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Jane Goodall

COURTESY MICHAEL NEUGEBAUER

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Alameda on Camera

Who needs Google Street View when you have 48 photographers scouring Alameda neighborhoods for 48 hours? The resulting photos form this popular annual exhibit, which looks at the city from a microscopic to a macroscopic perspective. Opening gala on April 11. April 4–May 31. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, www.FrankBetteCenter.org.

African Roots of Jazz

Come for the books, stay for the art when Berkeley’s Central Library exhibits a collection of local artist Charles Curtis Blackwell’s paintings that explore various facets of the jazz aesthetic and Africa. Through April 20. Times vary, free. Berkeley Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyPublicLibrary.org.

Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah

For the first time in more than 60 years, this exhibit displays all 48 of Arthur Szyk’s paintings—created using ancient techniques of Medieval illuminated manuscripts—that portray the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt but also draw parallels to the rising threat of Nazis and Hitler during the works’ creation. Through June 29. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.–Tue., 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thu., $10–$12, free (18 and under). Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, www.TheCJM.org.

Honoring Our Women Weavers: Maya Paintings and Blouses

Discover the culture and artistry of Guatemalan weavers and painters. Special knitting programs take place in conjunction with the exhibit every Saturday in March. Through April 9. Times vary, free. César E. Chávez Library, 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, www.OaklandLibrary.org/Exhibits.

L@TE

Every Friday night join the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive for a rotating lineup of films, dance, music, and fashion. Highlights include electronic musician Alvin Curran (April 11), an examination of whale songs from a musical perspective (May 9), and the closing ceremony for the experimental exhibition, The Possible (May 23). Through May 23. 7:30 p.m., $7. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, bampfa.Berkeley.edu.

Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography

The biannual exhibition turns its attention to Bay Area photography and showcases works that “is fearless of constraints and explores image making through both traditional and nontraditional techniques.” Artists include Hiroyo Kaneko, Linda Connor, and Klea McKenna among others. Through May 11. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $2–$5 suggested donation. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyArtCenter.org.

Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

An extensive look at the life and career of one of Walt Disney’s most influential artists and art directors, this exhibition uses photos, artifacts, videos, and Blair’s own artwork to trace her career from school through working with Disney and beyond. Blair not only contributed to such films as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, her designs and color palettes helped shape theme park attractions, most notably “it’s a small world.” Through Sept. 7. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $12–$20, free (5 and under). The Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., San Francisco, www.WaltDisney.org.

Red Ant Dream: The Life of Revolutionary Possibility in India

Director Sanjay Kak will be on hand to screen and discuss his newest documentary on the Maoist Movement, the third in a cycle of films that examines and questions the inner workings of democracy in India. April 3. 4–7 p.m., free. UC Berkeley, Stephens Hall, Berkeley, Events.Berkeley.edu

Stop Telling Women to Smile

Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s exhibition and public art project uses hand-drawn posters of women who’ve told their stories of gender-based street harassment. The project uses city-specific renditions, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh will create new works based on Bay Area experiences. Through April 19. 12–5 p.m., Wed.–Sat., free. Betti Ono, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, www.BettiOno.WordPress.com.

SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot

Eric Nakamura—editor and publisher of Giant Robot, a onc-small punk-oriented zine that celebrates Asian-American pop culture—guest curates this exhibition that features works across multiple media from artists associated with the now multi-faceted publication. April 19–July 27. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$15, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, www.MuseumCa.org.

Vinyl: The Sound of Culture and Records

Ask any hipster: Vinyl is less about the medium and more about the culture. In this interactive exhibit, discover California’s take on the vinyl culture with private and group listening stations, album cover art, notable record collections, informal talks, and live music. April 19–July 27. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., $6–$15, free (8 and under). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, www.MuseumCa.org.

OUTDOORS

Archery Introduction

From Katniss Everdeen to Oliver Queen, all the greatest archers had to start somewhere. After a lecture on terminology and safety, head out to the range and let your arrows fly. Please note: Archery enthusiasts should leave all boxing glove arrows at home. April 26. 1:30–3:30 p.m., $50–$56. Roberts Regional Park, Redwood Bowmen Clubhouse, 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.EBParks.org.

