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Can't Miss Spring Events Around The Bay Area

Mar 16, 2022 02:48PM ● By Harper Klein

Experience the magic of Jim Henson. From his early work to the beloved world of Sesame Street, The Jewish Contemporary Museum's Jim Henson exhibit, "Imagination Unlimited" highlights the indelible mark Henson left on pop culture. Discover how he created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight audiences and inspire people to cultivate a more compassionate, inclusive world. Opens March 31, San Francisco.

 


Catch the Dance Theatre of Harlem in Walnut Creek when the celebrated company performs empowering classical and contemporary works set to the sounds of Stevie Wonder. Classics on the program include Marius Petipa’s Odalisques Variations from Le Corsaire, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth and Claudia Schreier's "Passage." April 29-30, lesherartscenter.org.

Joey Alexander headlines at Lesher Center for the Arts. Known for his swing and improvisational style, the jazz pianist-composer exploded onto the music scene at eight years old. Now 18, his talent continues to astonish concertgoers. May  6, Walnut Creek.

 

 

Take the ferry to Angel Island’s new museum After undergoing a seven-year $14 million renovation, the former hospital building at the U.S. Immigration Station—where from 1910 to 1940, more than 500,000 people from 80 different countries were processed or detained—has been transformed into a museum. Open weekends, angelisland.org.

Explore artistic quilts created by refugees. The Bedford Gallery’s timely exhibit "Forced to Flee" tells the haunting stories of people forced to flee their homes and countries in 36 highly personal quilts. Through June 19, Lesher Center Walnut Creek.

Root, root, root for the home team. Grab some peanuts and garlic fries, baseball is back in the Bay Area. Whether you’re an A’s or a Giants fan, nothing beats a spring day at the ballpark. Opening games begin the first week of April. 


  

Experience Immersive Frida Kahlo The team behind Immersive Van Gogh returns with the story of a 20th century Mexican artist who told her life story story in brushstrokes. Created by master of digital art, Massimiliano Siccardi and accompanied by composer Luca Longobardi’s score, the San Francisco show runs through May 8.

Looking for some gardening inspiration? Check out the native landscapes in East Bay backyards on a self-guided Bringing Back the Natives tour in 50 bird-and butterfly-friendly Alameda and Contra Costa gardens April 30 to May 1.


 

Celebrate all things cheese. The California Artisan Cheese Festival  is back bringing together the state’s most beloved cheesemakers, cheese-lovers, brewers, winemakers, and enthusiastic foodies, and artisan food producers on May 7 for one delicious day of indulgence. 

Watch the Netflix docuseries “Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.” The latest scandal from Chris Smith, known for “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” and “Tiger King,” explores how a New York City celebrity restaurateur went from queen of vegan cuisine to fugitive on the run. 



Reserve a booth at Broadway Plaza’s Earth Day Celebration. Walnut Creek’s outdoor shopping center is joining forces with the sustainability community to raise awareness of ways to protect the planet for future generations. Local organizations are invited to participate in the April 23 event.


 

Celebrate Diablo Ballet’s 28th Anniversary at a sweeping performance of contemporary and classic ballets. Toast with the dancers following the show. April 7, Lesher Center for the Arts. 

Step into a 25,000-work art collection at BAMPFA. Spanning a range of geographies and historical periods, the Berkeley Art Museum andPacific Film Archive’s (BAMPFA) is home to an unparalleled collection of art, films, and videos ranging from Ming dynasty Chinese paintings to early-twentieth-century photography to modern art by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.


 

Take stock in the history of capitalism. Artist and St. Mary’s College faculty professor Andrew Mount’s  media art installation “Stock” uses custom software paired with anachronistic hardware to engage viewers with themes of capitalism, leisure, and wealth. Through May 8th, Moraga.


 

Take in the sights and sounds at Japantown’s Cherry Blossom Festival. For two weekends in April, eat traditional Japanese foods, get wowed by martial artists and taiko drummers, and drink Sapporo in beer garden. April 9–10, 16–17, San Francisco. 

See some fantastic theater productions. BroadwaySF's new season kicks-off with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (April 30), followed by the musical Cats (June 1–12), Hadestown (June 7–July 3), and The Prom (June 21–July 17). 



Art by Alice Neel at DeYoung Museum Fresh from its NYC Metropolitan Museum debut,  “People Come First” opens in Golden Gate Park with the paintings, drawings, and watercolors created by a celebrated social justice champion who depicted the beauty of everyday people in her work. Through July 10, San Francisco.   


 

Toast on a rooftop lounge at the San Francisco Proper. Support the women of La Cocina—a nonprofit helping immigrant women launch food businesses—with a “Lovecat” cocktail at Charmaine’s Rooftop Bar and relish the unparalleled city views.

Listen to the sounds of California SymphonyMusic Director Donato Cabrera conducts "French Impressions" featuring a trio of sopranos and music by influential French composers, Debussy and Ravel. March 26-27 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. 

Eat, dance, and revel at Carnaval San Francisco. The West Coast’s largest multicultural celebration returns to The Mission on May 28-29 for two-days of music, dancing, and delicious food across 17 city blocks. 






  


 


 




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