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Top Tickets: March 8-14
This week's events are an eclectic mix: a contemporary ballet performance, a children's book author signing, a horse exhibit, a wine festival, a movie screening, and an opera. You're bound to find something for the whole family. So get out your calendar, and check out Top Tickets…
March 9–14: Alvin Ailey
The renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Berkeley to present director Judith Jamison's Emmy Award–winning tribute to Alvin Ailey, perennial favorite "Revelations," and three Bay Area premieres (including one set to the music of Radiohead). Buy your tickets early—the Ailey performances sell out every year. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft and Dana, Berkeley, $36–$62, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.
March 10: Laura Numeroff
Children's book author Laura Numeroff visits Clayton to read from her latest work and sign books. You'll recognize her as the author of the classic If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and its sequels. Clayton Books, 5433 Clayton Rd., Ste. D, Clayton, 4 p.m., free, (925) 673-3325, claytonbookshop.com.
March 10–August 15: The Horse, Of Course
A new exhibit at the Museum on Main celebrates the important role of horses in the life of the Amador-Livermore Valley. View a recreated blacksmith’s shop, original jockey silks and other Alameda County Fairgrounds racetrack memorabilia, and photographs from the Livermore Rodeo. Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton, $2 requested donation, (925) 462-2766, museumonmain.org.
March 12: Berkeley Wine Festival
The first annual Berkeley Wine Festival kicks off with a grand reception and tasting of more than 50 Northern California wines. Check the website for the schedule of receptions, dinners, and seminars hosted by local winemakers throughout the two-month festival. The Claremont, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, 6:30 p.m., $85, (510) 898-0040, berkeleywinefestival.com.
March 13: West Side Story
The Classic Film Series, presented by Diablo and the California Independent Film Festival, screens one of the most celebrated movies of all time: West Side Story. Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in the film, makes a special appearance to share stories in a pre-show Q&A. Orinda Theater, 2 Orinda Theater Square, Orinda, 7 p.m., $15–$20, (925) 277-1355, caiff.org.
March 13–21: Die Fledermaus
Livermore Valley Opera opens its 2010 season with Johann Strauss’ humorous operetta, Die Fledermaus, about a man who is sentenced to eight days in the town jail but makes the most out of the situation (it includes a magnificent ball and a drunken jailer, among other things). Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, $29–$49, (925) 960-9210, livermorevalleyopera.org.
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