5 Bay Area arts and leisure gatherings to check out this week, Aug. 9-15

Conductor Edwin Outwater Image: Courtesy SF Conservatory of New music

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S.F. Symphony will take John Williams’ sound tracks from the display to the concert hall

Any individual who’s been to the flicks in the earlier 50 a long time or so is common with the tunes of John Williams. His uniquely spectacular and evocative scores have invigorated a host of cinematic blockbusters, from “E.T. the Additional-Terrestrial” and “Jaws” to the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” franchises.

That new music is effective just as perfectly on its very own, and conductor Edwin Outwater is scheduled to guide the San Francisco Symphony in a concert program to demonstrate that this is so. The method is an assemblage of some of the finest hits from Williams’ catalog, like the movies mentioned higher than and many additional.

San Francisco Symphony: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 12-13. $25-$130. Davies Symphony Hall, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org.

— Joshua Kosman

Composer Jake Heggie on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. Image: Paul Kuroda / Exclusive to The Chronicle

Jake Heggie’s track cycles take the phase in Competition Opera’s three-portion featuring

Composer Jake Heggie is ideal recognized for his full-dimension operas, which include such landmark creations as “Dead Person Walking,” “Moby-Dick” and “It’s a Excellent Everyday living.” But his catalog also involves an array of track cycles and intimate chamber operates the place his present for psychological eloquence can enjoy out.

Festival Opera has assembled a few of these into an night it has labeled (presumably with a nod to Puccini) a “Jake Heggie Triptych.” The program involves “At the Statue of Venus,” in which a lady waits anxiously in a museum for her blind day to display up soprano Carrie Hennessey, new off her triumphant switch in Janácek’s “Katya Kabanova” at West Edge Opera, is the sole vocalist, with Heggie at the piano.

Bryan Nies conducts the remainder of the trilogy, consisting of “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire” with mezzo-soprano Diana Tash, and “For a Search or a Touch,” that includes Zachary Gordin and Curt Branom.

“Jake Heggie Triptych”: Festival Opera. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. $45-$95. Lesher Centre for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469. www.festivalopera.org

— Joshua Kosman

Actor Radhika Rao as storyteller for “The Sunshine, The Moon, The Wind & The Sky,” an unique retelling of a classical Indian folktale that’s aspect of Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s “Folktales from Close to the Earth.” Image: Christian Pizzirani / Silicon Valley Shakespeare

Silicon Valley Shakespeare broadens access with ‘Folktales From All around the World’

Too normally Bay Spot theater assumes a Western lens, a European origin story, a white and colonialist mythos. So it’s particularly heartening to see a business with Shakespeare inscribed in its title creating a piece that embraces a substantially broader array of human storytelling.

“Folktales From All around the Entire world,” developed on the net by 22-year-aged Silicon Valley Shakespeare, offers stories from Japan and Mexico, Chile and Pakistan, Nigeria and India. The enterprise commissioned the authentic retellings from writers of color in the Bay Space, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

One, of Yaqui origin, tells the tale of a human disguised as a bear. Another, from Punjab, chronicles a pair of star-crossed enthusiasts who satisfy in solution. A 3rd, drawing on traditions from Nigeria, follows a water deity.

“It is my hope that these retellings … will inspire audience customers to request out much more tales which have been preserved by the cultures and communities that surround them,” reported director Anne Yumi Kobori in a assertion.

“Folktales From Around the World”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 13-14. By way of Aug. 29. $15-$40. www.svshakespeare.org

— Lily Janiak

Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE Co-Founder all through Easter Sunday celebration at GLIDE Church on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in San Francisco, CA. Photograph: Paul Kuroda / Special to The Chronicle

Janice Mirikitani’s fellow poets to honor her in S.F Public Library on-line tribute

Janice Mirikitani wrote in the introduction to “Out of the Dust,” her 2014 poetry assortment, that her creating does not seek out to capture the totality of a tragedy. “It is the basic graphic, the metaphor that has almost nothing to do with the vastness of the event, but instead the depth of the moment when I find myself dealing with a mirror in anyone else.”

Mirikitani, the co-founder of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church and a former metropolis poet laureate, died final thirty day period, at 80. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the San Francisco Public Library is hosting a totally free, on line celebration in which Mirikitani’s fellow poets pay back tribute to her everyday living and get the job done.

Among the those appearing are other town poet laureates like Tongo Eisen-Martin, Kim Shuck, Alejandro Murguía, Jack Hirschman and Devorah Important. Other taking part poets include Aileen Cassinetto, Susan Kitazawa, Genny Lim, Lauren Ito, Kimi Sugioka, Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Michael Warr and Nelly Wong

Poets honor Janice Mirikitani: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. No cost. https://bit.ly/janicemirikitanicelebration

— Lily Janiak

Shenny Cruces installation at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition ‘Continuous Clay: Tendencies & Innovations.’ Photo: Marin Museum of Contemporary Artwork

‘Continuous Clay: Trends & Innovations’ highlights contemporary Bay Space ceramic artists

Specified the Bay Area’s lengthy tradition of ceramic making (good day artists Viola Frey and Ron Nagle and weekend visits to the Heath factory!), an exploration of the medium feels like a fantastic way to near out summer.

Via September, Marin Museum of Modern day Art provides “Continuous Clay: Traits & Innovations” an exhibition featuring 9 Bay Place artists doing the job in ceramics nowadays: Brett Crawford, Shenny Cruces, Michelle Gregor, Jeannie Ichimura, Pancho Jiménez, Mark Messenger, Maria Paz, Tiffany Schmierer and Tiffany Tang. The demonstrate explores the variety of procedures, techniques and kinds they convey to ceramics.

The operate incorporates figural and abstract get the job done and meditations on ceramic staples like vases. Among the the surprises is an set up by Cruces with ceramic functions like busts, animal figures and doll parts piled large on a sideboard supplying the perception they could come crashing down at any moment (one particular assumes they will not). The exhibition is curated by Jeff Downing, professor of artwork and head of ceramics at San Francisco Point out College.

“Continuous Clay: Traits & Innovations” 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Cost-free. Marin Museum of Up to date Art, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. https://marinmoca.org/

— Tony Bravo

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