A Guide to the 2010-2011 Cultural Calendar 

Exhibits, dance, comedy, music, lectures, and more.

Art Galleries

Building Steam With work by Lynn Koble. Sept. 18-Oct. 24. Swarm Studios + Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland, 510-839-2787, SwarmGallery.com.

Everyone Needs a Story Drawings by Mary V. Marsh. With an opening reception Sept. 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and an artist's talk Sept. 4, 2 p.m. Sept. 2-25. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, 510-484-7785, MercuryTwenty.com.

*** Mixed-media work by Oakland-based artist Daniel Healey. With an artist's reception September 4, 7pm-10pm. Through Sept. 30. Art@theOakBook, 423 Water St., Oakland, 510-282-2139, TheOakBook.com.

IV: Hope Is Always New A solo exhibit by Brian Caraway. With First Friday openings on September 3 and and October 1 from 6pm-9pm. Through Oct. 1. Branch Gallery, 455 17th St. Ste #301, Oakland, BayVan.org.

JURIED@BAC With work by Julie Alvarado, Sung Jae Bang, Edythe Bresnahan, Jason Byers, Haelee Choi, Gary Comoglio, and many more. Through Sept. 26. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. (in Live Oak Park), Berkeley, 510-644-6893, BerkeleyArtCenter.org.

On View: New Work from Kala Works on paper by Kala-affiliated artists including Beth Fein, Joyce Ertel Hulbert, Carol Ladewig and Nancer Lemoins. With an opening reception Sept. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2-Nov. 27. Kala Gallery and Art Institute, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2977, Kala.org.

Residency Projects II New work by Terry Berlier, Jeff Hantman, Sean McFarland and Ranu Mukherjee. With an artists' reception September 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2-Oct. 9. Kala Gallery and Art Institute, 1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2977, Kala.org.

Short Sharp Notes, Rolling or Churring Whistles, Clear Phrases Large-scale sculptural installations and drawings by Kathryn Spence. With a birding tour with the author September 25, a lecture October 13, and the artist in conversation with Stephanie Hanor November 10. Through Dec. 12. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-430-2164.

Strange Nature With work by Maya Kabat, Charlie Milgrim, and Joan Weiss. With an opening reception Sept. 3 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and an artists' talk Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Sept. 2-25. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, 510-484-7785, MercuryTwenty.com.

Twice Upon A Time: Everyday Objects Reborn as Art. Including quilts, recycled and reused art, and more. Through Oct. 31. Ames Gallery, 2661 Cedar St., Berkeley, 510-845-4949, AmesGallery.com.

Arts & Crafts

Descarga Workshop Learn basic grooves, arrangements, percussion breaks, improvised horn lines, and more for Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Ensemble class; previous experience necessary. $15/class drop-in or $12/class in advance, paid monthly. Taught by Javier Navarette. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Blues, Folk & Country

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin: Fri., March 4, 8 p.m., $52. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention: W/ Jimmy Triplett, Scott Prouty & Andy FitzGibbon, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, String Band contest & youth showcase at Berkeley Farmers' Market, Kenny Hall & the Sweets Mill String Band, Alice Gerrard, The Macrae Sisters, Del Rey & Suzy Thompson, The Squirrelly String Band, The Striped Pig Stringband, square dancing at Ashkenaz, relevant films at Pacific Film Archive, lectures, workshops, and much more at venues throughout Berkeley. Complete schedule at BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org., Sept. 8-12.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: W. Emmylou Harris, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Railroad Earth, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Patti Smith, and many more., Oct. 1-3, free. Speedway Meadow, 3 Overlook Dr., San Francisco, 415-831-2700, SFGov.org/Site/RecPark_Page.asp?id=17796.

Sufjan Stevens: Tue., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $35. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Classical & Opera

Beowulf: The Epic in Performance Benjamin Bagby: voice & Anglo-Saxon harp, Tue., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $40. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.

Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone: w/ Malcolm Martineau, piano, Sat., Nov. 20, 8 p.m., $38, $46, $60, $78, $96. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

David Finckel & Wu Han: Performing Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano., Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Dawn Upshaw, soprano & Peter Sellars: Thu., June 16, 8 p.m., $44, $58, $72, $88. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano: Wed., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $36, $46, $56, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Jeremy Denk, piano: Sun., Oct. 24, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Jerusalem Quartet: Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., $48. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Jessica Rivera, soprano: w/ Molly Morkoski, piano & Meme, Sun., April 3, 3 p.m., $48. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor: w/ Helmut Deutsch, piano, Sun., March 13, 7 p.m., $40, $56, $70, $86, $100. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Kremerata Baltica: w/ Gidon Kremer, artistic leader & soloist, Sun., Oct. 31, 3 p.m., $42, $56, $64, $72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Kronos Quartet: Black Angels: Oct. 28-29, 8 p.m., $30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.

