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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).