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17 Feb 19
Howzit Kohala

Southwest Airlines Is 1 Step Closer to Hawaii Flights The low-fare airline giant could start ticket sales for Hawaii flights within a week or two. Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Feb 17, 2019 at 11:50AM In October 2017, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) officially announced that it would start flying to Hawaii, with plans to begin ticket sales by the end of 2018. […]

17 Feb 19
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17 Feb 19
Rose Lice

By Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post “This is a great activity for date night,” a young employee at the Soap Factory in Provo informed me when I walked in as a party of one. I looked around the room and saw many couples making their own soap (for their future His and Her sinks?). Then I noticed […]

17 Feb 19
Cloudy Kitchen

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17 Feb 19
Adventuring Montanan

Hawaiian beaches are simply, amazing. The sand is so warm, the water is just right. If I could live on Lanikai Beach, I would. Lanikai Beach My favorite beach ever! The sand is so, so soft and the water is refreshing. Lanikai is located on the windward side of Oahu. The ocean is so calm on […]

17 Feb 19

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17 Feb 19
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17 Feb 19
The Denver Post
By Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post “This is a great activity for date night,” a young employee at the Soap Factory in Provo informed me when I walked in as a party of one. I looked around the room and saw many couples making their own soap (for their future His and Her sinks?). Then I noticed a penguin mold in the bin, and I found my companion for the night. The Utah Valley city is not your typical destination or college town; it has a long and strong affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two of its most prominent institutions are Brigham Young University and the Provo City Center Temple, both of which are ringed by majestic peaks. Provo was named for the French Canadian trapper Etienne Provost and was settled by Mormons in 1849. In 1875, church President Brigham Young established an academy that rose to university status at the turn of the 20th century. Nearly 90 percent of the population is made up of members of the LDS Church, and many residents are current or former BYU students, a distinction that has shaped the city’s culture. For instance, Mormons do not consume alcohol, and the dearth of bars and social drinking is notable in Utah County, much of which is a mountainous area that attracts outdoorsy types with happy-hour habits. (I spotted two bars downtown and overheard one group of friends searching for wine, which they located at the Black Sheep Cafe. The caveat: They had to order food, too.) But Provo doesn’t need cocktails to stay up late. Many of the BYU campus museums remain open till 9 p.m. on weekdays, as do the shops and restaurants. On a Thursday night, in the dead of winter, I stood on tiptoes to read the chalkboard of flavors at Rockwell Ice Cream Co. The following evening, I set out to hear live folk music at Pioneer Book but ended up in line for country dancing lessons and later at a crafts table surrounded by fragrant oils and paints. (These activities do seem to support the county’s controversial nickname, Happy Valley, and I did feel fairly joyful ending the day with new toiletries and dance moves.) The culinary scene, meanwhile, is partially influenced by the Mormon tradition of international missionary work. Members who leave for proselytizing return to Provo with expanded palates. You can play spin the globe in the historic downtown district, stopping on pho, Belgian frites, sushi, Indian, Czech pastries, Mexican fruit pops or kronuts in a French bakery. Of course, the natural attractions that preceded the pioneers are equally integral to the Provo experience. Depending on the season, you can fly-fish on the Provo River, boat on Utah Lake, and ski, snowboard and hike in the Wasatch Range. Bring a date, or go solo – Mother Nature doesn’t care about your relationship status. Go Local faves Hop on the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, also known as Highway 189, and watch civilization fade away in the rearview mirror. The 24-mile route runs from Provo to Heber City; don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t reach the endpoint. Several parks will draw you in and out of your car, such as Mount Timpanogos Park and South Fork Park, which links to the Great Western Trail, the epic trek from Canada to Mexico. The Provo River runs parallel to the road, and you can often see anglers standing in the water, waiting for the blue-ribbon trout to bite their flies. In Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the 607-foot-tall Bridal Veil Falls unleashes curtains of water in the summer and freezes over in the winter, becoming a Spidey course for ice climbers. About 16 miles up, Deer Creek State Park offers activities for every weather system, including stand-up paddling, zip-lining, ice fishing and camping – in case you want to prolong your return to that other world. