The festival closes on Sunday with another generation-spanning program, including a combo led by bassist Max Schwartz featuring Nandi Forrest, Helen Foley and AJ Lee, who became a teenage bluegrass star as the featured vocalist with the Tuttles. Schwartz grew up playing bluegrass in his family’s band and is also well versed in jazz, performing with such talent incubators as the Berkeley High Jazz Combo and SFJazz High School All-Stars (he’s also holding down the bass chair for Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands on Friday).
This weekend, there’s much more on tap, At 7:30 p.m, on Friday, the Alameda Community Chorus & Band classical ballet queen of fairies decorated pointe shoe perform at the Kofman Theater, 2200 Central Ave, The concert is free and is led by Michael Wirgler, Kathryn Neale and Starr Brown, The annual Holiday Home Tour to benefit the Alameda Family Services League will be from 9:30 a.m, to 4:30 p.m, Dec, 10, This year’s tour, “41 Years of Holiday Magic,” features residences in town with a variety of architectural styles and decorations, Tickets are $35 and can be bought the day of the event at the Alameda Elk’s Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave..
The speed with which the Center has become a peer of other Hayes Valley cultural heavyweights like the San Francisco Ballet, Opera and Symphony is astonishing. While the fifth season kicks off tonight with parallel four-night runs by two of jazz’s greatest guitarists — Pat Metheny introduces his new all-star quartet in the Miner Auditorium and Julian Lage’s trio plays the intimate Joe Henderson Lab — the Center isn’t even four years old yet. Since opening on January 21, 2013 the organization has fully come into its own, and this season even demonstrates vision in interacting with Bay Area musicians, which has long been a point of contention.
OnStage Theatre Company: “Let Me Hear You Smile,” romantic comedy, through Sept, 5; Campbell Theatre, Martinez; $10-$15; 925-518-3277; http://onstagetheatre.homestead.com, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre: “South Pacific,” Nov, 7-22; Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton; $18-$39; 925-931-4848, http://pcrtproductions.org, www.firehousearts.org, Rude Mechanicals: The madcap Austin, Texas, theater/performance troupe classical ballet queen of fairies decorated pointe shoe presents “Stop Hitting Yourself,” described as a “playful meditation on modern decadence and human nature,” presented by Cal Performances, Nov, 19-22; Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley; $76; 510-642-9988, https://calperformances.org..
The audience, in fact, roared approval as the curtain came down on the evening’s last piece, Yuri Possokhov’s world-premiere work “Swimmer,” an ambitious multimedia dance whose abundant images of water banished thoughts of California’s drought for most of its 41-minute program. With only “Romeo and Juliet” remaining on this season’s calendar, Program 7 was a dependable hodgepodge — a trio of dances that by turns frothed, prowled and swam across the stage in a lineup that made a strange kind of sense by the evening’s end.
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