Bay Area Children’s Theatre brings Roald Dahl’s beloved book “James and the Giant Peach” to San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road on Dec. 20. Jack Sale, who grew up on local stages often performing with his mom Nancy Sale, plays James. For tickets to this young audience favorite, call 925-973-3343 or go to www.bactheatre.org. “The Clink,” a brand new musical, will be presented at Onstage’s Campbell Theatre in Martinez this spring.
Sanchez Adobe, Traditional and contemporary quilts, 1-4 p.m, Oct, 7, 8, Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, Refreshments, Free, www.historysmc.org or 650-359-1462, CuriOdyssey: First Friday Family Night, 6, 8 or 10, ballet slippers charms, ballet point shoes charm, silver charm, girls charms, love dancing charms, ballerina charms, 5-8 p.m, Oct, 6, Nonprofit children’s science museum and zoo, Music, dancing, Coyote Point Park, 1651 Coyote Point DriveSan Mateo, Free with admission to park, https://curiodyssey.org/activities/family-events/first-friday-family-nights/, Los Altos Fall Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Oct, 7, 8, Hosted by Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Live entertainment, wines, beers, food, children’s games, train, arts & crafts, car show, South parking plazas behind Main Street between San Antonio Road and First Street, Los Altos, www.losaltoschamber.org..
That father-son connection is especially strong when Runnels, also a musician, strums the guitar Ben left behind. “I’m sure when i pick up his guitar and start playing one of his songs,” Runnels said, “he’s aware of it.”. But what Runnels hopes will be Ben’s most enduring legacy, is change. He hopes Ben’s death, and the deaths of the other 35 Ghost Ship victims, will raise awareness in Oakland and beyond about the plight of the nation’s underappreciated artists, who are struggling to get by, forced to live and create in the margins — sometimes in unsafe buildings.
Foad Satterfield — Things Known: Through June 9, Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, 1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga, Satterfield contemplates experience, nature and meditation expressed in large abstract landscapes, while an exhibit on David Otis Johnson, “Noctambulant,” evokes an electric exploration of light and space illuminated through neon bending, www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum, Brooklyn Bridge: Through March 6, 8 or 10, ballet slippers charms, ballet point shoes charm, silver charm, girls charms, love dancing charms, ballerina charms, 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..
The longest-running No. 1 song of all-time on the country charts, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” won single record of the year at the ACMs; Hunt didn’t attend the show. Little Big Town sang Elton John’s “Rocket Man” in celebration of the icon’s new album, “Restoration,” which features country singers covering his songs. Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina were impressive when they sang their duet, “What Ifs.” Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Kelsea Ballerini, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley also performed.