The List: June
Kick off summer with Shakespeare, monsters, and a reading festival.
Fela // Carol Rosegg
6/4–6/9 Experience the origins of Afrobeat music in this touring Broadway musical about the life of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. Performed at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, the production stars Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. paramounttheatre.com.
6/8 You’ll be inspired to turn your own big ideas into reality at this one-day speaker series at Las Positas College. Experts in education and innovation will present topics ranging from neuroscience to 3-D printing to rainwater harvesting. tedxlivermore.com.
6/20 Berkeley food author and activist Michael Pollan headlines the Contra Costa Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Festival, with a presentation and book signing in Walnut Creek. guides.ccclib.org/srf.
Livermore Shakespeare Festival
6/20–7/21 Staged outdoors in front of a historic home on the Concannon Vineyard property, this annual festival presents Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and The Liar by Pierre Corneille. livermoreshakes.org.
6/21 Before Sulley and Mike Wazowski were buddies on the Scare Floor, they were feuding fraternity brothers at Monsters University. The prequel to Emeryville-based Pixar’s 2001 hit, Monsters Inc., opens in 3-D nationwide. pixar.com.
Danville Fine Arts Faire
6/22–6/23 Head to downtown Danville to browse and buy work from more than 200 artists, plus enjoy live Italian street painting, street corner troubadours, and a
beer and wine garden. mlaproductions.com.
Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years
6/22–9/29 Some of his best-known works were created in 1955–1966, when renowned artist Richard Diebenkorn lived in Berkeley. View more than 100 paintings
from that time at the de Young museum. famsf.org.
6/28–6/30 Festival Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s musical take on Shakespeare’s tragic Othello, about love destroyed by jealousy, at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. festivalopera.org.
For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.