Les Percussions de Strasbourg: Sun., March 13, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Les Violons du Roy: w/ Bernard Labadie, music director & Ian Bostridge, tenor, Sun., May 1, 3 p.m.; Tue., May 3, 8 p.m., $38, $50, $68, $80. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Mon., June 13, 8 p.m., $42, $50, $60, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Nicolas Hodges, piano: Performing Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 106, Hammerklavier, Stockhausen: Klavierstück X, Sun., Dec. 12, 3 p.m., $38. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Oakland East Bay Symphony Presents Brahms Requiem: Michael Morgan conducts, Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m., $20-$96. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Oakland East Bay Symphony Season Opening: W/ Narada Michael Walden & special guest Carlos Santana. Michael Morgan conducts., Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m., $20-$96. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Oakland East Bay Symphony with Narada Michael and Carlos Santana: Performing The Enchanted Forest: Seven Higher Worlds of Music (world premiere); Santana's "Novus"; Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; Alice Coltrane's "Andromeda's Suffering"; Marquez' Danzón No. 2(1994). Tickets go on sale Oct. 1, 2010., Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m., $25-$71. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Paul Lewis, piano: Performing Schubert: Sonata in C Major, D. 840 · Drei Klavierstücke · Sonata in D Major, D. 850., Sun., Feb. 20, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Pinchas Zukerman, violin & The Zukerman ChamberPlayers: Performing Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563 · Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor., Sat., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 13, 3 p.m., $42, $56, $64, $72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin: Sun., March 6, 3 p.m., $52. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, cello: Wed., April 6, 7 p.m., $45, $60, $75, $95, $125. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Takács Quartet: Sun., Dec. 5, 3 p.m., $56. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Tallis Scholars: The Victoria Project: Sat., March 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 27, 3 p.m., $52. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Semyon Bychkov, conductor: Feb. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 27, 3 p.m., $65, $90, $150, $185, $225. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Comedy

Rooftop Comedy's Out Loud Comedy & Arts Festival Festival highlighting comedy and other entertainment from LGBT performers. Oct. 8-10. Swedish American Hall, 2714 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016, SwedishAmericanHall.com.

Dance-Performance

Bamboo to Bronze A new work by the Balinese group Gamelan Çudamani. Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $28-$48. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $20-$48. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Several works by different choreographers. Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $32-$68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

The Nutcracker A faithful performance of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic. Starting Dec. 9, Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27, $25-$249. San Francisco Veterans War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-621-6600.

Mark Morris Dance Group A triptych of pieces -- Socrates (2010), Looky (2007) and Behemoth (1990) -- by the famed choreographer. Sun., Oct. 3, 3 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 2, 8 p.m., $34-$72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Experimental, & Avant- and Garde

13th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival: w/ Matthew Montfort, Wendy Reid, Gretchen Jude, Terry Berlier, Ben Taylor, Bart Hopkin, Adam Fong, Michael Carreira, Conner Lacy, Doug Carroll, Luis Brennan, Tom Nunn, Alex Potts, Open Graves, and Pauchi Sasaki. Additional shows Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m. at Uptown Body & Fender (401 26th Street, Oakland); Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m. at 21 Grand (416 25th Street, Oakland); and Sun., Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m. at MOCHA (538 Ninth Street, Suite 210, Oakland -- free w/ museum admission)., Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $10, $15. NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., 415-621-7978.

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival: Lectures, workshops, and performances by Don Buchla, Stephan Mathieu, kinetic sculptor Trimpin, Swiss electronic trio MKM (G. Mueller, J. Kahn, N. Möslang), Caroliner Rainbow Shadow Walking Over Waves Somewhere, Pod Blotz, Ben Bracken, and Alessandro Cortini. Sound and media installation by ave Aju, J.D. Beltran, Nate Boyce, Loren Chasse, Lucky Dragons, Seth Horvitz, Kadet Kuhne, and David Wilson. Lobby installation by Jacqueline Gordon., Sept. 9-11, $10-$40. Brava Theatre Center, 2781 24th St., 415-641-7657, Brava.org.

