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Special Supplement : Goings on out of town
Herzog & de Meuron, is sheathed in seventy- two hundred panels of perforated copper, which cantilever out over a sculpture garden. The travelling exhibition "The Quilts of Gee's Bend" makes its nal stop at the de Young, with doz- ens of graphic quilts made by four generations of African-American women from a small com- munity on the Alabama River. Through Dec. 31. "The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air." A show of sculptures, works on paper, and documentary material traces the ca- reer of the Japanese-American artist, who was born in 1926 in California. Nov. 18-Jan. 28. "California Impressions: Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection." California land- scape paintings, ranging from early, Hudson River School-tinged works to Fauvish works by the early-twentieth-century Society of Six. Nov. 18-Jan. 28. “TrAVesTies” Tom Stoppard's 1974 comedy imagines a meet- ing of the minds of James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Tristan Tzara during the First World War, when they were all living in Zurich. Carey Per- loff directs. Sept. 14-Oct. 15. (American Conser- vatory Theatre, 415 Geary St. 415-749-2228.) MuseuM of Modern ArT 151 Third St. (415-357-4000)---"Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston." Be- tween 1923 and 1926, the two photographers lived and worked together in Mexico; this show documents the fruits of their partnership, through archival material and the photographs they each took in those years. Through Jan. 2. "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth." A retro- spective of sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and books made by the German artist between 1969 and 2006. Oct. 20-Jan. 21. "Charged Space." A pair of video works deal with erce political echoes in seemingly banal places: Fikret Atay's "Tinica" is set in the art- ist's Kurdish home town, while Jane and Lou- ise Wilson's "Stasi City" explores the former headquarters of the East German secret police. Oct. 20-Jan. 21. sAn frAnCisCo oPerA New and adventurous things will doubtless ap- pear during the tenure of the new general di- rector, David Gockley, but for the moment he's staying with the tried and true. Deborah Voigt leads the cast of "Un Ballo in Maschera," con- ducted by the Met stalwart Marco Armiliato. (Through Sept. 29.) Donald Runnicles leads an impressive international cast (including Chris- tine Brewer and Thomas Moser) in the David Hockney production of "Tristan und Isolde." (Oct. 5-27.) The radiant and beautiful Finn- ish soprano Karita Mattila (in the title role) is reason enough to see Puccini's "Manon Les- caut," a somewhat underrated show that needs major star power to make it at the box of ce. Misha Didyk is her hapless lover, Des Grieux; Runnicles conducts. (Nov. 19-Dec. 10.) (War Memorial Opera House. 415-864-3330.) sAn frAnCisCo syMPHony Like his L.A. counterpart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas has a predilection for new and recent music, but he coaxes from his group a golden, glowing sound that is uniquely theirs. Sept. 27-30 at 8: The season gets fully under way with a quartet of con- certs featuring the soprano Dawn Upshaw, who will sing Lukas Foss's American master- work "Time Cycle"; music by Berlioz and Brahms (the Symphony No. 4) is also included. Nov. 9 and Nov. 11 at 8: Tilson Thomas conducts Steve Reich's luminous "Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards" (which the orchestra commissioned) in a concert that abounds in music by Mozart. Dec. 6 at 8 and Dec. 7 at 2: Two exacting American mu- sicians---the conductor David Zinman and the violinist Hilary Hahn---join the orchestra in a program featuring music by Cop-land, Ko- rngold, and Kodály. (Davies Symphony Hall. 415-864-6000.) MArK Morris dAnCe grouP Cal Performances presents the preëminent mod- ern company in the U.S. première of Henry Purcell's opera "King Arthur," directed and cho- reographed by Mark Morris. Sept. 30-Oct. 7. (Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berke- ley. 510-642-9988.) “HArdly sTriCTly BluegrAss” This six-year-old festival in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow lives up to its name with sets by everyone from Earl Scruggs to Elvis Costello to the Drive-By Truckers. More than a hundred peformers are scheduled to appear. Oct. 6-8. (For more information, visit www. strictlybluegrass.com.) sAn frAnCisCo JAzz fesTiVAl As it closes in on the quarter-century mark, this gathering has become one of the nation's top jazz festivals. The festivities start in ear- nest with the once and future tenor-saxo- phone colossus Sonny Rollins, and continue for more than three weeks. Performers include Jimmy Heath, Marisa Monte, Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain, and Alice and Ravi Coltrane. Oct. 20-Nov. 12. (For more information, visit www.sfjazz.org.) “THe liTTle foxes” Laird Williamson directs Lillian Hellman's 1939 drama, about a greedy Southern matriarch who will do anything for money. Oct. 27-Nov. 26. (American Conservatory Theatre, 415 Geary St. 415-749-2228.) 20 goings on: fAll 2006
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