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Top Tickets: November 15–21

A book talk, crazy acrobatics, a Christmas ballet, and more headline this week in the Bay.

Aubrie Pick


Andy Weir
The author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Martian returns to his hometown of Livermore to discuss his early life, writing, and newest work, Artemis, at the Bankhead Theater. lvpac.org.



Small Things Exhibit
The opening reception for this third annual exhibit at Lafayette’s Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery hosts 35 artists and their 2-D and 3-D works, including miniature furniture made from champagne cork wire, handmade ornaments, and more. jenniferperlmuttergallery.com.



Benoit Z. Leroux




Cirque du Soleil returns to AT&T Park in San Francisco with a big-top show about extreme sports and self-discovery, filled to the brim with striking visuals and breathtaking acrobatics. cirquedusoleil.com.




The Christmas Ballet
For Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s 25th anniversary, the company’s annual holiday show at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts mixes celebratory new pieces with old favorites like “Santa Baby” and “Drummer Boy.” lesherartscenter.org.



Maker’s Market in Broadway Plaza
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and makers at this craft fair. With more than 20 booths offering everything from jewelry to apparel to succulents, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your nice list. eventbrite.com.

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