By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 5:53 am in Uncategorized.
Oh, Viola Swamp: When a sweet-tempered teacher goes awol and the worst substitute ever arrives in Harry Allard’s classic children’s book, it’s up to the rowdy schoolchildren to figure out what happened. Now “Miss Nelson is Missing” (pictured) is going theatrical with a zany musical at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, staged by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Oct. 2-24. Tickets $14-$20; www.bactheatre.org.
Catch the beat: Oakland’s family-friendly Sunday in the Redwoods series continues this weekend with a 2 p.m. performance of The Rhythm Section — featuring Baby Jaymes, Martin Luther and Angie Stone — on Oct. 3 at the Woodminster Amphitheater. Tickets $5; www.sundaysintheredwoods.com.
Tilt nirvana: Pinball devotees, rejoice! The Pacific Pinball Expo is Oct. 1-3 at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael. Leave your quarters at home – all the machines are set on free play. You will, however, need some crisp currency or a credit card. Admission is $15 for kids, $25 for grownups, which includes admission to the expo, pinball seminars and a chance to play more than 375 games spanning eight decades of tilt history.
Screaming Thrills: Explore the physics, biology, thrills and chills behind roller coasters at the new “Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters” exhibit at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
Leapin’ Lizards: The Diablo Theatre Company’s production of “Annie” ends its run at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center this weekend. Catch the musical fun Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2. Tickets $17-$48; www.lesherartscenter.org.