The One About New Films, An Acoustic Groove, And Spring Fever
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up new films, an acoustic groove, a case of spring fever!, and much more!
Medeski Martin & Wood
April 19, 20, 22 - 23, 2013
Various Bay Area locations
Whether you prefer the stripped quality of acoustic shows or a more full-bodied live music experience, Medeski Martin & Wood have you covered. The three improvisers of MMW (keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood, drummer Billy Martin) are celebrating 21 years of avant-jazz-funk with an acoustic set at the Napa Valley Opera House tonight, then they get electric at the Mondavi Center in Davis tomorrow, and then they switch back to acoustic mode at the Great American Music Hall on April 22 and 23, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit mmw.net.
San Francisco Film Festival 2013
April 25 - May 9, 2013
Various SF locations
Cinephiles, rejoice! It's that time of year again when there are more mouth-watering films to see than your eyes are capable of taking in. This year's festival sees the rise of a new executive director, Ted Hope, whose production company is responsible for movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene, 21 Grams, and American Splendor. The fest will feature movies with local connections like Big Sur, a feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's book, and award for SF sound genius Ray Dolby, and more. And on a more international scale, closing night will play host to Before Midnight, Richard Linklater's much-anticipated third film following Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke as they walk around European locales. For tickets and more information, visit festival.sffs.org.
April 24, 2013
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Some people get lucky and find jobs right out of college. Robin Sutherland does those people one better by getting hired by the SF Symphony while he was still an undergrad at the SF Conservatory. 40 years later, he's still working those 88 keys and plans to show off his skills Wednesday night at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Civic Center, where Sutherland will join former teacher Paul Hersh for a piece, play the west coast premiere of Volante by composer Nicholas Pavkovic,and more. For tickets and more information, visit sfcm.edu.
The River and Stuck Elevator
April 11 - May 4, 2013 and April 4 - 28, 2013
Intersection for the Arts and A.C.T.
Immigration reform is heating up the Senate and two plays, both based on true stories, give an insider peek into what it feels like for undocumented immigrants. The River is Richard Montoya's takes on the plight of an undocumented Mexican who dies in a cave in San Diego and is discovered by a pair of Mission hipster-hating-hipsters while tripping on ecstasy. What ensues is a both comic and serious look at the terrible loneliness of an immigrant here illegally. Stuck Elevator tackles the story of Guang, a Chinese immigrant who gets trapped in an elevator for 81 hours, a perfect metaphor for his inability to achieve the American dream while here illegally. The play is brought to life with wonderful music by Bryan Au Yong, libretto by Aaron Jeffaris, and a great performance by Julius Ahn as Guang. For tickets and more information about The River, visit theintersection.org. And for tickets and more information about Stuck Elevator, visit act-sf.org.
April 24, 2013
Marty Stuart started his career at the age of 12 (!!!) playing mandolin with the Sullivan Family and then spent time playing with Lester Flatt and the Johnny Cash Band. Since then, he has solidified his status as one of country music's most-talented chameleons, seamlessly shifting between honky-tonk, rockabilly, traditional country and bluegrass. Check him out at Yoshis's Oakland on April 24, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit yoshis.com.
KQED Pop's Spring Fever
April 19, 2013
Join new kid on the block KQED Pop in partnership with Do415 and The Rumpus for a free celebration of all things Culture. This special event will include performances by Chris Colin, Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul, live radio from KQED's own Amy Standen and Lauren Sommer, comedy by Sean Keane, and music from James & Evander and Social Studies! comedy by Sean Keane, music, literature and live radio at the Verdi Club. For tickets and more information, visit do415.com.
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