Arts & Events
Grateful that we weren't all swept out to sea during those eleven days of constant rain, bay area residents will doubtlessly be looking for enjoyable and stimulating programs to lift their spirits. Certainly there's plenty out there to satisfy that need. Listed below, in no particular order, are just a few of the events that may strike your fancy.
If you're an aspiring actor, you might consider auditioning for "Stomp, New York City" April 24 at the Orpheum Theatre. (www.Stomponlinecom/auditions.) And there are several opportunities for amateur film makers, one being the 24 Hour Digital Film Festival, with 3-minute films to be created on April 16, and a reception taking place on April 22 at Ex'Pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville. For information, go to Promotions@EastBayExpress.com.
The First Annual Albany Film Festival is calling for entries of film and video, with prizes of $250 and $500. Details at www.albanyca.org/albanyfilm fest.
You could use a good laugh? Then you'll certainly want to catch comedian, actress and writer, Sarah Silverman, who brings her "aggressively silly, button-pushing comedy style to U.C.'s Zellerbach Hall, April 11, 8 p.m. (510) 642-9988.
Music lovers are in for a treat with several fine concerts -- i.e, The American Bach Soloists program, "April Follies: Bach & Telemann, Saturday, April 2nd, 8 p.m. at Berkeley's First Congregational Church. Bach had a tremendous sense of humor. His famous "Coffee Contata" shows the master to be a man of wit and comedy. (415) 621-7900. And the Golden Gate Men's Chorus presents its Annual Spring Concert April 2, 8 p.m. at Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. www.ggmc.org.
The Laney College Theater at 800 Fallon Street, Oakland, presents its Destiny Arts Performance Company in a musical, "Free voices from the Curbside" -- hip-hop, martial arts, rap and song. Performances on April 1, 2 and 3. (510) 597-1619.
Not exactly on an intellectual level, Comics book lovers should get themselves over to the Moscone Center South in S.F. on April 1-3, for live stage shows featuring special comic guests. (www.comic-con.org/WC) To each his own! Celebrating Earth Day Weekend, April 23, noon to 2 a.m . information will be given on Cannabis, Health and Ecology, with 500 Exhibitors. O.k., so this isn't your cup of tea, but here's information: www.deepgreenfest.com.
The 5th Annual OaklandIndie Awards will be held Friday, May 13, 6 p.m., Awards Kaiser Center Theatre; 6:30 p.m. Kaiser Rooftop Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. This is a party focused entirely on local flavor (fabulous finds from Oakland unwrapped), whatever that means! Tickets are $10.00 http://oaklandindieawards.com Hopefully you'll find something of interest (if not exactly heart pounding) in the above line-up of events and activities.