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11 nice occasions and reveals to catch this weekend

From Fleet Week and Litquake to an opera primarily based on a basic Steinbeck novel and the return of the Steinway Society, there’s a lot to see and do that weekend within the Bay Space. Here’s a partial roundup.

Fleet Week is again

Provided that Congress appeared sure and decided to break this beloved Bay Space occasion this yr, it appears solely proper that we rejoice in Fleet Week’s arrival, protected from a federal authorities shutdown that only some days in the past appeared all however sure. However that’s all Tall Ships underneath the bridge now, and we’re free to get pleasure from this annual tribute to those that serve in America’s armed forces, notably the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

The occasion, working via Monday, takes on added which means with the passing late final week of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who helped launch Fleet week 41 years in the past when she was San Francisco mayor. Fleet Week occasions, practically all of that are free, vary from eye-popping shows of energy to extra poignant celebrations of the significance of remembrance and group and even the connection between people and their loyal canine associates.

One of the best-known (and loudest) occasion is the logic-defying aerobatics routine carried out by the extraordinary Blue Angels Navy pilots aboard the squadron of distinctive blue-and-yellow Tremendous Hornet planes. The mixture of spectacular flight maneuvers and the roar of the planes makes for an awe-inspiring present. Performances and rehearsals happen over San Francisco Friday via Sunday. The parade of Tall Ships via the Bay takes place 11 a.m. Friday, and you may tour the ships at different factors in the course of the weekend. There are additionally occasions to honor those that gave their lives in protection of this nation, a highschool band competitors and a particular demonstration of the superb canines who serve the K9 Unit.

Particulars: For a whole schedule of occasions and extra data, go to fleetweeksf.org

Classical picks: ‘Mice and Males,’ Steinway Society, extra

Huge occasions launch October’s classical music scene, together with an opera impressed by a Nice American novel, a recital by pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and extra.

“Of Mice and Males”: For many people, the primary time studying “Of Mice and Males” was an unforgettable expertise. John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella informed the highly effective story of George and Lennie, two migrant staff struggling to outlive within the Mud Bowl in the course of the Nice Melancholy.

In 1970, composer Carlisle Floyd tailored the guide into an opera, and this month Livermore Valley Opera is presenting it in a brand new manufacturing. Directed by Marc Jacobs and sung in English, it options Baritone Robert Mellon as George and tenor Matthew Pearce as Lennie; additionally showing are Chad Somers as Curley, Véronique Filloux as Curley’s Spouse, and Kirk Eichelberger as Sweet. Alexander Katsman conducts.

Particulars: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 15; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $20-$85; lvopera.com.

Steinway launches new season: The Steinway Society kicks off its twenty ninth yr of packages on Oct. 7, presenting the younger Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov, whom the New York Occasions has labeled an artist of “beautiful virtuosity,” in recital on the McAfee Middle at Saratoga Excessive College.

The recipient of many awards since he made his debut at age 7, final November, Khozyainov was introduced the Gold Medal of Peace from the United Nations Peacekeeping Power. On his program might be three sonatas by Scriabin, three actions the pianist himself has organized from Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe” and two nocturnes and a ballade by Chopin.

Particulars: 7:30 p.m.; $50-$70, steinwaysociety.com, additionally obtainable to live-stream ($25), with accessibility for 48 hours.

Kanneh-Mason in recital: Award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is ready to launch San Francisco Performances’ Piano Collection; she’ll play a solo recital that includes works by Haydn, Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn.

Particulars: 7:30 Friday; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $50-$70; sfperformances.org.

A brand new violin concerto: Violinist Pekka Kuuisto involves the San Francisco Symphony to function soloist in Jasper Nordin’s “Convergence,” a San Francisco Symphony fee making its world premiere. This system additionally contains John Adams’ “Naïve and Sentimental Music.” Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

Particulars: 7:30 Oct. 6-7; Davies Symphony Corridor, San Francisco; $25-$75; sfsymphony.org.

Emanuel Ax returns: The nice pianist Emanuel Ax returns this month, starting with a Stanford Stay recital that includes works by Beethoven and Schoenberg. From there, he joins the San Francisco Symphony in Anders Hillborg’s new Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Symphony and making its world premiere on a program that additionally contains music by Brahms and Beethoven.

Particulars: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Bing Live performance Corridor, Stanford College; $43-$168; reside.stanford.edu; 7:30 Oct. 12-14, Davies Symphony Corridor, San Francisco; $25-$169; www.sfsymphony.org.

— Georgia Rowe, Correspondent, and Bay Metropolis Information Basis

Will you are feeling the Earth transfer?

Litquake, that impressed extravaganza of guide and author-related happenings that has unfold out over a number of Bay Space venues each fall since 1999, is ramping up once more. In the present day via Oct. 21, some 50 occasions, many freed from cost, might be bringing readers and writers collectively at places as various as Grace Cathedral, the Make-Out Room, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Marines’ Memorial Theatre and lots of extra. As is customary, the pageant closes out with a booze-infused Lit Crawl from 5 to 9 p.m. on closing evening, this time within the Mission District with greater than 40 pubs, golf equipment and different internet hosting websites taking part.

Highlights are plentiful. On Oct. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Metropolis Lights bookstore, Justin Torres, writer of the exceptional first novel “We the Animals” might be featured in dialog with writer Jonathan Escoffery about his new, extremely experimental novel “Blackouts,” which comes out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux on that date and has already landed on the lengthy checklist for the Nationwide E-book Award.

