Weekend Things: Tour Homes and Gardens, Sneak Peeks at Music and Dance

This weekend, exes bicker and write together, innovative homes and gardens show off, and music and dance offer you a preview of what's to come.

Whether you're into reading, home design, gardening, music or dance, the weekend has something for you. Here are some highlights:


  • Think you get along well with your ex? Try writing a crime novel with them. That's what Lisa Lutz and David Haywood have done. You can meet this former couple and hear about how they wrote their novel about pot, sibling rivalry and a corpse.
    Pricing: Free

  • This Friday and Saturday is the 23rd annual Heart of the Home Tour, a fundraiser put on by the Children's Support League of the East Bay. The tour features five innovative and renovated homes in Piedmont and Oakland, as well as a boutique, lunch and a raffle.
    Pricing: $50-$62


  • Tony Award-winning Street Scene by Kurt Weill is coming to Oakland's Paramount Theater on May 13, but you can have a sneak peek and learn a bit more about this “American opera” from the maestro, the music director, the conductor and a literary scholar at First Covenant Church in Oakland.
    Pricing: $30-$35


  • After viewing homes on Friday and Saturday, you might want to also see how some Oaklanders choose to garden on the Bringing Back the Natives garden tour. Check out the website to see a list of talks you might want to attend given by the gardeners themselves.
    Pricing: Free

  • The Bellevue Club brings you a taste of what choreographer Paris Wages has been working on. Google Woman: Images of Female will explore femininity in our time through dance, video, graphics that takes inspiration from great women of the past, both real and mythological.
    Pricing: $15

  • No better way to start the month of May than a visit to the Oakland Museum of California. Every first Sunday of the month is free and there are plenty of new history and art exhibits, some of which have opened just in the past month.
    Pricing: Free 


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