KQED's Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.
It's another full week with tough choices at the Do List. We had room for just a shoutout to Oakland band The Seshen's new album and record-release concert on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the UC Theatre (such heartfelt R&B) with our friends Bells Atlas opening; and a shoutout for Brava Theatre's presentation of On the Hill, I Am Alex Nieto (Oct. 27–30) about the young man killed by San Francisco police. (See our KQED Arts video here). Plus please take The Do List Survey, and help us make our show better. Enough. It's a great list, so read (or listen) on.
Oct. 23: The late Bobby Hutcherson played vibraphones with warmth even in his most experimental work (check Out to Lunch with Eric Dolphy). Over six decades, he led bands and worked with greats like Dolphy, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner, Billy Higgins, Joe Chambers, and Herbie Hancock. He was an inaugural member of the SFJAZZ Collective, and on Oct. 23, SFJAZZ honors him with a concert featuring former collaborators like McCoy Tyner, George Cables, Hubert Laws, John Handy and more. Hutcherson died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -- he always had an oxygen tank onstage during his final performances -- and proceeds will go to pay for medical expenses for the Hutcherson family. Details are here.
Continuing through Feb. 19: What is beauty? You’ll find a few good theories at the show Beauty that’s now running at the San Jose Museum of Art. This is the design triennial curated by the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, and a perfect match for
Silicon Valley, since there are more digital and tech-product designers working in the Bay Area than anywhere else in the world.
The exhibit features everything from experimental prototypes and interactive games to tech, fashion and architecture. I love this definition for beauty from the designer Hechizoo (who’s in the show): “When you see beauty, you have this moment of silence, of stillness.” Details are here.