The One About Blue Eyed Soul and a Mad Man in San Jose
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a Mad Man, gang tats, some Big Easy sounds, and much more!
7pm, September 9, 2012
Self described as "a hippie with soul," 25-year-old Allen Stone started crooning in his family's church in Chewelah, Washington and has since been compared to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers. You can check him out when he opens for a tiny unknown group called the Dave Matthews Band at the Shoreline Ampitheater on Sunday. And he'll return on his own for a gig at the Great American Music Hall on October 21, 2012. For tickets and more information, visit allenstone.com.
Death of the Novel
August 30 - September 22, 2012
San Jose Rep
Going through Mad Men withdrawal? Well, the San Jose Rep has your back! The villain we all love to hate, Pete Campbell (real name: Vincent Kartheiser), is starring in Death of the Novel as a writer under psychiatric care for writer's block. Get crazy with The Death of a Novel at San Jose Rep through September 22, 2012. For tickets and more information, visit sjrep.com.
September 6 - 16, 2012
Lorraine Hansberry Theater
Ric Salinas, best known for his work in the once local performance troupe Culture Clash, is taking the stage in Placas as a gang member on a mission to get rid of his gang tattoos and reunite with his family post-jail. Placas opens tonight and runs through September 16, 2012 at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. For tickets and more information, visit sfiaf.org.
Big Easy Music Fest
September 8, 2012
San Jose's Arena Green East
The sounds of New Orleans are about to descend onto the Bay Area in the form of the Big Easy Music Fest. Drummer Zigaboo Modeliste (isn't that so fun to say?), along with Lydia Pense, Cold Blood, Zydeco Flames, the Ray Charles Project, and many more will all be making some noise. The Big Easy Music Fest will take place tomorrow on the Arena Green East in downtown San Jose. For tickets and more information, visit bigeasymusicfestival.com.
San Francisco Latino Film Festival
September 13 - 28, 2012
Various Bay Area locations
The summer blockbusters have come and gone and the Oscar season is a ways off, but thankfully the SF Latino Film Festival is bringing worthy films from Spain and Latin America to fill the void! Some offerings include Dirty Hearts, a flick about a post-WWII scuffle amongst Japanese-Brazilians and Homeboy, a documentary about being gay, Latino, and a gang member. The festival has shows all around the Bay Area starting Thursday through September 28, 2012. For tickets and more information, visit sflatinofestival.com.
8pm, September 10, 2012
The Fox Theater
It's common knowledge that Swedes do pop music really well, but apparently they're also great at garage rock, as evidenced by the Hives, who play the Fox Theater in Oakland Monday night. For tickets and more information, visit hivesbroadcastingservice.com.
September 9 and 15, 2012
Various SF locations
Luck is on your side: you get two chances to check out good music for free in the coming days! First, you can check out the SF Opera Orchestra and a number of opera stars perform at 1:30pm at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park this Sunday. And you can also catch the SF Opera's season opener Rigoletto for free on September 15th at AT&T Park (register for tickets online). For tickets and more information, visit sfopera.com.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
We Need You!
Volunteer during our current on-air radio fundraising drive. It's a great way to support KQED Radio with your time. You can really make a difference!
Enter the New "ImageMakers" Screening Room
Enjoy films from present and past seasons of KQED's short independent film series, divided into Animation, Comedy, Drama, and Suspense.