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World Premiere of American Idiot

     Don’t miss the world premiere of Berkeley Rep’s latest groundbreaking musical play, American Idiot (Sept. 4–Oct. 11). Based on the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum album of the same name, the show features the music of East Bay rockers Green Day and the lyrics of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. An ensemble of 19 young performers and an onstage band present the redemptive journey of working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East in a frustrating world, the action borne along by electrifying music. Performance times vary. $32, $16 for patrons under age 30, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 647-2949, (888) 4BRT-TIX, www.berkeleyrep.org.


SEPTEMBER

Sept 1–19  •  Machiavelli’s The Prince. This is a new play based on the infamous “Handbook for Tyrants.” Written and directed by Gary Graves, it’s a Central Works Method Play at the Berkeley City Club.
8 p.m. $21, 2315 Durant Ave., (510) 558-1381, www.centralworks.org.

Sept 4–6, 10–13  • 
Briadoon. Woodminster Summer Musicals rounds out its season with the Scottish fantasy musical about a mythical village, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. $25–$40 ($2 discount for children/seniors). 8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 7 p.m. Thu., Sun.
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, (510) 531-9597, www.woodminster.com.

Sept 7, 12–13  •  The Farm. A new adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm turns the novel into a raw, cutting-edge, radically explosive hip-hop tour de force. A special Labor Day performance of the show continues on Saturday and Sunday. 4 p.m., suggested donation $10.
John Hinkel Park, Southampton Avenue, Berkeley (off The Arlington), (510) 841-6500, www.shotgunplayers.org.

Sept 11
  •  Mo Rockin’ Project. Listen to the sounds of world music while munching your lunch in a beautiful rooftop garden, the first built in the United States after World War ll.
12 p.m.–1p.m. Free. The Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, www.KaiserCenterRoofGarden.com.

Sept 11  •  Open Mic Night.
Berkeley Playhouse presents its popular venue to crooners and other Idol wannabes to grab a chance at their 15 minutes of fame.
2640 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 665-5565, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org.

Sept 12  •  A Donkey and Goat Fall Open House Party. It’s time for the bi-annual debut of this vintner’s latest releases. This time the winery debuts seven new wines, with a sampling of older bottles and a sneak peek of what’s to come with barrel samples. Live Brazilian-jazzy tunes from the Steve Bennett Trio and libations from Oakland’s B Restaurant proving once and for all BBQ + Syrah = True Love. $20 includes a souvenir Riedel glass or $15 if you BYOG. Cash only, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
2323 B Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 868-9174, www.donkeyandgoat.com/openhouse.

Sept 12  •  Reach Out and Bring Happiness: Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus 10th Anniversary Celebration. The OEBGMC marks its anniversary with an evening of joyous music and friends, offering a strong sense of pride, love and laughter. Joined by Stephanie Lynne Smith and LGCSF. $20, $15 and $12 for seniors, students (w/ID), children under 12 and groups of 10 or more.
7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave., Alameda, (800) 706-2389, www.oebgmc.org.

Sept 12  •  Tom Paxton. Berkeley’s musical coffeehouse, the Freight & Salvage, moved to brand new digs in August and tonight celebrates the Lifetime Grammy Award–winning traditional and topical folk singer Tom Paxton.
7 p.m., $22.50 advance/$23.50 door, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 548-1761, www.thefreight.org.

Sept 12  •  The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Swing with the world-famous band for one night aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The legendary Miller was one of the most successful of all the bandleaders of the ’30s and ’40s, with a cavalcade of hit records like “In the Mood” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” $45 advance; $50 door; benefits the USS Hornet Museum. The Singing Blue Stars will perform a tribute to the Andrews Sisters during intermission. Period attire is encouraged.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with free dance lessons. 707 W Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448 ext 282, www.uss-hornet.org.

