The List: January
New year, new fun, with basketball tricks, flight attendant humor, and a festival of independent films.
Surround yourself with beautiful plants—both real and illustrated—
at this annual exhibit at the UC Botanical Garden. Artists include Orinda’s Catherine Watters and Lee McCaffree. botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
Dancers, gymnasts, and actors join forces for this performance at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater, where movements represent the absurdities of contemporary human life. livermoreperformingarts.org.
Take the kids to the Oracle Arena to witness incredible basketball juggling, spinning, and trick shots by the Harlem Globetrotters. coliseum.com.
In the Name of Love
Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Scottish Rite Center, with performances by R&B star Goapele, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and others. mlktribute.com.
Company C Contemporary Ballet
Perennial dance troupe favorite in our Best of the East Bay poll, Company C starts its season with four pieces, including the world premiere of Indoor Fireworks, choreographed to Elvis Costello, at the Lesher Center. companycballet.org.
Food and Wine
Taste of Tri-Valley
The inaugural Tri-Valley Restaurant Week kicks off with a dozen restaurants—including the Peasant and the Pear, Wente, and Eddie Papa’s—offering prix fixe meals and special offers. trivalleycvb.com/tasteoftrivalley.
Center Rep presents this Tony Award–winning comedy about a man with not one but three flight attendant fiancées, whose typically fail-safe schedules suddenly hit some turbulence. centerrep.org.
California Independent Film Festival
Movie lovers won’t want to miss this celebration of independent and locally made films, now at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips will receive the festival’s Maverick Award. caiff.org.