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The List: May

Soak up spring with a country-western party and a six-story plunge.



Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival
(5/2–5/4) Cinephiles: Head to Century Theatres for three days of more than 90 short films from around the world, plus after parties and special guests. walnutcreekshortfilmfestival.com.

Anastasis Ballet Company / Zach & Lee Photography


(5/2, 5/4) Up-and-coming dance troupe Anastasis Ballet Company presents an evening of mixed classical and contemporary choreography, including work by former Oakland Ballet dancer Omar Shabazz, at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. anastasisballet.org.


Paula Poundstone
(5/3) Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone, known for her spontaneous observational comedy and current stint as a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, headlines Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. livermoreperformingarts.org.


Break Point Plunge
(5/10) Waterworld California in Concord opens for the season with a brand-new attraction, Break Point Plunge. Riders step into a pair of enclosed launch capsules; after a countdown, the floor drops, and they race down 270 feet of looping translucent tubes. waterworldcalifornia.com.

Oak-CatVidFest / The FurrtographerFilm

The funniest Internet cat videos are compiled into an hour-long movie projected onto the Great Wall in Uptown Oakland. Hang around for kitten adoptions, feline-themed art, live bands, and celebrity cat appearances. oaklandcatvidfest.com.


For its spring program, Oakland Ballet joins forces with physically integrated dance troupe Axis Dance Company, street dance crew Turf Feinz, and Mills College musicians for a hyper-local take on music and movement. oaklandballet.org.

Matt Rogers / Courtesy of Matt RogersCelebration

Centennial Heritage Day
(5/17) American Idol alum Matt Rogers headlines this Walnut Creek Centennial event. The family-friendly, country-western party at Borges Ranch also includes pony rides and BBQ eats. walnutcreek100.com.


Doggie Night
Danville goes to the dogs, with downtown businesses offering dog treats and canine couture to four-legged customers. Swing by the pet fair to meet pet sitters, photographers, trainers, and vets. discoverdanvilleca.com.

For even more East Bay events, check out the Community Calendar at diablomag.com.

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