The List: January
Kick off a new year with amazing food, a dance legend, and a true American idol.
Winter Break Movie Marathon
(1/2–1/3) Kids getting antsy at the end of winter break? Send them to one of San Ramon’s two libraries, which are showing current and popular G– and PG–rated films, such as Planes and The Little Mermaid, for free. ccclib.org.
Stars to the Rescue
(1/4) Animal Rescue Foundation’s annual fundraiser features songwriter Bruce Hornsby, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, and stand-up comic Allan Havey, performing at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. arf.net.
(1/10) Oakland-born novelist Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club) visits Danville’s Rakestraw Books to read from and sign her latest, The Valley of Amazement, about a mother and daughter navigating turn-of-the-century Shanghai. rakestrawbooks.com.
Ricky Nelson Remembered
(1/10) America’s first teen idol, country-rock star Ricky Nelson, is celebrated at this multimedia concert performance by his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, at Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center. firehousearts.org.
Oakland Restaurant Week
(1/17–1/26) The Oakland restaurant scene just keeps getting hotter. Don’t miss this chance to dine at more than 50 participating restaurants offering $20, $30, and $40 prix fixe menus. visitoakland.org/restaurantweek.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents this musical about an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic who is transported into the world of his favorite show recording, at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. trivalleyrep.org.
Man in a Case
(1/25–2/16) Russian-American ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in this adaptation of two Anton Chekhov stories at Berkeley Rep. The multimedia production includes elements of theater, dance, music, and video. berkeleyrep.org.
Martha Graham Dance Company
The company formed by modern dance pioneer Martha Graham performs Appalachian Spring, with a Pulitzer Prize–winning score by Aaron Copland, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. calperformances.org.
For even more picks, check out our Community Calendar at diablomag.com.