Stream this: Charles L. Mee’s ‘Utopia’; Kristin Chenoweth

Here are several streaming shows and events Bay Area arts lovers should know about.

Cutting Ball Theatre: The S.F. stage company this weekend will stream the world premiere of “Utopia,” acclaimed avant garde and Obie Award-winning playwright Charles L. Mee’s imaginative new play incorporating dance (featuring members of S.F. troupe RAWdance), animation and more as it follows a 9-year-old girl (played by adult male actor in a cafe pondering her future and being visited by an eclectic cast of characters. Details: The show live-streams 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and is available on demand through Nov. 15; $30 per household;

S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus: The famed choir kicks off its all-virtual new season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, with a Fall Showcase celebrating the organization’s 42nd birthday. A centerpiece of the show is the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “What Will We Hear?,” performed by Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Details: Free but donations encouraged;

PUSH Dance: The Bay Area troupe celebrating its 15th year continues it ambitious PUSHFest Global, a series of performances and demonstrations running through Nov. 18. Shows are 6 p.m. Wednesdays. On Oct. 21, the fest features Ishika Seth of the Mona Khan Company, a Fremont-based Bollywood troupe; Janell Burgess of the Los Angeles-based Jazz Spectrum Dance Company; and members of mBody Dance modern dance troupe in S.F. During the fest, PUSH Dance is running a donation drive to aid Black choreographers and dancers. Details: Suggested donation for each performance is $10;

“Lockdown Comedy”: The folks who bring us the annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show (Jewish humor delivered in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas) are back with another installment of the pandemic-themed Zoom production known as “Lockdown Comedy.” The headliner is Diane Amos, a San Francisco comedian and actress known as the “Pine-Sol Lady” for reasons no more exotic than she has appeared in ads for the household product for some 20 years. Also in the lineup are Victor Pacheco, a regular at San Jose Improv Comedy Club; Bay Area political comedian and podcaster Scott Blakeman; Lisa Geduldig, Bay Area comedian and Kung Pao Kosher Comedy founder/organizer; and Arline Geduldig, Lisa’s mom (just because). The laughs go down at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets are $10-$20. You can access the show at

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Autumn Lights Festival: The beloved annual Lake Merritt interactive art show has gone online this year. From Oct. 16-18, viewers can watch some 40 illuminated art displays featuring videos, demonstration and live chats with artists. The show is free but donations are encouraged, with proceeds benefiting the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Details: Go to

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley: Since the Palo Alto-based troupe’s new artistic director is named Tim Bond, why the heck not throw a 007-themed gala? That’s what TheatreWorks has lined up for its virtual gala 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The stay-at-home event includes an auction with prizes ranging from trips to wine to a class with a TheatreWorks fight choreographer; interactive games; a cocktail hour …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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