23 September 2019

20 September 2019

16 September 2019

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a piscine detail of Tintoretto's The Creation of the Animals, usually in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice but seen by me as part of the special exhibit Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

09 September 2019

Museum Monday 2019/36


a detail of Tintoretto's Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan, usually in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich but seen by me at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as part of Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, a special exhibit honoring the painter's 500th birthday

02 September 2019

30 August 2019

27 August 2019

fun stuff I may or may not get to: September 2019

September is the traditional start of the performing arts season, so there's a lot going on:

Theatrical
The Exit Theater hosts the San Francisco Fringe Festival from 5 to 14 September – check the schedule and take a chance!

42nd Street Moon launches its season with a concert performance of the Peter Stone / Maury Yeston Titanic, directed by Daren AC Carollo and conducted by Daniel Thomas, at the Alcazar Theater on 7 - 8 September, followed by Hot Mikado, David H Bell and Rob Bowman's jazzy adaptation of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic, directed and choreographed by Jeffrey Polk with Dave Dobrusky as music director, at the Gateway Theater from 25 September to 13 October.

Prepare to swashbuckle at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward as they present Ken Ludwig's adaptation of The Three Musketeers from 12 to 29 September.

Crowded Fire Theater presents the west coast premiere of Christina Anderson's Inked Baby, directed by Lisa Marie Rollins, at the Potrero Stage from 12 September to 5 October.

Z Space and Word for Word co-present Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, directed by Delia MacDougall and Jim Cave, from 12 September to 12 October at Z Space in San Francisco.

Berkeley Rep has two plays opening this month: the American premiere of The Great Wave by Francis Turnly, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, runs at the Roda Theatre from 12 September to 27 October; and the west coast premiere of White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Jaki Bradley, runs at Peet's Theatre from 26 September to 10 November – I'll go see anything by Parks, so this is good news for me.

Ray of Light Theater presents Caroline, or Change (music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Tony Kushner), directed by Jenn BeVard with music director David Möschler, at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco from 13 September to 5 October.

Cal Shakes in Orinda (there is a shuttle from the Orinda BART station) presents Macbeth, directed by Victor Malana Maog, from 18 September to 13 October.

Cutting Ball Theater opens its 21st season this month, and the good news is that it is bookended by offerings from talented local writers; the bad news (for me) is that both are doing versions of plays I would very happily never see again in any form – Megan Cohen is adapting Strindberg's Miss Julie and Melissa Skudlarek Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. (And the really bad news is that Titus Andronicus has dropped off the schedule.) Cohen's offering, Free for All, developed with and directed by Cutting Ball Artistic Director Ariel Craft, stars Stacy Ross and Philip Wong and runs from 19 September to 20 October.

Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, directed by Tamilla Woodard, comes to ACT's Geary Theater from 19 September to 13 October.

At Shotgun Players, Annie Baker's The Flick runs until 22 September, but the Champagne Staged Reading Series takes over on 23 and 24 September, when in conjunction with the Ubuntu Theatre Project they will present good friday by Kristiana Rae Colón.

The Fasting Girls, a new puppet play written by Amanda Jane Shank and directed by Alexis Macnab, plays at Z Space's Z Below from 27 to 29 September.

Custom Made Theater presents Alex Timbers & Michael Friedman's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, directed by Brian Katz and with music direction by Armando Fox, from 27 September to 27 October.

Operatic
The San Francisco Opera opens its fall season with Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, starring Bryan Hymel and Nadine Sierra and conducted by Yves Abel, on 13, 18, 21, 24, 29 September and 1 October (for that final performance, Pene Pati and Amina Edris will sing the lovers); there is also a performance on 6 September but be forewarned that is Opening Night and should be avoided unless that's your thing. There will be a simulcast of the 21 September performance at the beautiful ballpark of the San Francisco Giants; it's free but registration is strongly advised.

San Francisco Opera also revives Britten's Billy Budd (libretto by E M Forster based on Melville's short novel), with John Chest as Billy making his SF Opera debut along with William Burden as Captain Vere and Christian Van Horn as Claggart; Lawrence Renes conducts. Performances are 7, 12, 15, 17, 20, and 22 September.

Vocalists
Lieder Alive! offers two concerts this month, both at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco: on 1 September, soprano Sarah Cambidge joins pianist Peter Grünberg in Strauss's Four Last Songs along with works by Wagner, and on 29 September Grünberg teams with baritone Eugene Villanueva for works by Schubert, Mahler, and Tosti.

Pianist Mike Greensill and vocalist Denise Perrier will explore the American Songbook at Old First Concerts on 1 September.

Opera Parallèle presents tenor William Burden and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade (with special guests soprano Christabel Nunoo and dancer Brett Conway) and pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi in recital on 19 September at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Choral
Cappella Romana sings traditional Byzantine chants in Greek and English inspired by Mary at the foot of her son's cross on 14 September at St Ignatius in San Francisco.

Chanticleer sings of Trade Winds in a program that ranges widely, from folk music of the Pacific Islands to contemporary works by Chen Yi and Zhou Tian to early music by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Victoria, and Filipe de Magalhaes; the chorus will also be ranging widely through the Bay Area from 15 to 19 September with this program, with one San Francisco performance and others in Sausalito, Santa Clara, San Rafael, Pleasanton, and Sacramento.

Orchestral
Michael Tilson Thomas is entering his final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, and he's revisiting his favorites throughout the year, starting with the Mahler 6 on 12 - 15 September; other familiar names follow, with the world premiere of I Still Dance by John Adams along with the Schumann 3, the Rhenish, and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 4 with soloist Daniil Trifonov on 19 - 22 September; and the month closes out with the Haydn Cello Concerto 2 with soloist Oliver Herbert along with three Stravinsky pieces (the Canticum Sacrum with tenor Nicholas Phan and the Symphony Chorus, the Symphony of Psalms, and the Symphony in Three Movements) on 26 - 28 September.

