8 Bay Area arts and entertainment events to check out this week
The Chronicle’s guide to notable arts and entertainment events in the Bay Area.
You’re never too young to learn to fight racism, says TheatreWorks School Virtual Tour
“Racism is one of the worst means of meanness a person can be,” reads “A Children’s Book on Racism,” “because racism thinks that being different is bad.”
Jelani Memory’s 2020 book gives children simple, understandable language for an ailment that adults in their lives might find difficult to discuss. This respects the intelligence of children enough to assume that they have already observed racism around them.
Following George Floyd’s murder, Bay Area Children’s Theater Artistic Director Khalia Davis adapted the book into a play, with lyrics by Davied Morales and music by Justin Ellington. Starting Thursday, May 20, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the show as a free virtual tour of the school, performed by Morales, who always exudes a playful spirit, restless creative energy, and natural warmth to local stages.
“A Children’s Play on Racism”: available to teachers and schools from Thursday 20 May until 25 May. Live chat scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday to Friday May 20-21 and May 24-25. Release. theatreworks.org/education/akidsplayabout
– Lily Janiak
We Players McLaren Park’s “ Psychopomp ” Journeys Among Different Spirit World Guides
Maybe, as the world reopens, we could all use a guide: ideally someone who has experience going from one plane to another. Or maybe someone who can help us remember what it’s like to be alive by giving us a glimpse of the afterlife.
In Greek mythology, there is a name for this type of being: the psychopomp, and now the site-specific outdoor theater company We Players, has a whole show dedicated to these messengers from the underworld and the heavens.
Staged at McLaren Park, “Psychopomp” features audience groups of one or two at a time to spirit world guides from many different cultures, including the Ox’s Head and Horse Face from Chinese Myth ; the anubis of ancient Egypt (which also frequently appears in canine form); and the Mayan Ixchel, a divinity dedicated to the other frontier of life: the midwife and birth.
“Psychopomp”: Timed entry from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, May 20-23. Until June 27. $ 50- $ 240 for one or two capsules. McLaren Park, 21 John F Shelley Drive, SF www.weplayers.org
– Lily Janiak
A new lively and versatile music ensemble arrives at Cal Performances
Some musical ensembles can boast of their virtuosity, and others are known for their stylistic versatility. A few, like the young dynamic ensemble yMusic, can claim both virtues.
This instrumental sextet has collaborated with pop figures like Paul Simon and Ben Folds, while performing a range of contemporary classic offerings – including music composed by the ensemble as a whole.
The group’s new recorded recital, the latest offering in the Cal Performances at Home virtual series, focuses on the group’s compositional efforts, with no less than five world premieres credited in conjunction with the ensemble. Also on the program is music by Berkeley composer Gabriella Smith and Andrew Norman, both captured on video during a conversation with the performers.
yMusic: Cal’s performance at home. Available for broadcast from 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. Until August 18 $ 5 – $ 56. calperformances.org
– Joshua Kosman
The Circadian Quartet probes the music of upheaval
One of the quintessential things music can do is give voice to the turmoil – whether personal or political – that surrounds a composer. For their virtual recital at the Center for New Music, the Circadian String Quartet of San Francisco has assembled a pair of works that undertake precisely this project.
The first is Shostakovich’s fiercely abrasive and self-referential Eighth Quartet from 1960, written as a memorial to the victims of World War II and also as a testament to his own suffering. Added to this is a new work, “Vita Oscura”, written for the ensemble by San Francisco composer Davide Verotta, which is presented as a personal response to the upheavals of our time.
Circadian String Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21 $ 10- $ 15. www.centerfornewmusic.com
– Joshua Kosman
The Marsh inaugurates a series of recitals dedicated to black composers
The art songs of black composers, too long relegated to the fringes of our concert life, will be featured in a new series of streaming performances from The Marsh. Soprano Candace Johnson and pianist Marc Shapiro collaborate on the recital series, which is part of the MarshStream digital platform at the venerable San Francisco Theater.