California Native Plant Bloom

Wander 4 acres full of native plants right in the heart of the city. Enjoy the colors of blue lilacs, yellow meadowfoams, and golden poppies, or head to Redwood Grove and take a big calming breath amidst towering century-old redwoods, cool ferns, and dotted huckleberry plants. April 1–May 15. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., $2–$7, free (San Francisco residents and children 4 and under). San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.SFBotanicalGarden.org.

Chomp! They Came from the Swamp!

Sure, plants that eat meat are a fascinating twist in evolution, but when they start singing and dancing about Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, somone needs to draw the line. Luckily, none of the carnivorous plants on display at this popular returning exhibit compares to Audrey II, but their methods for trapping and consuming bugs are equally out of this world. April 11–Oct. 19. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue.–Sun., $1.50–$8, free (4 and under). Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.ConservatoryOfFlowers.org.

Earth Day Bio Blitz

Join fellow nature lovers in documenting Tilden Park’s biodiversity using smartphones and help from local naturalists. Guests are invited to sign up for one of four shifts—Early Birds (7–9 a.m.), Morning (10 a.m.–1 p.m.), Afternoon (2–5 p.m.), and Night Owls (7–9 p.m.)—and join in the pizza dinner and discussion (6–7 p.m., $10). Ages 12 and up. April 20. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., free, pre-registration required. Tilden Nature Area, Environmental Education Center, north end of Central Park Drive, Berkeley, www.EBParks.org.

Moonlight Hike

Let the moon—and a seasoned hiker and Chabot educator—guide you through the redwoods surrounding the science center. Along the easy 3-mile hike, learn about the local ecosystem and the night’s sky before peeking through a telescope following the nocturnal ramble. April 4 & 11. 6:45–9 p.m. April 4, 5:45–8 p.m. April 11, $12. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.ChabotSpace.org.

Strictly Sail Pacific

One of the West Coast’s largest all-sail boat shows returns with free sailboat rides, more than 100 workshops and demonstrations, and vendors providing all of the gear and accessories needed to confidently shout, “Ahoy, matey!” Plus, activities and games for the kids and a chance to meet and connect with local sailors. April 10–13. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $11–$15, two- and four-day passes available. Jack London Square, Oakland, www.StrictlySailPacific.com.

Yuri’s Night Eve

Chabot’s overnight slumber party pays special tribute to the first manned spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Whether through the telescope or on a night hike through the woods take some time to contemplate Yuri’s, and humankind’s, accomplishment. It may not be Warp 5 with Captain Picard, but we went to space, people. Space. April 11. 6 p.m.–10 a.m., $90 general, $80 members. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.ChabotSpace.org.

STAGE

Antigone(s)

Drawing on interpretations from an array of sources across multiple cultures and time periods, the college presents a production of one of Sophocles’ most important dramatic works, one that remains as relevant today as it was when togas and columns were the biggest fads. April 2–6. 8 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $5–$10. Saint Mary’s College of California, LeFevre Theatre, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga, www.StMarys-Ca.edu.

AXIS Dance Company

After performing across the nation, this local dance troupe returns home for a show that includes the premiere of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface, a new work by Marc Brew, and Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A. April 11–13. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $10–$25. Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland, www.AxisDance.org.

Bill Cosby

After filming a new comedy special but before returning to NBC in a new sitcom, one of the funniest comedians ever stops off in Oakland to lay out some new material and, most likely, hit on the topics that propelled him to stardom—husbands and wives, children and parenting, and the elephant under dad’s chair that lifted him three feet off the ground. April 12. 8 p.m. $37.50–$67.50. The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.

The Coast of Utopia

Shotgun Players isn’t content to settle for one installment in Tom Stoppard’s trilogy, oh, no. It’s bringing you each of the three parts—Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage—that tackle philosophical issues in prerevolution Russia. For die-hard Stoppard fans, Shotgun will marathon the roughly nine-hour trilogy on April 5 and 26 ($100–$125). Through April 17. Various times, $20–$30. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, www.ShotgunPlayers.org.

An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

Following their 1980 Tony Award–winning performances in Evita, the Broadway legends reunite for a love story told entirely through some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage. One of the hottest shows in town—keep an eye out for additional tickets to open up. April 26. 8 p.m., $100–$250. Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, www.Live.Stanford.edu.

Impact

Destiny Arts Center, the Oakland-based arts education and violence prevention center, launches its 25th anniversary year with the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, or DAYPC, dancing at Laney College this spring in Impact. Anniversary celebrations culminate with a benefit gala May 17. April 4, 5, 7:30 p.m.; April 8, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; April 12, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 5 p.m. $13–$30. Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, www.DestinyArts.org.