Music Director Dawn Harms leads the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in their fall concert on 14 September at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, featuring Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel Overture, the Amy Beach Piano Concerto with soloist Daniel Glover, and the Shostakovich 10.

One Found Sound has two events this month: an evening of yoga (no prior experience necessary) to live music on 12 September, and a program featuring works by Bach, Ives, and Mendelssohn on 27 September.

New Century Chamber Orchestra kicks off its season under Music Director Daniel Hope with music from the turn of the 19th century by Elgar, Christian Sinding, Massenet, Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, and Chausson (the latter featuring guest violinist and concert master Simos Papanas and pianist Maxim Lando), and that's 26 September at First Congregational in Berkeley, 28 September at Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and 29 September at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael (the last performance is a matinee but I am delighted to see that the start times for the two evening concerts have been moved up to 7:30).

Chamber Music
Tangonero (violinist Yuri Kye, pianist Celeste Chiam, double bassist Richard Duke,with Alex Roitman on bandoneon and vocals by Claudio Ortega), will perform Piazzolla's Ausencias at Old First Concerts on 8 September.

The San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series kicks off on 29 September with a matinee in Davies Hall featuring works by André Previn, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Ron Minor, and Antonin Dvořák.

Early / Baroque Music
The San Francisco Early Music Society presents the Costanoan Trio (Cynthia Black, violin; Frédéric Rosselet, cello; Derek Tam, fortepiano) in The Harmonious Four, the four in question being Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, and Beethoven; you can hear them 20 September at First Presbyterian in Palo Alto, 21 September at St John's Presbyterian in Berkeley, and 22 September at Church of the Advent in San Francisco.

The Cantata Collective returns to St Mary Magdalen in Berkeley on 29 September with another free performance of Bach cantatas (this time it's BWV 61 and BWV 131), with soprano Christine Brandes, alto Dan Cromeenes, tenor Brian Thorsett, and bass Nikolas Nackley.

Modern / Contemporary Music
The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players opens its season with a site-specific work by Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon; the site in question is the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, looking towards Angel Island, and the work, Oceanic Migrations, takes immigration to the Americas as its theme. The SFCMP is joined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and wind quintet Splinter Reeds for this 14 September performance; there is a related installation in the Immigration Station Barracks on Angel Island from 11 - 14 September and if you bring your Angel Island ticket you can get free admission to the concert.

Roomful of Teeth and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players join up again, along with special guests Alicia Hall Moran and Isaiah Robinson, perform Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a Cal Performances co-commission exploring the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, with music by Bryce Dessner and a libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle (featuring words by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith), directed by Brad Wells, in Zellerbach Hall on 28 September.

On 28 September, as part of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Kick-Off Weekend, the SFCM's new music ensemble, led by Nicole Paiement, will perform works by Messiaen, Takemitsu, Laura Schwendinger, and John Luther Adams; the concert is free but reservations are recommended.

It's always a good idea to check the Center for New Music's calendar frequently, as it is updated regularly; some things that catch my eye in the current listings for this month are: Animals & Giraffes improvising in response to Annabeth Rosen’s ceramic sculptures (this one is offsite, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where Rosen's pieces are on display) on 19 September; Colin Martin premiering new works on 20 September; dancer Christina Braun performing Deep States with Tom Nunn on original experimental instruments on 21 September; Harutyun Chkolyan playing Armenian music on the duduk on 25 September; and new music collective Dirt and Copper on 27 September; you may also attend CNM's 7th birthday party on 28 September, if you'd like to celebrate them and maybe give them some money so they can keep on keeping on.

Keyboards & Strings
On 13 September at Old First Concerts pianist Omri Shimron will explore the idea of transformation through works by Bach, Philip Glass, Schubert, and Menachem Weisenberg.

ZOFO (pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi) celebrates its 10th anniversary on 15 September at Old First Concerts, when the duo will perform world premieres by Carl Vine, Kurt Rohde, and Erberk Ervilmaz, along with ZOFO commissions by Gabriella Smith and Robert Greenberg and arrangements by ZOFO of works by Frank Martin and Maurice Ravel.

Jonathan Biss comes back to Hertz Hall and Cal Performances on 21 and 22 September with the first two concerts in a seven-concert series covering all of Beethoven's piano sonatas.

On 20 September Old First Concerts presents Cello++ (violinists Liana Bérubé and Yuri Kye, violist Aaron Rosengaus, and cellists Brady Anderson and Michelle Kwon) in works by Schubert and Arensky.

On 22 September pianist Laura Magnani will perform works by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Gershwin, and Prokofiev at Old First Concerts.

San Francisco Performances opens its fortieth season with classical pianist Natasha Paremski and jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez combining their approaches to play music by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Balakirev on 27 September in Herbst Theater.

Visual Arts
Elise S Haas: Building a Modern Art Collection, featuring many of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's prized works, opens 24 August at SFMOMA and runs until 27 October.

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) has four shows opening on 4 September: Africa State of Mind (running until 15 November), which is the only US presentation of a touring exhibit exploring the work of young photographers from across Africa who are exploring the idea of Africa; The Sacred Star of Isis and Other Stories (running until 15 November), which features photographs by Adama Delphine Fawundu exploring her family's traditional Mende (from Sierra Leone) beliefs and her life as an American child; Against the End of History (running until 15 November), a solo exhibit by DeShawn Dumas which uses painting, video, and monochromes to explore the lasting effects of slavery (among other issues); and video works by Rashaad Newsome (running until 1 March 2020) exploring Harlem's queer ballroom scene.

