The List: February
Suburban photography by a legendary Tri-Valley shutterbug, a gigantic dinosaur exhibition, and a musical performance by The Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald make up this month’s must-do list.
(1/21–3/15) View more than 30 photographs of women and girls in 1970s suburbia by renowned Northern California photographer Bill Owens—whose career began at the Livermore Independent—at Mills College Art Museum in Oakland. mcam.mills.edu.
Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact
(1/31–9/20) What’s the buzz on bees? In this new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, don a beekeeper suit, crawl through a human-sized beehive, and leave with tips on planting a bee-friendly garden. museumca.org.
(2/6–2/7) Watch Diablo Ballet perform George Balanchine’s playful Harlequinade Pas de Deux and a world premiere by choreographer Sonya Delwaide at Walnut Creek’s Del Valle Theatre, then meet the dancers at a dessert reception. diabloballet.org.
(2/8–2/9) Jurassic World isn’t in theaters until June, but you (and your kids) can get your dinosaur fix among 50 life-size animatronic beasts—some of which are available to ride!—at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. alamedacountyfair.com.
An Evening With Molly Ringwald
(2/12) You know her from The Breakfast Club, but did you know Molly Ringwald can sing? She takes on the Great American Songbook at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. livermoreperformingarts.org.
East Bay Comic-Con
(2/15) Don a costume for this second annual comic book convention at the Concord Hilton, which includes meet-and-greets with authors and artists, merchandise, and more. eastbaycomiccon.com.
(2/17–3/15) Disney’s cult classic musical about orphaned boys selling newspapers in 1890s New York City finally became a hit when it was adapted for the Broadway stage. Catch the national tour when it stops at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. shnsf.com.
Hooray for Hollywood
(2/22) Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra performs great cinematic scores—including selections from Frozen, a John Williams tribute, and a James Bond medley—at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. cccorch.org.
For even more events, check out the Community Calendar and the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.