Attention is also paid to Brando’s passion for the civil rights movement and the plight of Native Americans. “I’ve always hated people trampling on other people,” he says. Toward the end of his life, the actor came to see himself as “someone who’s taken too many punches. I don’t want to be hit anymore.” And yet he did seem to find a kind of peace about his profession. “Acting is just making things up,” he says, “But that’s OK.”.
broadwaybythebay.org, TheatreWorks, “The Great Pretender.” By David West Read, World premiere, July 9 through Aug, 3, “A touching comedy about friendship, love, and learning to let go … The runaway hit of TheatreWorks’ 2013 New Works Festival … follows the host of a once-iconic children’s TV show who discovers that people, ballet slippers earrings with pink water pearls and sterling silver ear wires, ballerina earrings, ballet slippers jewelry, danc as well as puppets, sometimes need a helping hand.” Directed by Stephen Bracket, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $19-$74 (discounts available), theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960..
Peninsula Oktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 13. Hiller Aviation Museum again hosts the nighttime Peninsula Oktoberfest. Live music (Bayern Maiden, Rockin’ Oktoberfest Band, San Mateo Elks Oktoberfest Band), German beers plus local microbrews and German food to purchase. 6 to 11 p.m. outside the museum at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Admission, $20 (glass, one beer); $11 (kids, seniors); kids 4 and under get in free. www.hiller.org. OktoBRAfest: Sunday, Oct. 14. This annual Oktoberfest-themed event benefits the Family Album Project and the Be A Dear and Donate a Brasserie group. Tickets, $25 advance or $30 at the door, include German buffet and one Gordon Biersch beer or cider (or wine). Live German music by the Twisted Pretzels band, contests (how many bras can you unhook?) and polka demo. Hosted by the San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S. 11th St. Hours, 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com.
Details: Through Sept, 10; Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley; $35; www.brownpapertickets.com, 6 “Party with the Riccardis”: This comedy cabaret show is presented by Sandy and Richard Riccardi, Bay Area performers who apply traditional ballet slippers earrings with pink water pearls and sterling silver ear wires, ballerina earrings, ballet slippers jewelry, danc cabaret song styles to such hot-button contemporary topics such as politics (yes, we’re talking Donald J, Trump parodies), “Tiki Torch Nazis,” and other matters of consequence, The pair bring their show to Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center on Sept, 9..
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), the Russian composer, buried his critiques of the Soviet state in his music, where they lived as motifs, fragments and tonal dissonances. While in no danger from the state, King also tends to bury his themes in favor of poetic abstraction. That King chose to draw from four of Shostakovich’s chamber works, however, signals that politics are on the artist’s mind; just don’t expect to see overt allusions to electronic surveillance, global warming, water shortages or dangerously escalating regional wars. King is always after something timeless, difficult, yet beautiful.
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