 12 | Seeing America
Jewish Community Center | SF $35-$45 | 415.292.1233 jccsf.org Bill Pullman and Lily Knight narrate this multi-media celebration of America.
justin vivian bond The Rrazz Room • 10/12-14
12 | Body & Soul
12 | Camelot
12 | ...Technicolor Dreamcoat
12 | Eddie Levert
12 | Les contes d’Hoffmann
13 | Mission Latin Jazz Fest
12 | The Little Old Lady ...
13 | Arts Walk Santa Clara
Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com A versatile 5-piece, 6-piece or full 8-piece band with a horn section. Lesher Center | Walnut Creek $40-$49 | 925.943.7469 ccmt.org Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about Joseph and his brothers. (Ends 11/10) Lucie Stern Theater | Palo Alto $69-$75 | 650.424.9999 wbopera.org Offenbach’s last work, The Tales of Hoffman. (Ends 10/21)
Mountain View Center $5-$10 | 650.903.6000 pytnet.org ...Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. From a book by Linda Williams. (Ends 10/13)
Spreckels Center | Rohnert Park $20-$26 | 707.588.3400 spreckelsonline.com The King Arthur musical by Lerner & Loewe. Tragic yet uplifting. (Ends 10/28)
Brava Theatre | SF $18 | 800.380.3095 brava.org First of what aspires to become an annual event. (Ends 10/14)
Central Park Pavilion | Santa Clara Free | 408.376.0593 artswalksantaclara.com An arts fundraiser walkathon with food, prizes, costumes and live performances. 13 | HomoPoetic
12 | Justin Vivian BonD
13 | Salvador Santana
Rrazz Room | SF $30 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” - Hilton Als. (Ends 10/14)
OCT 3 • 28, 2012
Yoshi’s | SF $45 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Grammy-nominated founder & lead singer of The O’Jays (Ends 10/13)
12 | Kyle Alden
Rancho Nicasio | Nicasio Free | 415.662.2219 ranchonicasio.com Alden was awarded grand prize in the 2012 Y Tunes Song Contest in Ireland.
Directed by TONY KELLY
FSC Barber | SF Free | No Phone Available litcrawl.org Poets Kevin Killian, Andrew Demcak, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, James J. Siegel. George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $12-$15 | 415.226.0262 georgesnightclub.com Latin keyboard instrumentalist. With Blanca Sandoval.
“THE DIALOGUE IS TASTY, THE CONFRONTATIONS
SPIKY” - Variety
Featuring L. PETER CALLENDER RANDALL KING ZZ MOOR DAVID ARROW
THESTAGE.ORG 408.283.7142 OCTOBER 2012 I
LIttle crop of hoRRO a monster mash-up by lee walker
October 19 to November 4 Hillbarn Theatre I Poster City $19 -$38 I 650.349.6411 hillbarntheatre.org
‘Tis the season for ghosties and ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night! Halloween (Samhain, if you’re a Wiccan!) will be here at the end of the month and what better way to celebrate than with some theatrical tricks and treats?
HALLOWEEN! The ballad of michele myers
October 19 to 31 CounterPULSE I SF $20 I 415.626.2060 counterpulse.org
A musical parody of America’s obsession with slasher films. Mrs. Skerritt chaperones four school ‘girls’ up at the lake for a fun-filled Halloween dance over at the boys’ camp. But someone also invited crazed tranny killer Michele Myers to crash the party! Watch her slash through her victims to a disco beat! Shriek in horror at her unmasking! NOTE: Coarse language, simulated sex, bloody mayhem are guaranteed.
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Leading the pack is Producing Artistic Director Russell Blackwood and his pack of Thrillpeddlers, serving up Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death for their annual evening of classic and premiering macabre one-act dramas and black comedies, monster mashed with musical performances and a lights-out spook show finale. This year’s line-up of Grand Guignol glory includes: Coals of Fire, a “banned in Britain” two-hander from 1922 directed by Flynn DeMarco; the original work The Bride of Death by Bay Area actor and playwright Michael Phillis, where Sunset Boulevard meets Edgar Allen Poe and Dorian Gray; The Twisted Pair by frequent contributor Rob Keefe, entwining the lust for fame and the discovery of DNA; tuneful terror in Those Beautiful Ghouls composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn and performed by Leigh Crow; and more. Put away that Thriller video and sink your teeth into Peninsula Ballet Theatre and their production of Bruce Steivel’s Dracula. Set to haunting music based on eastern European melodies intertwined with Strauss waltzes, the opulent ballet plays out the struggle of love over death. In a clever bit of cause marketing, PBT is granting a certificate for a 30% discount on tickets to anyone who donates a pint to Blood Centers of the Pacific on October 8 and 14. (See website for details.)
images: nancy fitzgerald-metler (deathtrap - adam magill), jose a guzman colon (halloween! the ballad of michele meyers - michele myers, john-robert fernandez)
One of the longest running Broadway thrillers in history, this beautifully constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of gaspinducing thrills and spontaneous laughter! Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a pattern of failures and a shortage of funds. A change of fortune occurs when he receives a script by a student which Sidney recognizes immediately as a future Broadway hit.
images: courtesy photo (love in the time of zombies), julie michelle (the collection - christian cagigal), laura lundy-payne (zombie vixens from hell)
October 19 to 31 | 8:00 pm EXIT Theatre I SF $20-$25 I 800.838.3006 christiancagigal.com Theatrical magician Christian Cagigal gives audiences another chance to experience the show critics have called a “charged blend of myth and mindfuck” and everyone is STILL sworn to secrecy about what they think they see. The Collection showcases his strange and mesmerizing mixture of magical effects and enthralling storytelling.
