Feb 17, 201001:29 PMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: February 17-23
If there is one word to describe this week’s hottest events it’s “eclectic.” From Olympic-level gymnastics and a relationship musical to Egyptian mummies and a Grammy Award–winning violinist, there’s something for everyone in the East Bay this week. Here are your Top Tickets…
February 18–20: Pacific Coast Classic
The Winter Olympics are in full swing, but it’s not a bad idea to look ahead to the next Summer Olympics. Check out our country’s best in men’s gymnastics at the junior, collegiate, and elite senior levels, including rising star Danell Leyva. You’re bound to see one of these guys representing Team USA in London 2012. Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, $10–$40 per event, (925) 735-0700, usa-sports.org.
February 19–March 21: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre takes on the hilarious long-running Off Broadway musical about love and relationships. Six actors play more than forty characters dealing with “everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Ln., Ste. 309, Pleasanton, $19–$25, (925) 462-2121, trivalleyrep.com.
February 20–21: Free King Tut Weekend
If you haven’t yet seen Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, this is the weekend to go. The popular exhibit is free to the public for two days, thanks to a sponsorship by Target. Tickets are available on site only and limited to four per adult per day. Free activities throughout the weekend include hieroglyphics art projects, belly and sword dance performances, tarot card readings, and a DJ spinning contemporary Egyptian music. Check out our interview with curator Elisabeth Conru here. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 9 a.m.–5:15 p.m., free, (415) 750-3600, tutsanfrancisco.org.
February 20–26: East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
For its 15th year, this film fest unveils a new name (formerly Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival) and moves its home base to CineArts’ 800-seat dome theater. Now even more people can enjoy the 30-plus dramas, comedies, and documentaries reflecting the festival's motto: “See a Film, See the World.” CineArts, 2314 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill, screenings also in Walnut Creek and Livermore, $5–$10 per film, $180 for festival pass, (510) 318-6453, eastbayjewishfilm.org.
February 21: Joshua Bell
Grammy Award–winning violinist and classical music superstar Joshua Bell visits Berkeley to perform selections by Bach, Grieg, Shumann, and Ravel, accompanied by pianist (and blogger) Jeremy Denk. Tickets are scarce, so act fast. Zellerbach Hall, at Bancroft and Dana, Berkeley, 3 p.m., $36–$86, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.
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