By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 5:43 am in Family Entertainment.
1. Australia’s Circus Oz returns to Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall Thursday through Sunday with death defying daredevils, marvelous musicians, astonishing acrobats and general goofiness. (Pictured above. Cal Performances tickets for this show are $26-48 general admission, but kids are half price)
2. The 5th annual Circus for Arts in the Schools show sets up its big top, so to speak, at Alameda’s Kofman Auditorium this Sunday for spectacular circus shows at 1 and 4 p.m. It’s not just clowning, acrobatic fun. It’s a benefit for Alameda arts education programs too. ($10-$12.50)
3. Celebrate the Year of the Ox at the San Francisco Symphony’s annual Chinese New Year concert (pictured at right) – Chinese music, lion dancers, refreshments and family-friendly fun for everyone this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall. ($22-$65)
4. Explore African-American history at the Dublin Heritage Center’s family workshop this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s all hands-on fun and enrichment as you make traditional African American dolls, hear storytellers, and check out the live music at Old St. Raymond’s Church, starting at 4 p.m. (Art materials fee: $5)
5. Try “Lunch with a Crunch” at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science when Bug Chef David Gordon whips up a few grasshoppers this Saturday at 12:30 and 2 p.m. It’s a memorable launch to the new Animal Grossology exhibit. ($6-$11)