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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Bay Area Weekend: Native Gardens, Elian Elias, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Great shows and concerts are taking place in the Bay Area this weekend – here’s a partial recap. And before you hit the road, be sure to check the website of the event venue or serving company for COVID safety requirements.

On stage: “Native Gardens”, “Into the Forest”, etc.

Here are a few shows and festivals that theater fans in the Bay Area should know about.

“Native Gardens”: Karen Zacarias’ comedy pushing a button focuses on a young, fast-moving Latin couple moving in the neighborhood of a popular elderly white couple, and the ensuing culture clash. It will open this weekend at the City Lights Theater in San Jose.

Details: In the preview from November 18 to 19, the main screening will take place from November 20 to December. 19; proof of vaccination is required, and masks must be worn in the theater; Free Zoom presentation with director and cast available at 8:00 pm on November 30; $ 15-47; cltc.org

“In the forest”: Berkeley Playhouse kicks off its 13th season of musicals with a classic Steven Sondheim / James Lapin hit featuring characters from a Grimm tale.

Details: 19 November – Dec. 23; US $ 25-44; berkeleyplayhouse.org

Theater of Russian Writers: This new Bay Area company dedicated to Native American work and artists will debut this weekend with a trio of short plays including the satire “Indian Reality Show” by Beth Piatoto; Starlings, a drama about an urban American Indian in crisis after hours in a museum; and “The Wicker”, described as “intergalactic, multidimensional, haunted, Noh-inspired, proverbial wormhole in the liberation of Native Americans and the resilience of the Japanese.”

Details: 19:00 23, 24 and 26 November; Potrero Stage (shows are also offered online); free, but donations are welcome; playground-sf.org.

Theater Eugen: The company specializing in the production of traditional Japanese plays, Kyogen, a 600-year-old comedy stage style, will return this weekend to live performances at NOHSpace on Mariposa Street. The troupe will present the comedy Busu (Sweet Poison), in which clever servants outwitted their master, and Kaminari (God of Thunder) about a supernatural being treated by a mortal doctor.

Details: 19:00 November 19-21; 5-30 USD; www.theatreofyugen.org.

Love and Laughter at Così Fan Tutte

True love: fickle or true?

This is the question behind the Così fan tutte. Mozart’s comic opera places the two sisters and their soldier boyfriends in a turbulent plot in which romantic ideals are pitted against limits of fidelity.

The plot delights the audience unconditionally, the music is divine, and the new production of the San Francisco opera, set in a 1930s country club, is directed by Michael Kavanagh, whose stylish 2019 production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro has won top company awards.

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Così includes soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts, tenor Benjamin Bliss and baritone John Bransi as a quartet of young lovers. Henrik Nanashi, confidently directing the production of Figaro, returns to directing.

Details: Sunday to December 3; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; proof of vaccination is required, masks must be worn in the theater; USD 29–398; 415-864-3330, www.sfopera.com.

– Georgia Rowe, correspondent

Concert: Eliane Elias, Loudon Wainwright III, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Elian Elias: The Brazilian singer, songwriter and pianist is visiting Yoshi in Auckland this weekend to showcase her new album, Mirror Mirror, which features Chick Corea and Chucho Valdez.

Details: 19:30 November 19, 7:30 and 9:30 November 20; USD 39-75; yoshis.com.

Harmonic convergence: Yoshi’s concert features a trio of the Bay Area’s finest harpers – James Handon, David Matthews and Winslow Yersa.

Details: 20:00 November 22; US $ 19; yoshis.com.

Loudon Wainwright III: The singer-songwriter, who entered the top 20 hits in 1972 with his song “Dead Skunk (In the Middle of the Road)”, remains one of the most beloved and respected folk / American artists with over 20 albums in his catalog. He plays Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on November 19.

Details: 8 pm; US $ 34-38; thefreight.org.

Joey Chang: The so-called “beatbox cellist” presents an “Interactive Spontaneous Song Machine” on November 20, in which he beatboxes, sings, plays the cello and uses various loops to draw the audience’s attention to the performance.

Details: 7:30 pm; Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View; is free; the event will also be streamed on the CSMA YouTube channel; arts4all.org.

Renegade Orchestra: The band, which calls itself an “all-rule-breaking orchestra,” combines classical and pop / rock instruments to perform a wide variety of works, involving the likes of Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Donna Summer. The orchestra will perform on November 20 at the Riggers Loft in Richmond, a former shipbuilding building that has been converted into a winery.

Details: 7 p.m; US $ 20; kazzit.com/event.

Jazz Band Preservation Hall: One of the most revered providers of traditional New Orleans big band music is heading to the SFJAZZ Center for the weekend as part of the band’s 60th anniversary tour.

Details: 19:30 November 19, 19:30 and 21:30 November 20; Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ, San Francisco; USD 45-110; the early November 19 show will air live; www.sfjazz.org.

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