Jazz, Lounge & Cabaret

Bitches Brew Revisited: Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

Branford Marsalis, saxophone & Terence Blanchard, trumpet: Fri., March 11, 8 p.m., $28, $36, $44, $52, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade: Oct. 11-14, 8 & 10 p.m., $60, $65. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

Christian Tetzlaff, violin: Performing Bach: The Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin., Sat., Dec. 4, 6 p.m., $46, $62, $86, $100. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman: Sat., April 23, 8 p.m., $24, $32, $38, $46, $52. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Ensemble Zellig: Sun., Nov. 7, 3 p.m., $42. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

From Ragtime to Rock and Roll: The Rise of American Popular Music (5-class series): Presented by SFJAZZ. W/ guest artists Paula West, Wayne Wallace, Paul Contos & the SFJAZZ Highs School All-Stars, John Handy, & Adam Theis., starting Sept. 30, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28, $25. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco, 415-292-1200, JCCSF.org.

Geri Allen: Tribute to Eric Dolphy with All-Star Band: Featuring Don Byron, Oliver Lake, Dwayne Dolphin and Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Sept. 24-25, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 26, 2 & 7 p.m., $24, $5 children's matinee. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

James Carter & John Medeski: Thu., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension: Sat., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., $36, $44, $58, $66, $72. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Joshua Redman, saxophone: Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m., $22, $30, $36, $42, $50. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Laurie Anderson: Oct. 23-24, 8 p.m. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

McCoy Tyner All-Stars with Roy Hargrove, John Patitucci and Willie Jones: Sept. 23-25, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 26, 5 & 7 p.m., $25-$40, $5 children's matinee. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

Monterey Jazz Festival: W/ Harry Conick, Jr., Angelique Kidjo, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Hargrove, Gretchen Parlato, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, Kronos Quartet, Nellie McKay, & many more., Sept. 17-19, $15-$280. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd., Monterey, MontereyCountyFair.com.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes: Dec. 16-17, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., $34.95-$84.55. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 510-569-2121, Coliseum.com.

SFJAZZ Presents Steve Lehman Octet: Thu., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $25. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco, 415-503-6275, SFCM.edu.

SFJAZZ Presents Anat Cohen & Avashai Cohen: Sat., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., $25, $50. Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco.

SFJAZZ Presents Arturo Sandoval: Fri., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $30, $50, $75. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Asleep At the Wheel: Wed., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Chris Potter Underground: Sat., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., $30, $50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Chucho Valdés: Mon., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., $30, $50, $75. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Danilo Perez: Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m., $25, $50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Esperanza Spalding: Sun., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $20, $30, $45, $60. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-864-6000.

SFJAZZ Presents Garaj Mahal: Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., $35. Swedish American Hall, 2714 Market St., 415-861-5016, SwedishAmericanHall.com.

SFJAZZ Presents Gretchen Parlato: Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $30. Swedish American Hall, 2714 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016, SwedishAmericanHall.com.

SFJAZZ Presents Henry Threadgill's Zooid: Sun., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., $20, $35, $50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Jon Jang: Sun., Oct. 24, 3 p.m., $30, $50. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., 415-503-6275, SFCM.edu.

SFJAZZ Presents José James & Jef Neve: Sun., Nov. 7, 2 p.m., $30. Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., 415-750-3600, San Francisco, LegionofHonor.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Kenny Barron Trio w/ David Sánchez: Sun., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Marcus Shelby Orchestra: w/ Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Jeannine Anderson, & Howard Wiley, Fri., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $20, $30. Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco, 415-292-1200, JCCSF.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Matt Penman Listening Party: Tue., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., SFJAZZ members only. San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., 415-503-6275, SFCM.edu.

SFJAZZ Presents Natacha Atlas: Thu., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Nikki Yanofsky: Sat., Oct. 9, 2 p.m., $25. Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, LegionofHonor.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Olodum: Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band: Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Stew & The Negro Problem: Thu., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., $25. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Taj Mahal Toumani Diabaté, Vieux Farka Touré, &: Sat., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., $25, $40, $55, $75. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

SFJAZZ Presents Vijay Iyer Trio: Sun., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., $30, $50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Yusef Lateef: Fri., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $22-$50. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco, 415-749-6300.

Lectures

Alfred Brendel The pianist will be delivering a lecture that asks the question, "does classical music have to be entirely serious?" Sun., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $32. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Beowulf: The Epic in Performance Actor Benjamin Bagby and Dr. Stefan Morent in discussion about Beowulf and, more broadly, medieval art. Fri., Oct. 29, 12-1 p.m. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.

