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April Arts

Galleries, Theater, and More

Whether you are interested in absorbing innovative art by local artists or flying high with Tinker Bell in the latest production of Peter Pan, there are numerous exciting arts events that push the boundaries of their respective genres this month. Here are a few highlights:

April 3-April 25: New Territory, White Walls Gallery
This month, White Walls Gallery features new works from five artists — three from San Francisco — that are “forging a new aesthetic and conceptual approach to fine art”. Works vary from satirical portraits of public figures to childhood action-figure nostalgia, and more.

April 9-May 9: Girlfriend, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
After a hugely successful run of the theatrical version of Green Day’s American Idiot, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre returns to familiar territory with Girlfriend, a “dual-Romeo duet” musical based on Matthew Sweet’s album of the same name. Sweet, a protégé of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, became a fixture in the Athens, Ga., music scene in the 1980s and scored a Billboard Top 10 hit with the title track.

April 14: Steve Englehart, Cartoon Art Museum
Steve Englehart, a veteran of the comics industry and former lead writer of DC Comics, celebrates the release of his latest novel The Long Man, a story of one ageless man’s fight against evil with the use of “magick” and combat skills. The discussion of Englehart’s career, along with a book signing, begins at 7pm.

April 16: Worldwide Hustlers Opening Reception, Luggage Store Annex Gallery This multidisciplinary installation by Robin David and Angela Angle is inspired by narratives from Mexico, Chile, India, Tanzania, and the Philippines. The stories of street vendors, public markets, transportation workers, and others are told through a variety of mediums. The opening reception is from 6pm-9pm, and the exhibit runs through May 16th.

April 16-May 2: The Sixth Annual CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music, Dance Mission Theater
This year, the festival celebrates the Caribbean diaspora with the theme “From Katrina to Port-au-Prince.” Held over three weekends, the festival features master artists from New Orleans, Haiti, and Cuba.

April 27-August 29: J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, Threesixty Theater at Ferry Park
After weeks of sitting quite, the massive white tent shadowing Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero comes to life with a state-of-the-art production of the J.M. Barrie classic. The production, making its U.S. debut after a run in London, features the first 360-degree video projection for live theater, which allows the cast and audience to “fly” over Edwardian London in a 1,350-seat theatre pavilion.