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The royal pair: King Sisyphus and Queenie Pie

By awoodall
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 2:19 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

Two jazz operas are coming to town — SOON.
The first, “The Sisyphus Syndrome”  is by Black power poet-playwright Amiri Baraka and sax-man David Murray. The show begins 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Eastside Cultural Center. 
In “The Sisyphus Syndrome”  the Baraka-Murray duo combines poetry, live music and mixed media to tell the story of African Americans’ struggles in the United States. The Eastside Cultural Center is located at 2277 International Blvd. General admission for the play is $20 and $10 for students up to age 19 with student ID. Discounts are available for student groups by calling 510-533-6629. For more information, visit the Web site www.eastsideartsalliance.org.
Then Friday, an adaptation of jazz great Duke Ellington’s last large-scale work and only opera opens. The premier of the restored opera will be the first time Bay Area audiences will be able to hear “Queenie Pie,” which was unfinished in 1974, when Ellington died.  Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays.
Advance tickets for the show at The Oakland Opera are $28 (or $35 at the door) and can be purchased online at www.oaklandopera.com, by mail (1734 Campbell St., Oakland, Calif., 94607) or by calling 510-763-1146. For more information, visit the Web site www.oaklandopera.com.

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