The One About Comedy With Hot Sauce And A Fiery Saxophonist
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a fire-breathing saxophonist, a classical double header, a famous whale, and much more!
8p & 10p, October 11 - 12, 2012
Archie Shepp is known as a political activist, a UMass professor, a playwright, and a poet, but he is best known for shaping free jazz in the '60s along with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. At the ripe age of 75, he is still making beautiful noise. Check out the Archie Shepp quartet when they play two shows on two nights (next Thursday and Friday) at Yoshi's in a co-production with the SF Filipino American Jazz Festival. For tickets and more information, visit yoshis.com.
Comedy and Burrito Festival
October 11 - 13, 2012
Various SF Locations
I can't think of anyone who doesn't love burritos and you can't either. What better way to celebrate your love of this culinary wonder than by attending some of the 30+ shows that will make up the SF Comedy and Burrito Festival? It's all going down in the Mission district, which holds the honor of having the highest concentration of taquerias in the world. Writing that just made me really hungry. For tickets and more information, visit sfcomedyandburritofestival.com.
8p, October 6, 2012
In an evening presented by San Francisco Performances, pianist Jonathan Biss is revisiting the great romantic composer Schumann, with the help of tenor Mark Padmore on Saturday at the Herbst. For tickets and more information, visit sfperformances.org.
October 7, 9, 11 - 14, 2012
Davies Symphony Hall
Another musician looking back through history for some inspiration is Andras Schiff, who has a pretty big thing for Bach. On Sunday, Schiff plays from book one of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, then lectures on Bach on Tuesday, and then leads the SF Symphony through some more Bach classics Thursday through Sunday, all at Davies Symphony Hall. For tickets and more information, visit sfsymphony.org.
Palo Alto Arts Center
11a - 5p, October 6, 2012
Palo Alto Arts Center
After 18 months and 8 million dollars worth of renovation, the Palo Alto Arts Center is back in action! Celebrate their return by peeping a huge new environmental sculpture by Patrick Dougherty and partaking in some family activities, all for free! For tickets and more information, visit cityofpaloalto.org.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
October 5 - 7, 2012
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park is about to get a lot twangier with the invasion of thousands of bluegrass fans who hope to get a listen of Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, and more. It's free so you kind of have to go. For tickets and more information, visit hardlystrictlybluegrass.com.
October 10 - November 2, 2012
War Memorial Opera House
Have a whale of time at the West coast debut of local hero Jake Heggie's adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick, which opens on Wednesday with performances continuing through November 2, 2012 at the San Francisco Opera. 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.