I don't know how merry the month of May is for those who suffer from allergies (so if I've left out something major here, I already know where I will point the finger of blame) but there's certainly plenty of great stuff to occupy you indoors:
Theater of Yugen presents the final week of Erik Ehn's Cordelia, a Noh-style re-imagining of King Lear from his youngest daughter's point of view. Wednesday and Thursday performances are at 7:00 (thank you!) and Friday and Saturday are at 8:00.
I don’t usually pay much attention to the Magic Theater, as it a pain in the ass for a non-driver from the East Bay to get there, but their current extravaganza, Taylor Mac's The Lily’s Revenge, sounds promising. Unfortunately, given my afore-mentioned status as a non-driver from the east bay, I could only make the Sunday afternoon performances, and I’m booked Sundays through the run, but don’t let that stop you.
San Francisco Ballet closes out its season with a revival of last season’s Little Mermaid, choreographed by John Neumeier based on Hans Christian Andersen, with an original score by Lera Auerbach, April 30 to May 7.
American Bach Soloists presents the Bach Magnificat in D Major and the west coast premiere of the recently discovered Mass for Three Choirs by Antonio Lotti, 6-8 May in various locations.
City Arts & Lectures presents Kay Ryan, local resident, national Poet Laureate, and recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize (for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems) in conversation with Steven Winn on May 9 at Herbst Theater.
Friday, May 13, the Oakland East Bay Symphony presents Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.
Volti closes out its 32nd season with works by Eliott Gyger, Matthew Barnson, Yu-Hui Chang, Ruby Fulton, and Frank Ferko, May 13-15 in various locations.
Cutting Ball Theater presents Risk Is This. . . , its mostly annual festival of new and experimental plays in staged readings, this year featuring plays by Eugenie Chan, Andrew Saito, Rob Melrose and Dave L, and Annie Elias.
The San Francisco Symphony presents lots of Mahler: the Mahler 9 (May 5-6), the Mahler 2, Resurrection (May 7-8), and the Mahler 6 (May 12-14). The fabulous Symphony Chorus has its annual concert on May 22, with works by Nystedt, Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Barber, Mahler, and the Durufle Requiem.
New Century Chamber Orchestra closes its season with works by Elgar, Bridge, Schnittke, and Elevations, a world premiere by Mark O’Connor, 19-22 May in various locations.
SFMOMA presents one of the most eagerly awaited (by me) exhibits of the year, The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Member previews are on May 19-20 and it opens to the public after that – there's plenty of time before then for everyone to re-read The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
San Francisco Performances closes out its season with solo recitals by Anthony Dean Griffey on May 4 (postponed from January) and Kate Royal on May 24. In between is Doug Varone and Dancers on May 21 and 22.
And of course there was an exciting late addition to their calendar, composer Magnus Lindberg in person on piano, along with Jennifer Koh on violin and Anssi Karttunen on cello, playing works by Lindberg himself, Schulhoff, and Villa-Lobos, as well as "Mystery Variations on Giuseppe Colombi's Chiacona for solo cello." That is on Sunday May 15.
On Saturday May 28 Chora Nova presents works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Galuppi at First Congregational Church in Berkeley.
Cal Performances offers eclectic fare,with Ian Bostridge and Les Violons du Roy on May 1 and 3, the Druid Theater in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan May 4-14 in Zellerbach Playhouse, and the Royal Danish Ballet in two programs: traditional (La Sylphide and The Lesson on May 31-June 1) and modern (Nordic Modern Choreography on June 3 and 4).
And just like that we’ve slipped into June.