No time for zombies on the Do List this morning; we've been too busy catching shows. SF Opera's production of The Makropoulos Case features such beautiful music, you can forgive the hyperkinetic directing -- and what great singing from Nadja Michael as the heroine (at the Golden Gate Theater through Oct. 29). Meanwhile, David went back to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch (through Oct. 30), and loved it again with Lena Hall taking the title role for the evening.
Now to the new stuff:
Oct. 29–31: Now 36, Gustavo Dudamel may no longer be a boy wonder, but he remains deeply devoted to teaching young people the beauties of classical music. He's leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic's efforts to spread music to disadvantaged kids in Los Angeles, following the El Sistema model that nurtured him in his native Venezuela. Cal Performances is sponsoring his Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at the Paramount Theater Sunday afternoon for a concert with tickets as low as $5. (Details here.) And Dudamel leads the big kids in the LA Philharmonic into Davies Symphony Hall for programs featuring Tchaikovsky and Mahler on Monday and Tuesday. (Details here.)
Oct. 29–Jan. 22, 2017: The late Bruce Conner’s art was about everything from consumerism to nuclear apocalypse. He made photographs, movies, collages, sculptures, and obsessively intricate inkblot drawings. He lived in San Francisco in the 1950s (and founded the Rat Bastard Protective Association with his artist and poet friends including Jay DeFeo and Michael McClure), and then returned here at the end of his life. So Bruce Conner: It’s all True, with its 250 works, jointly curated by SFMOMA and the MoMA in New York, is a kind of homecoming. Details for the show opening Saturday, Oct. 29 are here.