Cinematic
At the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive there are several interesting-looking film series: Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace returns, with four showings of each of its four parts, from 1 to 27 September; Alternative Visions, the PFA's annual series of avant-garde and artist-made films, runs from 4 September to 13 November; Out of the Vault: Native American Reelism (which includes among its three programs The Silent Enemy, a silent film made in collaboration with Native American actors), runs from 12 September to 14 November; and No Regrets: A Celebration of Marlon Riggs, runs from 19 September to 25 November;

Dance
The Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Cal Performances with a reprise of Mozart Dances on 20-22 September in Zellerbach Hall.

12 August 2019

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detail of a tenor trombone in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, made by Jean Baptiste Tabard in Lyon, France, about 1830; from the label: "Trombones with their bell terminating in a dragon's head were popular with French military bands of the mid-nineteenth century. Such a trombone was sometimes referred to as a buccin, a term borrowed from a type of ancient Roman brass instrument. The dragon's tongue in this trombone is attached in a way that allows it to wag with [the] movement of the instrument."

02 August 2019

29 July 2019

24 July 2019

fun stuff I may or may not get to: August 2019

August is usually one of the lighter months and this year runs true to form, but there's still some meaty stuff on this schedule (in particular, the West Edge Opera Festival, Shotgun's production of The Flick, and BAM/PFA's Kiarostami film series).

Theatrical
The Ubuntu Theater Project offers 52 Letters, a performance examining human trafficking, written and performed by Regina Evans with vocals by Rashida Chase, from 2 - 25 August at the FLAX Building in Oakland.

Cal Shakes in Orinda (they have a shuttle from the Orinda BART station) presents House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, from 14 August to 1 September.

Shotgun Players presents Annie Baker's The Flick, directed by Jon Tracy, from 22 August to 22 September.

Operatic
The Lamplighters present Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, directed by Ellen Brooks and conducted by Baker Peeples, on 3 - 4 August at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, 10 -11 August at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 17 - 18 August at YBCA in San Francisco, and 24 - 25 August at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

San Francisco Opera's Merola summer program for young artists ends this month with two events: the premiere of the first opera commissioned by the program, If I Were You, with music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Gene Scheer, on 1, 3, 4, and 6 August at Herbst Theater, and the annual Grande Finale concert at the Opera House on 17 August.

The annual West Edge Opera festival, eagerly anticipated by opera fans who aren't interested in yet another Tosca, takes place this month; this year's line-up is the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera (3, 11, and 15 August), Gluck's Orfeo & Euridice (4, 9, and 17 August), and Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves (10, 16, and 18 August). Performances are at the Bridge Yard in Oakland (West Edge usually has a shuttle from BART).

Vocalists
Gregory Porter explores the American Songbook from 1 to 4 August at the SF Jazz Center.

Jazz singer Sasha Masakowski visits the SF Jazz Center on 10 August.

Early / Baroque Music
Jeffrey Thomas leads the American Bach Soloists in their tenth annual summer Festival and Academy, held this year from 28 July to 11 August at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; in addition to their traditional performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor (4 and 11 August), there are concerts exploring jazz and bluegrass versions of Bach (6 and 7 August), the natural world as represented by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Geminiani (28 July), versions found in Lyons of Pergolesi's beloved Stabat Mater and Handel's Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate (2 August), music by Couperin, Locatelli, Boismortier, and Viviani that tried to unite the French and Italian styles (3 August), and vocal music by Handel, Bach, and Lotti (8 and 9 August), as well as a host of free events (complete schedule here).

Modern / Contemporary Music
The Friction Quartet will be joined by pianist Sarah Cahill at Old First Concerts on 16 August for Geoffrey Gordon's ABACISCUS as well as the world premieres of works by Max Stoffregen and Piers Hellawell.

Robert Geary leads the San Francisco Choral Society in the world premiere of David Lang's teach your children at Davies Hall on 16 and 17 August; the program also includes Orff's Carmina Burana.

Check out the Center for New Music's calendar here; new events are always being added.

Keyboards & Strings
Sitarist Arjun Verma, joined by Nilan Chaudhuri on tabla and Rhiannon Ledwell on tanpura, will play traditional North Indian raagas at Old First Concerts on 2 August.

Duo AMA (Brazilian pianists Angela Passos and Mayer Goldenberg) perform solo and duo works by Brazilian composers, along with the European works that inspired them, on 4 August at Old First Concerts.

Daniel Glover performs mostly Polish works for piano at Old First Concerts on 25 August; in addition to the Chopin preludes, the concert will include music by Mozart, Dutkiewicz, Bacewicz, and Szymanowski.

Old First Concerts presents cellists Robert Howard and Evan Kahn on 23 August, when they will perform baroque works by Boccherini and Barrière along with contemporary works by John Zorn and Barry Guy and the west coast premiere of Akshaya Tucker's The Heart Savors Its Fragrance.

From 15 to 25 AugustNew Piano Collective presents the 3rd Annual San Francisco International Piano Festival, which despite its geographically specific name actually takes place in venues both familiar and offbeat throughout the Bay Area. There are fourteen concerts, ranging from the United States premiere of Frederic Rzewski's Songs of Insurrection to beloved classics by Bach and Mozart; you can check out the full list here.

Jazz
Tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his Sons of Kemet come to the SF Jazz Center on 7 August.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band visits the SF Jazz Center from 8 to 11 August.

¡Cubanismo! will be at the SF Jazz Center from 15 through 18 August.

Cinematic
The Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive starts the series Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art, showcasing the work of the late Iranian director, on 2 August, with films scheduled through 21 December.

Visual Arts
The Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive explores the antecedents of Surrealism in Strange, opening on 21 August and running until 5 January 2020.

19 July 2019

01 July 2019

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Angel by Peter Paul Rubens; normally found in the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, I saw it as part of the Early Rubens exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco

28 June 2019

fun stuff I may or may not get to: July 2019

Theatrical
Cal Shakes in Orinda presents Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan (translated by Wendy Arons and adapted by Tony Kushner), directed by Eric Ting, from 3 to 21 July.