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”true” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] You don’t need to own a car, or know the words to “Route 66,” to appreciate AAA Lakeside Storage and Museum. The vintage gas station signs, pumps and automobiles were amassed by the storage company’s owner, who scours the country for new acquisitions. Among his finds: a Polly Gas pump frozen in time and price at 32 cents per gallon; a Bob’s Big Boy statue with protruding belly; and a green Volkswagen bug that might cause you to punch the nearest shoulder. There is also a P-51 Mustang fighter plane with a Flying Tiger shark mouth that pretend-growls at visitors and a 1942 white halftrack used during World War II. The tour is self-guided, so unless you’re a baby boomer, you might need to call your grandpa to fill in the blanks. However, the website does provide information on select objects, such as the Roman Column Wayne Model 491 pump, which it describes as “the fanciest and most beautiful gas pump ever built by the Wayne Pump Company.” One person’s pit stop is another person’s passion. Guidebook musts The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, on the Brigham Young University campus, doesn’t count homo undergradutis among its 3 million-strong collection of mammals, crustaceans, birds, insects, arachnids and plants. However, it does display the equally fascinating liger, a hybrid cat named Shasta from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, as well as an 8-foot-tall Kodiak bear that greets guests with a tinny growl. The research institute, which opened in 1978 and completed a renovation in 2014, is more than the final resting place for its subjects. At least once a day, staff members hold a live critter show. During my visit, the handler trotted out a cockroach, a corn snake named Reggie and a frog called Lemon, who is not allowed to fraternize with his brother, Lime. “They have been known to eat something too big and choke and die,” she said to an auditorium full of parents and children too squirmy to fully comprehend the implications. The university is also home to the Museum of People and Cultures, the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Art, which is currently exhibiting Pulitzer Prize-winning photos from the Newseum and towering willow branch sculptures by Patrick Dougherty. On a tour of Provo Pioneer Village, Stevens Nelson doesn’t temper the truth. “When they got here,” said the museum director, “life was hell.” The open-air historical attraction focuses on the period from 1849, when the first Mormons landed in Provo, to 1869, when the railroad arrived. The seven original buildings demonstrate the early inhabitants’ will to survive, and sometimes in style. In the Turner Cabin, porcelain tableware and figurines adorn the shelves and a framed picture of hair art (yes, the stuff that sprouts from your head) hangs by the front door. The cotton coverlet in the Haws Cabin features a decorative chenille star pattern. “The women civilized this place,” Nelson said. “They made it happen.” To learn about their food prep, visitors can peek into the Corn Crib, where the ears were dried and then ground into cornmeal. The village also owns several wagons and handcarts that the poorest settlers pushed to their new life. In the summer, a working blacksmith practices his trade near the oxen lift used to shoe the beasts of burden. Before exiting, take a peek inside the outhouse for a cheeky surprise. Eat Local faves Homesickness has an upside: authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian food thousands of miles from its roots. The founders of Sweet’s Hawaiian Grill are originally from Tonga (Mom, whose name is Sweet) and Samoa (Dad), and they lived in Hawaii before moving to Provo for law school. Missing the cuisine of the islands, they started serving plate lunches nearly 30 years ago. Their kids now run the show, but the classic meal has not changed much: two scoops of rice, a choice of macaroni salad or pineapple with li hing mui seasoning and one to four proteins – including kalbi ribs, katsu fried chicken, teriyaki barbecue chicken and kalua pig. The restaurant rotates its specials and themes, such as Saturday’s poke bowl. Beverages dive deeply into tropical flavors. Try the Otai, a Tongan smoothie with mango, coconut milk and ice, or an infused kava drink created by BYU students. Omai Crichton, the daughter often found behind the counter, also makes leis that she sells in an adjoining space. It’s the statement piece that says, “Aloha, Provo.” What do you get when you combine Czech and Texan culinary influences? Czech-Tex? Nope, Hruska’s Kolaches. The Eastern European breakfast food arrived in Provo on the wings of three Texan siblings attending the university. The dough is based on a recipe from their grandmother, and the fillings are as bold and assertive as a Texan oilman. The sweet pastry resembles a Danish in appearance but not taste; the savory variety looks like a dinner roll with a bun in the oven. The teeny bakery with the pear-themed decor (“hruska” means “pear” in