Arts & Events

Stage-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:55:00 PM

BEACH BLANKET BABYLON This long-running musical follows Snow White as she sings and dances her way around the world in search of her prince. Along the way she encounters many of the personalities in today's headlines, including Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Potter, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush, Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Tom Cruise, Angelina, characters from Brokeback Mountain and Paris Hilton. Persons under 21 are not admitted to evening performances, but are welcome to Sunday matinees. -more-


Readings-East Bay Through Septemeber 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:57:00 PM

A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS -more-


Professional Dance Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:58:00 PM

COUNTERPULSE -more-


Popmusic-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:58:00 PM

"12TH ANNUAL DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL," -- Sept. 18. Featuring EC Scott, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s, Pat Wilder and more. Event takes place in the Rivertown District, off 2nd Street between G and I streets, Antioch. -more-


Galleries-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:07:00 PM

ARTHAUS -more-


Galleries-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:07:00 PM

"BAY AREA HEART GALLERY," -- Exhibit consists of photographs of children, youth and families, accompanied by their compelling stories. The joint exhibit opens in the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland and at the Eden Area Multi-Service Center, 24100 Amador Way, Hayward. -more-


Classical Music-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:11:00 PM

GOLDEN GATE PARK MUSIC CONCOURSE -more-


Classical Music-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:12:00 PM

"A NIGHT AT THE OPERA," -- Sept. 17. Martinez Opera Contra Costa presents tenor Antonio Nagore, soprano Duana Demus, mezzo soprano Jennifer Kosharky and baritone Torlef Borstine. Event takes place at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. -more-


Museums-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:01:00 PM

ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO The Asian Art Museum-Chon-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture recently unveiled its new building in San Francisco's Civic Center. The building, the former San Francisco Public Library, has been completely retrofitted and rebuilt to house San Francisco's significant collection of Asian treasures. The museum offers complimentary audio tours of the museum's collection galleries. -more-


Museums-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:02:00 PM

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND LIBRARY AT OAKLAND The Oakland Public Library's museum is designed to discover, preserve, interpret and share the cultural and historical experiences of African Americans in California and the West. In addition, a three-panel mural is on permanent display. -more-


Around and About the Bay Area

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:26:00 AM

Just opened on Labor Day weekend: TheatreFirst's production of Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business, directed by Michael Storm, with Josie Alvarez, Megan Briggs, Beth Deitchman, Amaka Izuki, Phoebe Moyer, Shannon Veon Kase and Dekyi Ronge portraying the tribulations of a trio of actresses essaying an ill-fated staging of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Through September 26. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8; Sundays at 2. Marion Green Theatre (north side of Fox Theatre, 18th Street, Oakland Uptown). $15-$30. Marion Green Theatre (north side of Fox Theatre), 18th. St, Uptown Oakland. 430-5085; theatrefirst.com -more-


Theatre Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Aurora—tight writing and bravura performances remind us of the troubles of not so long ago

by John A. McMullen II
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:32:00 AM
Director Al Manners (l, Tim Kniffin*) and Eddie Fenton (r, Patrick Russell*) watch the cast 
                  (c. l-r, Melissa Quine, Michael Ray Wisely*, Margo Hall*, Elizabeth Carter*, Jon Gentry*, 
                  Rhonnie Washington*) rehearse in Trouble in Mind (*-member AEA)

If you want to see how things really go in the rehearsal of a play, go see Trouble in Mind at the Aurora Theatre playing through September 26. It’s about rehearsals for a Broadway play in 1955. It is unnervingly realistic in its portrayal of the clash of egos and artistic differences, older actors offering unsolicited advice to new actors, the conundrum of submitting to the arbitrary vision of an overbearing director, and actors who are always “on” and whose main frame of reference is their own needy situation. -more-


Theater Review: Galileo and His Daughter

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:29:00 AM

Swinging plumb lines as Poor Clares twirl in their white habits like celestial bodies ... Galileo studying the suddenly rough surface of the moon through his spy-glass: "This instrument shows us nothing but Truth!" ... Dancing a kind of planetary Ring-Around-The-Rosy, the great physicist and his daughters fall, laughing at their made-up nursery rhyme ... "Papa! What happened in Rome?"—"I had to make promises ... "

