May 21: The Malcolm X Jazz Festival features some great local performers on three stages of dance, spoken word, and music. The festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, and you can bet you’ll hear about that from poet and jazz singer Avotcja (she’s reviving her “Oaktown Blues”), and from writers Kamau Daoud and Chinaka Hodge. There’s also music out of NOLA from Mr. Blazio and his New Orleans Second Line Band (displaced from New Orleans after Katrina), plus DJ Davey D, dance from Fua Dia Congo, and more. Details for the Malcolm X Jazz Festival at Oakland’s San Antonio Park are here.
May 21: SF Porchfest is back for a second year. This free (Cheap Thrill!) community building event puts musicians in backyards, garages, and on front steps all over the Mission District. If you don’t like one band, wander down the street, meet some neighbors, and check out another show. Deadbeat Dads, Dirty Cello, Claudia and Friends, and Los Pereguinos Còsmicos are among the featured bands. Details for SF Porchfest’s day of music on Mission District stoops are here.
Through June 12: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever was both a lovely earworm of a song, and a mixed success as a stage musical by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner. Now New Conservatory Theater is reviving a 2011 rewrite of the show by Peter Parnell. It mixes some elements of the original Broadway and the later film productions, but most significantly gives the show a gay lead, replacing the reincarnated heroine Daisy (played by Barbara Harris on Broadway and Barbara Streisand in the movie) with David. If anyone can pull this off, it’s The New Conservatory Theater. Details for their production here.