26 June 2012

fun stuff I may or may not get to: July 2012

I'm posting next month's preview earlier than usual, mostly because I was out six nights in a row last week and I'm out three nights this week and of course I've been at my regular job as well and so despite the lengthy list of entries I have to write I'm just too tired to do anything but this. July is usually a fairly slow month, which I'm thinking is a good thing right now.

To pick up where we left off last month: Shotgun Players present Truffaldino Says No from 30 June to 22 July.

The San Francisco Opera's summer season runs through 8 July, so you still have a few more chances to see Attila, The Magic Flute, and Nixon in China. (When you speak of this season later on, Nixon in China is the one you'll boast about seeing.) After the 8th it's all about the summer Merola program. The Schwabacher Summer Concert takes place 5 July at 7:30 at Herbst Theater and then again on 7 July at 2:00 in the Yerba Buena Gardens, if you prefer your summer singers al fresco. Last year Merola's only opera was The Barber of Seville; this year they're switching it up with two interesting-looking rarities: Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco (19 July at 8:00 and 21 July at 2:00) and Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (2 August at 8:00 and 4 August at 2:00). Both operas are at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, which is too bad but you can't have everything, I guess. The grand finale will be in the opera house, on 18 August. Get your Merola details here.

After the triumphant presentation of Abel Gance's Napoleon last March, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival returns to the Castro Theater for its annual summer extravaganza, 12 - 15 July. I was going to list out films that looked particularly interesting but then I realized they all look interesting and what I was really doing was picking out the films I knew were not available on DVD. Check out the schedule here.

American Bach Soloists presents its summer Bach festival (I think this is the second annual?) from 12 - 22 July at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Highlights include performances of the B Minor Mass, Pucell's Dido and Aeneas, and Rameau's Pigmalion, information on those concerts and many others can be found here.

SFMoMA's Cindy Sherman show opens 12 July for member previews, opens to the general public 14 July, and will stick around until 8 October.


Sibyl said...

It's just spite that the silents festival is the same weekend as ComiCon, yes? I would gladly attempt bilocation to see Wings screened, but there's really no time to acquire the skill.

Patrick J. Vaz said...

Maybe it will be a consolation to learn that Wings has recently been released on DVD? Not quite the same as seeing it in the festival setting, but still. . . .