Juan has toured with an array of artists, including Prince, Lionel Richie, MC Hammer and Hall and Oates. “I try to learn from every tour, every band I’ve played with. It could be just a piano player I’m playing with. Or it could be a big tour like Hammer’s ‘Too Legit,’ where I learned a lot from the horn players on the tour bus, talking to them about the business. You get out of it what you want to put into it. If you want to just party and not learn and just do the shows, some people do that. And I would be like that, when I was younger, in my 20s. But I’m older now and I just like hanging with the musicians, learning more about the business, what they do in the studio, what they are working on.
But it’s the poignant tale of the older lovers, Fraulein Schneider (the always phenomenal Linda Piccone, who doesn’t quite nail the German accent) and Herr Schultz (sweet, sympathetic Paul Araquistain) who capture the audience’s hearts, The pricey fruits Herr Schultz brings to his ladylove are symbolic of his willingness to give his all for her, Yet once she realizes that the Germanic march toward Nazism and intolerance of Jews puts her at risk if she marries ballet pendant him, she retreats, It’s absorbing and agonizing to watch..
Credit the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition for helping to bring this repertoire into the limelight. Founded in 1990 by Robert Cole, then director of Cal Performances, and the late Joseph Spencer, owner of Berkeley’s The Musical Offering, the festival has grown to become the Lollapalooza of early music, a major event that attracts artists, audiences and scholars from around the world. This year’s festival runs June 5-12 at various venues near the UC Berkeley campus. Co-produced by the San Francisco Early Music Society and Early Music America, the events include eight days of concerts, exhibits, lectures and master classes, with appearances by pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, violinist Rachel Podger, the Archetti Baroque String Ensemble and the Philharmonia Baroque Players under Nicholas McGegan.
Butterfly Walk: Join ballet pendant Sally Levinson, Garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady on a search for butterflies, 3-4 p.m, Fourth Tuesdays monthly, through Oct, 28, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Free with garden admission, Space limited, Children welcome, Register by calling 510-643-2755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish, 3-3:30 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays, Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org..
Painter and printmaker Herring has re-imagined folk art themes. She appreciates that the forms and colors of Mexican folk art “encourage boldness and living life to the fullest but most often in a lighthearted way.”. For Krupka, vibrant hues of Day of the Dead colors have influenced her creations in this show. She incorporates various mediums into her two-sided sculptures, from stone and glass beads to metal and fabric. Gallery visitors are invited to bring items honoring special people from their lives who have passed on. A public altar will be in place for visitors to leave their offerings.