Holiday weekend or not, there’s plenty for art lovers to see and do in the Bay Area. Here is a partial overview.
Play with ‘FRAY’
San Francisco band CandyBomber specializes in mind-blowing productions that blend hip-hop and other dance styles, live music and multimedia effects. And now you can add video games to the mix.
The troupe’s new show, “FRAY,” follows two video game-loving brothers who embark on a wild, challenging, and sometimes dangerous journey developing their own game for a competition. CandyBomber presents the show at Stanford University this week and at Midway in San Francisco on June 2 and 3, and, because these artists go all out, a short video game related to the production is available for download on Apple and Android. . devices for free (now available in app stores everywhere, search for “Fray jam”).
Details: 8 p.m. May 26-27; Bing Concert Studio, Stanford University; $15 to $45; live.stanford.edu.; 8:00 p.m. June 3-4, The Midway, San Francisco; $20 to $30; www.tixr.com/groups/midwaysf
— Randy McMullen, staff member
Theater Picks: Cal Shakes, Shotgun Players, “Love and Murder”
Here are four productions Bay Area theater fans should know about.
” Romeo and Juliet ” : The California Shakespeare Theater kicks off its two-show summer season with a new take on an old classic. “Romeo and Juliet” is a bilingual adaptation of the famous tragedy of the Bardic Lovers star-crossed by Karen Zacarías, directed by KJ Sanchez. The action follows two girls in love with rival clans set in Alta California, as California was known under Spanish and Mexican colonial rule. The show was originally supposed to debut in 2020, but was delayed by the pandemic.
Details: Today until June 19; Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda; proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required, masks are recommended for all indoor locations; $30 to $70; calshakes.org.
“A little fire”: Shotgun Players at Berkeley presents Adam Bock’s tragicomedy about John and Emily, a long-married and devoted couple whose lives are turned upside down when they develop a mysterious illness that gradually robs them of their physical senses.
Details: Until June 12; Ashby Scene, Berkeley; proof of vaccination required and masks strongly recommended; $29 to $36; available on demand from June 8 to 19 (price to be determined); shotgunplayers.org.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: Lamplighters Music Theater presents the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The show follows a poor man who discovers he is eighth in line for a county in a powerful and wealthy family, and unleashes a murderous plan to climb to the top of the list.
Details: from Saturday to June 5; Presidio Theater, San Francisco; proof of vaccination required and wearing a mask compulsory in the theater; The June 5 production will be simulcast; $31 to $80; lamplighters.org.
‘Macbeth’: San Francisco’s gay theater troupe, Theater Rhinoceros, presents John Fisher’s adaptation of the bard’s ‘Scottish play’, with songs by Don Scaver, in what is sure to be a fun production staged scene this weekend at San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower Park (which is a must-see), 425 Mission.
Details: 6:30 p.m. May 28-29, 1 p.m. May 30, 425 Mission St., San Francisco; free; therhino.org.
— Randy McMullen, staff member
Classic choice: Stutzmann conducts Brahms
May has been a good month for the female conductors of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: Xian Zhang and Karina Canellakis have made appearances in recent weeks, and this week French conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.
Its program includes three choral works by Brahms. Stutzmann, who is also a contralto, conducts the SF Symphony Orchestra and Choir in ‘Nänie’, ‘Gesang der Parzen’ (Song of Fates) and ‘Schicksalslied’ (Song of Fates). Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 completes the program.
Details: 7:30 p.m. May 27-28; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; $35 to $165; www.sfsymphony.org.
—Georgia Rowe, correspondent
We have a good feeling about it
If the phrase “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” sends shivers down your spine, expect to be shaken by the big-screen “Star Wars” movie series at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael sometime in July. .
The series continues with “The Empire Strikes Back” (May 27-28), “Return of the Jedi” (June 2 and 4), “The Phantom Menace” (June 9 and 11), “Attack of the clones” (June 16 and 18), “Revenge of the Sith” (June 23 and 25), “The Force Awakens” (June 30 and July 2), “The Last Jedi” (July 7 and 9), “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (July 14 and 16) and “The Rise of Skywalker” (July 21 and 23).
The summer of “Star Wars” also continues on Disney+, with the release of Lucasfilm’s new limited series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen. It takes place a decade after what happened in “Revenge of the Sith.”
Details: Star Wars film screenings are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 4:15 p.m. Saturdays; single screenings $9 to $12.50, full pass is $75; more information rafaelfilm.cafilm.org. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” debuts Friday on Disney+ with two episodes.
—Randy Myers, Bay Area News Foundation