On Wednesday evening, June 22, at 5:30 p.m., Denise Newman and Hazel White invite visitors to join them at the U.C., Botanical Garden at Berkeley for a poetic walk along Strawberry Creek. The two poets have been in residence at the garden, collaborating with its members, volunteers, staff, other poets, and visitors on “Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek: Language Experiments 1.” The event is free with admission to the UC Botanical Garden.
Featuring music of Taiwan, China, Azerbaijan, India, and Uzbekistan, the new Chinese opera Overture to the Sun Archer will premiere at The Presidio Officer’s Club in San Francisco on June 18, 2016, at 7 p.m. The story begins with the long-ago Chinese hero Hou Yi, who saved the earth from scorching by shooting nine suns out of the sky with his bow and arrow. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.
Many years in development, this project was built up on a collaboration between percussionist Wang Wei and Door Dog Music Productions — now SF World Music — with earlier participation by the San Francisco Gu-Zheng Music Society.