July 2017 Calendar of Events

Our picks for can't miss arts and culture events for the month.


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Courtesy Chabot Space & Science Center

Space camp challenges kids to put their knowledge of science to use.

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the USS Your Kids. Their mission? To have fun. And to learn about space, too. The Chabot Space & Science Center for Mars Adventure camp challenges kids to use their engineering creativity, space knowledge, and ingenuity to rescue a hypothetical scientist stranded on Mars through a series of indoor and outdoor activities. Hope that scientist has enough potatoes to last the wait. July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, and July 31-Aug. 4; $550 per session, $500 for Chabot members; Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ChabotSpace.org.

Boldly defying the no-fun mall cops of the world to come chase those punk kids off the lawn, the Clay Harding Skateboard Contest, an annual skateboard contest. reminds us all that “skateboarding is not a crime.” July 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free, City View Skate Park, 1101 W. Redline Ave., Alameda, AlamedaCa.gov.



Courtesy maiden revelations

Heavy metal greats Iron Maiden with Eddie the cyborg will rock Oracle Arena.

Iron Maiden, the ultimate giants of heavy metal whose cyborg zombie mascot Eddie has appeared on every one of the band’s album covers and has been doodled in the margins of uncounted bored high school students’ study hall notes, rocks the Oracle Arena on the band’s Book of Souls tour. July 5, 7:30 p.m.,$79-$345. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, OracleArena.com.

After years of struggle, anti-folk musician Beck finally rose to prominence with the immortal words “I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me.” Ironically, he turned out to be quite the winner after that. July 14, 8 p.m., tickets start at $96, Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, TheGreekTheatreBerkeley.com.

One of the pioneering forces of 1990s trip-hop, DJ Shadow performs unique psychedelic electronica creations from his new 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall as well as old favorites to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of his break-out piece “Endtroducing.” July 16, 8 p.m., $35, UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley, TheUCTheatre.org.

Creative commons

Country Joe and The Fish will play the entire album at The Freight.

Country Joe McDonald’s irreverent but deeply biting wit and deceptively folksy tunes gave voice to the angst of youth during the height of the Vietnam War and the turbulent 60s, but he hasn’t stopped preaching his psychedelic rock gospel. This 50th anniversary show will include the entirety of Country Joe and The Fish’s landmark 1967 debut album Electric Music For The Mind and Body, as well as an acoustic segment. July 27, 8 p.m. $20 advance, $24 at the door, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, TheFreight.org.



Courtesy AE of Berkeley

In The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a rich governor and his wife abandon their young son when they flee to escape a peasant revolt. The governor’s former maid adopts the boy as her own, but trouble arises when the boy’s birth parents return to claim him. Opens July 1, 4 p.m., free. John Hinkel Park, 41 Somerset Place, Berkeley, AEofBerkeley.org.

The Wizard of Oz is still the most wonderful wiz there ever was, and why? Because of the wonderful things he does. Much better than that second-rate Wizard of Id. Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man skip down the Yellow Brick Road in this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s all-American fantasy road trip. July 15, 8 p.m., $19-$39, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore, LVPAC.org. 


This report appears in the July edition of our sister publication, The East Bay Monthly.


Published online on June 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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