Out on the Town
Calendar for November
Through Nov. 27 • Cirque du Soleil’s Totem
In this new touring show, Totem’s characters evolve through mind-blowing acrobatics and stunning visual displays, exploring the ties between species and the dreams and infinite potential of humanity.
Times and ticket prices vary. Grand Chapiteau, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. (800) 450-1480, www.cirquedusoleil.com
Through Dec. 4 • Annie
Berkeley Playhouse presents this timeless musical about an orphaned girl and her adventures in finding a family.
Times vary, $17–$35. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org
2 • Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Celebrate those who have passed on at this community celebration featuring altars and face painting, plus a candlelight procession.
5–9 p.m., Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street, Berkeley. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com
2 • Warriors vs. Lakers
It’s a battle between Northern and Southern California as the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers. (Warriors are home also on: Nov. 2, 4, 7, 9 16, 18, 25, 26, 28 and 30.)
7 p.m., ticket prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. www.nba.com/warriors
4 • Oakland East Bay Symphony
Celebrate the symphony’s season opening with music ranging from Duke Ellington to George Gershwin.
8 p.m., prices vary. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
4–5 • Holiday Boutique
Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support a good cause at the same time. More than 50 crafters will be selling handmade crafts with proceeds benefitting the Leisure Club, an Alameda recreation program for disabled teens and adults.
Noon–8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave., Alameda. www.cityofalameda.gov
Nov. 5 • Moonlight on the Marina
Sample international food and enjoy wine tastings at Moonlight on the Marina, Blossom Garden Alameda’s 15th annual event benefiting Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. The evening includes a buffet dinner, live auction, music and dancing.
$75 (buffet dinner), $3 drink ticket (1 ticket = 1 tasting; 2 tickets = cocktail, wine or specialty beer; complimentary nonalcoholic beverates), 5–11 p.m. Hannah’s on the Bay (formerly Point Marina Vista), 1051 Pacific Marina, Alameda.
5 • Oakland Jazz Choir
This multicultural ensemble, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of jazz, performs contemporary and traditional music.
8 p.m., $12–$15 adults, $5 children under 12. Jazz School, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 845-5373, www.jazzschool.com
5–6 • SF Ski and Snowboard Festival
The Fort Mason Center becomes a winter wonderland at this two-day event featuring beer and wine tasting and the latest in ski and snowboard equipment for sale.
11 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. $20 (includes three free lift tickets) or $40 (includes lift tickets and beer and wine tasting). Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco. www.sfskifest.com
6 • Circus for Arts in the Schools
Support arts education in local schools at this fun performance featuring top clowns, jugglers, musicians and acrobats who are all volunteering their time for a good cause.
1 p.m. and 4 p.m., $15–$18 adults, $10 ages 3–17, free for 3 and younger. Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. www.circusforarts.org
6 • Raiders vs. Broncos
The home team takes on the Denver Broncos at 1:05pm.
Ticket prices vary. O.co Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.raiders.com
6 • Ives Quartet Chamber Music Concert
Enjoy an afternoon of music that includes compositions from the early-20th century as well as new pieces.
2–4 p.m., $10–$20. Rhythmix Cultural Center, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
6 • Weird Al Yankovic
Known for his songs that make fun of pop culture, this Grammy-award winning artist brings his latest show
7:30 p.m., prices vary. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.thefoxoakland.com
Nov. 10–Jan. 2 • Holiday Ice Rink
Enjoy outdoor ice-skating in San Francisco as this holiday tradition returns to the Embarcadero Center.
Check website for hours, times and prices. Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. (415) 837-1931, www.embarcaderocenter.com
10 • All Together Now
Join the Sun Kings, Alameda student musicians and others for a fun evening of music, a silent auction, raffle, food and wine benefitting the Alameda Education Foundation.
6:30–10 p.m., $40 advance, $50 at door. Alameda Theatre, 2317 Central Ave., Alameda. (510) 337-7189, www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org
Nov. 11–Dec. 18 • The Soldier’s Tale
Aurora Theatre Company presents this Russian folk tale about a soldier who makes a deal with the devil. The stage show features music, acting, dancing and an array of puppets guaranteed to delight audiences.
