Feb 10, 201002:16 PMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: February 10-16
Valentine’s Day is here, and while there are many holiday-specific dinners and events to attend, this week is also packed with a variety of good times. From a Mardi Gras celebration in Livermore to a classic movie screening in Orinda to two piano legends facing-off at Oracle Arena, the East Bay is the place to be. Here are your Top Tickets…
February 12: New Orleans Bash
Livermore transforms into the French Quarter for one night, with live music, Louisiana-style dining, Hurricanes, fortune telling, and shopping, all to benefit the Bothwell Arts Center. Tickets to the Preservation Hall Experience concert, a tribute to the world-famous jazz club, are sold separately. Costumes are encouraged. Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St., Livermore, 5–10 p.m., $15 for party, $25 for concert, (925) 373-6800, livermoreperformingarts.org/bothwellartscenter/.
February 12–28: Curtains
Diablo’s 2009 Best Theater Troupe, Diablo Theatre Company, presents the Northern California premiere of Curtains. Written by Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), the musical mystery follows an investigation into the death of the talentless star of a new musical. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $36–$42, (925) 943-7469, dloc.org.
February 13: To Kill a Mockingbird
For the second selection in the monthly Classic Film Series, the California Independent Film Festival and Diablo magazine screen the Oscar-winning 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird. Mary Badham, who played Scout, will share inside stories after each screening in a Q&A with Diablo’s Peter Crooks. For a chance to win tickets, click here. Orinda Theater, 2 Orinda Theater Square, Orinda, 12:30 p.m. (the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings are sold out), $10–$15, (925) 277-1355, caiff.org.
February 13: Elton John and Billy Joel Face 2 Face
Illness forced Elton John to cancel the original November concert date with Billy Joel, but he’s recovered and fresh off a performance at the Grammy’s. The piano legends go face-to-face in a show guaranteed to rock the Oracle Arena. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, 7:30 p.m., $51–$177, (510) 569-2121, coliseum.com.
February 16: Meg Whitman
She’s the former CEO of eBay, and now she’s running for governor of California. Meet Meg Whitman as she visits Lafayette, hosted by the Commonwealth Club. She’ll talk key campaign issues, such as employment, public spending, and education—and share about her experiences as a businesswoman. Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 6 p.m., $7–$18, (415) 597-6702, commonwealthclub.org.
February 16–April 11: Story Painters
View the work of renowned Bay Area painters Squeak Carnwath, Hung Liu, and Inez Storer at this exhibit celebrating storytelling in art. On April 1, meet the artists and enjoy music, drinks, and art-making at Culture + Cocktails. Read more in our February issue. Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $3–$5, (925) 295-1417, bedfordgallery.org.
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