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Halloween Spirits

Halloween at The Fat Lady

If it’s October then the Halloween decorations are out in full swing at the Fat Lady Restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Regulars anticipate this annual tradition and newcomers dine among gastronomical treats with awe as the restaurant is complete transformed into a cozy home for ghosts and goblins and customers.

Owner Pat Rossi has been producing this intimate pleasure for years and locals have come to expect this month-long salute. Open since 1970, the Fat Lady is a family affair originally created by Rossi’s parents Louis and Patricia Shaterian. The couple, along with their three daughters Pat, Karen, and Cori launched this family tradition with continues today under Pat and Jerry Rossi with a variety of family spirit also participating throughout the years.

The Fat Lady is open for lunch and dinner as well as Saturday and Sunday Brunch and located at 201 Washington Street at the corner of 2d Street just across from Jack London Square parking. Call 510-465-4996 or visit for reservations and more details.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

ENTERTAINING NOTES. In keeping with Halloween, The Lot at the City Center San Ramon is hosting its annual Halloween Boo Bash Party on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. for $30 per person. Each ticket includes entry to the special Halloween-themed buffet, DJ dancing, cocktail specials, and a costume contest so make sure you plan to dress with your best spookiness to join the fun. Tickets can be reserved now at …Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins preview performances next week, Oct. 23, at the Curran Theater in San Francisco at 445 Geary Street. The official opening is Dec. 1 and tickets are currently on sale through June 20, 2020 at the Curran Theater box office or at Harry Prior to the start of performances, box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 -8 p.m. and closed Sunday-Monday. This award-winning theatrical performance is the eighth story in the series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The production is a new play by Thorne, directed by Tiffany. Tickets range from $59 to $199 per part with premium seats available for all performances with standard fees applied. For more information and special offers, visit

Deniece Williams

WEEKEND SCENE. Deniece Williams Friday, The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston Saturday- Sunday, Kendrick Scott Oracle Monday at Yoshi’s Jack London Square Oakland, yoshis.comRICO Fridays – Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba Friday, Baraka Moon with DJ Sep Saturday, Soul Sanctuary Dance, Creole Cajun Jam, Bulgarika Sunday at Ashkenaz Berkeley, Jim Cordiss Friday, Saturday at Zio Fraedo’s Pleasant Hill, Best In Show – Stories from Beyond the Shelter featuring Isabel Allende (Berkley Humane Benefit) Friday, Monica Pasqual Saturday, John Gorka Sunday, West Coast Songwriters Competition Monday at Freight and Salvage Berkeley … Chris Spencer Friday-Saturday, Cindy Kaza Sunday at Tommy T’s Comedy Club Pleasanton, tommyts.comRachel Bay Jones with Randy Redd Friday at Feinstein’s at the Nikko San Francisco.

Rick Springfield

TAHOE SPOTLIGHT. Lake Tahoe’s largest Halloween bash, the 41st Annual Freakers Ball along with DJs, GoGo dancers, laser lights, and more hit the Montbleu Showroom at the Montbleu Resort Casino next Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more details visit or call 1-800-BE-LUCKY…Across the street, the laughs continue in The Improv at Harveys with Greg Warren and Ari Mannis through Sunday. Next up, it’s Nick Griffin and Kelly Ryan Oct. 23-27. Call 855-234-7469 or visit improvetahoe.comTheory of a Deadman Saturday followed by Rick Springfield in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Oct. 26. Call 800-427-7247 for tickets, room reservations, and more details … Over in North Lake Tahoe, “The Creepers Ball” with Tainted Love and Disiderata appear Oct. 26 and Brent Cobb and Them on Oct. 27 at the Crystal Bay Club Casino. Call 775-833-6333 or visit

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