Top Tickets: February 21–27
Taste ancient drinks, celebrate Black History Month, listen to great tunes, and more this week in the East Bay.
Food and Drink
Kava Tasting at the UC Botanical Garden
2/21 Learn about the ceremonial and traditional properties of Kava (a drink prepared from piper methysticum roots) from the founders of MeloMelo Kava Bar in Berkeley. Experience the drink’s cultural significance to the South Pacific and enjoy a tasting at the UC Botanical Garden. botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
Black Joy Parade
2/24 Celebrate Black History Month with this triumphant downtown Oakland revel honoring the past, present, and future black experience. After the parade ends, stick around for performances, food, wine, and more fun. blackjoyparade.org.
Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival
2/25–3/3 More than 160 independent musical acts—including Scottish alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub and Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould—highlight this 27th annual San Francisco arts fest. Buy tickets now for two sure-to-sell-out East Bay shows on March 2: rock-folk band Beirut at Oakland’s Fox Theater and rapper Princess Nokia at Berkeley’s UC Theatre. theuctheatre.org.
Fifth Annual Authors’ Faire
2/27 Moderated by Danville author Penny Warner, this roundtable at the Diablo Country Club features such literary luminaries as journalist (and Orinda resident) Vanessa Hua, the author of the acclaimed 2018 novel A River of Stars. alamowomensclub.org.
Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
2/27–3/3 Five princesses embark on courageous adventures in the newest of Disney’s ice-skating shows at the Oracle Arena. For all those Moana lovers out there: This marks her very first appearance in a live production! oraclearena.com.