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Top Tickets: November 14-20

This week in the East Bay, design your own gift wrap, enjoy holiday ice skating, head to the symphony, and more.

Goapele / Yoshi's



11/14-11/17 The East Bay’s own R&B and soul songstress, Goapele, comes home to Oakland for four days of shows at Yoshi’s. Known for her hit “Closer” and her social activism, the singer is expected to debut new music. yoshis.com.





Kristi Yamaguchi / City Center Bishop Ranch


Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink at City Center

11/15-1/5 City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon welcomes the holiday season with a skating rink. The opening celebration on November 15, which benefits Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, will include a ribbon cutting featuring the Olympian herself, as well as skating and musical performances. citycenterbishopranch.com.



Mozart and his Mentor

11/16-11/17 Featuring both Mozart’s first symphony, written when he was only 8 years old, and Haydn’s final, written at the age of 63, the California Symphony’s latest concert blends the works of two legends at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. californiasymphony.org.



Holiday Gift Wrap Making

11/16 Lafayette’s Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery’s pop-up location, JPG@TheBank, invites you to get a head start on wrapping presents by creating your own gift paper and origami boxes. Be sure to RSVP and bring a scarf or handbag to donate to shelters for women in Contra Costa County. jenniferperlmuttergallery.com.


The Hip Hop Nutcracker / Tim Norris


The Hip Hop Nutcracker

11/19 The classic Christmas ballet gets an updated twist in this touring show at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, as Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince race through today’s New York City to battle a gang of mice and marvel at the Land of Sweets. paramounttheatre.com.



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