Czech) opens at 6:30 a.m. By the noonish closing time, only the tags describing the 24 flavors and two specials remain. On a weekday morning, empty trays mocked patrons for not arriving earlier. We missed out on la bomba carnitas; chocolate, peanut butter and banana nut; bacon, egg, cheese and jalapeno; and raspberry Nutella, to name a few. A few maple pecan and mixed berry remained, but the kolache clock was ticking. Guidebook musts Chef Mark Mason cooks what he knows — Native American and Southwestern dishes — and what he picked up from watching cooking shows on PBS. Before opening Black Sheep Cafe with his two sisters, Mason lived with his family on a Navajo reservation in Arizona and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota. (The siblings have since sold the business, but Mason still holds the head-chef title.) That formative experience turns up in such dishes as hog jowl tacos on blue corn tortillas and Navajo tacos with green chile pork or red chile beef. The green chile also shows up on the frites and in a stew. All of the sauces and breads are made on-site, including the nanniskadi, which kicks the burger bun to the corner. The restaurant has a full bar with bottles of high- and low-alcohol beer, though who needs booze when cactus pear lemonade is in the house? With more than 1,000 games, you could easily end up eating three square meals, plus snacks, at Good Move Cafe. The board game restaurant, which serves diners from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weeknights and till midnight on weekends, encourages eating while playing. If you’re stumped by all the choices, the staff is happy to recommend a dish (the Cowboy Burger, Meeples Mac and Cheese) and a game (Telestrations, Photosynthesis). If you dribble, say, gooey cheese from the Grilled Parcheesi onto the Sorry! board, don’t fret: “That’s why we have a budget to buy new games,” said Dave Moon, who owns the place with his son, Shawn. On Wednesday nights, the cafe holds tournaments, and you can take the Jenga Burger Challenge. Eat a stack of three burgers chosen off the menu to win a free burger for a future visit. Before opening wide, you might want to hit up the Hungry Hungry Hippos for some tips. Shop Local faves With the exception of ironing, if your preferred activity ends in “board,” you can satisfy all of your provisioning needs at Board of Provo. Founded in 2004, the shop specializes in skateboards, longboards, splitboards and snowboards. You can find all the big names in the industry, such as Burton, Capita, Volcom, RVCA and Emerica footwear, plus crucial hot-tub attire such as flip-flops and board shorts. John Hales and his wife, Ellis, practice what they sell and know the riding landscape well. After a morning on the slopes, John was bantering with customers while perusing a catalogue of hooded ninja suits by Airblaster. When I asked them for recommendations, they suggested the Provo Recreation Center’s skate park and the Provo River Parkway Trail for skateboarding and Sundance Mountain Resort for snowboarding. Then Ellis offered to suit me up. When designing Shade Home and Garden, in nearby Orem, Todd Moyer looked across the Atlantic for ideas. The Utah native wanted to replicate the European garden centers he had toured with his English wife. He envisioned a pastoral escape from the city, where customers could leisurely shop for their window sills and front yards. Moyer describes the store’s aesthetic as “modern farmhouse,” assuming your barn is in the desert (cactus and succulents) or Kyoto (bonsai trees). In addition to fauna, the store carries decorative planters, straw baskets with pompoms and pillows with cactus designs. In the cooler months, a herd of goats turns the greenhouse into a yoga studio. The Goga Guys use treats to encourage Nigerian dwarf goats to climb on practitioners. That sound above you isn’t infinite consciousness but Tootsie and Butterfinger crunching on graham crackers. Guidebook musts The Shops at Riverwoods is home to some familiar faces, such as Williams-Sonoma, but ignore those. Instead, seek out the unfamiliar names. Lime Ricki, for one, is a swimwear company founded by three sisters from Utah. Their designs – fashionably high bikini bottoms, wrap fronts, Dalmatian spots – transform women of all body shapes and modesty levels into sirens. Katie Waltman learned to make jewelry from her grandmother while in high school. She opened the Provo store in 2014 to showcase the delicate pieces adorned with her signature flourish, feathery leaves. Pebbles and Twigs carries new and consignment pieces that will up the cozy factor of your house, and Heirloom Art & Co. peddles in small indulgences, such as an Arches National Park puzzle, a giant fly-shape swatter and bird call boxes. For your commitment to local retailers, reward yourself with a cocomel cookie from Suss Cookie Co., a riff on the Girl Scouts’ Samoa. Open since 1980, Pioneer Book fills its two-level shop with used, signed and rare books, without a whiff of mustiness. The ground floor contains every category of literature except fiction, which dominates the stacks upstairs. For regional reading material, check out the books filed under “Western, Americana, Utah and Native American,” or the entire wall of Mormon nonfiction. Blue index cards designate customer and staff picks, and if you find your reviewer soul mate, congrats! (Mine are Tori and Black C.) The store runs an annual reading challenge – “book with red cover,” “book by an author born over 100 years ago,” “book with a strong female lead” – and the winners earn a $50 store credit. A backroom upstairs showcases local art and hosts folk music jams. As a warm-up before the show, go hang out in the “Music” section. Stay Local fave The family behind Aspenwood Manor created the Airbnb-esque accommodations with particular travelers in mind: Their guests do not need frequent housekeeping (once a week will do), a front desk (no keys, just door codes) or room service (full kitchen included; vending machine downstairs). The 20 luxury suites occupy two stately buildings near downtown and range in size from 220 square feet to 1,110 square feet. Each room is named and decorated after a destination close to the family’s heart. Waltzing Matilda, which has a secret passageway in the eaves, honors the clan’s patriarch, who grew up in Australia. Monocacy Estates, which comes with a built-in playhouse, gives a shout-out to Maryland, where the family previously resided. A daughter studied abroad in Austria, hence the Vienna room, a posh three-bedroom fit for a Habsburg. (Three-night minimum required for all rooms.) Guidebook must The namesake of the Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast worked in mining and real estate and as a pharmacist and saloonkeeper. His hard work paid off, as you will witness when you step inside the opulent Victorian manse dating to 1895. You might first notice the chandelier, a prop from “Gone With the Wind,” or smell the chocolate cookies cooling on the counter. All nine rooms feature jet tubs, and one (the Library) has a spiral staircase that leads to a soaker with skylight views. With such dreamy names as Victorian Rose and Secret Garden, I was hardly surprised to meet around the breakfast table newlyweds and a couple celebrating their fifth anniversary. I stayed in the Seaside Retreat, the original location of Spencer and Kitty Hines’ bathroom, but wished I had known about the Lodge room’s Butch Cassidy connection before booking. (The outlaw allegedly sneaked in through the door to evade the sheriff of Salt Lake City, whose cousin, a friend of Cassidy’s, owned the place.) Ghost stories are up to the guests’ imagination, but whenever an electric issue arises, innkeeper Michelle Schick will say, “Kitty, knock it off.” When the front door code didn’t work, I knew exactly who to blame. Explore Local fave I first spotted Robert Redford in the hallway leading to the Tree Room, one of five drinking and dining venues at Sundance Mountain Resort. He was cuddling a golden eagle, and I am pretty sure everyone who passed by the wall of photos wished they were that raptor. In 1969, the celebrity benefactor bought the Provo Canyon land that morphed into the year-round playground. Sports enthusiasts can ski and snowboard in the winter and then switch gears to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the warmer months. The fire pits are seasonal, but the zip lines operate in all four. Most of the noncardio activities take place in the village, such as the Owl Bar, a watering hole that honors both Butch Cassidys (the real scofflaw and the Redford one), and the Art Studio, where artists teach guests to make pottery, jewelry, soap and other crafts. The General Store stocks their creations, as well as clothes, blankets, housewares and other goods that possess the Sundance spirit. As a souvenir, grab a free Sundance catalogue. Signs posted outside select locations ask guests to refrain from taking photos to protect the privacy of others, but the advisory does not mention asking for an autograph. Guidebook must The Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau’s walking tour covers more than 70 sites, including many in the Provo Downtown Historic District. Where do you start? No. 1, Provo Town Square, seems obvious, but I decided to begin with No. 71, because I am a sucker for sweets. Startup’s Candy still occupies the 1900 building that produced the country’s first filled candy and Magnolias, a forebear of the breath mint. The confectionery is open weekdays, one of the few places on the list with public access. (Most are private homes.) The LDS Tabernacle (No. 65) suffered fire damage 112 years after its dedication and was turned into a temple. Only Mormons with an ecclesiastical recommendation can enter the sacred space, but everyone can stroll the parklike grounds. On Center Street, the main strip for eating, shopping and entertainment, I supplemented my education with historic plaques. En route to the Soap Factory, I learned that Brigham Young set up his first school nearby. Most likely, the academy didn’t teach its students how to make soap in emoji and Star Wars shapes, but modern-day Provo will. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get outdoor news sent straight to your inbox.
17 Feb 19
Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

