The Chronicle’s guide to notable arts and entertainment happenings in the Bay Area.
Danny Glover joins Terry McMillan and Quincy Troupe for virtual conversation
The San Francisco Public Library plans to host a conversation, led by poet Quincy Troupe, with actor Danny Glover and bestselling author Terry McMillan (“Waiting to Exhale”). The purpose of the event, which will take place virtually, is to celebrate Troupe’s career, which also includes work as a biographer and children’s author.
There will be guest appearances by musicians Will Calhoun and J.D. Parran and a cameo by artist Mildred Howard. Troupe has written 20 books, including “The Pursuit of Happyness” (later made into a movie) and “Miles & Me: Miles Davis, the man, the musician and his friendship with the journalist and poet Quincy Troupe.”
Patrons can register for the event at https://on.sfpl.org/2-10-22MTAM
Danny Glover in conversation with Terry McMillan and Quincy Troupe: 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10. Free. For more information go to sfpl.org.
— Mick LaSalle
‘Love, Dandy’ brings drag king ring-a-ding realness to Valentine’s Day
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Oasis’ beloved drag king event “Dandy” is giving patrons two nights of what the world needs now: love, sweet love, as Hal David and Burt Bacharach famously wrote.
Join hosts Leigh Crow and Ruby Vixen for “Love, Dandy” an ultra-romantic cabaret night featuring performers Fontaine Blue, Papi Churro, Will Power and more with accompanist Kitten on the Keys at the piano. Lounge lizarding is encouraged as the dandies put their spin on ring-a-ding classics that will put you in the mood for amore without the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie.
Get in touch with your inner Dean Martin, Steve Lawrence, Eddie Fisher or Al Martino as the suave dandies croon their swoon-worthy favorites, and extra credit for audience members who opt for a swinging dinner jacket and undone bow tie a la Frank Sinatra in his Rat Pack years. Who says only the queens can have all the drag fun?
“Love, Dandy”: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 10-11. $20-25. Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F. 415-795-3180. https://www.sfoasis.com/
— Tony Bravo
At the Marsh, Dan Hoyle looks honestly at how liberal whites respond to racial reckoning
As protests over the death of George Floyd gripped the country in summer 2020, white solo performer Dan Hoyle spoke to a fellow theater worker who’s Black about how Hoyle should respond. “Go talk to your people,” she said, meaning liberal white people.
Hoyle’s resulting piece, now in previews at the Marsh San Francisco, not only followed her advice; it made the instruction itself into a title.
Well-meaning liberal white people are easy to make fun of, and you can expect plenty of laughs from Hoyle, a Marsh favorite with a keen eye for the absurd who always mocks himself at least as much as he does his subjects. But you can also expect to have your own notion of “liberal white people” broadened. Hoyle, who has previously created shows about everything from Nigerian oil politics to a digital detox retreat, has a gift for finding unexpected narratives and rendering them with compassion and integrity.
“Talk to Your People”: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Through April 16. $25-$100. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F. 415-282-3055. https://themarsh.org
— Lily Janiak
John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Shortbus’ returns to cinemas with a special date at the Roxie
John Cameron Mitchell’s film “Shortbus” straddled many cinematic lines when it first premiered in 2006. It was undoubtedly art house, but also included performance art and depictions of sexuality some equated with pornography. Perhaps these elements, combined with a story that highlighted the underground culture scene of New York during the early 2000s, explain why it became a kind of cult jewel with an ardent group of admirers.
In many ways the culture has caught up with the movie, and its return to theaters feels like an acknowledgement of how it paved the way for other explorations of queerness, polyamory and alternative sexual communities. There’s no better place to revisit it than the Roxie (co-presented with the Frameline festival), where Mitchell held a marathon listening party of his podcast “Anthem: Homunculus” in 2020.
Special mention goes to legendary performer Justin Vivian Bond (Kiki of “Kiki and Herb”), who plays the host of the “Shortbus” salons at the center of the film — and sings too!
“Shortbus”: Friday-Thursday, Feb. 11-17. $8-20. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. 415-863-1087. https://www.roxie.com/
— Tony Bravo
‘Carmen’ adopts a flamenco flavor in San José
Bizet’s “Carmen” is set in Spain — or at least a romanticized vision of it, full of bullfighting and oranges — but it’s up to individual directors how to make that Spanish element felt to the audience. For the new production opening at Opera San José, director Lillian Groag joined forces with the Flamenco Society of San José for a “Carmen” that’s richly infused with the nation’s dance traditions.
In this mounting, conducted by Music Director Joseph Marcheso, mezzo-soprano Erika Printz takes on the title role, with tenor Noah Stewart as the lovelorn Don José. Soprano Anne-Marie MacIntosh (Micaëla) and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu (Escamillo) complete the principal cast.
“Carmen”: Opera San José. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Through Feb. 27. $55-$195. California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St., San Jose. 408-437-4450. www.operasj.org
— Joshua Kosman
Museum of Craft and Design piques the nose with ‘Living with Scents’
How much can you still smell through a mask?
The Museum of Craft and Design is betting that it’s at least enough to dedicate a whole exhibit to our olfactory system, with its uncanny ability to elicit vivid, otherwise forgotten memories.
“Living with Scents,” on view (and on smell) Saturday, Feb. 12, through June 5, features 40 artists and designers with works categorized into five themes: “Ways of Sensing” (to help us sniff as carefully as a wine connoisseur tastes); “Nose Meets the Eye” (just because something smells interesting doesn’t mean it can’t also tantalize visually); “The Scent of Care” (on smell’s healing powers); “A Scented Art of Living” (with reimagined everyday objects); and “Spray it, Don’t Say it” (since words are overrated, why not communicate via aroma?).
Visitors might emerge from the exhibit into the rest of the world ready to follow their noses instead of their eyes.
“Living with Scents”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Starting Saturday, Feb. 12. Through June 5. $8-$10. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F. 415-773-0303. https://sfmcd.org
— Lily Janiak
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Eve with a great love story told over two films
I knew “Before Sunrise” (1995) was a classic on the day I saw it, because I knew that the things it dealt with — being in a foreign city, connecting with someone, young love — were timeless. People from 500 years ago would understand it, and so would people 500 years from now.
I have since seen the movie multiple times, as well as its 2004 sequel, “Before Sunset.” But it never occurred to me to watch them as a double feature — now that’s hard-core.
It’s quite likely there are things to be gained from the double-feature experience that can’t be anticipated in advance, not the least of which is a sense of time’s mystery. The nine years between the two films will evaporate in a matter of moments. And if, by chance, you are lucky enough never to have seen either movie, prepare for enchantment. Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) constitute one of the movies’ great and ongoing love stories.
“Before Sunrise”/”Before Sunset” double feature: 2:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13. $17.50. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F. www.drafthouse.com/sf
— Lily Janiak
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