Will Shortz The New York Times crossword editor will discuss his work, the history of puzzle-making, and more. Sun., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., $20-$36. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Live Variety

Circus Oz Acrobatics, comedy, and more in a kid-friendly show from the Australian company. Thu., Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 9, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m., $22-$52. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Museums

African Art in Context An exhibition of traditional African artifacts in their appropriatre historical context. Sept. 10-Jan. 9. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco, 415-358-7200, MOADSF.org.

Alfa Romeo BAT Exhibition Three aerodynamic concept automobiles from Alfa Romeo, circa 1953-55, on display. Daily. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2280, BlackhawkMuseum.org.

Beat of the Drum With art in many media by several artists. Through Oct. 22, Free. Expressions Gallery, 2025 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-644-4930, ExpressionsGallery.org.

Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection Large-scale installations and multiple-work presentations from the museum's collections. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens With 41 large-scale Japanese screen paintings. Oct. 15-Jan. 16. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay With nearly 100 Impressionist works by Monet, Renoir, and others. Through Sept. 6. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

California Mosaic Artists: Celebrating Diversity through Mosaics An ongoing group show. Daily. Institute of Mosaic Art, 3001 Chapman St., Oakland, 510-437-9899, InstituteofMosaicArt.com.

Coloring Outside the Lines: Black Cartoonists as Social Commentators With work by Cory Thomas, Jerry Craft, and many more. Through Oct. 23. Laney College Library, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 An exploration of some of the medium's more unsettling applications, featuring phorographs from Nan Goldin, Sophie Calle, and many others. Oct. 30-April 17. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture With over 100 works of Japanese art. Through Dec. 12, Free-$10. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-642-0808, bampfa.berkeley.edu.

From the Maker's Hand From the permanent collection, a selection of works from China, Egypt, and Peru, plus locations in Africa, North America, and the Mediterranean. Daily. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, 510-643-7648, HearstMuseum.berkeley.edu.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century A retrospective of the photographer and photojournalist's work. Oct. 30-Jan. 30. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Impressionist Paris: City of Light Over 180 prints, paintings, photographs and drawings depicting Impressionist-era Paris. Through Sept. 26. Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, LegionofHonor.org.

In a New Light These works from the museum's collection represent an introduction to the major cultures of Asia. Daily. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism An exploration of the relationship between Western Impressionist art and Japanese prints of the 18th and 19th centuries. Oct. 16-Jan. 9. Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, LegionofHonor.org.

Japan's Early Ambassadors to San Francisco, 1860-1927 Art and other media created and inspired by the first wave of Japanese ambassadors and cultural emissaries in San Francisco. Through Nov. 21, 2011. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

Unlogo An artistic exploration of corporate branding, with work by Jeff Crouse. Sept. 1-Nov. 30. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection Pieces from the museum's holdings, including work by Kahlo, Mondrian, Klein, Rauschenberg, Rivera, Diebenkorn, et al. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Native Californian Cultures This "visible storage" exhibition comprises some 500 objects from the museum's collection of native Californian cultures. Daily. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, 510-643-7648, HearstMuseum.berkeley.edu.

New Work: R. H. Quaytman Paintings on wood panels. Oct. 22-Jan. 16. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Nisei Soldiers' Experience Photos and memorabilia telling the story of the nisei (second-generation Japanese-American) troops who fought for the US in WWII. Daily. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 ex. 243, USS-Hornet.org.

Paris sans fin: Alberto Giacometti's Paris A collection of lithographs by the French artist. Through Sept. 5. Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, LegionofHonor.org.

Pat Steir: After Hokusai, After Hiroshige Retrospective of works by the contemporary American artist. Through Jan. 30, 2011. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

Photo/Synthesis Focusing on photography that has been assmebled, collaged, or otherwise formed out of multiple images. Through Oct. 3. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection From the museum's vast holdings, photos by Adams, Cunningham, Evans, Lange, Stieglitz, et al. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Pixar: 25 Years of Animation With over 500 works by the artists of Emeryville's Pixar Studios. Through Jan. 9, 2011, $6-$12; free for children and members. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-238-2200, MuseumCA.org.

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945—2000 An exploration of teh Bay Area's rich history of radical filmmaking, with a gallery exhibition and film series. Oct. 6-April 3. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Reality Check A hands-on exhibit for kids that provides safe access to arts, media, and technology. Daily. Zeum, 221 4th St., San Francisco, 415-777-2800, Zeum.org.

