The days are long, perfect for lounging at the park. But when dusk turns to nighttime, The Do List wants you to find the perfect show. My co-host this week is Jamedra Brown Fleischman, former social media specialist for KQED Arts, and a co-host of The Cooler podcast from KQED Pop. Now here’s our picks.
July 29: Meshell Ndegeocello can do just about anything musically, including jazz and hip-hop, and the songs are intensely emotional. Jamedra notes she’s credited as the founder of the neo-soul movement, with Erykah Badu, Goapele, Maxwell and others following suit. Ndegeocello has worked recently with director Ava Duvernay on the TV series Queen Sugar — but for Jamedra, her voice will always conjure up one of her favorite movies, Love and Basketball (2000), in which she sings about a love betrayed. Details for Ndegeocello’s show at Freight & Salvage are here.
July 15: Here’s a chance to win a prize, make history, and celebrate the lotus, a flower that expresses Buddhist and Hindu ideals of purity and beauty. Following the trend of unusual world-record attempts in the Bay Area, the Asian Art Museum is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the largest human flower as part of its Flower Power exhibit, timed for citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Already, 2,500 people have signed up, and the museum is hoping for 3,000 or more. The current Guinness record for largest human flower featured 2,297 people at the Rochester Lilac Festival in 2014. And to help pad the numbers for this attempt? Jamedra’s bringing her kids.