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 May-June 2012

May-June 2012

 

Out on the Town

May/June Calendar

Courtesy of Amgen

May

Through May 13 • Lucky Duck
Berkeley Playhouse presents a modern show based on the popular children’s book about an ugly duckling who dreams of becoming a singing diva.
Times vary, $17–35.
Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Through May 25 • 10 Connect
Subtitled “A Group of 10 Artists,” this show at Gray Loft Gallery in Jingletown celebrates the neighborhood’s first live-work building for artists with art from 10 women artists, all who are or have been residents of the building. Includes works by Suzy Barnard, Ruth Boerefijn, Leslie Frierman Grunditz, Lynn McGeever, Susan Moyski, Susan Parish, Amy Sollins, Andrea Voinot, Jan Watten and Karyn Yandow.
Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford St., 3rd Floor, Oakland, (510) 499-3445, grayloftgallery.blogspot.com

2 • Project YouthView
Nonprofit Alternatives in Action, with sponsorship from HBO, pulls together an impressive youth film fest at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex to feature youth-created film shorts from young San Francisco Bay Area budding filmmakers. Begun in 2005, the film fest promotes the power of youth in film and is co-presented Comcast. 6 p.m., $5 youth, $10 adults, $100 VIP reception (5:30 p.m.).
Project YouthView, (510) 748-4314, ext. 302, www.projectyouthview.org

4 • Cinco de Mayo Concert
Ballet Folklorico Mexicano entertains during the lunch hour with a special dance performance. 12–1 p.m.
Oakland City Center, 12th and Broadway, Oakland, (510) 628-9170, www.oaklandcitycenter.com

4–5 • Snow Patrol
This alternative rock band from Ireland performs songs off its latest album, Fallen Empires. 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.thefoxoakland.com

4–6 and 11–13 • Little Women
Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre presents the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, based on the beloved writings of Louisa May Alcott.
7:30 p.m. May 4, 5, 11, 12; 2 p.m. May 6 and 13, $13 adults, $7 children.
Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, (510) 521-6965, www.acmtkids.org

4 • Black Keys
This American rock band, the recipients of three Grammy awards, comes to Oakland to perform hit songs including “Meet Me in the City” and “Tighten Up.”
8 p.m., ticket prices vary.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com

4 • Dianne Reeves
The Grammy-winning jazz artist performs on the UC Berkeley campus.  8 p.m., $20 and up.
Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

5 • Summer Program Kickoff and Science Fair
It’s a day featuring local summer programs, classes and camps for kids while enjoying science-related activities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m..
James Kenney Community Center, 1720 Eighth St., Berkeley, (510) 981-6656. www.ci.berkeley.ca.us  
 
5 • Cinco de Mayo Latin Dance Party
Celebrate the Mexican holiday with a night of Latin dance and free salsa lessons. 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door.
Rhythmix Cultural Center, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org

6 • Cal Performances — Stories from Sonoma Mountain
San Francisco’s acclaimed Word for Word troupe presents Stories from Sonoma Mountain, a family-friendly show that draws on folk tales from the First Peoples and the landscape of Northern California. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., $24 and up.
Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium, Berkeley, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

6 • Sweet Honey in the Rock
This popular a capella group entertains with soulful and inspirational music. 7 p.m., $20 and up.
Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

6 • Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields
Enjoy a free concert by the band Pride and Joy and celebrate with $1 hot dogs, sodas, admission and parking while watching horse racing. 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, (510) 559-7300, www.goldengatefields.com

6 • Arts and Green Festival
Learn how to live an eco-friendly life at this event featuring kids activities, music, and exhibits by environmental groups. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave., Albany, www.albanyca.org  

8–9 • Death Cab for Cutie
This alternative rock band presents songs from their seventh album. 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. (800) 745-3000, www.thefoxoakland.com

10 • Plantosaurus Rex
Wander through the jungles of the past in this exhibit that mixes prehistoric plants with miniature model dinosaurs. Learn about how the flora and fauna mixed thousands of years ago through interactive exhibits and interesting facts. On display through Oct. 21. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $1.50–$7.
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, (415) 831-2090, www.conservatoryofflowers.org

11 • Made in Oakland
See the creative works of Oakland artists and practice fire performance skills in a safe environment. 6:30–9:30 p.m., $10.
The Crucible, 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org

11 • Rufus Wainwright
The Canadian singer known for his one-of-a-kind blend of baroque and operatic pop brings his unique sound to Oakland. 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.thefoxoakland.com

11 • Jack and the Beanstalk

California Theatre Center presents a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. Follow Jack on an adventure into the clouds to retrieve the golden harp from a nasty giant. 10 a.m., $8.75. Reed L.
Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center, Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, (800) 606-0424, www.ctcinc.org

