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The List: June

June heats up with the Livermore Rodeo, A's Beer Fest, and the return of everyone's favorite vampire.


Courtesy of MC Hammer


The pastures of Heaven
(June 2–27) Cal Shakes kicks off its 20th year at the outdoor Bruns Amphitheater with a world-premiere stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s short, intertwined stories about families in Monterey. calshakes.org.


MC Hammer
(June 4) Get out your hammer pants. The legendary hip-hop artist, dancer, reality show star, and East Bay native headlines this summer’s Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch. contracostafair.com.

Family Fun

Into the Woods
(June 4–20) Diablo Theatre Company presents the ultimate fairy tale musical mash-up at the Lesher Center, starring Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of the bean stalk). dloc.org.

Food and Drink

A’s Beer Fest
(June 5) Before you watch the Oakland A’s take on the Minnesota Twins, sample more than 30 microbrews in a souvenir glass, and enjoy live music in the Coliseum’s Eastside Club. oaklandathletics.com.

Courtesy of Pro Arts GalleryArt

East Bay Open Studios
(June 5–13) During the first two weekends of June, more than 400 artists open their studios to the public. Pick up a self-guided tour map at Pro Arts in Oakland. proartsgallery.org.


Livermore Rodeo
(June 12–13) Head to Livermore for steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing, wild-cow milking, and a special appearance by the trick-riding and roping Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls. Yee-haw! livermorerodeo.org.


Courtesy of calshakes.orgThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse
(June 30) Catch one of the summer’s hottest movies at a midnight viewing at your local cineplex—or head to Dublin’s IMAX for 72-by-52-foot vampire (and Robert Pattinson) close-ups. regmovies.com/imax

Jonathan Moscone

Cal Shakes’ artistic director celebrates 10 years with the company. We asked which Shakespeare character he connects with most:

“I identify with every character in Twelfth Night. The full range of my emotional life lives in every one of those characters: the sense of loss and longing, the desire for love and reconnection, and a belief in a genuinely happy ending.”

Get your Shakes-peare fix with Macbeth in August and Much Ado About Nothing in September.

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