Arts & Events

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Sunday July 24, 2011 - 12:50:00 PM

Hearing of the killer heat wave in much of the nation, thanks to the powers that be, we in the bay area have our wonderful natural air conditioning. We also have some great entertainment lined up for the summer. 

San Francisco Mime Troupe, August 13 and 14, Live Oak Park; Sept. 17 and 18, Willard Park. All shows are free. 

Art and Soul, 11th block buster year, Oakland, August 20-21 Noon to 6 p.m. Live music on four stages. Downtown Oakland. 

Piedmont Avenue Art Walk, every 3rd Thursday, 6 - 9 p.m. 

Alameda South Shore Center, free concerts every Saturday at Center Court. July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27 and September 3. Free parking. 

Jack London Square Waterfront Flicks, free outdoor movies of taste. August 4, 18, Sept. 1 and 15. Movies begin at sundown. Bring blankets and stadium chairs. 

"Pristine Dutch and Flemish Masterworks" , California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, S.F. Through October 2nd. $12 - 16. (415, 750-3600). 

"Summer Swing on the Lake", Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel, Swing Dancing July 30. $45 for food and entertainment. (510) 903-3771. 

Chevron Family Theatre Festival, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, July 30. A non-stop day of world class family fun and free entertainment. (925) 943-SHOW. 

Circus Vegas, The Big one is Back! Hayward Southland Mall, July 28 - August 1st. (877-GOTFUND) 

World Premiere of "The Verona Project" (based on "The Tempest", California Shakespeare Theatre, Bruins Ampitheatre, Orinda, California. Through July 31. Tickets start at $35.00. (510) 841-1903. 

"Caliban Dreams", Premiere on July 30, 8 p.m. Berkeley West Edge Opera at the El Cerrito Theatre for the Performing Arts, $15 - 69. (510) 841-1903. 

31st Jewish Film Festival, presenting 45 films at the Roda Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre through August 7th. 

Bay Area Playwrights Festival, nationally renowned showcase for new works, now in its 34th year. Runs through July 31st, Thick House, 1695 18th Street, S.F. 

San Francisco Symphony, "Summer and the Symphony", Michael Tilson Thomas, July 28, 8 p.m. and July 29, 8 p.m. (415) 864-6000. 

"Abstract Visions" Art Exhibit, selections by Peter Selz, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday, through August 7. (510) 750-3600. 

We trust some of the above events will get you out of that arm chair!