Your Annual To-Do List

Our guide to the year's best Bay Area events.

Thanks to the Bay Area’s temperate climate and abundance of the culturally inclined, there’s no shortage of festivals, fairs, and events to keep you busy all year round.

Art Galleries

Estuary Art Attack A new monthly art walk in Oakland’s Jingletown and in Alameda. Second Fridays of every month, 6-9 p.m., EstuaryArtAttack.com

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet Exhibition explores relationship between human communities and the natural world. Featuring work by Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Rigo 23, Dario Robleto, Diana Thater, and Xu Bing. Through Sept. 27. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Oakland Art Murmur Monthly art walk in Oakland. First Fridays of every month. 6-10 p.m., free. OaklandArtMurmur.com

Classes & Workshops

Descarga Workshop Learn basic grooves, arrangements, percussion breaks, improvised horn lines, and more for Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Ensemble class; previous experience necessary. $15/class drop-in or $12/class in advance, paid monthly. Taught by Javier Navarette. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Youth Afro-Caribbean Percussion Class With instructor Javier Navarette. Info: 510-798-5409. Saturdays, 12-1 p.m. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-2568, LaPena.org.

Dance/Performance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 9-13, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 13, 2 p.m.; Sun., March 14, 3 p.m., $36, $48, $62. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz Sun., May 2, 3 p.m., $24, $30, $38. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

The Hard Nut Mark Morris Dance Group spoof on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Cole, plus Piedmont Children’s Choirs directed by Robert Geary. Fri., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 12, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 13, 3 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 17, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 3 p.m., $36, $48, $62. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

A House in Bali With Bang on a Can All-Stars & Gamelan Salukat. Music by Evan Ziporyn; libretto by Paul Schick (after Colin McPhee. Directed by Jay Scheib with staging and choreography by Anne Harley & Dewi Kadek Aryani, and musical direction by Evan Ziporyn & Dewa Ketut Alit. Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $32, $50, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Lyon Opera Ballet Performing Forsythe’s Duo, set to music by Thom Willems; Kylián’s Bella Figura, set to music by Pergolesi, Vivaldi, and Boccherini; plus De Keersmaeker’s Grosse Fugue, set to Beethoven. Feb. 26-27, 8 p.m., $38, $52, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Mark Morris Dance Group Presenting Empire Garden and Visitation, with the with the MMDG Music Ensemble (Wolfram Koessel, cello; Colin Fowler, piano; Michi Wiancko, violin; Jessica Troy, viola; & Cordelia Hagmann, violin). Sept. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 20, 3 p.m., $38, $52, $68. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Pre-performance talk March 26, 7 p.m. with MCDC Executive Director Trevor Carlson. March 26-27, 8 p.m., $30, $40, $50. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Program A (Oct 24): The Balanchine Couple featuring pas de deux from nine Balanchine ballets, narrated by artistic director Suzanne Farrell. Program B (Oct 25): Balanchine/Divertimento No. 15 (Pas d’ Action); Agon; “Contrapuntal Blues pas de deux” from Clarinade; “Scene d’amour” from Béjart’s Romeo and Juliet. Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 3 p.m., $34, $48, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Fairs & Festivals

1st Wednesday Street Parties With live bands, vendors from local businesses, and samplings from local restaurants. For info, visit PleasantonDowntown.net/events. First Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2, free. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199.

13th Annual Martinez Car, Truck & Bike Show More than 100 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line the streets of historic downtown Martinez. Plus raffles, live music, DJ, trophys, plaques, and more. Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

38th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival With live jazz, rock, swing, blues, Motown, rumba, funk, hip-hop, flamenco, and Celtic music; food; wine; microbrews and margaritas, health and wellness displays; an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits; a kids’ zone; magicians; and jugglers. For info, call 650-968-8378. Sept. 12-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Castro St., bet. El Camino Real & Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.

Alameda County Fair Starting at the end of June and lasting till about the Fourth of July, the fair features horseracing, contests, concerts, livestock, agriculture education, and carnival rides for the kiddies, plus plenty of barbecued ribs, turkey legs, and corn on the cob. Typically held in June till early July. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 925-426-7600, AlamedaCountyFair.com

Art & Wine Stroll Wine tasting and art. $15-$20. Typically held in May. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Berkeley Pagan Parade & Festival Prizes for floats and best costume. Typically held in May. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, ThePaganAlliance.org

Carnaval San Francisco Celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a parade and street fair. Plus a mobile basketball playground, Niñolandia for kids, food, non-stop music, drumming, dancing, a crowning of the King and Queen, and work by local artists. For info, call the San Francisco Carnaval hotline at 415-651-1811, or visit CarnavalSF.com. Typically held in May. Harrison St., between 16th and 24th sts., San Francisco.

