BARTable This Weekend: Feb. 22-24

The upcoming weekend comes after a long one for many of you, so we know this weekend must be extra special to make up for its regular old shortness. Luckily for you, it delivers. We've got one of the most popular parades of the year taking place and Black History Month celebrations across the Bay. And as usual, there is plenty of top-notch theater. Get out there and tell 'em BARTable sent ya.
 
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"Violet" the Musical plays this weekend at Alcazar Theatre. Photo courtesy of LA Times.
 
Violet the Musical (ends 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 March 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.
 
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.
 
Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade takes place on Saturday.
 
On Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10am-4pm and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 10am-4pm the Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place. At the fair, experience Chinese cultural arts such as Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington St. below Grant Ave.
 
In the evening on Saturday, from 5:30-8:30pm one of the world's top parades takes place. Highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 268-foot-long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). Take BART to Montgomery St and walk 10 minutes to 733 Kearny St.
 
The Shanice Kiel Gallery is excited to collaborate with The Art of Living Black (TAOLB) to celebrate its 23rd year of presenting artworks by regional artists of African descent. The gallery will have an open studio this Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm. To find the full details of all the art in this exhibition across the Bay Area, visit the Richmond Art Center website. Take BART to Ashby and walk eight minutes to the gallery at 3324 Adeline St.
 
Gold: The Midas Musical (ends May 12) at Downtown Berkeley
Princess Lydia is motherless, and turns to her father for love. Instead of treating her kindly, King Midas grows meaner, more distant, and greedier by the day. However, he learns a valuable lesson about family when the gods grant him the power to turn everything into gold. The Bay Area Children’s Theatre is offering a modern musical re-telling of the Greek legend of King Midas, recommended for ages 8 and up. Tickets are $17-$28 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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The Black Joy Parade takes place on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Black Joy Parade.
 
Black Joy Parade at 19th St/Oakland
The Black Joy Parade and festival is all about spreading positivity and celebrating the Black experience — the past, present and future. Visitors are encouraged to come be present, creative, open and free. The parade route will start at the corner of 14th St. and Harrison St., and finish at the corner of Broadway and 20th St. Following the parade will be a celebration featuring Black art, crafts, food and wine vendors, as well as nonprofits, community services and two stages of performances. A “Best in Flow” competition will also take place, and $10,000 will be divided equally among four winners. Admission is free and you can RSVP online. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk four minutes to the beginning of the parade at 14th St. and Harrison St.
 
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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