The Monster Ball Tour is the second worldwide concert tour by American recording artist Lady Gaga in support of her second
studio album, The Fame Monster. 8 p.m., ticket prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.oraclearena.com
2–6 • Disney on Ice
See Mickey and Minnie Mouse and all of your favorite Disney friends as they join the characters from Toy Story 3 for a fabulous show on ice. Times vary.
$16–$75, $15 seats opening night. 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.disneyonice.com
2 • Juan Escovedo
The son of Pete Escovedo, Juan is an accomplished drummer who plays bongos, congas, trap drums, timbales, percussion and other instruments. Join him at Yoshi’s as he performs with his own orchestra. The evening features an open dance floor.
8 p.m., $18, 10 p.m., $10. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com
3 • Elvin Bishop in Concert
From Blues to R&B to rock, Elvin Bishop has toured with some of the greatest bands of all time and comes to Yoshi’s for two special evening performances.
8 p.m., $26, 10 p.m., $20. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com
4–5 • Island to Island Arts Festival
From Japan, Chieko Kojima joins Kaoru Watanabe from Manhattan and Maze Daiko in Alameda to launch the Rhythmix Island Arts Festival celebrating island arts and cultures from around the world.
8 p.m., $20 advance, $25 at door. 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
5 • Year of the Rabbit
The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee invites families to its 13th Lunar New Year Festival celebrating the year of the rabbit. Enjoy a performance by Dan Chan the Magic Man, music by the Lincoln Middle School band, lion dances, martial arts, arts and crafts for kids and more.
11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Harbor Bay Landing, 800 block of Island Drive, courtyard adjacent to Safeway, Alameda, (510) 521-5714, www.harborbay.org FREE
5 • Crocker Highlands Benefit Auction
Enjoy a silent and live auction and sit-down dinner in support of this Oakland school. The school’s online auction concludes March 3.
6–11 p.m., $75. The Rotunda Building, 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, www.auction.crockerschool.org
5–6 • Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale
The legendary White Elephant Sale features quality used items for sale at bargain prices, including an extensive offering of vintage clothing, fine jewelry, fine art, Asian collectibles, accessories, tools, furniture, sporting goods and more.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., 333 Lancaster St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org FREE
5–30 • Feng Jin Exhibit
Local artist Feng Jin’s solo sculpture exhibit, The Tao of Metal, will be on display at the Alameda Museum. A mix of metal and steel and mixed-media sculptures, Jin’s work is inspired by Chinese calligraphy and cursive.
1:30–4 p.m. Wed.–Fri., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., 1:30–4 p.m. Sun., 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-1233, www.alamedamuseum.org FREE
6 • Orange Sherbet
This female recording duo presents a family concert with songs about dinosaurs, dump trucks and more.
3–4:30 p.m., $6 adults, $4 kids. Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 525-5054, www.ashkenaz.com
8–10 • En Vogue in Concert
This female foursome is known for its string of popular hits recorded in the 1990s. See the group perform for three days at Yoshi’s.
Times vary, $50. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com
11 • Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard
Famous for his generous musical spirit, the multi-Grammy-winning Marsalis joins with 2010 Grammy-winner Blanchard for a special one-night only jazz show.
8 p.m., $28 and up. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
11 • Octopretzel at SadieDey’s Cafe
This group of five Bay Area musicians entertains with traditional favorites and original songs and is enjoyable to both children and their parents.
6 p.m., free for members, $10 general. 4210 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (510) 601-7378, www.sadiedeyscafe.com
11 • Abby and the Pipsqueaks
Bring the kids to enjoy an interactive and entertaining family concert by this popular local band.
6 p.m., $7. Play Cafe, 4400 Keller Ave., Oakland, (510) 638-3712, www.playcafellc.com
11–April 30 • St. Stupid’s Art Show
The First Church of the Last Laugh celebrates human stupidity at Rhythmix Cultural Works at this art show extravaganza in honor of the 33rd annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade on April Fool’s Day in SF. Opening receptions March 11, April 8; Big Stupid Party on April 1.
6–9 p.m. Wed. and second Fri. or by appointment. K Gallery at RCW, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
12 • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The colorful festivities surrounding the 160th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade showcase Irish culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays, a petting zoo and pony rides and a number of nonprofits’ booths representing the Irish community.
Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Sat., corner of Second and Market in San Francisco; festival is 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Civic Center Plaza (Grove and Larkin), (800) 310-6563, www.sresproductions.com FREE
12 • Thingamakids Workshop
Children ages 6 and older and their families are invited to join local artists in a two-hour workshop where participants can create instruments out of recycled materials and random treasures found in places like the beach, forests and even the recycling bin.
