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Top Tickets: February 20-26

This week, view posters made to protest the Vietnam War, enjoy the photographs of a local legend, laugh along to a madcap onstage adventure, and more.

Leaf, Glacier Bay / Ansel Adams


Black Comedy

2/20-3/8 In this hilarious production from Hayward’s Douglas Morrisson Theatre, a poor sculptor attempts to impress his wealthy fiancée’s father by “borrowing” from the antique collector who lives in the adjacent apartment. But during a blackout, the collector comes home early, and the sculptor must rush to return all the items before being caught. dmtonline.org.




Ansel Adams’ Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word

2/20-3/7 Slate Contemporary Gallery in Oakland presents a selection of pieces from trailblazing photographer Ansel Adams, who was born in San Francisco. Portfolio Four is being shown in conjunction with the gallery’s exhibition of nature-based photograms by Robert Buelteman. slateart.net.


Jason Klein / Livermore-Amador Symphony


Angels and Demons

2/22 The Livermore-Amador Symphony and guest conductor Jason Klein welcome young local musical talent for a performance of selections from Haydn, Weber, Franck, and more—each piece capturing moments of delighted joy or sheer terror. The concert will be performed at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. livermoreamadorsymphony.org.



Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

2/23 The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada hosts a mountain film festival each year, and this week, the festival’s tour will stop at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium for two unique showings. The tour will also feature other films at stops around the Bay Area from February 20-29, and each showing highlights a nearby nonprofit. banffcentre.ca.



Art for Human Rights: Peace Now!

2/26-7/12 The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive highlights a collection of posters made at UC Berkeley in the 1970s by students protesting the Vietnam War. The posters were made from an array of materials—from used computer paper to pieces of cardboard, and will be displayed beside other protest tools from the era. bampfa.org.


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