Theater, Music and Stand-Up at Bruns Amphitheater

(Courtesy of Mark Chua)
Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born performs at Cal Shakes Amphitheater July 29 as part of the Paper Moon concert series.

    In keeping with its “Share the Light” theme, Cal Shakes is sharing its beautiful stage at the Bruns Amphitheater, 100 Shakespeare Way, Orinda, in July.
    The play Pure Native debuts at the Bruns July 15 – 24 in the Upper Grove at the Bruns. The show tells of a prodigal son returning home with a business proposal to bottle the tribe’s water. A heated debate takes place with his childhood sweetheart leading the opposition.
    Written by Tuscarora writer Vickie Ramirez who is currently playwright-in-residence at New York’s New Dramatists, Pure Native runs at various times. Go to
    Jackie Keliiaa’s Good Medicine announces a Night of Live Native Stand-Up to be held July 16 at California Shakespeare Theater featuring top Native American stand-up comedians.
    The lineup includes: Brian Bahe, a New York City-based comedian featured on Comedy Central and in McSweeney’s; Monique Moreau, an LA-based comedian who has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe; Marc Yaffee, a seasoned veteran whose Dry Bar special went viral; Teresa Choyguha who’s been featured on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video; and Keliiaa who has been featured on Team Coco, Comedy Central and Amazon Prime Video.
    Doors open for Live Native Stand Up at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy dinner, drinks and live music on Bruns Amphitheater grounds before showtime. There will also be a Native artisan market featuring handcrafted jewelry, beadwork, and apparel and accessories. Be sure to bring your blanket as temperatures cool in the evening.
    Paper Moon Presents offers its concert series at the end of July with Lyrics Born and Destani Wolf with Audiopharmacy on July 29 at 5 p.m., Brett Dennen and Megan Jacobs July 30 at 5 p.m. and the Siesta Valley Strings and Things Music Festival July 31 at 1 p.m.
    For tickets and more information, go to

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