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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Tickets go on sale for ‘Wizard of Oz’ stage show in SF

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, for the special two-week San Francisco engagement of the first North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz.” The show will run Oct. 16-27, at the SHN (Shorenstein-Hays-Nederlander) Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St, Developed from the original MGM screenplay for the 1939 film, this new production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from its Oscar-winning score, plus new songs… Read More »

Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald to star at Stern Grove Festival

Summer may seem a long way off, but the organizers of the annual Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco already have their plans in place. This year’s series of free concerts kicks off on Sunday, June 16, with “The Big Picnic,” co-starring Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. The ticketed benefit party will take place prior to the concert, which starts at 2 p.m. The season continues through Aug. 18. The complete line-up for the 76th season, held outdoors at Stern… Read More »

Tickets on sale for Prairie Home Companion in SF

Tickets went on sale today (Tuesday, Oct. 23) for two live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ radio show from San Francisco in January. The shows are scheduled at 2:45 p.m. two Saturdays in a row — Jan. 5 and 12 — at the War Memorial Opera House. You can buy tickets by phone at (415) 392-4400 or online at www.cityboxoffice.com. Ticket prices range from $35 to $65. Special guests will be guitarist and singer Elvin Bishop on… Read More »

Tickets for ‘Jersey Boys’ in SF on sale Oct. 26

Tickets for the return engagement of the musical  “Jersey Boys” at San Francisco’s Curran Theater go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets start at $45 and will be available at shnsf.com or by calling (888) 746-1799. Based on the story of ‘60s pop singers Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Jersey Boys” opened on Broadway in 2005 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 2006. The original Four Seasons were Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy… Read More »

Bernini’s ‘Medusa’ sculpture comes to SF

All those who go to San Francisco, be sure to wear some serpents in your hair. The exhibit doesn’t open until Nov. 17, but Halloween seems the perfect time to mention that the priceless 17th-century sculpture of the monstrous Medusa of Greek myth is coming to San Francisco. Created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) and on loan from the Musei Capitolini in Rome, “Medusa” will be on display until Feb. 19 at the Legion of Honor. This is the exclusive… Read More »

Sting adds second show in SF Dec. 3

Sting’s Dec. 2 show at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco has sold out, so a second show has been added Dec. 3. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. Both shows are part of Sting’s “Back to Bass Tour,” celebrating his 25th anniversary as a solo artist. The tour features Sting, backed by a five-piece band, performing his hits in a series of small, intimate theater venues. The songs will… Read More »

Sting stripped down and raw in SF

Sting will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist this fall with his “Back to Bass Tour,” which includes a Dec. 2 performance at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26,  at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. The tour features Sting, backed by a five-piece band, performing his hits in a series of small, intimate theater venues. The songs will be “stripped down and raw,” promoters promise. “Sting: 25 Years,”… Read More »

Sonoma County playwright’s SF premiere

“The Final Scene,” a comedy written by Sonoma County playwright Gene Abravaya, makes its San Francisco debut this week. The play, which deals with the fictional cast of a soap opera called “The Promising Dawn,” opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Thick House, 1695 18th St. The production runs through Sept. 4. Perhaps best-known as manager of the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, the author brings considerable experience and authenticity to his play’s topic —… Read More »

The Real Nasty plays Ukiah

In our ongoing quest to collect the cleverest band names we can find, here are two gems: The Real Nasty, a country rock power trio from Oakland, and Diego’s Umbrella, a gypsy rock band from San Francisco. Both groups play Thursday, Feb. 3, at The Ukiah Brew Company,102 S. State St., Ukiah. The music starts at 9 p.m. Admsision: $5. Information: (707) 468-5898, www.ukiahbrewingco.com. For more on the bands:  www.therealnasty.com, www.diegosumbrella.com.

Brothers Comatose at Slim’s in SF

The Brothers Comatose will  host a hometown hoedown at Slim’s, 333 11th St., San Francisco, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The Brothers Comatose is an Americana, bluegrass and roots music quintet that includes four Sonoma County natives. Singer and guitarist Ben Morrison, and his brother Alex, on vocals and banjo, are from Petaluma, and so is mandolin player Joe Pacini. Bassist Gio Benedetti, formerly of Toast Machine, is from Sonoma. Fiddler Phiilip Brezina is from Pennsylvania. The string band… Read More »