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Not a Genuine Black Man ~ Christine Goerke as Elektra ~ Taylor Mac’s ’History of Popular Music'

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Bay Area actor, comedian, radio talk show host, playwright and author Brian Copeland, about the remounting of his show ‘Not a Genuine Black Man’ at The Marsh in San Francisco (now through October 21).

In his funny and poignant show, Copeland recounts the struggles he and his family faced when he grew up in the seventies in San Leandro, then known as one of the most racist suburbs in the United States. ‘Not a Genuine Black Man’ debuted at The Marsh more than 10 years ago, and has become the longest running solo play in San Francisco theatrical history.

From San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Elektra’, we talk with dramatic soprano Christine Goerke, who sings the title role in this opera by Richard Strauss, which is based on classical Greek mythology. Also joining the conversation is maestro Henrik Nanasi, making his San Francisco Opera conducting debut with this opera.  ‘Elektra’ runs through September 27. (The interview starts around minute 22:20 in the  audio file, above)...

Plus, we talk with actor, singer-songwriter, and performance artist Taylor Mac about his ‘24-Decade History of Popular Music’, at the Curran in San Francisco. With only four SF performances (September 15, 17, 22, and 24), this ‘24-Decade History of Popular Music’ is Taylor Mac’s multi-year effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through a unique mash-up of music, history, performance, and art that were popular throughout the country, from 1776 to the present day

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 14 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…