Shotgun Players presents Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames, directed by Darryl V Jones, from 5 July to 4 August at the Ashby Stage. In their Champagne Staged Reading Series, they present Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs and directed by Elizabeth Carter, on 29 - 30 July.

The African-American Shakespeare Company presents Macbeth, in the "modern verse translation" prepared by Migdalia Cruz for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from 13 to 28 July at the Taube Atrium Theater.

Operatic
San Francisco Opera's Merola Young Artists Program kicks off its public events with the Schwabacher Summer Concert on 11 and 13 July at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, when the young artists will perform scenes (staged by Jose Maria Condemi, with the orchestra led by Craig Kier) from Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Trovatore, Faust, Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), and La Rondine.

Festival Opera presents Carlisle Floyd's Susanna, directed by Mark Foehringer and conducted by Bryan Nies, with Shana Blake Hill (Susannah), Alex Boyer (Sam Polk), Philip Skinner (the Reverend Olin Blitch), Robert Norman (Little Bat McLean), and Eugene Brancoveanu (Elder McLean) at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on 12 and 14 July.

Pocket Opera presents their version of Rossini's Barber of Seville, with stage direction by Elly Lichenstein and music direction by Mary Chun, and a cast including Igor Vieira, Maya Kherani, and Sergio Gonzalez, on 14 July at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, 21 July at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, and 28 July at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Vocalists
Patti Lupone appears at Davies Hall with members of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on 12 July (the concert is sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony but they will not be playing; no word currently on who the accompanist(s) will be).

Leslie Odom Jr appears with the San Francisco Symphony (conducted by Damon Gupton) at Davies Hall on 20 - 21 July; no word yet on the program.

Soprano Chelsea Hollow and pianist Sophie Xuefei Zhang come to Old First Concerts on 26 July with Voice for the Voiceless: Women, a program of world premieres (by Zhang, Margaret Martin, and Niloufar Nourbankhsh) and selected twentieth century art and cabaret songs exploring the lives of women.

Sweet Honey in the Rock visits Freight & Salvage on 24 July.

Orchestral
The San Francisco Symphony has a few concerts of interest: Brett Mitchell conducts the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (with soloist Blake Pouliot) along with Berlioz's Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust and the Symphonie fantastique on 18 July and Nimrod David Pfeffer leads an all-Beethoven concert – the Egmont Overture, the Piano Concerto 5, the Emperor (with soloist Rodolfo Leone), and the Fifth Symphony – on 25 July.

Chamber Music
The Midsummer Mozart Festival opens on 11 July at Freight & Salvage with a piano recital by Daniel Glover (joined after intermission by special guest pianist Thomas Hansen) and continues through 14 July with events at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco as well as San Jose and Sonoma; check the full schedule here.

Strings & Keyboards
You can get a preview of Bard Music West's upcoming (October) Grazyna Bacewicz festival when pianist Allegra Chapman comes to Old First Concerts on 28 July to explore music by Bacewicz in relation to pieces by Maria Szymanowska, Thomas Adès, Beethoven, Chopin, and Agata Zubel.

Jazz
Columbian jazz group Monsieur Periné visits the SF Jazz Center from 11 to 14 July.

Tod Dickow joins Charged Particles at Old First Concerts on 12 July to perform Coltrane's A Love Supreme.

StringQuake comes to Old First Concerts on 14 July.

SonoMusette celebrates Bastille Day (14 July) French jazz-style at Freight & Salvage.

Modern / Contemporary Music
Check out the Center for New Music's complete calendar here; it is updated frequently, but some things that catch my eye this month are: Panoramic Dissonances with Laetitia Sonami, John Davis, and Heejin Jang, on 6 July; Jon Raskin performing Steve Lacy's Practitioners Book W saxophone solos on 11 July; and Sameer Gupta on 19 July.

Dance
The 41st Annual Ethnic Dance Festival takes place 6 - 7 and 13 - 14 July (in association with Cal Performances) at Zellerbach Hall.

Visual Arts
At the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive, Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection opens on 17 July and runs until 20 October. You can also see the Zen-inspired art of Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey in No Horizon, a show opening 3 July and running until 25 August.

Cinematic
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival runs from 18 July to 4 August; they have a very full schedule (and if their website has the same set-up as last year's, you're best off just downloading the brochure and leafing through it that way), but two things that jump out at me are Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (about the musical Fiddler on the Roof) and What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (about the late movie critic for The New Yorker).

The Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive is starting some enticing film series this month: celebrate 75 years of Jean-Pierre Léaud starting with Truffaut's 400 Blows on 4 July; explore the work of women cinematographers with View Finders, with films scheduled from 12 July to 21 November; and check out Against Authority: The Cinema of Masaki Kobayashi, starting 20 July with films scheduled to 18 August.

SFMOMA has an interesting series coming up in their Modern Cinema series: Haunted! Gothic Tales by Women begins on 18 July with the mother of them all, Frankenstein, and ends on 31 August with Rebecca, exploring some interesting byways in between (To Kill a Mockingbird as gothic fiction? maybe I'll finally watch it!)

Friday Photo 2019/26


San Francisco, May 2019

24 June 2019

Museum Monday 2019/25


Man Ray, Le Chevalier Rouge (The Red Knight) at the Kreeger Museum in Washington DC (architecture by Philip Johnson)

21 June 2019

16 June 2019

Hungry man is an angry man

His heart astir he pushed in the door of the Burton restaurant. Stink gripped his trembling breath : pungent meatjuice, slop of greens. See the animals feed.

Men, men, men.

