May and June Calendar Listings
What's happening in the East Bay.
A Raisin in the Sun
California Shakespeare Theater presents the first Broadway play written by an African-American woman. For this American classic, bring blankets and a picnic to the outdoor performance in the middle of Siesta Valley. May 21–June 15. Dates and times vary, $36–$72. Bruns Ampitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, www.CalShakes.org.
Filled with the music—such as “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Crazy”—of the legendary country singer who died too young, this musical production from Altarena Playhouse explores the life of Patsy Cline and her friendship with one of her biggest fans. May 9–June 15. Dates and times vary, $24 adults, $21 students and seniors. Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St., Alameda, www.Altarena.org.
The comedienne and actress (Phineas and Ferb) performs stand-up for one night only to benefit the Oakland School for the Arts. June 5. 7 p.m., $100. Sweet’s Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland, www.OakArts.org.
Fresh off her one-woman show at San Francisco’s The Marsh, comedienne, writer, and actress Marga Gomez brings her witty comedy honed over a 30-year career to the other side of the bay. June 20. 8 p.m., $18 advance, $20 door. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.TheFreight.org.
Will Durst tackles politics by combining stand-up and a one-man show into a satirical and hilarious verbal poison filled with commentary, rants, and ethical acrobatics that ensures no politician—on either side of the aisle—will be safe. May 3. 8 p.m., $30–$50. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, www.Rhythmix.org.
The Oakland Ballet Company tosses aside the tutus for a “more hip, urban program.” AXIS Dance Company and the street dance crew Turffeinz join the ballet troupe for four world premieres inspired by Oakland’s diverse landscape. May 16–17. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., $35 adults, $30 seniors (62 and over), $25 students and children (17 and under). Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland, www.OaklandBallet.org.
Everyone’s favorite ogre—and donkey—receives the Broadway treatment in Berkeley Playhouse’s performance of the musical adaptation of Dreamworks’ fairy tale mash-up. Previews begin June 19, no performances July 16, 31. June 21–Aug. 3. 7 p.m. Wed.–Thu., 1 and 6 p.m. Sat., 12 and 5 p.m. Sun., $17–$60. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyPlayhouse.org.
After wowing audiences in London and New York, Nina Raine’s story of a deaf man struggling to find his place in the world and in a cacophonous family finds its way home to Berkeley. Through May 18. 8 p.m. Tue. and Thu.–Sat., 7 p.m. Wed. and Sun., 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun., $29–$99. Berkeley Rep, Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyRep.org.
Alameda Photographic Society
Alameda Museum’s rotating art gallery exhibition features work from members of the Alameda Photographic Society. Browse the exhibit throughout the month, or get the inside scoop during the Artist Reception, May 10, 1–3 p.m. May 3–31. 1:30–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., free, donations accepted. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaMuseum.org.
Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums
More than 70 original prints taken between 1861 and 1876 give us a view through photographer Carleton Watkins’ eyes of the Pacific Coast, Columbia River, Oregon, and Yosemite—the latter influential in persuading President Lincoln to pass the Yosemite Grant, a piece of legislation that 150 years ago led to the formation of Yosemite National Park. Through Aug. 17. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed. and Fri.–Sun., 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu., free. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, www.Museum.Stanford.edu.
Flora and Form
The word of the day is botanical for this exhibition that includes a wide variety of mediums—including sculpture, watercolor, and photography—from multiple artists expressing emotional responses and connections to the natural world. Through May 17. 1–5 p.m. Sat., free. Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford St., Oakland, www.GrayLoftGallery.com.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, gorgeous is in the eye of the artist. This collaboration between SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum attempts to define and debate the ever-shifting, illusively individualistic concept of gorgeous. Juxtaposed pieces include work by Pablo Picasso, a 16th-century Persian Koran, self-sculptures molded from chocolate and soap, and a golden ceramic figure of Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles. June 20–Sept. 14. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Wed. and Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thu., $12 general, $8 students, seniors, and youth (ages 13–17); free youth (12 and under). Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, www.AsianArt.org.
Are you just a worm or are you the babe with the power? Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic continues the Parkway Classics series with David Bowie as the tormented Goblin King determined to keep Jennifer Connelly from rescuing her baby brother from his evil, gloved, crystal ball–twirling hands. May 29. 9:15 p.m., $8. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParkway.com.
Museum Tales: Preserving Our History
Alameda Museum’s Lecture Series continues with talks and art galleries exploring the wealth of local museums, including the U.S.S. Hornet Museum, the Pacific Pinball Museum, and, of course, the Alameda Museum. June 26. 6:30 p.m., $10, free (members). Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaMuseum.org.
