BARTable This Weekend: Feb. 15-17

A writers conference, a salsa festival and theatre in Berkeley and San Francisco - where will BART take you this weekend? And if you do find yourself emerging from the train in the rain, not to worry, most of our picks are under a four-minute walk from the stations.
 
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The San Francisco Writers Conference takes place from Thursday-Sunday.
 
San Francisco Writers Conference (Feb. 14-17) at Embarcadero
Over 100 presenters will be at the 16th annual San Francisco Writers Conference, along with writers from across the country and world. This conference is consistently rated as one of the best for writers; its focus is to help writers become published authors and improve their craft. Bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, publishers and experts in self-publishing, book promotion, podcasting and other areas will be attending. Registration for the weekend is $850 and can be submitted online. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk three minutes to the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel.
 
Salsa Rueda Festival (Feb. 14-17) at Civic Center/UN Plaza
The 11th annual Salsa Rueda Festival is here to present four days of social dancing, performances, shows, music from acclaimed bands and DJs, workshops and classes for all dance levels with top instructors, a beginner bootcamp, educational lectures and parties. Attendees will be able to learn salsa, casino, folklore, rumba, son and more. Tickets range from $22-$270 and some can be bought online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 3 minutes to Hotel Whitcomb.
 
Chelsea Clinton shows us inspirational women who are overcoming barriers and making history in this musical. “We hope this production will not only celebrate the achievements of the courageous women who have carved new paths for others but will also inspire our audiences to persevere in whatever paths they choose to take,” said BACT Executive Artistic Director Nina Meehan. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Ticket range from $17-24 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to the BACT Berkeley Center, The Osher Studio.
 
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Violet the Musical starts this Saturday.
 
Violet the Musical (Feb. 16-March 17) at Powell Street
Come see an intimate version of the Tony-nominated musical, “Violet.” The story follows a scarred woman who travels cross-country to be healed by a minister. Along the way, she discovers the true meaning of beauty. “Violet” was the winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then emerged with a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 featuring a revised version. See the show which includes anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. Tickets range from $20-$65 and can be bought online. Take BART to Powell Street and walk 12 minutes to Alcazar Theatre.
 
Winter on the Waterfront (ends Mar. 3) at Embarcadero
Winter on the Waterfront is a way for visitors to experience Bay Area adventures and for locals to have a staycation right in their backyard. The list of discounted opportunities includes Alcatraz cruises, waterfront dining, Ghirardelli chocolate, fresh crab, hotel rooms and a neighborhood fly over. The list of specials can be found here. Take BART to Embarcadero.
 
It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever? Find out in this musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to the show.
 
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"Creditors" is at Aurora Theatre until Feb. 24.
 
Creditors (ends Feb. 24) at Downtown Berkeley
Adolf is a painter who befriends a man named Gustav, who both inspires him and feeds his mind with doubts about Adolf’s novelist wife, Tekla. As the tragi-comic story unfolds, the audience can see the threeway web of deceit and shifting power grow ever more deadly. “Creditors” is a powerful psychodrama about a sexual triangle taken to destructive extremes, and has been called “both coldly objective and scathingly passionate” by the New York Times. Tickets are $40 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to Aurora Theatre.
 
Metamorphoses (Ends March 24) at Downtown Berkeley
Imagine a story about dreams and reality colliding with gods and mortals. Berkeley Rep’s Mary Zimmerman has created an ode to the power of love — and the shadows beneath it. She summons Ovid’s classical tales of passion, betrayal, hope and transformation, inviting her audience into a realm of shared cultural myths and beautiful visions. See the show that received a Broadway run and garnered Zimmerman a Tony Award. Tickets range from $42-$115 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to Peet’s Theatre.

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