For this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, show us a fresh perspective on something, some fresh food or flowers, even fresh snow! In the middle of February, show us the promise of spring.

17 Feb 19
Shawn Miller

Recently, Utah state Rep. Merrill Nelson renewed the call for a constitutional convention to amend the Constitution of the United States. And a Utah Senate committee recently passed SRJ 9, calling for such a convention. As the nation recovers from its third shutdown in under a year, Nelson argues that the federal government can be […]

17 Feb 19
Hawaii News Digest

Welcome to the Hawaii State News update from Hawaii News Digest. Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Content provided by EIN News/EIN Presswire. Accessed on 17 February 2019, 1435 UTC, Post 18438. Source:  https://world.einnews.com/state/hawaii Please click link or scroll down to read your selections. HAWAII NEWS MONITORING SERVICE […]

17 Feb 19
Bead Yarn & Spatula

I can’t remember the last time I had or made ribs. I am pretty sure it’s been over a year, maybe even two. I wasn’t even sure if I still liked them to be honest. Then I came across a recipe for baby back ribs in a slow cooker and they sounded simple (and tasty) […]

17 Feb 19
Claire's Cinematic Corner

If I was stuck in a time loop watching this film – I wouldn’t care! We have yet another sequel, but I am not mad as I loved the original film. But I always get nervous as films will always be compared to their counterparts. Luckily this film works perfectly. The original Happy Death Day […]

17 Feb 19
Twin Souls: a novel phenomenon

I have always looked upon history with a grain of salt. Have you noticed that every culture views their history as the truth—or the “correct” one? That always made me question truth. If everybody has their own version of truth, then, which version is true? I do, however, honor the ethnicities of my parents and […]

17 Feb 19
The Desert Path

A Storm of Thoughts: Cat’s Angel Message for February 17, 2019  February’s Theme: Trusting in the “unseen” and believing in yourself puts you on the path to manifesting your dreams and goals. Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever […]

