Critic's picks: Listen to some folk, enjoy food-inspired opera, and get jazzy


What: Jazz For Two Pianos
When: Saturday June 19, 7 p.m.
Tickets: By donation

Why: Four of the city’s best jazz pianists playing live on back-to-back pianos will make Hermann Jazz Club’s livestream the place to be on Saturday night. Jazz for Two Pianos could just as easily be called Don’t Miss This Show, with John Lee, Ashley Wey, Attila Fias, and Pablo Cardenas schedule to take the bench in rotating pairs, mixing world music, standards, and hard-bop in new and meaningful way. Here’s hoping this is the start of an ongoing collaboration.

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What: Ocie Elliott
Where: Breakwater Cafe & Bistro Tasting Room, 199 Dallas Rd.
When: June 17 through June 20
Tickets: $40 ($35 for June 20) from

Why: The duo of Sierra Lundy and Jon Middleton has been hitting musical home runs since the real-life couple’s first at bat, and the occasion of their rescheduled residency at the Breakwater Cafe & Bistro Tasting Room should give fans plenty of reasons to cheer. Not only can up to 40 attend these concerts in person, the six-show series will have new Ocie Elliott music on proffer as well. Throw in the listening-room atmosphere of the waterfront bistro and you’ve got more than a few reasons to celebrate.


What: The Italian Lesson and Bon Appétit!
When: Through June 21
Tickets: By donation

Why: Mezzo-soprano Megan Latham wraps a month of on-demand opera performances with the comic tour d’forces The Italian Lesson and Bon Appétit. The two Pacific Opera productions arrived May 21 and have made Latham a much-discussed performer in the weeks since. To her credit, she has thrived during the pandemic with several videos that show her fun-loving side; Latham’s work on these fully staged, beautifully shot chamber operas by American composer Lee Hoiby mines both cooking guru Julia Child and monologist Ruth Draper, with expectedly awesome results.

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