Perched on high stools by the bar, hats shoved back, at the tables calling for more bread no charge, swilling, wolfing gobfuls of sloppy food, their eyes bulging, wiping wetted moustaches. A pallid suetfaced young man polished his tumbler knife fork and spoon with his napkin. New set of microbes. A man with an infant's saucestained napkin tucked round him shoveled gurgling soup down his gullet. A man spitting back on his plate : halfmasticated gristle: no teeth to chewchewchew it. Chump chomp from the grill. Bolting to get it over. Sad booser's eyes. Bitten off more than he can chew. Am I like that? See ourselves as others see us. Hungry man is an angry man. Working tooth and jaw. Don't! O! A bone! That last pagan king of Ireland Cormac in the schoolpoem choked himself at Sletty southward of the Boyne. Wonder what he was eating. Something galoptious. Saint Patrick converted him to Christianity. Couldn't swallow it all however.

– Roast beef and cabbage.

– One stew.

Smells of men. His gorge rose. Spaton sawdust, sweetish warmish cigarette smoke, reek of plug, spilt beer, men's beery piss, the stale of ferment.

Couldn't eat a morsel here. Fellow sharpening knife and fork, to eat all before him, old chap picking his tootles. Slight spasm, full, chewing the cud. Before and after. Grace after meals. Look on this picture then on that. Scoffing up stewgravy with sopping sippets of bread. Lick it off the plate, man! Get out of this.

Once more a very happy Bloomsday to my mountain flowers.

10 June 2019

Museum Monday 2019/23


detail of Procris & the Unicorn from Bernardino Luini's fresco cycle Story of Cephalus & Procris in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (this is the only Italian Renaissance fresco series in the United States)

07 June 2019

31 May 2019

Friday Photo 2019/22


the Washington Monument from the steps of the National Gallery of Art, April 2019

28 May 2019

fun stuff I may or may not get to: June 2019

Theatrical
Cutting Ball Theater closes its 20th anniversary season by reprising Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, translated and directed by Cutting Ball co-founder Rob Melrose and starring the other co-founder, Paige Rogers; the show runs from 5 to 16 June.

Shotgun Players, as part of their Champagne Reading Series, and Campo Santo co-present Before & Over, a new play by Star Finch, directed by Sean San Jose on 10 - 11 June at the Ashby Stage.

Custom Made Theatre presents Sondheim's Passion (book by James Lapine), directed by Stuart Bousel with music direction by Brian Allan Hobbs, from 20 June to 20 July.

Aurora Theater presents the Bay Area premiere of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, directed by Nancy Carlin, from 21 June to 21 July.

San Francisco Playhouse closes its season with Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, directed by Susi Damilano, with music direction by Dave Dobrusky and choreography by Nicole Helfer, from 26 June to 14 September.

Operatic
On 1 and 2 June at Z Space in San Francisco, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents the world premieres of two chamber operas inspired by women artists: From the Field (music by Christopher Stark, libretto by Megan Stark) centers on photographer Dorothea Lange and her work documenting Dust Bowl migrants. and Artemisia (music by Laura Schwendinger, libretto by Ginger Strand) explores the life of the Italian baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

The Wagner Society of Northern California presents Metropolitan Opera radio broadcaster Will Berger on 1 June at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, speaking on Technology, Opera, and Wagner.

The San Francisco Opera closes out its season with three productions: Bizet's Carmen, staged by Francesca Zambello and conducted by James Gaffigan, featuring J'Nai Bridges, Matthew Polenzani, Anita Hartig, and Kyle Ketelsen, runs from 5 to 29 June; Handel's Orlando, staged by Harry Fehr and conducted by Christopher Moulds, featuring Sasha Cooke, Heidi Stober, Christina Gansch, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, and Christian Van Horn, runs from 9 to 27 June; and Dvořák's Rusalka, staged by David McVicar and conducted by Eun Sun Kim, featuring Rachel Willis‐Sørensen, Brandon Jovanovich, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Jamie Barton, Sarah Cambidge, Laura Krumm, Philip Horst, and Andrew Manea, runs from 16 to 28 June.

Pocket Opera presents its version of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, staged by Phil Lowery with music direction by Frank Johnson, on 2 June at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, 9 June at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and 16 June at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

The San Francisco Symphony ends its seasons with a semi-staged (by James Bonas) production of Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and starring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard; the originally announced companion piece, Britten's Noye's Fludde, has been cancelled and the replacement is currently listed as that old favorite, TBD. You can experience it all on 27 and 29 - 30 June. (Be aware that the matinee on the 30th coincides with the Gay Pride Parade and transportation will be difficult.)

Choral
I really wish they were doing something other than the overly familiar Carmina Burana, but if you are of a mind to hear that piece you probably can't do much better than the excellent forces scheduled for 4 June at Davies Hall, when Christian Reif leads the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus (and the Ragazzi Boys Chorus) along with soloists Nikki Einfeld (soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), and Hadleigh Adams (baritone).

The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF) gives us Re-Set: New Takes on Old Texts featuring the world premiere of Te puse collares by Composer-in-Residence Robin Estrada as well as pieces from composers including Ola Gjeilo, Frank LaRocca, James MacMillan, Frank Martin, Brian Schmidt, Urmas Sisask, Nicholas Weininger, Eric Whitacre, and David Wikander, and that's 8 June at Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley and 15 June at St Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco; the concerts are free and you can RSVP on the group's website.

Chanticleer explores Sacred Ground throughout the greater Bay Area from 8 to 16 June.

The San Francisco Girls Chorus, led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, is joined by singer Mahsa Vahdat and harpist Bridget Kibbey in visionary works, including the world premieres of SFGC commissions by Richard Danielpour and Reena Esmail along with works by Mahsa Vahdat herself, Eric Banks, Tord Gustavsen, Hildegard von Bingen, Frank Ferko, and Sarah Kirkland Snider; that's 8 June at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco and 9 June at First Congregational in Berkeley.

Vocalists
Lieder Alive presents soprano Heidi Moss Erickson and pianist John Parr in an all-Richard Strauss program at the Noe Valley Ministry on 30 June.

