Arts & Events

With A Libretto by Colette, Ravel’s L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES Is Magical

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Tuesday July 02, 2019 - 10:25:00 AM

San Francisco Symphony closed out its current season with three performances, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, June 27, 29-30, of Maurice Ravel’s magical one-act opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Whether the French word sortilèges is translated as “magic spells,” “enchantments,” or “supernatural spirits,” this charming opera is set to a libretto by Colette as a kind of fairy tale written for her daughter. Ravel, who identified with children, took great pains in setting this text to glorious music full of surprising shifts of tone, mood, and vocal and instrumental color. Though long considered difficult to stage, L’Enfant et les sortilèges was given imaginative treatment by French video artist Grégoire Pont, who staged it for Opéra National de Lyon in 2016 It is this scintillating production by Grégoire Pont and director James Bonas that graced our performances at Davies Symphony Hall. -more-

'Hippie Family Values' Screens Sunday at the East Bay Media Center, Downtown Berkeley, with the Filmmaker Present

Ken Bullock
Friday June 28, 2019 - 04:44:00 PM

'Hippie Family Values,' a documentary made over 10 years about the generations of residents on a 40 year old New Mexico commune, will screen at 3:30 this Sunday, June 30th, at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison, between Milvia & MLK, downtown Berkeley. Admission: $10. -more-

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar, June 30 - July 7

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday June 29, 2019 - 01:35:00 PM

Worth Noting:

Deadline - July 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm for commenting on the Draft Adeline Corridor Specific Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

The agenda for the July 9th City Council meeting is available for comment and follows the day by day summary for June 30 – July 7.

Some of the July City meetings were cancelled because of the 4th of July Holiday and others are rescheduled for later in the month.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

San Francisco Pride Parade, parade starts at 10:30 am at Market and Beale and ends at Market and 8th, for details check

Monday, July 1, 2019 -more-