12 • Harry James Orchestra
Listen to big band music and dance the night away on the historic aircraft carrier, USS Hornet 8 p.m., $40–$80.
USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448, ext. 282, www.uss-hornet.org

12 • An Evening with Oleta Adams
This special Mother’s Day concert features the talented Adams who serenades with soulful jazz. Proceeds benefit children in Soweto, South Africa, and Oakland. 7 p.m., $25.
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, (510) 544-3962, www.eventbrite.com

12 & 20 • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Does wolf just wants to borrow some sugar from his pig neighbors, or does he want to eat the pigs that live nearby? Find out the true story in Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s children’s book. 2 p.m., $15–$20.
Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, (510) 296-4433, www.bactheatre.org

12–13 • Park Street Spring Festival
Celebrate Mother’s Day at this annual weekend event featuring craft vendors, live music, food and drink, a kids’ area and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Park Street, Alameda, www.shopparkstreet.com  

13 • Mother’s Day Tea
Enjoy a special tea ceremony followed by a succulent garden workshop. Registration required. 10 a.m.–12 p.m., $40–$45.
UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, (510) 643-2755, www.botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

13 • Bindi Society
This afternoon show features global and classical music incorporating instruments from Europe, Africa and Asia. 2 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door.
Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060, www.rhythmix.org

13–20 • Amgen Tour of California
Here they come! Cyclists from around the world come to California every year to take part in a grueling race through hills, valleys, deserts and city streets. This year starts in Santa Rosa and ends in Los Angeles. But don’t think you won’t have a chance to cheer on your favorite biker: The tour speeds through San Francisco, San Jose, Livermore and Santa Cruz.
10:05 a.m.. Cazadero Highway, Coleman Valley Road, Santa Rosa, www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

18–19 • Alameda Pointe Vintage Fashion Faire
This two-day event features three ballrooms of vintage fashions from the ’40s–’80s. $5–$10, free for 16 and younger. 6-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.
O Club, 641 West Redline Ave., Alameda, (510) 522-7500, www.alamedapointeantiquesfaire.com

18-20 • Greek Festival
It’s everything Greek under one roof — entertainment, food and much more at this annual festival. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $6, under 12 free.
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, (510) 531-3400, www.oaklandgreekfestival.com

18 • Oakland East Bay Symphony
The symphony presents its season finale, Do That Voodoo. 8 p.m., $20–$70.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400. www.paramounttheatre.com

19–20 • Himalayan Fair

Dozens of jewelry, native art, clothing and food vendors will provide a worldly experience at the annual Himalayan Fair. Experience India, Napal and Tibet in this two-day festival that features music, dancing, and crafts. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Live Oak Park, Shattuck Avenue and Berryman Street, Berkeley, (510) 869-3995, www.himalayanfair.net  

19–20 • Rowell Ranch Rodeo
This annual pro rodeo features a weekend of events that showcase the historic sport of rodeo. Sat. and Sun., beginning at 10 a.m. with different events held throughout both days. $14–$20.
Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park, Dublin Canyon Road between Castro Valley and Dublin, (510) 581-2577, www.rowellranchrodeo.com

20 • Jazz on Fourth
This annual music festival supports the Berkeley High School Jazz Program and features the Dick Conte quartet, blues by Lady Bianca, salsa by Rumbache and a grand finale by the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. 12-5 p.m.
Fourth Street at Hearst Street, Berkeley, www.fourthstreet.com  

20 • Gardens Galore XVIII
St. Joseph Garden Club of Alameda hosts this self-guided tour of six well-appointed Island gardens, plus a craft boutique and limited pre-tour wine tasting event in one of the gardens. Benefits St. Joseph Notre Dame High School and St. Joseph Elementary School.
Tour: $20 advance, $25 otherwise, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; boutique: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; wine tasting eveing of May 18: $50 (includes Sunday garden tour, limited to 100 people), evening of May 18. (510) 995-9544, www.alamedagardentour.com

20 • Bay to Breakers
Be a part of history by participating in the 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. 7 a.m., prices vary.
The race starts at Howard and Beale streets, San Francisco, (415) 359-2800, www.baytobreakers.com

20 • Oakland Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Children perform music for an audience of all ages. Special performance with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and the OYO 2011-12 Concerto Competition winner. 4 p.m.
Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (510) 832-7710, www.oyo.org

25–June 24 • Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men

Berkeley Rep presents this series of stories about youth and adults who find their identities in families who have been affected by challenges including drugs, alcohol and abuse. Times and ticket prices vary.
2025 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org

