The One About Angel Island And Desert Blues
Musiker and Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up some desert blues, a Charles Schulz approved composer, a trip back to Mount Olympus, and much more!
Events Mentioned in this Episode:
Playing the piano by the age of six and touring with his sister and mother
by the age of thirteen, Rufus Wainwright is somewhat of a prodigy. His musical output since his debut in 1998 has been on
the fringes of popular music, but now he's delving into the mainstream with Out of the Game, his latest album that
features the work of producer Mark Ronson and musicians from the Dap Kings. Wainwright plays the Fox in Oakland tonight.
Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich got a pleasant surprise
when Charles Schulz featured her in a Peanuts comic strip. If it's good enough for Peppermint Patty, it's good enough
for you. Check out a new piece Zwilich has written for the New Century Chamber Orchestra tonight in Atherton, tomorrow at
SF's Herbst Theatre, and Sunday at the Osher Marin Theater Community Center in San Rafael.
Journey back to a time when Greek gods ruled the coop, serpents were considered a hairstyle,
and it was acceptable to gobble up your children (I'm looking at you, Cronus). We PLayers is staging a site specific piece
based on The Odyssey on Angel Island that involves climbing Mount Olympus, journeying to the Kingdom of the Dead, feasts,
libations, storms, and five star views across the Bay. Don't worry if that sounds like a daunting task; Athena has your back.
The event occurs every weekend until July 1, 2012.
The Benue River Valley in central Nigeria is the source of some
of the most abstract, dramatic, and inventive sculpture in Africa. Discover the history of the region through masks, elaborate
bronze and iron regalia, and more at Central Nigeria Unmasked at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford through October,
2012. And to sweeten the deal, it's free!
Back in the U.S. for her third tour since debuting stateside in 2010, the
great Malian singer Khaira Arby is bringing desert blues to the New Parish in Oakland Wednesday night.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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.
KQED Celebrates the Holidays
Find holiday-related KQED television and radio programming, events, gift ideas, recipes, and other Web-exclusive goodies.