Arts & Events

Around & About the Performing Arts

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday December 21, 2010 - 09:57:00 PM

Two East Bay favorites are putting on special holiday shows: 

Moshe Cohen, the talented clown also known as Mr. YooWho, performs his annual show, Mr. YooHoo's Holiday--with a twist: joining forces with Japanese theater specialists Theatre of Yugen, Mr. YooHoo takes a pilgrimage to a shrine--and humor emerges from solemnity. Diving penguins and celestial maidens ... Moshe Cohen's also a longtime student of Kyogen, the stylized comedy that's performed with Noh tragedies, combining it with mime and shtick. Fridays-Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 3 through January 2. Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa (near Bryant), in Project Artaud, San Francisco. $10-$15. (800) 838-3006; 

Yaelisa, a second-generation Bay Area flamenco performer who dances, choreographs and teaches at venues which include Ashkenaz, will put on her company Caminos Flamencos' annual cabaret, Fiesta de Navidad, one of their Cafe Flamenco series, Wednesday evening at Club Verdi, the old Italian-American club at 2424 Mariposa at Potrero, San Francisco--with Jason McGuire, "El Rubio," on guitar, Fanny Ara, Marina Elana and Yaelisa herself in dance--and from Sevilla, special guest, cante singer Felix de Lola, also a chef, who will prepare tapas as well as sing! One show, two sets: 8 & 9:30. $10-$18 (bar & food not included). 531-9986; 




Two arts announcements this month: 

Gabriela Frank, composer and Creative Advisor to Berkeley Symphony, was selected as one of 52 to receive a United States Artists Fellowship. 

Jerry Foust, executive director of Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Center, announced the reformation of the men's vocal group he helped found, Opus Q, which was reviewed by the Planet enthusiastically: they "can really sing!"