BARTable This Weekend: Jan. 25-27

If you've been fancying a night out at a special restaurant, there is no better time than this weekend to satisfy that craving. Need some ideas on where to go? There are more than 200 restaurants in San Francisco, Berkeley and Concord offering special menus and discounts for their respective Restaurant Weeks. 
 
Once you're sated, get an early start on the baseball season with A's Fanfest or stop by the White Elephant Preview Sale. See what else is BARTable this weekend below.
 
Friday BARTable This Weekend by BART
San Francisco Restaurant Week runs until Jan. 31.
 
SF Restaurant Week (ends Jan. 31)
Nearly 130 restaurants around San Francisco will offer special prix fixe, multi-course menus that highlight their best known dishes, feature a new item they’re testing, or just showcase a sample of the food they love to cook. Many menus will feature a discount or special offer. Lunch menus will have two courses and will be priced at $15 or $25; dinner menus will have three courses at either $40 or $65. Reservations can be made through OpenTable for all participating restaurants. Participants can follow @eatdrinksf on Instagram and tag pictures with #SFRW to be featured.
 
Concord’s Comfort Food Week is celebrating its second year and will have over 30 participating restaurants. The event highlights the area’s talented chefs, new restaurants and dishes, local favorites and diverse culinary scene. Diners will be able to indulge in hearty meals like macaroni and cheese or pan-roasted chicken. There will also be special menu items, prix fixe menus or special offers. Take BART to Concord. Participating restaurants and comfort food items can be found here
 
The 7th annual Berkeley restaurant week will let diners choose from more than 45 restaurants and prix fixe menus for $20, $25 or $35. It’s a chance to revisit favorite spots or discover new ones. The restaurants span all Berkeley neighborhoods and offer a wide range of cuisines. Individual #BRW19 menus can be found here.
 
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.
 
Django Fest (Jan. 25-27) at Downtown Berkeley
Django Reinhardt is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, and remains one of the most important jazz artists from Europe. Although he passed away in 1953, he is still influential and celebrated today. Freight & Salvage will be hosting its first annual Django Festival, which will include performances from Boulou and Elios Ferré, Barrio Manouche, The Hot Club of San Francisco and more. Tickets range from $98-$104 and can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to Freight & Salvage.
 
The must-see romantic comedy with sparkling wit, exuberant characters, and show-stopping dancing, "Don Quixote" is the stylish rom-com of classical ballet—and an audience favorite. Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s "Don Quixote", with set and costumes designed by Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz, features a lively cast of characters from the Miguel de Cervantes’ novel—and some of ballet’s most technically demanding dances. Tickets range from $25-225 and can be purchased online.  Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk eight minutes to the War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness.
 
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.
 
Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Oakland A's FanFest takes places this Saturday.
 
Oakland A's FanFest at 12th St/Oakland City Center
If you’re a baseball fanatic who can’t wait for the season to start, you won't want to miss A’s FanFest at Jack London Square on Saturday from 9:30am to 2pm. The event is free and includes autograph sessions, free food trucks, giveaways and merchandise for sale. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk 12 minutes down Broadway to the waterfront.
 
Oakland Lunar New Year Bazaar (Jan. 26-27) at 12th St/Oakland City Center
Oakland’s Chinatown will be welcoming the new lunar new year — the Year of the Boar — by hosting a two-day celebration. There will be vendors selling traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts, candles and other unique items. Visitors can also enjoy live cultural entertainment such as dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music and a “Little Prince & Princess Contest” presented by the Oakland Chinatown Lions Club. Admission is free. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk four minutes to 388 9th Street.
 
Arcadia (extended through Jan. 27) at Ashby
Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece “Arcadia” is set on a country estate between 1809 and the late 20th century, and it explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron and the undeniable power of the human heart. Tickets range from $8-$52 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby and walk four minutes to the Ashby Stage.
 
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.
 
Sunday BARTable This Weekend by BART
The annual White Elephant Preview Sale happens on Sunday.
 
With something for everyone, the White Elephant Sale features an extensive array of quality used men's, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, artworks, household items, china, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment, and more. The Preview Sale is the first opportunity to see and buy the new, the unusual and the unexpected. This event runs from 10am-4pm and tickets are $20 at the door. Take BART to Fruitvale and catch the free shuttle to 333 Lancaster Street.
 
Bay Area Children's Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s characters from his beloved tales where they come to life in this lively rock and roll performance. Bring your family and tumble into Wonderland, where everything will get “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice questions who she is and what her destiny will be. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Tickets range from $17-$28 and can be bought online. Take BART to Montgomery Street and walk 5 minutes to the Children's Creativity Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens, SF.

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