The weekend continues with a myriad of exciting forms of entertainment - from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
San Jose Rep's "One Night With Janis Joplin" has been so popular that it's been extended through Oct. 6. The Broadway-bound musical now has Cari Hutson playing the part at every performance until the end of its run (sans Sunday's matinee). Hutson, who had shared the grueling part with another actress, has done a lot of research about Joplin and, next week, look her for a story about how she got the role.
But don't wait to see the show. Since it's been extended, there are some great seats to be had if you order now. Go to www.sjrep.com.
San Francisco's own diva, Jason Brock, has performances on Sunday and Monday at Martuni's. His show, "Viva la Diva," showcases how comfortable Brock is playing an intimate show - just as much as he is at a large stadium. Either type of venue, Brock's voice soars.
At Martuni's, besides having a great set planned honoring and remembering the first time we've heard divas like Whitney Houston and Tina Turner, we get introduced to a new cocktail inspired by Brock - the Glitter Explosion. Additionally, when you order a ticket you get a free download of Brock's latest single. Get it all at http://events.sfgate.com/san_francisco_ca/events/show/350864663-jason-br...
For more info, go to www.jasonbrockvocals.com.
Berkeley seems to have the only Bay Area movie theatre showing one of the best films from last year's Frameline GLBT Film Festival. "Out in the Dark," is a heartbreaking tale of love between a Palestinian student and his Israeli boyfriend, who are only able to enjoy their love in the shadows of the night due to homosexuality being so taboo in the Palestinian culture. It's more than just frowned upon is it leads to traumatic results (while the student's straight brother's indecisions go unpunished for the most part). Thought- provoking and powerful, it is a movie not to be missed. I saw it in June and am still thinking about it.
I am not alone in my praise at it won 9 awards at various film festivals. Get information and tickets at: http://www.rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=elmwood
If you happen to be on a road trip to Los Angeles, I'd definitely try to get into "Heathers: The Musical." I saw it last week in one of its many sold out performances. I was told not to review it as it was only a preview.
So I cannot tell you how terrific it was. I cannot tell you that songs are a beautiful mix of big show ballads and perfect parodies. I cannot tell you the cast will not disappoint even the most die hard "Heathers" movie fans. But I can tell you that former teen heart throb Rex Smith is in the show - adding a touch of the 1980s to the spoof. Even though it's been extended, it's sold out for its entire run. But do like I did and wait at the theatre for a cancellation. The Hudson Theatre's bar menu will make the waiting time just breeze by.