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The List: November

Our Autumn cocktail is one part Bill Nye, one part Carlos Santana, and seasoned with musings on motherhood.


Michael Sosin Tobacco Vase

Ice Skating

Glide across ice, hand in hand with your love, under a sky of twinkling lights, at this annual winter tradition in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. Learn to twirl with some lessons, and warm up with rink-side hot cocoa. iceskatewalnutcreek.com.

Mother Load

Get your girls night on at this hilarious one-woman show about the perilous—and humorous—front lines of motherhood, at San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. ci.san-ramon.ca.us.

Oakland East Bay Symphony

Guitar god Carlos Santana joins the symphony for its season opener at the Paramount Theatre, featuring work by Santana and Grammy-winning songwriter Narada Michael Walden. oebs.org.

Family Fun
Bill Nye’s Climate Lab

Chabot Space and Science Center premieres a new permanent hands-on exhibit, in partnership with “the Science Guy,” which explores climate change effects and clean energy innovation. chabotspace.org.

Art Dennis Adams Spill Courtesy of Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie
How Wine Became Modern

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the culture of wine—especially its intersection with architecture, design, and media—in a new multimedia exhibit that includes a “smell wall.” sfmoma.org.

Turkey Trot

Before you stuff your face, join in a Thanksgiving Day race. Walnut Creek Sports and Fitness hosts this 5K/10K fun run for all ages, which benefits local educational programs. changeofpace.com/wctt.html.

Berkeley Artisans Open Studios

More than 100 artists and craftspeople open their workshops and galleries to holiday shoppers, offering glass, ceramics, furniture, textiles, jewelry, and more. berkeleyartisans.com.

Book Events
Armistead Maupin talks Tales of the City at Danville’s Rakestraw Books (Nov. 4, rakestrawbooks.com); Pulitzer Prize–winner T. J. Stiles headlines Walnut Creek’s Library Gala (Nov. 13, wclibrary.org); and New York Times crossword guru Will Shortz visits UC Berkeley (Nov. 21, calperformances.org).

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