Esther Traugot’s exhibition offers some of nature’s most fragile creations—such as seeds, eggs, and twigs— wrapped in cotton, hand-dyed a pollen gold, and crocheted in tiny loops to cradle the objects. Through her work, Traugot hopes to reinforce the object’s fragility while simultaneously maintaining its delicate nature. Through May 29. 12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland, www.ChandraCerritoContemporary.com.
Night of the Iguana
While the title may insinuate a 1950s B-movie creature feature, this John Huston adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play of the same name is free of rampaging lizards, instead focusing on the alcoholic and destructive life of a clergyman (Richard Burton) who drags a busload of Baptist women through Mexico as he battles his inner demons. June 20. 8 p.m. $5. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
It’s the purrfect opportunity to bring a furry friend into your life during an all-day cat festival that includes cat adoptions, cat-themed art and vendors, live entertainment, and food and drink. The event culminates in an hour-long montage of (8:30 p.m.) some of the best and funniest cat videos from across the Internet, projected on a giant outdoor screen. May 10. 3–10 a.m., $5–$10, free (2 and under). West Grand Avenue between Telegraph and Broadway, Oakland, www.OaklandCatVidFest.com.
This one-night festival and awards show organized by Alternatives in Action highlights 12 films by local Bay Area youth and a screening of the 2013 Sundance-winning documentary short, Rich Hill. VIP tickets include a pre-show reception with organizers and filmmakers. May 2. 7 p.m., $20 adults, $7 youth (ages 2–19), $75 VIP. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Local photographer and West Coast editor of Parabola magazine Richard Whittaker exhibits a collection of black-and-white photography—beautiful images to rest your eyes on when you can’t find a good picture book. Through June 28. 12–8 p.m. Mon.–Wed., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 1–5 p.m., free. Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov/library.
Selected works explore the titular theme and abstract and literal interpretations such as twilight, old age, senior moments, owls, love, relaxing, purples, and golds. Opening reception held June 13. June 6–August 2. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Franke Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, www.FrankBetteCenter.org.
California Bookstore Day
Join more than 90 independent bookstores throughout the country in celebrating small, brick-and-mortar stores overflowing with the written word. All bookstores offer exclusive books and works of art, plus some stores kick it up a notch with special events with authors, parties, food and drink. Local stores include, but are not limited to, Pegasus Books, Moe’s Books, Books Inc., A Great Good Place for Books, and Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books and Toys. May 3. Times and locations vary throughout Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco, and beyond. www.CaBookstoreDay.com.
Free Comic Book Day
Whether you’re a DC guy or a Marvel girl, drop by your local comic book shop for an annual celebration offering readers free titles—such as Archie, Guardians of the Galaxy, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Tick—with some shops hosting special events such as author and artist signings and game tournaments. May 3. Various times, free. Various locations throughout Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco, and beyond, www.FreeComicBookDay.com.
This founding member of London-Irish folk-punk band The Pogues discusses his new book, Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, a recollection of the highs and lows of the band’s history based upon Fearnley’s personal remembrances and journals he kept while touring the world. June 9. 7:30 p.m., free. Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, www.MoesBooks.com.
Notes & Words
Spoken word and musical performances benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland with guests including comedian and author Jim Gaffigan (Dad is Fat), author Kelly Corrigan (Glitter and Glue), Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jane Smiley, Midtown Social, and Oakland School for the Arts’ a capella group, Vocal Rush. May 3. 8 p.m., $50–$250. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Following a successful debut with The Dog Stars, Peter Heller swings through Alameda to read from and discuss his second work of fiction, The Painter, a suspenseful story of an artist who flees to New Mexico in an attempt to outrun his past. May 21. 7 p.m., free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda, www.BooksInc.net.
Existing on the proverbial go-go-go, author Peter Miller contends we’ve let lunch fall to the wayside where it withers wrapped in takeout containers. Discussing his new book, Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal, Miller provides simple lunch recipes and a frame of mind meant to return lunch to its place of honor as a break from the workday and an opportunity to savor a meal. June 17. 12 p.m., free. Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, www.MrsDalloways.com.
Allison Adams Tucker Quintet
Love jazz but wish it were a multilingual experience? You’re in luck when Allison Adams Tucker reunites with her local quintet for an afternoon of world-inspired jazz in six languages. June 15. 4 p.m., $20. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, www.PiedmontPiano.com.
