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Top Tickets: February 22-28
Top Tickets moves from Wednesdays to Sundays this week, giving you even more time to plan a great week in the East Bay. This week brings a little something for everyone, from classical ballet to Bohemian cabaret to heritage pigs. Here are your Top Tickets… and don't forget to enter our contest to win tickets to the Vagabond Opera!
Through February 28: Brimstone
The critics’ are raving about Willows Theatre’s production of Brimstone, a dramatic musical love story set in tumultuous 1980s Northern Ireland. Originally staged in 1998, it's the most successful production in Willows Theatre history. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve got one week ‘til it closes. Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez, $17–$32, (925) 798-1300, willowstheatre.com.
February 26–28: Inside the Dancers’ Studio
Diablo Ballet goes interactive with the first of two performance series that allow the audience up-close views and Q&A time with the dancers. The Valentine’s-themed February program includes selections from Diablo Ballet’s most romantic works. Shadelands Arts Center, 111 N. Wiget Ln., Walnut Creek, $17–$34, (925) 943-1775, diabloballet.org.
February 27: Vagabond Opera
This isn’t your average opera. Check out this “Bohemian Cabaret” ensemble that combines Duke Ellington and Edith Piaf with absurdist flair, theatrics, and Old World mood to present tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, klezmer, and more. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, 8 p.m., $26–$46, (925) 373-6800, tickets: livermoreperformingarts.org, more info: vagabondopera.com. We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the show: CLICK HERE to enter.
February 27–March 7: Ramona Quimby
Oakland-based Active Arts Theatre brings to life the beloved children’s book character Ramona Quimby. You and your kids will enjoy this series of vignettes drawn from Beverly Cleary’s series, which follows a third-grader’s funny and heart-warming adventures in growing up. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon, $15–$19, (925) 973-ARTS, tickets: sanramon.ca.gov/parks/theater/default.htm, more info: activeartstheatre.org.
February 28: 5 Pigs, 5 Chefs, 5 Winemakers
It’s National Pig Day (who knew?), and what better way to celebrate than watching top Bay Area chefs prepare a heritage pig from head to toe. The competition includes Devin Knell of French Laundry and John Steward and Duskie Estes from Zazu, and features local wines, brews, and produce. Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, 4:30 p.m., $110, www.cochon555.com.
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