Orchestral
On 8 June at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Dawn Harms leads the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in Elfrida Andrée's Prelude to Fritiofs Saga, Shawn Krichner's Brokeback Mountain Suite (with the composer as the featured pianist), and the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.

At the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong leads the ballet music from Mozart's Idomeneo as well as his piano concerto 24 (with soloist David Fray), Verdi's overture to I vespri siciliani, and Elgar's In the South (Alassio) on 6 - 8 June; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Mahler 9 on 13 - 16 June; and then Tilson Thomas returns 20 - 22 June to conduct his own Street Song for Symphonic Brass, the San Francisco premiere of Steve Reich's Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (a Symphony co-commission), and the Prokofiev Piano Concerto 2 (with soloist Yefim Bronfman).

Christian Reif leads the San Francisco Youth Symphony on 16 June in Davies Hall; this final concert of their season features Prelude 1 from Three American Preludes by Detley Glanert, selections from the Mahler 1, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Karen Gomyo.

Chamber Music
Musicians from the San Francisco Symphony play chamber works by Schubert, Bruch, and Gaubert on 2 June and unfortunately it's in the unwieldy barn that is Davies Hall.

Ensemble Illume plays Mozart, Brahms, and Saariaho for Old First Concerts on 7 June.

Keyboards & Strings
The San Francisco Symphony presents organist Christopher Houlihan in recital on 9 June at Davies Hall, playing works b y Buxtehude, Schumann, Bach, Saint-Saëns, and Franck.

Old First Concerts presents cello (Amos Yang) and bass (Charles Chandler) duo 2LOW on 9 June, performing a world premiere by Andrès Martin and Shinji Eshima's reworking of the Bach Cello Suite 2.

Le Due Muse (cellist Sarah Hong and pianist Makiko Ooka), joined by violinist Heeguen Song, present an all-Schubert program at Old First Concerts on 21 June.

Modern / Contemporary Music
The Other Minds Festival continues with two noteworthy (yes, it's a pun) concerts: The Pressure, an evening-length multimedia work on themes from German Expressionist horror films with music by Brian Baumbusch and words by Paul Baumbusch on 15 June at the YBCA Theater and then, on 16 June at YBCA, the continued exploration of the microtonal compositions of Ivan Wyschnegradsky – previously we heard the Arditti play his string quartets, and now we get to hear his piano works.

Old First Concerts presents The Musical Art Quintet on 30 June, performing works by Duke Ellington, Ariel Ramirez, and Michel Camilo, as well as Kanta Judezmo, an oratorio by Quintet bassist Sascha Jacobsen (featuring mezzo-soprano Melinda Becker and librettist Bobby Coleman as narrator) that explores the Sephardic diaspora.

The summer solstice is 21 June, which means the annual Garden of Memory event will take place at the Columbarium in the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, featuring an abundance of local new music luminaries.

And as always, check the calendar at the Center for New Music frequently, as concerts are added all the time; some things that catch my eye in the current June listings are: Sl(e)ight Ensemble, along with visual artist Jessie Austin, performing the program Angles of Times, featuring new works with alternate methods of notating time, on 7 June; bass-baritone Jóhann Schram Reed and pianist Taylor Chan performing the world premiere of Patricia Wallinga's setting of Eliot's The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, along with works by David Conte and other modern American art songs, on 8 June; the CD release concert for pianist Nadia Shpachenko's new recording The Poetry of Places, including five SF premieres by Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Jack Van Zandt, along with two world premieres and two west coast premieres from Paul Chihara, Thea Musgrave, José Serebrier, and Lewis Spratlan, on 18 June; and pianist Ju-Ping Song playing new works by Lois Vierk, Nicole Lizée, Rahilia Hasanova, and Kate Moore, on 28 June.

Jazz
The Golden Circle Sextet, led by composer / vibraphonist Dan Neville and composer / flutist Rebecca Kleinmann, bring their Afro-Cuban-inflected jazz to Old First Concerts on 23 June.

Cinematic
There are some terrific film series starting at the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive this month: Julio Bracho and Mexican Cinema's Golden Age starts on 7 June;  Looking Again at Orson Welles starts on 9 June; and Fritz Lang's America starts on 21 June.

Visual Arts
I've always wished the Asian Art Museum would show more woodblock prints, so despite my feeling that tattoos are tediously ubiquitous these days I'm looking forward to Tattoos in Japanese Prints, running from 31 May to 18 August. The Museum has also re-opened its renovated third floor, featuring Masterpieces in Context.

27 May 2019

24 May 2019

20 May 2019

Museum Monday 2019/20


detail of St George & the Dragon by Tintoretto, usually in the National Gallery in London but seen as part of the show Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery in Washington DC

13 May 2019

Museum Monday 2019/19


detail of Water Lilies (1914 - 1915) by Claude Monet; normally found at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon but seen at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as part of the exhibit Monet: The Late Years

06 May 2019

Museum Monday 2019/18


a detail of Two Children by Paul Gauguin, painted around 1889 in Paris or Brittany; seen at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as part of the exhibit Paul Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey but usually found at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen

This child looks seriously uneasy. The second time I went to this exhibit a man next to me said, "That child is on a bad acid trip."

29 April 2019

Museum Monday 2019/17


detail of Saint Jerome in the Wilderness by Agostino Carracci, seen in the exhibit Old Masters in a New Light at the Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive

24 April 2019

fun stuff I may or may not get to: May 2019

Theatrical
The Silk Road Ensemble returns to Zellerbach Hall on 3 May with Heroes Take Their Stands; created by Ahmad Sadri, with music directors Colin Jacobsen and Kayhan Kalhor, this Cal Performances co-commission is an exploration through music, movement, video, and animation of five heroic figures from different times and cultures.

