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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 5:02 am in Family Entertainment, Family Outings.

Philharmonic Baroque family concert

Viva Vivaldi: Grab your music-loving kids and head over to the Philharmonia Baroque family concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church, when they perform the Winter and Spring movements of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” The kid-friendly show includes plenty of Vivaldi lore and a chance to get up close and personal with the historical instruments (pictured, above). Tell your kids, in terms of sheer fame and artistry, Vivaldi was the Lady Gaga of the baroque period. Elton John would have killed to play with him. Tickets: $7.50 for kids, $15 for grown-ups; www.cityboxoffice.com.

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” is going theatrical with a zany, musical at San Ramon’s Front Row Theater, staged by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Nov. 2-14. Tickets $14-$20. www.bactheatre.org.

Dia de los Muertos: Mexican music and culture headline the San Francisco Symphony’s Day of the Dead concert at Davies Symphony Hall at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. The lobby doors open at 1 p.m. for refreshments and plenty of family-friendly fun. Tickets $15-$68, kids half price; www.sfsymphony.org.

Musical, M-U-S-: It’s the final weekend for the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. Catch the hilarious musical at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7. Tickets $25-$35; www.livermoreperformingarts.org.

Trash Art: Summon that inner artist and turn trash into glorious art at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art workshop 2-4 p.m. Nov. 6. Then enter your masterpiece in MOCHA’s annual Re-Create juried art exhibition, which is held at Jack London Square November 19-December 19. Free; http://mocha.org.

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