The One About Nutcrackers Around The Bay And Art of Islam
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a seven string guitarist, art based on Islamic tradition, and much more!
Hunter and Amendola
Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola, longtime friends and former co-members of the funk-jazz band TJ Kirk, are returning to their Bay Area roots this week with shows at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on Sunday and The Independent on Wednesday. For tickets and more information, visit charliehunter.com.
The Jameel Prize
Awarded every two years, the Jameel Prize awards 25,000 pounds to artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions. For the first time in the United States, a special exhibition presents work of 10 artists selected as finalists for the award at the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University through March. For tickets and more information, visit museum.stanford.edu.
Twas the Night Before Hannukah
Christmukkah is upon us! And to celebrate this mishmash of Jewish and Christian culture, the Idelsohn Society is throwing a CD party in honor of Twas the Night Before Hannukah, which features things like Larry Harlow (a Jewish Latin Jazz performer) singing a Mexican Christmas song. For tickets and more information, visit brickandmortarmusic.com.
If all the holiday cheer has you saying humbug, the Shotgun Players are presenting a show that has nothing to do with festivities! Georg Buchner's Woyzeck, a play about a poor soldier who undergoes medical experiments in which he eats only peas and begins to lose his mind. The gifted Bay Area director Mark Jackson mounts a new version of Woyzeck as reconceived by avant-garde master Robert Wilson and with music by Tom Waits. For tickets and more information, visit shotgunplayers.org.
Just can't get enough of the holiday classic The Nutcracker? Well, you're in luck as there are many incarnations of Clara's, mice, and toy soldiers to go around. The Oakland Ballet is putting on the show December 22nd through the 24th, the San Jose Ballet puts their spin on it from December 8th to the 23rd, the SF Ballet takes its turn from December 7th to the 28th, and Mark Morris' Hard Nut at Cal Performances takes a stab at it from December 7th through the 28th.
His work spans folk, blues, and rock, he has been part of bands such as the Nerves and Pilmsouls, and Wig, and he's recently survived a heart attack. Go give it up for Peter Case at the First Methodist Church in Point Richmond tonight. For tickets and more information, visit pointacoustic.org.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
"The Bay Bridged" Music for June
Listen the The Bay Bridged mix of bands performing live in the Bay Area this month, including The Mantles, Cold Cave, The Spyrals, Blitzen Trapper, Monster Rally, and more. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians
Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business, here in California.