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 May-June 2011

May-June 2011

 

Out on the Town

Maria Schneider Orchestra

June 13

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Maria Schneider brings her superb, 21-piece jazz orchestra to Zellerbach Hall.
8 p.m., $42 and up. UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu


MAY

1 • Devil Mountain Run
This annual run benefits Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Join in on a 5K, 10K or kids’ fun run along Danville’s Iron Horse Trail and support important programs and services at Children’s Hospital.
8 a.m., $32 in advance, $37 day of race, $13 for kids fun run (ages 3-8), or $15 day of race. 205 Railroad Ave., Danville, (510) 428-3885, ext. 5767, www.chfo.convio.net

1 • Cinco de Mayo
It’s a day of musicians, dancers, a military marching band, exhibits and a kid zone, all in celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.,  International Boulevard between Fruitvale and 41st avenues, Oakland, www.oaklandcincodemayo.com 

5 • Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Come to the Oakland City Center to see a special performance by the dance company Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
Noon-1 p.m.,  500 12th St., Oakland, www.oaklandcitycenter.com 

6–14 • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre interprets one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with a blend of hilarious farce, magical beauty, song and dance in a setting that draws from both modern and ancient mythical time periods.
Various times, tickets $7–$13, Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, (510) 521-6965, www.acmtkids.org

6–7 • Marriage Material
In Je’Caryous Johnson’s stage show, a romantic weekend turns into a whirlwind as emotions erupt, perceived friendships become fake, secrets are shouted and old love goes to war.
8 p.m. May 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 7; $37.50-$52.50. 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.org


7–8 • Park Street Spring Festival
It’s two days full of arts, crafts, beer, wine, pony rides, petting zoos and lots of activities on Park Street to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Park Street, Alameda, www.shopparkstreet.com 

7 • Island Arts Festival
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Conga drummer-lead singer Edgardo Cambon and his Salsa Band Edgardo & Candela will present a fun-filled evening of salsa dance music and dance lessons.
8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org

7 • Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

The USS Hornet presents a special Mother’s Day concert featuring The Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.
8 p.m., $45-$85. Reservations required,707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448, ext. 28, www.uss-hornet.org


7 • African-American Breast Cancer Conference

The California Cancer Prevention Institute presents keynote speaker and retired WNBA player Edna Campbell at this important conference covering breast cancer in the African-American community. Meet health experts, enjoy live entertainment, exhibits, networking opportunities
and more.
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; 
register before May 2, $20 per person. Scholarships available by advance request to those experiencing financial hardship to cover registration fee on a first-come, first-serve, basis. Conference Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, (888) 315-5988, www.cpic.org


Through May 8 • Pride: The Musical

Berkeley Playhouse presents this show that explores the meaning of the word family in the shadow of Proposition 8 and follows the paths, choices and challenges of family members, gay and straight, as they come to terms with themselves and the world they live in.
Times vary; $15 online advance or pay what you can at the door ($7.50 minimum). Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

8 • Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Moms get to ride the train for free at the Oakland Zoo and see wallaroos and emus up close. Bring the whole family to spend the day visiting giraffes, elephants, lemurs and more.
10 a.m.–3 p.m., $12.50 adults, $8.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org


8–9 • Elvis Costello

 For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let his set-list be chosen by “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.
8 p.m., $49.50–$85. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 302-2277, www.thefoxoakland.com


12 • Bay Area Bike to Work Day

Reduce your carbon footprint, improve your health and save money on gas by taking your bike to school or work today. Biking is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+ minutes of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.
For more information on the day’s events visit www.youcanbikethere.com

13-15 • Oakland Greek Festival

Enjoy three days of fabulous Greek food, drink, music, dance and much more.
10 a.m.–11p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $6, children under 12 free. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, (510) 531-3400, www.oaklandgreekfestival.com


14 • Voices From Around the World

Youth choirs come together to perform songs from different countries.
3 p.m., reserve tickets online. Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (415) 692-5297, www.sfchamberorchestra.org  