For the first opus, Johnson and Shapiro perform “Ventriloquist Acts of God” by Adolphus Hailstork. At 80, Hailstork is one of the deans of contemporary African-American composers, and this cycle – which centers on a discussion between a college professor and his music students – seems like a scholarly offering with good reason.
“Music to my ears – Hearing Adolphus Hailstork”: 7:30 pm Saturday May 22 5 pm Sunday May 23. Donation requested. www.themarsh.org
– Joshua Kosman
Fashion Sphere 2021 celebrates 20 years of San Francisco City College fashion shows
For 20 years, the fashion department at City College of San Francisco has hosted one of the only fashion shows in the country made entirely by students. Now, for their second year in a row, Fashion Sphere returns to streaming on Twitch TV to celebrate two decades of style. The event also gives students the opportunity to compete for annual scholarships under the Academy of Art University’s fashion program.
The runway presentation – featuring the men’s and women’s collections of Alysia Chang, Linnea Brotz, Aldo De La Cruz, Haydee Quesedo, Kamran Williams, Alicia Figueroa and Lina Egutkina – will be a collaboration between the fashion and fashion departments. broadcast, taking viewers behind the scenes as models and designers prepare for their big time.
Between track segments, documentary-style footage will feature highlights from previous years, offering a glimpse into the show’s history. Hosted by comedian Emily Block and ‘inappropriatelychic’ host Nicholas Lindsey, the show is like a city’s “Project Runway”; log in to meet the design stars of tomorrow.
Fashion Sphere 2021: Sunday at noon, May 23. Free. twitch.tv/fashionccsf
– Chronicle staff
Cal Performances Brings Together ‘At Home’ Series Artists For Virtual Fundraiser
Longtime choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey Hope Boykin is planning to host a celebratory online event featuring new offerings from artists included in the “Cal Performances at Home” streaming series.
The lineup of “Sunday Supper with the Stars Online” includes dance, classical music and jazz performances with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Jeremy Denk, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, soprano Renee fleming and pianist Robert Ainsley, soprano Christine goerke and pianist Craig Terry, Jazzmeia Horn, Mark Morris dance group, Takács Quartet, pianist Mitsuko Uchida and yMusic together, in an evening program of works by Bach, Chopin, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Gershwin, Schubert and others.
The eclectic performance is available to watch for free, registration required. VIP tickets, which will benefit Cal Performances’ arts and education programs, include a pre-event night on Zoom, an opportunity to mingle with guests and artists, and a Sunday supper wine and snack pairings, from the East Bay caterer Covered market, delivered to your home.
“Sunday Supper with the Stars”: performances by Cal. 6 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Available to stream until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25. Free, registration required. Sponsorships / VIP tickets start at $ 1,000. calperformances.org
– Anne Schrager
Gottfried Helnwein expands Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ series with new SF exhibition
Those familiar with Goya’s legendary print series titled “The Disasters of War” understand how art can be used to expose the violence, destruction and inhumanity of battle and siege. In 2008, artist Gottfried Helnwein started working on a new version of this series, which he still paints today.
Shifting the focus from Goya’s battlefield to the impact of war on children, Helnwein juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with expressions of terror, weapons, and other combat emblems for a vision. really disturbing and disruptive. While Goya’s series seems epic, this one is disturbing in its intimacy of perspective and focus.
Helnwein continues to paint for the project, exceeding the 10 years that Goya worked on his series. This year, Helnwein completed his 79th painting, which will be on display in the Modernism Inc. exhibition in San Francisco. It depicts a young girl holding an Uzi as a foreboding Mickey Mouse smile in the background.
The exhibition, titled “Eyes That Did Not Know the Shadows of Sin or Fear,” can also be viewed online at the gallery’s website.
Gottfried Helnwein “Eyes that did not know the shadow of sin or fear”: Until July 2, by appointment only. Send an email to [email protected] Modernism Inc. 724 Ellis St., SF 415-541-0461. modernisminc.com
– Tony Bravo
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