BARTable This Weekend: March 22-24

Photo courtesy of Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)'s Facebook.
It's officially spring and we have the perfect ways to ring in the new season this weekend. Read on to learn where you can find the "front porch of Oakland", the annual spring concert of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band and alien creatures nestled among floral arrangements (say what?!). It's all going down in the Bay this weekend, just outside BART's door.
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Friday Nights at OMCA kicks off the season March 22 at 5pm.
What's better than enjoying tasty food with live music? How about having BART drop you off right at the event? It's happening with the "front porch of Oakland" this Friday. This event honors the traditions of Nowruz - the Persian New Year with dancing, a calligraphy demonstration, a paper egg decorating workshop, food trucks, beer and wine. The fun begins at 5pm and runs until 9pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to the Oakland Museum of California.
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.
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The SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performs their annual spring concert this weekend in Oakland. Photo courtesy of SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band.
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band is performing their annual spring concert on March 23 from 6-8pm with a reception to follow. This will be the Band’s first concert as the Official Band of San Francisco City and County. The concert will feature Ottorino Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, the second of a trilogy of tone poems based on the city of Rome. Tickets are $0-20. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk 14 minutes to the First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison St.
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.
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.
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The theme of this year's Macy's Flower Show is "Journey to Paradisios". Photo courtesy of Macy's.
To usher in Spring, Macy’s will have its annual flower show in its marquee store in San Francisco. This year’s show – “Journey to Paradisios” — will explore heavenly flora and beautiful blooms, and visitors will embark on a space odyssey to a colorful paradise. Sci-fi inspired floral scenes and out-there alien creatures will make an appearance. Visit Macy's Union Square Visitor's Center and show your BART ticket, clipper card or mention "BARTable" and enter the contest to win a $500 Macy's gift card. Admission is free. Take BART to Powell St and walk five minutes to Macy’s Union Square.
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 today) 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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