As usual, there is a plethora of activities, bound to suit every tast, for those of us living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. From opera to jazz, rock and country – from paintings to picnicking. If you want it, the bay area has it. The only problem … how to do it all
San Francisco Opera:
For the novice or the veteran, there is little that can stimulate all the senses like an opera. Grand music, well that goes without saying, and when that music is brought to life with the human voice, well, the experience takes your senses to extraordinary places. Theater? Opera is the essence of theater. This weekend offers you the experience twice. Saturday you my attend the final dress rehearsal of The Flying Dutchman,
and Sunday you may attend the matinee Performance of Falstaff.
Weill Hall in Rohnert Park just has to be one of the true treasures of the Bay Area. This Friday you may enjoy the unique artistry of Jason Vieaux.
This superb guitarist performs from the classical repertoire yes, and then goes way beyond.
On Sunday, grab your kids and head for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s “Wild Animal Kingdom,” also at Weill Hall. This family friendly concert is the perfect way to introduce kids of all ages to classical music. Kids are encouraged to dress like their favorite animal and bring their favorite stuffed animal. After the concert there will even be an “instrument petting zoo, where kids may get up close and personal with musical instruments.
Not all that big a fan of Classical you say. How about Jazz? On Saturday at the San Francisco Jazz Center, Michel Camilo will be performing in the center’s Miner Auditorium. Grammy Award winner Camili is at the top of the pile. This is a no miss event for Latin Jazz enthusiasts.
At the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, this Friday sees the opening of “La Cage Aux Folles,” a musical romp through the hysterically witty La Cage Aux Veaux. If you liked the film version, “The Bird Cage,” with Robin Williams, you’ll love this take.
And, all this weekend, Brigadoon continues at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.This charming adventure is fun, fanciful and family friendly. If you Netflix fans have enjoyed the old Gene Kelley film version, well, it’s even more fun in person. Bring the family and prepare to enjoy.
This Friday at the Hopmonk in Sebastapol you have the opportunity to see renowned guitarist and singer Karna. This veteran performer has played with the best, including The Grateful Dead, and at the Novato Hopmonk on Saturday, Ames McMurtry the ultimate in Americana. This folk/rock artist grew up in the tradition of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff.
“…if eye were made for seeing, then beauty is it’s own excuse for being…”
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If music isn’t your particular thing, then how about just spending the day looking at beautiful things? At the M.H. de Young Museum you can view the exquisite creations of the Bulgari Studios. This outstanding collection of jewelry will take your breath away. Featured in the exhibit is the legendary collection of Elizabeth Taylor, including a piece she commissioned but never wore, choosing instead to auction it off for the benefit of AIDS research.
If you just want a quiet time surrounded by beauty, how about a wine country picnic, and you couldn’t choose a better place to do it than at Bartholomew Park Winery. Of all the wineries I have ever been to, the world around this is the most perfect setting for a picnic.
And when all else fails, this is a perfect time of year to head to the beach for a little beach combing and tide pooling. Who knows what adventures may surprise you.
We live in an amazing place. Use it. Enjoy it. It’s yours.