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Bookwaves/Artwaves – November 10, 2022: Richard Powers – Lisa Ramirez (Part Two)


Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and animated by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to various local theater and reading venues


Richard Powers, author of “Bewilderment”, just released in paperback, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr on September 27, 2021.

Richard Powers is one of America’s most distinguished novelists. In 2006, his novel The echo maker, won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer, and his most recent novel, The dominant storywas shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

“Bewilderment” is the story of a father-son relationship, set in a world slightly different from ours, in which a president like Donald Trump has been re-elected. The father is an astrobiologist exploring planets based on spectroscopic input whose wife died before the book was opened; he deals with his ongoing grief and issues involving his brilliant son who has a host of psychological issues. Long-listed for the National Book Award and receiving stellar reviews, “Bewilderment” is a meditation on grief, love, science and the wonders of nature.

Complete interview of 43 minutes.


Lisa Ramirez, playwright, “The Book of Sand” at the Oakland Theater Project, November 11-December 4, and associate artistic director of the Oakland Theater Project, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Second of two parts.

Lisa Ramirez is a bi-coastal actress and playwright. She recently appeared in “Water by the Spoonful” at the San Francisco Playhouse. Among the pieces she has written are “Exit Cuckoo”, a solo piece about nannies and “To the Bone”. During the pandemic shutdown, she performed a solo version of TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” in a parking lot in Oakland, using radios. She also works with the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles

Oakland Theater Project website.

Book Interview/Events and Theater Links

Note: Most in-person events still require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many sites will require proof of boosters. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to the actors’ positive COVID tests. 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 Highlights of this year’s Festival, May 7-8, 2022 and upcoming schedule.
Passage of the book. Monthly calendar. Mix of online and in-store events.
Books Inc. Mix of online and in-store events.
The bookstore. Monthly calendar. Online events only.
Literary Arts Center, San José. See the website for Book Club guests in the coming months.
Kepler’s books Update the program listings on the page online.

Live theater companies
Actors’ Reading Collective (ARC).
See website for past streams.
Alter Theatre. Coming: Hitch of Tara Moses, Pueblo Revolt by Dillon Chitto
American Conservatory Theater A Christmas Carol, November 30 – December 24, Toni Rembe Theatre.
Aurora Theater Colonialism is terrible, but Pho is delicious by Dustin Chinn, from November 4 to December 2, indoors. Broadcast: December 3 and 4.
Awesome theater company. Check the website for upcoming live shows and streaming.

Berkeley Representative Jerrod Charmichael: Ari told me I lacked focus, November 8-13, Peets Theatre. The Wuthering Heightsadapted and directed by Emma Rice, from November 18 to January 1, Roda Theatre.
Boxcar Theatre. See the website for the event.
Brava Theater Center: See website for events.
BroadwaySF: Ain’t too proud November 9 – December 6, 2022, Golden Gate. Hadesville returns from September 12 to 17, 2023 at the Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose: The Book of Mormon, November 22-27, 2022
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal shakes). 2023 season to come.
Central Representative: Index based on the script, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, October 29 – November 20, 2022.
Central works The museum annex by Mildred Inez Lewis, until November 13, 2022.
Cinnabar Theater. daddy long legsfrom January 6 to 22, 2023.
Contra Costa Civic Theater Master the art by William Brown and Doug Frew, from April 21 to May 21, 2023.
VSyouRran Theatre: An Evening with Nigella Lawson, November 14, 2022.
Tailor-made theater. Shoshana in December. From November 18 to December 18, Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., San Francisco.
42n/a Moon Street. Gypsy in concert, 12-13 November, Théâtre de l’Alcazar.
golden thread The language of wild berries by Nagmeh Samini, recorded during a live performance, streaming until November 13, 2022, on demand.
Historical musical theatre. The Addams Familyuntil November 20, 2022.
Lorraine Hansberry Theater. Halie! The musical Mahalia Jackson, world premiere. From December 2 to 24, at the Magic.
Magic Theatre. The travellers by Luis Alfaro, from February 15 to March 5, 2023. See the website for other theatrical events at the Magic.
Marine Theater Company Two trains in motion by August Wilson, from November 25 to December 18, 2022.
Mission Cultural Center of Latin Arts Upcoming events page.
New Conservatory Theater Center (NCTC) A picture of two boys by Nick Malakhow until November 27, 2022. Oy vey in a manger, by the Kinsey Sicks, from December 7 to 31, 2022.
Oakland Theater Project. Book of sand: a fairy tale by Lisa Ramirez, November 11-December 4, live/on-demand November 26. The Oakland Theater at FLAX.
Pear Theatre. Frankie and Johnny at Moonlight by Terrence McNally, from December 1 to 18, 2022.
PianoFight. Schedule of shows.
Playground. See website for upcoming shows.
Presidio Theater. Sleeping Beauty: Panto at the Presidiofrom December 1 to 30, 2022.
Ray of light: See website for upcoming productions.
San Francisco Theater. As you like it, a musical adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare, from November 17, 2022 to January 14, 2023.
SFBATCO See the website for upcoming streaming and indoor shows.
San José Stage Company: Meet John Doe, a stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s film, from November 23 to December 18, 2023.
Shotgun players. Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy. November 5 – December 30, broadcast November 17, December 1.
South Bay Musical Theatre: The Spitfire Grill, January 28-February 18, 2023.
The Breath project. Continuous archive.
Marsh : Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Rhino Theater A slice of life, world premiere by John Fisher, from November 5 to 27. At the Rhino Theater (formerly Spark Arts). Diffusion: Essential Services Projectconceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances are now available on demand.
Silicon Valley Works Theater. Little Shop of HorrorsNovember 30 – December 24, Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto.
Word for word. See the schedule of live and streaming works.

Miscellaneous Announcements:
On View Calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
San Francisco chamber music: Calendar, season 2023, from February.
Dance Mission Theater. Calendar of events on stage.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
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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