14 • Celebrating Elephants

Activities at the Oakland Zoo focus on elephants and include Circus Finelli, an animal-free circus, performing at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be elephant information stations throughout the zoo, and a behind-the-scenes elephant barn tour ($5).
10 a.m.–3 p.m., $12.50 ages 15 and older, $8.50 ages 2-14, free under 2. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org

14 • Oakland Ballet Company Gala

Support the ballet’s community outreach programs, and see a special preview performance of Forwards!
7 p.m., $125. Kaiser Center Auditorium, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (866) 711-6037, www.oaklandballet.org


14 • Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert & Silent Auction

Music director/conductor David Ramadanoff and YPSO welcome mezzo-soprano Frederica van Stade for a spring concert with songs from Mahler, Canteloube and Heggie and the music of Rossini, Puccini and Ravel.
$15–$50, silent auction 6:30 p.m., concert 8 p.m. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, (510) 849-YPSO (9776), www.ypsomusic.net


15 • Jazz on Fourth Street

This outdoor music festival, benefiting the jazz programs at Berkeley High School, features the legendary Dixieland outfit Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band; the authentic Cuban jazz of Pellejo Seco; the classic blues of Delta Wires; two Berkeley High School combos and the grand finale with the award-winning Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. Also enjoy food, beer and sake gardens, children’s activities and more. 
Noon–5 p.m., Fourth Street between Hearst and Virginia, Berkeley, (510) 526-6294, www.fourthstreet.com

15 • Chelsea Handler

The popular comedian, author and talk-show host performs live at the Paramount Theatre.
8 p.m., $55.50–$75.50. 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.org


15 • Bay to Breakers

Be a part of history by taking part in the 100th annual Bay to Breakers race. Serious runners join with walkers and costumed revelers. Celebrate this legendary 12K San Francisco tradition and enjoy the festivities at the Footstock festival after the race.
$52 adults, $47 under age 18. The race starts at Howard and Beale streets, San Francisco, (415) 359-2800, www.baytobreakers.com


15 • St. Joseph Garden Club’s Gardens Galore XVII

Alamedans love their gardens, and six will have their gates open for self-guided tours this spring as part of the adventure. Reservations required. Green thumbs can shop for handcrafted items from Bay Area vendors at the concurrent 10 a.m.–3 p.m. boutique. New this year: a special wine tasting on the evening of May 13. The tour raises funds for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., $20 advance, $25 day of the tour, optional box lunch $10. For more information and to make a reservation, call (510) 995-9544


19 • Webster Wine Walk

The West Alameda Business Association is holding an evening of wine tasting, appetizers and a stroll along the shops of Webster Street in Alameda.
6–9 p.m., (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com  


19–21 • Oakland Ballet’s Forwards!

Enjoy this innovative repertory showcasing world premiere ballet works integrated with visual arts and spoken word.
Times vary. $15-$38. Laney College Theatre, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, (866) 711-6037, www.oaklandballet.org


20 • Classic Movie Night

Come to the Paramount Theatre to see the 1951 movie A Streetcar Named Desire.
8 p.m., $5. 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com


20–22 • Berkeley Ballet

The Ballet presents a spring showcase featuring both youth and adult performers.
Times vary, $23–$25. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 830-9524, www.berkeleyballet.org


21 • Flashlight Tour

Take a behind-the-scenes three-hour guided tour of the USS Hornet including spaces that have not yet been opened to the public.
8:30 a.m., $35 per person ($30 for members), reservations required. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448, ext. 28, www.uss-hornet.org

22 • DooF-a-Palooza

This fun festival for children features educational food experiences, contests, live animals, rides, games and entertainment and is designed to get kids and their parents engaged in a fun celebration of healthy food choices.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Jack London Square, foot of Broadway, Oakland, (510) 548-5335, www.foodbackwards.com 


