Top East Bay Events in May
California Shakespeare Theater kicks off its new season; Rihanna comes to Oakland; the Tri-Valley celebrates craft beers; Metallica rereleases classic albums
5/7 One of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B goes to “Work” when she stops by Oracle Arena during her world tour in support of her new album, Anti. oraclearena.com.
Food and Drink
Livermore Valley Craft Beer Festival
5/14 This second annual festival includes two outdoor beer gardens, pours from more than two dozen local breweries, food vendors, and live music. All proceeds go to Shriners Hospitals’ Transportation Fund. livermorevalleycraftbeerfestival.com.
5/27–7/3 Georges Bizet’s enduringly popular opera about love, lust, and murder comes to life onstage at San Francisco Opera, with director Calixto Bieito—known for his provocative adaptations of classic operas—making his long-awaited U.S. opera debut. sfopera.com.
Much Ado About Nothing
5/28–6/19 Cal Shakes kicks off its summer season at Orinda’s Bruns Amphitheater with Shakespeare’s comedic tale of two couples caught up in court politics. calshakes.org.
Listen to This
Legendary Bay Area rock band Metallica has released remastered versions of its first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning, both of which were recorded in El Cerrito in a little house now known as “Metallica Mansion.” After recording Ride the Lightning, the band played through the entire album at a long-gone club in Berkeley, Ruthie’s Inn. The box sets include vinyl records, hand-written lyric books, and more. metallica.com.
Also Don't Miss
First Annual Livermore Valley Film Festival
The inaugural Livermore Valley Film Festival unrolls the red carpet May 13–15 this year, showcasing international cinema alongside Livermore’s food, wine, art, and culture. We caught up with festival director Lynn Monica to hear what makes this first-year event so special. livermorefilm.org.
Q: Livermore is a top wine destination. How will you incorporate this into the festival?
A: The Livermore Wine Trolley will make its debut at the festival. Visitors can hop on and hop off at various wineries—and festival attendees get a discount. From the movies to the vineyard!
Q: Which films you're especially excited about?
A: Films have been submitted from all around the world—as far away as Japan, Australia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe. One third of the films submitted are from some place outside the USA.
Q: Besides watching the films, how can attendees get involved?
A: It’s much easier to make films nowadays. As such, we’re hosting an independent film workshop and an elements of filmmaking workshop taught by cinema professionals; however, celebrity attendees are under wraps at the moment.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
A: Just try it. Anyone has the potential to make a movie, whether it’s using a phone, GoPro, or home equipment.
Q: What inspired you to start a film festival?
A: I realized that there are no film festivals are out here, and having lived in big cities, I missed going to festivals.
Q: How can amateur filmmakers get involved?
A: We're doing a Filmmaker Crush competition. It's going to be a 48-hour competition, and the films produced during it will be shown at the festival.
Q: Where does the festival's theme, “Where Science Meets Art,” come from?
A: Livermore has a lot of science – there are two labs here –and so many people in this area have a massive science influence.
Q: Will this be an annual festival?
A: Yes, this is the first of many, hopefully. I'd like to see it expand to the level of a Mill Valley, or eventually a Sundance.
Q: So do you see the festival putting Livermore on the map, like Sundance did for Park City?
A: That's definitely my goal.