There are plenty of great arts shows to see this weekend in the Bay Area. Here is a partial overview.
On stage: ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’
Here are two musicals, one classic and one debut, theatergoers should check out.
“Sense and sensitivity”: The hit musical based on the classic Jane Austen novel gets its regional premiere through TheatreWorks Silicon Valley starting this week. The book, music and lyrics are by Paul Gordon, whose musical based on another Austen novel, “Pride and Prejudice” broke box office records when TheatreWorks premiered it in 2019. The company’s former artistic director, Robert Kelley, is directing the show, which will be performed live and streamed.
Details: Until April 3; Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto; proof of vaccination is required and masks must be worn in theatre; $25-$95 live, broadcast details TBD; www.theatreworks.org.
“It’s not bad behavior”: The hit 1978 musical revue is a tribute to the tunes and life of legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Hillbarn Theater and Conservatory hosts the show, which features classic tunes such as “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, “Black and Blue”, “This Joint is Jumpin'”, and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling”.
Details: Today until March 27; Hillbarn Theatre, Foster City; proof of vaccination is required and masks must be worn in theatre; $30 to $58; www.hillbarntheatre.org.
— Randy McMullen, staff member
Classic Highlights: Orliński, Yeol Eum Son
Here are four concerts classical music fans should know about.
Orliński, times two: Known for his talent in a wide range of repertoire – and his off-stage prowess in the art of break-dancing – Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński makes two highly anticipated appearances in the Bay Area this weekend. Its programs, accompanied by pianist Michaŧ Biel, cover the music of Purcell, Handel, Johann Joseph Fux and Polish composers Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, Henryk Czyz and Stanislaw Moniuszko. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University; $15 to $84; live.stanford.edu; 3 p.m. Sunday at Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley; $68; www.calperformances.org.
Piano mastery at Steinway: Returning to the Steinway Society this weekend, Yeol Eum Son performs beloved works by Ravel, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and 18th-century Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi. The award-winning South Korean pianist’s program also includes music by Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin (1937-2020), whose love of American jazz idioms produced studies, sonatas and concertos. Audiences can experience the event in person or via the stream. Details: 7:30 p.m. March 12, McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga; in person $42 to $65; streaming tickets $40 per household; steinwaysociety.com.
Hearne’s new “Place”: Examining contemporary themes of gentrification and displacement, Ted Hearne’s “Place” is an oratorio for our times. The composer’s evening score, with a libretto by singer-songwriter and spoken word artist Saul Williams, makes its West Coast premiere in a semi-stage presentation by Cal Performances. Directed by Patricia McGregor, the production features six singers and an 18-member ensemble in a score that mixes R&B, electronic music and acoustic orchestral sounds. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; $32 to $82; calperformances.org.
Brooklyn Rider in Herbst: In an ambitious event that spans an era, this weekend’s Brooklyn Rider concert spans 250 years of music, from classical composer Luigi Boccherini to contemporary Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. Joining the acclaimed string quartet is mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, who has been called the Andres Segovia of his instrument. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Herbst Theater, San Francisco; $45 to $65; sfperformances.org.
The Schwabacher series returns: San Francisco Opera has announced its 2022 Schwabacher Recital Series, featuring singers in intimate performances at the Atrium Theater next to the War Memorial Opera House.
The series opens March 15 with mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, who recently triumphed in the title role of “Carmen” at Opera San Jose. The following events feature mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon (April 6); soprano Esther Tonea, baritone Timothy Murray and bass Stefan Egerstrom (April 27); and baritone Sidney Outlaw (July 28). Details: Single tickets at $30, series at $100; www.sfopera.com.
—Georgia Rowe, correspondent
Calling All Arthouse Film Fans
Here are some movie series movie buffs should know.
Fellini at Berkeley: The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s “Federico Fellini 100” retrospective, which was discontinued in 2020, is finally unfolding in its original form. The series, which runs until May, offers the opportunity to see digitally restored iconic films for which the late Italian filmmaker is well known and respected, including 1960s ‘La Dolce Vita’ (Saturday and April 1), “8½ (March 19 and April 15)”, and 1973’s “Amarcord” (April 16 and May 12), and more. There’s also a chance to catch some lesser-known works, including “The White Sheik” by 1952 (April 8), his first solo effort as a director.
Details: Until May 14; proof of vaccination required and wearing a mask compulsory in the theater; screenings $10 to $14 each; bampfa.org.
Virtual Jewish Film Festival: The 27th Annual East Bay Jewish Film Festival is going virtual this year, featuring 29 films from Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Switzerland and the UK, tackling genres ranging from comedies from romance to historical dramas and thrillers to mysteries and documentaries.
“Out of more than 170 films submitted from around the world, we selected 29 for their cinematic quality and the gripping nature of their stories,” said festival director Riva Gambert. The series also features a #StandUp collection, “whose films depict the negative impact of prejudice on individuals and society as a whole,” says Gambert.
Details: from Saturday to March 26; individual screenings $10.50, festival passes $110-$180; find schedule, tickets and more information at www.eastbayjewishfilm.org.
— Randy Myers, Bay Area News Foundation, and Randy McMullen, staff member