SF LIFE: Mythbusters, Crafts, Songs of Strength, Playwrights
Those talented folks who brought us the amazing myths that got busted are back with a live show in San Jose – they go down the rabbit hole! Craft fair time is here and the Renegade Craft show makes its way to Fort Mason – holiday shopping done in one stop. Tomatoes you will be in awe at a performance at the Hammer Theater in San Jose – poetry, visual art and music – a combustible combo. Lastly, ever wonder what playwrights do on a night off? Head to Berkeley and find out!
Nov. 11. Mythbusters Live in San Jose
Part Sherlock Holmes, part Doc Brown, the scientific sleuths once known as the Mythbusters build team — artist Kari Byron, builder Tory Belleci and robotics expert Grant Imahara — used scientific know-how and good ol’ fashioned elbow grease to get to the bottom of popular beliefs. Today, on Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, the team continues to perform the experiments others dare not, delving into everything from mind control to hover boards to prison breaks … and now they’re going to do it live!
The team goes Down the Rabbit Hole to investigate strange, wacky and fascinating events from pop culture, science and history at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. November 11th – one night only! Get the details.
Nov. 11-12. Renegade Craft Fair
Oh boy Tomatoes, I do love a good craft fair and the annual Renegade event has arrived this weekend. Tomorrow and Sunday at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 6.pm, you can get your holiday shopping started. One of a kind gifts are always a hit with the recipient since they know you took the time to think of them and what they truly care about.
Top independent maker talent will be sharing their wares. From exquisitely crafted jewelry that includes hand crafted resin flower earrings to polymer clay necklaces, to turquoise cuffs, you may have trouble purchasing just for those on your list – you may want an item or two. There are bespoke watches for the men in your life, leather handbags, items for kidlets and an al around total array of beauty and craftiness. These are not your grandmother’s embroidered doilies! Of course, you will also find artisanal food and delicious libations, great music and lively fellow shoppers. I’ll see you there with my bundle of shopping bags! Get the details.
Nov. 18. Songs of Strength, Hammer Theater
Some wise person once said – the best kinds of music inspire and empower us, or relate to the deepest parts of us and the ghosts that haunt us. Mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales, composer-performer Molly Joyce, poet Jacqueline Suskin and visual artist Rosemary Feit Covey tap into music that changes us and show us the power music has in our lives. Inspired by the Greek mythology and personal stories of Bay Area Community members. Songs of Strength, Songs of Regret has the artists exploring the questions that address life-changing decisions, personal integrity, guilt and regret.
By exploring these questions and how the performing arts provide a healing, transformative influence, this event hopes to achieve a better sense of the human condition and the impact of our daily choices. Powerful stuff!
November 18 @ 7:00 p.m. The Hammer Theater 01 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. Get the details.
Nov. 20. Playwrights at PlayGround
Come see where the theater pros go to play on their night off. PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, identifies a select group of the Bay Area’s best emerging professional playwrights and asks them to submit original 10-page plays — all on a pre-determined single topic. From those submissions, six short works are chosen for staged readings to be performed by leading local directors and actors each month.
Pre-show discussions provide further insight into the chosen topic, the writers’ processes and more. Priority General Admission tickets allow you to enter first when the theater doors open.
All shows are held on Monday nights at Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2025 Addison Street. This month’s show is on the 20th at 8 p.m. $15 gets you an entertaining and unusual evening of theatre produced, acted and directed by some of the bay area’s most talented theatrical folks. www.Playground-sf.org