BARTable This Weekend: March 15-17

Photo courtesy of David Yu/Flickr.
 
With major celebrations taking place on both sides of the Bay, it's going to be a fantastic weekend to get outside and celebrate all the St. Patrick's Day festivities. At the San Francisco parade on Saturday, keep an eye out for the BARTmobile dressed in its green garb and wave hello if you see it! Seen enough of that bright orb in the sky? Duck inside to some critically acclaimed theatre.
 
Friday BARTable This Weekend by BART
It's the final weekend of Violet the Musical. Photo courtesy of Theatrius.
 
Violet the Musical (ends Sunday) at Powell St
It's your last chance to 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 St and walk 12 minutes to Alcazar Theatre.
 
Actually (ends April 21) at Downtown Berkeley
Princeton freshmen Amber and Tom spend a drunken night together. Soon after, they find themselves testifying at a sexual misconduct hearing. The two students — one black and one white — share their stories, leaving the audience wondering how to find certainty and justice when there are three sides to every story. “Actually” investigates the hot-button topics of gender and race politics, and Theatremania describes it as “crafted with compassion, intelligence and insight.” Tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to Aurora Theatre.
 
Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
This weekend, the cities of San Francisco and Dublin will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
 
The United Irish Societies of San Francisco have hosted a large Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for 168 years, and it has become the west coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture. This year’s theme is "Women Breaking Barriers" and Mayor London Breed will lead the parade, which commences at 11:30am at 2nd and Market Streets. The parade will go down Market Street all the way to Civic Center Plaza near City Hall. Keep an eye out for the BARTmobile! Take BART to Montgomery St and walk one minute to Market St. and 2nd St.
 
Join the City of Dublin (where else?!) for the annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and includes three stages of Irish music and dance, food and drink, shopping, carnival rides and an Irish tea cottage. The parade begins at 9:30 am on Saturday at Amador Plaza. Take BART and your bus ride to the Festival is free! At either the Dublin/Pleasanton or West Dublin/Pleasanton Stations, take the Wheels Rapid 30R Bus which will take you to the festival entry at Civic Plaza. Just tell the driver you're heading to the Festival and your ride is free. Valid only March 16-17.
 
All John Williams at Walnut Creek
John Williams has composed some of the most popular and critically acclaimed film scores in history (does Star Wars, E.T. and Schindler’s List sound familiar?). The Blackhawk Chorus will join the California Symphony orchestra, lead by Donato Cabrera, and honor Williams’ work in this special evening, including bringing the epic Star Wars battle scenes he has scored to life. Tickets are $57-$87 and can be bought online. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 12 minutes to the Lesher Center of the Arts.
 
This play opens with a reception honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black fighter pilots. The rest of this epic drama follows the elderly Tuskegee pilots as they reminisce and are joined by their younger selves. Tickets are $35 and can be bought online. Take BART to Powell St and walk 11 minutes to Marines’ Memorial Theatre.
 
The Sleeping Beauty (ends today) at Civic Center/UN Plaza
San Francisco Ballet’s, "The Sleeping Beauty" is back by popular demand, and guests can expect spectacular sets, lavish tutus and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. This classic story of a sleeping princess, a handsome prince and the triumph of true love’s kiss will enchant the audience. Helgi Tomasson’s production highlights the dancers’ classical virtuosity, casting its spell over a fairytale ballet of romance and wonder. Tickets range from $40-$399 and can be bought online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 9 minutes to the War Memorial Opera House.
 
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 Powell St and walk nine minutes to the Children’s Creativity Museum.
 
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.
 
Sunday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Fiorello! is performed for the last time today at Gateway Theatre.
 
Fiorello! (ends today) at Embarcadero
New York City’s legendary mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia is the inspiration behind “FIORELLO!” LaGuardia is considered one of the greatest mayors in American history, having successfully rose from a lawyer to Congress to running New York City and fighting the corrupt forces of Tammany Hall. The story of the larger-than-life “FIORELLO!” won the Tony Award for Best Musical along with the Pulitzer Prize. Tickets range from $30 to $70 and can be bought online. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk nine minutes to the Gateway Theatre.
 
Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction (ends July 21) at Downtown Berkeley
Hans Hofmann was one of the most significant figures of postwar American art, and played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition presents a fresh, eye-opening look at Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice. Admission tickets range from $11-13. Admission is free for BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 and under; one adult per child 13 and under; and artists in the BAMPFA collection/MATRIX. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to the museum.
 
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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