Shel Game The ongoing exhibition of Roger Goldenberg's painting, Shel Game, The Big O's vs. The Missing Pieces. Daily. Habitot Children's Museum, 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley, 510-647-1111, Habitot.org.

TBM Avenger WWII torpedo bomber, restored by volunteers. Daily. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda, 510-521-8448 ex. 243, USS-Hornet.org.

The Art of Design: The Architecture and Design Collection An ongoing presentation of works of architecture, graphic design, and industrial design. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum / MATRIX 234 A collection of photography by Marjolijn Dijkman. Sept. 26-Nov. 28. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color With over 50 textile pieces from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Through Jan. 9, 2011. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

Traits of Life A collection of exhibits and demonstrations examining the fundamental elements common to all living things. Daily. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, 415-561-0363, Exploratorium.edu.

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay 120 late Impressionist paintings from the Musee D'Orsay's collection. Sept. 25-Jan. 18. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine With a variety of ancient artifacts. Through Oct. 31. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600, DeYoungMuseum.org.

Woofer Art: Pet Portraiture A celebration of pets, in mosaic. Daily. Institute of Mosaic Art, 3001 Chapman St., Oakland, 510-437-9899, InstituteofMosaicArt.com.

Rock & Pop

12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival: All-day fest on Sept. 11 w/ Michael Franti & Spearhead, Crystal Bowersox, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaÃÅ, & a DJ tent. Plus a pre-party at the Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd., San Franciso) on Friday, September 10, followed by Yoga & Brazilian arts workshops, also at the Fillmore, Sunday, Sept. 12., Sept. 10-12, free, $35 for after-party tickets. Speedway Meadow, 3 Overlook Dr., San Francisco, 415-831-2700, SFGov.org/Site/RecPark_Page.asp?id=17796.

Aimee Mann: Oct. 7-9, 8 p.m., $35. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

Mason Jennings (solo): Fri., Sept. 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 11, 8 & 10 p.m., $25. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

On Land: W/ Xela, Date Palms, Barn Owl, Pete Swanson, Aster (Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul), Charalambides, and many more, plus Super8 film & video by Paul Clipson, Nate Boyce, John Davis, and Sabrina Ratté., Sept. 2-5, 7:30 p.m., $10, $45. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016, CafeduNord.com.

Treasure Island Music Festival: W/ Belle & Sebastian, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Wallpaper, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Mike Snow, and scores more., Oct. 16-17, $119.50-$475. Treasure Island, Treasure Island.

Soul, Funk, R&B & Hip- and Hop

Les Nubians: Sat., Sept. 18, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 19, 2 & 7 p.m., $18, $30, $5 children's matinee. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

SFJAZZ Presents Ledisi: Sat., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., $30, $50, $75. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

Spoken Word

Tell It on Tuesday A new monthly series celebrating the art of storytelling, with a different musical guest each month. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $8-$12. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, JuliaMorgan.org.

Theater & Performing Arts

Anton in Show Business A comedy about a disastrous production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, written by Jane Martin and directed by Michael Storm. Starting Sept. 2, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26, $15-$30. Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th St., Oakland.

Becoming Britney A comedic musical chronicling the irse and fall of the pop singer. Written by Molly Bell and Daya Curley, and directed by Daya Curley. Starting Oct. 28, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15 p.m.; Sundays, 2:15 p.m. Continues through Nov. 14, $25. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

Bleacher Bums A comedy about baseball and the love it inspires. Written by The Organic Theatre Company, and directed by Joel Roster. Sept. 10-Oct. 3, $11-$18. Contra Costa Civic Theatre, 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito, 510-524-9132, CCCT.org.

Compulsion A historical drama about the discovery and publication of Anne Frank's famous diary. Directed by Oskar Eustis and starring Mandy Patankin. Sept. 13-Oct. 31, $29-$73. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949, BerkeleyRep.org.

Dracula A production of Bram Stoker's classic, written by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane and directed by Michael Butler. Starting Oct. 28, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20, $19-$45. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

The Great Game: Afghanistan West Coast premiere of the British play, which explores Afghanistan's history in short scripts written by twelve different playwrights. Presented in three parts, which can be seen in any order. Staged by Nicolas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham. Part I is on Wednesdays, Part II on Thursdays, Part III on Fridays, and all three in a row on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting Oct. 27, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, noon. Continues through Nov. 7, $27-$71. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-548-1761.

