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Top Tickets: April 25–May 1

This week, take a cooking workshop, enjoy live music, and learn about current issues in the visual and performing arts this week in the East Bay.

Linda Carucci


“Spring Is in the Air” Workshop
James Beard honoree Linda Carucci hosts an epicurean extravaganza at Draeger’s Cooking School in Blackhawk, where guests prepare delicacies using seasonal ingredients. draegerscookingschool.com.



Becoming Othello: An Evening With Debra Ann Byrd
The Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents a performance and conversation centered around representation in Shakespeare featuring Debra Ann Byrd, the first and sole female Afro-Latina Othello, at the Purple Orchid Resort and Spa in Livermore. livermoreshakes.org.


The women of Smokey Joe's Cafe / Bob Bronzan and DC Scarpelli


Notes and Words
Ryan Tedder of One Republic, actress Helen Hunt, and author Andrew Sean Greer headline a storytelling and musical benefit event at the Fox Theater in Oakland to raise money for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. notesandwords.org.



Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller​
4/27–4/28, 5/3–5/5, 5/10–5/12
Join Pleasanton’s Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre at the Firehouse Arts Center for one of Broadway’s most popular musical revues, with almost 40 pop, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues songs. trivalleyrep.org.


The men of Smokey Joe's Cafe / Bob Bronzan and DC Scarpelli


Showing Up: How We All Make Art
California Shakespeare Theater’s artistic director, Eric Ting, joins forces with artist Betsy Streeter at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery’s Lafayette pop-up, JPG@The Bank, to discuss the creation of art in its many forms and whether an audience is a necessary component of the artistic experience. jenniferperlmuttergallery.com.