Music and more: Fun for kids, adults

Artistic, musical and cultural events aren’t just for grown-ups. Here’s a short list of fun fall activities geared for kids and their families.


Get ready to shake what your momma gave ya — Baby Loves Disco is coming to town. The immensely popular outings for the day-care set bring the flavor of late-night party scene, complete with dance music andjuice boxes on the rocks, to the naptime hour. Parties are 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

» Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., San Francisco.


Feel the power of reverberating drums as Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo unleash this year’s International Taiko Festival , the premier showcase for taiko musicians and special guest artists from the greater Bay Area and Japan. Perfomances are Sept. 15 and 16.

» Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 978-2787;


Zeum, the multimedia and technology arts hotspot for kids, unveils a slew of “top secret” changes to its main gallery on Sept. 22. Just what exactly is to come remains a mystery, but the day is likely to be filled with fun and creative activities for the whole family to revel in.

» 221 Fourth St., San Francisco; (415) 820-3320;


The all-star chess tournament pits top rappers, DJs, martial artists and, of course, chess masters against one another. The inaugural event includes open chess gaming, kung fu films, graffiti art and much more. The invitational is Oct. 13.

» San Francisco Design Center, 2 Henry Adams St., San Francisco;


It was only a matter of time before the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel movie took tothe ice, right? Fusing song and dance numbers from both “High School Musical” installments, the only thing that’s missing from the ice tour is dreamy Zac Efron. Performances are Oct. 19 in Oakland and Oct. 26-28 in San Jose.

» Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland; HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose.


The Asian Art Musem invites families to celebrate the clothing and textile traditions of Asia at the Fall Family Festival. The annual event features an array of fun activities for all ages on Nov. 4.

» 200 Larkin St., San Francisco; (415) 581-3500;


New Jersey born-and-bred rockers the Jonas Brothers — Joe, Kevin and Nick — deliver a hearty helping of power-pop jams on their self-titled sophomore effort. The Radio Disney staples perform Nov. 6.

» Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco;


Parents, fear not — the Sippy Cups aren’t another one of those kid-friendly bands that plays Barney-esque tunes. Actually, the San Francisco-based sextet is known to play covers from the likes of Pink Floyd and the Ramones. Granted, the tunes are slightly altered; think “I Want to Be Elated” rather than “sedated.” The band plays Nov. 18.

» Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.; (415) 474-0365,


Her dad may be Mr. Achy Breaky Heart, but that hardly registers on the radar of the lot of ’tween fans who adore Miley Cyrus. The Disney Channel starlet and her pop princess alter ego, Hannah Montana, take the stage Nov. 1 in Oakland and Nov. 4 in San Jose.

» Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland; HP Pavilion, 525 West Santa Clara St., San Jose.


Margery Williams' classic tale about a plush rabbit longing to be real gets a modern dance twist from ODC/Dance. The performance features recorded narration by Geoff Hoyle and a score by classical composer Benjamin Britten. Milk and cookies are served after the Nov. 26 performance. The show runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 9.

» Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. (415) 978-2787,


His roots may stem from the legendary rock outfit the Del Fuegos, but Dan Zanes is catering to another raucous crowd of rockers these days: Pampers-wearing tykes and their caretakers. The singer-songwriter plays Nov. 24-25 in Berkeley in a Cal Performances presentation. Next year, he’ll appear in family matinees in San Francisco on March 29-30 in San Francisco Performances concerts.

» Zellerbach Hall: Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley; (510) 642-9988,; Herbst Theatre: 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 392-2545;

Fall arts preview

» Tuesday: Theater and dance

» Wednesday: Classical and popular music

» Today: Visual arts and family events

» Friday: Movies

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