The One About A Play Which Must Not Be Named And A Kickstarting Berkeley Band
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a kickstarting Berkeley band, a play which must not be named, and much more!
February 1 - 2, 2013
Ever since she was young, people would tell soul crooner Leela James that she sounded just like Etta James, which led her to take on the late icon's last name for the stage. So it makes sense that her latest release is chock full of songs made famous by Etta, but with a gospel and hip-hop influence that's all Leela. Check her out on February 1st and 2nd at Yoshi's in San Francisco. For tickets and more information, visit yoshis.com.
The (Expletive Deleted) with the Hat
February 1 - March 16, 2013
A major hit in New York with a cast that included Chris Rock, The (Expletive Deleted) with the Hat is now making its way to the West and the San Francisco Playhouse has the good fortune to be the first to premiere it on this coast. The story follows a former drug dealer who finds a mysterious hat in his girlfriend's apartment and asks his drug counselor for help finding out if she's cheating on him. The (Expletive Deleted) with the Hat is in previews tonight, opens tomorrow, and continues through March 16th at the SF Playhouse. For tickets and more information, visit sfplayhouse.org.
February 7, 2013
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Portuguese composer Andreia Pinto-Correia pays homage to the labyrinthine streets of Alfama, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon, for a new symphonic work she's written for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Word is that she morphs the orchestra into "a gigantic Portuguese guitar." That's probably something you want to clear your schedule for so make some room on February 7th to head over to UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. For tickets and more information, visit berkeleysymphony.org.
San Francisco Independent Film Festival 2013
February 7 - 21, 2013
Various Bay Area theaters
On the heels of local film Fruitvale sweeping Sundance off its feet, a new brood of indies are set to make a splash as a part of the SF Independent Film Festival. Some highlights include: Not in Tel Aviv, a dark comedy about a repressed high school teacher who goes mental, The Life and Times of Paul The Psychic Octopus (does it even matter what it's about with a name like that?), and Draculon, a movie about Robo-Nazi vampires (yes way!). The festival starts on the 7th and runs through the 21st in theaters in various theaters around the Bay Area. For tickets and more information, visit sfindie.com.
February 2, 2013
Bottom of the Hill
Inspired by his grandmother who used to tap sugar maples in the Catskills, Owen Roberts and his band Shady Maples make songs that deal with the idea of nature and consciousness. Sounds perfectly Californian to me! Shady Maples plays Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco tomorrow night. For tickets and more information, visit bottomofthehill.com.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Science Site Relaunches
All of KQED's science and environment content is now aggregated in one place on KQED.org. Find everything from Astronomy to Zebras!
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.