TUE, JUL 9, 2019
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Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.”
MUSIC | THU, JUL 11 | San Francisco, California
Join Community Music Center’s Beth Wilmurt and Cherie Chooljian for a lively sing-along at Flower Piano, sponsored by the San Francisco Botanical Garden!

This year’s sing-along I Love a Piano: Songs for, About, Around, On, and Featuring a Piano will include crowd-pleasers by popular artists such as The Beatles, Billy Joel , Carole King, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, and many more. The selections will span the 1920s to the 1970s with jazz, blues, Broadway, pop, and folk song favorites.
Come join us for a free outdoor concert series. The Summer Jazz series showcases a variety of jazz musicians and local favorites performing every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. between June 20 and August 22 in the courtyard between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel. Bring your blankets, chairs and enjoy!

Singer and harpist Destiny Muhammad is masterful, exploratory musician known for work with Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, and John Santos.
Star-crossed lovers, brothers separated at birth, a deal with the devil, a comic marriage, and a jaded courtesan longing for true love. Some of the most exciting moments in opera come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Il trovatore, Faust, Die schweigsame Frau, and La rondine.
Join Art + Practice for a conversation with filmmakers and archivists Renata Cherlise and Russell Hamilton speak with curator, archivist, and filmmaker Darol Olu Kae on the occasion of Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today. Cherlise and Hamilton will discuss with Kae their use of the archive in Black Superman as well as their other collaboration, Atlanta Black and Blue, their respective archival-based practices, issues of access and ethics, and their observations about the increased use of archival materials in film/video work.
Star-crossed lovers, brothers separated at birth, a deal with the devil, a comic marriage, and a jaded courtesan longing for true love. Some of the most exciting moments in opera come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Il trovatore, Faust, Die schweigsame Frau, and La rondine.
THEATRE | JUL 13-28 | San Francisco, California​
An evil prophecy to be king drives Macbeth and his wife to make the vision a reality. A tortuous series of events escalates into one of the most notorious good man driven bad stories. This Macbeth is a modern translated version created by Migdalia Cruz.
MUSIC | SUN, JUL 14 | Menlo Park, California​
Heavenly vocals, jangly guitars, delicate ukes, a thunderous rhythm section and crystalline production.

The band is led by singer-ukulele player Karla Kane, with bassist Khoi Huynh, drummer Charlie Crabtree, and guitarist KC Bowman. Their sound defies pigeonholes but has been compared to that of Kirsty MacColl, XTC and, despite some sunshine-pop tendencies, the “rainy melancholia” of Camera Obscura (Magnet Magazine).
MUSIC | SUN, JUL 14 | Half Moon Bay, California​
Vibes master, Joe Locke, returns to the Bach with his tight knit quartet to present his latest release, Subtle Disguise. Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, bandleader and conceptualist that he is considered today. Locke is a five-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year” Award and continues to top critics and readers polls. From the first note, prepare to be engaged!
MUSIC | MON, JUL 15 | El Cerrito, California​
Six weeks of Monday night rehearsals will culminate in a special concert event on August 24. Requires prior experience and is intended for community members who can demonstrate some proficiency on an instrument. Repertoire will be standard orchestra repertoire. If you need financial assistance, please contact us as soon as possible.
VISUAL | TUE, JUL 16 | San Francisco, California​
Hey all you sketchy people! Ready for another evening of drawing?

Then, please welcome Rebel Rouge to the Dr. Sketchy’s stage for the first time!

Rebel Rouge is a classically trained ballerina who fell off pointe and turned into a burlesque and pole bad ass babe.

Vapid fashionista with a sparkle addiction, who’s favorite costuming phrase is more… More… MORE. A member of the Fishnet Follies, competitor at Burlesque Hall of Fame 2017, and poster girl for Hubba Hubba Revue’s Burlesque Nation 2019.
MUSIC | WED, JUL 17 | Los Angeles, California​
Purple Gums is a brass ensemble (tenor sax, cornet and tuba) whose role is to carry on the tradition of making music in the moment. Charts don’t exist. Rehearsals have never occurred. Ideas are generated and developed on the bandstand. Music making for this group is a high risk venture. The music created from the pooled experience of the band’s members is a tasty gumbo of jazz, free improv, ragtime and classical. This leads to flights of whimsy and excursions into the unexpected. What you see is not always what you get. While you may think for a moment that you are listening to a traditional New Orleans brass band, what you are caressed with may be something all together different – as in the band’s name and the title of their first CD, Purple Gums.
Celebrate the opening of “Beta Space: Pae White” at Third Thursday.

In celebration of SJMA’s 50th anniversary, artist Pae White presents a compendium of new works and recent installations for the sixth iteration of the Museum’s exhibition series “Beta Space.” White’s peripatetic practice across various media and disciplines captures the spirit of this series: her work brims with artistic risk-taking and experimentation, reflecting the wildly creative and innovative ethos of Silicon Valley.
For this exclusive event, the late jazz giant’s legacy band performs live, accompanying a screening of the cult favorite 1974 Afro-futurist sci-fi film Space Is the Place, written by and starring Sun Ra. Produced by jazz musician, art curator, and former KQED producer Jim Newman, Space Is the Place was inspired by “The Black Man in the Cosmos,” a course taught by Sun Ra at UC Berkeley in 1971.
VISUAL | FRI, JUL 20 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A solo show of new paintings by Cleveland-based artist Arabella Proffer.