Sept 12  •  Rockin’ the Fox. Oakland’s renovated Fox Theater offers architectural grandeur of days gone by and musical magnificence of today’s hottest recording artists. It’s a busy time: Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Sept. 10); Flogging Molly with Hepcat and Fitz & The Tantrums (Sept. 11); Paolo Nutini (Sept. 12); Arctic Monkeys (Sept. 16); Ben Harper and Relentless 7 (Sept. 17); The Australian Pink Floyd Show (Sept. 22); Rodrigo y Gabriela (Sept. 23); Bon Iver (Sept. 24); Kylie Minogue (Sept. 30, Oct. 1); Snow Patrol with Plain White T’s (Oct. 16); Monsters of Folk with Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Yim Yames (Oct. 17); Echo & The Bunnymen (Oct. 22).
Prices vary, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (800) 745-3000, www.theoaklandfox.com, apeconcerts.com, ticketmaster.com.

Sept 12–13, 19-20, 25–27  •  Hair.
The Alameda Civic Light Opera’s take on the seminal 1960s musical as its third production of the year.
8 p.m., 2 p.m., $30–$34, Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda, (510) 864-2256, www.aclo.com.

Sept 12–13  •  Webster Street Jam. Alameda’s West End hosts its own big party, a special weekend of music, wine, international food and art, plus a fun-filled area for the kids.
Webster Street between Central and Lincoln avenues, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, www.westalamedabusiness.com.

Sept 13  •  Saturday Stories:
The Sleeping Giant: A Tale from Kaua’i. The first Saturday of each month MOCHA links literacy with art-making. This month, hear the story by Edna Cabcabin Moran of the fish that became a very hungry giant. Then stay and create your own giant fish.
1 p.m.–2 p.m., the Museum of Children’s Art, 538 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.

Sept 16  •  BonTaj Roulet: Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal Alone & Together. Come listen to the rock and blues sounds of two musical legends on a bill that includes solo performances and collaborations.
8 p.m., $39.75–$59.75, The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510)-893-2300, www.paramounttheatre.com.

Sept 16–Oct. 12  •  The Monthly 2009 Student Cover Art Exhibit.
View award-winning artwork from East Bay young artists (grades 6–11) competing to be the coveted cover art for The East Bay Monthly Magazine. Meet the artists at a reception 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 21 at MOCHA.
538 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org.  

Sept 18  •  Miley Cyrus with Metro Station.
The tween pop princess brings her show to the Oracle Arena. 7 p.m. Tickets $39.50–$79.50, sold only through Ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000. Tickets not available through the Oracle Arena Box Office.
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, (510) 569-2121. Info for parking, etc., at www.coliseum.com/events.

Sept 18, 25  •  Dancing Under the Stars. Do the hustle to GTS Band (Sept 18) and rumba and cha cha to Salsa Caliente (Sept. 25) at dusk at Jack London Square. The free dance lesson series adds an extension and live music for this month. Linden Street Dance Studio leads the moves. Dance exhibition at 7:30 p.m.; lessons, 7:45 p.m.; open dance, 8:30 p.m. 
JLS Pavilion Stage on Broadway and Water Street, Oakland, (510) 645-9292, ext. 221, www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Sept 18–Oct. 25  •  The Nerd. The Altarena Playhouse presents Larry Shue’s two-act comedy about an unassuming young architect and his friends. Directed by Richard Bunker.
8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. $17–$20, 1409 High St., Alameda, (510) 764-9718, www.altarena.org.

Sept 19  •  The Joy of Vegan Baking. Join Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, founder of Compassionate Cooks and author of The Joy of Vegan Baking and The Vegan Table, in her monthly vegetarian cooking classes that celebrate healthful and humane eating. This month will satisfy your sweet tooth. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $55 (in advance), plus $5 food/materials fee due on day of class (discounts for registering for class packages).
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., (510) 531-2665, www.compassionatecooks.com.

Sept 20  •  Chalk-a-holic / Chalk4 Peace. Join one million artists participating in a weekend of creative greetings of peace. Make your mark with a giant chalk drawing in the MOCHA courtyard. Participating with other countries, including Chile, Egypt, England, Germany and Mexico.
1 p.m.–4 p.m., 538 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org, www.chalk4peace.org.

Sept 20  •  Rockridge Kitchen Tour.
Tour eight richly remodeled kitchens plus visit the famed Margarido House, a jaw dropping, top-to-bottom green dwelling. 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Presale $30; $40 after Sept. 18; premium ticket, $60, which includes an additional evening cocktail reception at the Margarido House on Sept. 17.
For locations, contact the Rockridge Community Planning Council, www.rockridge.org.

