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The List: April

Warm up to spring with wildflower trains, Earth Day festivities, and a round of Do-Re-Mi.


The Sound of Music // Courtesy of Source Photography


The Sound of Music

3/22–4/21 Contra Costa Musical Theatre takes on the beloved musical about the von Trapp family, a melodious governess, and World War II Europe, running at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the first time in 10 years. ccmt.org.


Wildflower Trains

4/6–5/18 Travel through fields of mustard, poppies, rosemary, lupine, and wild almond on Niles Canyon Railway’s spring excursions—some of which include tasting Livermore Valley wines. ncry.org.

Axis Dance Company // David Desilva


Axis Dance Company

4/12–4/14 Commemorating 25 years, Oakland’s renowned dance troupe—which integrates performers with and without disabilities—
debuts new work, including the cerebral What If Would You. axisdance.org.


Laura Ling // Courtesy of Junior League of Oakland–East BayLaura Ling

4/16 Journalist Laura Ling, who was detained in North Korea for five months in 2009 after crossing the border from China, talks about her work on the issue of human trafficking, as part of the Junior League of Oakland–East Bay Speaker Series. jloeb.org.


Earth Day

4/21 Sustainable Lafayette’s annual celebration includes a self-propelled parade, vendor and educational booths (solar panels, urban farming), environmental films, and a healthy lunch. sustainablelafayette.org.


Art Deco Preservation Ball

4/27 Don vintage cocktail attire, and head to Paramount Theatre to revel in all things art deco, including dancing to Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and a performance by the DecoBelles. artdecosociety.org.

For more, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.


Courtesy of the ExploratoriumExplore the New Exploratorium

The science and art museum reopens April 17 at its new home on San Francisco’s historic waterfront, with a day of free outdoor activities and performances. Don’t miss three dramatic new outdoor art pieces exploring the intersection of the natural and urban worlds: a misty Fog Bridge installation by Fujiko Nakaya, the wind-activated Aeolian Harp by Doug Hollis, and a light and sound installation by Lucky Dragons. Doors open to the inside of the nine-acre campus at 10 a.m., when you can explore the six main galleries as well as programming from the brand-new Center for Art and Inquiry. exploratorium.edu.


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