Top August Events in the East Bay
A British music icon performs at Oracle Arena; The Taylor Family Foundation holds its annual fundraiser in Livermore; an Acalanes alum releases a jazz album; and the sweetest little apple fair returns to Sebastopol.
8/2 The British superstar performs at Oakland’s Oracle Arena during her transatlantic tour, promoting her newest album, 25, which features her hit single “Hello.” arenaoakland.com.
Jazz at the Lesher Center
7/30–8/27 Catch Guggenheim Fellow pianist Geri Allen with Grammy-nominated saxophonist John Handy and other musicians at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, during its annual jazz series. lesherartscenter.org.
You Never Can Tell
8/10–9/4 California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda performs George Bernard Shaw’s romantic farce, which follows a feminist author reunited with her estranged husband and her daughter’s attempts to shake off a flirtatious dentist. calshakes.org.
Day in the Park
8/28 Join The Taylor Family Foundation at Camp Arroyo in Livermore for the annual fundraiser supporting children with serious illnesses, featuring a performance by three-time Grammy-winning country & blues music singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’. ttff.org. —Rachelle Cihonski
Listen to This
Colors for the Masters Trombonist and Lafayette native Steve Turre’s latest album, Colors for the Masters, drops August 26. The Acalanes grad may be best known for his more than 30 years in the Saturday Night Live band, but Colors showcases his impressive trombone chops on an album that celebrates past and present jazz greats. steveturre.com. —Clay Kallam
A Bushel of Fun
Have you ever heard of the Gravenstein apple, a short-season California fruit? Growers in Sonoma County work hard to preserve this heirloom apple and celebrate its crisp deliciousness at the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair.
Known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County,” the fest celebrates its 43rd anniversary August 13–14 at Sebastopol’s Ragle Ranch Park. Visitors can expect an old- time country gathering. Play darts, learn how to make cheese, and of course, indulge in all things Gravenstein, from apple fritters to apple cider.
Whether you participate in a pie-eating contest, sip wines in the Artisan Tasting Lounge, or listen to live music by 2014 American Idol alum David Luning, you’re sure to have a sweet ol’ time. gravensteinapplefair.com. —Lauren Bonney