30 • Crab Cove Open House

Enjoy a day of nature-related family events from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Activities include: 10 a.m. low-tide walk; 2 p.m. pond walk and sandy beach exploration; 3 p.m. fish feeding. Throughout the day: snake meet-and-greet, nature crafts, and videos.
Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 562-7275, www.ebparks.org 


31–June 4 • Royal Danish Ballet

The world’s third-oldest ballet company takes to the stage to perform with the Berkeley Symphony.
8 p.m. nightly, $38 and up. Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu


JUNE

3–July 3 • Moonlight and Magnolias
It’s 1939 and producer David O. Selznick’s new film Gone With the Wind is in trouble. The new director and screenwriter are convinced the movie will flop. Can Selznick bring order to the chaos and rescue the monumental project? Watch art being created one crazy step at a time in this stage show presented by Altarena Playhouse.
Times vary, $19–$22. 1409 High St., Alameda, (510) 523-1553, www.altarena.org

4 • Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival

The best of chalk art and chocolate are on display for all to enjoy at this annual Berkeley event.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., North Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com 


4 • Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest

Bring your shovel, bucket and creative ideas to build a unique work of art out of sand, or come out to watch masterpieces being created.
9 a.m.–11 a.m. registration, viewing and judging at noon, awards at 1 p.m., free. Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Westline Drive and Otis Drive, Alameda. www.cityofalamedaca.gov

4–5 and 11–12 • East Bay Open Studios
More than 350 artists present original artwork for sale during the ProArts Open Studios including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork and more.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., maps of open studios available online, www.proartsgallery.org  


5  • Temescal Street Fair

This annual festival features entertainment on two stages, food and drink, crafts and cultural performers.
Noon–6 p.m., Telegraph Avenue, between 47th and 51st streets, Oakland, (510) 860-7327, www.temescaldistrict.org 


5 • See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon and 5K

Join in this women’s half marathon, 5K or kids’ 1-mile fun run. After the race, enjoy complimentary chocolate and champagne tastings and a sport massage. Pre-register before June 3.
8 a.m., prices vary. Register in store at See Jane Run, 5817 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 428-2681 or online at www.seejanerun.com


7 • Band Concert

Welcome summer with a lively concert by the Alameda Adult School Band.
7:30 p.m., Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda, www.alamedaadultschool.org  


7 • U2 in Concert

Bono and the gang take to the stage to perform many of their greatest hits accompanied by opening artist Lenny Kravitz.
7 p.m., prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (866) 614-4183, www.coliseum.com


10 • Concerts at the Cove

Enjoy the first concert in this annual summer series that offers the best of local music on the beach. Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers kick off the series with a blend of 1960s–1980s party music.
6–8 p.m., Crab Cove, McKay and Central Avenues, Alameda, (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com
 

10 • Peter Gabriel

The former lead singer of Genesis performs with the New Blood Orchestra.
8 p.m., prices vary. Greek Theatre, Gayley Road and Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.ticketmaster.com


12 • EcoHouse Tour

The tour includes Berkeley’s first city-permitted wetland/greywater system, rainwater cistern and water catchment strategies, a washing machine greywater system, a living roof garden, organic permaculture gardening, solar panels, on-demand and solar water heater, natural and recycled building materials, native drought-tolerant plants, mushroom cultivation, earthworks raingarden, drip irrigation and more.
Pre-register, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $15 general, $10 Ecology Center members (no one turned away for lack of funds). EcoHouse, 1305 Hopkins St., (enter via garden entrance on Peralta), Berkeley, (510) 548-2220, ext. 239, www.ecologycenter.org


12 • Florence and the Machine

This popular vocalist performs her hit song “The Dog Days Are Over” and more in a one-night show.
7 p.m., prices vary. Greek Theatre, Gayley Road and Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.ticketmaster.com


13 • Maria Schneider Orchestra

Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Maria Schneider brings her superb, 21-piece jazz orchestra to Zellerbach Hall.
8 p.m., $42 and up. UC Berkeley campus, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

17 • SF Jazz Spring Season

Singer and expert percussionist Youssou N’Dour joins pop star and activist Angelique Kidjo for a special concert.
8 p.m., $25–$80. 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.org

