The List: May
Short films in Walnut Creek, supporting local bookstores, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga in Concord, and more make up our guide to this month’s top events.
Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival
(5/1–5/3) This annual event at Century Theatres screens roughly 100 short films ranging from documentaries to comedies, accompanied by food, art, and live music. walnutcreekshortfilmfestival.com.
Romeo and Juliet
(5/1–5/10) Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s tragedy performed by the San Francisco Ballet and filled with passionate choreography, dramatic swordfights, and a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev. sfballet.org.
Independent Bookstore Day
(5/2) Head to Orinda Books, Rakestraw Books, A Great Good Place for Books, Pegasus, and other independent bookstores for special literary events, giveaways, treasure hunts, literary trivia, and more. cabookstoreday.com.
Clayton Art and Wine Festival
(5/2–5/3) Visit any of the 125 artisan’s booths lining Downtown Clayton’s historic Main Street, where you can also expect live music, wine and beer, international food, and a kiddieland for the little ones. claytoncbca.org.
Miranda Sings, Featuring Special Guest Colleen Ballinger
(5/16) Catch the YouTube comedian’s one-woman show at the Paramount Theatre for bits ranging from playful original songs to dramatic readings of hate mail. paramounttheatre.com.
In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles
(5/18) This live musical tribute tells the story of the 1960s British rock sensations through the eyes of late manager Brian Epstein, at the Bankhead Theater. livermore performingarts.org.
(5/23-5/25) Children ages two to 12 will love this downtown Concord event, with a puppet show, petting zoo, face painting, Ferris wheel, and more. kidfestconcord.com.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
(5/28) The jazz legend and queen of pop team up for performances from their album, Cheek to Cheek, at the Concord Pavilion. theconcordpavilion.com.
For even more events, check out Diablo’s Community Calendar at diablomag.com.