The Letter

Aurora Theatre Company breaks in its second stage, Harry’s UpStage, with an inaugural production of John W. Lowell’s cat-and-mouse thriller set in 1931 Soviet Union, a time when nothing is as it seems and secret agendas drive everyone. Previews begin April 17. April 24–May 25. Times vary, $32–$60. Aurora Theatre, Harry’s UpStage, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, www.AuroraTheatre.org.

Paul Mooney

The incomparably hilarious comedian returns to the town in which he grew up for two nights of stand-up. The former circus ringmaster and writer for Richard Pryor, Saturday Night Live, and In Living Color has more recently received notoriety for his appearances on Chappelle’s Show and his own live comedy specials and albums. April 18–19. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat., $39. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland.

Sleuth

Center REP presents Anthony Shaffer’s British thriller, in which a mystery writer invites his wife’s lover to join him at his mansion and in a scheme that will solve all of their problems. Previews begin March 28. April 1–26. Various times, $33–$54. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.CenterRep.org.

The Vagina Monologues

If you’ve yet to catch the critically acclaimed show that uses hundreds of interviews to explore women’s sexuality and the stigmas surrounding rape and abuse, this production gives you yet another opportunity and benefits the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. April 16–17. 7 p.m., $20–$25. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.UptownNightClub.com.

Wittenberg

Aurora Theatre Company presents the Bay Area premiere of David Davalos’ historical mash-up comedy. Returning to college after an eye-opening summer spent with Copernicus and his crazy, revolutionary, rotational-rational ideas, Hamlet finds himself caught between two professors, Martin Luther and Doctor Faustus, who vie for the young prince’s mind and soul. Previews begin April 4. April 10–May 4. Times vary, $32–$60. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, www.AuroraTheatre.org.

TASTES

Albatross’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

Born in 1964, Albatross Pub claims to be Berkeley’s oldest pub, but more know it for the darts, fireplace, board games, and relaxed atmosphere filled with good people and good drinks. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, the pub is offering drink specials, ’60s-themed drinks, and live music. April 20–June 8. 4:30 p.m.–2 a.m. Wed.–Sat., 6 p.m.–2 a.m. Sun.–Tue., free. Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, www.AlbatrossPub.com.

Bay Area Craft Beer Festival

Avoid the crowds and long lines waiting for pours with this beer festival that offers samples from more than 35 craft breweries located west of the Mississippi, including 21st Amendment, Karl Strauss, Ninkasi Brewing, and North Coast Brewing Company. April 12. 12–4 p.m., $35–$45. Historic Cannery District, Martinez Waterfront Park, Martinez, www.BayAreaCraftBeerFestival.com.

Cider Summit

Five years ago, hard cider was the stuff you drank at the beer festival when all the other taps had run dry. In recent years, artisanal ciders—and even a few nationally marketed brands—have come into their own, and this tasting festival proves why. With pours of close to 90 ciders from around the world, a dog lounge, and food vendors, this cider celebration may give the ubiquitous beer fest a run for its money. April 26. 12–6 p.m., $25 advance, $30 door. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, www.CiderSummit.com.

Grand Tasting and Seminar Series

The Rhone Rangers ride into town celebrating the grape of their namesake with a grand tasting offering close to 400 different pours from more than 100 wineries and a seminar series examining American Rhone wines and the Grenache grape. For a more intimate gathering, the Winemaker Dinner at Fort Mason, San Francisco (April 5, $150), offers tastes from 16 wineries paired with a four-course meal catered by the Girl & The Fig. April 6. 10 a.m., $55–$125. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way S, Richmond, www.RhoneRangers.org.

TUNES

Franz Ferdinand

Glasgow’s indie-rock band swings through Oakland promoting their fourth studio album, last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. That guitar riff from “Take Me Out” never fails to make everyone dance. April 28. 8 p.m., $39.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.

Hard Bop All-Stars

Unlike the Hard Bop-It All-Stars—who create music exclusively using Hasbro’s electronic game—the Hard Bop All-Stars perform bebop music from the greats: Dizzy, Monk, and Miles. April 12. 8 p.m., $20. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, www.PiedmontPiano.com.

