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Top Tickets: January 9-15

This week, witness two new art exhibitions inspired by the natural world, hear from a beloved filmmaker and comedian, and more.

Jay and Silent Bob / Fox Theater


Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow

1/10 Twenty-five years after their debut in Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob are back in a new movie. To celebrate their resurgence, filmmaker and comedian Kevin Smith is taking the stage at Oakland’s Fox Theater as part of the SF Sketchfest comedy festival. thefoxoakland.com.




Peter Hassen / Discovery Project


The Great Wave: Contemporary Art About the Ocean

1/12-3/22 The ocean has long represented both stunning beauty and awesome terror. Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery explores this dichotomy in a new exhibition, showcasing works by artists who live near the sea, inspired by the famous woodblock print The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai. bedfordgallery.org.




ReneĢe Rapier / Festival Opera


Nuit d’Espagne: Renée Rapier and Robert Mollicone in Recital

1/12 Mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier and pianist Robert Mollicone present selections from Spain at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Festival Opera. Don’t miss Rapier in the company’s production of Carmen this summer at the Lesher Center for the Arts. festivalopera.com.




Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

1/12-3/29 Danville’s Museum of the San Ramon Valley presents an exhibition highlighting the wildflowers of the Golden State—and the havoc climate change is wreaking upon the land—via the photographs of Bay Area residents Rob Badger and Nita Winter. museumsrv.org.



Classical at the Freight: Mozart Birthday Celebration

1/13 The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra visits Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage to pay tribute to the genius of Mozart in celebration of his 264th birthday. Mozart famously began composing at just five years old. thefreight.org.


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