The Do List: Listen to Our Weekend Picks for Aug. 2–9

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Yuna performing on her 'Rouge' tour. (via Instagram/YUNA)

It's time for the weekend!

Looking for things to do in the Bay Area? Listen to KQED Arts' Gabe Meline and Sarah Hotchkiss discuss their critic's picks for this weekend at the audio link above, and read about each event below.

YUNA: When she's not collaborating with rap artists like G-Eazy and Tyler the Creator, this young R&B singer incorporates influences from her home country of Malaysia into her music—a refreshing cross-cultural sound. She performs Friday, Aug. 2, at the New Parish, and Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Great American Music Hall. Details here and here.

'The Long Look': A recent study showed that people in museums or galleries spend an average of only 17 seconds looking at an individual piece of art. The folks at Bass & Reiner Gallery want to change that, through an interesting method: for the duration of 'The Long Look,' they'll show just one piece of art at a time, on a rotating basis, through Aug. 31. Details here.

West Edge Opera: This year, the company known for presenting opera in unlikely East Bay venues has landed at yet another out-of-the-way spot: a former train warehouse at the foot of the Bay Bridge. But the location isn't the most interesting thing about West Edge's new season: it's Breaking the Waves, a new opera by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, based on the 1996 Lars Von Trier film. The Threepenny Opera and Orfeo ed Euridice round out the festival, running Aug. 3–18. Details here.


'Running, Rigging, Waiting': This weekend's your last chance to see this excellent show by Dionne Lee that's all about water, incorporating the Atlantic slave trade, the effects of climate change, and more. A panel discussion on Saturday with some bright minds gives the show even more context. That's at Interface Gallery in Oakland. Details here.

Concord Jazz Festival: It's been 50 years since this jazz festival was founded, and it celebrates in style on Saturday with Chick Corea, Patti Austin, Esperanza Spalding and more. That's Aug. 3 at the Concord Pavilion. Details here.