Nov 4, 200910:43 AMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: November 4-10
Still adjusting to that time change? Get out and have fun, we say! This week in the East Bay offers theater, music, author visits, and parties. Choose one, or choose them all. Here are your Top Tickets…
November 4–8: Love’s Labour’s Lost
The famed Globe Theatre troupe visits the Bay Area for the first time to present Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their backs on life features Renaissance staging, costumes, and music. Cheap ticket alert: The Saturday matinee offers half-price tickets for children under 16. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, $48–$90, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.
November 5: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
On tour in support of his Billboard chart-topping bluegrass album, The Crow, actor/comedian/musician/author Steve Martin makes a stop in Napa with his Steep Canyon Rangers for an evening of bluegrass and banjo. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa, 8 p.m., $110–$135, (707) 226-7372, nvoh.org.
November 6: Michael Chabon
Pulitzer Prize–winning Berkeley author Michael Chabon visits the Danville Library to read from, discuss, and (hopefully) autograph his book Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a husband, Father, and Son. Danville Public Library, 400 Front St., Danville, 7 p.m., free, (925) 837-7337, rakestrawbooks.com.
November 6–7: Livermore-Amador Symphony
For its season opener, Livermore-Amador Symphony presents Pops Travels the World, featuring orchestra music, sing-alongs, and performances of music from around the world, from “Maple Leaf Rag” to “Jamaican Rhumba” to “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave., Livermore, 8 p.m., $20, (925) 373-6800, livamsymph.org.
November 7: Gourmet East Bay
By now, you’ve read all about our 2009 Diablo Food Awards winners. Now it’s time to celebrate all of the great tastes across the East Bay at the party of the year: Gourmet East Bay. Thirty top restaurants offer premier tastings, and wineries from Napa and Livermore valleys pour great wines, plus there are signature cocktails, silent auctions, live music, and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Project Open Hand. Former David M. Brian building in Broadway Plaza, at South Main Street and Mount Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek, 7–10 p.m., $60–$75, gourmeteastbay.com.
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