KQED’s Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.
We've got rockers young and old on this edition of The Do List, but first our Shoutouts! I'm highlighting the Monday Apr. 10 comedy fundraiser for NARAL Pro-Choice America, featuring Nato Green, Zahra Noorbaksh, Will Durst and others at the Punch Line in San Francisco. Funny for a good cause. David's pick is the closing night, Saturday, Apr. 9 of the 15th annual Oakland International Film Festival, which features a reunion of some of the cast of the original Roots TV series, including Louis Gossett Jr., Melvin Van Peebles, Danny Glover and others at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.
April 9: A great alternative to watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday on HBO, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are touring the West Coast for the first time in 10 years. This "rock and roll circus" co-founded by John Lyons in 1976 is closely associated with -- and sounds a bit like -- Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band, though maybe with more R&B in its genes. Worth it just for the Miami Horns. Details for Southside Johnny's two shows Sunday at Yoshi's in Oakland are here.
A Summer of Love Trio:
April 8- Aug. 20: The world is indulging its fascination with anniversaries this year, with celebrations of the Summer of Love at three local museums. June 1967 is when hippies descended by the tens of thousands on San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, even though the real action, the Trips Festival and the Human Be-In, had happened months before. The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll at the de Young museum in San Francisco features rock posters, photographs, music and light shows, costumes (I got rid of all my paisley years ago), and avant-garde films. Details for the de Young's show are here.
April 7-Sept. 27: Meanwhile, the GLBT History Museum
opens its show Lavender-tinted Glasses: A Groovy, Gay Look at the 'Summer of Love', which highlights the roles of four queers who helped make the Summer of Love, including poet Allen Ginsberg and singer Janis Joplin. Details for that show are here.