Thing to do in the San Francisco Bay Area - Weekend Guide

We have a full dance card for the coming week. Those interested in the stage, food and wine, and getting out to see live events will, once again, have no shortage of quality events to chose from.

Some of our favorites this week include a brush with the master himself, Picasso, a food and wine extravaganza in the Napa Valley, a Broadway hit and true life story about a political leader who believes he is being haunted by the ghost of his comrade, and (the first of the season that we’ve spotted) a Christmas show.

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More information below on some of the most interesting things to do over the coming week.

Support the arts scene here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and head out to your local performing venues.

Let the show begin…


My Weekend with Picasso - Herbert Siguenza as Pablo Picasso (photo
Herbert Siguenza as Pablo Picasso.

San Jose Stage Company

Runs through December 7, 2014

Three years ago the actor/writer Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash) had the audacity to write an original play and star as Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist in modern history. With a skill that will amaze you, the actor draws and paints onstage, in real time during every performance! Go back to 1957 and spend three days with a genius inside his private studio on the southern coast of France.


Flavor Napa Valley! - Preview of event with Chef Michael Chiarello

Various locations across the Napa Valley

November 19-23, 2014

Flavor! Napa Valley Celebration of Food, Wine & Fun is an annual event that features world‐class Napa Valley wines alongside the Napa Valley’s master chefs and graduates of The Culinary Institute of America’s culinary education programs. Net proceeds from the event support programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA. Chefs appearing this year include Michael Chiarello, Rocco Dispirito, Corrie Beezley, and Todd English, among many more, plus winemakers and sommeliers.

WATCH: PREVIEW of Flavor! Napa Valley



Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley

Runs through December 14, 2014

Haunted by his bloody past, Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe seeks treatment from a white psychiatrist. The sessions quickly morph into a perilous power struggle between doctor and patient, shedding light on a country in crisis, the complex nature of the human mind, and the evil of absolute power.


Truce-City-Lights-theater TRUCE: A CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE GREAT WAR - City Lights Theater Company

City Lights Theater Company, San Jose

Opens: November 22, 2014

Commemorating the centennial of the “Christmas Truce” — in which World War I troops on both sides of the lines staged an impromptu cease-fire on the battlefields of France in 1914 — this world-premiere commission tells the story of the truce through scenes, vignettes, live music and song, letters and documents from the period, and other historical accounts. The play extends to audiences the Christmas wish of so many who fought and died in all wars: that mankind may one day lay down his weapons and, in the true spirit of the season, be proponents of Peace on Earth, and Goodwill toward Men.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.