Bay seniors who have long since guessed that the Geezer lives in Berkeley, don’t have to guess why. Argument #1: my neighborhood movie theater which is not only within walking distance but just announced a knock-your-socks-off long season of 31 filmed theater, dance, art and opera events which will save me a fortune on NYC airline tickets. Just a whiff of the program includes the wildly praised “Tweflth Night” from London’s Globe Theater, the brilliant new Met exhibit of Matisse cutouts, “Swan Lake” from both the Bolshoi and the Royal Ballet and a tour of the Hermitage. Prices run about $25 per show. The ones that I’ve seen up til now have been amazing, You can see and hear everything which is not always the case when you attend them live. I’m sure the program is repeated around the Bay. Good luck in finding them. I couldn’t.
Bay seniors whose knowledge of Mexican art stops cold at Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo might want to consider frequenting the Mexican Museum tucked away in Fort Mason’s Building D. At the moment they are hosting a show of the ruggedly delicate pottery and cooking utensils of Rosa Covarrubias (until January 18). On October 26 there will be a Dia de los Muertos celebration including the Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco. Admission always free. Surprising that this cultural enterprise is so minimal considering that 15% of San Francisco is of Hispanic descent.
Bay seniors rediscovered the brilliance of painter Richard Diebenkorn last year at the deYoung. A smaller but equally awesome display of his talents, this time on paper, is running at the too-often-overlooked Richmond Art Center through Nov. 16. Joining him will be other heroes from the last flourescence of a regional California style, mid-century stars such as David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Nathan Oliviera and James Weeks. Free admission. Still not satisfied? Check out the paintings by these art heroes now at the Berggruen Gallery in SF.