Honen and Shinran A period drama set in 13th-century Japan, directed by Tajima Ei and performed by the Zenshinza Theatre Company. Sun., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., $48-$86. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Trouble in Mind Production of Alice Childress' civil rights-era comedy-drama, directed by Robin Stanton and starring Margo Hall. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26, $10-$55. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, AuroraTheatre.org.

The Norman Conquests Production of the Alan Ayckbourn comic trilogy, presented individually or in sequence. Part 1, Table Manner, directed by Joy Carlin, opens August 6; Part 2, Living Together, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb, opens August 13; and Part 3, Round and Round the Garden, directed by Mina Morita, opens August 20. Check web site to see which plays are showing when. Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 6, $20-$25 per show; $50 for all three. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-6500, ShotgunPlayers.org.

Mary Stuart A historical thriller set in Elizabethan England. Directed by Mark Jackson and adapted from Friedrich Schiller's Maria Stuart . Oct. 6-Nov. 7, $10-$30. Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-6500, ShotgunPlayers.org.

Story of My Life Northern California premiere of the Broadway musical. Written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill and directed by Dennis Lickteig. Nov. 5-28, $11-$18. Contra Costa Civic Theatre, 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito, 510-524-9132, CCCT.org.

In the Wound A loose, musical take on Homer's The Illiad, performed by the Shotgun Players. Written and directed by Jon Tracy. First Saturday, Sunday of every month. Continues through Oct. 3, $10-$35. John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Pl., Berkeley, 510-981-6700, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/parks/parkspages/JohnHinkel.html.

Loveland Matt Roth direct's Ann Randolph's play. Starting Sept. 24, Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13, $20-$50. The Marsh Berkeley at Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, 510-644-4949, TheMarsh.org.

Macbeth Performance of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, directed by Joel Sass. With various special events; see CalShakes.com for more details. Sundays, 4 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 11, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 12, $34-$70, with various discounts. Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, 100 Gateway Blvd., Orinda, 510-548-9666, CalShakes.org.

MilkMilkLemonade Desdemona Chiang directs this dark comedy, written by Joshua Conkel. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 2, $12-$20. LaVal's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, 510-464-4468.

Much Ado About Nothing Jonathan Moscone directs Shakepeare's comedy. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, $20-$65. Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, 100 Gateway Blvd., Orinda, 510-548-9666, CalShakes.org.

Narukami and Chatsubo Two kabuki plays, presented by the Zenshinza Theatre Company. Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., $48-$86. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Off the Page Staged reading of tow new plays: Survival Rate, written and directed by Keith Jefferds, and Bella, written by Christine Steers and directed by Michael Haven. Sun., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., $5. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-232-4031, Masquers.org.

Other People's Money Romantic comedy directed by directed by Robert Estes and starring Bonnie Antonini, RoyAnne Florence, Keith Jefferds, Frederick Lein and Will Maier. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26, $18. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-232-4031, Masquers.org.

The Play About the Naked Guy A satire of the theater world, written by David Bell and directed by Evren Odcikin. Starting Nov. 4, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, $12-$20. LaVal's Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, 510-464-4468.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee production of the Tony award-winning musical, written by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin and directed by John Maio. Nov. 5-Dec. 18, $20. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-232-4031, Masquers.org.

Wind in the Willows The Orinda Starlight Village Players stage an adaptation of the children's classic, adaptated by by Charlotte Meyer from the book by Kenneth Grahame. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 12, 4 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 19, 4 p.m.; Thu., Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25, Adults $16, seniors and children $8. Orinda Community Center, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, 925-254-2445.

World, Latin, Reggae & and Reggaetón

Afro-Cuban All Stars: Tue., April 19, 8 p.m., $22, $30, $38, $46, $52. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Buika: Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., $26, $30, $34, $40. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Kodo: Feb. 3-4, 8 p.m., $22, $30, $38, $46, $52. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Pomegranates & Figs A Feast of Jewish Music: Sun., Dec. 5, 3 p.m., $20, $26, $30, $34, $40. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

SFJAZZ Presents Lila Downs: Wed., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., $25, $45, $65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Omara Portuondo 80th Birthday Concert: Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $22-$75. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-392-4400.

SFJAZZ Presents Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar: Wed., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m., $35, $55, $75, $95. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 415-864-6000.

SFJAZZ Presents Slavic Soul Party: Sat., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., $30. Swedish American Hall, 2714 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016, SwedishAmericanHall.com.

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