Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the East Bay? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated some of the top events this month so you don’t have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Cedric Letsch
January 29–October 30
The founder and designer of Sausalito’s Heath Ceramics is the focus of a new show and retrospective at Oakland Museum of California. A Life in Clay showcases Heath’s rejection of traditional white clay in favor of locally sourced California clays and a new style of ceramics that helped define a California aesthetic for tableware and products for the home.
More info: museumca.org
Debbie Allen’s Playlist
The star of Broadway’s “West Side Story” and TV’s “Fame” and recipient of the 2021 Emmy’s Governors Award shares the music that transformed her life, as conducted by Rickey Minor at Oakland Symphony.
More info: oaklandsymphony.org
The Outsiders: The Complete Novel
Part of a months-long series that examines the work of Francis Ford Coppola and American Zoetrope, a 4K digital restoration of S.E. Hinton’s teen novel made stars of Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe, among others.
More info: bampfa.org
Independent films, art shows, happy hours and concerts around the Bay Area includes Moor Mother with Irreversible Entanglements and Nate Smith with Kinfolk at The New Parish in Oakland.
More info: noisepopfest.com
Memphis Jookin’: The Show
Lil Buck’s dance improvisation with Yo-Yo Ma turned him into a YouTube sensation, but he has become a star for his agile, fluid dance moves and impossible-looking footwork, as demonstrated in a show dedicated to a style that emerged in a Southern city in the 1990s.
More info: calperformances.org
Featuring a book by Tony Award-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator), a story of a whaling ship struck by a violent storm off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts finds four survivors each facing a reckoning: How far will I go to stay alive? And can I live with the consequences? The show has been extended through March 6.
More info: berkeleyrep.org