Times vary. $34–$48. 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822, www.auroratheatre.org
11 • Scream Tour: The Next Generation
Artists include Mindless Behavior, Diggy, The New Boyz, Hamilton Park, Jacob Latimore and The OMG Girlz who will all take to the stage at the Paramount.
7 p.m., $41.50. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
11 • History Mystery Tour
Tour the USS Hornet aircraft carrier after hours and learn the history of this incredible ship.
7–10 p.m., $35. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda. (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org
12 • Viennese Waltz Ball
Enjoy a formal evening of dinner and dancing to a 30-piece symphony orchestra presented by the San Francisco Waltzing Society. Reservations required.
6–11 p.m., $95–$155. Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. www.sfwaltzingsociety.org
13 • Museum Family Gallery Walk and Get Creative
Families are invited to take a 45-minute tour of the gardens and galleries at the Oakland Museum of California and then visit the museum’s art studio to learn how to use pressed flowers and fall foliage to make harvest wreaths, cards and mini journals.
Noon-3 p.m. Included with Museum admission prices: 12 general, $6 ages 9–17; free for children under 8. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org
13 • 16th annual Crush Festival
Enjoy an Evening of Gershwin & Grapes — I’ve Got A Crush On You at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual Crush Festival, a fundraising event where more than 25 wineries and 25 food vendors serve great wine and great food. It’s one hot ticket.
2–6 p.m., $50. Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley. (510) 548-7000, www.berkeleychamber.com
14–21 • Operation Christmas Child
Make the holidays a little brighter for 8 million needy children in 100 countries. Simply pack a shoebox with school supplies, toys, necessity items and a handwritten note of encouragement and bring it to one of the nonprofit’s drop-off sites the week of Nov. 14–21. Children can also track their packages online as they make their journey. Boxes can be dropped off at the Oakland Chinese Independent Baptist Church, 280 Eighth St., Oakland, and other locations throughout the Bay Area.
Hours and addresses of collection locations can be found by calling (800) 353-5949 or by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org.
15–16 • Warren Miller Ski Movie
This year’s Warren Miller action ski movie, Like There’s No Tomorrow, invites viewers on an astounding tour of some of the world’s most challenging slopes as snowboarders and skiers perform amazing stunts on peaks ranging from India to New Hampshire.
8 p.m., $20. Wheeler Auditorium, 101 Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. (510) 642-9988, www.skinet.com/warrenmiller
17–20 • Goapele in Concert
This Oakland native and former Berklee College of Music student entertains with music that combines jazz, soul and hip-hop with her own poetry.
Times vary, $28. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com
18 • Trey McIntyre Project
See futuristic, modern dance performances by this contemporary-ballet troupe as it presents dance numbers that have engaged audiences around the world.
8 p.m., $30 and up, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
19 • Gypsy Fire
Enjoy a performance by acclaimed flamenco artists Compañia Flamenca José Porcel as the group performs both traditional and modern dances.
8 p.m., $20 and up. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley. (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
19–Jan. 31 • Holiday Food Drive
Help the Alameda County Community Food Bank collect food for local families in need this holiday season. Canned and non-perishable items can be dropped off at locations throughout Alameda County and at the food bank’s headquarters. Full list of locations and information on ACCFB website.
Delivery hours: 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. daily. 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland. (510) 635-3663, www.accfb.org
20 • Pier 39 Tree Lighting
This holiday tradition offers a day of entertainment and pre-holiday shopping and a chance to see a majestic tree come to life with hundreds of lights.
Noon–6 p.m., tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and Embarcadero, San Francisco. www.pier39.com
20 • Pink Martini With Storm Lange
Drawing inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 50s, Pink Martini performs with special guest vocalist Storm Lange in a one-night only performance.
7:30 p.m., $32.50–$65.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com
21 • Katy Perry
The American singer and songwriter brings her California Dreams tour to the Bay Area and entertains with favorites including “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream.”
7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.oraclearena.com
24 • Turkey Swim
Enjoy a Thanksgiving morning lap swim with door prizes and fun at the Hayward Plunge. The event is held to benefit the Karen M. Gordin Scholarship Fund.
8–11a.m., minimum $4 per person donation. Hayward Plunge, 24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward. (510) 881-6703, www.haywardrec.org
Nov. 25–Dec. 18 • Dickens
Step back in time to Victorian London and celebrate the holidays with entertainment, artisans, costumed characters, pubs, food, games and much more.
