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Top Tickets: January 22-28

Can’t-miss events of the week: Peking Acrobats, Winter Brews Festival, wedding dresses, Christo and Jeanne-Claude sketches, more.

Peking Acrobats / photo by Brittany App


I got married in 2008, which seems like not that long ago. It was, however, before the launch of Pinterest. For ideas, I bought bridal magazines and browsed a few wedding blogs, but there wasn’t such a huge fuss over on-trend themes (woodland chic, glitter and glitz!), colors (yellow and gray decor, rose gold jewelry!), and ideas (official hashtags, mismatched bridesmaids dresses!). I mention this for two reasons. First, modern brides-to-be will should pick up Diablo magazine’s new publication Diablo Weddings, which is currently on newsstands and online. It features real-life wedding inspiration, tips from planners, and lots of unique and local ideas. Second, everyone will want to check out the wedding gown exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Does your gown’s style seem dated now? Is it back in vogue? Do you wish you could have a wedding redo and go Roaring Twenties? There’s more information on this exhibit below, plus more great event picks. So grab your calendar, and schedule some fun this week!

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MUSIC // January 23: Gershwin & Schostakovich
Oakland East Bay Symphony kicks off 2015 with George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major, featuring award-winning pianist Richard Glazier, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s somber, war-inspired Symphony No. 9 in C minor, Op. 65. Paramount Theatre, Oakland, oebs.org.


BEER // January 24: Winter Brews Festival
More than 50 breweries are featured at this annual fest, including 21st Amendment, Drake’s, Heretic, Lagunitas, Calicraft, and The Rare Barrel. Enjoy unlimited pours, live music, and a short walk to BART. Plus, proceeds benefit the Coral Reef Alliance. Todos Santos Plaza, Concord, bnbrewfest.com.

WORLD STAGE // January 24–25: Peking Acrobats
The whole family will enjoy this spectacle of trick cycling, precision tumbling, contortion, and juggling, when China’s best acrobats visits Berkeley. Their incredible feats are accompanied by live music on Chinese folk instruments. Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, calperformances.org.

FILM // January 24–25: Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival
This sixth annual “Playdate for the Imagination” features kid-friendly feature and short films highlighting the world’s varied cultures and traditions, plus live music, an animation workshop, and admission to the Center. Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, chabotspace.org.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude / The GatesHISTORICAL // January 24–March 14: Wedding Gowns Through the Ages
Among the 2015 bridal trends are off-the-shoulder necklines and cool blue and gray hues. See what was in vogue for brides from the 1890s to 2000s at this exhibit of wedding dresses, accessories, gifts, and photos. Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, museumsrv.org.


ART // January 25–March 22: Christo and Jeanne-Claude
View more than 100 drawings, sculptures, and photographs tracing the international careers of this artist couple known for large-scale public installations, from wrapping the Reichstag to installing 7,500 orange gates in Central Park. Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

For even more events happening this week, or to submit an event for consideration, visit Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to the A-List e-newsletter, and you’ll be notified when Top Tickets is posted each Wednesday. Questions? Comments? E-mail events(at)maildiablo(dot)com.