Just because you might be stuck at home during the pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t explore the great world. Here is a sampling of the Bay Area shows, concerts, activities and other fun in-person and virtual events over the next few weeks.
“Babies in Ho-Lland”: January 20-23, February 27-30, 3-6, 9-12 (live broadcast January 27 and February 3; video on demand February 9-20) Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley. While attending a predominantly white college, two black students create their own bubble of self-discovery, music, and sanctuary in their dormitory. $ 22 to $ 25. shotgunplayers.org
Berkeley Symphony Chamber II concert: 4-6 p.m. January 16, 801 avenue Magnolia, Piedmont. Enjoy a mix of classical and contemporary works performed at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. $ 35. berkeleysymphony.org/events/chamber-ii/
“Big scary animals”: February 5-19, Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. A hilarious collision of race, gender, weapons and sports. Information on tickets to be announced. www.aeofberkeley.org
‘Excavations’: Until January 31, Crescendo Gallery inside the Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Admire the paintings by San Francisco artist Karen Johnson by appointment only. throckmortontheatre.org/december21gallery
50e Golden Jubilee Revival Mushroom Fair: 10 am-5pm January 23, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda. Organized by the Mycological Society of San Francisco, this fair features events and activities for the whole family, mushroom species exhibits, identification tutorials, cooking demonstrations and more. Free- $ 15. mssf.org/fungus-fairs/index.html
Historical walking tours of the historic park: A museum guide will lead small groups of visitors through San Jose Historical Park, discussing the historical and architectural background of each building. 1 p.m. (by appointment only) Tuesdays and Thursdays. $ 0 to $ 12. storiesanjose.org
Isaac Mizrahi cabaret show – moderate to severe: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. January 15, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F), 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Backed by a six-piece jazz band, Mizrahi shares his hilarious thoughts on everything from politics and regimes to his latest Instagram obsessions. $ 90. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3Jovpaj
Let us entertain you – Vintage amusements from earlier eras: Until February 13, Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. moah.org
Men on the boats: Live January 14-30 (on demand January 27-30), Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Discover this tale of 19th century adventures about 10 men, four boats and two rivers. $ 20 streaming, $ 27 to $ 57 live. Paplayers.org
Sawyer Rose – Carrying stones: Until January 23, New Museum Los Gatos, 106 E. Main St. in Los Gatos. Browse an exhibition of sculpture and photography. numulosgatos.org
‘The Who’s “Tommy”‘: Jan 13-Feb 6, Novato Theater Company, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. A rock opera that tells the miraculous tale of the deaf, dumb and blind child who reached fame as The Pinball Wizard. $ 15 to $ 30. novatoheatercompany.org/
28th Festival of Women Authors: 8:45 am to 2:30 pm February 5, DoubleTree by Hilton, Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley. Enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, book purchases and book signing sessions from authors including Melanie Valentine, Martina Reaves, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson and Karen Grassle. $ 95 in person, $ 35 virtual. Reservations and payment before January 17th. ywca-berkeley.org/
Barefoot All-Stars plays Ward’s Consort Music: 6:30 p.m., January 7, El Cerrito Hillside Community Church, 1422 Navellier Street, El Cerrito. Barefoot Chamber Concerts shows are known for their good music and informal presentations. $ 25. BrownPaperTickets.com/event/5230189
Yamato – The drummers of Japan: January 29-31, 101 Zellerbach Hall, # 4800, Berkeley. A powerful program of traditional taiko playing the drums, playing massive drums constructed from animal skins and ancient tree trunks. $ 36. Calibration performance: bit.ly/3z5GGYa
BATS improvisation online shows: This San Francisco-based improv group will air free shows every week to bring a little improvisational magic into homes through Zoom. At 7:30 p.m. on the night of each show, click the link next to the show you want to see to log into the BATS Virtual Theater. improv.org/spectacles-en-ligne
Bay Area Children’s Theater Creativity Corner: This virtual “place of play” offers children stories that unfold via a video, as well as follow-up activities that they can do on their own, inspired by the imaginaries they have seen. Parents can submit their children’s designs to BACT, which plans to share examples online. bactheatre.org
Defeat the Lock Escape Room: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Solve a virtual escape room with your friends via audio / video call and live stream that lets you play by having a game master search for clues. $ 25. beatthelock.com
Bring BADM to you: The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a series of fun and engaging learning experiences for families to enjoy. Explore three different themes: science and math; body and brain; and talk and play – designed to develop children’s skills for success in school and in life. In each theme, you will find step-by-step videos and activities with written instructions. bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/bringing-badm-to-you
Broadcast platform, Marshstream: 7:30 p.m. every evening. Programming varies by night with offerings including short performances, book / writer talks, sing songs, storytelling, game nights and more. Find more information online at themarsh.org.
Concord sofa concerts: 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Thosehowcase for local indie bands and artists will be sprocessed on Facebook Live and YouTube; facebook.com/concordcouchconcerts and youtube.com/c/concordcouchconcerts.
Virtual concerts by the Diablo Symphony Orchestra: The first Thursday of each month, with works that have been performed and recorded at the Lesher Center for the Arts over the past few years. diablosymphony.org
Cooking school 18 reasons: Discover a list of new courses online. You may not have listed everything in the equipment and the shopping list, but the instructors will give you tips to tailor their recipes to what you have access to. Learn new recipes and techniques. 18raisons.org
Remote Ensemble Project of the Napa Valley Festival: This virtual performance of the choir “Va, Pensiero” from Verdi’s opera “Nabucco” features instrumentalists and singers from 26 states, eight countries and five continents. They represent two dozen orchestras, ensembles, opera companies and music conservatories, such as the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The performance can be seen on the Napa Valley Festival YouTube channel: youtu.be/jHV9wLvNYxA.
Full Moon Fridays – Live Cabaret Series: 8 p.m. on Fridays. With live cabaret style shows. facebook.com/42ndStreetMoon
Funkmode Dance Studio digital workouts: Offering free dance videos including breakdancing, hip hop, youth dance parties and more. Find the videos on youtube.com/user/FUNKMODE.
Lamplighters Music Theater Multimedia: Lamplighters brings his wit and musicality to the virtual stage with an inside look at the business and the rich history of Gilbert and Sullivan. The monthly assortment includes new interviews and video essays, as well as archival vignettes highlighting the best of the company’s 68-year performance history. To free. lmt.lamplighters.org/patreon
Livermore Shakes educates: A Shakespeare resource web page for kids and parents, this is an extension of the company’s “So Wise So Young” program for second, third and fourth graders. faithemoreshakes.org/educates
Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center Art and Writing Challenge 2020: Middle and high school students in Contra Costa County are invited to submit visual art (any medium), creative writing and essays on the theme of “Our Connected Planet”. No charges. tinyurl.com/mdpjc-artandwriting2020
Persian and Central Asian dance lessons: Take daily lessons on Zoom with teachers from countries and regions around the world, including Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China’s Xinjiang region, and more. $ 10 to $ 20. grenadegardendance.com
Distance lessons from rock school: School of Rock is a performance-based music school for ages 5 to adulthood. Learn to play drums, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, and vocals by hosting seasonal rock shows. The school offers a combination of one-to-one distance learning and access to master classes in music theory, songwriting, instrument exploration and genre travel. The cost varies. schoolofrock.com/sanramon
Yoga Square One: Stay fit and grounded by practicing interactive live yoga. Consult the course calendar available on bayareane.ws/2yfH3oc.
Escape Game Remote Adventures virtual escape rooms: Your team will communicate with each other and with a host of The Escape Game using Zoom. $ 30 per player. theescapegame.com/remote-adventures
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