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Top Tickets: January 8-14

Can’t-miss events of the week: The Crucible’s fiery fashion show, Taylor Hicks sings for ARF, the World Series trophy in Concord, and more.

Hot Couture 2015

There’s a little something for everyone this week in the East Bay. Giants fans will want to take a photo with the World Series trophy in Concord. Folk music fanatics will want to catch The Kingston Trio in Livermore. And American Idol devotees will want to see Taylor Hicks perform in Walnut Creek. There’s more information on those below, plus more great event picks. So grab your calendar, and schedule some fun this week!


FASHION // January 9–10: Hot Couture 2015
Fashion meets fire in The Crucible’s annual show. The industrial arts foundry invites artists to create wearable designs inspired by the four elements—air, earth, fire, and water—and the result is the most unique runway show you’ll ever see. The Crucible, Oakland, thecrucible.org.

COMEDY and MUSIC // January 9–10: Comedy Night and Stars to the Rescue
Each January, Animal Rescue Foundation hosts back-to-back fundraising events. Comedy Night (January 9) features Allan Havey, Brian Kiley, and Mark Pitta. Stars to the Rescue (January 10) features American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, concert pianist Yasuhiko “Yaz” Fukuoka, and dancers Caminos Flamencos, among others. Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, arf.net.

Romantic Expressions / Mark MertensART // January 9–February 28: Romantic Expressions in Pastel
View landscapes, still lifes, and figurative paintings created with pastels by five Bay Area artists, in this free (donations accepted) exhibit running in conjunction with Visit Tri-Valley’s “Romance the Tri-Valley” event. Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, danville.ca.gov.


MUSIC // January 10: The Kingston Trio
If you like Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, head to Livermore to see The Kingston Trio, the Bay Area–based band that helped launch the pop-folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. Bankhead Theater, Livermore, livermoreperformingarts.org.

THEATER // January 10–11: Hughie
The Eugene O’Neill Foundation kicks off its series of staged readings with Hughie, one of the final O’Neill plays written at the Tao House, about the late-night interactions between a traveling man and a hotel lobby clerk in 1920s New York. Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville, eugeneoneill.org.

SPORTS // January 10–17: Harlem Globetrotters
Take the whole family to Oakland to witness incredible basketball juggling, spinning, and trick shots by the Harlem Globetrotters. Watch them take on arch rivals, the Washington Generals, in the most entertaining sporting event out there. Oracle Arena, Oakland, coliseum.com.


Journey StoriesSPORTS // January 12: World Series Trophy Tour
Giants fans won’t want to miss this opportunity to take a photo with all three World Series trophies (2010, 2012, and 2014) in Concord. Admission is free, but donations support the Junior Giants baseball program. Todos Santos Plaza, Concord, sfgiants.com/trophy.


BOOKS // January 13: Pete Crooks
You’ve read the story in the pages of Diablo, heard it on This American Life, and watched it on 48 Hours. Get the full and extended story of The Setup from Diablo Senior Editor Peter Crooks in his new book, which will be celebrated with a release party and Q&A. Rakestraw Books, Danville, rakestrawbooks.com.


HISTORY // January 14–March 8: Journey Stories
This traveling Smithsonian exhibit stops in Pleasanton, with stories, photos, and artifacts that examine how transportation and migration shaped the nation. You can even add your own story to the exhibit through a companion app. Museum on Main, Pleasanton, museumonmain.org.

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.