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S.F. Bay Area Happenings – July 10 – 13th

Come Celebrate Bill's 77th Birthday
S.F. Jazz Center

As per usual, lots happening in and around the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend.

To kick things off, the annual Festival del Sole, begins this weekend at various venues throughout the wine country. Running July 11th through the 20th you will have the opportunity to experience the artistry of such greats as Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman and Carlo Ponti Jr. Maestro Ponti will be conducting a tribute to his mother, Sophia Loren.

Saturday, the 12th sees the opening of Marin Shakespeare Companies’ production of “As You Like It,” and how’s this for grabbers... throughout the run of the production there is no set admission. You pay “As You Like It.” Instead of an admission, they are asking you for donations in whatever amount you wish.

This Saturday also sees the opening of the Mendocino Music Festival. From July 12th through the 26th you will have the rare opportunity to enjoy Mozart, Bach and beer on the edge of the world, enjoying most spectacular views of the pacific ocean.

At San Francisco’s Palace of the Legion of Honor, this Sunday you may see Pocket Opera’s production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

Sunday is your last chance to see San Francisco Opera’s spectacular production of Showboat. This is a show-stopping don’t miss production. The season continues with La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Norma, Tosca, Cinderella and La Boehme... a more than impressive lineup. Remember, the splendid San Francisco War Memorial Opera House was the first publicly owned opera house in the United States.

Well, if you were planning to see the San Francisco Ballet, you’ll just have to fly to Paris, which is where they will be performing all this month.

Now, here’s something special. This Saturday, you may help Bill Cosby celebrate his 77th birthday at the San Francisco Jazz Center. Hmmm, we’re the same age, and I met Mr. Cosby when I was a guest on the Today Show, back about a billion years ago when my Cook Book, “Some Like it Hotter,” was published.

Beginning on Saturday the 12, the Speckles Center for the Performing Arts is presenting “Seasons of Love,” a musical revue featuring song, dance and comedy based on everything from The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel to Pussycat Dolls. Whatever that is? Rohnert Park

In Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you may take in their production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a rollicking musical set in the roaring 20’s.

Now, all that certainly ought to keep you entertained until Monday rolls around.