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On the Air: Gabe & Ariana's Do List Picks for May 18, 2018

This week on the Do List, I'm joined by KQED Youth Media Manager Ariana Proehl for talk about a queer circus, a Saharan film festival, a tribute to a beloved DJ and more. And also, on my first week sitting in his old chair here at the Do List, I want to say thanks to Cy Musiker — for showing us the way. On with this week's show; click through for details. May 18: Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald sings with the San Francisco Symphony. Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19: Paradise: Belly of the Beast from circus troupe Topsy Turvy pushes the boundaries of imagination and mythology while centering people of color and queer people of color. Saturday, May 19: The Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival always has a great vibe and crowd, and features a jazz stage, dance stage, poetry stage, a tribute to Pam the Funkstress and more at San Antonio Park in Oakland. May 20–June 17: Mamma Mia! is at the Mountain Play at Mt. Tam in Marin, a gorgeous amphitheater where they've done summer theater for over 100 years. May 24: The film Zerzura screens and the guitarist Mdou Moctar performs with the film's star, Ahmoudou Madassane at the Starline Social Club in Oakland. Through July 17: Yarrow Slaps' More Water at State Gallery features the artists' works along with a back room that shows off Slaps's curatorial side, with a group show by a crew of artists he's calling the Art Figaz. And some special news about the return of the Treasure Island Music Festival, including their just-announced lineup.

On the Air: Cy, Gabe, and A-lan's Do List Picks for May 11, 2018

I'm joined by two of my favorite co-hosts for this episode of The Do List: KQED Arts' senior editor Gabe Meline, and Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts' co-chair A-lan Holt. And the biggest reason was so they could hold my hand as I said goodbye to KQED and our listeners. I'm leaving KQED and The Do List for the life of a country bumpkin, in the Sierra Foothills. Emphasis on the bumpkin. It's been the greatest joy of my life to work here at KQED, and to serve the people, as our late news director Raul Ramirez used to say. The Do List is almost 10 years old, and it's in good hands with Gabe Meline as our new host, and our new producer, Ashleyanne Krigbaum. They'll bring fresh energy and voices to the show, while staying true to our mission of helping you, the listener, find great shows and good cheer. We share a love of discovering new talent, and performances that help us understand the world better; that help us be more empathetic; that make us better human beings. Please keep listening and reading. Now here's our show for this week. April 25-May 20: A Suzan-Lori Parks play at the American Conservatory Theater confronts the desperate choices of a slave during the Civil War. May 18: The nomadic Ubuntu Theater presents Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog. May 15-20: ODC's Walking Distance Dance Festival offers an antidote to blandness. May 17 and 19: Ghost Ensemble makes music for deep, deep listening. May 10-12: José James performs a tribute to the music of the late, great Bill Withers. May 15: Cartoonist Keith Knight delivers a "Toon Talk" at the Cartoon Art Museum. May 13: On Mother's Day, Ezra Furman at the Independent in San Francisco, a great songwriter and energetic performer. May 17: A Conversation about thethe arts and social justice at Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium with Linda Sarsour, Patrisse Cullors, Favianna Rodriguez and Raquel De Anda. Stanford's A-lan Holt and KQED's Gabe Meline join Cy Musiker for his final episode as host of The Do List. (Nastia Voynovskaya/KQED)

On the Air: Cy and Gabe's Do List Picks for May 4, 2018

We had terrible news this week. San Francisco Chronicle Assistant Managing Editor David Wiegand, my founding co-anchor on The Do List, was found dead in his home on Tuesday. He was omnivorous in his approach to the arts, and together we crafted The Do List out of that ideal, embracing everything from classical to rap, from Shakespeare to the weirdest performance piece, from veteran to young talent. David would have wanted the show to go on, and this week's episode is dedicated to him, and his memory. May 16-20: The New Century Chamber Orchestra offers the West Coast debut of Philip Glass' new piano concerto May 10-24: The Center for Asian American Media's film festival includes a documentary on former San Jose Mayor Norm Mineta. May 9-20: The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Transform Festival asks "where is our public imagination?" May 5-7: Khalid plays the Bay Area, taking a satiric jab at our attitudes toward millennials May 4: The kids are really, really talented at The Oakland School for the Arts in a concert at the Fox in Oakland May 4-July 20: The Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland offers a photography show with intimate, detailed portraits of working-class African Americans. A fond goodbye to former Do List co-anchor David Wiegand The late David Wiegand and Cy Musiker at The Do List Live event at The Chapel in 2015 (KQED)

