As might be expected, there is no dearth of things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. Are you a classical fan? We got you covered. Love to dance and watch beautiful belly dancers? We got you covered. Are you a theater buff? We got you covered, ANDif you're a jazz fan, boy! Have we got you covered!Jazz fans are in for a huge treat! The San Francisco Jazz Center is featuring Herbie Hancock all weekend. Beginning on Friday, June 16th when his artistic genius will be honored with the SF Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award. The lineup will include the SF Jazz Collective, the award winning SF Jazz High School All-Stars and of course Hancock himself.Guests at this gala will include Robert Redford, Chris Tucker, Tom Waits, Les Claypool, David Chappelle, Charlie Musselwhite, Terrence Howard, Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Danny Glover, Lou Gosset Jr, Peter Coyote, and many more notables.The weekend continues with Herbie in concert Saturday evening and Sunday with both Matinee and Evening performances.Locally, on Friday and Saturday at the Sebastapool Hopmonk is the Tribal Fest Dance Party – This is a real mix featuring beautiful belly dancers, a fire show set to live music, late night dinning – the kitchen will be open until midnight, and a late night dance floor – sounds like a real blast blast.At the Spreckles Center in Rohnert Park, their excellent production of “Catch Me if You Can,” continues through the weekend.Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at our own Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, Grammy Award-winner, pianist Richard Goode will be in concert. He is renowned for his interpretations of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Mr. Goode is also a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Award.Also on Sunday, The San Francisco Youth Symphoney will be performing at Davies Symphony Hall, and speaking of young musicians - here’s an important announcement:Public Radio Station KDFC is sponsoring their Instrument Drive. All this week they are collecting your unused instruments for the benefit of Students in the Bay Area who might not otherwise be able to make music. This is a most worthy cause. Let that lonely instrument you no longer play get into the hands of some young person who would love to make it sing again. Go to the KDFC to find drop off locations. The drive continues through the end of this week.
May 15, 2014