A few bits and bytes of brand-new news from the bay area arts community:
- Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who was the heart and soul of Fleetwood Mac until his inexplicable dismissal in 2018, has a new solo album on the way, and the accompanying tour will stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall Sept. 27. Buckingham not only survived getting the boot from Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, he came through subsequent open heart surgery with flying colors. Tickets go on sale here Friday. In the “cool shows” department, Ruth is also putting tickets on sale for King Crimson (July 22), Monkees Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz (Oct. 13) and musical satirist Randy Rainbow (Aug. 27).
- Following the recent Uncaged shows at The Factory, American Stage continues its return to live performance with Romeo and Juliet in America (The One With The Happy Ending) on the Williams Park stage July 22-Aug. 1. Tickets for the “modern and bold retelling” of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy have just gone on sale here.
- The Florida Orchestra has signed on to collaborate with Opera Tampa, based at the Straz Center, on the upcoming season, beginning with The Tales of Hoffman in February, and continuing with The Pirates of Penzance in March. Michael Francis will conduct a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria Rusticana in April.
- It’s a long way off – January 29, 2022, to be precise – but Picasso and the Allure of the South is headed for the Dali Museum. This exhibition presents 77 paintings, drawings and collages – approximately half of which have never been seen in the U.S. – from the Musée national Picasso-Paris, which holds the most significant collection of the artist’s work. Something to put on the calendar.