Escapes: Hear music rooted in tradition in the Bay Area

The Klezmatics perform opening night of the Jewish Music Festival.
The Klezmatics perform opening night of the Jewish Music Festival.


Jewish sounds abound in March

What: Thirty years ago, the producers behind the Jewish Music Festival began celebrating what it means to be Jewish in a modern, multicultural world. And they continued to celebrate it annually through unique, world Jewish music rarely found anywhere else.

This year’s festival, running March 5-22 at various Bay Area venues, will be no different. Highlights include a klezmer-Punjabi mashup, Jewish-Muslim-Christian ensemble from Israel, Yiddish musical and Jewish dance lessons. The kickoff takes place at the New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, with a performance by the Klezmatics. The 25-year-old, Grammy-winning five-piece group is often referred to as a “Jewish roots band,” for its traditional, Eastern European Jewish sound. The Klezmatics concert costs $30, but tickets for each individual event vary. For the full schedule and more information, visit


Lunar festival

What: In honor of Chinese New Year, Silver Legacy will transform into a colorful, elaborately decorated festival, with special Chinese menus, buffets, drink specials and events.

When: Through March 7

Where: Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 N. Virginia St., Reno

Cost: Free




What: Hopefully there’s lots of snow in time for North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest!, the 10-day festival now in its 35th year. There are more than 65 events – on and off the snow – sure to attract all ages, including parades, parties, concerts, races, dining, snow sculpting and arctic swimming.

When: Feb. 27-March 8

Where: Various locations around North Lake Tahoe

Cost: Individual events vary



Family at the museum

What: Inspired by the Monterey Museum of Art’s current interactive exhibition, Open Walls: You Are Here, this designated family day boasts hands-on art projects, sing-along, storytelling, a scavenger hunt and educational talks.

When: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 28

Where: Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey

Cost: Free



Lantern festival

What: Help ring in the year of the sheep at this Mendocino county Lunar New Year event. Expect live performances, games, cultural booths and, of course, strings of glowing lanterns.

When: 2-5 p.m. Feb. 28

Where: Alex Thomas Plaza, 310 S. State St., Ukiah

Cost: Free



Travel talk

What: Hear all about president of Vertical Horizon Travel Scott Jercich’s visits to Dubai and Abu Dhabi at this installment of the No Reservations Travel Club.

When: 7 p.m. March 3

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 457-1426;

Bee Staff