As usual, there is absolutely no lack of things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, from Rachmaninoff to Rock, From Jazz to Jewelry. Watch 800 musicians performing at once or enter a pumpkin pie baking contest, there’s beauty by the bay in what ever form you wish.
KJZY After Work Concert – Thursday, October 24th
O.K. so, it’s not quite the weekend, but Thursday is another of the excellent, “After Work Concerts,” sponsored by KJZY. This time it’s at VIANSA WINERY in Sonoma, and features the music of Gator Nation, perfoming a mix of Cajun/Creole/Zydeco flavored New Orleans style music that is perfect for a party, and with Halloween only a week away, this will be a party indeed come in costume, either Halloween or Mardi Gras and perhaps you’ll win a prize.
On Saturday, 26th October, The M.H. deYoung Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park features the opening of the David Hacking exhibit. These masterful works carry on the Debunker tradition and celebrate his California explorations. Also at the de Young, The Art of Bulgari exhibit continues. This breathtaking collection includes pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection, including a piece she commissioned but never wore, choosing instead to put it up for auction for the benefit of AIDS awareness.
Opposite the de Young, at the California Academy of Sciences, The “Hidden Treasures Revealed,” exhibit continues. From October 1 to November 26th the Academy offers you the opportunity to view and learn about some of it’s world-class collection that have lead to vital scientific discoveries; from bizarre fish and ancient plants to DNA discoveries, this exhibit offers you a rare peek behind the scene.
WOW! Just take a look at this! This weekend at Cressy Field, over 800 musicians will gather to perform. There will be two one hour performances on Saturday and one on Sunday. And, for all you KDFC fans, program director and night time host, Rik Malone well be there with his viola. Hey! This sort of thing is what San Francisco is all about. Remember the 72 hour Messiah Sing Along at Old First Church a few years ago.
At the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House: Friday – The Verde Requm, Saturday – Wagner’s, The Flying Dutchman. Ooooo! Talk about romantic … a handsome sea captain doomed to sail the storm tossed seas throughout eternity in a ghost ship until he can find the true and unfaltering eternal love of one faithful woman. Sigh “… the stuff that dreams are made of…” And on Sunday, quite a different sort of romance as the pompous and womanizing buffoon, Falstaff blusters his way through unsuccessful attempts at seduction.
At the San Francisco Jazz Center, all weekend you have the opportunity to discover the Gypsy Jazz rhythms of Dorado Schmitt. Alsace/Lorraine born Dorado cut his teeth on traditional Roma/Gypsy jazz, went on to explore the contemporary music of his teens, then came back to his cultural traditions.
North of the Golden Gate, on Sunday, the Marin Symphony opens its new season with, “From Russia with Love.” Alasdair Neale well conduct Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with soloist, Jon Nakamatsu. If you're passionate about music, then you won’t want to miss this concert featuring the works of these here composers of great passion.
Sonoma Counties’ jewel of a venue, Weill Hall in Rohnert Park is presenting a full roster of excellent performances this weekend, starting Friday with the Sonoma State Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s, Autumn Voyage. Saturday, New Orleans born, Jon Batiste brings his piano artistry to the Weill Hall stage for an evening of Eclectic music, and debuting at Weill Hall on Sunday, The Takács Quartet will perform works by Dvorák. The award winning Takács are considered one of the top ranking string quartets in the world today. For their Sunday concert they will be joined by Erika Eckert on viola and Scott Pingel on bass. Acoustically perfect Weill Hall always provides an extraordinary environment for showcasing fine performances, contemporary or classical.
Also in Rohnert Park this weekend the Spreckels Center for the Performing Arts, continues with their production of Brigadoon. Come loose yourself in the Scottish highlands of a lost time - and, you don’t have to wait 100 years to do it. Brigadoon is a great musical fantasy adventure for the entire family.
Now, if your tastes are of a more contemporary nature, This Saturday, you can enjoy great food, excellent beer and great party in the beer garden of the Sebastopol Hopmonk. Enjoy the ultumatelly danceable music of The Bad Apple String Band and much more, while at the Novato Hopmonk, also on Saturday, you can catch the performance of “Dread Zepplin.”
Weekend long fun for the entire family is being offered at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market Harvest Festival. Come enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, a pie baking competition, a pie workshop, cider pressing, face painting, seasonal cooking demonstrations, a petting zoo and more, including music, music, music. A grand way to celebrate Autumn and the harvest.