Tickets can be ordered at 925-943-SHOW (7469), online at www.lesherartscenter.org, or at the Lesher Center Box Office. The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is a Central Contra Costa-based community orchestra celebrating its second season under the leadership of Music Director Matilda Hofman. “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” is composed by Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, with lyrics by Ian Gillan. The concert will also feature other music by Deep Purple, as well as pieces by Queen, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, with special guests bassist Terry Miller (currently touring with the Zac Brown Band) and Terry’s Kids.
The program, hosted by the Berkeley Historical ballet knit slippers Society, is in conjunction with the exhibit Berkeley: From Farm to Urban Farming, 1850-2013, The documentary “Edible City” will be presented by local filmmaker Andrew Hasse and Joy Moore will moderate a panel that includes author and Merritt College instructor Christopher Shein of Wildheart Gardens; Spiral Gardens Urban Farm founder Daniel Miller; and Terika Franklin of the Berkeley farmers market, Admission is free, though donations are welcome..
Making God Laugh: Sean Grennan’s comedy follows one family through 30 years of holidays, as Ruthie and Bill try to keep the home fires burning for their three adult children. Through Dec. 23. City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St. $21-$42. cltc.org/making-god-laugh. Who’s Holiday: Guggenheim Entertainment presents a one-woman show about Cindy Lou Who, who’s all grown up and living in a trailer atop Mount Crumpit in this adults-only comedy. Through Dec. 30. 3Below Theaters and Lounge, 288 S. Second St., San Jose. $36-$45. www.3Belowtheaters.com, 408-404-7711.
Peninsula Youth Theatre, “Oliver!” Through May 18, “Orphaned Oliver Twist navigates the perils of Victorian London in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel.” Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, Directed by Roberta Inscho-Cox, Choreographed by Jennifer Vaillancourt, Vocal direction ballet knit slippers by Meg Fischer, Orchestral direction by Dan Shaindlin, 9:30 a.m, May 15, 1 adn 6:30 p.m, May 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m, May 17, 1 p.m, May 18, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $7-20, 650-903-6000..
“For a festival to be ultimately successful they have to have a great site that people like going to,” Bongiovannni says. “If it’s not that, they’re almost entirely dependent on the quality of the lineup they’re able to book, and that can vary from year to year. “Coachella has become spring break in the desert,” he says. Jon Halperin, the talent buyer for Music Tastes Good, which made its debut on the local festival circuit in Long Beach last year, worked at Coachella, doing everything from transportation to merchandising, from 2001 through last year. Though Josh Fischel, who founded Music Tastes Good, died a few days after the inaugural fest, Halperin and a handful of others will bring it back this fall, believing it fills a niche in the festival market that others overlook.