As usual, if you live in The San Francisco Bay Area, there is no dearth of things to do and as usual, there is always something to please any taste, from Rock & Roll to Opera, from the Jewelry of Elizabeth Taylor to the paintings of Matisse, from tide pooling to wine country picnics.
Beginning on Tuesday, November 5th and continuing through Sunday, November 10th, the San Francisco Jazz Center is hosting the “Body Music Festival,” a celebration of many forms of music from a variety of cultures, all made with the body: clapping, stomping etc. fun and high energy.
In Petaluma on Wednesday, you may participate in “West Side Stories.” This is a sort of an open mic that happens the first Wednesday of each month. You are invited to get up and tell your five minute story. Each month has a theme. This month the theme is “in,” inconvenience, indescribable, incredible, inconceivable, incontriversable, etc.
“The Flying Dutchman” continues this Thursday, November 7, at the War Memorial Opera House. There’s a lot more to Wagner than fat ladies wearing horns and holding spears. The Flying Dutchman is just about as romantic as it gets; a handsome sea captain doomed to sail the wind whipped seas in a ghost ship until he finds the undying love of one faithful woman. Oh break my heart. This is at least a 10-hankey performance. Best not sit next to me cause it’s guaranteed to reduce me to a puddle of tears.
Back in the North Bay, the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma offers “God Fights the Plague,” on Thursday and Saturday.
Friday sees the opening of the 25th season of the East Bay Symphony at the Paramount Theater. Michael Morgan will be conducting works from Aaron Coppland, Mason Bates, Giudeppe Verdi, and Richard Wagner, among others. Also performing will be Canadian soprano, Othalie Graham, making her debut with the East Bay Symphony as Brunhilde. What an incredibly high energy this performance promises to be, from the New World excitement of Coppland’s Appellation Spring to Brunhilde riding into the flames of Siegfried’s funeral pyre.
And also on Friday, at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa, high energy of a different kind kicks off with Buddy Guy. Seventy Six and still a major influence on the rock, jazz and blues scene, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a six time Grammy Award inner, the holder of 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, a recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Aard for lifetime contribution to the arts.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Santa Rosa Symphony presents their “Multicultural Magic,” at the incomparable and inspirational Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Bruno Ferrandis conducts and cellist, dMaya Beiser is guest artist. Ms. Beiser’s unique virtuosity and charisma have won her near “rock star,” status with her fans.
Two spectacular and rewarding exhibits open at the Palace of The Legion of Honor on Saturday, November 9th. The masterful works of Swedish painter Anders Zorn and paintings by Matisse. The two extremes blend to make this a “can’t miss,” exhibit for any art lover.
AND at the M.H. De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park you may still see “The Art of Bulgari,” an incredible collection of breathtakingly beautiful jewelry and artifacts, including pieces from the fabled collection of Elizabeth Taylor. You may also view the recently opened exhibit of paintings by contemporary painter David Hackney who carries on the Diebenkorn tradition and takes it even further along the path of self expression and exploration.