Chinatown Streetfest With more than 280 booths spanning nine blocks, selling food, crafts, unique Asian products, arts and crafts, and community resources. Plus entertainment on three stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Museum of California. Sat., Aug. 22, & Sun., Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Oakland Chinatown, 11th St. (at Webster St.), Oakland, OaklandChinatownStreetFest.com.

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival With a sidewalk chalk art contest. Typically held in May. Free. Gourmet Ghetto, Shattuck Ave. (between Rose and Delaware Sts.), Berkeley, NorthShattuck.org.

East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party With live music; dance performances; kids’ entertainment; and a marketplace featuring food from local restaurants, beer and wine, and crafts by local artisans. Typically held in August, free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510-238-2200, MuseumCA.org.

Exotic Erotic Ball Expect thousands of half-naked women, porn stars, freaks, and lots of making out at this late-night rave and sex party. Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $59-$125. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, ExoticEroticball.com

Fire Arts Festival With outdoor fire sculptures, open-air exhibitions, interactive installations, food, vendors, live music, and dance performances. For info, visit TheCrucible.org. Typically held in July. Fire Arena, Wake Ave. & Engineer Rd. (at the Oakland Army Base), Oakland.

First Night Martinez An alcohol-free, community celebration of the visual and performing arts. Thur., Dec. 31. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Folsom Street Fair Celebrate leather, rubber, and fetish styles at the annual free event, which also features live rock performances, vendor booths, and exhibitions. Sun., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Folsom St., between 7th & 12th Streets, San Francisco, FolsomStreetFair.org

Fridays on the Main Weekly car and bike show through Sept. 25th. Free. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Himalayan Fair Berkeley’s “Little Lhasa” comes alive at the popular annual event, but the “great mountain cultures” of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan also are represented, with a full day’s worth of elaborately costumed traditional dance and music performers. And don’t forget the spicy, charcoal-grilled food. Typically held in May. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, HimalayanFair.net

The Illuminated Corridor Public art, live music, and film featuring work by more than 30 local artists. Free. Typically held in May. For more info: IlluminatedCorridor.com.

King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival With live music, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, barbecue, kids’ activities, Smokey the Bear and his fire engine, carnival rides, face painting, games, and a car show. For info, visit MartinezChamber.com. Typically held in June, free. Martinez Regional Shoreline, Ferry Street, Martinez.

Lakefest With wine samplings, gourmet food booths, non-stop live music, a kids’ zone, a green expo, and a farmers’ market. Typically held in August, free. Lakeshore Ave., between Lake Park Ave. & Mandana Blvd., Oakland, OaklandLakefest.com.

Live Oak Park Fair With a bazaar featuring fine crafts, contemporary art, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, quilts, baskets, sculptures, clay, fiber, glass, metal, hand-cut block prints, paintings, and woodwork by more than 100 artisans. Plus food and music. Typically held in June, free. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, LiveOakParkFair.com

Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival Chalk art and arts and crafts vendors, plus music, food, and a farmers’ market. Sat., Sept. 26, & Sun., Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival With a Mardi Gras-style feast; wine; microbrews & margaritas; live bands; a classic car show; taiko drums; a Chinese dragon dance; organic and green product expos; a kids’ zone; and an arts and crafts bazaar. Sept. 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Broadway Ave., bet. Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae.

Northern California Pirate Festival Four acres of live music, pirate and military encampments, roving entertainers, treasure hunts, sword fighting, black powder drills a children’s stage, a costume contest, micro brewed beers, shopping for pirate wares, and a cannon battle each day at 2 p.m. For info, visit NorCalPirateFestival.com. Typically held in June, free. Vallejo Waterfront Park, 289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo.

Oakland Greek Festival With Greek food, drink, music, and dance. For info, visit OaklandGreekFestival.com. Typically held in May. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, 510-531-3400, AscensionCathedral.org.

