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Top Tickets: April 5–11

April promises to be full of music, speaker series, and theater in the East Bay.

Bay Area Book Festival

Speaker Series

Women Lit Presents Leila Slimani
4/8 Join the Bay Area Book Festival in conversation with Leila Slimani, author of The Perfect Nanny, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Slimani’s appearance is part of Women Lit, the book group’s new program that celebrates female authors and readers. baybookfest.org.



Master of the Movies: John Williams
Experience Diablo Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. Listen to some of Williams’ most beloved works including Harry Potter and Star Wars. lesherartscenter.org.


Head Over Heels





Head Over Heels
4/10 Head across the Bay to the Curran for the opening of Head Over Heels. The musical comedy blends songs from The Go-Go’s with the story of an Elizabethan royal family trying to escape a malevolent prophecy. sfcurran.com.





Literary Café Presents: Sean Penn
The Academy Award–winning actor—in conversation with Michael Krasny of KQED— discusses his new book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. The novel tackles themes such as consumerism and politics through the eyes of an entrepreneur and assassin. marinjcc.org.



Karrin Allyson
Yoshi’s in Oakland welcomes Karrin Allyson, a five-time Grammy nominee, for an evening of jazz. Tickets to a pre-show meet-and-greet are also available, as is Yoshi’s dinner menu. yoshis.com.

To see even more events happening this week, or to submit an event for consideration, visit Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook, and sign up for the A-List e-newsletter so Top Tickets is delivered to your email inbox on Wednesdays. Questions? Comments? E-mail events@maildiablo.com.