Nov 11, 200903:21 PMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: November 11-17
There is something for everyone in the East Bay this week, from outdoor ice skating and Indian dancing to warp-speed Shakespeare and hip-hop violinists. And all without crossing a bridge! Here are your Top Tickets…
November 12–January 18: Walnut Creek On Ice
Civic Park transforms into a winter wonderland with Walnut Creek’s annual outdoor ice rink. Don a scarf, and skate laps under twinkling lights; then relax rink-side with a steamy hot coco or coffee. Civic Park, at Civic Drive and Broadway, Walnut Creek, $11–$15, (925) 935-7669, iceskatewalnutcreek.com.
November 12–14: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
The Reduced Shakespeare Company travels from London to the East Bay to perform the show that made them an international sensation. See all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 hilarious minutes. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $45, (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.org.
November 13: Night at the Opera
The Oakland East Bay Symphony kicks off its season with selections from some of the world’s greatest operas, including Verdi’s Aida, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rustivana, Wagner’s The Ring Cycle, and Bernstein’s Candide. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 8 p.m., $20–$65, (510) 444-0801, oebs.org.
November 14: Lafayette Library grand opening
After years of planning, the brand-new Lafayette Library and Learning Center opens with a parade, live music and theater, wild animals, science exhibits, tours, and much more. Come for an hour, or stay all day. And look for Diablo’s coverage of the new digs in the December issue. Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free, (925) 283-6513, lafayettelib.com.
November 15: Cornucopia
Bay Area Performing Arts brings the East and West together with an evening of musical performances, including sitar, saxophone, drums, guitar, and tabla, plus North Indian Dance by Richa Shukla, Miss India Northern California 2008. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 7:30 p.m., $20–$35, (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.org.
November 16–17: Black Violin
What do you get when you combine Shostakovich and Jay-Z? Your teenager is bound to be amazed by Black Violin, a duo of classically trained violinists who perform with a DJ to create a truly unique sound. The school-time performance is open to the public. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, 9 and 11 a.m., $7, (925) 373-6800, bankheadtheater.org.
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