Here are five things that should convince you to change out of your sweatpants this weekend:
Ippo Ramen Popup
Slippery, sinuous, satisfying, soupy noodles are popping up at the Commonwealth Cafe & Public House on Sunday, January 20. Mobile Oakland outfit Ippo Ramen features Japanese-style ramen in broth with eggs, vegetables, seaweed, pork, and other toppings. And yes, steaming-hot ramen pairs perfectly with the Commonwealth's diverse draught and bottled brews from the East Bay and the UK. 11 a.m., prices vary. 510-663-3001 or CmonOakland.com — Anneli Rufus
Company C Contemporary Ballet
Always keen to dance on the edge, Company C Contemporary Ballet opens its eleventh season with a slate of world premieres at the Lesher Center for the Arts on Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 17-19. Artistic director Charles Anderson loves to entertain and enlighten in equal measure, and the winter program accordingly encompasses abstraction, storytelling, dark humor, and even some spoken word. Brian Reeder contributes Being Served, with couples at a party misbehaving to music by Benjamin Britten. In Patrick Corbin's For Use in Subhuman Primates Only, dancers costumed for a rave push each other's boundaries over Massive Attack's trip-hop beats. Artistic director Charles Anderson dives into new artistic waters with Polyglot, choreographed to a recorded monologue by actress Amy Walker. A reprise of excerpts from Anderson's Beautiful Maladies, with its wistful Chet Baker soundtrack, completes the program. Thu.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $23-$45. 925-943-7469 or CompanyCBallet.org — Claudia Bauer
The razzle-dazzle basketball stylings of the Harlem Globetrotters return to Oakland, this time as part of a new "You Write the Rules" world tour — whether that means playing a six-on-five game, having two basketballs on the court at once, or just having all baskets count for double points — on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Oracle Arena. Keep an eye out for Tammy "T-Time" Brawner, an Oakland native who as a 2013 rookie is the tenth female player in the team's 87-year history. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $15-$147. 510-383-4982 or HarlemGlobetrotters.com — A.G.
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