11 a.m.–1 p.m., $15. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org
12–April 3 • Narnia
Berkeley Playhouse presents the first story in the classic books and movies, The Chronicles of Narnia, that takes audiences on a journey to an enchanted world filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, both good and evil, demonic and transcendent. Various times.
Times vary. $22–$33. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts,
2640 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org
12–13 • Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Everyone is Irish at this two-day event featuring authentic music and dance, an Irish tea cottage, two stages of entertainment, children’s activities, a parade and a 5K fun run and walk.
Parade: 9:30 a.m. Sat.; festival: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, www.ci.dublin.ca.us FREE
13 • AAUW Summer Camp and Programs Fair
Find out about local summer camps and programs for your children. Meet with more than 100 representatives from day and residential camps for kids and see displays.
1–4:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, www.aauw-op.com FREE
15 • Persian New Year Festival
Jump over a bonfire and welcome the lightness of spring, a Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times. Enjoy Persian music, food and craft vendors, cultural organizations and children’s activities.
6–10 p.m., 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 848-0264, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com FREE
17–April 2 • Beekeeper
Oleta’s father, Francis, has died, and she must return to the small Oregon town she left behind to put together the shattered pieces of the past. Rippling with mystery and emotional force, Beekeeper takes audiences on a journey from past to present and blurs the lines between what is, what could have been and what must be. A haunting world premiere by Bay Area playwright Jennifer Roberts, performed by Virago Theatre Company.
Preview: 7 p.m. March 17, $10–$15; performances: March 18–April 2, times vary, $10–$40. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, www.viragotheatre.org
18–19 • Slumber with the Stars
Enjoy a family overnight at Chabot Space & Science Center featuring games, space exploration, shows, hikes and viewing through the historic, large telescopes (weather permitting). Ages 5 and older.
7 p.m.–10 a.m., $75 members, $85 guests, reservations required. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7373, www.chabotspace.org
20 • Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep
Following a brief introduction, families are invited to sample from classes including improv, clowning and acting.
1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2972, www.berkeleyrep.org FREE
22 • Lady Gaga in Concert
The Monster Ball Tour is the second worldwide concert tour by American recording artist Lady Gaga in support of her second studio album, The Fame Monster.
8 p.m., ticket prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.oraclearena.com
25 • Acoustic Africa
Enjoy an exhilarating musical journey that focuses on the richness of the African guitar tradition, with performance by Malian superstar Habib Koité, best-selling Zimbabwean artist Oliver Mtukudzi and guitarist-singer-composer Afel Bocoum of Mali.
8 p.m., $25–$100. Paramount Theatre, 2035 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com
26 • Feast for the Beasts
Experience an opportunity to enter the elephant enclosure before the hungry herd. The first 250 guests will receive tickets to enter the elephant exhibit. Receive a free ride coupon when you bring produce to donate and participate in a day of games, face painting and fun.
9 a.m.–3 p.m. $12.50 adults, $8.50 ages 2–14, under 2
free. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org
26 • Creative Albany
This community arts day offers origami workshops, a performance by the Albany High jazz combo, a puppet show, children’s book author and more.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., (510) 526-3720, www.aclibrary.org FREE
26–27 • Oakland Running Festival
This two-day event features a kick-off party with live music and more on Saturday from 6–8 p.m. and a 5K twilight run at 6:30 p.m. at Jack London Square. On Sunday, the marathon and team relays begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m., a half marathon at 9 a.m. and a sports expo, music and more from
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Prices vary. Registration and location information online, (510) 371-5273, www.oaklandmarathon.com
27 • Crab Feed Dinner and Auction
Join the Junior Center of Art and Science for its annual fundraising dinner and auction benefitting outreach programs and the scholarship fund.
4–7 p.m., call for ticket prices. Piedmont Veterans’ Memorial Building, 401 Highland Ave., Piedmont, (510) 839-5777, www.juniorcenter.org
29 • Battle of the Bay
The Oakland A’s take on the SF Giants and offer a fan appreciation tailgate party. It’s also “Free Parking Tuesday” sponsored by Chevy.
7:05 p.m., ticket prices vary. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (877) 493-2255, http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com
29–April 3 • Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
The acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Berkeley for its annual residency and final season under the artistic leadership of Judith Jamison.
Times vary, $34-$65. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
1 • Oakland A’s Opening Night
Join the home team as it takes on the Seattle Mariners at 7:05 p.m. It’s magnetic schedule night and also Xfinity Family Pack Night where you can purchase four plaza level tickets, four hot dogs, packs of peanuts and sodas for $50.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (877) 493-2255, http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com
2 • Spring Open House
See live demonstrations, including welding, class working, metal casting and blacksmithing at The Crucible’s open house.