17 Feb 19
East Bay Times
Altered States: Through March 24, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Featuring artists across multiple generations living and working along the California coast who harness natural elements and the environment to create their work. Opening reception 3-5 p.m. Jan. 13. $3-$5.  www.bedfordgallery.org Dragon in the Drop-Off Lane: 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 23, The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. A wry, comedic and incisive look at the profound societal differences between gritty East Bay living and the idealized-to-the-point-of-ridiculous realm of Marin. $20-$100. www.themarsh.org Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?: Through March 24, The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Weaving history and comedic insights into stories about names, this hit solo show sheds light and throws shade on societal prejudices and assumptions. $20-$35 sliding scale. www.themarsh.org Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: Through March 3, San Jose Stage Company, 490 South First St., San Jose. $32-$72. www.thestage.org The Last Sermon of Sister Imani: Through March 3, Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. Adrian, an up-and-coming politician, needs the endorsement of Danielle, a spiritual leader named Sister Imani. Sliding scale. $10-$30. http://theatrefirst.com/tickets Ninth annual San Jose Jazz Winter Fest: Through Feb. 27, downtown San Jose. Winter Fest presents jazz, blues, Latin and related genres in intimate venues in San Jose. This year’s lineup features artists such as Aaron Diehl, Charles McPherson, and vocalist Catherine Russell. $15-$38. sanjosejazz.org/winterfest Every Day Alice: Through March 9, Piano Fight, 144 Taylor St., San Francisco. Utopia Theatre Project founder Anne Yumi Kobori reimagines familiar characters from Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan in a modern day setting. $12-$35. www.utopiatheatreproject.com Beau Jest: Through March 10, Tabard Theatre, 29 North San Pedro St., San Jose. To make her parents happy, Sarah Goldman claims to be dating a nice Jewish doctor. When her family insists on meeting him, Sarah hires an actor to ,pretend to be her beau. $33-$45. www.tabardtheatre.org Violet: Through March 17, Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., San Francisco. The story of a young woman’s bus ride from North Carolina to Oklahoma to see a televangelist that Violet believes will heal the axe scar which cuts clear across her cheek. $35-$65. www.bamsf.org/violet/ Face-Off 2019: Feb. 21-23, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Local Bay Area improv teams compete against City of Pleasanton’s own award-winning Creatures of Impulse, and the audience wins the prizes. $7-$12. http://www.firehousearts.org Concord Chamber Crab Feed and Auction: 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 22, Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord. $60. https://bit.ly/2GrdLod Solo and Ensemble Music Festival: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Los Positas College, Music Building, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore. Classical repertoire is featured in this festival, which includes more than 200 student performers. A formal command performance is planned for 7 p.m. in the Barbara Mertes Center for the Arts. Free. Solo & Ensemble Chili Bowl Express Fundraiser: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 23, Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma. Enjoy a handmade chili bowl filled with your choice of vegan or meat chili, plus dessert, live music, studio demonstrations and a gallery exhibition. $30. https://bit.ly/2VUBp1X Middle Eastern Treasures Concert and Feast: 1:30 p.m. potluck, 2-5:15 p.m. concert Feb. 23, Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda. Arabian Passion band, belly dancers, Cuadro flamenco and percussion. Bring a dish for the potluck and join in the dancing. $10-$30. www.maryellendonald.com Temirzhan Yerzhanov and Klara Frei piano duet: 7 p.m. Feb. 23, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek. Four-hand duets by Schubert, Greig and Schumann. $10-$20. https://bit.ly/2piRNbO Contemporary Ballet by Jessica Lang Dance: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. This performance highlights the company’s genre-bending movement style. $37-$61. https://bit.ly/2Wtb6QE Empress Theatre Comedy Night with Gallagher: 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo. Featuring sidekick Artie Fletcher. $25-$60. https://empresstheatre.org/ Movement of Colors: 8-9:30 p.m. Feb. 23, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley. Music by Clerestory, inspired by art and artists. $5-$30. https://bit.ly/2MtqnfO Irish Day: 2-4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. Paradise Square is a powerful musical based on an extraordinary slice of history set in Five Points, New York, in 1863. Enjoy a special meet-and-greet with actors and dancers, and an after-show talk with Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll. $115. https://bit.ly/2MPU6PW The Carmel Duo: 3 p.m. Feb. 24, St. James the Apostle Church, 34700 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Featuring the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. $10. 