SF LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Musicals, Poetry, Fleet Week, Movement

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Oh my friends, even if I don’t know you, I consider you all my pals since I communicate with you on a regular basis. And I am so happy that theatre has returned. I know I say this every week!). I get it, if you don’t yet feel comfortable attending in person, however most places now require a vaccination card or proof of a negative test and mask wearing! So if motivated, we have some performances that will make your heart sing. A 60’s musical and a comic book lore with songs. San Jose Dance theatre brings us an outdoor movement festival, the Top Gun planes are a coming!

Now-Oct. 16. SHOUT, The Mod Musical Deserves 10 Stars!

Mr. Tomato and I attended SHOUT the musical produced by the South Bay Musical Theatre, and I will tell you, it deserves 10 stars out of 10.  In SHOUT! The Mod Musical, we follow five fab friends as they redefine themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. The hits are tied together by hilarious sound bites—from ’60s commercials to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a “fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

This is a kaleidoscope of color in all ways, the costumes, the lighting and the vocal qualities of the five women – everything bursts with color. You will sing along, under your mask of course, to Downtown, To Sir with Love, The Son of a Preacher Man, Goldfinger and more. These accomplished actors were so well rehearsed and we saw opening night. Nary a step or note out of place. Highly recommend this. Community theatre at its finest – it will rival any professional play around. Now through October 16th. http://www.southbaymt.com

Oct. 6-31. Lizard Boy, a new musical from Theatreworks

Theatreworks once again delivers a brand-new musical that is equal parts comic book lore, coming-of-age love story and irrepressible tunes. We are to expect the unexpected in this sensational new indie rock musical. The fast-moving plot recounts the mysterious event that changed Trevor’s life forever, launching him into a life-long search for identity and acceptance. Is he a freak or a hero? Triple-threat artist Justin Huertas and his original cast take the stage for one fateful night of adventure, music, and love set on the streets of Seattle. October 6th – October 31st. www.theatreworks.org

Oct. 15. The Ever-inventive Magic Theatre is Reinventing Itself

The New Age of Magic Theatre begins with a New Poetry Program, led by San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin! This inaugural event of their New Performances Program will feature a live poetry concert from Tongo, joined by percussionist Ahkeel Mestayer.

The one night only show takes place on October 15th at 7 p.m.Tickets for this incredible evening are extremely limited (audience capacity is at 60%), and are pay-what-you-will, with a suggested donation of $25. As usual the line-up of events at Magic Theatre are unique and often world premieres. This is a small theatre that needs our support now more than ever! http://www.magictheatre.org

Oct. 3. First Annual San Jose Movement Festival

San Jose Dance Theatre is partnering with the City of San Jose’s Abierto program to bring locals this lively and innovative event featuring dance companies from San Jose and around the Bay Area. Bring a picnic blanket and see exquisite movement from over 30 very talented professional dancers.

Every 15 minutes or so another company or group of dancers will be twirling and leaping and showcasing their talents. Included in the line-up are two new dance groups, Ballet22 and Fermata. Both began in 2020, Ballet22 to give more opportunities for men in the ballet field and Fermata was founded as a safe place to create art and stability in the community while the world is in unrest. Held at St. James Park in downtown San Jose this Sunday, October 3rd, will. From 2pm – 5pm. http://www.sjdt.org   


Oct. 8-10. Fleet Week

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The pilots are returning! The U.S. Navy Blue angels will once again be twisting and taking to the air with death defying rolls. If you want to ensure a seat, there are bleacher and VIP tickets for sale. Or you can grab a bike and cycle to Marina Green and crane your neck upwards to see the spectacle. If you are so inclined you can book a spot on the Red and White boats and head to the bay to get the best view of the show.

Or if you would rather watch TOP GUN and pretend, then you can also grab a ticket and seat on the Red and White fleet for floating features. The Roxie theatre partnered with Red and White to turn their hybrid vessel into a floating cinema for a limited run of nighttime film cruises on the bay. And yes on Fleet Week weekend, you can watch Tom Cruise and pals sing and fly in Top Gun. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Full cocktail bar with snacks will keep you satiated. www.fleetweeksf.org


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  • Kim Selby, the SF life editor of The Three Tomatoes, is your gal for info on what’s hot and happening in the beautiful bay area. Having lived on the Left Coast for 27 years, after almost a decade in NYC, she has explored and continues to have adventures all over the San Francisco area. Passionate about fashion, formerly with GLAMOUR magazine and Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue , Palo Alto, Kim produced fashion shows in the bay area for over 20 years. She now creates events to empower, delight and inspire women, aka “Tomatoes”. Learn more about Kim at www.kim-selby.com

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