Hector Berlioz’s Requiem, a Romantic-era tribute to war victims, will be performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra, and Oakland Symphony Chorus, three organizations enjoying landmark anniversaries—25th, 50th, and 55th, respectively. May 16. 8 p.m., $20–$70. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Pioneers in experimental music and tiered energy dome hats, Devo present a collection of their early works via Hardcore Devo recently re-issued on CD in honor of late band member Robert Casale. June 28. 8 p.m., $45 general, $95 includes meet and greet. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
Eastlake Music Festival
A full day of volunteer-organized music takes over Lake Merritt with performances by artists such as Regina Espinoza, David Gans, The Vinales Project, and Awesöme Orchestra. Plus, food trucks, a beer garden, live-action painting, and arts and crafts vendors. May 24. 11 a.m.–12 a.m., free. Lake Merritt Boulevard. Amphitheater, various surrounding locations, south end of Lake Merritt, Oakland, www.EastlakeMusicFestival.org.
The Utunes Coffehouse music series continues with a performance by Glass House, featuring a sound that pulls inspiration from far-flung sources such as Indian classical music and the Dave Matthews Band as well as guitarist Mark Vickness’ unique approach to stringing his guitar. May 17. 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 door, $5 (ages 6–15), free (5 and under). First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland, www.UtunesCoffeeHouse.net.
Man Overboard—joined by Transit, Forever Came Calling, and Knuckle Puck—form The Heart Attack Tour and bombard the stage with pop-punk and emo jams in this all-ages show. June 3. 7:30 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door. Oakland Metro Operhouse, 630 Third St., Oakland, www.OaklandMetro.org.
Gearing up for the release of its first full-length album, this local alternative band seeks to fill the nightclub with musical meanderings on the metaphors of moments and the mysticism of women. Also, they like high fives. June 19. 9 p.m., $8. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.UptownNightclub.com.
Since stepping into the spotlight in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group, through his work with Traffic—a wildly influential British band of the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as “Heavy Is in Your Mind” and “Paper Sun”—Steve Winwood continues to help guide pop music and makes an Oakland appearance. June 26. 8 p.m., $55–$95. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
Uh Huh Her
For this indie electropop duo—Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey—and the group’s third full-length album, Future Souls, it’s all about the big questions—who are we. and where are going? June 21. 9 p.m., $20 advance, $23 door, under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at door. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParish.com.
Itchin’ for some pluckin’? Jonesing for some jugs? In one night get your gypsy-folk, blues, and jug-band fix when Vagabondage take the stage with The Crux and 5 Cent Coffee. 21 and over only. June 6. 8 p.m., $6–$12. The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.TheStarryPlough.com.
World Music Festival
One of the area’s best music festivals takes over multiple stops along Telegraph Avenue and coalesces in a concert at People’s Park with performers such as Tri Tip Trio, MC RAI, and Baraka Moon offering—respectively—Cajun and Zydeco jams, an Arabic and rock blend, and Sufi riffs. June 22. 12–9 p.m., free. People’s Park, 2556 Haste St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyWorldMusic.org.
A Cup of Tea With Spirit
Every third Sunday, join OwlSnake of the Esoterica Shamanic Center for chanting, drumming, connecting with the spirit world, and, of course, a delightful cup of tea. May 18, June 15. 4–5 p.m., $10–$15 suggested donation. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St., Alameda, www.JuliesTea.com.
Herbal Medicine and Then Some Fair
After a successful inaugural run last year, the fair is back. Browse more than 20 vendors, food carts, and nonprofit organizations offering everything from natural home remedies and tarot readings to massage and an herbal beer collaboration between Homestead Apothecary and Calicraft Brewing Co. June 14. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., free. Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St., Ste. C, Oakland, www.HomesteadApothecary.com.
History Mystery Overnight Investigation
You’ve probably seen the U.S.S. Hornet sitting at the edge of the city, maybe you’ve even stepped aboard the decommissioned-aircraft-carrier-turned museum, but have you spent the night on board? This overnight adventure lets you tour the ship, sleep in original crew bunks, enjoy dinner in the mess hall, and, oh yeah, hunt for ghosts. 18 and over only. May 9, July 18. 6 p.m.–9 a.m., $100. U.S.S. Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Ave. Pier 3, Alameda, www.USS-Hornet.org.
Jack’s Night Market
While there are plenty of artisans offering handmade goods and fine crafts as well as food and drink vendors, the emphasis on this evening event is the quirky live entertainment such as stilt walkers, virtual reality machines, and mobile pinball machines. May 2, June 6, and Aug. 1. 6–10 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.JackLondonSquare.com.
Movies in the Park
Despite playing loosey-goosey with pre-history, evolution, and basic physics, kids will still enjoy The Croods as a slapstick comedy about the world’s first modern family, so grab a blanket and lawn chairs and stock up on popcorn and soda at the refreshment stand for this outdoor screening. June 20. Movie begins at dusk, free. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland, www.OaklandNet.com/Parks.