Sept 20  •  An Evening in Bohemia.
C’era Una Volta hosts a fund-raiser for Virago Theatre Company’s spring show, La Boheme, at Rhythmix Cultural Works. Enjoy concert performances and participate in a silent auction. 4 p.m.–8 p.m., $30 or $50 for two tickets.
C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park St., Suite D, Alameda, (510) 769-4828, www.ceraunavolta.us, www.viragotheatre.org.

Sept 24  •  Alameda Museum Lecture Series: Alameda Album.
Enjoy an illustrated talk by Paul Roberts based on two recently discovered vintage photo albums from the 1890s.
7 p.m., free for museum members, $5 others, Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, (510) 748-0796, www.alamedamuseum.org

Sept. 25  •  The Last Notes of Summer Before the nice weather disappears, catch John Legend (Sept. 6), Chickenfoot (Sept. 25) and Bob Dylan (Oct. 10, 11) at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley’s outdoor amphitheater.
William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley, Hearst and Gayley, (510) 809-0100, www.apeconcerts.com.

Sept 26  •  Harvest Open House. The Rock Wall Wine Company, a wine center and home to local wine makers and boutique brands, unveils new wines and lets visitors taste current releases. Rock Wall is founded and operated by a small group of wine industry veterans, including consulting winemaker Kent Rosenblum and daughter Shauna Rosenblum.
12 p.m.–5 p.m., $30, 2301 Monarch St., Suite 300, Alameda, (510) 522-5700, www.rockwallwineco.com.

Sept 27  •  Rockridge Out & About Street Festival. College Avenue becomes a stage for musicians, clowns, street performers, fashion shows, cooking demos, in-store workshops and wellness activities.
11 a.m.–6 p.m., College Avenue, between Claremont and Manila, Oakland, (510) 301-3122, www.rockridgeoutandabout.com.

Sept 27  •  Alameda Legacy Home Tour. Take a self-guided tour of six historic homes depicting examples of architecture from the Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and Storybook styles from the Gold Coast and the East End. The tour benefits the Alameda Museum and the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.
11 a.m.–5 p.m., $20 advance/$25 event day, (510) 523-5907, www.alameda-home-tour.org.


OCTOBER

Oct 1  •  A Mouse in the Presidio
Opening day of The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. The museum shows the life and work of Walt Disney through his own words and those of his family, friends and co-workers across 77,000 square feet of state-of-the-art and multiple-building facilities. Using a mix of historic materials and artifacts, Disney’s achievements come to life through innovative displays that include listening stations, interactive media and more than 200 video monitors. Open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (except major holidays) Wed.–Mon. Free for members and children under 6; nonmember tickets, $12.50–$20. 
104 Montgomery St., San Francisco, (415) 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org.

Oct 3–25  •  Emeryville Celebration of the Arts’ 23rd Annual Art Exhibit. The city displays an exhibition of artwork created by established and emerging artists and craftspeople who live or work in Emeryville. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. The location varies and at press time hadn’t been set. An opening reception 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Oct. 2 with music by David Berson Bay Moods provides a sneak peek of the collection, an artists’ meet-and-greet and a no-host bar to raise funds for the Emeryville Youth Art Program.
(510) 652-6122, www.emeryarts.org.

Oct 3  •  An Evening with Denyce Graves. Join the Oakland East Bay Symphony in honoring music director Michael Morgan’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra. Also benefits the OEBS education and outreach program.
8:30 p.m., $60–$125, Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 444-0801, www.oebs.org.

Oct 4  •  North Berkeley Spice of Life Festival. The seventh annual festival celebrates the good life and is focused in the heart of Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto with three full city blocks of fun. A culinary stage offers the East Bay’s most sought after chefs: emcee Kitchen On Fire Chef Oliveman and KOFY’s Hippy Gourmet, MikeC. Check out lots of kids activities, two live music stages, a farmers market, wine tasting sponsored by Solano Cellars and arts and crafts.
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Shattuck Avenue between Virginia and Rose, Berkeley, (510) 540-6444, www.gourmetghetto.org.

