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San Francisco Bay Area – it doesn't get much better

Showboat... always a great show.
Showboat... always a great show.
S.F. Opera

Those of us living in the San Francisco Bay Area have such an opulent array of cultural opportunities at our disposal, from music and theater in rich variety to world class museums bringing us fine art from around the world.

Madam Butterfly at San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera

This weekend is particularly opulent in it’s offerings. Starting with the San Francisco Opera, on Thursday is their production of Show Boat, Friday is La Traviata and Saturday, Madam Butterfly.

Then, on to Davies Symphony Hall, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas will be conducting the San Francisco Symphony in a concert of Mid Century Masters including Britten, Copland and Shostakovischy. And speaking of Aaron Copland, isn’t is amazing that during the red scare, he was brought before the House Un-American Committee. My gawd – this is the man who gave us Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, the Lincoln Portrait and Fanfaire for the Common Man. That was certainly one of the lowest points in our history.

And over at the San Francisco Jazz Center, on Thursday, you may see Chester Thompson, and on Friday, Zoe Keating. This groundbreaking composer creates an array of amazing music with her cello and laptop; both innovative and exciting. The concert is sold out but it is suggested that you check on the day of he performance for turn back tickets.

Jazz fans couldn’t go wrong by visiting the Sonoma Cutrer Winery and Vineyards this Saturday, for the first of their Jazzy Summer Nights, when legendary jazz guitarist Grant Geissman will be displaying his amazing talent. And oh yes, on Thursday you can take in another of Radio Station’s KJZY’s “After Work Concerts.” This one is at the John Ash & Co. Vintners Inn. The featured artist will be vocalist Brenda Reed.

Oh and here’s a special event – on Saturday, the 21st which just happens to be the Summer Solstice, the Sebastopol Hopmonk is presenting, Solstice Seduction. This is another of the exciting and seductive burlesque shows presented by the Cabaret de Caliente.

For on going events, you will want to take advantage of the summer long Free Days at Jack London State Historic Park. Those remaining are July 14th and August 11. These will focus on family-friendly activities. Also at the park this summer, don’t miss their "Broadway Under the Stars" series. Also for fun summer long events, be sure to take advantage of the Summer Concert Series at the Rodney Strong Vineyards. These begin this Saturday and run through August 31st.

Now, if all that won’t give you some ideas for the weekend and the summer ahead, I don’t know what will.

Remember, you may read more of my work at The Questing Feast and you may listen to me on Radio KGGV the Bridge 95.1 F.M and streaming world wide at KGGV Monday from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

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