Oakland Indie Awards With food and drink samplings from local restaurants; plus expos by local media, small businesses, and organizations. Typically held in May. For more info: OaklandIndieAwards.com

Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival Set in downtown Oakland’s beautiful City Center, it’s a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and mouth, with national music acts, dance and fashion shows, and an array of vendors serving ethnic eats and crafts as diverse as the city. Typically held in August. Oakland City Center, 500 12th St., Oakland, ArtandSoulOakland.com.

Park Street’s Classic Car Show This annual car show has a bumper-to-bumper crop of more than four hundred primo vehicles that have been waxed, buffed, and shined so fine that onlookers can see their reflections in the gleaming panels and bumpers of the hardtops and hatchbacks. Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Park St., Alameda, 510-523-1392, ShopParkStreet.com

Peddlers’ Faire Arts and collectibles fair sponsored by the Main Street Martinez Association. For info, visit MainStreetMartinez.org. Typically held in August. Main Street Plaza, Main St., Martinez.

SalmonAid Festival Wild salmon benefit featuring live music performances. Typically held in June, free. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St. (foot of Broadway), Oakland, 510-627-1670, JackLondonSquare.com.

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade One of San Francisco’s biggest, most colorful parties. Aside from the usual two-day procession of cowboys in leather chaps and sexy transgendered go-go dancers, the parade also features special music guests and sundry forms of entertainment. Typically held in June, free. Civic Center Lawn, 1292 Market St., San Francisco, 415-677-7961, SFPride.org

Solano Stroll Since 1974, folks from all over the East Bay have enjoyed the massive street fair, featuring all kinds of entertainment, including more than five hundred vendors. The event includes a traditional pancake breakfast and theme parade, plus entertainers, food vendors, juried arts and crafters, games, art cars, and community organizations. Sun., Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Solano Ave., Berkeley, SolanoAvenueAssn.org.

Spring Antiques & Collectibles Street Faire With vintage, retro and antique home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, pottery, books and collectibles from more than 400 dealers. For info, call 510-522-7500, or visit PleasantonAntiqueFaire.com. Free. Typically held in May. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199.

Summer Sailstice Boathouse open late with free boat rentals, plus a chance to meet Coastie the USCG auxiliary talking safety boat. Typically held in June, free. Lake Merrit Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave. (the blue boathouse in Lakeside Park), Oakland, 510-238-2196, OaklandNet.com/parks/programs/boating.asp.

Summer Wine Stroll Featuring a variety of Livermore wines. Typically held in July. Downtown Pleasanton, Main St., Pleasanton, 925-484-2199.

Temescal Street Fair Features food and drink from local restaurants, a fashion show, fine artists, craft and community booths, live music, a kids’ stage, and more. Typically held in June, free. Telegraph Ave., between 48th and 51st streets, Oakland, TemescalDistrict.org

Uptown Unveiled Tour the recently renovated Fox Theater, skate at Oakland Ice Center, enjoy live music and “Taste of Uptown” featuring samplings from downtown restaurants. Other highlights include art displays illuminating the Telegraph corridor, walking tours of the district and children’s activities. Typically held in June, free. Uptown District, 19th St. at Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Film

Brainwash Movie Festival The Bay’s only “drive-in, bike-in, walk-in” film fest shows a bunch of ultra-indie films and vids on a wall in a West Oakland parking lot. Typically held in July. Brainwashm.com

Frameline Aka the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Film Festival, a 31-year-old summer happening that has branched out over the years and now cruises the world for its innovative, exciting programs. Risky and proud of it. Typically held in June. Frameline.org

Mill Valley Film Festival Marin County’s California Film Institute uses its clout as the hometown of many movie professionals to put on the one of the quirkiest and most intelligent fests anywhere, without the marketplace sensibility and ego trips — it’s non-competitive. Oct. 8-18. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center New, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, MVFF.com

Noir City East Bay author Eddie Muller’s annual film noir extravaganza always manages to dig up a few “new” old hardboiled movies you never heard of, peppered with appearances by the original stars and filmmakers. Easy to get hooked on, hard to swear off of. Typically held in January-February. NoirCity.com

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival The annual late-winter/early-spring event has grown into a ten-day feast with two important main courses: films from the old country and films by Asian Americans. Because it comes early in the calendar year, the often steals thunder from other fests with its adventurous selections. Typically held in March-April. AsianAmericanMedia.org

