Local News Matters Arts & Entertainment newsletter
End your week with a bit of culture to unwind and refresh. Sign up for our surprising and inspiring options in our weekly newsletter, delivered on Thursdays with news about Bay Area arts and entertainment.
The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here.
The top-notch Tetzlaff: Returning to the Cal Performances schedule for a special premiere concert on the “At Home” streaming series, Germany’s superb Tetzlaff Quartet has recorded a recital in a Berlin studio featuring iconic late works of Beethoven – his String Quartet in B-flat Major along with the incredibly challenging Grosse Fuge and the String Quartet in A minor. The event is one of 16 full-length, professionally produced performances that will air each week through Jan. 14, 2021. Siblings Christian on lead violin and Tanja on cello endowed the quartet, formed in 1994, with its name; they are joined by second violinist Elisabeth Kufferath and violist Hanna Weinmeister. A participatory live chat is a part of the premiere, which begins streaming at 7 p.m. Thursday; the recital itself will be available afterward online for three months. Tickets are $15 for a single viewer, $30 for two, or $60 for a household; find them at calperformances.org/at-home. Subscriptions for the entire 16-concert series are also available.
Back to Bach: The Lafayette-based Gold Coast Chamber Players continues its three-part “Bach Shorts” streaming series at 4 p.m. Sunday with a one-hour “Bach Inspired” performance featuring cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, who will play the composer’s Cello Suite No. 1. Also on the program, which will remain available on YouTube for the following week, is the world premiere of Boston-based composer Elena Ruehr’s “Cricket the Fiddler.”
Ruehr, who is on the faculty at MIT, will be on hand to explain how the Bach suite itself inspired her eight-minute work. Tickets, $20, are at www.GCCPmusic.com.
Live from the Freight: Berkeley’s iconic Freight & Salvage is, like most music venues, enduring the pandemic by serving up streaming music. And a couple of upcoming offerings are particularly intriguing. At 6 p.m. today singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will livestream a performance from New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club. She’ll be showcasing her latest release “An Evening of New York Songs and Stories,” a concert recording that touches on her full catalog, from hits like “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” to excerpts from the play she wrote with Duncan Sheik, “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.” Tickets are $24 (more if you want to add a CD or vinyl version of the new album). And on Friday , jazz crooner Kurt Elling kicks off a series of streamed shows celebrating the 25th anniversary of his musical career. Performances are 1 and 6 p.m. Additional Elling shows will be offered Oct. 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 13. Individual performances cost $15; package deals including multiple shows and other goodies are also available. All shows are accessible through www.thefreight.org.
Marsh madness: The Marsh has kept busy during the pandemic serving up a steady stream of virtual shows, but things hop into overdrive this week.From tonight through Sunday, the venue presents the MarshStream International Solo Festival, a collection of 56 solo stage performances from monologists, actors and entertainers beaming in from around the world.
Favorite Marsh performers are in the mix, including Marga Gomez, Lynne Kaufman, Steve Budd and Don Reed, among many others. Performances — and here’s where we point out that not all shows are kid-friendly — deal with everything from sex and dating to workplace politics to racism to the life lessons we can learn from jogging with dogs (that would be David Kleinberg’s “He Wants to Run” on Friday. Individual shows are free, but donations are appreciated; a festival pass ($25) grants access to all performances, which will be held on demand for a week. Find it all at themarsh.org.
The vote’s the thing: The folks at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley really, really, really want you to vote this year (if you’re legally registered and all, that is). To that end, the Palo Alto-based stage company is offering a bunch of streaming content on its website celebrating democracy, freedom and other things that we probably shouldn’t take for granted anymore. The streaming content includes readings of poems by Beau Sia and Langston Hughes, and TheatreWorks’ 2018 production of Jeanne Sakata’s Japanese American internment play “Hold These Truths,” based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi. The content is free and available through Nov. 3. And at 5 p.m. Oct. 13, TheatreWorks and Berkeley Repertory Theatre will join stage companies across the country in presenting a radio-play version of Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen’s adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis classic “It Can’t Happen Here,” about a blowhard populist who shockingly is elected president and begins transforming himself into a dictator (sound familiar?). All the TheatreWorks content can be found at theatreworks.org.