Oct 4  •  Oakland Heritage Alliance House and Garden Tour. Tour eight beautiful privately owned homes in Oakland’s Fernwood neighborhood in the Montclair district. Styles include Tudor, Spanish, French and Colonial Revival.
1 p.m.–5:30 p.m., $25 members, $30 nonmembers, (510) 763-9218, www.OaklandHeritage.org.

Oct 4  •  Alameda Sukkah Tour. A sukkah is a temporary hut that represents the huts that Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land. Nine families of Temple Israel are building sukkahs and inviting Alamedans to each location to share in the celebration. (You do not need to be Jewish to participate.)
11 a.m.–2 p.m. throughout Alameda, Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda, (510) 593-5285, www.templeisraelalameda.org.

Oct 4  •  Harvest Moon Viewing. The Harvest Moon is a symbol of blessing and abundance for many cultures. Enjoy a bento dinner in a bonsai garden while being entertained by martial arts group Oakland Kendo Dojo and Japanese folk music and dance group Ensohza. Shine on. 5:30 p.m. dinner; moon viewing, 7:30 p.m., $15 for dinner, moon viewing free.
East Bay Astronomical Society, Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 482-5896, www.oakland-fukuoka.org.

Oct 10  •  How Sweet the Sound. The competition seeking the Best Choirs in America hits the Bay Area. Celebrate church music — any kind of church and all kinds of music, be it traditional, contemporary or a new kind of sound — while watching a prize-winning competition that tours 11 U.S. regions.
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $4.75, $6.75 through Oracle Arena Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

Oct 14–18  •  Disney On Ice Presents Princess Classics. From a kingdom under the sea to an enchanted French castle, an Arabian palace and more, enter the worlds of your (and your kids’) favorite Disney princesses — Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White — in a royal skating extravaganza.
Times vary. $16–$70, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 569-2121, (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Oct 17  •  Fall Neighborhood Plant Exchange. Bring plants and garden supplies to swap at this free neighborhood plant exchange and go home with new vegetation and tools. Cuttings, bulbs, herbs, seeds, etc., plus stepping stones, trellises, pots, weed whackers, etc., welcome.
12 p.m.–4 p.m., 3811 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, (510) 866-8482, www.plantexchange.wordpress.com.

Oct 17  •  Wheels for Meals Ride. Take a bike ride through the beautiful Livermore Valley for Alameda County Meals on Wheels, with proceeds benefiting daily warm meal delivery for homebound seniors. Routes for every skill level.
7 a.m., Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton, $15 for the 15 mile route; $40, 35 mile route; $45, 65 mile route. (510) 271-0640, ext. 101, www.wheelsformealsride.com.

Oct 17-18  •  Treasure Island Music Festival. The West Coast’s most anticipated boutique music festival features: The Flaming Lips, MGMT, The Decemberists, MSTRKRFT, Beirut, Girl Talk, Grizzly Bear, Brazilian Girls, Yo La Tengo, The Streets, The Walkmen and Passion Pit. Music starts at noon.
Single day, two-day and VIP tickets start at $65. For more details: www.treasureislandfestival.com.

Oct 23–Nov. 21   •  The Afterlife of the Mind.  Alameda-based Virago Theatre Company takes a world premiere written by William Bivins and directed by Laura Lundy-Paine to Berkeley’s Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave.) and SF’s StageWerx (533 Sutter St.). The play explores neuroscience, metaphysics and sex in uproarious fashion and features Elias Escobedo, Megan Kilian, Lol Levy, Brittany Kilcoyne McGregor, Dennis McIntyre, George McRae, Tracey Rhys and Paul Stout.
(510) 865-6237, www.viragotheatre.org.

Oct 24  •  Open House and Dance Performance. Alameda’s Dance Arts Project presents an afternoon of ballet and modern dance.
1 p.m.–4 p.m., 1201 Chestnut St., Alameda, (510) 521-2270, www.danceartsproject.com.

