The List: November
This fall, stuff your face, decorate a sugar skull, and learn more about Peter Pan.
The Tree of Life and Death
(10/9–12/8) Oakland Museum of California’s Day of the Dead exhibit explores life, death, and mourning. Don’t miss the community celebration on October 27, with live performances, Mesoamerican art and food, and crafts. museumca.org.
Gourmet East Bay
(11/2) Diablo magazine and Broadway Plaza throw an East Bay food bash, with more than 20 restaurants and wineries offering samples, live music and dancing, and a silent auction—with proceeds supporting local food banks. gourmeteastbay.com.
Peter and the Starcatcher
(11/5–12/1) How did Peter Pan become Peter Pan? You’ll find out in this hilarious prequel set in Neverland, featuring a dozen actors in more than 100 roles. (And look for a Disney film adaptation in 2014 or 2015.) shnsf.com.
Diablo 3-D and Symphony
(11/6) What better time to support our local mountain? View Stephen Joseph’s stunning photographs of Mount Diablo set to an original score performed by the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. savemountdiablo.org.
California Independent Film Festival
Cinephiles will love this weekend of feature, short, and documentary films, along with special guest Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), at the Orinda Theatre and the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga. caiff.org.
(11/13–12/29) Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area, with a new show inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, about an island of goddesses and the group of men that arrive there—plus stunning acrobatics, of course. cirquedusoleil.com.
(11/20) The San Ramon and Danville libraries host best-selling Oakland author Mary Roach. She’ll discuss her latest science-is-amusing book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. ci.san-ramon.ca.us.
(11/22–11/30) Kick off the holidays with Smuin Ballet’s popular Christmas ballet: half classic, half contemporary, with fresh choreo-graphy celebrating the troupe’s 20th season. In Walnut Creek (11/22–23) and Livermore (11/29–30). smuinballet.org.
For even more event picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com.