The San Francisco International Film Festival The oldest film fest in the Western Hemisphere is also one of the world’s most interesting, because it plays to the Bay Area’s film-loving audiences instead of to industry types. Everything under the sun. Filmmakers on parade. Two weeks of movies you’ll probably never see anywhere else. Typically held in April. SFFS.org

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival The world’s oldest and largest Jewish film festival sees its mission as exploring the Jewish experience in all its complexity. And if that means giving equal voice to Palestinians and other minorities, so be it. Boundaries were created to be stretched. Typically held July-August. SFJFF.org

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Dedicated to restoring and presenting original silent films with live musical accompaniment — which means no special effects (well, hardly any), no overbuilt soundtracks, and a complete absence of Shia LaBeouf. What a great idea. Typically held in July. SilentFilm.org

Holiday

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina Live entertainment on the main stage, plus art & craft booths, massages, free sailboat rides, dragon boat rides, and the grand fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at dusk. Alcohol-free event with complimentary valet bike parking. For info, call 510-548-5335. July 4, free. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-6740.

4th of July Celebration in Jack London Square With music, food, arts and crafts, and carnival games. For info, visit JackLondonSquare.com, or call 510645-9292 ex. 225. July 4, free. Jack London Square Pavilion Stage, Jack London Square, Oakland.

Martinez Hometown 4th of July Celebration With a pancake breakfast, a “Salute to the Troops” parade, a dunk tank, a balloon toss, vendors, food, and fireworks at dusk. For info, call 925-228-3577 or visit MainStreetMartinez.org. July 4, free. Martinez Waterfront Park, 115 Tarantino Dr., Martinez.

Mayor’s Fourth of July Alameda’s annual Fourth of July extravaganza — always on July 4, no matter what the day, natch — attracts some 20,000 spectators, or roughly one-third of the city’s population. Everyone and then some are there to wave flags and witness color guards, marching bands, baton twirlers, classic cars, horses, politicians, veterans, and floats, floats, floats. The best hometown parade going in the East Bay, no question. July 4, free. For more information visit MyAlamedaParade.com

Oakland Holiday Parade This parade delights kids big and small, drawing as many as 70,000 people with giant helium balloons, cartoon and storybook characters, marching bands, floats, and more. Sat., Dec. 5. Broadway and 11th St. to 20th St., to Harrison St., OaklandHolidayParade.com

Old Fashioned 4th of July With catered BBQ, games, music, tours, a teddy bear parade with prizes, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, free. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, 925-275-9490, Dunsmuir.org.

Photos with Santa Take your photo with Santa. Dec.4-24. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

Red and White Fleet Fireworks Cruise Celebrate Independence Day in style. Depart from Pier 43 at 7:45 p.m. and enjoy a brief sail along San Francisco’s stunning evening skyline, before viewing the fireworks show from the bay. July 4. Call 415-673-2900 for more information.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair Vendors from far and wide set up shop in the streets, where all manner of gifts — framed black-and-white photos, wooly hats, screen-printed T-shirts, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, and more — can be found at prices that won’t break your bank. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20, 23, & 24. Telegraph Ave. between Dwight and Bancroft ways, Berkeley, TelegraphFair.com

Kids

Dan Zanes & Friends Sat., March 6, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Sun., March 7, 3 p.m., $16, $26. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Lectures

Strictly Speaking Michael Pollan Author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma(2007) and In Defense of Food (2008)discusses food science, the industrialized food system, and healthy eating. Wed., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., $16, $24, $30. An Evening with Garrison Keillor Talk by the author and host of public radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Wed., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $34, $48, $60, $76. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org. Alfred Brendel: On Character in Music Lecture by the retired concert pianist. Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., $32. Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-4290. Ira Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories Lecture by the host of Public Radio International program This American Life. Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., $20, $28, $36. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Live Variety

Peking Acrobats Sat., Jan. 23, 2 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 24, 3 p.m., $24, $32, $46. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Youssou N’Dour Performing mbalax, a fusion of Senegalese griot singing, traditional percussion, and Western pop. Thu., Nov. 12, 8 p.m., $30, $42, $56. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Museums

In a New Light These works from the museum’s collection represent an introduction to the major cultures of Asia. Daily. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, 415-581-3500, AsianArt.org.