26 • Wiener Nationals
Golden Gate Fields goes to the dogs — Dachshunds, specifically. Prime daylong entertainment guaranteed as up to 108 wiener dogs compete in a total of 10 races at the distance of 30 yards. Weighted classes! Cheering sections! And, of course, the main attraction: live thoroughbred horse racing. 12:15–5 p.m. (first horse race: 12:45 p.m.), $6 general admission, $8 clubhouse admission, kids free with paid adult.
1100 Eastshore Frontage Road, Berkeley, (510) 559-7300, www.goldengatefields.com

26 • Celebrating Elephants
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn ($5), make elephant crafts, learn about this magnificent animal and see an animal-free circus. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $13.75 adults, $9.75 ages 2–14, under 2 free.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, ext. 154, www.oaklandzoo.org

26 • Earthquake
Here in the Bay Area, we are used to a little rocking and rolling, but did you know why it feels different to someone living in Alameda than someone living in Castro Valley? Learn all about plate tectonics, and how the ostrich holds the key to the mystery of how continents broke apart millions of years ago.
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., $29.95–$19.95.
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, (415) 379-8000. www.calacademy.org

27 • Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this historic bridge with a variety of activities along the San Francisco waterfront including music and dancing from the 1930s, art installations, photo exhibits and a firework display. Check website for details. 2–9:30 p.m.
Fort Point to Pier 39, San Francisco, (415) 421-2259, www.goldengatebridge75.org

June

2 • 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.–5 p.m.
North Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com   

3 • Van Halen
The popular hard rock band from the ’70s and ’80s returns with songs from their first album in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth. 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com

8 • LMFAO
The duo that made “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy and I Know It” chart-topping hits performs in Oakland. 7pm, ticket prices vary.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.coliseum.com

8 • Concerts at the Cove
Get ready to enjoy the first outdoor concert of the summer season.  5:30–7:30 p.m.
Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, (510) 523-5955, www.westalamaedabusiness.com

9 • 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.
Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Westline Drive and Otis Drive, Alameda, www.cityofalamedaca.gov  

9–10 • Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon

Qualified families are invited to adopt a new furry friend this weekend with adoption fees being waived at animal shelters throughout the Bay Area. PeopleSoft and Workday founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, created Maddie’s Fund in 1999 to help establish a no-kill nation. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
For a list of participating shelters, visit www.maddiesadoptathon.org

9–10 • Live Oak Park Fair
This marks the 42nd year of the acclaimed arts and crafts fair that celebrates community and creativity through handmade goods. It’s an über family-friendly affair with more than 100 artisans, great food and entertainment aplenty. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free.
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.liveoakparkfair.com

14 • One Direction

This British boy band joined forces after competing on the television show, The X Factor. Today its unique sound has helped the band win fans throughout the world.  7:30 p.m., $29.50–$59.50.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com

15 • SF Jazz Spring Season
Hear music from The Big Easy in this special show featuring noted New Orleans jazz artists. 8 p.m., $25–$75.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com

16 • Carnivorous Plant Show
Learn how pretty succulent plants kill bugs and more at the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society’s annual show and sale. 12–4 p.m.
Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, www.bacps.org  

17 • Open Cockpit Day

Celebrate Father’s Day by climbing into the driver’s seat of your favorite aviation machine. 12–4 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 military personnel or teens, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 5.
Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, (510) 638-7100, oaklandaviationmuseum.org

18 • Senior Summer Free Day
Oakland residents ages 65 and older receive free admission to the zoo today with proper identification. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, ext. 154, www.oaklandzoo.org

20–July 8 • 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

20 • 4th Annual Long Day Short Film Festival
Alameda’s favorite (and only) tiki bar, Foridden Island Tiki Lounge, celebrates the longest day of the year with oddball movie shorts — must be six minutes and 20 seconds or less and honor the summer solstice — for an outdoor film fest.
Visit ldsf.tumblr.com or find the festival on Facebook

22 • Outdoor Movie
See The Adventures of Tintin, a 2011 PG film about an intrepid reporter on a treasure hunt. 6:30 p.m., free, $5 for a boxed dinner ordered before June 14. Alameda Point Multipurpose Field, 1101 West Redline Road, Alameda, (510) 747-7529, www.cityofalamedaca.gov

23 • Walk in the Wild
Enjoy some of the best food and drink in the East Bay at the Oakland Zoo’s annual fundraiser. 5–8 p.m., $125–$150.
9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, (510) 632-9525, ext. 154, www.oaklandzoo.org

22–24 • Fine Arts Festival
This annual event, featuring more than 90 professional artists, lines the sidewalk of this busy shopping district and is full of 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   

29–July 1 • Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music
Bring the kids to hear song and dance performed live by Elmo and all of his Sesame Street friends. Various times and prices.
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (866) 614-4183, www.coliseum.com
 

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