Chris Botti; ‘Twelfth Night’ musical

There are still live shows to savor this weekend in the Bay Area. Here are three that music and theater fans should know about.


Botti’s back in town

Few musicians have worn the “contemporary jazz” label with as much prestige as Chris Botti.


Blessed with a movie star look and a rich, sparkling playing tone, Bowie has ventured into the world of pop and jazz throughout her career. He broke up with trumpet titan Woody Shaw but collaborated extensively with Paul Simon and Sting. He made it to the Billboard Top 20 with the 2004 lush orchestral jazz album “When I Fall in Love”.

On his 2009 album “Live in Boston”, he was backed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and jammed with Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer and Steven Tyler. And her 2012 release, “Impressions,” includes collaborations with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Mark Knopfler to Vince Gill.


So Bowie, who says he was forever drawn to music, first heard Miles Davis at age 12 on “My Funny Valentine,” can do many different things in concert. He’s back at the SFJAZZ center in San Francisco this week, where he’s in the middle of a nine-show Sunday show.

Description: The rest of the shows are today at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm; $55-$125; www.sfjazz.org.

– Randy McMullen, Staff


jamming with buster

1924’s Buster Keaton silent comedy “Sherlock Jr.” It has a lot going for it on its own terms. But the film’s screening in Marin this weekend includes a few extras.

“Sherlock Jr.”, once dubbed by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Funniest Movies of All Time, stars Keaton as a film projectionist who falls asleep and dreams during a film screening. sees that he is a lucky detective (named Sherlock Jr., of course). ) who solves a crime and obtains the girl. The film was noted for its advanced (for the time) special effects which included a train fight scene during which Keaton literally broke his neck, and another scene in which he disappeared in a suitcase.


On January 9, the Smith Raphael Film Center in San Rafael will host a screening of the classic film featuring live jazz and classical accompaniment by violinist Ruth Kahn and violinist Mads Tolling. Khan is a Juilliard grad who performed with the New York City Ballet for 20 years. Tolling is a member of Turtle Island String Quartet and Bob Weir’s Wolf Bros Band. After the 45-minute film (it’s so short because Keaton reportedly cut several scenes he didn’t think were funny enough) Khan and Toling would perform a number of duets, including the world premiere of Suits by Clint Borzoni and The work will be done by Bella Bartok.

Details: 3 p.m.; Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required and a mask must be worn in the theatre; $18-20; rafaelfilm.cafilm.org,

— Bay Area News Foundation

“Twelfth Night,” the musical, is running through January 15 at the SF Playhouse. (Jessica Palopoli / San Francisco Playhouse).

“Twelfth Night” – Musical

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Hey, Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ would be a wonderful musical,” you’re not alone. “Play on!” Works Like It (1997) and “All Shook Up” (2005) took a jukebox musical stab at the concept. And now SF Playhouse is presenting a youth musical, simply titled “Twelfth Night”, created by British playwright Kwame Kwame-Armah and singer/composer/composer Shaina Taub, and featuring original jazz/funk/R& There are lyrics of Bee Songs and Taub.

The show contains all the gender-swapping and mistaken identity that fueled the comedy and intrigue of the original bard comedy, but is given a holiday theme in which it begins on the twelfth day of Christmas (get it?).

The musical debuted in 2018 at New York’s Public Theater and is marking its Bay Area premiere at the SF Playhouse in San Francisco through January 15 in a production featuring nearly 20 actors, directed by SF Playhouse co-founder Susie DeMilano. Music direction is by Dave Dobrusky and choreography is by Nicole Helfer. The show is said to be family friendly.

The show is also available for streaming, check the website for details.

Description: Adults must show proof of vaccination and youth under 12 must show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours or within the time of showing; Masks will have to be worn inside the theatre. $40-$100 individually, $15-$100 streaming; www.sfplayhouse.org,

— Bay Area News Foundation