The One About New Halls, Drumlines and Cult Movies
Cy Musiker and Peter Hartlaub scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a drumline, bubbles, a cult sci-fi flick, and much more!
January 11, 2013
Marin Veteran Memorial Auditorium
As anyone who's played Rock Band can attest, drumming is really hard. So it's that much more impressive that some people actually excel at it. The drumline phenomenon, which is mostly prevalent at historically black colleges and universities, is front and center in a new stage show that will take its audience on a musical journey through all the genres that inspired the modern practice, from Africa to gospel to Motown. Drumline plays tonight at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. For tickets and more information, visit tickets.marincenter.org.
A Celebration of Harold Pinter
January 14, 2013
Playwright Harold Pinter might be gone, but he's left us loads of brilliant work, such as his Tony Award-winning play The Homecoming. And actor Julian Sands, along with director John Malkovich (maybe you've heard of him?), have joined forces to celebrate the late master. City Arts and Lectures hosts the tribute at the Herbst on January 14, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit cityarts.net.
January 17 - February 10, 2013
American Conservatory Theater
In Amy Herzog's new play 4000 Miles, a cyclist survives a cross-country trip and ends up being more challenged by what he finds at the finish line: his 91-year-old grandmother. Time Magazine named it the #1 Play of 2012 and it also won two OBIE Awards, including Best New American Play. If that's not convincing enough, there will be valet bike parking and a discount for cyclists at selected shows! The show runs through February 10, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit act-sf.org.
January 13, 2013
The New Parkway
Sometimes you need an older sibling or cool uncle to introduce you to awesome films or music that were before your time. In this instance, the newly reincarnated New Parkway Theater in Oakland is playing that role and bringing a little-known, but terrific '50s sci-fi reinterpretation of The Tempest called Forbidden Planet, as a part of its Thrillville Theater series hosted by Will "The Thrill" Viharo. For tickets and more information, visit thenewparkway.com.
The World's Funniest Bubble Show
January 13 - March 17, 2013
If someone tells you that you're too old to enjoy bubbles, they are wrong and probably a terrible person. Louis Pearl a.k.a. The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with creations such as bubble volcanoes, square bubbles, and opportunities to leap inside bubbles. Grab your inner child by the hand and check this out! For tickets and more information, visit themarsh.org.
Bing Concert Hall Opening
January 11 - 13, 2013
Bing Concert Hall
After a 112 million dollar investment and acoustic design by Yasuhisa Toyota (who also worked on Disney Hall), Stanford University is unveiling their brand new Bing Concert Hall. The SF Symphony, the St. Lawrence Sting Quartet, and Los Lobos are all lending their musical gifts to help usher in the new hall this weekend. For tickets and more information, visit live.stanford.edu.
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.