The List: January
Here’s to a new year—and another 12 months to fill up with East Bay fun, from a fire opera to Cirque du Soleil.
1/18–1/19 Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour
1/6–2/19 Berkeley Rep’s Tony Taccone and Cal Shakes’ Jonathan Moscone collaborate on a collage of fiction and memory about the assassination of S.F. Mayor George Moscone, Jon’s father. berkeleyrep.org.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
1/14 Lindy hop on down to Livermore’s Bankhead Theater for a performance by swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. livermoreperformingarts.org.
Machine: a Fire Opera
1/14–1/21 Opera singers, percussionists, molten metal, glass blowing: The Crucible presents another fiery performance in Oakland, this one about workers in a harsh, industrial universe. thecrucible.org.
Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour
1/17–1/18 Cirque du Soleil takes on the King of Pop in a show that honors his signature music and moves, using more than 65 dancers, musicians, acrobats, and singers at Oracle Arena. cirquedusoleil.com.
Company C Contemporary Ballet
1/20–1/21 The dance company opens its season at the Lesher Center with Peter Anastos’ Footage and a duet to music by Tom Waits. companycballet.org.
Food and wine
Taste of Tri-Valley
1/21–1/29 Twenty restaurants in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon offer special menus and deals all week. trivalleycvb.com/tasteoftrivalley.
The Romance of the Cello
1/22 The California Symphony kicks off its Walnut Creek season with concertos by Copeland, Elgar, and Rachmaninoff. californiasymphony.org.
Party with celebrities while helping to save shelter dogs and cats at Animal Rescue Foundation’s fundraising doubleheader in Walnut Creek. Comedy Night on January 6 features stand-up comedian and sitcom star George Lopez, while country singer Wynonna headlines Stars to the Rescue on January 7. arf.net.
For even more event picks, check out Top Tickets every Monday at diablomag.com.