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Top Tickets: April 9-15

Diablo’s can’t-miss events of the coming week: Paula Poundstone in Livermore, Tri-Valley Rep’s mod musical, plant sales in Walnut Creek, Children of a Lesser God screening, Pacific Chamber Symphony, and Daniel Clowes at Oakland Museum.

Daniel Clowes, "Self Portrait," 2010.

Whether you celebrated Passover or Easter, or just soaked up the spring sun, I hope you had a great week last week!  Aside from my family’s epic egg hunt and feast, my event highlight was catching Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at Livermore’s Vine Cinema.  I recommend the movie to fans of quirky romantic comedies, and I highly recommend the Vine Cinema: couch seating, in-theater food delivery (mmm… fried artichoke hearts!), and screenings of events, sports games, and classic films.  It’s a Tri-Valley treasure.

Onto this week.  Here are my Top Tickets…

April 13: Paula Poundstone
Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone brings her observational and improvisational humor to Livermore in a one-night-only performance. Armed with a stool, microphone, and can of Diet Pepsi, she’ll share anecdotes about everything from politics to housecats. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, 8 p.m., $31–$48, (925) 373-6800, livermoreperformingarts.org.

April 13–29: Shout! The Mod Musical
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre highlights chart-topping 1960s pop anthems and ballads in this musical framed around letters to an advice columnist. You’re guaranteed to sing-a-long with “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and, of course, “Shout!” TVRT Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Ln., Ste. 309, Pleasanton, times vary, $20–$25, (925) 462-2121, trivalleyrep.org.

April 14: Spring Plant Sales
Looking to spruce up your garden? Walnut Creek is the place to be this Saturday, as plant sales are planned at Heather Farm and Ruth Bancroft. Pick up cacti, succulents, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and even used garden books. Gardens at Heather Farm, 600 N. San Carlos Dr., 9 a.m.–12 p.m., (925) 947-1678, gardenshf.org. Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Rd., 10 a.m.–3 p.m., (925) 944-9352, ruthbancroftgarden.org.

April 14: Children of a Lesser God
Did you catch Marlee Matlin at the Lesher Speaker Series? Diablo’s Classic Film Series follows up with a screening of her 1986 Oscar-winning performance in Children of a Lesser God. Attendees will have a chance to win a signed copy of the DVD. Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda, 7 p.m., $5, (925) 254-9065, lamorindatheatres.com.

April 14–15: Handel and Mozart
Concluding its season of classical concerts, Pacific Chamber Symphony presents Handel’s Water Music and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” at venues in Livermore and Lafayette. April 14: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, 8 p.m., $7–$39, (925) 373-6800. April 15: Lafayette Library, 3451 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 4 p.m., $10–$30, (800) 838-3006, pacificchambersymphony.org.

April 14–August 12: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes
The work of Oakland-based graphic novelist Daniel Clowes hit the mainstream with film adaptations of his Ghost World and Art School Confidential. But the full spectrum of his unique artistry is celebrated in a new Oakland Museum exhibit—and companion book. Before you go, check out our profile in the April issue. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, closed Mondays and Tuesdays, $6–$12, (510) 451-3322, museumca.org.

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