There’s music and magic in the air in the East Bay, with live tunes from Melita and Friends at Studio Grow in Berkeley and Mickey’s Magic Show confounding audiences at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. What else is going down for early 2011 weekenders? At the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, events include Myths and Folktales from Asia, and at Urban Recess Recreation, the Hipwaders present a family-friendly concert for everyone from tots to grandparents. Here’s more on weekend activities throughout the Bay.
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco
This fresh-faced S.F. ensemble is coming to Le Pena in Berkeley. Members are only 10 to 18 years of age, so their repertoire of Latin jazz classics and original compositions is all the more impressive! Sat., 7:30 p.m., $10. Event details.
Sunday Sampler at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
Classes in everything from acting to clowning are free today! Bring the kids, the teens, and yourselves. Professional theater artists will teach all ages. Sun., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m, 2:30 p.m., free. Event details.
Mochi Pounding Ceremony
Your kids probably love the mochi ice cream at Trader Joe’s. Do they know that pounding the sweet rice is part of a Japanese New Year tradition? Bring them to the Asian Art Museum to pound some mochi and learn more about it with music, dance, Japanese New Year stories, and crafts. Sat., 12–4 p.m., free with $7–$17 museum admission, kids under 12 free. Event details.
Enchanted Sleeping Beauty
What little boy or girl wouldn’t love to visit the mystical kingdom of Never Nod, where the legend of Briar Rose takes place and characters like the King and Queen, wicked Evelina, Prince Alexander, and the Dark Night roam? Catch the play’s opening this weekend at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Flourence Gould Theater in Lincoln Park. Sat., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., $12. Event details.
Bay Model Tour and Fish Feeding
First, join a park ranger on a tour of the Bay Model Visitor Center in Marin, then head to the freshwater and saltwater tanks to watch crabs, sea stars, and sturgeons get their feast on. Sat., 1:30-3:30 p.m., free. Event details.
Family Storytime at Mill Valley Public Library
Good old-fashioned storytelling is always fun for the young ones. Bring ‘em over to the Mill Valley Public Library for some morning tales, then head out for a nice brunch with the fam. Sat., 11 a.m., free. Event details.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Even two-year-olds can relate to a bad day. Check out how Alexander deals with the blues at this Sunnyvale Theatre musical for grades kindergarten through 5. Sat., 11 a.m., $11. Event details.
Celebrate Elvis’s Birthday with Save The Bay (Palo Alto)
Bring the kids–but leave the dog–as you head to the shoreline to help save the bay with some much needed planting. The goal is to plant 25,000 native species at the MLK, Jr. shoreline. They’ll be playing a tribute to the King of Rock to speed the work along. Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., free. Event details.