Noon–4 p.m., 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org FREE
2 • Tartan Day Scottish Festival
Celebrate Scottish heritage with bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, Scottish food, historic re-enactments and a special Children’s Glenn with Highland games, arts, crafts and storytelling.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $8 adults, $5 ages 4–17, 3 and under, free. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org
9 • Alameda Spring Fling
Enjoy a day of family activities including an egg hunt at 11:30 a.m., crafts, face painting, music and more.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 544-3187, www.ebparks.org FREE
9 • That ’70s Party
This fun, funky party is a fundraiser for Berkeley Playhouse’s youth and education programs. Features show previews, complimentary childcare and enrichment activities, DJ and dancing, live and silent auction.
7–10:30 p.m. $25–$40. St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org
14 • Lincoln Culinary All-Stars
Attendees will have the pleasure of enjoying samples of some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and purveyors of food, wine and spirits, as well as enjoying entertainment, a silent and live auction, all in support of Lincoln Child Center.
6 p.m., call for ticket prices. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 531-3111, www.lincolncc.org
16 • Cal Day
There’s something for everyone at this annual UC Berkeley event featuring campus tours, free admission to campus museums and the Botanical Garden, hands-on learning activities for kids and information for prospective students.
9 a.m.–4 p.m., UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-6000, calday.berkeley.edu FREE
16 • Berkeley Bay Festival
Spend a day taking sailboat and dragon boat rides, enjoying food, experiencing education and enrichment activities and visiting booths sponsored by local organizations.
11 a.m. –5 p.m., Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 981-5150, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us FREE
16 • SPCA Egg Hunt
Little animal lovers are invited to participate in an educational egg hunt and to learn about animal adoptions.
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Oakland SPCA, 410 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, (510) 639-7387, www.eastbayspca.org FREE
16 • Alameda Earth Day Event
Learn to care for the Earth with fun activities and free giveaways from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and help clean up the pond from 8:30–10 a.m.
Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 544-3187, www.ebparks.org FREE
17 • Sheep Shearing Day
Watch as the Ardenwood sheep get their annual haircuts and learn wool carding. Kids will enjoy sheep stories and making a wooly lamb to take home.
11 a.m. –3 p.m. $5 adults, $4 ages 4–17, under 4 free. Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (510) 544-2797, www.ebparks.org
19 • Afro-Cuban All-Stars
Juan de Marcos González leads the Afro-Cuban All Stars in its mix of contemporary timba, swinging big band and Afro-Cuban jazz.
8 p.m., $22 and up. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperformances.org
23 • Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade
Register at 9 a.m. for the Bonnet Parade and have your homemade bonnet judged for a chance to win prizes.
The egg hunt for children ages 6 and younger begins at 10 a.m.
Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, (510) 881-6700, www.haywardrec.org FREE
23 • Spring Eggstravaganza
Bring your kids to the city of Dublin’s egg hunt featuring a petting zoo, crafts, jumpers and carnival games.
10 a.m.–noon, $6.50 per child, residents; $7.50 nonresidents. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Shannon Community Center,
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin, (925) 556-4500, www.dublinrecguide.com
23 • Earth Day at the Junior Science Center
Enjoy a fun-filled day featuring science and art
activities designed to teach kids how to live harmoniously with nature.
11 a.m.–2 p.m., $3 advance, $5 day of event. Junior Center for Art and Science, 558 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 839-5777, www.juniorcenter.org
24 • Lions Club Egg Hunt
This annual event held at Montclair Village Park starts promptly at 9 a.m. and is over quickly. Plastic eggs are divided into age-appropriate hunts and kids are invited to stay for activities.
9–10 a.m., between Moraga and Mountain Boulevards, Oakland, www.montclairvillage.com FREE
24 • San Francisco Easter Parade
See roller-blading cows and mini-floats and enjoy children and family activities, a petting zoo, entertainment and more.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., parade at 2 p.m., on Union Street from Gough to Fillmore, San Francisco, www.sresproductions.com FREE
29–May 8 • Pride: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse presents this show that explores the meaning of the word family in the shadow of Proposition 8 and follows the paths, choices and challenges of family members, gay and straight, as they come to terms with themselves and the world they live in.
Times vary, $15 online advance or pay what you can
at the door ($7.50 minimum). Julia Morgan Center, 2640 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org
30 • Bone Safe Yoga
American Bone Health launches a community “bone safe yoga event” today at Piedmont Yoga Studio. The event is part of a campaign to eradicate osteoporosis.
5 p.m., $12 donation. 3966 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, (510) 832-2663, www.americanbonehealth.org