Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 20, 2022: Kathy Geritz – Joan Didion

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and animated by Richard Wolinsky.

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Djibril Diop Mambety

Kathy Geritz, film curator at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, discusses the films of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety with animator Richard Wolinsky. A series of films by and about the director from Friday January 21 to Sunday February 6.

Djibril Diop Mambety (1945-1998) directed two feature films, Touki Bouki and Hyenas, and a handful of short films, but despite his limited production, his singular style and his bold looks at Senegalese life and the divisions between rich and poor, and the legacy of colonialism make him a major figure in world cinema and, of course , African cinema .

These films, as well as documentaries on the life and work of Mambety, are screened during various evenings at the BAM/PFA.

Touki Bouki and his first short film, City of the Contras, can be found on the Criterion app. Hyenas, two of his shorts, The franc and The little girl who sold the sun, accompanied by a documentary, A thousand suns, are on the free Kanopy app from local libraries. A look at the making of Touki Bouki, The Prince of Colobane, is available on YouTube.

Wikipedia page Mambéty.


Jeanne Didion (1934-2021), renowned essayist, novelist, screenwriter, social critic and journalist, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded at KPFA studios on October 21, 2003.

Joan Didion died on December 23, 2021 at the age of 87. Columnist of the American times, she is the author of several novels, including Play it as it is and the The last thing he wanted the brilliant essay of a book on mourning, The Year of Magical Thinking, and several collections of essays including Advance to Bethlehem. His storylines include The panic in the park of the needle, true confessions, and the 1976 A star is born, most of them co-written with her husband, John Gregory Dunne.

This interview was done while she was on tour for her collection of essays, where i came from. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, only the first part of the interview was recorded before the computer and backup failed.

Cover photo: Joan Didion at the Brooklyn Film Festival, 2008. Creative Commons.

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Book Interview/Events and Theater Links

Note: Most in-person events require proof of full vaccination for all members of the public over the age of 12 and masks; The San Francisco Symphony and BroadwaySF will require proof of boosters beginning February 1, 2022. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors testing positive for COVID. Other shows have already been canceled (see below). Check the site for closures, ticket refunds and vaccination status requirements before you arrive. Dates are indoor performances, unless otherwise stated. Hourly Pacific Standard Time.

Bay Area Book Festival Bay Area Book Festival, May 7-8, 2022,
Passage of the book. Calendar for January. Mix of online and in-store events.
Books Inc. Mix of online and in-store events.
The bookstore Calendar for January. Online events only.
Literary Arts Center, San Jose. Check the website for archived events.
Kepler’s books Update the program listings on the page online.

Live theater companies
Alter Theatre. To come up: Hitch by Tara Moses.
American Conservatory Theater Freestyle Love Supreme opens January 21, 2022 at the Geary Theatre.
Aurora Theater What I know postponed to September 2022. Please contact the box office for refunds.
Awesome theater company. Now online: Jersey Devil’s Game, on Vimeo.

Berkeley Representative swept away, January 9 – March 22, 2022. Mike Birbiglia, January 4-23. 2022. Fran Lebowitz, January 22-26, 2022.
Brava Theater Center: See the page for updated listings.
BroadwaySF: Tourism companies: The group visit, January 11 – February 6, 2022, Golden Gate.
Broadway San Jose: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, January 18-23. Riverdance 25th Anniversary canceled.
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) Br’er Peach, until January 11, 2022. Romeo and Juliet May 25 – June 19, 2022.
Central works Audio playback: Passers-by by Patricia Milton, streaming now. The human ounce by Nicole Parizeau, streaming now. 2022 season to come.
Cinnabar Theater. Cyrano by Edmond Rostand, streaming from January 21 to 23. Amy and the orphans starts February 11 February.
Contra Costa Civic Theater See website for listings.
VSyouRran Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Now playing. Taylor Mac videos available online.
Tailor-made theater Zac & Siah, or Jesus in a body bag postponed.
42n/a Moon Street. fun house, February 3-22. 2022, Gateway Theatre.
Historical musical theatre. Schedule to come to come.
Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Schedule to come to come.
Magic Theatre. The good ones by Miranda Rose Hall, February 2-20.
Marine Theater Company Go over by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, January 27 – February 20.
Mission Cultural Center of Latin Arts Upcoming events page.
New conservatory theater center Gently on the creek by Martin Sherman canceled his last weekend; NCTC negotiates broadcast rights. Getting There by Tipika Guha has been cancelled.
Oakland Theater Project. The 2022 season begins with Shakespeare Storm, from February 11 to March 6, 2022, at FLAX art & design, 1501 MLK, Oakland.
Pear Theatre. At the theatre : Mountain top by Katori Hall, from January 21 to February 13, 2022.
PianoFight. Schedule of shows. Expansion at The Flight Deck in Oakland. SF Sketchfest, from January 7 to 23.
Ray of light: Upcoming shows.
San Francisco Theater. twelfth night, a musical adaptation. On demand extended until January 29, 2022. Heroes of the Fourth Turn opens January 20, indoors only.
SFBATCO See the website for upcoming streaming and indoor shows. Me too, I sing America on the main stage, from January 28 to February 13.
San José Stage Company: Strange Courtesies by L. Peter Callender, which is scheduled to open in January, has been postponed to spring 2023. Coming soon: August: Osage County, from March 30 to April 24, 2022.
Shotgun players. Babes in Holland has been cancelled. Contact the box office for refunds. strange passage by Stew, from March 5 to April 10/
The Breath project. Continuous archive.
Marsh : Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Rhino Theater Staged reading: Kingdom by Michael Allen Harris, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 4229 18th St., SF. Hold me the forgotten path, now streaming. Diffusion: Essential Services Project, designed and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances are now available on demand.
Silicon Valley Works Theater. Hershey Felder as Chopin, which was scheduled to open in January, has been postponed to August 17, 2022. Sense and sensitivity, a musical, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, March 9-April 3, Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto, also available for streaming.
Word for word. See the WORD webpage for WORDcast streaming availability.

Miscellaneous Announcements:
Ongoing film series.
San Francisco chamber music: Calendar, February 13 – May 8, 2022.
Dance Mission Theater. Calendar of events on stage.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings, from January 16 to June 10, 2022.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Calendar listings.

Playbill List of streaming rooms: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international plays and musicals streaming. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.
National theatrical distribution: Pieces to come from across the country.
Filmed musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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