Oct 24  •  Thrill the World 2009. Join Alameda Jazzercise at Alameda Ballet Academy, organized efforts in Oakland and San Jose, as well as thousands of people in cities around the world, as Michael Jackson’s best-selling record provides the soundtrack for the world’s largest simultaneous “Thriller” dance. While the global goal is to break the Guinness World Record (270,000 participants), Alameda’s event is a fund-raiser for the Midway Shelter of Alameda, and Oakland’s organization raises money for the Black Cat Fund.
5:30 p.m., free (donation suggested), 1402 Park St., Alameda. For more details and to register, visit www.myspace.com/thrilleralamedaca or contact, Michele Germany, (510) 567-8855, ttw09alamedaca@gmail.com.

Oct 24–Nov. 22  •   Blastosphere. It’s a new comedy play about pop rocks, hollow balls and the biological imperative, written by Aaron Loeb and Geetha Reddy, directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb.
$22, 5 p.m., 8 p.m. Central Works Method Play at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 558-1381, www.centralworks.org.

Oct 28  •   An Evening with Garrison Keillor. Part of Cal Performances Strictly Speaking series. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor offers an evening of his trademark humor. 8 p.m. $34–$76. Cal Performances,
101 Zellerbach Hall, (510) 642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.

Oct 28  •  Golden State Warriors Basketball. Tip-off for the 2009-10 Warriors’ NBA season is 7:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena against the Houston Rockets. This season’s gotta be better than last year’s, right? We can still believe. www.warriors.com.

Oct 30–31  •  Fat Pig. Aurora Theatre Company continues its 18th season with Neil LaBute’s heart-rending yet humorous play on body consciousness and beauty that explores human frailty, values and how the principled (and so principled) measure up when challenges arise over a man and his new plus-sized girlfriend.
Previews Oct. 30–31, Nov. 1, 4; show runs Nov. 5–Dec. 6. Check times. $15–$55, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, (510) 843-4822, auroratheatre.org.

Oct 31  •  Halloween on Webster Street. Bring your kids in costume and visit friendly merchants along Alameda’s West End main drag for Halloween treats, coloring and costume contests and pumpkin giveaways. Start a new Halloween tradition.
1 p.m.–5 p.m., (510) 523-5955, www.westalamedabusiness.com.


ONGOING

Art/Galleries/Museums

African American Museum & Library at Oakland. AAMLO explores, protects and shares the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West with impressive archives, an extensive reference library and a museum with traveling and original exhibits.
659 14th St., Oakland, (510) 637-0200, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Oakland Aviation Museum. Learn about aviation history related to North Field at Oakland International Airport, Oakland and the Bay Area at this nonprofit museum that displays aircraft and aviation artifacts. Includes exhibits, a History Flicks room, a research library and an aircraft restoration work area.
10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wed.–Sun., $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 military/teens, $5 kids 6-12 (free 5 and younger). 8252 Earhart Road, Bldg. 621, Oakland, (510) 638-7100, www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org.

USS Hornet Museum. The aircraft carrier museum traces the ship’s role in two of the greatest events of the 20th Century — World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission.
Many events are listed at www.uss-hornet.org. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448.

USS Potomac. Nautical nuts can soak in history by touring or cruising on the “Floating White House,” FDR’s presidential yacht and a National Historic Landmark with something of a checkered past. Prices vary. Docent-led dockside tours Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays; frequent special events; chartering available. Docks at Oakland’s Jack London Square.
540 Water St., (510) 627-1215, www.usspotomac.org.

Alameda Museum. Permanent displays of Alameda history, along with a gallery showcasing local Alameda artists and students. Also, souvenirs, books and videos.
Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, (510) 748-0796, www.alamedamuseum.org.

Alameda Naval Air Museum. Climb into a cockpit, inspect the ammo, hear some stories from the volunteers who staff the place and generally step back in time.
Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 2151 Ferry Point, No. 77, Alameda, (510) 522-4262, www.alamedanavalairmuseum.com.

Oakland Art Murmur. The Art Murmur is a group of downtown galleries that have openings every first Friday of each month. There also are performances on 23rd Street, sidewalk display tables and a very hip crowd.
7 p.m.–9 p.m. Check with the individual galleries to make sure your favorite gallery is open. The list is at www.oaklandartmurmur.com.