2 Days with Allen Ginsberg The museum’s ongoing exhibit is a collection of never-before-seen photographs of poets Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and playwright Michael McClure, by photographer Harold Adler. Daily. Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco, 1-800-537-6822, TheBeatMuseum.org.

Material Witness Exhibit features works from the BAM collection that serve as “forms of witness.” Through Dec. 20. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Deborah Grant: Bacon, Egg, Toast in Lard/Matrix 228 Solo exhibition curated by Phyllis Wattis features several shaped paintings on panel, a sound component created by artist Jennie C. Jones, and a twenty-foot-long centerpiece painting called Suicide Notes to the Self. Through Oct. 11. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye Through Aug. 30. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Earth Conceptual art based on terrestrial themes. Wed., Aug. 26. Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave. (UC Berkeley campus), Berkeley, 510-642-0808, BAMPFA.berkeley.edu.

Alfa Romeo BAT Exhibition Three aerodynamic concept automobiles from Alfa Romeo, circa 1953-55, on display. Daily. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville, 925-736-2280, BlackhawkMuseum.org.

Traits of Life A collection of exhibits and demonstrations examining the fundamental elements common to all living things. Daily. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St. (Palace of Fine Arts), San Francisco, 415-561-0363, Exploratorium.edu.

Shel Game The ongoing exhibition of Roger Goldenberg’s painting, Shel Game, The Big O’s vs. The Missing Pieces. Daily. Habitot Children’s Museum, 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley, 510-647-1111, Habitot.org.

From the Maker’s Hand From the permanent collection, a selection of works from China, Egypt, and Peru, plus locations in Africa, North America, and the Mediterranean. Daily. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Kroeber Hall (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-643-7648, HearstMuseum.berkeley.edu.

Native Californian Cultures This “visible storage” exhibition comprises some 500 objects from the museum’s collection of native Californian cultures. Daily. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Kroeber Hall (UC Berkeley), Berkeley, 510-643-7648, HearstMuseum.berkeley.edu.

California Mosaic Artists: Celebrating Diversity through Mosaics An ongoing group show. Daily. Institute of Mosaic Art, 3001 Chapman St., Oakland, 510-437-9899, InstituteofMosaicArt.com.

Woofer Art: Pet Portraiture A celebration of pets, in mosaic. Daily. Institute of Mosaic Art, 3001 Chapman St., Oakland, 510-437-9899, InstituteofMosaicArt.com.

Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection From the museum’s vast holdings, photos by Adams, Cunningham, Evans, Lange, Stieglitz, et al. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

The Art of Design: The Architecture and Design Collection An ongoing presentation of works of architecture, graphic design, and industrial design. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection Large-scale installations and multiple-work presentations from the museum’s collections. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection Pieces from the museum’s holdings, including work by Kahlo, Mondrian, Klein, Rauschenberg, Rivera, Diebenkorn, et al. Daily. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 415-357-4000, SFMOMA.org.

Nisei Soldiers’ Experience Photos and memorabilia telling the story of the nisei (second-generation Japanese-American) troops who fought for the US in WWII. Daily. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3 (Alameda Point), Alameda, 510-521-8448 ex. 243, USS-Hornet.org.

TBM Avenger WWII torpedo bomber, restored by volunteers. Daily. USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3 (Alameda Point), Alameda, 510-521-8448 ex. 243, USS-Hornet.org.

Reality Check A hands-on exhibit for kids that provides safe access to arts, media, and technology. Daily. Zeum, 221 4th St. (Yerba Buena Center), San Francisco, 415-777-2800, Zeum.org.

Spoken Word

Tell It on Tuesday A new monthly series celebrating the art of storytelling, with a different musical guest each month. Fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $8-$12. Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-8542, JuliaMorgan.org.

Sports

5K Run/Walk Across Home Plate A 5K timed race, fun run, and walk lets you skip, hop, or whatever you like across home plate at AT&T Park. The route winds along the Embarcadero, beginning and ending at the ballpark. Afterward, enjoy the pregame festival with live music, food, and giveaways. Sun., Aug 30. A $39 registration fee ($29 for children ages 12 and under) includes game tickets, giveaways, food, and festivities. All of the funds raised go to Project Open Hand. For more info, visit PlatetoPlate.org.

Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim Options in this event include a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz to the Presidio, followed by a 7-mile out-and-back run across the Golden Gate Bridge, a relay team swim-run, or just the swim. Typically held in July. For more information visit AlcatrazChallenge.us or call Gary Emich at 650-359-3773.