Love in the Time of Zombies, written by Kirk Shimano and directed by Claire Rice, a new rom-zom-com from San Francisco Theatre Pub presents four friends - a neurotic gay boy, his roommate, and their accidental dates - trapped in a zombie-surrounded cabin with a mysterious woman who may be a mad scientist looking to use the survivors as lab experiments. It’s “a journey to the edge of undeath that challenges the core of what makes us human and what makes us a zombie.” Romantic, comedic and sexy, this play may in fact be the only queer feel-good zombie Armageddon play in the world...which could be ending soon, so see it while you can! SHOCKTOBERFEST 13: The BRIDE OF DEATH October 4 to November 17 I Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, SF $25-$35 I 415.377.4202 I thrillpeddlers.com DRACULA October 26 to 28 I Fox Theatre, 2223 Broadway Street, Redwood City $40-$60 I 650.369.7770 I peninsulaballet.org LOVE IN the TIME OF ZOMBIES October 15 to 30 I Café Royale, 800 Post Street, SF Free I 415.441.4099 I sftheaterpub.wordpress.com
Zombie VIXENS FROM HELL
October 12 to November 3 Phoenix Theatre I SF $15-$30 I 510.865.6237 viragotheatre.org
In the not so distant future, a biochemist will unlock a noxious contagion that frees the minds of women from the corset bonds of society! On that bright day, the color of the world will be Armageddon, dripping with sex and romance and passion and one perfect little black dress. Written by John Byrd and directed by Robert LundyPaine, the show styles itself as a campy, hilarious pop/rock musical reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Show and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Beware! The vixens can smell your brains already!
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DAILY 13 | Stew & the Negro Problem
14 | Holly Near
13 | Trio Solisti
14 | Billy Joe Shaver
13 | Pacifica Guitar Night
14 | Diablo Symphony
13 | Dynamic Duettos
14 | Man Who Planted Trees
Jewish Community Center | SF $35-$40 | 415.292.1233 jccsf.org Bandleader Stew and crew combine cabaret, soul and subversive pop.
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Le Petit Trianon | San Jose $30-$42 | 408.286.5111 sjchambermusic.org NY-based piano trio, performing Beethoven, Dvorak and more. Mildred Owen Hall | Pacifica $20 | 650.355.1882 pacificaperformances.org Featuring Chris Cobb, Jim Nichols and Mike Tyler.
Lesher Center | Walnut Creek $10-$25 | 925.943.7469 diablosymphony.org Matilda Hofman debuts as conductor to celebrate the symphony’s anniversary. Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $20 | 408.961.5858 montalvoarts.org Puppet State Theatre Company presents this environmental tale. (Ends 10/15)
13 | Joe Bataan
14 | Yokayo Chamber Players
14 | Nouvelle Vague
15 | David Byrne & St. Vincent
14 | Kelly Carlin
15 | The Blues Broads
14 | Close to You
15 | The White Pelican
Bimbo’s 365 Club | SF $25-$28 | 877.435.9849 bimbos365club.com French cover band led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $25 | 415.928.4320 cobbscomedyclub.com George’s daughter presents A Carlin Home Companion.
trio solisti Le Petit Trianon • 10/13
Old First Church | SF $17 | 415.474.1608 oldfirstconcerts.org Presenting 20th Century works, including Dohnányi, Hindemith, Pärt & Eigar. Orpheum Theatre | SF $63.50-$129 | 888.746.1799 shnsf.com Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) promoting a new co-written CD. Rrazz Room | SF $30 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli. Studio 250 Theatre | SF $5-$10 | 614.302.0484 playwrightscentersf.org A look at healthcare asks if we’ve really advanced from the Dark Ages of medicine.
david byrne & St. Vincent SHN Orpheum Theatre • 10/15
images: courtesy photos (trio solisti), (st. vincent, david byrne)
Firehouse Arts Center | Pleasanton $12-$25 | 925.931.4848 firehousearts.org Michelle Whited leads the popular group’s live tribute to the Carpenters.
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Great American Music Hall | SF $21 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Texas country music singer and songwriter. With David Jacobs-Strain.
Seventh Avenue Presbyterian | SF Free | 415.664.2543 sevenperforms.org Yuhi Combatti, soprano, & Colby Smith, alto, in a program of vocal duets. Yoshi’s | Oakland $35-$40 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Filipino-African American Latin soul musician from New York.
Glaser Center | Santa Rosa $25-$30 | 707.568.5381 glasercenter.com Legendary folksinger celebrates the release of her bold new CD.
neil cowley trio Yoshi’s • 10/15
joe klocek Rooster T. Feathers • 10/18
15 | Neil Cowley Trio
Yoshi’s | Oakland $15 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Dynamic jazz piano trio featuring Adele’s co-songwriter & musical director. 15 | Betty Lavette
images: courtesy photos (neil cowley trio), (joe klocek), harcourt paris (let us find the words - dominique frot)
Yoshi’s | SF $30 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Grammy nominee. “Classic soul singing doesn’t get any better.” -NY Times.
let us find the words Contemporary Jewish Museum • 10/18-19
16 | Doc Severinsen
17 | Diane Schuur
16 | JIM Caruso’s Cast Party
17 | Spyro Gyra
16 | Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
18 | Tift Merritt
17 | Ghosts of War
18 | Let Us Find the Words
17 | Maria Bamford
18 | Bobby Kimball
17 | Fierce Love [remix]
18 | Joe Klocek
Napa Valley Opera House | Napa $40-$45 | 707.226.7372 nvoh.org Johnny Carson’s trumpet-playing bandleader, with the San Miguel 5. Rrazz Room | SF $30 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Caruso’s wildly popular weekly NY soiree features pianist Billy Stritch.
