Top Tickets: January 23-29
This week in the East Bay, the Lesher Center for the Arts and Firehouse Arts Center welcome new productions, the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center hosts a country music legend, and more.
Jemele Hill / Cal Performances
Speaker Series: Jemele Hill
1/23 Cal Performances welcomes Emmy-winning journalist Jemele Hill to Zellerbach Playhouse in Berkeley for a discussion about her career and the crossroads between race, politics, social justice, and sports. calperformances.org.
The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
1/24-2/23 In Memphis, Tennessee, in 1937, the Empress of the Blues tells audiences the tale of her incredible musical career. This Center Repertory Company production, performed at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, also weaves in Smith’s biggest hits. lesherartscenter.org.
Into China Gallery Opening and Public Open House
1/25 In Danville, the Blackhawk Museum’s latest permanent gallery showcases handcrafted artistic pieces from thousands of years of Chinese history. Celebrate with a ribbon cutting and traditional performances simultaneously honoring both the exhibit’s opening and Chinese Lunar New Year. blackhawkmuseum.org.
1/25 Country-pop songstress LeAnn Rimes won her first Grammy Award at age 14, making her the youngest artist ever to claim the prize. Two decades later, she brings her vocal stylings to San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. sanramon.ca.gov.
West Side Story
1/25-2/9 Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s Romeo and Juliet–inspired love story is one of the most beloved musical-theater shows of all time. Witness the Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre’s face-off between the Jets and Sharks at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. firehousearts.org.
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