510-792-1962, office@sjapostle.net. Lords of Acid: 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 24, UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley. A Belgian-American post-industrial/techno band with special guests, Orgy, Genitorturers, Little Miss Nasty, Gabriel and The Apocalypse. $27.50. www.theuctheatre.org The Real Group: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. This Swedish choral group blends jazz, pop and Northern European choral music. $29-$46. www.hammertheatre.com “Two Parts of Me” Flamenco performance: 7:30 p.m. March 1, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.mvcpa.com;  and 6:30 p.m. March 2, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. https://bit.ly/2MSitg5. Featuring the guitarist Antonio Rey and singer and dancer Mara Rey, with special guests Bianca Rodriguez and Marlon Aldana. $42-$59. www.theflamencosociety.org San Ramon Symphonic Band Concert: Fantasia: 7:30 p.m. March 1, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. Featuring performances of works by Gershwin, Fisher Tull, Berlioz, Vaughan Williams and more. $8. http://bit.ly/2RY6q6O This is How We Begin: 8 p.m. March 1-2, The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. Deborah Karp Dance Projects presents this contemporary experimental work.  $10-$20. https://deborahkarpdanceprojects.com/ California Bach Society, “Rachmaninoff: The All-Night Vigil”: 8 p.m. March 1, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell, San Francisco; 8 p.m. March 2, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto; 4 p.m March 3, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft, Berkeley. Paul Flight leads a chorus of 35 singers with soloists Gabriela Estefanie Solis and Mark Bonney. $10-$35. https://bit.ly/2t9HrOP Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert: 7 p.m. March 2, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W Second St., Antioch. Featuring award-winning blues, R&B and Americana vocalist Shemekia Copeland. $15-$40. www.deltabluesfestival.net Classical Music Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 2, Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington. Bryan Baker conducts Beethoven’s Mass in C, featuring the combined choirs of the Unitarian Universalist Churches of Berkeley and San Francisco. $15-$20. www.uucb.org Brooklyn Bridge: March 2-23, Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School St., Lafayette. A family play full of heart and humor, about community and building bridges. $18-$30. www.townhalltheatre.com Benefit reading of “The Vagina Monologues”: 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 4 p.m. March 3, Farnsworth Theater, 12250 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. The play dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement of women’s experiences. $14-$30. https://bit.ly/2CRUSHG Bay Area Spotlight: Kurt’s Farewell Tour Part Two: 7:30 p.m. March 3, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley and 7:30 p.m. March 4, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., San Francisco. A concert of commissioned works for viola and electronics presented by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. $18-$35. www.leftcoastensemble.org Marie and Rosetta: March 6-31, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Stirring up churchgoers in the morning and the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a musical legend. With growing competition on the 1940s gospel circuit, she auditions a new partner with a voice made in heaven. $40-$100. www.theatreworks.org Marta Pereira da Costa: 7 p.m. March 7, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E Santa Clara St., San Jose. Featuring the professional Fado guitarist. www.martapereiradacosta.com Gem Faire: Noon-6 p.m. March 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and more. $7. www.gemfaire.com Masters of Hawaiian Music: 7:30 p.m. March 8, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Three master slack key artists, including George Kahumoku Jr.,  share Hawaii’s unique folk styles whose origins lie in early 19th-century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture. $25-$35. www.paloaltojcc.org Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House: 7:30 p.m. March 8, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live, 327 Lasuen St, Stanford. Tafelmusik, Canada’s Baroque orchestra, presents a multi-media exploration of the musical traditions and innovations of 18th-century coffee houses in Germany and Syria. $38-$90. https://live.stanford.edu/ InsectPalooza Family Science Day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 9, Umpqua Bank, Potrero hill, San Francisco. The Insect Discovery Lab will bring live insects — including darkling beetles, Australian walking sticks, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant African millipedes — for you to see, touch and hold. Kid-friendly activities include an insect safari, rainforest coloring sheets and Chocolate Chip Chirpies! Free. savenature.org A Man of No Importance: 7:30 p.m. March 9, 15, 16; 2 p.m. March 10, 16, 17, El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito. The Youth Musical Theater Company presents a musical set in 1964 