The List: November
This month, go gourmand. Then, try a musical about religion, a patriotic symphony, and early holiday shopping.
11/4 BG Craft Fest / Shimmer Jewels / photo by Amanda Emery
(11/1–11/18) Walnut Creek’s Center Rep kicks off its edgy, alternative Off-Center series, with a world-premiere musical comedy about social media and Internet addiction—with an Alice in Wonderland-esque twist. centerrep.org.
BG Craft Fest
(11/4) Get a head start on holiday shopping with handmade gifts from Bay Area artists—from upcycled cashmere stuffies by Oakland-based Modifyd to baubles from Oakley’s Shimmer Jewels—at the Bedford Gallery. bedfordgallery.org.
California Independent Film Festival
(11/8–11/11) Film buffs won’t want to miss this weekend of features, shorts, and documentaries; a filmmaker contest; and tributes to actresses Connie Stevens (Hawaiian Eye) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), in Moraga and Orinda. caiff.org.
(11/9) Oakland East Bay Symphony opens its season with an all-American program featuring Adolphus Hailstork’s An American Fanfare, and selections from West Side Story and Aaron Copland, at the Paramount Theatre. oebs.org.
Earlier Than the Bird
(11/17) Set your alarm early, and stay in your jammies for this annual early-morning shopping event and pajama party in Livermore and Pleasanton. Downtown boutiques open at 7 a.m., offering deals, refreshments, and free gifts. pleasantondowntown.net.
The Book of Mormon
(11/27–12/30) The nine-time Tony Award–winning religious musical satire—from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q—makes its first visit to the Bay Area, at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. shnsf.com.
It wouldn’t be a food issue without highlighting the month’s best food and wine events. Here are a few to chew on.
Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee
Meet Blue Bottle master roaster James Freeman at a dinner and book signing hosted by Danville’s Rakestraw Books. rakestrawbooks.com.
Gourmet East Bay
Enjoy samples from more than 30 restaurants, wineries, and breweries, plus live music, dancing, and prizes, at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. gourmeteastbay.com.
Truffles are brought in direct from Italy for these special dinner menus devoted to the fungi at Oakland’s Oliveto. oliveto.com.
New Parkway Theater Opening
More than three years after Oakland’s beloved Parkway Theater closed its doors, a sequel to the pizza-and-a-movie concept is due to open around Thanksgiving. thenewparkway.com.
For even more picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.