Angel Island 20th Annual 12K and 24K Fantastic views await once you ferry over to the island with fellow runners for these two 9 a.m. loop races. The 24K does the loop twice. Registration is $45 in advance or $50 on the day. Sat., Aug 22. For more information visit Envirosports.com.

Angel Island Trail Run With spectacular views of Marin County, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate, the trail circles the entire island and climbs Mount Livermore. You can choose from the 8K, 16K, 25K, or 50K runs. Hikers are welcome, too. Bring the whole family and enjoy a post-run picnic at beautiful Ayala Cove. Typically held in June. Visit PCTrailruns.com for more information.

Annual Statuto Race This internationally famous 8K run or 1-mile walk commemorates the Statuto Albertino of 1848 — Italy’s first constitution as a cohesive nation — and is the fourth-oldest footrace in the United States. The race begins 9 a.m. at 1630 Stockton Street in SF, goes through North Beach, and ends at Washington Square Park. Typically held in June. For more information, contact Joe Marotto at 415-846-2865.

Annual Tri for Fun With a 400-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run, this triathlon is designed for the novice, but is great training for the experienced athlete, too. Advance registration is encouraged and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, and raffle. Don’t forget your bike helmet and swim cap. Typically held in June. Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. For more information visit OnYourMarkEvents.com.

Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships The Berkeley Marina, directly in the path of the relentless winds coming off the Pacific Ocean, has long been a prime spot for flying kites. Kite teams from Berkeley and Japan show off their enormous kites (both traditional and non), visible as far as the eye can see. Typically held in July, free. Cesar E. Chavez Park, 200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley, 510-235-KITE, HighlineKites.com/Berkeley_Kite_Festival

The Best of the Bay Century Enjoy panoramic bay views, miles of pastoral and forested hills, and deep, cool redwood forests while on this ninety-mile trek through the Bay Area. Starting at the Orinda BART station, the ride goes through the East Bay hills and ends in Fremont, with plenty of rest stops and food along the way. Typically held in June. Preregistration only; limited to 150 riders. For more information visit CherryCityCyclists.org or call 510-357-3045.

The Big Game The annual football game between longtime rivals Stanford University and Cal. Sat., Nov. 21. At Stanford Stadium. CalBears.cstv.com

Double Dipsea Handicap Race This 13.7-mile handicap race starts at Stinson Beach then goes on through Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais State Park before ending up back at the beach. This race is extra fun for slow runners because they get a head start, and the fast runners have to work harder to catch up. Typically held in June. Register at DoubleDipsea.com.

Giro di Peninsula All proceeds from this “Italian experience” bicycle ride go to helping the Festa Foundation provide assistance to Bay Area people with developmental disabilities. The ride features five different courses (100K, 70K, 30K, and 30KEZ) as well as good food and free T-shirts for all. Typically held in June. Registration and information found at FestaFoundation.org/giro.html.

Golden Gate Park Cross-Country A 5K race that begins at the big tree in the Upper Speedway Meadows Grass area of Golden Gate Park and finishes on the park’s lower paved Polo Field track, after a run through Speedway Meadows and a loop around the Polo Field. Typically held in August. For more information, visit DSERunners.com.

Holiday Frolic, Snow Park & Ice Skating Enjoy a snow park, ice skating, light parade, Santa, and more. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-6. Historic Downtown Martinez, MainStreetMartinez.org

ING Bay to Breakers Annual 12K race with floats, a costume contest, and the ING Greater Body Expo. For info, visit INGBaytoBreakers.com. Third Sunday in May. Howard St., at Beale St., San Francisco, BaytoBreakers.com

JailBreak Run Run as if you’re on the lam in this annual race coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the Special Olympics of Northern California. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center in Dublin. The 5K/10K run begins with a lap around the Santa Rita County Jail, and the event raises funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics. Typically held in July. For more information call 209-795-7832 or go to OnYourMarkEvents.com.

Lake Del Valle Aqua Challenge Go for a dip at Livermore’s Lake Del Valle Regional Park Swim Beach with alternative half-mile, 1-mile, and 2-mile swims. Typically held in July. For more information visit OnYourMarkEvents.com or call 209-795-7832.

