Be East Bay: January Events

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Tycho.

San Francisco’s ambient band Tycho combines electro-synth and traditional instruments into haunting nursery gothic melodies and mysterious chillwave that might evoke nostalgia for a long-forgotten childhood or a deep sense of saudade for a home that you never knew. Tycho’s music creates a mind-tickling, ear-itching vibe of ethereal weirdness grounded by snippets of found audio from old weather broadcasts to overheard telephone conversations, so it’s no wonder that Tycho was tapped to record tracks for the similarly weird Adult Swim music compilation Ghostly Swim. More recently, the band continued its ambient wave ascent with Epoch. Like the soundtrack to a science fiction film that plays only in your head, Epoch combines the off-kilter aesthetics of an ’80s Celtic new wave, invoking the spirit of bagpipes, fiddles, and windswept moors, with the smooth quasi-Datarock muzak of a corporate training video. Remember a past you never knew you forgot when the band brings this unique sound to the Fox Theater in January.

Jan. 7, 8 p.m., $54-$66. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. FoxTheateroakland.net.

Emanuel Ax, The intense, talented, internationally acclaimed pianist with the name that sounds like the henchman of a James Bond supervillain returns to Berkeley to perform a recital of beloved Schubert and Chopin pieces.

Jan. 22, 3 p.m., $22-$96, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. CalPerformances.org.

Special guests ’70s funk-groove reggae band Raging Fyah (from Jamaica) and punk noise sensation Nattlie Rize (from All Directions) join the San Diego-based reggae rock ensemble Tribal Seeds for an all-island Reggae extravaganza on their Winter Roots Tour stop in Berkeley.

Jan. 26, 8 p.m., UC Theater, 2036 University Ave, Berkeley. TheUCTheatre.org.

The Queen of R & B Toni Braxton is known for her deliciously smoky vocals, elegant fashionista flair, and captivating stage presence. Enjoy old favorites from her repertoire like “Unbreak My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough” as well as tracks from latest Grammy-winning duets album Love, Marriage & Divorce.

Jan. 28, 8 p.m. $69-$99, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. ParamountTheatre.com.

 

Theater

The Altarena Playhouse’s new musical, Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical, traces the life and times of Rosemary Clooney, America’s favorite girl singer. From her roots on a Midwestern farm to her meteoric rise to stardom as the all-American girl singer/songwriter of the 1950s.

Opens Jan. 6, 8 p.m., $27-$30, Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda. Altarena.org.

The master of meta-comedy, Tom Stoppard penned this tale about a cerebral playwright who finds life imitating art a little too much when his mistress taps him to ghostwrite a script. The Real Thing, a play-within-a-play, will make you wonder … are you really watching a play at all? Or are you just figments of some author’s imagination?

Starts Jan. 27, 8 p.m., $36, Aurora Mainstage Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. AuroraTheatre.org

In Women in Jeopardy, divorcees Mary and Jo suspect that their friend’s weird new boyfriend might just be a serial killer, so they set out to learn the truth ... with hilarious results.

Opens Jan. 27, 8 p.m., $33-$39, Center REPertory Company, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. CenterREP.org.

Let there be drums! The men of Japan’s best-known Taiko drumming ensemble Kodo takes to the stage in a display of expert choreography and raw muscle power in Dadan.

Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Jan. 29, 3 p.m., $15-$72, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. CalPerformances.org.

 

This report appears in the January 2017 edition of our sister publication, The East Bay Monthly.

Published online on Dec. 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

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