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January’s Top Events

Have a musical MLK Day; plus, Jersey Boys’ Bay Area return, Billy Joel cover songs in Pleasanton, and delicious deals at Oakland Restaurant Week highlight this month’s top events.


Jersey Boys / By JEREMY DANIEL


Jersey Boys
See the true story of blue-collar boys Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hitting the big time with “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and other original songs live onstage at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. shnsf.com.



Pianist Kyle Martin performs Billy Joel’s greatest hits, including “Only the Good Die Young” and “New York State of Mind,” in a musical tribute to the rock icon at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton. firehousearts.org.



The Pirates of Penzance
The classic hilarious farce by Gilbert and Sullivan comes to life onstage at the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, with pirates, policemen, and young lovers. trivalleyrep.org.


Food and Drink

Oakland Restaurant Week
More than 100 restaurants—including Calavera, Hopscotch, and Picán—offer deals at lunch and dinner. oaklandrestaurantweek.org.

Need an excuse to see what Oakland’s foodie buzz is all about? During Oakland Restaurant Week—from January 14 to 24—top restaurants will offer special deals on lunch and dinner. Kim Bardakian, director of PR and Community Relations for Visit Oakland, dishes on what’s new—and what to eat—during Restaurant Week.

Q: What’s new this year?
It is going to be bigger. In previous years, we’ve had around 80 restaurants, but this year we are expecting more than 100 restaurants. A few new faces are Parlour, Salsipuedes, and Overland.

Q: Which big names are returning?
A: Lungomare (which was slammed last year), Ozumo, Hutch, Hopscotch, Picán . . .

Q: What do the restaurants offer during the week?
A: Typically, they offer a deal on lunch and dinner. Sometimes, they may do a three-course meal or offer a specialty cocktail.

Q: Why is restaurant week so special?
A: The city is a real destination for a foodie. Oakland was just featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show, and will be in an upcoming episode of Top Chef California. visitoakland.org/restaurant-week. — Megan Molavi


Courtesy of Makeunder

Listen to Makeunder 

Great Headless Blank
Oakland-based art pop group Makeunder recently released its new EP, Great Headless Blank, now streaming on Spotify. Funky polyrhythms punctuated by clapping and horns drive the title track. The band is working on a follow up LP. wearemakeunder.com.

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