Bay Area Theater & Art

Swift Justice, Bellarmine • October 5-8

Bellarmine Alumni Theatre’s production of Swift Justice chronicles events surrounding the 1933 kidnapping and murder of young Brooke Hart, a Bellarmine alumnus and heir to the Hart Department Store family fortune. The subsequent vigilante hanging of the suspects in St. James Park is one of San Jose’s darkest moments. The drama was written by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery ’63 and his nephew, John McEnery ’86, based upon the book written by the late San Jose Mercury News writer Harry Farrell. more

SF Mime Troupe WALLS • July 4

Written by Michael Gene Sullivan – the Tony-Award mime troupe’s performance asks “How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?”
Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka), a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero), an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from… here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years suddenly Zaniyah is a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones – the woman she loves?

Cedar Rose Park, Berkeley, July 2;  Part of SF LaborFest Dolores Park, July 4, Live Oak Park, July 8 & 9


Daughter of a Garbageman • June 1 – July 15

Continued run in Berkeley…ICBA special discount $10 off code “Garbage10”

“Daughter of a Garbageman” is a tale of Maureen Langan’s 1970’s upbringing in New Jersey. Her Irish mother and Bronx-born father, a New York City sanitation worker, told her to work hard, get educated and life would reward her.

Maureen Langan is a journalist turned standup comic and talk show host. Maureen has performed on Broadway with Rosie O’Donnell and has opened for Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, Joy Behar and Gladys Knight.  She’s been featured on HBO, Gotham Live, Comics Unleashed, CBS, FOX, and HLN.  She’s performed at festivals in Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK. Daughter of a Garbageman completed a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August.

“She has something to say about family, relationships, self-acceptance and American culture and is willing to be completely honest without sacrificing her killer since of humor.” –SF Examiner

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
Use code “Garbage10” for discount

June 1 – July 15 | Berkeley
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm (except June 17 & June 22

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Bay Area Art & Artists

Mark Curran, Museum of Capitalism • to July 21

The Museum of Capitalism opens its inaugural exhibition with a series of multimedia exhibits created by a diverse network of artists, scholars, and ordinary citizens, exploring the historical phenomenon of capitalism and its intersections with themes like race, class, and environment in the United States.


Art behind the Spirit of Ireland Award

San Jose sculptor Harry Powers was one of the San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland award recipients in 2015. Back in 2009 the artist and San Jose State University Professor Emeritus Powers was commissioned to create a thematic award for the sister city union. He said of his award sculpture, an undulating ribbon of bronze, “Of course, it goes back to James Joyce and ‘river run’ in the first and last lines of ‘Finnegans Wake,’. There’s a river through the middle of San Jose and a river through the middle of Dublin, so I seized on that as a sister-city piece.”

Check out more on the story behind the sculpture in this YouTube clip, and visit Harry Powers website

The San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland Awards are presented annually to individuals or companies whose accomplishments have exemplified the relationship between San Jose in Silicon Valley and Dublin, Ireland.

past recipients of the Spirit Of Ireland Award