The List: December Events
East Bay Star Wars trivia; plus, local artists open their studios, a Santa Beer Crawl in Martinez, and Ira Glass puts on his dancing shoes for this month’s top events.
Berkeley Artisans’ Holiday Open Studios
(11/28–12/24) For the 25th anniversary of this open studios event, take free, self-guided weekend tours of more than 100 professional artisan workshops and galleries in Berkeley, featuring jewelry, leather, and mosaic pieces. berkeleyartisans.com.
Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade
(12/5) Santa Claus is coming to town—on a parade float. Local marching bands and floats decked out in Christmas lights make their way down Livermore’s First Street. Stay for the city’s tree lighting directly following the parade. livermoredowntown.com.
A Christmas Carol
(12/10–12/20) Center Rep presents this classic holiday tale, with music, dance, and scary ghost effects, at the Lesher Center for the Arts. lesherartscenter.org.
(12/11–12/13, 12/18–12/20) The California Revels transforms Lake Merritt’s Scottish Rite Center into Renaissance Venice, with a comedic performance full of colorful costumes, courtly masque drama, and a gondola race: Audience participation is encouraged. californiarevels.org.
Food and Drink
Santa Beer Crawl
(12/12) Don ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa suits to sample brews from more than 20 craft breweries on Main Street in downtown Martinez, including pours from Creek Monkey Tap House. santabeercrawl.com.
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
(12/12–12/13) Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass share the stage at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall for this comedic performance that unites two unlikely art forms: dance and radio. calperformances.org.
For even more events, check out Diablo’s Community Calendar at diablomag.com/calendar.