Il Divo: A Musical Affair

Loosely translated, Il Divo means “four hot dudes breaking hearts with their sexy singing voices.” In this performance, the group that melds pop and classical sounds takes on Broadway’s biggest songs. April 6. 8 p.m. $39.50–$127. The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.

Jazz Search West

After a month of competition, local amateur and pro hepcat jazz musicians battle it out during the semifinals (Freight & Salvage, April 7, $15 admission) and finals (Yoshi’s Oakland, April 15, $20 admission) that put American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor, and a myriad of other musically inclined reality-TV shows to shame. April 7, 15. Times vary, $15–$20. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley; Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland; www.JazzSearchWest.com.

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber

The last time bluegrass fiddlin’, Grammy Award–winning Laurie Lewis (Skippin’ and Flyin’) teamed up with Tom Rozum on mandolin and Nina Gerber on guitar at Freight & Salvage, the resulting music became the new album, One Evening in May. The trio returns to where the album was born to celebrate its release with a toe-tappin’ concert. April 3. 8 p.m., $23 advance, $25 door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.FreightAndSalvage.org.

Matt Slocum Quartet

The California Jazz Conservatory presents a Jazzschool concert featuring New York composer and drummer, Matt Slocum along with his quartet in celebration of their newest album, Black Elk’s Dream. April 5. 8 p.m., $15 general, $12 students and seniors. Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, www.Jazzschool.org.

Mint Condition

After more than 20 years, this R&B group is still in, well, mint condition. The group credits its dedication to staying true to their music as the key to its longevity, and with hits such as “Not My Daddy,” “Breakin’ My Heart,” and “Someone To Love,” it’s easy to see why the group is still drawing crowds today. April 18–19. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat., $39. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland.

Snow Tha Product

The 22-year-old Claudia Feliciano—otherwise known as Snow Tha Product—brings her bilingual mic skills back to her native state after becoming an underground MC sensation across the United States and Latin America through appearances in major-label music videos and Texas mic passes. 18 and over only. April 1. 9 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParish.com.

The Terror Horror Bloodshed Tour

If you like your punk music served up with monikers such as pogo, Phili Street, or sticky skunk, then Evacuate, The Bad Engrish, Agnostic Blunt, and headliners The Virus—in their only Northern California tour appearance—have you covered with a night of head-jamming, body-slamming, pulse-pounding music. April 9. 8 p.m.–1 a.m., $10. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third St., Oakland, www.OaklandMetro.org.

W. Hazaiah Williams Memorial Concert

Pianist Leon Bates and cellist Elaine Kreston continue the Four Seasons Arts Concert Series with a program that includes Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 by Willy Wonka’s favorite composer, Rachmaninoff. April 26. 3 p.m., free, but tickets are required. First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, www.FSArts.org.

Yonder Mountain String Band

The Colorado-based string band swings into Oakland for a performance featuring its own unique take on bluegrass music inspired not only by bluegrass greats but also by punk bands such as Bad Religion and Dead Kennedys. April 5. 8 p.m., $25. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.

WORDS

Annalee Newitz

The editor-in-chief of the science and science fiction site io9.com and UC Berkeley alum comes to Berkeley to discuss all things scientifically geeky. April 23. 7:30 p.m., free. Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, www.MoesBooks.com

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

Jane Goodall discusses her new book that looks at how plants and trees affect the world around us. Drawing on her travels around the world, from her home in England to the Gombe forest in Africa, the renowned naturalist ties the worldly concepts to our own backyard and examines what we can do to safeguard the flora in our own communities. April 4. 2 p.m., $35, includes signed book. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, www.BookPassage.com.

Uniquely Yours: A Green Windows Creative Writing Workshop

Creative writers, or those just wishing to learn how better to express themselves through writing, are invited to join Peggy Simmons and the Green Window Writers in this monthly workshop intended to fuel creativity, offer feedback, and ignite the spark that will lead to your next great work of creative writing. April 27. 7–9:30 p.m., $1–$25 suggested donation. Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.RPSCollective.org

University of Heroes with Tim Draper

Venture capitalist and founder of the Draper University for Heroes discusses the boarding school designed for young entrepreneurs from around the world and its goal of providing the world with more heroes. It may not be Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, but we’ll take heroes in whatever form they may appear. April 3. 7:30 p.m., $10 public, free for Cal students and I-House residents. International House, UC-Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, Events.Berkeley.edu.

