Arts & Events

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Wednesday August 24, 2011 - 10:04:00 AM

With all those gloomy newspaper headlines and television reports of the unhappy news that the Dow had tumbled 5%, leading to global recession fears, it's hard to feel optimistic about the future. Nevertheless, we may take comfort in some of the pleasant, informative activities lined up for the next several weeks. 

"The Fantastics", Willows Theatre, 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Wednesdays through Sundays, thru Labor Day Weekend. 

"Smokey Joe's Cafe", the songs of Leiber and Stoller, Lesher Center Repertory, Sept. 2 - Oct. 9. Also at Lesher Center, "A Week With Pablo Picasso", Oct. 22 - Nov. 19. (925) 943-SHOW. 

"Richard III", starring Kevin Spacey, Oct. 19 - 29, Curran Theatre, S.F. 

"Candida", George Bernard Shaw, directed by George Moscone, now through Sept. 4th, Bruins Ampitheatre, Orinda. Tickets start at $35. (510) 548-9666. 

"Chicago", (the Musical), Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, through Sept. 4th. (925-931-848. 

"Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus," Sept. 1st. Cow Palace, S.F. Kids tickets $10. (800) 7454-3000. 

"The Steins Collect," (Matisse, Picasso, etc.) Saturdays through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. - 8:45. SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F. 

"Osher Lifelong Learning Program" (OLLI) Open House, Tuesday, Sept. 13, Freight & Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. An educational program for older adults who are learning for the joy of it. Reservations: 510) 642-0034. 

We trust some of the above activities will whet your appetite!