Arts & Events

Berkeley Arts Festival presents: Erik Satie's Vexations: September 8 & 9, 2012 - Saturday 6 pm through Sunday around 2 pm

By Diane Caudillo
Monday September 03, 2012 - 09:56:00 AM

The act of performing or listening to a complete performance of Erik Satie's Vexations cannot be compared to any other musical experience. -more-

FILM: Red Hook Summer: Hook, Line and Sinker
Opens August 31 at the Shattuck Cinema

By Gar Smith
Friday August 31, 2012 - 10:31:00 AM

Some films merely disappoint. Others aggravate. Spike Lee's third return to Brooklyn falls in the latter category. This latest Spike Lee Joint (filmed in just 18 days) is an entertaining but wildly dis-jointed beast of a film—paved with good intentions but plagued with conflicting road signs and pitted with plot holes. -more-

AROUND AND ABOUT OPERA: Lisa Scola Prosek's New Opera 'Daughter of the Red Tsar' Featuring John Duykers as Winston Churchill

By Ken Bullock
Friday August 31, 2012 - 11:05:00 AM

Bay Area opera composer Lisa Scola Prosek has written the music and libretti for some of the most creative, melodic works in the genre staged hereabouts over the past decade or so. Her new—and typically ambitious—piece is an 80 minute one act, 'Daughter of the Red Tsar,' about Churchill's flight to Moscow in 1942 to meet Stalin, their all-night drinking bout getting to know each other, and the plight of Stalin's daughter Svetlana and her doomed Jewish intellectual boyfriend. -more-

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Wednesday August 29, 2012 - 09:47:00 PM

"Summer time and the living is easy." Also easy (and free) are the fabulous cultural and educational activities occurring in the bay area this month. Where to begin? -more-

AROUND AND ABOUT THEATER: Subterranean Shakespeare Presents 'Shakespeare Night At the Blackfriars' Labor Day at the Berkeley Arts Festival Theater

By Ken Bullock
Friday August 31, 2012 - 11:09:00 AM

Subterranean Shakespeare will present a staged reading of Berkeley playwright George Crowe's play, 'Shakespeare Night at the Blackfriars,' about a fictional contest between Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and other playwrights of the era, directed by Robert Estes, this Monday Labor Day) at 7:30, the Berkeley Arts Festival Theater, 2133 University Avenue. $10. 276-3871. -more-