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Top Tickets: January 16-22

This week, watch an improvised Agatha Christie mystery, dance along to the hits of ABBA in Mamma Mia!, and more.


Eve Marie Shahoian 

1/16 Enjoy jazz and American Songbook selections featuring the stunning musical stylings of Eve Marie Shahoian and her trio. Shahoian will perform a lobby show at Oakland’s Terrace Room, an Art Deco supper club with breathtaking views of Lake Merritt. theterraceroom.com.



Spontaneous Agatha Christie: An Improvised Miss Marple Murder Mystery!

1/16-1/26 Agatha Christie’s novels have enthralled readers for decades. In this completely improvised show from Synergy Theater, her iconic Miss Marple heads to the village of St. Mary Mead to solve a murder, but the rest of the details are up to the audience. lesherartscenter.org.


"Into the Mist" by Stephen Bruce, acid on copper / Village Theatre and Art Gallery


Art of the African Diaspora

1/16-2/29 Danville’s Village Art Gallery—in conjunction with the Richmond Art Center—presents a new exhibition featuring Bay Area artists of African descent. Stop by on the 16th for an opening reception and screening of Evolutionary Blues…West Oakland’s Music Legacy. danville.ca.gov.


Food and Drink

Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week

1/18-1/25 A selection of fan-favorite eateries in downtown Benicia offer 15 to 20 percent discounts this week in celebration of Visit California’s California Restaurant Month. For each restaurant visited, diners will also receive a raffle entry to win “Downtown Dollars” to spend at local businesses. visitbenicia.org.



Mamma Mia!

1/18-2/2 Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre sings and dances to the hits of ABBA at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. The fun musical follows a woman on a Greek island who is seeking the truth about her birth father—and chaos ensues. lvpac.org.


Rev. Julius Van Hook / Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations

1/20 Honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County—first, as a witness in support of religious and ethnic minorities at Civic Park in Walnut Creek, then at addresses given by Dr. Toinette Eugene and Rev. Julius Van Hook at the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church and San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, respectively. interfaithccc.org.








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