Bay Area weekend: ‘Coded,’ a feminist gaming play; H.E.R., Fantastic Negrito

The Bay Area is stacked with stuff to see and do this weekend, from a feminist play about the gaming biz to music festivals galore to a multimedia concert featuring jazz great Omar Sosa and classical concerts from the Steinway Society and Gold Coast Chamber Players.

Here’s a rundown.

The play’s the thing

Here are three shows Bay Area theater fans should know about.

“Coded”: COVID last year canceled this new play by Kirsten Brandt about women in the gaming world just before its world premiere at City Lights Theater in San Jose. Now it’s back in live performances to open City Lights new season. The story follows a promising woman gamer who is flushed into hiding by internet trolls. When she mounts her comeback, things get really really strange. Brandt also directs.

Details: Sept. 16-Oct. 17; City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San Jose; $25-$52, tickets must be purchased in advance, proof of vaccination required (see City Lights safety precautions on its website);

The Marsh: The performance venue and stage company reopens its San Francisco stage for live shows week with a Bay Area favorite, Marga Gomez. The actor, playwright and comedian, who has entertained countless local fans with her often autobiographical solo shows, will perform “Spanking Machine,” a memoir of her upbringing in Washington Heights, New York, beginning Friday.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 23; The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco; $20-$100, tickets must be purchased in advance, proof of vaccination and masks are required;

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“Pericles: Prince of Tyre”: After streaming the first three chapters of a four-part production of this Shakespeare play, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is performing Part 4 live in Bay Area parks (Chapters 1-3 are still available to stream). Performances are Saturday through Sept. 26 at McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre, San Francisco, and Oct. 2-10 at Memorial Park Amphitheatre in Cupertino.

Details: All performances are free;

Festivals? We have festivals …

Two weeks after the massive BottleRock festival took over Napa, the Bay Area is once again awash in outdoor music festivals. There are three sizable outdoor festivals going on this weekend, though access will be a tad tricky for two of them.

At the Oakland Arena grounds, electronic music superstar Porter Robinson is staging his trippy two-day Second Sky festival on Sept. 18-19, with Madeon, Jai Wolf, Toro Y Moi and other acts also on the bill. Music starts around 11 a.m.

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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