The List: February
Get in the mood for fun, with a tango ballet, a Valentine’s Day tea, and stories from America’s most beloved funny man.
2/3–2/4 Smuin Ballet
2/3–2/4 The San Francisco–based troupe kicks off its Walnut Creek season with a world premiere set to the music of Patsy Cline, as well as Michael Smuin’s popular Stabat Mater and Tango Palace. smuinballet.org.
2/4–5/13 Oakland Museum of California presents the first major retrospective of work by San Francisco artist Margaret De Patta, exhibiting her modernist jewelry and ceramics. museumca.org.
California Independent Film Festival
2/10–2/16 Margaret O’Brien (Little Women) and Burt Young (Rocky) are among the special guests at this annual fest, featuring more than 25 indie flicks at Moraga’s New Rheem Theatre. caiff.org.
2/11 The comic genius returns to the Paramount Theatre for a night of anecdotes covering everything from his childhood to the Cosby Show to Jell-O pudding. paramounttheatre.com.
Valentine’s Day Tea
2/12 This educational party for kids celebrates herbs and flowers, with fresh tea and finger sandwiches, and handmade Valentines from pressed botanicals. botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
2/12–3/25 Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art explores the presence of veils and veiling throughout human history—from the sacred to the sensual to the sociopolitical—in 36 works. stmarys-ca.edu/museum.
Don’t Fence Me In
2/23 The authentic Wild West comes to life onstage in this revue, featuring cowboy songs and poetry, high plains yodeling, Western swing fiddle, and polka, at the Bankhead Theater. livermoreperformingarts.org.
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