The List: July
Beat the heat with an earth-shaking exhibit, live rock and jazz, and wind that “comes sweepin’ down the plain.”
(5/26–2014) Get to the bottom of why the Earth shimmies and shakes at this Cal Academy exhibit, with an earthquake simulator, planetarium show, preparedness activities—and ostriches! calacademy.org.
Jazz at the Lesher Center
(7/7–8/4) This brand-new series already sold out the first run of tickets, so get in on the second, featuring trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, guitarist John Pizzarelli, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and more. lesherjazz.org.
Concerts at Wente
(7/14–8/29) For its annual pairing of live music, gourmet food, and fine wine, Wente’s lineup stars Sheryl Crow (July 23) and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (August 29), among others. wentevineyards.com.
(7/18–7/29) Created by a cofounder of Cirque du Soleil, this dreamlike production features 47 horses and their riders, as well as aerialists, acrobats, and dancers. Don’t miss its San Jose tour stop. cavalia.net.
Hot Summer Nights
(7/19 & 8/16) Hot rods and muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s take over downtown Danville, plus live music and dancing. danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com.
Chevron Family Theatre Festival
(7/21) Art comes to life when more than two dozen theater, music, and dance performances fill the Lesher Center, with free activities outside. lesherartscenter.org.
(7/21–8/5) Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about rivalry between farmers and cowboys in the early 1900s, at the Bankhead Theater. trivalleyrep.org.
For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.