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An Afro-Cuban legend, a comedy about shutting the (expletive) up and an opera/electronica concert top my Weekend Top 10 for Oct. 12-15 what do ballerinas put in their pointe shoes. 1 Omar Sosa: The Cuban-born, former East Bay pianist, composer and world music ambassador has created a wealth of sublime music since the mid-1980s. In the nearly 30 albums he has released as a solo artist, collaborator or band leader, Sosa has followed the interwoven paths of African, Latin and jazz/improvisational music in countless directions, guided by his talent, creativity and deep sense of spirituality. He’s based in Europe now, so his visits to the Bay Area should always be noted. If you missed his April shows at SFJazz and Santa Cruz, you can catch Sosa and his acclaimed Quarteto AfroCubano Oct. 15 at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage..
Details: 7 p.m.; $40-$44; 510-644-2020, thefreight.org. 2 “Small Mouth Sounds”: Bess Wohl’s raved-about comedy follows a group of suffering urbanites as they gather for a retreat under the guidance of a famous guru who commands that they give up their most desired crutches — even speaking. After a couple of wildly successful off-Broadway runs, the challenging comedy opens a national tour at San Francisco’s The Strand, presented by American Conservatory Theater. Details: In previews through Oct. 24, main run is Oct. 25-Dec what do ballerinas put in their pointe shoes. 10; $25-$100; www.act-sf.org..
3 Operatronica: San Francisco’s edgy Opera Lab, which offers not-your-grandfather’s opera performances in intimate settings, heads to San Francisco’s trendy Mezzanine dance/rock nightclub for its latest production, which it describes as a marriage of opera and electronica. Hosted by stage director Aria Umezawa and bass vocalist Anthony Reed, the show features San Francisco Opera Adler fellows performing with the Bay Area DJ troupe Loves Company. Details: 9 p.m. $20-$40; sfoperalab.com. 4 American Brass Quintet: The acclaimed group has gained fame through its residences with the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. It comes to Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall Oct. 15 to perform a wide-ranging, centuries-spanning program that includes everything from 16th-century canons to Steven Franklin’s work “Three Romances,” which received its world premiere this summer what do ballerinas put in their pointe shoes.
Details: 2:30 p.m.; $22-$65; live.stanford.edu. 5 JACK Quartet: This New York City foursome, dedicated to no-holds-barred interpretations of contemporary classical fare, has been dubbed “superheroes of the new music world” by the Boston Globe what do ballerinas put in their pointe shoes. They land at Herbst Theatre on Oct. 13 to perform Ari Streisfeld’s adaptation of Carlo Gesualdo’s “Sixth Book of Madrigals” as well as works by John Zorn, Joshua Roman, Amy Williams and Jefferson Friedman. Details: Presented by San Francisco Performances; 7:30 p.m.; $40-$65; sfperformances.org..
6 “Strange Ladies”: Nov. 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the “Night of Terror,” when 33 members of the Silent Sentinels woman’s suffrage movement who had been picketing the White House were incarcerated in a Virginia workhouse and tortured and brutalized by several guards and their superintendent. This new musical by Susan Sobeloff focuses on the Silent Sentinels, as they dealt with the pressures of demanding their rights at a time that the U.S. was entering World War I what do ballerinas put in their pointe shoes. Details: Presented by Central Works; Saturday through Nov. 12; Berkeley City Club, Berkeley; $20-$30; centralworks.org..