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Top Tickets: May 2–8

Kick off May in the East Bay with a photography exhibit, a girl-power pop-up shop, a literature festival extravaganza, or more.



Jillian Transon and Amanda Farris in Swan Lake suite / Aris Bernales

Dance

Celebrated Masters

5/3–5/4 Diablo Ballet wraps up its season with three movement pieces, including the classic Swan Lake suite choreographed in 1895. Be sure stick around Walnut Creek’s Del Valle Theatre after the show for coffee, dessert, and a chance to talk to the dancers. diabloballet.org.

 

Festival

May the Fourth Be With You

5/4 Danville hosts its annual Star Wars–themed celebration, with a costume contest, a character scavenger hunt, Jedi training, a food-and-drink Cantina Crawl, and a new addition to the lineup, Pancakes with the Jedi. danville.ca.gov.

 

 

East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail / Andrew J. Russell

Art

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

5/4–9/1 The Oakland Museum of California highlights the construction and controversy surrounding the Transcontinental Railroad through the photography of Andrew J. Russell, just in time for the 150th anniversary the project’s completion. museumca.org.

 

 

 

 

Bay Area Book Fair / Michael Hitchner

Literature

Bay Area Book Festival

5/4–5/5 With 250 authors and 100 events on 15 stages, as well as a book-themed fair in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, the fifth year of the Bay Area Book Festival is sure to be a literature lover’s paradise. baybookfest.org.

 

Festival

Cinco de Mayo

5/4 Jack London Square in Oakland comes alive with 40-plus food and merchant booths, activities for kids, musical performances, a car show, and Lucha Libre fights—and an expected 7,500 festivalgoers. jacklondonsquare.com.

 

Shopping

Girls Crushing It Spring Pop-Up Shop

5/5 Stop by the Orinda Art and Garden Center to support the nonprofit Girls Crushing It at their makers’ market, as over 100 young “girlpreneurs” sell wares that they’ve made themselves, ranging from greeting cards to kitchen gadgets. girlscrushingit.org.