The week ahead

The week ahead

Recovered from Burning Man? Got the kids off to school? Feeling relaxed from the long weekend? Good, because a new performing arts season is upon us and it's time to go out and see some of it. Here's what's happening this week:


Music and Opera:
After the seasoning opening gala on Wednesday, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in performances of music by Steve Reich, Aaron Copland,and George Gershwin with some help from Eighth Blackbird and soprano Susanna Phillips September 9 & 10 at Davies Symphony Hall.

The San Francisco Opera kicks off its first season under its new General Director Matthew Shilvock with it's opening night on Friday featuring Umberto Giordano's  Andrea Chénier. You can grab a $10 standing room ticket the morning of the show at 10:00 (line-up early) and still attend the big night on the cheap, but wear a tux. On Saturday night SFO has the world premiere of Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber. Sunday is the annual Opera in the Park event (free, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park at 1:30).

The Friction Quartet, one of the best Bay Area classical music ensembles, perform at Old First on Friday night.

Thanks to Mike Strickland for the heads up on After Everything, which was to have a very intriguing concert this Sunday in the Presidio involving the Andy Goldsworthy sculptures and some terrific music. That event's been moved forward to a date yet to be determined, but join the musicians on Friday for a free event/performance at the Presido Officers Club at 6:00 and you can learn more.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band rolls into the Oakland Fox for two nights Thursday and Friday -- they should be great.

Wilco takes over the Fillmore for the entire week with a different supporting act each night.

Pat Metheny is in the large room at SF Jazz Thursday - Sunday, while the Julian Lage Trio works the Joe Henderson Lab Wednesday - Sunday.

Ray LaMontagne performs at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre on Friday.

Juliette Lewis plays the Independent on Saturday. On Sunday the club hosts Puddles Pity Party, which sold out so fast they added a late show.

Four different concerts under the banner of Acoustic Habitats take place at the Center For New Music Thursday - Saturday featuring ROVA, Anna Halprin, and Gino Robair. Some events are free, including a Saturday afternoon performance by the Cornelius Cardew Choir in the Tenderloin National Forest featuring the music of Pauline Oliveros, Tom Bickley, and David Samas.

The big opening this week is Marin Theatre Company's August: Osage County, Tracy Lett's Pulitzer-winning, savagely hysterical family Battle Royale. It's the kind of material actors love to perform on stage.

New York City's Stein | Holum Projects bring The Wholehearted to ZSpace  September 7 - 10, an unflinching work about a female boxer whose career is taken down by her husband.

SF Fringe begins this week at the Exit and PianoFight.

See last week's post for what else is currently on Bay Area stages.

Dohee Lee's ARA Ritual I: Waterways, "a ritual theatrical performance featuring Korean music and dance, contemporary dance, and electronic sound design," takes place at CounterPulse Thursday - Sunday.

On Tuesday the Balboa has a great Kurt Russell double feature -- John Carpenter's Escape From New York and Big Trouble in Little China. On Thursday it's A Clockwork Orange -- watch it and tell me if you don't think Kubrick has structured the film to mirror the four movements of Beethoven's 9th symphony. Their Hitchcock series continues Friday - Sunday with some of his most popular films, including Psycho, which really must be seen on a large screen to be fully appreciated.

Helmut Berger, Actor, which John Waters has deemed the best film of 2016, screens at YBCA Thursday - Sunday.

Semana Santa is screening this week at the Roxie. 

The Castro has a big week ahead: Sunset Boulevard and The Star on Wednesday, a Terrence Malick double feature on Thursday, Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain with Zardoz on Friday, the California Independent Film Festival on Saturday, and King Vidor's 1925 epic The Big Parade on Sunday.

Top photo: a still from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

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