Each year there are a lot of great performances at Zellerbach Hall under Cal Performances (or Cal Perf). They recently put out the season for next year and I wanted to highlight a few awesome ones. There are many more and you have different tastes from me, so check out the list here and go to a show! CalPerf is a world class performance hall that has a line up that I'd put up against anywhere else. I mean when you have Yo Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins, you are world class.
Will Shortz. This is not a musical or dance performance. You know Will Shortz, because he is the master of puzzles. New York Times Crossword is this man's domain. Learn more here:
What's an enigmatologist? It's Will Shortz, crossword editor of the New York Times. The only academically accredited puzzle-master in the world, Shortz designed his own major at Indiana University, which led to his one-of-a-kind degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles. His popular public appearances are highly interactive and immensely entertaining. Shortz will discuss his favorite crosswords and puzzle-makers, how crosswords are created, their curious history, and his lifelong passion for puzzles in general. He will also answer questions about puzzles and conduct audience-participation word games.
Joshua Redman. Local boy Joshua Redman is a jazz superstar. Which means you might have actually heard of him. He was in the Berkeley High Jazz Program, which is one of the best high school programs in the nation. Learn more here:
The acclaimed and charismatic jazz artist, who first emerged onto the international scene in the 1990s, returns to his hometown of Berkeley. Redman's playing recalls the performances of Gene Ammons and Red Holloway, but this fearsomely gifted saxophonist also brings an adventurous and playful spirit to his music. For fans of modern jazz at its best, this one is a must! "Redman ranks with the best saxophonists in the world" (Boston Herald).
Jean-Yves Thibaudet. I once won free tickets to go see him play at the SFSymphony. He is a great pianist and is doing some music from Wagner's Tristan And Isolde. Learn more here:
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to enthrall audiences the world over with his profound artistry and enlightened interpretations. He is sought-after by today's foremost orchestras, conductors, and collaborative musicians, and he records exclusively for Decca, which has released over 40 of his recordings. Spotlighting his prodigious technique, Thibaudet brings a virtuosic all-Liszt program to Berkeley. This is dazzling piano music, full of controlled and moving pianissimos and bold and commanding fortes.
Uh, Yo Yo Ma. He comes out each year. I just went to go see him at SFS in January. I don't need to say any more:
"When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives," says Yo-Yo Ma about the Silk Road Project. For more than a decade, the beloved cellist and his colleagues have promoted the study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Returning to Zellerbach Hall, this is a collective of renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries. Each member's career illustrates a moving response to the artistic challenge of our time: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition.
Those are just a few that jumped out at me. Go and look at all the shows. There is classical music, there is jazz, there is dance (Alvin Ailey Dance Co. comes again). There are talks. There are other performances that can't be easily placed into a little box. And its just right in Berkeley at very reasonable rates. GO BEARS!
BERKELEY - Three additional 2010 Cal football games against Colorado, USC and Stanford have been selected for national telecasts on Fox Sports Net, the Pacific-10 Conference and its television network partners announced Tuesday. Game time for all three contests is 12:30 p.m. PT.
The Golden Bears will host Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 11, travel to face USC in the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 16, and play Stanford in The Big Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 20.
The trio of televised contests brings the number of 2010 television broadcast announcements for Cal to four. The Bears' game at Nevada on Friday, Sept. 17 (7:00 p.m. PT) was previously selected for a national broadcast by ESPN2.
Game times and television information for other contests on the 2010 Cal football schedule will be released when available. Additional preseason selections by FSN/Versus are expected in early June, while other games are expected to be picked up by for telecasts at later dates.
The Bears have had 38 of 39 games televised live over the past three seasons, 44 of their last 45 overall and a total of 86 during Jeff Tedford's first eight seasons as head coach.