The acclaimed video installation ‘Black Males’ in Oakland, a dance about gender equality, and a Bay Area bluegrass icon top my Weekend Top 10 list. 1 “Question Bridge: Black Males”: This innovative, immersive video installation received raves when it came to Oakland Museum of California in 2012, and now it is back at a moment when it could not be more relevant. The exhibit created by Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas uses videos of more than 150 African-American men across the country to simulate a wide-ranging and honest discussion on topics ranging from family to inter-racial love to economics and history. Essentially, you feel like these men are letting you into their lives for a moment, and it’s a revealing journey.
• • • • •, Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll, downtown Saratoga, Meet Father Christmas and stroll Saratoga in Dickens fashion while sipping wine, Enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage and check out the Kid’s Fun Zone, 5-8 p.m, $45, 408.867.0753, • • • • •, Opening night of Christmas in the Park, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Park and S, Market streets, San Jose, The tree lights up and then Santa Claus arrives, The kickoff features the Archbishop Mitty High School marching band, a special performance by the Tabard Theatre, dance costume for ballet or lyrical in shades of purple with hair clip, armbands and shoes, modeled on american girl doll the Bethel Church Choir and the band Drought from the School of Rock, 6 p.m., then 9 a.m.-midnight through Jan, 1, Free, christmasinthepark.com..
TheatreWorks. “The Lake Effect.” March 4 through March 29. By Rajiv Joseph. “Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown-up children ponder the legacy of their family business, their father’s mysterious bookie, and their suddenly entangled lives.” Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California. $19-$74 (discounts available). theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960. Hillbarn Theatre. “Proof.” March 12 through March 29. By David Auburn. “Catherine must establish the authorship of a mathematical proof found in the office of her brilliant but troubled father. Following his death, she must confront her volatile emotions along with the arrival of her estranged sister and a burgeoning romance with her father’s former student. When all these forces come to a head, Catherine begins to question whether she’s inherited her father’s talent or his madness.” Featuring Alicia Malone as Catherine, Brad Satterwhite as Hal, Cynthia Lagodzinksi as Claire and Steve Lambert as Robert. Directed by Greg Fritsch. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. $23-$42. 650-349-6411, ext. 2 or www.hillbarntheatre.org.
Pacific Coast Fog Fest: Sept, 23-24, Pacifica, along Palmetto Avenue, Parade and marching band competition (10 a.m, Sept, 23), live music, sand sculpture demo, 200 arts and crafts booths, food, beverages, plus Family dance costume for ballet or lyrical in shades of purple with hair clip, armbands and shoes, modeled on american girl doll Fun Fest (1-4 p.m.Sept, 24), Free. http://pacificcoastfogfest.com, SoFA Street Fair: 2-9 p.m, Sept, 24, Downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (South of First Street area), Fall rendition of twice-yearly event, Local, regional, national bands on 14 stages, Food, beer, games, arts, Free, http://sofastreetfair.com..
On this afternoon, Ensemble, Ancora and Ecco will bring Baroque music from forgotten communities in Venice, Italy, and Guatemala back to life for the first time in centuries. Under the direction of Robert Geary, artistic director, and Eric Tuan, Ecco conductor, the historical context of the music will match the quality of the compositions and the performances. Baroque music normally brings to mind Europe’s cathedrals and salons attended by aristocrats in powdered wigs, but a hidden side of the Baroque existed in outlier communities in Venice and Guatemala in interesting ways.