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What’s Happening in The San Francisco Bay Area: May 30, 31 and June 1

Show Boat at S.F. Opera
Show Boat at S.F. Opera
S.F. Opera

As always, the San Francisco Bay Area is replete with fun and rewarding things to do this weekend. Food, music, art – you want it – we’ve got it.

In Healdsburg, in the heart of the wine country, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival kicks off and continues through June 8th. For Jazz lovers, this is a don’t miss event.

Now, for those of you with a passion for the human voice, this week, the San Francisco Opera kicks of something a bit different for a world class opera company. Show Boat! Jerome Kern’s and Oscar Hammerstein’s ground breaking classic; a reminder of our bitter history of racism, is never old, particularly when our own San Francisco Opera gives it new life.

Are you an old film buff? Then San Francisco has lots to offer you this weekend. At Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony will be playing the music of “Fantasia” while the original movie is being shown on the big screen, while at the San Francisco Jazz Center there’s more film fun with the showing of Charlie Chaplins “The Kid,” to the accompaniment of jazz guitarist Marc Rabot.

At the Marin Veteran’s Auditorium on May 31 and June 1st, yo have the opportunity to see the RoCo Dance Extravaganza. This will feature some 600 young dancers from RoCo’s youth program – everything from hip-hop and break-dancing to ballet and jazz.

And for you lovers of the dance, there’s more. The Marin Dance Theater will be performing their “Springfest 2014” at Rohnert Park’s, Spreckels Center for the Performing Arts on May 31st, this saturday at 1:00 pm.

In Peteluma, at The Cinnabar you can see fine singers performing “The Marrage of Figaro.” That begins Friday, May 30th and runs through June 15th. The Cinnabar is a wonderful intimate venue.

So, you’re not all that into the performing arts? Well, not to worry. At the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, currently running are two excellent exhibits: Intimate Impressionism, features some 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lives, and portraits on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Also currently on exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor are works by Henri Matisse.

Now, for foodies and those of you concerned with how your food is produced and where it comes from, The Sonoma County Farm Trails, is sponsoring an excellent: BBQ, BREWS & BARN_DANCE. Come for the food. Stay for the Dancing! That’s this Saturday, May 31. This is a very special event that no foodie should miss. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. you arrive to a Brews and Cheese Reception with live music by Adam Passow. At 6:30 you will be seated to a sumptuous BBQ dinner by Chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire. During dinner you will enjoy the music of Cahoots. Dinner will be followed by dancing.

The menu includes artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, Gypsy Cheese Co, Pugs Leap Farm, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Tomales Farmstead Cheese & Weirauch Farm & Creamery plus artisan breads from Nightingale Breads and Olive Oil from Preston Farm & Winery.

Then you will move on to Grilled & BBQ’d glazed Chicken from Green Star Farm, Grilled Lamb Barguez from Weirauch Farm and Spiced Tri Tip and Top Sirloin from Stemple Creek Ranch.

This will be accompanayed by Roasted Rosemary Potatoes from Little Organic Farm and Mixed Greens in Vinaigrette from Laguna Farm.

For the vegetarians among you there will be BBQ Temphe, Shatake Mushrooms and Grilled Onions from Alive & Healing.

End your meal with Water Buffalow Milk Gelato from Double 8 Dairy and Strawberry Trifle from Farmer Lao’s Strawberry Stand

Cider from Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Devoto Orchards & Ace Cider , Craft Beer from Woodfour Brewing Co, and Sonoma County Wines & Champagne will be available.

Now, if all that doesn’t tantalize your taste buds I don’t know what will. In the words of Auntie Mame, “Life is a banquet and most damn fools are starving to death.”

All this takes place at the Dutton Ranch in Sebastopol.

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