En­ter­tain­ment fun for whole fam­ily

A jazz gui­tarist like no other

The Mercury News - - Eye - — Randy Mc­Mullen, Staff

The Chevron Fam­ily The­atre Fes­ti­val is back for its 13th year, of­fer­ing a dizzy­ing blend of magic, theater, live mu­sic, dance and gen­eral mer­ri­ment. On Satur­day, Wal­nut Creek’s Lesher Cen­ter for the Arts will host a dozen acts in­clud­ing pop­u­lar ma­gi­cian (and Bay Area na­tive) Alex Ramon, the en­gag­ing art/per­for­mance troupe Ar­tra­geous, the drum­mers of San Jose Taiko, a per­for­mance of “Cin­derella” by the youth­ful Fan­tasy Fo­rum Ac­tors En­sem­ble, and much more. Per­for­mances are both in­side and out­side the Lesher Cen­ter, and at­ten­dees will have a chance to in­ter­act with some of the en­ter­tain­ers in­volved. Plus, there will be booths along Lo­cust Street of­fer­ing act­ing ex­er­cises, face paint­ing and more fun stuff. Details: 10a.m.-4p.m.; tick­eted per­for­mances are $5 each, other shows are free; 925-9437469, www.lesher­arts­cen­ter.org.

Poised on jazz’s ex­per­i­men­tal edge, Mary Halvor­son is a gui­tarist, com­poser and im­pro­viser who has cre­ated an ex­pan­sive and ut­terly un­pre­dictable body of mu­sic. She per­forms with two over­lap­ping but very dif­fer­ent groups over the course of a four-night SFJazz res­i­dency in the in­ti­mate Joe Hen­der­son Lab. To­day and Fri­day, she’s with the co­op­er­a­tive trio Thumb­screw, fea­tur­ing mas­ter bassist Michael For­manek and tex­ture-minded drum­mer To­mas Fu­ji­wara, an en­sem­ble that re­leased the 2018 com­pan­ion al­bums “Ours” and “Theirs” (both on Cuneiform). On Satur­day and Sun­day, Halvor­son takes the helm with Code Girl, her quin­tet fea­tur­ing For­manek, Fu­ji­wara, vo­cal­ist Amirtha Ki­dambi and 24-year-old trum­pet phe­nom­e­non Adam O’Far­rill. In­tro­duced last year on the al­bum “Code Girl” (Firehouse 12 Records), the project cen­ters on Halvor­son’s spikey, melod­i­cally com­pressed songs, de­liv­ered by Ki­dambi with calm and self-pos­sessed pre­ci­sion. Details: 7 and 8:30 p.m. to­day through Satur­day, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sun­day; SFJazz Cen­ter, San Fran­cisco; $30; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org. — An­drew Gil­bert, Cor­re­spon­dent

Clas­sic rock films show in Berke­ley

The tri­umph, tragedy and oc­ca­sional all-out weird­ness of rock ’n’ roll comes alive in a film se­ries play­ing through the sum­mer at the Berke­ley Art Mu­seum and Pa­cific Film Ar­chive. Ti­tled, ap­pro­pri­ately, “It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll,” the se­ries con­tin­ues this week­end with a screen­ing of the ac­claimed doc­u­men­tary “Gimme Shel­ter” by Al­bert and David Maysles and Char­lotte Zw­erin. The doc­u­men­tary cap­tures the Rolling Stones’ 1969con­cert tour and cul­mi­nates with the ill-fated Al­ta­mont Free Con­cert, the Tracy fes­ti­val marred by the stab­bing death of a con­cert­goer at the hands of a Hells An­gels mem­ber. It screens 8:45 p.m. Fri­day. Other films in the se­ries in­clude the reg­gae star Jimmy Cliff film “The Harder They Come” (July 27); a free out­door screen­ing of “Mon­terey Pop” (Aug. 8); David Bowie’s clas­sic con­cert doc­u­men­tary “Ziggy Star­dust and the Spi­ders From Mars” (Aug. 16) and Martin Scors­ese’s bril­liant “The Last Waltz” (Aug. 24). Details: Through Aug. 31; Berke­ley Art Mu­seum and Pa­cific Film Ar­chive; most screen­ings $9-$13; bampfa. org.


Ma­gi­cian Alex Ramon per­forms at the Lesher Cen­ter for the Arts dur­ing the Chevron Fam­ily The­atre Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.


Mary Halvor­son, right, re­unites with her Code Girl en­sem­ble for the fi­nal two nights of a four-night run at SFJazz Cen­ter.


From left, David Maysles, Mick Jag­ger, Al­bert Maysles and Char­lie Watts ap­pear in a scene from the ac­claimed 1970 doc­u­men­tary “Gimme Shel­ter,” screen­ing Fri­day at the Berke­ley Art Mu­seum and Pa­cific Film Ar­chive.

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