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Some fine entertainment in the Bay Area this week - Part II

Samuel Faustine as Frederic, Chris Uzelac as Samuel, Charles Martin as the Pirate King and Deborah Rosengaus as Ruth, in 'The Pirates of Penzance'
Samuel Faustine as Frederic, Chris Uzelac as Samuel, Charles Martin as the Pirate King and Deborah Rosengaus as Ruth, in 'The Pirates of Penzance'
Rhys Cheung

The Lamplighters Music Theatre opened its 62nd season earlier this month, with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and this week it comes to San Francisco.

Founded in 1952, to share its passion for the comic operas of W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, Lamplighters is amongst the world’s foremost exponents of the works of this enduringly popular theatrical partnership.

The action of the opera centers around an orphan lad, Frederic, who is mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate, and to whom he is contracted until the age of 21. Having been born on February 29 in a Leap Year, poor Frederic finds himself bound to remain “a slave of duty” well into middle age, despite his love for Mabel, the daughter of a Major-General - the subject of one of the opera’s most famous songs.

The Pirates of Penzance runs at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, in San Francisco, from August 14 to 17. For tickets, and to check performance times, call 415-978-2787 or visit

The production moves to the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on August 23 for a further three performances. For tickets, call 925-373-6800 or visit the website of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

Darlene Popovic - comedienne, actress and singer - is the star of this weekend’s Society Cabaret at Hotel Rex in San Francisco, with her show entitled Love and Laughter. Known for her speciality of playing multiple roles, Darlene demonstrates her versatility in her one-woman shows which she has presented not only in San Francisco, but also in Los Angeles and New York.

The San Francisco Examiner writes that she “not only has talent, she also has style and class”, while according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Popovic is a delight”.

Darlene Popovic appears in Love and Laughter at Hotel Rex's Society Cabaret on August 15 and 16. For tickets, visit the Society Cabaret website.

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco presents its 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square on Saturday, August 16. Admission free, the festival is open from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, and aims to cultivate a greater understanding of Chinatown, as well as promoting tourism and highlighting the optimism and forward-looking perspective of the neighbourhood.

Featured artists include jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Jon Jang, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, psychedelic rock group Queen Crescent, CPA Youth Mojo drum ensemble, and Chinatown’s Jest Jammin’ rhythm and blues group. There will be crafts, games, a new exhibit of the work of artist Summer Lee, and a screening of the 2001 film Shaolin Soccer.

For more information, visit, call (415) 986-1822 x31 or x32, or email

Alonzo King LINES Ballet ends its 2014 Summer Program - Session II - this weekend with a performance by the students - from across the US and abroad - who have spent their summer training with the Company’s faculty and a group of critically acclaimed choreographers.

This showcase features the works of Bay Area and national choreographers, Mary Carbonara, Bliss Kohlmyer, Dexandro Montalvo, Carmen Rozestraten, Robert Sher-Machherndl, Julia Stiefel, and Erik Wagner, and is regarded as the highlight of the Company’s year.

The performance takes place on August 16 at 8.00 pm at the McKenna Theater at San Francisco State University, following which Alonzo King will be in the theater lobby to sign copies of LINES Ballet’s photography book.

For information and tickets, please visit the LINES Ballet website.

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