Arts & Events

Don't Miss This!

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Tuesday May 03, 2011 - 09:22:00 PM

As one of the reported 2 billion television viewers watching the Royal Wedding last Friday, I can only say what a lovely, dignified affair it was. Seeing a smiling Kate and William exchange wedding vows in Westminster Abbey is a memory I'll long cherish. But enough of that -- it's time to return to reality on this side of the Pond and consider what's going on in the Bay Area this month. 

May is obviously going to be a busy, busy month with all kinds of activities and cultural events. I'll start off by noting that May 18th marks the 100th Anniversary of Gustave Mahler's death. It's no surprise then that Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will reprise two of Mahler's greatest works -- his Symphony No. 2 (the "Resurrection) on May 7 and 8. On May 6 it will be the glorious Symphony No. 9. Performances will be at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue. Tickets are $15 - $150. (415) 864-6000. 

On Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m., Michael Morgan, Music Director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, presents "Street Scene", the Kurt Weill/Langston Hughes musical at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. Tickets start at $20. (800) 745-3000. 

Hugh Jackman, that handsome devil from Australia, is performing in a one-man show at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco next Tuesday through May 5th. Tickets are $40 - $150. (888) 746-1799. 

Cole Porter's "Silk Stockings", a musical version of the film "Ninotchka" previews Wednesday, May 6th, opens May 7th and runs through May 22nd at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, S.F. Tickets are $24 - $44. (415) 255-8207. 

Tango, the Dance of Love, featuring 12 dancers in Luis Bravo's "Forever Tango", direct from Argentina, will be performed at the Lecher Center for Arts in Walnut Creek at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 - 69. 1601 Civic Drive at Locust Street. (1-925-943-7469.) 

"Seven Deadly Sins", a rarely performed Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht musical, plays at Cal State East Bay's Theatre in Hayward at 8 p.m. May 6-7 and 2 p.m. May 8th.
Tickets are $15.00. (510) 883-3118. 

"The Lady With all the Answers," a one-woman show with Kerri Shawn as Ann Landers will show on Thursday - Saturday, 8:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 15th at the Lesher Arts Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek. Tickets are $45. (1-925) 943-7469. 

The Cinco de Mayo Festival holds a parade On May 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the City Hall Plaza, 777 B Street, Hayward, near the downtown Hayward Bart Station. 

The San Francisco Bead and Design Show will be held at the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport on May 6-8, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Beads, jewelry, gemstones, art, clothing and antiquities. (530) 274-2222. 

An Hawaiian May Day Festival will be the attraction at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th, at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.$10 per person. (650) 355-6451 

Never say there's little excitement in the Bay Area in the merry, merry month of May!