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Top Tickets: March 15–21

Kick off the spring season with color, comedy, and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Courtesy of W. Kamau Bell


Berkeley Talks: W. Kamau Bell
Comedian, writer, and TV personality W. Kamau Bell heads to Zellerbach Hall for UC Berkeley’s new lecture series, Berkeley Talks. Known for his TV show Totally Biased and CNN docuseries United Shades of America, Bell speaks to his hometown of Berkeley about his career, politics, and recently published book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell. calperformances.org.



Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration
 For a family-friendly take on your Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, head to the East Bay’s most Irish-sounding city—Dublin—for a full weekend of events, including the kickoff Green and White Gala, carnival rides and games, a parade, and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. dublinca.gov.


California Academy of Sciences


Expedition Reef
3/16 In a whole new take on the planetarium, San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences constructs a virtual tour of our ocean’s coral reefs in this brand new exhibit. Art and technology come together to paint a moving picture of the galaxies of life at the bottom of the sea. calacademy.org.


Food and Drink

Saint Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl
Get into the spirit of the holiday by strolling through Downtown Pleasanton to enjoy craft beers and snacks at more than 30 local venues. Don’t forget to wear green! pleasantondowntown.net.



Art for the Picking
3/20–5/5 After a season of remodeling, Walnut Creek’s Valley Art Gallery is reopening for a fresh exhibit full of life and spring color by more than 100 East Bay artists. valleyartgallery.org.

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