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Nicholas Dirks, an eminent anthropologist and historian in South Asian studies, had moved from Michigan to New York in 1997 to chair the anthropology department at Columbia University. He was unpacking boxes on Aug. 15, the 50th anniversary of Indian independence, when he got a call asking him to come on the Charlie Rose show to talk about that momentous event.
“I didn’t even know who Charlie Rose was,” says Dirks, now the chancellor at UC Berkeley, who was exhausted from unpacking and declined the offer, which he later regretted.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland. www.nkdancetheater.com/anastasio.
Magic Theatre opens its 48th season with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s New York hit, a blistering comic battle over a family heirloom, pitting the very religious Daphna against her secular cousin Liam and his shiksa girlfriend.
The men’s chorus opens its season with “The Gypsy in My Soul,” a program of music ranging from the Renaissance masters Byrd and Victoria to 20th century classics by Kodály, Bartók and Ligeti.
The nine-day affair features 30 events around the Bay Area, ranging from exhibitions and screenings to conferences, talks and performances.
Imagined Geographies — Encaustic Paintings, Photographs, and Prints on Sunday at Oakland Asian Cultural Center Gallery (388 Ninth St., Oakland).
Gottfried Helnwein: “Of Mice and Children,” Gottfried Helnwein’s 16th solo exhibition at Modernism, captures both the internal and external experience of childhood in a series of new and recent paintings of subjects including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
Credit, debt and an economy tugged between old-school physical products and pixelated pixies are just some of the ideas at play in “Promises to Pay in Solid Substance,” a show of mostly new bodies of work by Brooklyn-by-way-of-Canada artist Hugh Scott-Douglas.
Included are the ready-mades of “Economist,” the billboard-derived sculptures of “Heavy Images” and the images-turned-wall-sculpture of “Amazon.com,” which snaps at the Amazon distribution center down the hall from the artist's studio.
The best place to get in the spirit for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Oct. 3-5 in Golden Gate Park, is at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Mission Street, starting Thursday.
“Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman,” a multimedia exhibition, is essentially a continuation of the now-closed Warren Hellman Museum, but in a better location and with better hours and better light.
There you’ll find 54 lawn chairs, blue or green, and a few blankets on the floor, take your pick, to sit down and watch highlights from HSB festivals gone by on the big screen.
“A lot of people have heard about the festival and been interested but not willing to fight the crowds to get out there,” says CJM chief curator Renny Pritikin, who is among those getting his first taste of the event by sitting in a blue chair in the front row, watching Steve Martin pick his banjo on the big screen.
From a Jewish philanthropic point of view,” Pritikin says, “it is about embracing the diversity of American culture and music, everything from Mississippi John Hurt to klezmer.