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The List: January

Kick off a new year with amazing food, a dance legend, and a true American idol.


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Film

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.
 

Charity

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.
 

Books

Amy Tan
(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 / Stone Canyon Records

 

Music

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.
 

 

Tribune Tavern/Photo by Aubrie PickFood

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.
 

Theater

The Drowsy Chaperone
(1/18–2/1)

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.
 

Theater

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.
 

John Deane

Dance

Martha Graham Dance Company
(1/31–2/1)

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.
 


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