On Oct. 13, from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Verdi Membership, the Porchlight Storytelling collection returns to Litquake with six authors holding forth, with out notes, on the particular theme “Methods Up My Sleeve: Invisible Magic.” The lineup contains “Jeopardy! champion, Oakland’s Amy Schneider, whose memoir, “Within the Type of a Query: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life,” has simply been launched by Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press. Tickets are $25 upfront and $30 on the door, at 2424 Mariposa St.

Particulars: Catch the complete lineup and extra data at Litquake.org.

— Bay Metropolis Information Basis

Native artists at de Younger

San Francisco’s de Younger Museum’s triennial “Open” occasion has returned, which means you’ll discover works by Bay Space artists on show on the museum for the following few months. And we imply loads of Bay Space artists.

Some 883 works — chosen from greater than 7,700 entries — are on show on the museum’s Hearst Exhibition Galleries. The works are organized thematically and embrace work, images, drawing and prints, fiber, sculptured, movies, movies, and digital artwork.

Among the many artists with works chosen for the show is East Bay Photographer Jeff Heyman. His “Oak Scars No. 3, Orinda, California, 2023” is now on show on the museum; the work is a part of a collection of images of oak bushes and the scars they improvement when their limbs are eliminated.

Particulars: By Jan. 7; Tea Backyard Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; open 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday although Sunday; $5-$25, free Saturdays; www.famsf.org.

— Randy McMullen, Employees

Lights, digital camera … turmoil!

San Francisco Playhouse is kicking off its new season with the West Coast premiere of a biting comedy that takes place amongst Nigeria’s booming film trade of Nineties.

“Nollywood Goals,” by Ghanian-American author/performer Jocelyn Bioh (“College Ladies; Or the African Imply Ladies Play”) focuses on Nigeria’s so-called Nollywood movie trade, which flourished even because the African nation was enveloped in financial and political turmoil.

The stage comedy facilities on aspiring actor Ayamma, who desires of a lifetime of glamorous film stardom. She lands an an audition with Nollywood’s most in-demand filmmaker, who’s looming for a recent face to show into a giant star. However issues come up as Ayamma clashes with the forged’s diva-like star and attracts the amorous attentions of Nigeria’s “Sexiest Man.” Can Ayamma fulfill her desires of dumping her journey company job for a profession on the massive display? Discover out as “Nollywood Goals” performs via Nov. 4.

Particulars: Performances at San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Put up St., San Francisco; $15-$100; www.sfplayhouse.org.

— Randy McMullen, Employees

A thriller author’s thriller: Forty-seven years after her dying, Agatha Christie stays one of the in style thriller writers in historical past, with lots of 66 novels and 14 quick story collections nonetheless in circulation and with stage and movie variations of her work continuously making the rounds. The truth that her comparatively mild tales are nonetheless in demand in an period when whodunits of each the real-life and fictional selection appear to develop extra ugly by the day is a testomony to her intelligent creations, or maybe her followers’ want for a extra civilized method to a homicide and its decision. Now TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is staging one other Agatha Christie thriller – solely this one is about her. “Mrs. Christie,” a 2019 play by Heidi Armbruster, takes its story from the real-life, 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926, a broadly publicized, nonetheless unexplained occasion that prompted a frantic seek for the famed writer. When she resurfaced, Christie reportedly claimed amnesia because the trigger however supplied no additional rationalization. Armbruster’s play is extra of a whimsical than documentarian account, centering on a superfan who, armed with a brand new clue, units about to resolve the thriller as soon as and for all. Including to the enjoyable is the looks of such adored Christie detectives as Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Marple within the play. TheatreWorks creative director Giovanna Sardelli, who directed the play’s world premiere on the Dorset Theatre Competition in Vermont 4 years in the past, helms this West Coast premiere as effectively.

Particulars: Performances run Wednesday via Oct. 29 on the Mountain View Middle for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $27-$100 (topic to vary); go to www.theatreworks.org.

— Bay Metropolis Information Basis

In reward of Jerry Garcia

Grateful Useless singer, songwriter and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia (1944-1995) was a kind of musicians whose sound – particularly on his syncopated, delightfully wandering guitar runs that integrated people, psychedelia and even jazz inflections – stays distinctive and unmistakable to this present day. To say he has influenced a fantastic many musicians through the years could be placing it mildly. Among the many musicians indebted to his sound are guitarist Andy Falco and bassist E-book, greatest recognized for his or her work with the acclaimed bluegrass outfit The Notorious Stringdusters. The 2 musicians are actually touring with a present dedicated to Garcia and his music, which involves the Freight & Salvage on Saturday. The 2 musicians, who’ve toured with this present a number of instances prior to now, say the thought originated once they used to warm-up backstage for Stringdusters concert events by jamming on a few of their favourite Garcia songs. “In some unspecified time in the future,” says Falco, “we simply thought it will be enjoyable to do it in public.” And naturally, they’ve an enormous catalog to play with. The present will function Grateful Useless and Jerry Garcia classics, in addition to numbers Garcia was mentioned to be keen on taking part in. Says E-book, “Performing this music as a duo permits us to discover the songs and jam in a manner that’s distinctive to taking part in as a Duo.” We are able to consider worse methods to spend a night than listening to two gifted musicians lend their musical interpretations to a different.

Particulars: Live performance begins 8 p.m.; $30-$34, $15 for teenagers 15 and underneath; thefreight.org.

— Bay Metropolis Information Basis

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