Yoshi’s | Oakland $20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Bärtsch likens the interplay inside his group to a school of fish in motion.
142 Throckmorton | Mill Valley $15 | 415.383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org Staged reading of a new dramatic play by Mercilee Jenkins. Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $22.50 | 415.928.4320 cobbscomedyclub.com Best known for dysfunctional family & self-deprecating comedy. (Ends 10/18) New Conservatory Theatre Center | SF $32 | 415.861.8972 nctcsf.org A jazzy mix of humor & personal stories about black gay life. (Ends 10/28)
Rrazz Room | SF $45-$47 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Grammy Award-winning vocalist and pianist. (Ends 10/21) Yoshi’s | Oakland $20-$30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Spyro Gyra take you from the Caribbean to South Africa. (Ends 10/18) Café Du Nord | SF $16-$18 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com Compared to songwriters Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. With Amy Cook. Contemporary Jewish Museum | SF $5-$12 | 415.655.7800 thecjm.org A reading of letters between Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann. (Ends 10/19)
Firehouse Arts Center | Pleasanton $35-$45 | 925.931.4848 firehousearts.org Longtime rock front man for Toto and multiple Grammy winner. (Ends 10/19) Rooster T. Feathers | Sunnyvale $13 | 408.736.0921 roostertfeathers.com Klocek works the room with razor sharp wit. Guests Jimmy Gunn and David Nguyen. OCTOBER 2012 I
COMEDY & IMPROV
DAILY 18 | Sons of Etta
19 | Jamie Clark Band
19 | August: Osage County
19 | Bobcat Goldthwait
19 | Peninsula Symphony
19 | WHAT Girls Are Made Of
19 | Plan 9 From Outer Space
19 | Tiger Army
19 | John Brown’s Body
19 | Kathy Kallick Band
19 | The Underpants
19 | John Witherspoon
19 | Richard III
19 | Incident at Vichy
19 | Jorma Kaukonen
19 | Anjelah Johnson
Yoshi’s | SF $12-$20 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com A tribute to Etta James featuring Donto James, Thelma Jones and Jimmy Z.
MARLAN & SHAWN WAYANS The Improv • 10/11-14
Bayside Arts Center | San Mateo $40 | 650.941.5291 peninsulasymphony.org Performing works by Mahler. Also 10/20 at the Flint Center.
Glaser Center | Santa Rosa $10 | 707.568.5381 glasercenter.com Ed Wood’s camp classic comes to life as a word-for-word staged reading. Great American Music Hall | SF $20 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Reggae rhythms blended with dub, funk, ska, hip-hop, and dubstep. Lesher Center | Walnut Creek $38-$47 | 925.943.7469 centerrep.org From the mind of Steve Martin comes a wild and crazy satire. (Ends 11/17) Live Oak Theater | Berkeley $12-$15 | 800.838.3006 aeofberkeley.org The Machiavellian rise to power and short reign of Richard III. (Ends 11/17)
Napa Valley Opera House | Napa $25-$30 | 707.226.7372 nvoh.org Fingerstyle guitar master was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane.
incident at vichy Village Theatre • 10/19-11/10
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Rooster T. Feathers | Sunnyvale $15 | 408.736.0921 roostertfeathers.com Comedian, actor and director. With Joe Klocek & David Nguyen. (Ends 10/21)
Shelton Theater | SF $20-$38 | 415.336.3522 whatgirlsaremadeof.com Show asks: How much would you invest to shatter a glass ceiling? (Ends 11/4) Slim’s | SF $23 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Co-headlining with Crocodiles, The Goddamn Gallows & Death March. Studio 55 Marin | San Rafael $13-$15 | 415.453.3161 studio55marin.com Contemporary bluegrass band. Plus Sycamore Slough String Band.
Tommy T’s | Pleasanton $25-$35 | 925.227.1800 tommyts.com Appeared on The Wayan Brothers and The Tracy Morgan Show. (Ends 10/21)
Village Theatre | Danville $20-$28 | 925.314.3400 danvilletheatre.com WWII drama about a random group of men held for questioning. (Ends 11/10) Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $29.50 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org American actress, comic, and former NFL cheerleader. With Kabir Singh.
what girls are made of Shelton Theatre • 10/19-11/4
images: courtesy photos (marlan wayans, shawn wayans), (incident at vichy), michael david rose photography (what girls are made of - chloe bronzan, sally dana, amber crane)
BATS IMPROV Marina, SF improv.org I 415.474.6776 BLUE BLANKET IMPROV Half Moon Bay blueblanketimprov.com I 650.726.0770 BUNJO’S COMEDY LOUNGE Dublin bunjoscomedy.com I 925.264.4413 COBB’S COMEDY CLUB North Beach, SF cobbscomedyclub.com I 415.928.4320 ⇧ COMEDYSportz San Jose comedysportzsanjose.com DARK ROOM Mission, SF darkroomsf.com I 415.401.7987 ENDGAMES IMPROV Union Square, SF endgamesimprov.com ENSO Half Moon Bay ensohmb.com I 650.726.1409 IMPROV San Jose improv.com I 408.280.7475 MADE UP THEATRE Fremont madeuptheatre.com I 510.573.3633 PUNCH LINE Embarcadero, SF punchlinecomedyclub.com I 415.397.7573 ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Sunnyvale roostertfeathers.com I 408.736.0921 SAN FRANCISCO COMEDY CELLAR Union Square, SF sfcomedycellar.jigsy.com I 415.345.8222 SECRET IMPROV SOCIETY Union Square, SF improvsociety.com STONE SOUP IMPROV Berkeley stonesoupimprov.com I 510.380.6808 TOMMY T’S Showroom Downtown, SF tommyts.com I 415.346.5597
6th Street Playhouse | SR $25-$32 | 707.523.4185 6thstreetplayhouse.com Pulitzer & Tony winner exposes the dark side of Midwestern America. (Ends 11/4)
Rancho Nicasio | Nicasio Free | 415.662.2219 ranchonicasio.com Singer-songwriter with influences of Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen & Chris Isaak.
still strong and invincible by robert sokol After a decade of retirement from public performing, Grammy winner Helen Reddy is back in the spotlight and feeling fine. “I thought maybe my voice would be lower,” she jokes, “but no, it’s all totally there just exactly as it was. It was just lying in wait.”