“Soft Sugars brings together my interests in botany, microbiology, space, disease, and the evolution of cells. I subconsciously explore the relationships between anatomy, biology, and emerging sciences while creating from my own imagination. They might mirror personal metaphysical occurrences, and, at times, contain a slight nod to art history, such as hints of a baroque landscape or decadent still lives through distorted lenses. They are more virtual reality than actuality.
MUSIC | SAT + SUN, JUL 20 + 21 | San Francisco, California
The enduring legacy of jazz visionary and legendary eccentric Sun Ra is celebrated by this ensemble made up of Arkestra veterans and a younger generation of exploratory musicians led by alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been a fixture of Sun Ra’s bands since 1958. Born Herman Blount, the enigmatic composer and keyboardist known as Sun Ra created an entire universe of expression through his pioneering Afro-futurist concepts in music and philosophy.
MUSIC | SUN, JUL 21 | Half Moon Bay, California
One of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist, Steve Turre, returns to dazzle the Bach crowd. Kickstarting his career with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. Join us and let Steve’s own unique brand of Jazz speak for itself.
Outsound’s original public event Touch the Gear is a hands-on, family-friendly exposition open to the public. During the evening attendees get to roam among inventors and musicians while experiencing sound producing gear, computers, instruments and inventors with their various different configurations of “gear”–everything from oscillators and electronics, to planks of wood with strings attached. All attendees get to ask questions, make sound and experience how the instruments work, in an environment that demystifies technology while inspiring creativity.
duo B. Experimental Band (dBxB) is an improvising orchestra co-led by duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa, bass and Jason Levis, drums).

Social Stutter, a saxophone quartet led by composer-altoist Beth Schenck, blurs the line between strictly written chamber music and soaring free jazz.
Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor, Composer) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. This Los Angeles native has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries. “I want to continue to bring tap into mass media with great respect and quality,” she says, focusing on “reprogramming the minds of the general public on their perception of tap dance.” (Dance Magazine 2017)
Gentleman Surfer began in 2006 as the solo project of drummer bandleader Jon Bafus, and now exists as a fully functioning band since mid 2010.

Vegan Butcher is led by guitarist John Shiurba assembled to interpret his music and somniloquy.
Saxophonist-composer Francis Wong and dancer-choreographer Lenora Lee have been working together for over 20 years creating both fully improvised works as well as works that integrate composition, choreography, and improvisation.

Andrea Centazzo, blends his percussion playing on a set of over 200 instruments, with electronics, computer sequencing and digital sampling, bringing to the listener the emotion of a new sonic adventure in jazz, world and contemporary avant-garde music.
Tomography Fortunae is a three-movement graphic score for seven musicians named Tom, by Polly Moller Springhorn.

The William Winant / Zachary James Watkins Duo create improvised landscapes playing percussion and electronics.
Deciduous is an ongoing multi-regional project originally formed by Columbus Ohio pianist Gerard Cox and curated by SF Bay Area saxophonist Rent Romus based on the mutual bridging of those who share a creative tenacity, history and transitory nature of improvisation.

As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions.
MUSIC | AUG 1, 3, 4, 6 | San Francisco, California
An opera in two acts loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous… (If I Were You, 1947) by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).
MUSIC | FRI + SUN, AUG 2 + 4 | New York, New York
An opera in two acts loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous… (If I Were You, 1947) by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).
The California Jazz Conservatory’s Way Out West concert series presents an evening with New Zombies, Oakland’s avant jazz world music ensemble, performing one long set of original instrumental compositions. The Way Out West series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres.
MUSIC | SAT, AUG 17 | San Francisco, California
29 young artists of the 2019 Merola Opera Program, who will showcase a dazzling array of opera’s most exciting arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro George Manahan, and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge, this evening showcases the hard work and extraordinary talent of the Merolini.
This exhibition features engravings from images carved into linoleum and printed on a vintage press. In order to get different colors and textures, the engraving may be printed as many as seven times. In addition, each work is hand colored by the artist. The old French port city of Honfleur and the countryside of Normandy are the inspiration for many of the engravings. Depictions of wine, wind, rain, plants and animals, as well as architecture, are reminiscent of the region.
6-string electric bassist Benjamin Shepherd was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, where he began playing the drumset at age 5, bass guitar at age 7, and upright bass at age 13. Fresh out of high school, Benjamin recorded his debut album Double Play, which showcased his technical mastery of the bass as well as his compositional talents. Then, in 2008, Benjamin relocated to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz studies. His mentors at CalArts included Alphonso Johnson, Charlie Haden, Larry Koonse, David Roitstein, Miroslav Tadic and Joe LaBarbera. During his junior year at CalArts, Benjamin auditioned successfully for American Idol contestant David Archuleta’s band and began touring Asia, performing in front of 20,000 to 60,000 fans every night. Prior to graduating from CalArts, Benjamin had also secured a gig as music director for former Tower of Power lead singer Ellis Hall.
VISUAL | APR 16-19, 2020 | Vancouver, British Columbia​
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