Michael Morgan leads the Oakland Symphony in Bernstein's West Side Story on 10 May at the Paramount Theater.

Custom Made Theater presents Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, described as "sort of adapted" from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, directed by Brian Katz, from 2 May to 1 June.

Polish troupe Song of the Goat Theatre comes to Cal Performances on 11 - 12 May performing Songs of Lear, an adaptation of King Lear directed by Grzegorz Bral with music by Jean-Claude Acquaviva and Maciej Rychly in Zellerbach Playhouse. Be forewarned that the photos on the website suggest the performers are all amplified.

Shotgun Players presents Kings, written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Joanie McBrien, from 16 May to 16 June.

Ubuntu Theater Project presents Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, directed by Susannah Martin, from 17 May to 9 June; performances will be at the FLAX Building at 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Oakland (walking distance to both the 12th and 19th Street BART stations).

Ray of Light Theater presents American Psycho (music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by Jason Hoover with music director Ben Prince and choreographer Leslie Waggoner), from 17 May to 8 June at the Victoria Theater.

Cal Shakes in Orinda opens its season with Shakespeare's beloved A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; in case you're wondering, Midsummer Night is 24 June, the feast of St John the Baptist, so sadly you will not be able to attend the show on the actual day. as the play runs from 22 May to 16 June.

ACT presents Ionesco's Rhinoceros, translated by Derek Prouse and directed by Frank Galati, from 29 May to 23 June.

Operatic
There are some operatic events scheduled this month at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music: on 2 and 3 May you can see Later the Same Evening, inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings, with music by John Musto, libretto by Mark Campbell, conducted by Curt Pajer and directed by Heather Mathews (performances are free but reservations are recommended); and on 23 May Music of Remembrance presents their new commissioned piece, The Parting, with music by Tom Cipullo and libretto by David Mason, centered on the last evening the Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti and his wife Fanni spend before the Nazis send them to the camps. The evening also includes music by three Hungarian composers who were killed by the Nazis: Laszlo Weinger, Sandor Vandor, and Sandor Kuti.

The Wagner Society of Northern California holds its annual celebration of The Master's birthday at St Mark's Lutheran on 25 May (the actual date is 22 May) with a concert by Steven Bailey and Mai-Linh Pham of music by Wagner adapted for piano; a reception will follow.


Vocalists
San Francisco Performances presents soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist Steven Bailey performing Lerner & Loewe, Zemlinsky, Grieg, Mahler, and Cole Porter on 2 May at Herbst Theater.

Lila Downs will be at the SF Jazz Center from 16 to 19 May.

The San Francisco Early Music Society presents countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford, playing works by Dowland, Purcell, and Handel, on 19 May at First Congregational in Berkeley.

Festival Opera presents baritone (and Festival Artistic Director) Zachary Gordin and pianist (and Festival Principal Conductor) Bryan Nies in a recital of songs by Schumann, Reynaldo Hahn, Vaughan Williams, and Jake Heggie, on 28 May at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek (this theater is BART-accessible).

Choral
Cappella Romana presents Venice in the East, an exploration of the music of Renaissance-era Crete, on 11 May at St Ignatius in San Francisco.

Clerestory sings American popular songs (back from when they were good) and folk songs on 11 May at Holy Innocents Episcopal in San Francisco and on 12 May at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.

Sacred & Profane celebrates contemporary women composers, including Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysäye Barnwell, Carol Barnett, Tina Andersson, Alissa Firsova, Caroline Mallonée, and Karin Rehnqvist, on 18 May at St Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco and on 19 May at St Mark's Episcopal in Berkeley.

Chora Nova, led by Paul Flight, sings Poulenc's Gloria and the Saint-Saëns Requiem on 25 May at First Congregational in Berkeley.

Early / Baroque Music
Jeffrey Thomas leads the American Bach Soloists in Brandenburgs 2, 4, 5, and 6 on 3 May at St Stephen's in Belvedere, 4 May at First Congregational in Berkeley, 5 May at St Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco, and 6 May at Davis Community Church in Davis.

The San Francisco Early Music Society presents Antic Faces, a new group recreating the Elizabethan mixed consort, performing works by Dowland, Byrd, Morley, Phillips, Allison and Coperario, on 10 May at First Presbyterian in Palo Alto, 11 May at St Mark's Episcopal in Berkeley, and 12 May at St Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco.

Chamber Music SF presents the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble at Herbst Theater on 12 May, when they will play works by Bach, Purcell, Telemann, and Hellendaal.

Cal Performances presents Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of Saint Peter), conducted by Grant Gershon and performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a staging by Peter Sellars, on 17 May in Zellerbach Hall.

Modern / Contemporary Music
The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players do their part in the on-going Julius Eastman revival with two different programs at the SF Jazz Center, featuring music by Eastman and music inspired by him: on 10 May you can hear Eastman's Stay on It along with a west coast premiere by LJ White and world premieres by Sidney Corbett and Fernanda Aoki Navarro; on 11 May you can hear Eastman's Gay Guerrilla along with world premieres from Adam Strawbridge, Wyatt Cannon, and Myra Melford.

On 20 May at Herbst Theater Earplay performs a new work (and Earplay commission) by Kyle Hovatter, along with the west coast premiere of Xinyan Li's The Dunhuang Lovers, Tristan Murail's Treize Couleurs du soleil couchant, and Olly Wilson's Piano Trio.

On 31 May Wild Rumpus along with puppeteer Niki Ulehla, will perform scenes from the Russian folktale Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga, with music composed by David Coll, Christopher Pratorius, and Yunxiang Gao, at a location yet to be announced.

Wind octet Nomad Session ends its season at the Noe Valley Ministry on 31 May with a program that includes the premiere of Figure Eight by Mario Godoy.

