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Top Tickets: August 29-September 4

This week in the East Bay, enjoy two theatrical opening nights, live music from a former Beatle, and more.


Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

8/29 Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr visits Oakland’s Paramount Theatre with a legendary lineup of bandmates, including Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, and Colin Hay of Men at Work. paramounttheatre.com.



Divas: WCA Fall Swim Show 2019

8/29-9/1 The Olympic champion Walnut Creek Aquanuts present their fall synchronized swimming extravaganza, complete with lights, props, and costumes. The show is developed over the course of two months, and swimmers spend more than four hours per day training for their performances. teamunify.com/reczzwca​.


Exit Strategy / Aurora Theatre Company


Exit Strategy

8/30-9/29 Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley stages a play about burnt-out faculty members in a rundown public high school who find out their site is scheduled to be closed permanently. This drama by Ike Holter wrestles with themes such as loyalty and the state of public education. auroratheatre.org.



Murder for Two

8/30–10/6 With just two actors playing 13 roles for a whole 90 minutes, this Center Repertory Company show—which The New York Times hailed as “ingenious”—interweaves murder mystery with musical comedy at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. lesherartscenter.org.


Front Porch Music Festival / Wente Vineyards


Front Porch Music Festival

8/31 Head to Livermore’s Wente Vineyards to enjoy local bands performing on multiple stages while sipping wine and savoring delicious bites—a great way to ring in the harvest months. wentevineyards.com.





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