On the Air: Cy and Nick's Do List Picks for April 27, 2018

The Do List was taken over this week and we're delighted. My co-host is Nick Abraham, a member of KQED's Youth Advisory Board, guitarist in the band Unpopular Opinion, a high school junior at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, and a lover of pop-punk music. He's also a member of the invasion force for KQED's Youth Takeover week, in which we featured news stories and commentary by students from ten Bay Area high schools. Thanks Nick; we'd love to have you co-host again. Here's the show he and I picked: April 29: The California Alliance for Traditional Arts celebrates four bands in which master musicians pass on their knowledge to a new generation April 28-29: The Bay Area Book Festival makes the case that books will never be obsolete. May 5: The Pride Prom returns to Berkeley's 924 Gilman, offering a safe place for LGBTQ teens. April 20-July 15: The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles opens an exhibition on gun violence that proves these are not your grandmother's quilts. May 3 and 4: Joyce Manor and awakebutstillinbed make loud intense music in shows in the North and South Bay. April 27: Los Cenzontles Juvenil, the kids at the Los Cenzontles Cultural Academy, stage a record release show. May 3: Nick Abraham's punk band Backyard Brew plays a gig at Backyard Brew in Palo Alto, and they're good. The Do List got a youth takeover this week from guitarist and KQED Youth Advisory Board Member Nick Abraham (Nadia Voynovskaya)

On the Air: Cy and Ariana's Do List Picks for April 20, 2018

On The Do List this week, we're welcoming the return to the Bay Area of Tony Kushner's mind-bogglingly brilliant play Angels in America, plus an art exhibition in San Jose on the meaning of houses, and two nights with Meshell Ndgeocello, who just happens to be my co-host, KQED Youth Media Manager Ariana Proehl's favorite artist. Take a listen. May 3-4: Meshell Ndgeocello finds healing in song with shows at the Freight and Salvage, and we all feel better April 20-Aug. 19: The San Jose Museum of Art presents an exhibition examining the meaning of the single family home April 20, 21 and 27: Bay Area country band Poor Man's Whiskey celebrates a new album with shows at Hopmonk in Sebastopol and The Great American Music Hall, and join an all star lineup for a North Bay fires fundraiser April 17-July 22: Tony Kushner's play Angels in America returns to the Bay Area, where it was born. April 24: Reveling in the slow jams of young British singer Jorja Smith April 27: Young artists, storytellers and reporters take over KQED News and present a show at the Brava Theatre April 25-29: The Philharmonia Baroque Ochestra wraps up its season with a double dose of Beethoven Ariana Proehl and Cy Musiker out at a gallery (Photo: Courtesy of Chandran Gallery)

On the Air: Cy and Jamedra's Do List Picks for April 13, 2018

Jamedra Brown-Fleischman is back as my Do List co-host this week to talk about San Francisco Ballet's big dance festival, Unbound, and its 12 world premieres — and about another world premiere from San Francisco queer choreographer Sean Dorsey. Plus, we ask: What would possess seasoned Broadway show producers to mash up the Go-Go's pop-punk with an Elizabethan melodrama?! The answers await in the podcast above and the story links below. April 13: The Ibeyi sisters make thrilling music of the African diaspora. April 19-21: Choreographer Sean Dorsey offers a transgender and queer take on how to be a better man. April 20-May 6: SF Ballet's Unbound looks to partially answer the question: Where is dance headed in the 21st century? April 13 & 20: Allan Hall's jazz band Ratatet makes exquisite chamber jazz in shows at Berkeley's Jazz Conservatory and at San Jose's Art Boutiki April 21: The Afro Urban Society and Studio Grand in Oakland present Full Color, a short story written by Itoro Udofia that has been adapted for the stage in an event honoring Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April 10-May 6: Elizabethan melodrama meets the Go-Go's pop-punk in the world premiere of the musical Head Over Heels. SHOUTOUTS! April 21: Drunk Theatre puts actors to a test that no "method" can prepare them for. April 14: The Oakland band Wax Idols has a new album and CD release concert that shows off their morbid sense of punk humor.

