October Highlights: Meow Meow, the Sporting Season, and Fiery Flamenco
Editor's Picks for the month.
Meow Meow come to town.
An Audience with Meow Meow, Berkeley Rep, through Oct. 19.
By Matthew Craggs
The international sensation Meow Meow comes to Berkeley Repertory Theatre—by way of London’s West End, Australia, and Shanghai—for a night of sexy cabaret filled with humor, insight, and plenty of good, mostly clean, fun. Decked out in sequins, Meow Meow owns the elaborate stage sets that add oomph to her already boisterous cabaret song and dance. The Australian native enlists a few dancing boys—and a few, lucky, audience members—to romp through her revue that decries inequality and judgment and celebrates love, peace, and the stage kitty in all of us. From the moment she steps on stage, it’s clear that Meow Meow loves an audience and, by the end of the show, it’s equally clear that the audience loves her.
Dates and times vary, $29–$89. Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyRep.org.
Highlights of the sporting season.Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers. Oct. 12, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, www.Raiders.com.Cal Women’s Soccer vs. Utah. Oct. 17, UC-Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals. Oct. 19, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, www.Raiders.com.Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers. Oct. 21, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets. Oct. 24, Oracle Arena, Oakland, www.NBA.com/Warriors.Cal Women’s Soccer vs. Oregon State. Oct. 31, UC-Berkeley, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, www.CALBears.com.
Spanish for the Ears and Feet
Fiery flamenco performances all month long.If your soul burns with the fire of flamenco, the Easy Bay hosts three upcoming performances to stoke the flames and have you burning up without leaving your seat. Duende hosts two flamenco performances in October, but if that’s not enough to get your heart racing, the Bay Area Flamenco Festival is sure to chill you, thrill you, and fulfill you. Caminos Flamencos. Oct. 4, 9:30–11 p.m., $15. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland, www.DuendeOakland.com. Bay Area Flamenco Festival. Oct. 9, 8 p.m., $30–$50. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.LaPena.org. Theatre Flamenco. Oct. 17, 9:30–11 p.m., $15. Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland, www.DuendeOakland.com.
Warren Hellman Remembered
The Contemporary Jewish Museum honors the man behind San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.The Contemporary Jewish Museum welcomes a new permanent exhibition in the cubed Yud Gallery, a tribute to Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman. The exhibition is largely film-based with never-before-seen by the public footage of the San Francisco benefactor and music enthusiast. The exhibition also includes some of Hellman’s prized music memorabilia such as a signed banjo and a jacket studded with rhinestones in the shape of the Star of David.If you’re unfamiliar with the life of Warren Hellman, drop in on one of his legacies, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (Oct. 3–5, www.HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com). The music festival, held in Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow, features close to 80 performers including Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Laurie Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Robbie Fulks, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman continues as an ongoing exhibition at the CJM.