ETCETERA

Cherry Blossom Festival

More than 200,000 people are expected over two weekends for this annual festival that offers a Grand Parade (April 20), food and art vendors, live music and martial arts, and demonstrations covering topics such as calligraphy, origami, and bonsai tree trimming. April 12–13, 19–20. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., most events free. Japantown, Post St. between Laguna and Fillmore Sts., San Francisco, www.SFCherryBlossom.org.

Earth Day Festival

There’s no need to bring a gift to Mother Nature’s birthday party; simply show up and enjoy Earth Day games and exhibits offering helpful tips on taking care of the planet, farmers’ market booths, and activities for the kids, or lend a hand and help clean up the local beaches. April 26. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., free. Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.

Earth Expo

More than 80 exhibitors make it easy being green with information on transportation, water and energy conservation, and community organizations. Plus, local food vendors, gardening tips, and a walking tour. April 9. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., free. Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, www.OaklandNet.com.

Ecstatic Dance Celebrates Earth

Thank Mother Earth for all of her hard work by taking care of her most prized inhabitant: You. Start the morning with yoga and ecstatic dance—a free-form, anything goes as long as you don’t talk dance party with close to 400 participants—and round out the day with a sound healer’s CD release party, a speaker, and a bazaar with local vendors offering body care products, jewelry, and food. April 27. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $15, free after 2:30 p.m. Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland, www.EcstaticDance.com.

Gangsters and Gamblers Bingo

Rhythmix Bingo continues with a mob-era Las Vegas theme. More than simply a bingo game, Rhythmix’s costumed fun includes music of the Rat Pack, dancing Yay Girls, surprise guests, and a chance to win the $200 bingo grand prize. 18 and over only. April 10. 7:30 p.m., $25 for 10 games. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. Alameda, www.Rhythmix.org.

The Great Egg Hunt

Grab your little honey bunnies and your best egg-carrying baskets for a great egg hunt. Last year’s festivities included a petting zoo, clowns, stilt-walkers, crafts, egg dying, and, of course, tours of the historic estate hosting the spring shindig. April 19. 12–3 p.m., $5 adults, $3 (4 and up), free (3 and under). Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, www.Dunsmuir-Hellman.com.

Ikebana Class

Join a two-day hands-on workshop that explores traditional Japanese flower arrangement techniques that date back more than 550 years. Take what you learn and embrace spring with a home full of beautiful blooming arrangements. April 12, 26 and May 10, 24. 2–4 p.m., $70, includes materials. Oakland Asian Culture Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290, Oakland, www.OACC.cc.

I’m a Performer!

Family concerts are a great way to introduce children to the symphony, but Berkeley Symphony takes it to the next level by inviting kids and adults to play along with the professional symphony. Whether you play an instrument or rock some wicked vocals, join in the fun, and tell your friends you once played with the renowned Berkeley Symphony. April 12. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation. Malcolm X Elementary School, 1731 Prince St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleySymphony.org.

Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble

Egg-hunting is a skill most people lose by age 14, so bring out the little ones and follow their lead as they hunt for Easter eggs. For those without eggdar, check out the lawn games, mobile fish exhibit, beach exploration, and arts and crafts. Rainout day is April 19. April 12. 10–11:45 a.m., free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.

Spring Break ZooCamp

Hey, sometimes they act like wild animals, so why not ship them off to the zoo for spring break? The two-day Nature Play and three-day Zoofari workshops offer kids the chance to learn about the science and the zoo’s animals through games, activities, and crafts. March 31–April 2, April 3–4, 14–16, 17–18. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $110–$120 Nature Play, $165–$180 Zoofari, pre-registration required. Oakland Zoo, Zimmer Auditorium, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.

Upcycle

Keep old and used items out of the landfill by learning to upcycle and repurpose the materials for new uses. At this second annual event, hands-on demo stations teach guests how to make a quilt out of t-shirts, weave rag rugs, and screen-print patches. April 12. 1–4 p.m., free. Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond, www.TheRAC.org.

Zoovie Night

The family film night continues with one of the most underrated 1990’s animated films, FernGully: The Last Rainforest. Bring blankets, pillows, and snacks—or enjoy the complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate—and cheer on Crysta and Batty as they attempt to put an end to the deforestation that’s destroying their home. April 26. 6:30 p.m., $6–$7. Oakland Zoo, Marian Zimmer Auditorium, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.

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