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We celebrate the work and life of Amiri Baraka with Cecil Brown, who hosts panels Sat., Nov. 7, at East Side Cultural Center in Oakland at Baraka's Birthday Party Celebration & Monday at the Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco, and Justin Desmangles, who hosts a discussion with Baraka at the San Francisco Main Library, Sun., Nov. 8, 1 PM. Baraka just turned 75 and is in town through Nov. 9; Fannie Lou Hammer Opera: "Dark River" Nov. 12-22 at Oakland Metro Opera, oaklandopera.org, with composer Mary Watkins, Taiwo Seitu-Kujichagulia, actress, and director; Michael Dailey is Prince Charming in Opera San Jose's production of La Cenerentola, Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 tender and madcap version of Cinderella. Eight performances are scheduled from November 14 through 29 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Dailey performs Nov. 14, 19, 22, 24. We close with show with a conversation with Capo Verdean singer, Sara Taravares who appears at SFJAZZ tonight, 8 PM at the Herbst. Visit www.sfjazz.org (Check later for a special broadcast at 3:30 PM). Instead we had playwrights: Jack Foley & John Curl, along with directors, Michael Lange & Kim McMillon, all a part of "A Night of Short Plays Revisited: Video Screening, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, 3-6 PM, at Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $5-7 at the door. For information call (510) 681-5652.

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