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.
(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.
(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.
(5/10) 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.
(5/16–5/17) 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.
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.
(5/22) 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.