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The List: January

Kick off a new year with the best of the arts, from Cole Porter to Andy Warhol.


Anything Goes

Joan Marcus


Cheryl Strayed

1/6 Meet the author of New York Times best-seller and book club darling Wild at this fundraising event for Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Strayed will share her moving story of walking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. lafayettelib.org.


Anything Goes

1/8–2/3 Journey back to the 1930s, with the Tony Award–winning revival of Cole Porter’s ocean liner musical, Anything Goes, at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. shnsf.com.

Company C Contemporary Ballet // Rosalie O’ConnorDance

Company C Contemporary Ballet

1/17–1/19 The dance company’s season opener at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts is an innovative program of world premieres, including a Hitchcock-esque dinner party ballet. companycballet.org.


In the Name of Love

1/19 Tony and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday headlines this annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., along with Oaktown Jazz, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and special guests. livingjazz.org.


The Full Monty

1/19–2/3 Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre takes on this revealing musical dramedy about unemployed New York steel workers who develop a male strip act, at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. trivalleyrep.org.



1/30–4/28 Berkeley Art Museum presents a century of modern and contemporary art and film that examines silence in a digitized world, with works by Ingmar Bergman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, among others. bampfa.berkeley.edu.


Opening Night Concert: Esperanza Spalding // Sandrine LeeDestination Jazz

After touring Bay Area venues for 30 years, SF Jazz opens its own facility this month near Civic Center, including a 700-seat auditorium, rehearsal space, and a café. Here’s the scoop on grand opening events. sfjazz.org.

January 21:

Grand Opening
Open house with events and tours.

January 23:

Opening Night Concert
Hosted by Bill Cosby and featuring Chick Corea, Pete Escovedo, Joshua Redman, and Esperanza Spalding.

January 24–27:

Spotlight Concerts
Opening night artists participate in once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, backed-up by the SF Jazz Collective.

January 31–February 3:

Jazz in the City
Local artists are highlighted, including the Montclair Women’s Big Band.


For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.  

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