Starlight Movies in the Park
Whether it’s your little minion’s first or hundredth time seeing Despicable Me 2, what better setting than outdoors sprawled on a blanket under the stars? Pre-movie festivities include games, crafts, and food. June 20. 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 8:15 p.m., free. Alameda Point Multi-purpose Field, 1101 West Redline Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.
Vintage Fashion Faire
If you find the monthly Alameda Point Antiques Faire to be too cluttered with awesome finds such as WWII helmets, 1970s action figures, and Mad Men–esque drinking apparatuses, making it impossible to sniff out a 1950s polka-dot dress, this offshoot of the fair is for you. More than 50 booths offer clothing, jewelry, hats, and accessories from the Victorian era through the 1980s. June 13–14. 6–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., $5–$10. Michaan’s Annex Auction Showroom, 2701 Monarch St., Alameda, www.AlamedaPointAntiquesFaire.com.
Bay to Breakers
Be a part of the longest-running annual consecutive foot race in the world—keeping stride since 1912—as the 12K course winds through the city and deposits weary runners onto Ocean Beach. Prior to the race on May 16–17, the San Francisco Concourse and Exhibition Center hosts the Bay to Breakers Expo, a one-stop shop for all the gear and tech a runner could require. May 18. 8 a.m., registration prices vary. 300 Howard St., San Francisco, www.BayToBreakers.com.
Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
On this self-guided tour, discover local gardens comprised of at least 60 percent native plants while employing water-conservation techniques and homes for wildlife. Plus, select gardens will offer live music, and a native plant sale takes place at select nurseries May 3 and 4. May 4. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Various locations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties, www.BringingBackTheNatives.net.
Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival
Come for the art, stay for the neighborhood at this outdoor art festival featuring more than 80 local artists as well as the restaurants, shops, and business that call Montclair home. June 27–29. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., free. Montclair Business District, Mountain Boulearvd. at La Salle Avenue, Oakland, www.PacificFineArts.com.
International Migratory Bird Week Open House
Meet community organizations and individuals who educate about and protect local bird populations. Bring your binoculars, or your naked eyes, and spot a variety of friendly fowl frolicking in the waters and along the shore. May 3. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., free. Shoreline Center, MLK Shoreline, 7250 Doolittle Drive, Oakland, www.EBParks.org.
Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest
What will you build? Perhaps a sand mermaid, a sand mansion, or maybe a sandy beach constructed entirely from sand. Join in the creative fun with a sculpture of your own, but if you’re feeling uninspired, you can simply walk the beach and take in others’ creations. June 7. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., free. Robert Crown Memorial State Beach, Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.
Park Street comes alive with this annual festival celebrating spring and beautiful weather. Expect blocks of art and craft vendors, food and drink, face-painting, live entertainment, and a play area for the kids. May 10–11. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Park Street between Encinal and Lincoln avenues, Alameda, www.ShopParkStreet.com.
Learn the tips, tricks, and benefits for keeping bees, proper equipment usage, harvesting honey and beeswax, and, possibly, what to do when tubby little cubbies—all stuffed with fluff—get their heads caught in the honey pot. Plus, sample local honey. May 18. 2–5 p.m., $35. Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave., Berkeley, www.BioFuelOasis.com.
Sample the elixir of the gods when you taste various forms of honey wine—including one made from bee venom—and other honey-based beverages. Learn how to brew mead and take home herbal mead that’ll sweeten any meal. May 4. 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $75. Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St., Ste. C, Oakland, www.HomesteadApothecary.com.
Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Join Sequoiah Wachenheim, the proprietor of Earthly Arts landscaping design, in her garden for a lesson in keeping trees healthy—from purchase through fruit harvest—as well as natural methods of dealing with insects and disease. The class offers guidance and practice on more than 20 fruit trees that thrive in the region. June 1. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $35. Berkeley, www.BioFuelOasis.com.
Walk in the Wild
While strolling the zoo grounds through the twilight and into the evening, patrons can sample goodies from more than 100 restaurants, bakeries, wineries, and breweries. They offer enough small bites and libations to have visitors howling like a chimpanzee or roaring like a lion. June 21. 5–11 p.m., $150, $125 advance for members only. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.
Sip wines from Rosenblum Cellars and nibble on small bites while slipping through the bay on a 76-foot long, three-deck replica of a New York State Hudson River Steamboat on adventure that’s part Napa, part Huck Finn, and all East Bay. June 8. 1–4 p.m., $55–$65, $30 designated driver. Commodore Cruise’s Fume Blanc, 2394 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, www.RosenblumCellars.com.