The One About Bluegrass, 18-Wheelers and the Fourth of July
Suzie Racho and Wiegand scout the Bay Area for things to do this coming weekend and turn up a bluegrass birthday, fireworks, truckers, 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!
From the men responsible for legendary musicals like Chicago
and Cabaret comes The Scottsboro Boys, a new classic that has already been nominated for twelve Tony Awards.
Staged by Susan Stroman (The Producers), the musical tells the shocking tale of nine young African American men who
are unjustly accused of a heinous crime and whose lives catalyse the Civil Rights Movement. You won't want to miss this one!
The Scottsboro Boys opens Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2012 at the American Conservatory Theater.
Fireworks! BBQs! America! There are countless opportunities to celebrate your
patriotism this Fourth of July. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are playing the Marin County Fair, the SF Mime Troupe is premiering
new work at Dolores Park, Alameda is hosting an Independence Day Parade, and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien will open its deck for
front-row firework watching. And there's even more, if you can believe it. Check
out a full list of events!
Let's forget about that dark time in the early 2000s, when Ashton Kutcher gave
a bad name to trucker fashion and celebrate the true culture with Chris Sprague and His 18-Wheelers, a band dedicated to '60s
style country glazed in truckin' flavor. The band takes over Cafe du Nord tonight for a trucker themed night. Wear your best
trucker gear and you might win a prize (as if you needed the incentive)!
Ever wonder how Alcoholics Anonymous came to be? Well, wonder no more. Bill W. and Dr.
Bob, a quick-witted new play showing at San Jose Rep, tells the inspiring, true story of the founders of AA and their
wives. Bill W. and Dr. Bob runs through July 15, 2012 at San Jose Rep.
Local star Ken Slattery's new play Truffaldino Says No gives a modern
twist to Commedia Delle Arte, as its protagonist two-steps across the Atlantic to hilarious ends. Classic commedia meets modern
sitcom. Truffaldino Says No
starts tomorrow night at The Ashby Stage in Berkeley and runs until July 22, 2012.
Ira Nowinski's new photography exhbiit, I-Hotel: We Won't
Move!, marks the 35th anniversary of the I-Hotel evictions, when the last elderly, mostly Filipino tenants at the International
Hotel were forced out of their homes. The opening reception is tomorrow at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in San
Francisco's Chinatown. Admission is free and the exhibit runs through September 15, 2012.
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is a ways off, but that doesn't mean
you can't enjoy some bluegrass in the meantime. Peter Rowan of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band is celebrating his birthday
with his brothers and band at Rancho Nicasio on Sunday at 4pm.
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.