Mount Diablo Hill Climb Contra Costa Cycling Club holds its fourth annual race up Mount Diablo. Typically held in June. For more details, visit C4Racing.org

Pleasant Hill Firecracker 5K Run-Walk This flat three-lap route along downtown Pleasant Hill’s July 4 parade route starts at 8:00 a.m. The just-for-fun children’s dash is a 100-yard sprint for kids seven and under. Register in front of Fleet Feet Sports, 45 Crescent Dr. Typically held in July. For more info, visit phjuly4.com or call 925-827-4772.

Round the Rock Alcatraz Challenge Canoe Race This Polynesian outrigger canoe race hosted by the Pacific Islanders Cultural Association and He’e Nalu of Marin Outrigger Canoe Club starts at the East Beach of Crissy Field National Park, and is followed by a raffle and prizes. Typically held in August. Registration is $12-$15. Visit AlcatrazChallenge.com for more information.

Run to the Lake A 5K run/walk, 10K run, and kids fun dash that benefits Eden Medical Center’s Trauma Center. Typically held in July. To volunteer or for more information visit EdenMedCenter.org/Events or call 510-727-2720.

San Francisco Marathon Run across the Golden Gate Bridge and past many of the city’s most famous landmarks in this extremely popular race. Options include a full marathon, two half-marathons, 5K run, progressive marathon, and alternative routes. Participants receive T-shirts, coaster medals, and completion certificates. Typically held in July. For more information or to register, visit RunSFM.com or call 415-814-2823.

Scottish Highland Games Traditional Highland games plus craft booths, vendors, food, whisky tasting, mansion tours, a gathering of the clans, children’s activities, dancing demonstrations, pipe band competitions and musical performances. Typically held in July. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, 925-275-9490, Dunsmuir.org.

Splash into Summer Open House Celebrating National Recreation & Parks Month with free boat rentals and a chance to meet Coastie, the US Coast Guard auxiliary talking safety boat. Plus opportunities to sign up for youth and adult summer boating classes. Typically held in July, free. Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-238-2196, OaklandCVB.com.

Strawberry Hill 5K This conveniently located race starts and finishes at Kennedy Drive and Transverse in Golden Gate Park. Typically held in June. Visit DSERunners.com/schedule.html for more info.

Windmill 10K This vigorous 10K run starts and finishes in Golden Gate Park at Kennedy Drive and Great Highway (at the Dutch windmill) in San Francisco and goes past the Conservatory of Flowers. Sun., Aug. 30. For more info, visit DSERunners.com.

Woodminster Cross Country Trail Race Nine-mile hilly loop trail that runs through the Oakland hills. Medals for 1st-15th place. For info, call 510-655-8228. Typically held in June. Redwood Park, 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland, 510-636-1684, EBParks.org.

Theater & Performing Arts

The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde, directed by Susannah Martin. Starting Feb. 25, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through March 21. Lafayette Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette, 925-283-1557.

American Idiot Rock opera by Green day, directed by Michael Mayer and choreographed by Steven Hoggett. Book and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong. Based on the band’s multi-platinum album. Sept. 4-Oct. 11. Berkeley Repertory Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Art By Yasmina Reza,translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by Soren Oliver. Starting Sept. 3, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 27. Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette, 925-283-1557.

Awake and Sing! Depression-era drama by Clifford Odet, directed by Joy Carlin. Starting Aug. 21, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 21, $15-$55. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, AuroraTheatre.org.

Coming Home West coast premiere of the drama written by Athol Fugard and directed by Gordon Edelstein. Jan. 15-Feb. 28, $13.50 – $71. Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West Les Waters directs this world premiere of the play written by Naomi Iizuka, commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Feb. 26-April 11, $13.50 – $71. Berkeley Repertory Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Druid Ireland Performing The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh. Post-performance talk with members of the company on Nov. 20. Nov. 18-21, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 21, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 22, 3 p.m., $72. Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave. (at UC Berkeley across from the Musical Offering), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerfs.Berkeley.edu.

Fat Pig By Neil LaBute, directed by Barbara Damashek. Starting Oct. 30, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 24. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, AuroraTheatre.org.

The First Grade by Joel Drake Johnson, directed by Tom Ross. Starting Jan. 22, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, AuroraTheatre.org.

Girlfriend World premiere of the play based on the book by Todd Almond, with music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet. Directed by Les Water. April 9-May 9, $13.50 – $71. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949, BerkeleyRep.org.

