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The Hit List: July Events in the East Bay

Food, music, and wine at Festival Napa Valley; Twenty One Pilots at the Greek Theatre; and the 10th annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival at the Lesher Center for the Arts make this month’s list of top events.


Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography

Food and Wine

Festival Napa Valley
7/15–7/24 Formerly dubbed Festival del Sole, this annual 10-day food, wine, and music event takes place all over Napa Valley, with concerts and dinners at Auberge du Soleil, Castello di Amorosa, and Meadowood Napa Valley. festivalnapavalley.org.




I look for clues in your Dreams
Through 7/17 This curated exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center explores Northern California through the mythology and spirituality of the American West, with works by artists such as Oakland-based Chris Duncan and Berkeley’s Amber Jean Young. berkeleyartcenter.org.



Livermore Shakespeare Festival kicks off its summer season at Wente Vineyards with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The story follows a woman who rediscovers her love for a captain in the Royal Navy seven years after their broken engagement. livermoreshakes.org.



Twenty One Pilots
The Ohio duo known for radio singles such as “Stressed Out” headline two nights at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley during their Emotional Roadshow tour. thegreektheatreberkeley.com.


Ellise Gitas // by Angelo Kritikos

Listen to This: Ellise

Danville native Ellise's single, “Dominoes,”  can be found here and its music video is slated to be released soon. Two years ago, at age 14, she wowed the X Factor judges with her rendition of “Fallin’, ” by Alicia Keys. Gitas is working on her first EP, which is set to drop later this year. facebook.com/officialellise.


By the Numbers Chevron Family Theatre Festival

On July 16, the 10th annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival takes over Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, for a day of dance, music, and other revelry. Check out the numbers below to learn why you should attend.

1. Number of Sesame Street stars (Pleasant Hill–raised Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, aka Abby Cadabby) who have performed at the fest in years past.

5. Number of Star Wars characters that will appear this year.

6–8. Number of minutes needed for Artrageous, performing this year, to create a painting onstage while dancers and musicians entertain the crowd.

2,300 Free puppets given to children this year.

50,000+ Attendees since the first fest in 2006.

10 a.m.–4 p.m., draa.org. —Peter Crooks

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