Some private crooning for her sister Toni Lamond’s birthday got the ball rolling last year. “I didn’t really intend to get back into show business, but I do love to sing, and I’m back on my own terms,” she says. “It’s not a question of having to sing the same 13 hits over and over again. I can do the songs that I love and new stuff to explore. I was more of a jazz singer in the beginning, it was never intended that I would be a pop singer, but that is how I put the kids through college.” Reddy spent the last decade in her native Australia as a licensed clinical hypnotherapist. “I practice a form of spiritual hypnotherapy, specifically, past life regressions, reuniting people with loved ones who have passed over. I deal with the other side a lot.”
images: courtesy photos (helen reddy), (august strindberg), lenore doxsee (spaceholder festival)
Rekindling her performing career is reuniting her more often with her own family as both her children live in the U.S. “They don’t see me as Helen Reddy, they see me as Mum, and if performing again means I can spend more time in the United States, then they like that.”
October 12 to November 18 Cutting Ball Theater I SF $10-$50 I 415.525.1205 cuttingball.com August Strindberg was a pioneer of naturalism, expressionism, and the theater of dreams. His five chamber plays, in new translations by Paul Walsh, are being performed together in repertory for the first time in any language. The plays are The Ghost Sonata, The Pelican, The Black Glove, Storm, and Burned House. They can be seen over three separate performance days or in a one-day marathon on November 10.
Helen Reddy October 3 to 4 Yoshi’s 1330 Fillmore Street, SF $45 I 415.655.5600 yoshis.com
October 5 to 7 ODC Theater I SF $25-$45 I 415.863.9834 odctheater.org
Morgan Thorson has choreographed an evening-length performance for five dancers that investigates the power of patterns in human behavior and in dance-making. The performers engage in an analogous ritual of appraisal governed by the rhythms of auctioneering. Sound designer and composer Sxip Shirey developed an original score for the performance incorporating not only auctioneer chants but also the sounds of burial, excavation, and other found sounds. OCTOBER 2012 I
DAILY 19 | LINES Ballet
20 | Ken O’Malley
19 | The Fab Faux
20 | The Other Café Comedy
20 | 142 Throckmorton Gala
20 | Mitch Woods
20 | West Side Story
20 | Bobby Jo Valentine
20 | Nick Waterhouse
20 | voices of strength
20 | The Diamonds
21 | Anne Rainwater
20 | The Overcommitments
21 | Taking Me For A Ride?
YBCA - Lam Research Theater | SF $30-$65 | 415.978.2787 ybca.org 30th home season continues King’s work with non-dance artists. (Ends 10/28)
IVAN THE TERRIBLE
October 18 to 20 Davies Symphony Hall I SF $37-$150 I 415.864.6000 sfsymphony.org
142 Throckmorton | Mill Valley $150 | 415.383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org Celebrate and support live arts at 142 Throckmorton’s first fundraiser.
Bankhead Theater | Livermore $28-$38 | 925.373.6800 trivalleyrep.org Tri-Valley Rep presents the SondheimBernstein musical drama. (Ends 11/4) Bimbo’s 365 Club | SF $18 | 877.435.9849 bimbos365club.com California-based musician and record producer. With Allah-Las. El Campanil Theatre | Antioch $27 | 925.757.9500 elcampaniltheatre.com Performing classic 1950s rock-and-roll chart toppers.
RICHARD THE First - I, II, III
October 18 to November 18 Berkeley City Club I Berkeley $14-$25 I 510.558.1381 centralworks.org
An ambitious trilogy of plays in repertory that correspond to the three “parts” of Richard the Lionheart’s epic journey to the Holy Land at the end of the twelfth century. Part 1 shows Richard taking up the cross and journeying to Palestine by way of a tempestuous family reunion in Sicily. Part 2 depicts the miraculous events surrounding Richard’s attempt to re-capture Jerusalem from the sultan Saladin. Part 3 follows the king’s shipwreck, capture, and final reckoning in a far-off dungeon in the aftermath of the crusade. (Each play requires a separate ticket.)
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Osher Marin JCC | San Rafael $20-$40 | 415.444.8000 marinjcc.org An evening of mostly political comedy about elections, negative ads & society.
Rancho Nicasio | Nicasio $15 | 415.662.2219 ranchonicasio.com Modern day boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz pianist and his band Rocket 88s. Studio 55 Marin | San Rafael $13-$15 | 415.453.3161 studio55marin.com Valentine and his full band perform their brand new CD album Home. YBCA - Forum Theatre $5-$30 | 415.978.2787 ybca.org Celebration of contemporary dance and theater by African women. (Ends 10/20) 142 Throckmorton | Mill Valley $18-$28 | 415.383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org Solo piano recital featuring works by Lansky, Lang, Ives and Stravinsky.
