A Guide to Hot Summers in the Bay Area Arts and Entertainment

Shonette Sulker as Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar at West Edge Opera Photo: Corey Weaver

Even in the 21st century, the cyclical rhythms of American cultural life retain their roots in the country’s pastoral past. Summer is coming, and life – at least, so you want to believe in the song – is easy. So we downshift a bit.

This is the time of open-air concerts, exciting street festivals, light and fresh snacks. We can get serious again after Labor Day.

But that doesn’t mean the Bay Area’s artistic cornucopia gets less crowded between June and August. On the contrary, as the art critics and writers of The Chronicle can tell you, the award promises to be as complete as ever.

Kevin Rolston in the solo show “Deal with the Dragon” Photo: Studio Ben Krantz

This summer, the museum hosts exhibitions dedicated to the work of Alison Knowles and Diego Rivera. He brings new productions of Handel’s Julius Caesar to the West Edge Opera in Auckland and Bellini’s Norma to the Festival Opera in Walnut Creek. He presents a reworked version of the famous solo show “Dragon Deal” San Francisco performer and playwright Kevin Rolston.

Pop stars Halsey and Shawn Mendes, as well as some nostalgic folks like Alanis Morissette and Durand Duran, should also be in town before the festival season comes to an end and Outside Lands returns to its usual spot on the calendar in August. .

A man enjoys Blink-182 at Outside Lands on Friday, August 8th. September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Paul Kuroda/Special to The Chronicle

If that’s not enough to quench your thirst on a hot summer evening, don’t worry—there’s more on tap!

Life may move a little slower, but art remains a constant source of inspiration and pleasure.

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