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March’s Top Events

Serial in the East Bay, a Bowie tribute, and more of this month’s best happenings.



GLAS Animation Festival
The first installment of this annual festival takes place in Berkeley, and celebrates the new and innovative world of contemporary independent animation, with film screenings, Q&As with the filmmakers, and a special presentation from Star Wars animator Phil Tippett. glasanimation.com.  


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East Bay Women’s Conference
Mavis Nicholson Leno, chairwoman of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls; Bare Escentuals creator Leslie Blodgett; and Anne Mahlum, founder of Back on My Feet, highlight this annual event held at the San Ramon Marriott. walnut-creek.com.



Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
Celebrate the life and career of one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. See his gowns, study his technique, and learn about the influences that shaped his work. deyoung.famsf.org


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“Under Pressure,” Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
In honor of the late David Bowie, Lafayette’s Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers share a never-released version of “Under Pressure,” available on SoundCloud. The band’s take on the song is hauntingly beautiful, with a mix of piano, strings, and Bluhm’s vocals leading the way. nickibluhm.com.


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Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of Serial, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
The creators of the hit podcast Serial, which had more than 100 million downloads for its first season that centered on a murder in Baltimore, bring behind-the-scenes stories to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. calperformances.org

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