The One About a Rock and Roll Road Trip And Nixon In China
Musiker and Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up Ojai musicians, a musical about a band on the road, fiction and beer in a mansion, and much more!
Events Mentioned in this Episode:
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!
Idina Menzel's resume is as intimidating as her vocal chops. Best known for
her turn as the first Elpheba in Wicked, as well as for her work in Rent and Glee, Menzel is bringing
her chills-inducing set of pipes to Davies Symphony Hall on Thursday and the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa on June 9, 2012.
In its 13th year, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival continues to celebrate the indigenous
American art form known as Jazz. World-renowned musicians such as Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Kenny Burrell, and Sheila Jordan
will do their thing in diverse settings, from theaters to boutique restaurants to wineries. The festival kicks things off
tonight with a pair of concerts and continues through next weekend.
What if I said you were invited to a mansion across from the Painted Ladies? And that
you could also hear readings by writers of all stripes? And that Lagunitas was providing booze? You would say you were dropping
everything and going, right? Right. All of this is going down at the William Westerfeld Mansion in San Francisco tonight at
It's a busy time over at the San Francisco Opera, where they are prepping three openings.
First up is John Adams and Peter Sellars' Nixon in China, which was first mounted by SF Opera Director David Gockley
when he was leading the Houston Grand Opera. And then there's a new interpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute with
bold and colorful design work by Japanese-American Jun Kaneko. And finally, there's Verdi's Atila. Nixon in China
opens tonight, Atila opens Tuesday, and The Magic Flute opens Wednesday. All three continue into July.
In a new SF Arts Commission piece titled The Oracle Room, Lenore Chinn
brings the unrepresented faces of LGBT and Asian American faces to the canvas. Check out the portraits when the exhibit is
unveiled tonight at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco.
Inspired by Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, Adam Chanzit's The Great
Divide rewrites the tale of a muckraking doctor to focus on current Bay Area environmental battles. The play runs through
June 17, 2012 at the Shotgun Player's Ashby Stage.
You can't have a road trip without music, and pop-rock trio GrooveLily is
melding the two in their second theatre piece, Wheelhouse. The autobiographical musical follows a cash-strapped band
going on the road in a beat-up Winnebago and encountering troubles along the way. Wheelhouse opens on June 9, 2012
and runs through July 1, 2012 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Ojai North! kicks off a festival of inventive music with John Luther Adams' Inuksuit,
which LA Weekly listed as one of the top five 'Classical Music Concerts We're Most Looking Forward to in 2012.' Another
promising highlight is Ojai North's artistic director Leif Ove Andsnes' collaborationg with pianist Marc Andre Hamelin in
a four hand version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Ojai North! runs Tuesday through Thursday at Hertz Hall on the
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