BARTable This Weekend: Dec. 7-9
Hanukkah is here and Christmas and Kwanzaa are around the corner! When you want a break from holiday festivities, however, we’ve got recommendations for theater, book events, artist Q&As and more. BART can help you get to each of the events below with ease — it’s not too early to start mapping your routes and planning your weekend.
Arcadia 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 are $42 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby Theatre and walk 4 minutes to the Ashby Stage.
Holiday Stroll at Walnut Creek
For an evening filled with merriment and holiday cheer, head to Holiday Stroll in Walnut Creek and enjoy merchant open houses, extended shopping hours, sips and savors, caroling, live music, an Ugly Sweater Contest, Santa & Friends and carriage rides. Merchants will offer discounts, specials and refreshments. There will also be a prize drawing, where winners can win products and services from Walnut Creek downtown businesses. The event is from 5 to 9pm, and the kick-off will be at Water Light Public Plaza. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 14 minutes to the plaza.
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center (Ends Jan. 6) at Embarcadero
Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over 26 years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens each winter for nine magical, fun-filled weeks. Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco. Tickets range from $7-$12. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 4 minutes to Embarcadero Plaza.
The Holiday Ice Rink will be open from 10am to 11:30pm with 90-minute skating sessions starting on every even hour (10am, noon, 2pm … you get the idea). Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children (eight and under). There will be various themed evenings throughout the season, such as “Drag Queens on Ice” and a “Silent Skate Party.” Take BART to Powell Street and walk 7 minutes to Union Square.
Opera Parallèle "The Little Prince" (Dec. 7-9) at Powell Street
Academy Award-winning English composer Rachel Portman’s “The Little Prince” returns for a second year at Opera Parallèle. The opera will be performed in two acts and will come with a twist, in collaboration with San Francisco Girls Chorus. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale will take on even more universal appeal with this performance; the principal characters will be played by women and girls. The characters will interact with each other and the production’s animation as they explore the universe in search of love, meaning and the answers to some of life’s biggest puzzles. Tickets range from $55-$75 and can be bought online. Take BART to Powell Street and walk 11 minutes to Marines’ Memorial Theatre.
Walnut Creek on Ice (Ends Jan. 21)
Walnut Creek on Ice returns for its 14th season, and is open Monday through Thursday noon to 8pm, Friday noon to 11pm, Saturday 11am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Admission is $12-$18. Take BART to Walnut Creek and catch County Connection Route 4, affectionately known to locals as the “Free Ride Trolley.” Yes, the trolley ride is free and drops you off right at the rink.
The Dance-along Nutcracker (Dec. 8-9) at Montgomery Street
Each year, the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band blends Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker Suite with a fun theme - this year is no exception with "Clara Potter and the Elder Baton". The result: a fun-filled musical production brimming with wit, artistry and ingenuity for witches and wizards of all ages! The talented cast sings and dances their way through a parody version of the Nutcracker. And when the “Dance-Along” sign flashes, the audience is invited to tug on their tutus and sashay along with the cast. Even audience members who don’t want to dance have a blast! Take BART to Montgomery Street and walk 5 minutes to YBCA.
Photo courtesy of East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest’s Facebook page.
East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest 2018 at MacArthur
The 9th annual East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest now features a zine store, where artists can drop off zines and let fest volunteers manage their sales. Attendees will get to participate in a writing workshop, mixed media sticker making and letterpress basics class. The after party will be held at Classic Cars West in Oakland with DJs, drinks and dancing. Take BART to MacArthur and walk 12 minutes to Omni Commons for the festival.
Photo courtesy of SF LGBT Center’s website.
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing at 16th St. Mission
This event is inspired by Keith Haring’s iconic artwork and social activism, which continues to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds decades after his death. Keith’s sister Kay will be in attendance, and will be available for a Q&A and book signing of her new children’s book, “The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing.” Her new book commemorates Keith’s life and a portion of book sale proceeds will be donated to the SF LGBT Center. In addition, there will be storytelling by legendary drag queen Honey Mahogany of RuPaul’s drag race, an art sale of international pieces inspired by Keith’s work, art activities for all ages, a kid’s fashion show and music by Boomzilla. Admission is free, but registration is strongly encouraged.
Night Bloom at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Imagine immersing yourself in an illuminated garden bursting with luminous displays and interactive experiences. You can experience that in person at Night Bloom, a five-week light and sound exhibition at the Conservatory of Flowers. Guests will able to embark on an adventure where cotton candy sunsets abound, rare and unusual flowers blossom in the moonlight and fireflies come out to say hello. Food from local vendors and seasonal beverages will also be available. Tickets range from $20-$39 and can be bought online. Kids 8 and under are free. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and take Muni, rideshare or cab to the conservatory.
Photo courtesy of MECA’s website.
2018 Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar at North Berkeley
The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is presenting its 16th annual Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar from Dec. 8-9, with 100% of every purchase going towards Palestinian children and their families. All items will be from Palestine, and will include fair trade olive oil, ceramics, embroidery, shawls, scarves, olive wood products, keffiyehs, olive oil soap, dead sea products, children’s clothing and toys, kitchenware, cookbooks, jewelry, hand-woven rugs and books. There will also be Arabic food for sale. Sunday’s event will be from 11am to 3pm and admission is free. Take BART to North Berkeley and walk or take a bus or rideshare to 1101 Eighth St.
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