The upcoming documentary on the history of San Jose now has a voice, and it belongs to actor Peter Coyote, who will be its narrator.
While Coyote's film and television work as an actor has mostly been in supporting roles, the 71-year-old Marin County resident's deep, resonating voice has been front and center in several documentaries, including Ken Burns' documentaries "Prohibition" and "The Dust Bowl," as well as the 2005 documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and dozens of others. He won an Emmy award in 1992 for his narration of an episode of the PBS series "Pacific Century."
The still-untitled San Jose documentary -- being made by Norman Kline Productions in partnership with CreaTV San Jose and History San Jose, will be directed by Mike Pierce and, I'm told, is aiming to be wrapped up by this summer.
POETIC VALENTINE: Lovers -- or at least lovers of poetry -- can listen to Shakespeare come to life as Poetry Center San Jose's annual Valentine's celebration gives the Bard his due on Friday.
The annual event, which has been going on in one form or another (and one venue or another) for more than 30 years, will feature Sally Ashton and Nils Peterson engaging in "the merrie war" Shakespeare chronicles in "Much Ado About Nothing." Wine and softer libations begin flowing at downtown San Jose's Le Petit Trianon theater at 5 p.m., and the program starts at 5:30 (A $10 donation is suggested). It should all be concluded by 7, for those who are planning to catch a romantic dinner later.
By the way, Peterson tells me this is probably the last year the Poetry Center celebrates Valentine's Day in this format, so don't miss it. Get more information on this and other upcoming Poetry Center events at www.pcsj.org.
PLATINUM PERFORMANCE: The cast of South Bay Musical Theatre's "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" got some nice "break a leg" messages from the original Lorelei Lee, Carol Channing, as well as from Lee Roy Reams, who was in the cast of "Lorelei," an updated version in the 1970s that also starred Channing.
The current show runs weekends through Feb. 22 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. For tickets call, 408-266-4734 or head online to www.southbaymt.com.