George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $10-$15 | 415.226.0262 georgesnightclub.com Committed to fun, familiar dance songs from Motown, soul, funk & classic rock!
Alcove Theater | SF $18-$36 | 510.339.0167 generationtheatre.com A kind of a funny love story by Louise Cormelin. (Ends 12/9)
20 | The Skin Divers
21 | Tony Lucca
Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Playing classic soul, R&B, funk and blues without computers or synthesizers.
lines ballet YBCA • 10/19-28
Café Du Nord | SF $15 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com Best known for starting on the Mickey Mouse Club. With Justin Hopkins.
bobby jo valentine Studio 55 Marin • 10/20
images: sheila rock (vladimir jurowski), jim norrena (richard the first - joshua schell), courtesy photos (lines ballet), (bobby jo valentine)
Vladimir Jurowski leads the San Francisco Symphony, SFS Chorus, mezzo-soprano Elena Zaremba, and baritone Andrey Breus in the U.S. premiere of Atovmyan’s arrangement of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible. These concerts, Jurowksi’s debut performances with the orchestra, also include Khatia Buniatishvili performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.”
Yoshi’s | SF $48 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com A tribute to the music of the Beatles “The cavern to the rooftop show.”
Mildred Owen Hall | Pacifica $20 | 650.355.1882 pacificaperformances.org Celtic music sung in both English and Irish Gaelic.
by will schmid
image: jessica palopoli (the sound of music - clockwise: danny debare, siena bogatin, nandi drayon, charlotte levy, caleb meyers, eliana goldfarb, sharon rietkerk)
Balancing the right notes for The Sound of Music is the challenge for Elizabeth McKoy, Artistic Director of Berkeley Playhouse, and her team of family-friendly theatre makers. McKoy eschews the term “children’s theatre” and its implications of simplistic, one-dimensional presentations meant only to entertain. “The thing for us in multi-generational theatre, and it’s super important that we get this out, is we really see the parents or the adult who’s bringing the young person, as the most important person in being able to guide this conversation.” “Our goal is to really create multiple access points,“ she says, “so that parents feel confident that they can go to whatever level of depth they want to in explaining the Nazis, while ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience this great work of art and let it touch them at whatever level of prior experience they bring, all the while allowing flexibility in terms of how in-depth the adults want to get in explaining the bigger context. I think it’s what art does the best: it opens the conversation.”
Another challenge is preparing for audiences who only know the Oscar-winning film version. “The movie does what the movie does super well, which is to really focus on the romantic relationship,” says McKoy. “In the play I think the context of the war - the different ways in which the Austrian people experienced it, and the ways in which they justified their actions or felt helpless and went into the war - is expressed through some of the songs that people don’t know as well because they are not in the movie.”
the sound of music
the hills are alive at berkeley playhouse
The sound of music October 25 to December 2 Julia Morgan Center 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley $17-$35 I 510.845.8542 berkeleyplayhouse.org
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SAN FRANCISCO VENUES
DAILY 21 | The Lamplighters 60th
23 | Dan Deacon
21 | Mike Stud
23 | Mark Etheredge
21 | STARS
24 | Rasputina
22 | Repro Rights!
25 | Sophocles’ Elektra
22 | Sretensky Choir
25 | Mad Stash: Phenomena
22 | Gregg Marx
25 | John Mayall
22 | Loretta Lynn
25 | Gilberto Gil
23 | Neil Halstead
25 | I Love You Because
Herbst Theatre | SF $55-$97 | 415.392.4400 lamplighters.org An orchestra and over 60 performers reprise your favorite G&S songs.
WANDA SYKES Masonic Auditorium • 10/20
Uptown Theatre | Napa $31 | 707.259.0123 uptowntheatrenapa.com Canadian indie band with influences from Berlioz to Outkast. With Deluna. Brava Theatre | SF $25 | 800.380.3095 brava.org An “choice” evening of staged short plays to benefit Planned Parenthood. Marines’ Memorial Theatre | SF $25-$50 | 415.771.6900 marineclub.com Performing early Russian music that was banned under the Soviet regime. Rrazz Room | SF $30 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com The songs of Cole Porter and the back stories that helped make them classics. Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $45-$65 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org Still singing her heart out after 50 years on the stage. Café Du Nord | SF $8-$10 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com British guitarist-singer & Slowdive founder. With Queen Caveat & Echo Twin.
the lamplighters 60th Herbst Theatre • 10/21
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Mission Cultural Center | SF $15 | 800.838.3006 marketheredge.com Performing tracks from Mark’s new pop/ rock album. Great American Music Hall | SF $16 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Cello-driven band renowned for their quirky music style. With Faun Fables. American Conservatory Theater | SF $25-$100 | 415.749.2228 act-sf.org Olympia Dukakis in a new translation of the timeless Greek tragedy. (Ends 11/18) Firehouse Arts Center | Pleasanton $10-$12.75 | 510.778.4272 battlestachestudios.com Sketch comedy plus original short films, live music, and artwork. (Ends 10/28) Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $45-$50 | 408.961.5858 montalvoarts.org Grammy-nominated blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Paramount Theatre | Oakland $25-$85 | 415.771.6900 paramounttheatre.com Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for his musical innovation . Spreckels Center | Rohnert Park $20-$26 | 707.738.2920 luckypennynapa.com A modern musical inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (Ends 11/18)
mark etheredge Mission Cultural Center • 10/23
images: courtesy photos (wanda sykes), (the lamplighters), (mark etheredge)
alcove theatre Union Square thealcovetheater.com I 415.992.8168 bill graham auditorium Civic Center apeconcerts.com I 415.624.8900 castro theatre Castro castrotheatre.com I 415.621.6120 exit theatre Tenderloin theexit.org I 415.673.3847 FORT MASON CEnTER Marina fortmason.org I 415.345.7500 herbst theatre Civic Center sfwmpac.org I 415.392.4400 louise m. davies hall Civic Center sfsymphony.org I 415.864.6000 marines’ memorial Union Square marinesmemorialtheatre.org I 415.771.6900 ⇧ masonic auditorium Nob Hill masonicauditorium.com I 800.745.3000 odc theatre Mission odctheater.org I 415.978.2787 palace of fine arts Marina palaceoffinearts.org I 415.567.6642 shelton theatre Union Square sheltontheater.org I 415.882.9100 stage werx Mission stagewerx.org I No Number Available victoria theatre Mission victoriatheatre.org I 415.863.7576 war memorial opera Civic Center sfwmpac.org I 415.392.4400 yerba buena center SoMa ybca.org I 415.978.2787
Slim’s | SF $13-$16 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com His career is blossoming even though he just started rapping just last year.