On the Air: Rachael and Sahba's Do List Picks for Apr. 7, 2018

Rachael Myrow here, pinch-hitting for Cy Musiker this week. Naturally, I picked a co-host from Palo Alto — visual artist and salon organizer Sabha Shere — and we talked about the upcoming concerts and exhibitions we're most excited about. Apr. 6–8: Science Parties With Pop Culture at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018. Apr. 6: Kronos Quartet Plays Live to Green Fog, a Found Footage Homage to Hitchcock. Apr. 9–14: Other Minds Festival Celebrates Cerebral and Witty Sound Poetry. Mar. 24– Aug. 12: Cult of the Machine Explores the Magnetic Pull of Industrial Design. Mar. 30– Apr. 29: In a Time of Economic Extremes, Shakespeare's Timon Recast as a Silicon Valley CEO. Apr. 6: Haim Plays at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on The Road to Coachella. Apr. 20–22: The Classic Chicano Novel 'Bless Me, Última' Reimagined as an Opera Apr. 20–27: Epic Tale From the Ancient Indian Ramayan Takes Flight in San Francisco

On the Air: Cy and Tomás' Do List Picks for March 23, 2018

Our favorite arts administrator Tomás Riley (formerly with CounterPulse) is back as co-host, and the show is music heavy (a good thing), with electro-pop from Emily Afton, a new song cycle about being black in America by Lawrence Brownlee, and the ugly pop of Skating Polly. Enjoy. March 23 and 24: Emily Afton's wary but positive songs deserve a wider audience March 23: Ingmar Bergman's warmest film, Fanny and Alexander, plays at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley March 27: The San Francisco Public Library screens Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder, Christopher Felver's film about the founder of City Lights Books March 31: Tenor Lawrence Brownlee's updates the classical repertory with a new song cycle about Black Lives Matter. March 31: The Living Earth Show presents Affirmative Action a concert by five composers of color March 15-July 8: An exhibition celebrates Rube Goldberg's slapstick inventions and serious editorial cartoons March 24 and May 6: Diana Gameros makes traditional songs fresh again March 27: Skating Polly makes ugly pop that is so beautiful March 29-April 1: Richard Fouts play about how the Vietnam era draft changed the lives of a generation April 14: The Teen Poetry Slam returns to Youth Speaks Tomas Riley and Cy Musiker of KQED (Photo: Chloe Veltman/KQED)

On the Air: Cy and A-lan's Do List Picks for March 9, 2018

My co-host this week is A-lan Holt, a playwright and co-director for the Center for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford. To no one's surprise, we talked about the plays we're most excited about at Bay Area theaters. But there's lots of music on the show too, including a new violin concerto by film score master Danny Elfman and tropical rocker Hollie Cook. Check it out. March 10: Vermont folkie Henry Jamison's tells eloquent love stories in song. Feb. 16-April 7: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle's smokey portraits work to rescue the victims of sex trafficking. March 1-24: The women in Crowded Fire Theater's production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. tear down the patriarchy March 9-11: Theater with brackets in 'Marsh Madness 'at The Marsh Theater. March 16-31: The Ubuntu Theater Project offers the West Coast premiere of Oakland native Marcus Gardley's memory play Dance of the Holy Ghosts. March 10 and 11: The Stanford Symphony features the genre hopping music of Danny Elfman. March 28: The luscious "tropical pop" of singer Hollie Cook. SHOUTOUTS: March 16: The New Century Chamber Orchestra teams up with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Hope, music director for both ensembles. March 15: Brava in the Mission continues its salon series with a discussion by choreographer Amara Tabor Smith, director Ellen Sebastian Chang, multi-media artist Alexa C. Burell (aka LEXAGON), and somatic scholar Amber McZeal Do List co-hosts A-lan Holt and Cy Musiker (Photo: Nastia Voynovskaya/KQED)

On The Air: Cy Musiker and John Vanderlice's Do LIst Picks for March 2, 2018

It's always fun when Tiny Telephone owner and founder John Vanderslice joins me as co-host. For one thing, he's worked with just about everybody in the Bay Area music scene. He likes all kinds of genres and performance art, and he's just the nicest guy. On the show, we covered performacnes ranging from Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa at Yoshi's to the anarchic hip hop of BROCKHAMPTON. Enjoy. March 9, 10, and 12: Omar Sosa's Afro-Cuban trio make jazz for chilling March 14-18: Avant-garde dance presenter CounterPulse stages its first annual festival March 2, 9, and 10: Mortified Live returns to the Bay Area, offering participants a chance to exorcise their inner dweeb March 9: Las Cafeteras and Flor de Toloache bring their revolutionary Mexican folk music to the Fox in Oakland March 9 and 11: Close harmonies come naturally to the T Sisters March 3-4: BROCKHAMPTON is the internet's first boy band SHOUTOUT March 6: John Vanderslice loves the mathematically precise rock of Palm at the Rickshaw Stop SHOUTOUT March 6: Oakland's Magic Circle celebrates women magicians at Bjornson Hall in Oakland Indie music producer John Vanderslice cohosts the Do List for Oct. 6, 2017 with KQED's Cy Musiker (Photo: Howard Gelman/KQED)

On The Air: Cy Musiker and John Vanderlice's Do LIst Picks for March 2, 2018

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