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 Allardâ€™s classic childrenâ€™s book, itâ€™s up to the rowdy schoolchildren to figure out what happened. Now â€śMiss Nelson is Missingâ€ť (pictured) is going theatrical with a zany musical at Berkeleyâ€™s Freight and Salvage, staged by the Bay Area Childrenâ€™s Theatre Oct. 2-24. Tickets $14-$20; www.bactheatre.org.
Catch the beat: Oaklandâ€™s family-friendly Sunday in the Redwoods series continues this weekend with a 2 p.m. performance of The Rhythm Section â€” featuring Baby Jaymes, Martin Luther and Angie Stone â€” 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 â€“ 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 â€śScream Machines: The Science of Roller Coastersâ€ť exhibit at Berkeleyâ€™s Lawrence Hall of Science. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Jan. 2. Tickets $6-12, www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
Leapinâ€™ Lizards: The Diablo Theatre Companyâ€™s production of â€śAnnieâ€ť ends its run at Walnut Creekâ€™s Lesher Center this weekend. Catch the musical fun Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2. Tickets $17-$48; www.lesherartscenter.org.