19 • Living Ship Day: Father’s Day

Bring Dad to experience an aircraft carrier in action, witness simulated flight operations throughout the day, participate in mission briefings, meet former crew and sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., $15 adults, $6 ages 5–17, under 4 free with paying adult. USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448, ext. 28, www.uss-hornet.org

19 • Father’s Day at the Zoo

Bring Dad to the Oakland Zoo and he gets to ride the train for free on Father’s Day. Then take a stroll to the lion deck, check out the alligator exhibit or see the chimpanzees.
10 a.m.–3 p.m., $12.50 adults, $8.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 9777 Golf Links Road, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org


22–July 10 • Alameda County Fair

It’s that time of year again when the fair comes to town featuring carnival games, live entertainment, food on a stick, animals and the best fun that summer has to offer.
Times and prices vary. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, (510) 426-7559, www.alamedacountyfair.com


24–26 • Fine Arts Festival

The 36th Annual Fine Arts event lines the sidewalk of this busy shopping district and features entertainment, activities and more.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Mountain Boulevard and La Salle, Oakland, www.montclairvillage.com 

 
24–26 • Sesame Street Live presents Elmo’s Healthy Heroes

Bring the kids to learn lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and many more Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene — all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. Various times and prices.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (866) 614-4183, www.coliseum.com

25 • Walk in the Wild

Enjoy the zoo like never before. Nearly 100 restaurants, caterers, bakeries, wineries and brew houses will be set up throughout the zoo to offer samples while you listen to live music. This adult-only event supports the Oakland Zoo’s conservation, education and animal enrichment programs.
Call for reservations and ticket prices, 4–10 p.m. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org


25 • 3rd Annual King Carnival

Celebrate summer at this fun family event featuring carnival games, water activities and a barbecue.
1:30–5:30 p.m., $4.50 youth, $6.50 adults. King Pool, 1700 Hopkins St., Berkeley, (510) 644-8518, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us


30 • Rihanna in Concert

Cee Lo Green joins this popular Barbados-born R&B artist in a one-night show.
7:30 p.m., prices vary. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (866) 614-4183, www.coliseum.com


ONGOING EVENTS

Sports

Oakland A’s.
Enjoy green collar baseball at its best as the boys of summer return to the Oakland Coliseum for home games throughout May and June.
Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (866) 614-4183, www.oakland.athletics.mlb.com

Art

Oakland Museum of California.
This dynamic local museum combines art, history and natural science to tell the stories of California and its people.
11a.m.–5 p.m. Wed., Thu. Sat. and Sun. and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.  $12 general, $6 ages 9–17, free for children under 8 and free for all the first Sun. of each month. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200, www.museumca.org

Family

Chabot Space Center.
Learn about the wonders of space through interactive exhibits, planetarium and theater shows, special events and the new Bill Nye’s Climate Lab where you can learn about climate change.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed. and Thu., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. and Tue. $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 3–12. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7373, www.chabotspace.org

MOCHA.
You and your child can channel your inner artist at the Museum of Children’s Art. The museum holds weekend family programs, drop-in art programs throughout the week and also sponsors exhibits and events in the Oakland libraries. Prices and hours vary.
538 Ninth St., Ste. 210, Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org

Children’s Fairyland.
This storybook park enchants with rides, animals, puppet shows and performances. See special performances of Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Go Dog Go during the month of June.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun. (through June 5 but closed June 2 for annual gala), 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. June 6–Aug. 8, $8, under 1 free. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org


Lawrence Hall of Science.
Immerse yourself in the ocean and atmosphere that sustain us. See stunning views of ocean currents and dramatic earth storms and see the world in a way that’s never been seen before. “Creatures of the Abyss” runs through May 8, followed by “Dinosaurs Unearthed.”
May 28–Jan. 1. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; $12 adults, $9 students, $8 ages 3–6, free under 3. Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 642-5132, www.lawrencehallofscience.org

 

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