There are still live shows to enjoy this weekend in the Bay Area. Here are three things that music and theater fans should know about.
Botti is back in town
Few musicians have worn the brand “modern jazz” with as much prestige as Chris Botti.
Blessed with movie star looks and a rich, sparkling playing tone, Botti has throughout his career spread across the pop and jazz world. He broke in with trumpet titan Woody Shaw, but has worked closely with Paul Simon and Sting. He beat the Billboard Top 20 with the lush orchestral jazz album “When I Fall in Love” from 2004.
On his 2009 album “Live in Boston”, he was backed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and jammed with Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer and Steven Tyler. And his 2012 release, “Impressions,” features collaborations with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Mark Knopfler to Vince Gill.
So Botti, who says he was forever drawn into music the first time he heard Miles Davis’ recording of “My Funny Valentine,” at the age of 12, can do many different things at concert. He’s back at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco this week, where he’s in the middle of a nine-show run that goes to Sunday.
Details: The remaining shows are at. 19.30 today, at 19.30 and 21.30 Friday and Saturday and at 15.00 Sunday; $ 55- $ 125; www.sfjazz.org.
– Randy McMullen, staff
Sorry about Buster
Buster Keaton’s silent comedy “Sherlock Jr.” from 1924. has much to do on its own terms. But a screening of the film this weekend in Marin adds a few extra treats.
“Sherlock Jr.”, once dubbed the American Film Institute as one of the 100 funniest films ever, stars Keaton as a film projectionist who falls asleep during a movie screening and dreams of being a clever detective ( of course by the name of Sherlock Jr.) who solves a crime and gets the girl. The film became known for its advanced (currently) special effects, which include a train wreck scene where Keaton literally broke his neck, and another scene where he disappears into a suitcase.
On January 9, the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael will host a screening of the classic film with live jazz and classical accompaniment by violinist Ruth Kahn and violinist Mads Tolling. Khan is a Juilliard candidate who performed with the New York City Ballet for 20 years. Tolling is a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet and the Bob Weirs Wolf Bros Band. After the 45-minute film (it’s so short because Keaton allegedly cut out several scenes he did not think was funny enough), Khan and Tolling will perform several duets, including a world premiere suite by Clint Borzoni and works by Bela Bartok.
Details: 3pm; proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required and masks must be worn in the theater; $ 18-20; rafaelfilm.cafilm.org.
– Bay Area News Foundation
‘Twelfth Night’ – musicals
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Hey, Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ would be a great musical,” you’re not alone. Works such as “Play On!” (1997) and “All Shook Up” (2005) took a musical jukebox plug over the concept. And now SF Playhouse presents a young musical, simply titled “Twelfth Night”, created by British playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah and singer / songwriter / musician Shaina Taub, featuring original jazz / funk / R&B songs and lyrics by Taub.
The show offers all the gender reassignment and erroneous identity that fueled the comedy and intrigue of the original Bard comedy, but gets a holiday theme, starting on the twelfth day of Christmas (understand that?).
The musical debuted in 2018 at New York’s Public Theater and marks its Bay Area premiere at SF Playhouse in San Francisco through Jan. 15 in a production of nearly 20 actors directed by SF Playhouse co-founder Susi Damilano. Music instruction is by Dave Dobrusky and choreography is by Nicole Helfer. The show is described as family friendly.
The show is also available for streaming, see website for details.
Details: Adults must show evidence of vaccination, and adolescents aged 12 and under must show evidence of a negative COVID test within 72 hours or showing time; masks must be worn inside the theater .; $ 40- $ 100 personal, $ 15- $ 100 streaming; www.sfplayhouse.org.
– Bay Area News Foundation