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FolkSi ~ 2018 SF International Film Festival ~ Bridges of Madison County ~ Rodgers & Hammerstein

Prabhakar Subrahmanyam
FolkSi, the Silicon Valley Folk Festival, features multicultural folk dances from nine countries. This Saturday at the School of Arts & Culture in San Jose… ";

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine on the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulippe talks with Usha Srinavasan and Priya Das about FolkSi, the Silicon Valley Folk Festival, this Saturday in San Jose.

The festival, presented at the School of Arts & Culture (Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave), features multicultural folk dances from nine countries (Brazil, China, Congo, Hawaii, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Scotland), performed by local artists.

Also stopping by is Noah Cowan, Executive Director of SFFILM, to share details about the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 4 - 17 at venues across the Bay Area. This year’s edition of the festival includes honors for Wayne Wang, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, and a special tribute to Charlize Theron at the Castro Theater on April 8.

Among the festival’s live events are A Thousand Thoughts – a ‘live documentary’ by Sam Green, about (and with) the Kronos Quartet (Castro Theater, April 10); and ‘A Celebration of Oddball Films’ with a live soundtrack by Marc Capelle's Red Room Orchestra (Castro Theater, April 9).

From TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, we meet with executive director Phil Santora who brings us up to speed about the production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County, based on the 1992 bestselling novel by Robert James Waller.

The Bridges of Madison County is directed by TheatreWorks’ artistic director and founder Robert Kelley, and runs from April 4 - 29 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro Street).

Plus, Open Air’s regular contributor and critic at large, Peter Robinson reviews the book Something Wonderful by Todd Purdum, about the collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein (1895–1960), the creators of classic Broadway musicals such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 29 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…