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Top Tickets: January 15-21

Can’t-miss events of the week: Les Miserables, Angela Lansbury, Oakland Restaurant Week, Bills Owens, an MLK tribute, more.

Les Miserables at Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre


There’s a little something for everyone this week in the East Bay, from great eats in Oakland to a football play to the legendary Angela Lansbury on stage. There’s more information on those below, plus more great event picks. So grab your calendar, and schedule some fun this week!


ART // January 15–21: California Watercolor Association
More than 75 watercolor artists, from California and beyond, are highlighted in this annual juried exhibition. Visit on a Saturday, when painters will be doing live demos from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, firehousearts.org.

CA Watercolor Association / Hu Xiao XingFOOD // January 15–25: Oakland Restaurant Week
Oakland’s dining scene couldn’t be hotter, and what better way to visit the places on your list than 10 days of prix fixe lunches and dinners ranging from $20 to $40. Participants include Camino, Picán, and more than 75 others. Oakland, oaklandrestaurantweek.org.


THEATER // January 16–March 1: X’s and O’s – A Football Love Story
This world-premiere docudrama commissioned by Berkeley Rep examines both the glamour and the danger of American football and football culture, featuring former 49er and Super Bowl champ Dwight Hicks. Thrust Stage, Berkeley, berkeleyrep.org.


X's and O's / Kevin BerneTHEATER // January 17–31: Les Misérables
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre continues its season of Broadway favorites with this multiple Tony Award–winning musical about love, redemption, and revolution in 19th century France. Bankhead Theater, Livermore, trivalleyrep.org.


MUSIC // January 18: California Symphony
For its Whimsy & Virtuosity performance, California Symphony highlights celebrated composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Copland’s Rodeo, and Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, californiasymphony.org.

TRIBUTE // January 18: In the Name of Love
This year, the Martin Luther King Jr. musical tribute in Oakland focuses on local African American female artists, including Linda Tillery, Faye Carol, and Gina Breedlove. Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, mlktribute.com.


LECTURE // January 20: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Lesher Speaker Series subscriptions sell out months in advance, but you never know when a single ticket might become available. This week, hear from astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the popular Cosmos television series. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, lesherspeakerseries.org.

Blithe Spirit / Robert J. Saferstein THEATER // January 20–February 1: Blithe Spirit
Acting legend Angela Lansbury reprises her Tony Award–winning role as medium Madame Arcati in this revival of Noël Coward’s popular comedy play. Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, shnsf.com.


ART // January 21–March 15: Bill Owens
View more than 30 photographs of women and girls in 1970s suburbia by renowned Northern California photographer Bill Owens—whose career began at the Livermore Independent. Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, mcam.mills.edu.

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