Times vary, $21–$25 adults, $10 children under 12. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. (800) 510-1558, www.dickensfair.com
25–27 • Dr. Professor Kubínek
This one-man show offers family entertainment in the form of comedy, vaudeville, humorous antics and unexpected entertainment for ages 5–105.
Times vary, $32 and up. Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
26 • Chris Tucker
The actor and comedian known for his roles in the Rush Hour movies entertains audiences at the Paramount.
7:30 p.m., $42.75–$77.50. 2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 893-2300, www.paramounttheatre.com
26–27 • Berkeley Artisans
Shop for presents for yourself and others at this free self-guided tour featuring 100 professional artisans.
11 a.m.–6 p.m.. Various locations throughout Berkeley. (510) 845-2612, www.berkeleyartisans.com
27 • Raiders vs. Bears
The boys in silver and black take on the Chicago Bears at 1:05 p.m.
Ticket prices vary. O.co Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com
30 • Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Celebrate the holiday season with a concert featuring
this interfaith community of diversity.
Noon–1 p.m., free. Oakland City Center, 12th Street, Oakland. www.oaklandcitycenter.com
Oakland Aviation Museum
Learn about aviation history at this nonprofit museum that displays aircraft and aviation artifacts. Includes exhibits, a history flicks room, a research library and an aircraft restoration work area.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 military/teens, $5 kids, 5 and younger free. 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, (510) 638-7100, www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org
Lucky Ju Ju Pinball
Long before video games became the rage, pinball served as entertainment. This Alameda museum/arcade showcases a collection of vintage pinball machines, and rotating exhibits.
2–9 p.m. Tue.–Thu., closed Mon. Open until midnight Fri.–Sat., opens at 11 a.m. on weekends. $15 adults; $7.50 kids under 12. 1510 Webster St., Alameda. (510) 769-1349, www.ujuju.com
Oakland Museum of California
This dynamic local museum combines art, history
and natural science to tell the stories of California and its people. See John Muir’s Walk in the Wild exhibit through January 2012, and Love and Loss: Dias de Los Muertos 2011 through Dec. 11, as well as photographs from the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley fire through Feb. 12, 2012.
11a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu., Sat. and Sun. and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.; $12 general, $6 ages 9–17; free for children under 8 and free for all on the first Sundays of each month. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Art classes, workshops for all ages and exhibits make this Island museum a popular spot for established artists and those who want to pursue their talents.
Events, times and prices vary. 1601 Paru St., Alameda. (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org
Chabot Space and Science Center
Explore space through rotating exhibits, planetarium shows and a variety of activities and workshops that appeal to aspiring astronauts of all ages.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed. and Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. and Tue. $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7373, www.chabotspace.org
This storybook park enchants little ones with rides, animals, puppet shows and performances such as The Velveteen Rabbit puppet show that runs Nov. 4–Dec. 11. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Fri.–Sun; $8, free for those under 1. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org
Lawrence Hall of Science
Step back in time and meet some prehistoric robotic creatures at the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit running through Jan. 1, 2012.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. $12 adults, $9 students, $8 ages 3–6, under 3 free. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132, www.lawrencehallofscience.org
Bay Street Emeryville
This outdoor shopping mall holds free concerts and entertainment Fri.–Sun. Check website for times and specific entertainers.
5616 Bay St., Emeryville. (510) 655-4002, www.baystreetemeryville.com
Rhythmix Cultural Works
Based on community, creativity and cultural exchange, this performing arts venue offers everything from drum workshops to family circus play shops and world-class performances.
Event times and prices vary, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda. (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
UC Botanical Garden
Stroll around the gardens and explore native plants from different parts of the world.
$7 adults, $5 ages 13–17 and seniors, under 5 free; free for all on first Thursday of the month. 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 643-2755, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
The 6-acre park and historic Peralta House Museum tells the untold history of the Peralta rancho and the stories of the Fruitvale community today, giving voice to the many cultures that have created — and are still transforming — California.
2:30–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., with 40-minute guided tours at 2:30 and 4 p.m.. 2465 34th Ave., Oakland. (510) 532-9142, www.peraltahacienda.org