Events Listings

Highlights-East Bay Through January 2

Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 01:36:00 PM

"TELEGRAPH AVENUE HOLIDAY STREET FAIR," -- through Dec. 24. The event will feature festive lights, colorful decorations and a multicultural shopping atmosphere featuring more than 200 street artists, merchants, and community groups. 

Free.11 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19, 23 and .< 



"Naughty & Nice: A Meg and Billy Christmas," through Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17-18, 21-23, 28-30. The production mixes Great American Songbook standards with traditional and non-traditional holiday tunes. $23-$25.  

Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 843-4822,



"The Arabian Nights," through Dec. 30. Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman brings her adaptation of "The Arabian Nights'' back to Berkeley for the holidays. See website for complete listings of performance dates and times. $17.50-$73.  

2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949, (888) 4BR-Ttix,



"Walnut Creek On Ice," through Jan. 17. A special holiday time outdoor ice skating rink. See website for complete details. 

1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. < 



San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Free.  

2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. (510) 848-3696,



Primus, Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, 8 p.m.  

$42.50 Thu.; $62.50 Fri.; $95 2-day pass.  

1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-0438,



The Coverlettes, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. $18.50-$19.50. 

Music starts at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 548-1761,


OAKLAND ZOO The zoo includes a Children's Petting Zoo, the Skyride, a miniature train, a carousel, picnic grounds and a gift shop as well as the animals in site specific exhibits, which allow them to roam freely. Included are "The African Savanna,'' with its two huge mixed-animal aviaries and 11 African Savanna exhibits; the Mahali Pa Tembo (Place of the Elephant), with giraffes, chimpanzees and more than 330 other animals from around the world; "Simba Pori,'' Swahili for "Lion Country,'' a spacious 1.5-acre habitat offering both a savanna and woodland setting for African lions; "Footprints from the Past,'' an anthropology exhibit showcasing four million years of human evolution and an actual "footpath'' of the first hominids to emerge from the African savanna; "Sun Bear Exhibit,'' a stateof-the-art space the zoo has developed for its two sun bears; and Siamang Island, a state-of-the-art, barrier-free area that emulates the gibbons' native tropical rain forest habitat. Also see the Malayan Fruit Bats from the Lubee Bat Conservancy in Florida that are now roosting in trees at the zoo. In addition there are special exhibits and events monthly. "Valley Children's Zoo," ongoing. The three-acre attraction offers a completely interactive experience for both children and adults. The exhibits include lemurs, giant fruit bats, otters, reptiles, insects and more. Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

"Endangered Species," ongoing. An exhibit of photographs about the most endangered animals on the Earth and what can be done to save them. At the Education Center. Open daily during zoo hours. ONGOING EVENTS --  

"Valley Children's Zoo," ongoing. Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The three-acre attraction will offer a completely interactive experience for both children and adults. The exhibits include lemurs, giant fruit bats, otters, reptiles, insects and more. Free with regular Zoo admission.  

"Wildlife Theater," ongoing. Saturday, 11:45 a.m.; Sunday, 1:45 p.m. On Saturday mornings listen to a story and meet a live animal. On Sunday afternoon meet live animals and learn cool facts about them. Meet in the Lobby of the Zoo's Maddie's Center for Science and Environmental Education. Free with regular Zoo admission. (510) 632-9525, ext. 142. 

"Zoolights," through Jan. 1, 5:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 24-25. Enjoy a fantasyland of lights, giant toy soldiers, over-sized candy canes and more mixed with holiday music and treats. $4.50-$7.50.  

$7.50-11; free children under age 2; $6 parking fee. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Knowland Park, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. (510) 632-9525,



"Oakland Ballet Company: The Nutcracker," through Dec. 26, 2 and 7 p.m. Thu.; 11 a.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sun.  

$15-$50. (510) 465-6400. 

2025 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 465-6400, (415) 421-8497, or



"Zanzibar Puppets: Cinderella," through Dec. 26, 2 and 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 22 fully costumed puppets bring the classic fairy tale to life with spectacular scenery and music. $12. (510) 891-1986, 401 26th St., Oakland. < 



Pharoah Sanders, through Dec. 24, 8 and 10 p.m. $22-$30. 

Tower of Power, Dec. 26 through Dec. 29, 7 and 9 p.m. Sun.; 8 and 10 p.m. Mon.-Wed. $25-$45. 

"Lalah Hathaway New Year's Celebration," Dec. 30 through Jan. 2, 8 and 10 p.m. Thu., Sat.; 8 and 11 p.m. Fri.; 2 and 7 p.m. Sun. $5-$100. 

Shows are Monday through Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200,<