empressBay seniors with a love for theaters whose design is as dramatic as anything happening onstage should check out the Empress Theater in downtown Vallejo. Built in 1911 it has been fully restored with red velvet seats, gold leaf clouds on the ceiling and a pipe organ. There is a year round calendar of live music such as the soulful jazz songstress Clairdee on December 12. $15. As long as you’re in town you might take a self-guided historical tour including homes of Tug McGraw, Boris Karloff and the apartment house where the Duchess of Windsor lived with husband #1.

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