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Top Tickets: January 3–9

Explore the science of color, take a chilly swim, learn about the world of mushrooms, and more this week in the East Bay.

Chabot Space and Science Center


First Friday: The Science of Color
Discover why the sky is blue and how the brain interprets the visible light spectrum at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center. Special activities include an indigo dye workshop, a talk on colorblindness, a collaborative mural painting, and more. chabotspace.org.



Conservation Icons: Dr. Wade Davis
Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s stirring speaker series returns for its second year with Dr. Wade Davis, an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, photographer, and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. Davis will focus on the diversity of life in this one-night appearance at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. lindsaywildlife.org.



Polar Plunge
If ringing in the New Year involves an icy dip, then head to Dublin’s The Wave for some waterslide fun. After your plunge, grab a warm beverage, a light snack, and a much warmer indoor swim. thedublinwave.com.


UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley


Mushrooms in the Garden
Stroll through the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley and learn about the fascinating world of fungi. 



Collision of Rhythm
Tap dancing meets percussion meets juggling in this unique dance extravaganza at Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. The high-energy show thrives on audience interaction as well as unexpected musical feats. firehousearts.org.

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