Three committed actors—Michael McCamish (whose engaging Twobird was staged by Maria Lexa's Sun & Moon Ensemble at historic South Berkeley Community Church a year and a half ago), Simone Bloch and Valentina Emeri (who both performed with Sun & Moon)—portray Galileo and his two daughters, who become sisters in the Order of Poor Ladies, in an unusual telling of the experimentalist's discoveries and censure by the Inquisition. Galileo's Daughters, written, directed and stage designed by Giulio Perrone, formerly associate artistic director of Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, near Eureka (one of the finest American schools for performance), is now playing Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8, Sundays at 5 through September 19 at the Berkeley City Club, 2515 Durant. $12-$25 sliding scale. 648-4030; infernotheatre.org -more-


Theater Review: Trouble in Mind, at the Aurora

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:42:00 AM

"Aha! Motivation—that's the thing!" When an interracial cast of actors assembles to rehearse a message melodrama about a lynching, the play helmed by a brusque director who implores—or orders—them to "please forget your old methods of work and follow me," seeking "the firm texture of truth ... I want truth. what is truth? Truth is whatever you can bring yourself to believe." -more-


Theatre Review: The Salt Plays (part one): In the Wound—SHOTGUN Triumphant!

by John A. McMullen II
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:10:00 AM
Dave Maier as Ajax

I don’t have much padding back there, so, even with a pillow, to keep me sitting in the park on a concrete step in John Hinkel Park for 2 ½ hours, the play has got to be good. -more-


Outdoors-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:01:00 PM

ARDENWOOD HISTORIC FARM Ardenwood farm is a working farm that dates back to the time of the Patterson Ranch, a 19th-century estate with a mansion and Victorian Gardens. Today, the farm still practices farming techniques from the 1870s. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free with regular admission. -more-


Kids-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:03:00 PM

"BERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION," -- through Sept. 12. A variety of concerts and dances suitable for the whole family. Events take place at various venues; check website for details. -more-


Highlights-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:04:00 PM

"12TH ANNUAL DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL," -- Sept. 18. Featuring EC Scott, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s, Pat Wilder and more. Event takes place in the Rivertown District, off 2nd Street between G and I streets, Antioch. -more-


General-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:06:00 PM

"BUNNY ADOPTION DAY," -- Sept. 11. Meet a variety of lovable bunnies and help try to find them all a good home. Event takes place at RabbitEARS, 7523 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. -more-


Exhibits-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:08:00 PM

CARMEN FLORES RECREATION CENTER -more-


Exhibits-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:09:00 PM

"SUN SPHERES," -- "Sun Spheres'' is a trio of mosaic sculptures by artist Laurel True at the intersection of Ocean and Granada Avenues in the OMI District of San Francisco. -more-


Dance-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:10:00 PM

ELKS LODGE, ALAMEDA -more-


Oakland Heritage Alliance Lecture and House Tour

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:36:00 PM

According to author and restoration consultant Jane Powell, there’s no such thing as architectural purity, and Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood contains many examples of houses which don’t fit perfectly into a given architectural style. On Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Oakland Heritage Alliance presents their annual house tour, A Slice of Rockridge, featuring the triangle of land bordered by College Avenue, Chabot Road, Highway 24, and the Berkeley border, and featuring houses as varied as a 1913 house by Bernard Maybeck, a 19th century Victorian, and a house that was once part of Pagoda Hill, the flamboyant estate built by J. Ross Brown in the late 1800’s. -more-


Press Release: Saturday Forum on Avoiding Foreclosure

From New America Media
Wednesday September 08, 2010 - 10:27:00 AM

More than 2.4 million Americans are expected to lose their homes to a foreclosure this year, with the number of new Bay Area foreclosure filings rising dramatically over the summer. The fallout from the subprime lending scandal is continuing, but there is help. -more-