Bookwaves/Artwaves – January 4, 2024: Martin Amis – Amos Oz

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Links to assorted local theater & book venues 

Martin Amis (1949-2023), in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in the KPFA studio on a book tour for “The Zone of Interest,” October 29, 2014
Novelist and essayist Martin Amis died of cancer on May 19, 2023 at the age of 73, leaving behind such novels as The Rachel Papers, London Fields, The Information, and his last memoir-cum-novel, Inside Story. On October 29th, 2014, Richard Wolinsky conducted the last of five interviews with Martin Amis, about Amis’s then most recent novel, The Zone of Interest. A new film adaptation of that novel recently opened to rave reviews. Complete Interview


Amos Oz (1939-2018), author of “A Tale of Love and Darkness” and other books, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in San Francisco in December 7, 2004, while he was on tour for his memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”. Encore podcast originally posted on January 13, 2019.

Amos Oz, the noted Israeli novelist, short story writer, essayist and peace activist, and perennial Nobel Prize candidate, died on December 28th, 2018 at the age of 79. The author of forty books, he was a firm believer in the two-state solution who felt, over the previous decade, that the hope for peace appears to be slipping away. Today, it’s gotten worse of course.

Today his greatest work is considered to be the memoir of his family, set against the background of the rise of Nazi Germany, World War II, and the formation of the state of Israel, and culminating in the suicide of his mother. A Tale of Love and Darkness, was published in Israel in 2002 and two years later in the United States.

Complete Interview



Book Interview/Events and Theatre Links

Note: Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination and mask requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. Some venues operate Tuesday – Sunday; others Wednesday or Thursday through Sunday. All times Pacific Time. Closing dates are sometimes extended.

Book Stores
Bay Area Book Festival  Event calendar and links to previous events.
Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.
Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.
The Booksmith.  Monthly Event Calendar.
Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. See website for Book Club guests in upcoming months.
Green Apple Books. Events calendar.
Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings.

Live Theater Companies
Actor’s Reading Collective (ARC).  See website for past streams.
African American Art & Culture Complex.
See website for calendar.
Alter Theatre. See website for upcoming productions.
American Conservatory Theatre  Big Data by Kate Attwell, February 15 – March 10, 2024, Toni Rembe Theater.
Aurora Theatre  Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle, February 9 – March 10. Streaming:  March 5-10.
Awesome Theatre Company. See website for upcoming productions.
Berkeley Rep Just For Us, written and performed by Alex Edelman, January 9 – 24, Peets Theatre.
Berkeley Shakespeare Company. See website for upcoming productions.
Boxcar Theatre. See website for upcoming shows.
Brava Theatre Center: See calendar for current and upcoming productions.
BroadwaySF: See website for assorted upcoming events in 2024. Disney’s The Lion King, November 22 – December 30, Orpheum.
Broadway San Jose:  Chicago, February 23-25. Mean Girls, March 19-24.
California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes). See website for events.
Center Rep: Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, directed by Jeffrey Lo. January 6-28.
Central Works  Boss McGreedy written and directed by Gary Graves, March 2-13.
Cinnabar Theatre. The Last Five Years, January 5-21, 2024,
Club Fugazi. Josh Kornbluth’s Citizen Brain, Jan 10-14. Dear San Francisco returns February 9.
Contra Costa Civic Theatre Upcoming season to be announced.
Curran Theater: See website for upcoming live events. Single night events in 2024 include Fran Lebowitz, Laurie Anderson, William H. Macy, John Cusack, Joe Jackson.
Custom Made Theatre. In hibernation.
Cutting Ball Theatre. You Did It by Payson Whitwell. Postponed to early January.
42nd Street Moon. Falsettos, February 29 – March 17, 2024.
Golden Thread  Upcoming season to be announced.
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming productions to be announced.
Magic Theatre. Miriam and Esther go to the Diamond District by Andrea Gordon, Rainbow Zebra Productions, January 18-28, 2024.
Marin Theatre Company Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein, May 9 – June 2, 2024.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC)  Ruthless, December 1 – January 7.
Oakland Theater Project.  Cost of Living by Martyna Majek, March 1-24, 2024.
Pear Theater. For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Sarah Ruhl. February 9 – March 3, 2024.
Presidio Theatre. See website for schedule of events and performances.
Ray of Light: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, June 1 – 23, 2024. See website for Spotlight Cabaret Series at Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
San Francisco Playhouse. Guys and Dolls,  November 16 – January 13.
SFBATCO See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.
San Jose Stage Company: People Where They Are by Antony Clarvoe. January 31 – February 25, 2024..
Shotgun Players.  Babes in Ho-lland by Deneen Reynolds Knott. January 15 – February 4.
South Bay Musical Theatre: A Little Night Music, January 27 – February 17, 2024.
The Breath Project. Streaming archive.
The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.
Theatre Rhino  Billy, written and directed by John Fisher, February 1-18, 2024. Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson, January 17 – February 3,  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Word for Word.  See website for upcoming productions.

Misc. Listings:
On View calendar for BAM/PFA.
Berkeley Symphony: See website for listings.
Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, 2023 Season.
Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.
San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings.
San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.

Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.

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