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Top Tickets: July 11-17

In the East Bay this week, explore cinema new and old, relive the 90’s, enjoy the opera, and savor delicious mac and cheese.

Shana Blake Hill stars in Carlisle Floyd's Susanna


Classic Film Series: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

7/11 and 7/25 The Pleasanton Library kicks off this year’s Classic Film Series with the 1917 silent film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, which was inspired by the Kate Douglas Wiggin novel. Don’t miss the Abbott and Costello comedy It Ain’t Hay (1943) on July 25th, either—Pleasanton was used as a filming location for both films. cityofpleasantonca.gov.




7/12 and 7/14 Award-winning soprano Shana Blake Hill leads the cast of Susannah, the beloved American opera that tells the story of a teenager targeted by vicious gossip in a small Tennessee town. Produced by the Festival Opera, the performances take place at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. festivalopera.com.



The 90’s Experience

7/12-8/31 Relive the 1990s at this interactive pop-up museum featuring fashion, music, and pop-culture relics from the pre-social media decade. Expect tributes to pagers, Nirvana, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Friends—among many other flashbacks that engage all five senses—at this 6,000-square-foot blast from the past in Oakland’s Jack London Square. experiencethe90s.com.



View Finders: Women Cinematographers

7/12-11/21 BAMPFA’s latest film series highlights the work of female cinematographers and offers a look into the artistic visions of women from around the globe in order to ask whether or not a “female gaze” really exists. bampfa.org.


Mac and Cheese Week at Homeroom


Mac and Cheese Week Fest

7/13-7/14 Oakland’s beloved mac and cheese emporium celebrates the national food holiday with live music, macaroni art, games, giveaways, face painting, and a recipe competition. If you can’t make the weekend festival, make sure to stop by during the week. The restaurant will be celebrating in advance with favorite mac and cheese flavors, a prize wheel, a photo booth, and more. homeroom510.com.


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