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Top Tickets: April 11–16

Spring continues to bloom in the East Bay with a hands-on science fair, a musical adaptation of a favorite children’s novel, and more this week in the East Bay.

Maximum Sensation by Mournir Fatmi / Courtesy of the Bedford-Gallery


Tradition Interrupted

4/11–6/23 The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek presents their newest exhibition, in which artists from around the world blur the line between age-old customs and contemporary innovations through creatively reimagined quilts, ceramics, rugs, and more handicrafts—and pose questions about how history shapes culture. bedfordgallery.org.



The Mystery of Irma Vep—A Penny Dreadful

4/12–4/28 In Danville, the Village Theatre and Art Gallery takes Victorian-era melodrama, adds in a touch of the supernatural (complete with mummies, werewolves, and vampires), and puts it onstage with to two actors for a wild theatrical evening. villagetheatreshows.com.



Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

4/12-5/13 Matilda Wormwood, the young telekinetic bookworm, has captured the hearts of children and parents for decades. This week, thanks to a production from Contra Costa Musical Theatre, she heads to the Lesher Center for the Arts to defeat Miss Trunchbull. lesherartscenter.org.



Third Annual Tinkerfest

4/13 Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center presents its annual, all-ages DIY art and science extravaganza. Visitors will have the opportunity to dismantle a plane engine and two cars, mix RGB colors for fashion LED dresses, create art via a robot, fix their own household appliances, and more. chabotspace.org.



Queer California: Untold Stories

4/13–8/11 Head to the Oakland Museum of California for a look back at LGBTQ+ culture and history in the Golden State. The special exhibition will feature pictures, artifacts, documents, artwork, flyers, and stickers, and visitors will be able to highlight their own stories through an interactive display. museumca.org.