Arts & Events

Press Release: Open Opera Presents Free Concert in Live Oak Park on Sunday at 3

Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:40:00 PM

Open Opera is very proud to present a free afternoon concert featuring opera’s best-loved arias and ensembles. The sensuous and joyful sounds of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Bizet will be performed by outstanding Bay Area singers. Open Opera extends opera’s reach to park audiences with award-winning performers and extraordinary newly discovered singers. -more-

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 09:48:00 PM

"Summer time and the living is easy" -- those familiar lines are, of course, from George Gershwin's 1935 opera, "Porgy and Bess". This is, indeed, the perfect time for taking in the many cultural and educational activities available in our bay area. But where to begin? Listed below, in no particular order of importance, are just a few of the very worthwhile events occurring in the next few weeks.

New Zealand’s Unstoppable, UnTOPPable Twins

Review by Gar Smith
Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:01:00 PM

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girlsopens May 20 at the Lumiere in San Francisco and the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. Lynda and Jools Topps will be appearing in person at the Lumiere on May 20 (7PM and 9:45PM) and May 22 (4:45PM) and at Berkeley’s Shattuck Cinemas on Saturday, May 21 (7:45PM and 10PM). -more-

Eye from the Aisle:The15th Best of Playground—the best bet in town, at SF’s Thick House.

By John A. McMullen II
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 10:31:00 PM
Michael Phillis and Holli Hornlien in Arisa White's FRIGIDARE

The art of the very short play is like writing a poem: the daunting challenge of compressing ideas that emotionally move the listener.

Now think about writing such a play on a specific topic in less than 5 days time.

The 15th Best of Playground, now playing at Thick Housein SF’s Potrero district, delivers seven amazing plays in a scant two hours including intermission, all written according to the above rules, and acted by a talented and versatile cast of six. -more-

Around and About . . . Poetry

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 10:05:00 PM

Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore, poet, impressario of the Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in 60s Berkeley, embraced Islam--and Sufism--in 1970, after two books of poetry, published by City Lights. -more-

Evangelist at Sather Gate

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 09:47:00 PM
Sather Gate Evangelist

Asserting God-struck truth and speech -more-