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Top Tickets: April 12-18

Diablo’s can’t-miss events of the coming week: The Crucible’s Spring Open House, foodie Marcia Gagliardi speaks at Read, Contra Costa Wine Symphony takes on Queen, and Pleasanton’s Poetry, Prose, and Arts Festival.



The Crucible

There’s something for everyone this week, from fiery welding and blacksmithing demos at The Crucible, to a tip-filled foodie chat with Tablehopper Marcia Gagliardi, to a symphony take on rock gods Queen, to a poetry and prose festival. Here are your Top Tickets…

April 17: The Crucible’s Spring Open House
If you haven’t been to The Crucible, here’s your opportunity. The Oakland arts foundry opens its doors for an exhibit of student and faculty art, food and drink, and cool demonstrations—including welding, glass working, metal casting, blacksmithing, and fire performance. If you like what you see, you can register for upcoming classes at 20-percent off. The Crucible, 1260 7th St., Oakland, 12–4 p.m., free, (510) 444-0919, thecrucible.org.

April 17: Marcia Gagliardi
Want some tips on finding the right dining spot in the city for every occasion? 2009 Diablo Food Awards judge, Marcia Gagliardi, has turned her weekly e-column into a book: The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. She’ll read from the recent release and sign copies in Blackhawk Plaza. Read, 3630 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 2 p.m., free, (925) 736-9090, readbooksellers.com.

April 17: The Queen Symphony
Contra Costa Wind Symphony takes on the music of rock legends Queen in Tolga Kashif’s The Queen Symphony. Hear “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Gaga,” and “We Will Rock You” played in the classical tradition and accompanied by concert choirs from Monte Vista and San Ramon high schools. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek, 8 p.m., $10, ccwindsymphony.org.

April 17–18: Poetry, Prose, and Arts Festival
Attention, word lovers: The annual Poetry, Prose, and Arts Festival is back, with 16 workshops (from poetry and fiction to memoir and songwriting lyrics), a Literary Row and book signing, and a Pleasanton Art League art exhibit. See the website for the full schedule. Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, $20–$185, (925) 931-1111, pleasantonarts.org.

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