North Bay Shorts Chamber Sundaes feature opera, ballet, music galore

San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Joanna Berman will perform with the Oberlin Dance Collective/San Francisco at 5 p.m. Jan. 7.

New Century Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Canin, will have four 5 p.m. dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 25, March 17 and April 14. Concerts will include works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Holst and Penderecki.

Orchestra Da Camera, Marin Ballet and San Francisco Girls Chorus will present a program at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

CenterStage Chamber Sundae series, sponsored by Fireman's Fund and KKHI-FM 100.7/100.9, will take place at MJCC's Hoytt Theater, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Tickets are $20 for members and seniors, $22 general admission, except for the final show, which is $16 for members and seniors, $18 general admission. A New Century Chamber Orchestra four-concert subscription is $68. For information, call (415) 479-2000.

New `Bridge Tolls' returns for six-week run in Larkspur

"For Whom the Bridge Tolls '95" opens for a six- week run Friday, Sept. 29 at the refurbished Larkspur Cafe Theater (formerly Jessup Cafe Theatre), 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur.

The 1995 version of the satirical musical comedy revue, which spoofs life in the Bay Area, originally ran for nine months in 1994 and won the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award.

The show is the creation of Jewish singer/songwriter Rita Abrams and Pacific Sun columnist Stan Sinberg. Steve Zee directs.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with supper at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (415) 924-6107.

Falafel, song will flavor Sonoma fest

The smell of Middle Eastern food and the sound of Israeli music will soon fill the air at Simcha Sunday, Sonoma County's Jewish Festival of friendship, food and fun.

Sponsored by the Sonoma Division of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at Sonoma State University, Juniper Lane Field, Rohnert Park.

Now in its eighth year, the event, which is free and open to the public, provides a festive atmosphere for a gathering of old friends and welcoming of new ones.

Kicking off the live entertainment from center stage will be Rick Concoff with Limonim and Israeli folk dancing by Ruth Browns. Sonoma County artists Michelle and David Plachte-Zuieback have coordinated exhibits from some of the premier Judaic artists in the Bay Area.

And, as they have in the past, amateur cooks will vie for the chance to obtain culinary fame at the annual Challah Baking Contest. Meanwhile, kids will be entertained by such activities as 3-D Eddy, story-telling, games and interactive art projects. There will also be planned programming for teens, singles, families and seniors.

Throughout the day, local Jewish groups will provide information about their services and kosher food, including hot dogs, bagels, falafel, hummus, tabbouleh and kugel, will be served.

For more information about Simcha Sunday, call (707) 579-4510.