Great American Music Hall | SF $16 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com With Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, and Alan Resnick.
images: eric chazankin (so nice to come home to - valentina osinski, michael van way, elly lichenstein), abie hadjitarkhani (the hundred flowers project - will dao, cindy im), courtesy photo (inti-illimani), img artists (jeffrey kahane)
BAY AREA VENUES
so nice to come home to Cinnabar Theater • 10/26-11/11
THE HUNDRED FLOWERS PROJECT Thick House • 10/25-11/7 jeffrey kahane Green Music Center • 10/27
25 | Hundred Flowers Project
Thick House | SF $15-$35 | 415.746.9238 crowdedfire.org World premiere is winner of 2012 Rella Lossy Playwrights Award (Ends 11/17) 25 | Joe Torry
Tommy T’s | Pleasanton $15-$25 | 925.227.1800 tommyts.com Actor and comedian known for Strictly Business and House Party. (Ends 10/28)
inti-illimani Napa Valley Opera House • 10/26
25 | Clannad
26 | Top Secret Band
25 | Capitol Steps
26 | Inti-Illimani
25 | Leon RusselL
26 | Jason Cutmore
26 | Goodnight, Texas
26 | Think You Can Dance?
26 | So Nice to Come Home To
26 | The Rainmaker
26 | Tim Lee
26 | Converge
Uptown Theatre | Napa $45 | 707.259.0123 uptowntheatrenapa.com Irish band still performing Celtic music after four decades together. Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $30-$45 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org Election humor from one of the Nation’s pre-eminent political satire groups. Yoshi’s | SF $35 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Singer-songwriter, session player and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer. Café Du Nord | SF $10-$12 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com Appearing with Elliot Randall and The Deadmen, and Jesse Thomas. Cinnabar Theater | Petaluma $25-$35 | 707.763.8920 cinnabartheater.org New 1940s musical about a woman’s desire to help the war effort. (Ends 11/11) Cobb’s Comedy Club | SF $23.50 | 415.928.4320 cobbscomedyclub.com American stand-up comedian and biologist based in southern California.
Johnny Foley’s Irish House | SF Free | 415.954.0777 johnnyfoleys.com Dance band with repertoire consisting of songs from the ‘50s to current Top 40. Napa Valley Opera House | Napa $20-$30 | 707.226.7372 nvoh.org Instrumental and vocal Latin American folk music ensemble from Chile. Old First Church | SF $17 | 415.474.1608 oldfirstconcerts.org Piano recital featuring works by Mozart, Liszt, de Séverac and Albéniz. Paramount Theatre | Oakland $39.50-$65 | 800.745.3000 paramounttheatre.com Top ten finalists from Season 9 of the reality show on a North American tour. Shelton Theater | SF $20-$38 | 800.838.3006 sheltontheater.org Nash’s play about faith, love and magic in a crippling drought. (Ends 12/22) Slim’s | SF $16-$18 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Innovative heavy music band. With Torche, Nails & Kvellertak.
142 Throckmorton Mill Valley 142throckmortontheatre.org I 415.383.9600 CALIFORNIA THEATRE San Jose sanjose.org I 408.792.4111 CAL PERFORMANCES Berkeley calperfs.berkeley.edu I 510.642.9988 EL CAMPANIL THEATRE Antioch elcampaniltheatre.com I 408.864.8816 EMPRESS THEATRE Vallejo empresstheatre.org I 707.552.2400 FIREHOUSE arts center Pleasanton firehousearts.org I 925.931.4848 flint CENTER Cupertino flintcenter.com I 408.864.8816 ⇧ GREEN MUSIC CENTER Rohnert Park gmc.sonoma.edu I 866.955.6040 LESHER CENTER Walnut Creek lesherartscenter.org I 925.943.7469 marin CENTER San Rafael marincenter.org I 415.473.6800 MONTGOMERY THEATRE San Jose sanjose.org I 408.792.4111 mountain view CENTER Mountain View mvcpa.com I 650.903.6000 PARAMOUNT THEATRE Oakland paramounttheatre.com I 800.745.3000 SAN JOSE CENTER San Jose sanjose.org I 408.792.4111 SPRECKELS ARTS CENTER Rohnert Park spreckelsonline.com I 707.588.3400 STANFORD LIVELY ARTS Palo Alto livelyarts.stanford.edu I 650.725.2787 wells fargo center Santa Rosa wellsfargocenterarts.org I 707.546.3600 OCTOBER 2012 I
DAILY 26 | John Mayall
27 | SF Wind Ensemble
26 | Mint Condition
27 | Haunted Broadway!