Here's the monthly reminder to check the calendar of the Center for New Music, as it is frequently updated. Some things listed so far that jump out at me: Tongue Depressor & the Matsumoto/Sonnet Duo on 2 May; the showcase for Innova Recordings on 5 May featuring, among others, Volti, the Friction Quartet, and Pamela Z; Icelandic-American cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir performing pieces by four contemporary Icelandic composers on 17 May; Beth Custer's Drawdown on 18 May; and the Black Cedar Trio premiering three commissioned pieces by Javier Contreras, Andre Gueziec, and Victoria Malawey on 30 May.

Jazz
The Afro-Cuban All-Stars with Juan de Marco visit the SF Jazz Center from 2 to 5 May.

On 10 May Old First Concerts presents pianist and composer Jon Jang and the Jon Jangtet with guest artist poet Genny Lim performing the world premiere of A Chinaman's Chance, A Choy's Chance! (celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad and honoring the Chinese immigrants who helped build it) along with his Yank Sing Work Song and The Butterfly Lover's Song.

The Marcus Shelby Orchestra will be at the SF Jazz Center from 23 to 26 May.

Orchestral
On 2 May in Zellerbach Hall, Guest Conductor Christian Reif leads the Berkeley Symphony in Bizet's Carmen Suite #1, Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Dances from Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès, and This Midnight Hour by Anna Clyne (the latter two with the ODC dance company, choreographed by KT Nelson).

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán plays Davies Hall on 5 May.

Guest artists the Marcus Roberts Trio join Concertmaster Daniel Hope and the New Century Chamber Orchestra in an all-American program featuring works by Bernstein, along with Barber's Adagio for Strings, Copland's Old American Folk Songs, and Gershwin's Song Suite for Violin and Orchestra (the latter two arranged by Paul Bateman). You can hear the program on 9 May at First Congregational in Berkeley, 10 May at First United Methodist in Palo Alto, 11 May at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and 12 May at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael.

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, led by Christian Reif, plays the Mahler 1 on 19 May at Davies Hall.

There are concerts of interest at Davies Hall, as the San Francisco Symphony starts the slide into the home stretch: Marek Janowski conducts Mendelssohn's Ruy Blas Overture, the Bruch Violin Concerto 1 with soloist James Ehnes, and Wagner's Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser plus the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde on 2 to 4 May; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Ligeti's Piano Concerto with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, along with Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn, Nocturnes, and La Mer, on 9 to 11 May; MTT returns the next week, 16 to 18 May, to lead the Mahler 7; then the highly praised Krzysztof Urbański arrives from 23 to 25 May to conduct the Elgar Violin Concerto with soloist Vilde Frang, along with an Overture by Grażyna Bacewicz and the Mendelssohn 4, the Italian; then Juraj Valčuha leads us into June with the Shostakovich 8 and the Bach Violin Concerto 2 with Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik as soloist.

Chamber Music
The Mellon International Chamber Players (violinist Stephanie Zyzak, cellist Eunghee Cho, and pianist Roger Xia) perform works by Pēteris Vasks, Brhams, and Dvořák on 3 May at Old First Concerts.

Chamber Music SF presents cellist Mischa Maisky and pianist Lily Maisky at Herbst Theater on 4 May, when they will play works by Marcello, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

Old First Concerts presents the Ives Collective performing string sextets by Frank Bridge and Brahms on 5 May.

Chamber Music SF presents the San Francisco debut of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet at Herbst Theater on 9 May, when they will play works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

San Francisco Symphony players Alexander Barantschik (violin), Peter Wyrick (cello), and Anton Nel (piano) play works by Hummel, Ravel, and Schumann on 12 May at Gunn Theater (in the Legion of Honor).

The Bell-Isserlis-Denk Trio (Joshua Bell on violin, Steven Isserlis on cello, and Jeremy Denk on piano) perform works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel in Davies Hall on 12 May.

Keyboards & Strings
Cal Performances presents violinist Michael Barenboim playing works by Tartini, Sciarrino, Paganini, and Berio on 5 May in Zellerbach Hall.

Pianists Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers come to Old First Concerts on 17 May with a music on the theme of social justice, including works by Elinor Armer, Ruby Fulton, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, and a premiere by Sharmi Basu.

Old First Concerts presents pianist Jason Stoll on 19 May, performing works by Mompou, Chopin, Earl Wild, Richard Rodgers via Andy Villemez (Fantasy on Themes from the Sound of Music), Nikolai Kapustin and Gershwin.

Chamber Music SF presents the San Francisco debut of violinist Alexandra Soumm on 19 May, when she will join with pianist Xiayin Wang at Herbst Theater to play music by Stravinsky, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and Ravel.

San Francisco Performances presents the San Francisco debut of pianist Francesco Piemontesi on 21 May at Herbst Theater, where he will play works by Bach, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.

Pianist Audrey Vardanega plays Beethoven and Brahms for Old First Concerts on 31 May.

Dance
San Francisco Performances and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts co-present Dorrance Dance in ETM: Double Down from 9 to 11 May at the YBCA Theater.

Cal Performances presents the US premiere of Eifman Ballet's The Pygmalion Effect, with choreography by Boris Eifman to music by Johann Strauss Jr, from 31 May to 2 June at Zellerbach Hall.

The San Francisco Ballet closes its seasons with a revival of Shostakovich Trilogy (music by, no surprise, Shostakovich and choreography by Alexander Ratmansky) from 7 to 12 May.

ODC Dance hosts the 2019 Walking Distance Dance Festival from 12 to 19 May.

Visual Arts
Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again opens 19 May at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and runs until 2 September.

Cinematic
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival runs from 1 to 5 May at the lovely period-appropriate Castro Theater, and I assume that it will as usual be a highlight of the year. And they seem to an unusually large number of rarities (meaning ones I've never seen) this year. See you in balcony – just kidding, I sit up close in the movie theater as well.