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The List: April

Spring heats up with Cirque du Soleil, a craft beer fest, and incredible plant sales.


Photo by Andrew Eccles

Alvin Ailey
3/29–4/3 World-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs its signature piece, Revelations, on the 50th anniversary of its creation, along with other works at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. calperformances.org.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Walnut Creek’s Center Repertory Company brings to life the Pulitzer Prize–winning story of prejudice in the South during the Great Depression. centerrep.org.


Al SeibQuidam
Cirque du Soleil stops at the Cow Palace on its national tour of a show about a young girl’s imaginary world, featuring aerial contortionists, choreographed jump roping, and the gravity-defying German wheel. cirquedusoleil.com.

Food and Drink
Bay Area Craft Beer Festival
Martinez’s historic cannery district is the place to be if you like artisan beer. More than 30 microbreweries, including Concord’s Ale Industries and E.J. Phair, pour suds at this fest. bayareacraftbeerfestival.com.

Green Thumb
’Tis the season for planting. So spruce up your yard by hitting these local plant sales, where you can purchase drought-tolerant California natives and get expert advice from professional gardeners: April 9 at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, ruthbancroftgarden.org; April 16 at the Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek, gardenshf.org; and April 29–30 at UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.

Four Days Diablo
Who says you have to rough it when camping? This four-day hiking adventure, hosted by Save Mount Diablo, includes gourmet meals prepared by local chefs and a staff to haul your gear. savemountdiablo.org.

Courtesy of Bruce labadieComedy
An Evening With Martin Short
Comedian Martin Short (Father of the Bride) headlines a Walnut Creek benefit for HomeAid, which provides housing for homeless families. lesherartscenter.org.

Food and Drink
Livermore Wine Country Festival
Nearly 30 Livermore Valley wineries participate in this free downtown festival, which includes wine tasting, live music, and arts and crafts booths. livermoredowntown.com.

For even more event picks, check out the Top Tickets blog every Monday at diablomag.com.

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