Jack London Classic Film Fest
November 3 – 5
One of my favorite writers of all time will be highlighted at the three-day festival of classic films based on his famous bestselling books, starting with the 1935 film Call of the Wild, starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, as well as Sea Wolf and White Fang, among others to follow. In honor of Sonoma County’s spectacular Jack London Historic Park centennial, its docents will lead post-show discussions for each film. Dine on some of the author’s favorite dishes at theme dinners before each film and catch pre-show and post-show discussions. Make a weekend getaway around this special program to wine country, currently beautifully adorned with fall colors.
Disney’s The Lion King is Roaring in San Francisco
Now playing through December 31
The North American touring production of The Lion King have been seen by more than 17 million theatergoers and grossed over $1.2 billion to date. Having already played more than 70 cities across North America, The Lion King now proudly makes its San Francisco return. The fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award-winning song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland” will be showcased at the city’s SHN Orpheum Theatre. The Lion King has earned more than 70 major arts awards and is truly a spectacle of major proportions.
“Letter to a Man” with Mikhail Baryshnikov
November 10 – 12 at 8 p.m. and November 13 at 3 p.m.
No need to mail this letter, since Misha is bringing it in person to the Bay Area. Cal Performances at UC Berkeley present the West Coast premiere of “Letter to a Man,” the second acclaimed theatrical collaboration between the legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov and iconic director Robert Wilson. In this solo performance, Baryshnikov, widely considered the greatest male dancer of the last half of the 20th century, portrays the Ballets Russes dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, arguably the most influential male dancer of the first part of the century. Baryshnikov plays his tragicomic role in a tuxedo and elaborate white face, as the New Yorker described, “the face of Pierrot, of Petrushka, of Joel Grey in ‘Cabaret’—all those figures in [one].” No dancing for Misha in this play. This is definitely a mentally stimulating show not to be missed.
Celebrating 50 Years of Flamenco
November 4, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.
November 5, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco at 8 p.m.
November 6, Fillmore Heritage Theatre in San Francisco at 2 p.m.
“Flamenco is a way of living. You wake up with flamenco, you eat with flamenco, you sleep with flamenco,” says Carola Zertuche, the star and artistic director of Theatre Flamenco School and performing company in San Francisco. For this special 50th anniversary celebration, the company will feature local and international performers who are traveling from as far as Spain to interpret the traditional and modern flamenco dancing and singing in a few locations in the Bay Area. The idea is to show the beat of time, the tradition – how it is changing, but keeps its timing. Ole!
Tickets and Information
Prices range from $35 to $65
For locations and information visit www.theatreflamenco.org