27 | Foreverland
27 | Richard Smith
27 | Phaedra’s Love
27 | Reduced Shakespeare
27 | John Santos Sextet
27 | Marie-Louise Langlais
27 | Royal Society Jazz
27 | Bill Engvall
27 | Rudy Colombini
28 | Lua Hadar & Friends
Uptown Theatre | Napa $30-$35 | 707.259.0123 uptowntheatrenapa.com English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. With Dani Paige. Yoshi’s | SF $32-$38 | 415.655.5600 yoshis.com Famed Minnesota-based R&B band formed in the late 1980s. (Ends 10/27) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
October 9 to November 24 SF Playhouse I SF $30-$70 I 415.677.9596 sfplayhouse.org SF Playhouse launches its second decade with the rock-and-roll blast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. It marks the first production for the company in their new location at 450 Post Street.
English chose this play to launch their new space because it felt like the perfect fit for an opening that just happened to coincide with the election cycle. “It is going to be an extravaganza,” says Damilano. “Nina Ball designed an incredible set that resembles the dome on the capital building...as it’s being built. We’ll have a rock band, and Ashkon Davaran will dazzle us with his version of Andrew Jackson.”
Bindlestiff Studio | SF $12-$20 | 707.205.9791 doitliveproductions.com Sarah Kane’s scathing reinvention of the Phaedra myth. (Ends 11/16) Brava Theatre | SF $20-$35 | 800.380.3095 brava.org Presenting Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert. El Campanil Theatre | Antioch $25 | 925.757.9500 elcampaniltheatre.com Big band, swing, blues, Dixieland and more, featuring vocalist Carla Normand.
Metronome | SF $40 | 323.933.2240 glaad.org Celebrate Broadway, Halloween and the culture-changing work of GLAAD! Mildred Owen Hall | Pacifica $20 | 650.355.1882 pacificaperformances.org Guitarist is joined on stage by his wife, cellist Julie Adams. Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $37-$42 | 408.961.5858 montalvoarts.org The Complete History of America (Abridged): Special Election Edition. Old First Church | SF $17 | 415.474.1608 oldfirstconcerts.org Moroccan-born musician, and Sylvie Mallet, both acclaimed organists.
Wells Fargo Center | Santa Rosa $45-$55 | 707.546.3600 wellsfargocenterarts.org Countrified stand-up comic and member of the Blue Collar Comedy group.
George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $16-$20 | 415.226.0262 georgesnightclub.com Channels the energy and stage antics of Jagger. With Unauthorized Rolling Stones.
Bliss Bar | SF $10 | 415.826.6200 blissbarsf.com Hadar has performed as a singer and actor since her New York childhood.
27 | Pacific Guitar Ensemble
28 | Marin Symphony
Green Room | SF $34 | 415.242.4500 omniconcerts.com Eight Bay Area guitarists play music and arrangements by Sergio Assad.
Marin Center | San Rafael $29-$70 | 415.499.6800 marinsymphony.org Presenting Viva Italia! for the opening of their 60th season. (Ends 10/30)
The musical presents the seventh U.S. president as a rock star and focuses on his early family losses due to Indian attacks, his support of the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel and the conflicts of public and private life for elected officials. phaedra’s love Bindlestiff Studio • 10/27
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bill engvall Wells Fargo Center • 10/27
images: lauren english (bloody bloody andrew jackson - ashkan davaran), courtesy photos (phaedra’s love), (bill engvall)
Be careful what you wish for,” offers Producing Director Susi Damilano about what she and Artistic Director Bill English created ten years ago. “Bill and I dream big. We started this theatre with a goal of becoming the San Francisco version of Steppenwolf, or Donmar. We wanted to have a mid-size theatre in the heart of San Francisco and bring our own brand of off-Broadway style to San Franciscans. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember this is not a dream anymore.”
Bimbo’s 365 Club | SF $22 | 877.435.9849 bimbos365club.com 14-piece Michael jackson tribute band plays a Thriller Halloween ball.
Knuth Hall - SFSU | SF $10 | 415.338.2467 creativestate.sfsu.edu Martin Seggelke conducts works by Holst, Bach and Maslanka.
margaret jenkins dance company by grier cooper Margaret Jenkins Dance Company celebrates their 39th season with a preview of the new work Times Bones, created by Jenkins in collaboration with her company of eight dancers, poet Michael Palmer, composer Paul Dresher and set/lighting designer Alexander Nichols. Times Bones examines the “bones” of four decades of creating dance to see which themes continue to resonate. “We want to show that this past has accumulated into something that the company is now. The accumulation of our history generated a lot of visual ideas,” says Nichols.
Jenkins and Nichols will utilize Kanbar Hall’s theater and atrium - a sweeping, light-filled space spanning three floors. “The piece is a journey through history, in a metaphoric sense,” says Nichols. “We looked at this piece in segments. There is a progression of movement as the dancers work their way into the theater, with a series of platforms they use to make their way to the stage.” Once inside the theater, Nichol’s stunning scenic installation incorporates abstracted video segments as a backdrop for layers of dancers. As always, the work bears the spirit of all who were involved in the creative process. “Margaret Jenkins comes from a school of choreography that believes in extensive collaboration,” says Nichols. “All of us are inspirational in what the piece finally looks like. There are so many years of history that we lean on each other in good ways.”
images: margo moritz (margaret jenkins dance company), courtesy photo (memphis)
TIME BONES October 18 to 21 Kanbar Hall, JCCSF 3200 California Street, SF $20-$31 I 415.292.1233 mjdc.org
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WHO’S ON (THE) FIRST?
