So, what are you doing this weekend?
If you are weighing your options, as the Bay Area arts and entertainment scene reawakens from its holiday doldrums, we’re here to help with some savvy tips for cool stuff to do in the Bay Area Jan. 11-14 and beyond.
The Harlem Globetrotters have undergone a lot of changes since the days of Meadowlark Lemon. For one thing, they are a co-ed team now. But they remain an ever-reliable source of family-friendly entertainment that blends eye-popping basketball moves with endearing silliness. The team lands in the Bay Area for its annual winter residency in Oakland and San Jose. Details are here.
January often brings in some cool concerts to the Bay Area. Jim Harrington has the rundown on some intriguing pop shows headed our way — everyone from R&B icons the O’Jays to K.Flay, an exciting vocalist with Bay Area ties, to beloved alt-rockers Spoon. You can find his roundup of recommended shows here.
Meanwhile, rocker Marilyn Manson is ready to make up the Bay Area date he was forced to postpone after a harrowing accident at a New York show. Details of his new Oakland show are here.
Folks were bummed when the popular San Jose Camera 3 theater closed down last fall. But it reopens this week with an exciting future — as a combination movie house and live entertainment venue known as the 3Below. Upcoming shows include a sing-along “Sound of Music” (you cannot resist) and a “Hamilton”-themed karaoke night. Linda Zavoral has the details on the new venue here.
Iconic Americana singer-songwriter and musician Marty Stuart has long held a fascination with American West — its music and its characters. Heck, his well-received latest album, from 2017, was titled “Way Out West.” Stuart will be in the Bay Area to showcase the release, and we have the details here.
If it’s the sound of saxophone you crave — especially when it’s being delivered by “one of jazz’s most arrestingly physical improvisers,” as Andrew Gilbert describes him — you’re in luck. Sax man Lew Tabackin brings his trio to two South Bay venues this weekend. Details are here.
Renowned pianist Emanuel Ax returns to San Francisco Symphony this week to perform two iconic works that were written two centuries apart but which share elements that bring the best of the world-class musician. Details are here.
Sing-alongs are popular a pop concerts, but at the opera? That’s kind of what Livermore Valley Opera has in mind with its free “Wine, Passion, Opera!” event on Jan. 13, at which visitors are invited to join in on several numbers (it’s probably why they’re serving wine). Details on the event are here.
Meanwhile, the Bay Area group Lieder Alive! Is doing its best to bring the Romantic era musical style for which it is named into the 21st century. The result is “Neue und Alte” (new and old) Liederfest Jan. 14 in San Francisco. Georgia Rowe has the details here.
Henrik Ibsen’s gripping drama “An Enemy of the People” is gaining some renewed attention of late, with its storyline about the suppression of truth and science in the interests of power and profits. The play is getting another revival in Berkeley, and Sam Hurwitt has the details here.
That’s all, folks, until next week. Have a great weekend, everyone.
Got Bay Area weekend plans? We have some cool ideas (Jan. 11)