Delicious Tribute to A.C.T. in San Francisco
March 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There is more new gold in California and you can be the first to taste it! The complimentary scoop of A.C.T’s Golden Milk is the fabulous one-of-a-kind Humphry Slocombe ice cream flavor created for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Conservatory Theater. In honor of this auspicious occasion, the legendary theater is holding an Open House and introducing its visitors and patrons to A.C.T’s Golden Milk, the new ice cream flavor consisting of a unique combination of honey, fresh ginger, and turmeric. Based on the traditional 50th anniversary of gold, the ice cream is a creamy blend of exotic flavors which will definitely make your night at the theater very memorable and delicious. The Open House is open to the public and will take place at the Geary Theater. Special self-guided tours, short performances by students of A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program, conversations with A.C.T.’s world-class artists, and a free reading of Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood” by well-known actors are just some of the activities on this special day. A.C.T. opened its first production at San Francisco’s Geary Theater on January 21, 1967. Beginning April 1, A.C.T’s Golden Milk will be available at both Humphty Slocombe locations at 2790 Harrison Street and 1 Ferry Building, both in San Francisco.
Tickets and Information
Tickets for the reading are complimentary but the public is encouraged to RSVP at act-sf.org/birthday
The Geary Theater at 415 Geary St., San Francisco
Photo courtesy of A.C.T.
Celtic Harp & Story Telling in Santa Clara
March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with green beer and corn beef and cabbage delicacies, Santa Clara University’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department is presenting a concert by Patrick Ball, one of the premier harp players in the world, who is also known as a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, Ball brings to life the cherished Irish traditions and beautiful songs. When Irish eyes are smiling—I am sure you all know this song and I bet Ball will sing it. How could he not? Don’t forget to wear something green, the national color of Ireland.
Photo courtesy of SCU
Early China’s “Tomb Treasures” Arrived in San Francisco
On view through May 28
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco unearths a treasured exhibit featuring stories of life and afterlife in early China and it’s a must see for all. Like the Roman Empire, China’s Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) forged one of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and its elite had it all: unbridled luxury, technical innovations and (would you believe?) a courtly romance. The Tomb Treasures original exhibition of more than 160 intriguing works showcases these freshly-discovered archaeological finds, almost all never-before-seen outside of China. Some of the highlights of the Asian Art Museum’s presentation include my favorite—an extravagant jade burial suit made up of hundreds of “fish scale” tiles and sewn with gold threads; an exquisitely decorated lacquer and jade coffin, resplendent even after centuries underground and still revealing new secrets about its assembly; an ingenious bronze “smokeless” lamps that set the mood for evening revelry. Through artworks and artifacts created from ceramic, lacquer, precious metal and priceless jade, Tomb Treasures tells a rich story of how early Chinese aristocrats deployed luxury to make their lives — and by extension their afterlives — as majestic and pleasure-filled as possible. It is truly one of the most fascinating exhibits to come our way. Don’t miss!
Photo courtesy of Asian Art Museum
Love Sick is now in Mountain View
Through March 19
Due to popular demand, Love Sick – a passionate new musical based on the ancient Hebrew text, “The Song of Songs” has moved from Berkeley to Mountain View. Drawing on the passionate poetry of the ancient Hebrew text, Love Sick weaves together narrative poetry and movement, creating a uniquely original theatrical event set against a backdrop of a modern-day Tel Aviv and Jerusalem unbound by time. Featuring an unparalleled collection of international and Bay Area artists, Love Sick’s story is penned by Israeli born Ofra Daniel, features original music by Daniel and San Francisco-based world musician Lior Ben-Hur, and features a company that includes celebrated world musician Ali Paris, who has collaborated with such artists as Alicia Keys, Bobby McFerrin, and Quincy Jones; Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan; London-based choreographer Matt Cole; and musical direction by world-renowned composer Yuval Ron , the 2007 Academy Award Winner for West Bank Story. The production, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls “extraordinary,” is helmed by internationally-acclaimed director Christopher Renshaw, and features the Bay Area’s Ofra Daniel in this original story of one woman’s journey through a relentless and fervent love affair. Don’t forget to bring your hankie.
Photo courtesy of Love Sick
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.