DAILY 28 | Jon Kimura Parker
30 | Hannah Georgas
28 | Kenny Washington
30 | The Spottish Clay
28 | Mary Wilson
30 | Betty Buckley
28 | Mariah PaRker
30 | Blues Revue
28 | Roscoe Mitchell Trio
31 | An Evening with...
29 | SF Roots Music
31 | Pride & Joy
29 | Tammy Hall Quintet
31 | R. Kelly
29 | Cure The Blues III
31 | the Funky Homosapien
Montalvo Arts Center | Saratoga $40-$45 | 408.961.5858 montalvoarts.org Performing his own piano arrangements of Stravinsky and Mussorgsky.
Matt wertz Swedish American Hall • 11/1 CASPA
Mezzanine I SF $22 I 415.625.8880 mezzaninesf.com If you don’t know Caspa you don’t know Dubstep. ‘Nuff said. FOUR SOPRANOS
Finn Center I MV FREE I 650.917.6800 arts4all.org Amy Bouchard, Kaye DeVries, Lisa Sueyres and Jin-Hee Kim.
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Swedish American Hall I SF $18-$20 I 415.861.5016 swedishamericanhall.com Singer/songwriter with a degree in industrial design! UC JaZZ ENSEMBLES
Freight & Salvage I Berkeley $20.50-$22.50 I 510.644.2020 freightandsalvage.org Combos, ranging in size from three to eight musicians, and one big band. TOM WOLFE
Herbst Theatre I SF $22-$27 I 415.392.4400 cityarts.net The author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities in conversation. Arlene Francis Center I SR $10 I 707.528.3009 arlenefranciscenter.org American folk band known for blending New Orleans jazz and Americana. FRUIT PUNCH
Venetian Room | SF $50-$75 | 415.392.4400 bayareacabaret.org Legendary vocalist was a founding member of the The Supremes. 142 Throckmorton | Mill Valley $20-$30 | 415.383.9600 142throckmortontheatre.org Released first solo recording of her compositions. With Indo Latin Jazz. Yoshi’s | Oakland $24 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Prolific jazz composer-saxophonist with Tyshawn Sorey and Hugh Ragin.
Great American Music Hall | SF $15 | 415.255.0333 slimspresents.com Performing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon & Portishead’s Dummy. Rrazz Room | SF $25-$35 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com CD release concert of Hall’s own compositions and arrangements.
Yoshi’s | Oakland $25-$50 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Benefit concert featuring Lloyd Gregory and Lena Sunday.
Live Oak Theater | Berkeley $5-$10 | No Number Available aeofberkeley.org Staged reading of an adaptation of Macbeth by Matthew Surrence.
Rrazz Room | SF $45-$50 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Buckley sings songs written for male characters from her new CD. (Ends 11/4) Yoshi’s | Oakland $20 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Blues trio is a cross-country meeting of California and Texas musicians. Falkirk Cultural Center | San Rafael $20-$25 | 415.251.1027 porchlight.net Porchlight Theatre’s Halloween event devoted to Edgar Allan Poe. George’s Nightclub | San Rafael $20-$27.50 | 415.226.0262 georgesnightclub.com Popular dance band presents a Halloween costume party. Paramount Theatre | Oakland $57-$102 | 800.745.3000 paramounttheatre.com Singer-songwriter, producer, R&B superstar, winner of three Grammys. Yoshi’s | Oakland $25-$30 | 510.238.9200 yoshis.com Oakland’s hometown hero returns with The Serendipity Project. (Ends 11/1)
Rooster T. Feathers I SJ $12 I 408.736.0921 roostertfeathers.com A diverse evening of stand up with gay and friendly comics from the Bay Area. SFSU WIND ENSEMBLE
Knuth Hall I SF FREE I 415.338.2467 sfsu.edu Over 50 musicians, including students, faculty, staff and community members.
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tammy hall quintet Rrazz Room • 10/29
hannah georgas Café du Nord • 10/30
images: courtesy photos (matt wertz), (tammy hall), (hannah georgas)
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Rrazz Room | SF $30 | 800.380.3095 therrazzroom.com Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the Chronicle.
Café Du Nord | SF $12 | 415.861.5016 cafedunord.com Canadian pop/rock singer-songwriter with a new CD. With Patrick Park.
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@Fishermans Wharf 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco
California Welcome Center BRING IT ON Original Broadway Cast
Last year’s cheerleader film-to-musical now on Broadway. (sh-k-boom.com)
JEKYLL & HYDE 2012 Concept Recording
Constantine Maroulis is touring back to Broadway. (broadwayrecords.com)
@Pier 39 Building B, Level 2 San Francisco OCTOBER 2012 I
BACK Tyler Bennett (Tateh), Annmarie Martin (Mother), Carmichael Blankenship (Coalhouse) and the cast of Ragtime at Hillbarn Theatre
Beethovan Oden and Nasser Khan of ...Chad Deity at Aurora Theatre
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Lawrence Radecker, Wiley Strasser, Olivia Pratt, Evren Odcikin and George Psarras of Invasion! at Boxcar Theatre
Gabriel Grilli (center) and the cast of Stalking Christopher Walken at the SF Fringe Festival at EXIT Theatre
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Lorraine Olsen of Figuratively Speaking at SF Playhouse
Patrick Kelly Jones, Vaishnavi Sharma, Rick Lombardo and Vincent Kartheiser at San Jose Rep
Karen Akers at the Rrazz Room
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Dani Marcus and Keith Pinto of Lucky Stiff at Center REP
Ron Willis and Olivia Newton-John at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre
Loretta Greco and Sharr White of The Other Place at Magic Theatre
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