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The List: May

This month, soak up some fairy tales, classic films, Motown hits, and flying kites.


Cinderella // Erik Tomasson



5/3–5/12 For dance fans, San Francisco Ballet’s new Cinderella is well worth the bridge toll. The U.S. premiere production eschews the fairy godmother and pumpkin coach for a more moving and dramatic tale, plus some stunning puppetry. sfballet.org.

Best of the Permanent Collection // Andy Warhol/Courtesy of Saint Mary’s College Museum of ArtArt

Best of the Permanent Collection

5/5–7/14 Continuing the celebration of Saint Mary’s College’s 150 years, the Museum of Art highlights its diverse permanent collection, from William Keith’s landscape paintings to Andy Warhol’s celebrity photographs. stmarys-ca.edu.


Classic Film Weekend

5/10–5/12 Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney and Cloris Leachman are on the guest list of film stars who will appear in Moraga for a weekend
of classic movie screenings at the New Rheem Theatre. lamorindatheatres.com.


Smokey Robinson

5/11 R&B singer and Motown hit-maker Smokey Robinson performs songs from his years with The Miracles to recent solo material, at San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/theater.

Smokey Robinson // Courtesy of the City of San RamonFestival

Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival

5/11 OMG! The Great Wall of Oakland hosts an evening of cat videos preceded by cat adoptions, pet product vendors, live music, and a cat-themed aerial duet by Bandaloop. Proceeds benefit East Bay SPCA. oaklandcatvidfest.com.


Livermore-Amador Symphony

5/18 Commemorating 50 years, the symphony presents an all-Beethoven program, with special guests from Pacific Masterworks Chorus and Valley Concert Chorale helping bring “Ode to Joy” to life. livamsymph.org.

Food and Wine

Taste of Lafayette

5/21 Sip wine and savor delicious bites from Lafayette’s best restaurants on this annual self-guided tour, which ends with a party at the plaza that features dessert, coffee, live music, and auctions. lafayettechamber.org.

Art and Wind Festival // Courtesy of the City of San RamonFamily Fun

Art and Wind Festival

5/26–5/27 True to its name, this annual festival at San Ramon’s Central Park ce-lebrates art (nearly 200 art and crafts booths, live music) and wind (hot air balloon launch, kite flying), plus good eats. sanramon.ca.gov.

For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.


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