Estuary Art Attack.
Explore the “bohemian, multicultural and esoteric arts” of Alameda and Oakland’s Jingletown on the second Friday of every month with galleries and some participating restaurants promising new exhibits each time.
6 p.m.–9 p.m. Visit www.estuaryartattack.com or www.autobodyfineart.com for more details.

Lucky Ju Ju Pinball. Among the more unusual gallery spaces, Lucky Ju Ju is a place where Magic, Karma, Zeitgeist and Skill are infused into a collection of vintage pinball machines. Rotating exhibits, too.
Open 6 p.m.–midnight Fri. and Sat. and 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 713 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, (510) 205-9793, www.ujuju.com.

Swarm Studios + Gallery.
A well-lighted, big space in the Jack London Square nabe.
560 Second St., Oakland, (510) 839-2787, www.swarmgallery.com.

Rhythmix Cultural Works.
A fantastic addition to the Alameda/East Bay art scene, with a fine gallery anchoring a vibrant education program.
2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, (510) 865-5060. www.rhythmix.org.

Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Self-described on its Web site as “a place for meetings, readings, showing and other creative doings,” and there is almost always something going on.
1601 Paru St., Alameda, (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org.

Sports

Oakland Athletics. Catch the end of the season fireworks show (Sept. 18).
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, (510) 569-2121, www.oaklandathletics.com.

Oakland Raiders. The Silver and Black host four home games for the new season with NFL opponents San Diego Chargers (7:15 p.m. Sept. 14), Denver Broncos (1:15 p.m. Sept. 27), Philadelphia Eagles (1:05 p.m. Oct. 18) and the New York Jets (1:05 p.m. Oct. 25)
Check www.oaklandraiders.com for all the details.

Music/Performance

The Paramount Theatre. A true jewel in audacious art deco style, the Paramount presents many performances of all stripes, plus it’s home to the Oakland East Bay Symphony and a series of movie classics.
2025 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 893-2300, www.paramounttheatre.com.

The Uptown Club. Indie rock, garage, punk, experimental, pop, folk, rockabilly music — you can probably hear some iteration of it here at Uptown’s eponymous destination live music club. Cover, times vary.
1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 451-8100, www.uptownnightclub.com.

Yoshi’s Jazz Club. Oakland’s premier sushi restaurant and music venue has some hot Jazz on tap. Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White trio  (Sept. 15–18), Hiroshima (Sept 11–13), Earl Klugh (Oct. 1–3).
Prices and times vary. 510 Embarcadero West, (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.
 
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. This small, intimate venue routinely invites musicians, artists, speakers and authors, bringing a touch of creativity to Alameda.
1223 Park St., Alameda, (510) 865-2385, www.juliestea.com.

Families

Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire. This vintage antique fair is one the biggest outdoor antique fairs in the Bay Area and happens every first Sunday of the month at Alameda Point at the former Alameda Naval Air station.
$5–$15. (510) 522-7500, www.antiquesbythebay.net.

The Oakland Zoo. Founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow, the Oakland Zoo is an 85-year-old regional treasure. The nonprofit East Bay Zoological Society took over the Zoo in 1983 and offers many different programs through the year.
9777 Golf Links Road, (510) 632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org.

Chabot Space & Science Center. This institution has served San Francisco Bay Area schools and citizens with astronomy and science education programs for more than 125 years. The center began in 1883 as the Oakland Observatory, through a gift from Anthony Chabot to the city of Oakland. Closed Mon. and Tue.; 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. Free telescope viewing Fri. and Sat., dusk to 10:30 p.m. There are special maintenance closings in September, please check the Web site or contact the center.
10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, (510) 336-7300, www.chabotspace.org.

Children’s Fairyland. Grab the kids and some sunblock and head to historic Children’s Fairyland for 10 acres of storybook fun all year long. Check the Web site for information about special performances and the puppet and children’s theaters.
The park is open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed.–Sun. (weather permitting), $6 per person, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, (510) 452-2259, www.fairyland.org.

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