Dublin. Alfie, an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver, confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.” $16-$32. http://www.ymtcbayarea.org. Next Gen 2019: 7:30-10 p.m. March 9, Gavilan Community College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy. South Valley Symphony presents their annual young performers concert featuring orchestral suites by Holst and Glazunov, and choral works performed with members of the Christopher High School Chamber Choir. $22-$25. www.southvalleysymphony.org Marie and Rosetta: 8 p.m. March 9, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. From stirring up churchgoers to rocking the Cotton Club, Sister Rosetta Tharpe inspired Elvis, Ray Charles and more on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. $35-$86. https://bit.ly/2GEjCXy The Real Irish Comedy Fest St. Patrick’s Day Show: Showcasing the best blend of Irish comedic talent. 9:30-11 p.m. March 9, Spice Monkey Restaurant and Bar, 1628 Webster St., Oakland. $18-$20. http://bit.ly/2CSBR8b; 7:30-9:30 p.m. March 10, Kuumbwa Jazz Club, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20-$25. https://bit.ly/2FLwStH;  8 p.m. March 12, Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $17-$27.  https://bit.ly/2tjfQuK; 8 p.m. March 14, San Jose Improv, 62 S Second St., San Jose. $20. https://bit.ly/2AtzvME; 6-10 p.m. March 15, Folktale Winery & Vineyards, 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea. $25. https://bit.ly/2SvbsYN; 7:30 p.m. March 17, Cobbs Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco. $20. https://bit.ly/2Sp87dJ Harmony & Dissonance Celebration Concert: 7:30-9:30 p.m. March 10, First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland. Kitka, Oakland’s womens vocal ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary with an evening of soulful songs, stories and recollections from decades of exploring harmony singing traditions from Eastern Europe and beyond. $20-$40. http://www.kitka.org/events/ Telly Leung Concert – Sing Happy: 7:30 p.m. March 14, Orinda Theatre, 2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda. An evening of music. $55-$75. https://www.caiff.org/tellyleung Arts Ambassadors Exhibit: March 15-31, Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda. Showcasing artwork from more than 180 Orinda students. https://www.orindaefo.org/ Fool La La: Over the Rainbow: 1 p.m. March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. Features circus-inspired tricks, percussion and electronic body music in a celebration of individuality. After the show, audiences can join Unique Derique in a free 20-minute juggling and hambone workshop. $15-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved.  www.themarsh.org Clockwork Alchemy 2019: March 22-24, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame. The Bay Area’s own steampunk convention features a weekend of art, music, literature and fanciful science-fiction revelry. $924009. www.clockworkalchemy.com Stroll Down Penny Lane: 8 p.m. March 23, JaM Cellars Ballroom, 1030 Main St., Napa. A multimedia concert celebrating the life and music of Paul McCartney. $35-$65. https://bit.ly/2UX0doK Schubert the Sublime: 7:30 p.m. March 23, Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette and 3 p.m. March 24, Bankhead Theatre, 2400 First St., Livermore. Pacific Chamber Orchestra performs Schubert’s Octet, Ravel’s Allegro and Françaix’s Dixtuor. $15-$59. www.pacificchamberorchestra.org Shrek the Musical: 7 p.m. March 26-28, 3 p.m. March 29, San Ramon Valley High School Theater, 501 Danville Blvd., Danville. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there is more to the story than meets the ears. $15. https://bit.ly/2tgWyWQ Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story: April 3-May 5, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Featuring the music of Claude Debussy. $40-$120. Theatreworks.org National Geographic Live! Capturing the Impossible: 7:30 p.m. April 3, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. A NatGeo filmmaker shares behind-the-scenes moments from his assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure in the world’s most challenging environments. $29-$46. www.hammertheatre.com A Queen of the Mist: April 5-28, Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose. Michael John LaChiusa’s musical is based on the true story of teacher Anna Edson Taylor, who in 1901 at the age of 63, wanted to make a name for herself — so she took her life and destiny in her own hands to become the first woman to go over Niagara Falls. $38-$48. www.tabardtheatre.org/tickets Space Jesus, Buku, Huxley Anne, Easybaked: 9 p.m.-midnight, April 5, UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley. Space Jesus explores the electronic auditory universe in search of lower frequencies, future feels and fire beats. $27.50. www.theuctheatre.org Celebrating Stephen Hawking: How Black Holes Are Not Quite Black – A Non-Technical Talk: 2-4 p.m. April 7, Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Featuring astronomer Andrew Fraknoi. $10-$25. https://bit.ly/2GqXiBk Flower Drum Song: April 27-May 12, Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. This Rodgers & Hammerstein classic blends American razzmatazz and stylized Chinese opera tradition, creating a theatrical tapestry. $25-$55. paplayers.org