BARTable This Weekend: Jan. 18-21

If you're like us, you've been itching to get outside and do something after being cooped up inside all week due to the relentless rain. Luckily for you, this weekend is action-packed with things to do. Nosh on some delectable vittles at food and restaurant weeks, march for women in Oakland and San Francisco or catch one of the many theatre options. And if you also have Monday off to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we show you where to celebrate.
Friday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Comfort Food Week in Concord begins Friday. Photo courtesy of Visit Concord
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.
Oakland’s 9th annual Restaurant Week will run over two weekends for foodies to take full advantage of the city’s special dining offers. The week will highlight a diverse range of culinary offerings throughout The Town, and will offer diners an opportunity to experience some of the most diverse restaurants in the Bay Area. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 and $70 price points. Individual menus can be found here.
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.
The Holiday Ice Rink will be open for one more weekend 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 seven minutes to Union Square.
Walnut Creek on Ice (final weekend) at Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek on Ice wraps up 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.
Saturday BARTable This Weekend by BART
Join thousands in Oakland and San Francisco for the Women's March. Photo courtesy of Women's March Oakland.
Women's March Oakland and San Francisco at Lake Merritt and Civic Center/UN Plaza
Join thousands from across the Bay Area to support women's rights, human rights and social and environmental justice in the annual Women's March on Saturday. The East Bay march will start at Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 10am and end at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The San Francisco rally and march will begin at Civic Center Plaza at 11:30am and end at the Embarcadero.
This performance will include three different parts: Ravel, Piazzolla and Mozart. Violin showstopper and concertmaster Jennifer Cho will take center stage. This isn’t your grandma’s orchestra — there will be a free pre-concert talk with Maestro Cabrera an hour before the show, phones can be on and silent, drinks can be brought to seats and guests can clap when they like what they hear. Tickets range from $42-$72 and can be bought online. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 12 minutes to the Lesher Center of the Arts.
With the theme of “Rhythm and Blues and the Civil Rights Movement”, the extensive civic and cultural Living Jazz event brings our diverse communities together to honor, through music, the inspirational teachings of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Featuring vocalists Jeanie Tracy, Kev Choice, Ms. Faye Carol, Terrie Odabi and, Alvon Johnson along with music by Kev Choice on piano; Scott Thompson on bass; Daria Johnson on drums; and, Alvon Johnson on guitar. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk 10 minutes to the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.
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
A rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will take place from 7:30-11pm on Sunday night.
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.
Experience The World of Charles and Ray Eames. Discover the innovative husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Go beyond their well-known designs in an intimate and inspiring exhibition portraying their legacy and lives in California. Ticket prices vary. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to OMCA.
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with marches, free museums, festivals, faith lectures and volunteering. Our friends at SF Funcheap have the full list of celebrations.

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