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Fab Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 5:47 am in Family Outings.

Ballet_Afsaneh (Bay Area Discovery Museum)
Global Dance: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum is hosting an entire series of ethnic dance performances, showcasing the cultures of Polynesia, India, Ireland and more. This weekend’s performance by Ballet Afsaneh features the rich culture and dances of the Silk Road. The curtain rises at 11 a.m. Jan. 15. Tickets $7-$14; www.baykidsmuseum.org.

Tasty treat: Danville’s Village Theatre is launching a new series of shows aimed squarely at the preschool audience, starting with a concert by Orange Sherbet — singers of songs about dinosaurs, monkeys and pesky little brothers — at 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Tickets $3; www.villagetheatreshows.com.

Fantastical Fantasies: Grab the family and head over to Oakland’s Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 for a screening of that classic flick, “Fantasia.” It’s not just the wonderful Disney animation that makes this film so great, it’s the glorious music, including Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony and so much more. Tickets $5; www.paramounttheatre.com.

Magical Wizardry: Children’s Fairyland’s favorite magician, Blake Maxam — dubbed “The Wizard of Ahhhhs” — swings by the Oakland amusement park for a little magical wizardry this weekend at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $8, including rides and entertainment; www.fairyland.org.

Jazzy Felines: The Berkeley Playhouse KidStage is doing a live-action version of Disney’s “The Artistocats,” a jazzy musical set in the Paris of a century ago. The fun runs Jan. 15-17 at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. Tickets $15-$20; www.berkeleyplayhouse.org.

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