John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen and David Eldridge, directed by Barbara Oliver. Starting April 2, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 27. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-843-4822, AuroraTheatre.org.

Laurie Anderson Performing Two-Sided Plays. May 7-8, 8 p.m., $30, $42, $56. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Lisa Kron World premiere of Lisa Kron’s new play, directed by Leigh Silverman. May 14-June 27, $13.50 – $71. Berkeley Repertory Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Loot Directed by Jessica Holt. Starting Aug. 21, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26, $18. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Pl., Richmond, 510-232-4031, Masquers.org.

Scrooge By Leslie Bricusse, directed by Jessica Richards. Starting Dec. 3, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20. Lafayette Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette, 925-283-1557.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Presents Love’s Labour’s Lost Pre-performance talks with members of the company Nov. 5-6, 7 p.m. Nov. 4-8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 7, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m., $48, $76, $90. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

This World in a Woman’s Hands written by Marcus Gardley, directed by Aaron Davidman, original music and vocal score by Molly Holm. Starting Sept. 10, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 11, $15-$30. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-6500, ShotgunPlayers.org.

The Threepenny Opera written by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, directed by Susannah Martin. Starting Dec. 2, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 17, $18-$30. The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-6500, ShotgunPlayers.org.

Tiny Kushner West Coast premiere of the play written by Tony Kshner and directed by Tony Taccone. Oct. 16-Nov. 29, $13.50 – $71. Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-647-2949.

Music

Blues, Folk & Country

Jake Shimabukuro: Wed., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., $25-$65. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415-864-6000.

Melody Gardot: Fri., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., $30-$70. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

James Cotton Superharp Band: w/ Hubert Sumlin, Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $19-$65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Keb’ Mo’: w/ Solomon Burke, Sat., Nov. 21, 8 p.m., $20-$65. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival A two-day celebration of live music and community interaction. Now in its 33rd year, the festival is produced entirely by volunteers, including workshop leaders and performers. Nearly one hundred workshops will address a huge spectrum of music and dance, while ongoing jams and song swaps run both days. Typically held in June. Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave., San Francisco, SFFolkFest.org

Classical & Opera

Brentano String Quartet: Chamber music ensemble plays Schubert’s “Quartettsatz” in C Minor, D. 703 and Britten’s Quartet No. 3; Schubert/Quartet in G Major, Op. 161 (D. 887). Pre-performance talk by UC Berkeley musicologist John Prescott at 2 p.m, Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m., $48. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Davitt Moroney: Harpsichordist and UC Berkeley music professor plays Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier. Program (Oct 24): Book 1: Preludes and Fugues 1-24. Program (Oct 25): Book 2, Part I: Preludes and Fugues 1-12; Book 2: Part II: Preludes and Fugues 13-24. Pre-performance talk Oct. 25 at 2 p.m, Sat., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 3 p.m., $38. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Europa Galante: Violinist Fabio Biondi directs this concert featuring works by Telemann, Sammartini, Nardini, Corelli, and Locatelli. Pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. by Professor Kate van Orden of the UC Berkeley Dept. of Music, Sat., Jan. 23, 8 p.m., $52. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Garrick Ohlsson: Solo piano recital featuring hopin’s Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36; Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47; Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49; Two Nocturnes, Op. 27 (No. 1 in C-sharp Minor and No. 2 in D-flat Major); Scherzo in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39; and Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28, Sun., Jan. 10, 3 p.m., $34, $46, $56. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Joshua Bell: Solo violin concert, Sun., Feb. 21, 3 p.m., $36, $46, $68, $86. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Kronos Quartet: With Joan Jeanrenaud on cello. Post-performance discussion with the artists, Sun., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., $50. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Lisa Delan: Solo soprano recital with piano accompaniment by Mikhail Pletnev, Tue., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., $48. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Louis Lortie: Piano recital featuring Schumann’s Vier Nachtstücke, Op.23, “Night Pieces;” Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit; Carter’s Night Fantasies; Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m., $52. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Michael Schade: Solo tenor recital with Malcolm Martineau accompanying on piano. Pre-performance talk by UC Berkeley musicologist John Prescott at 2 p.m, Sun., Oct. 18, 3 p.m., $46. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Nuccia Focile: Soprano recital with David Lomelí on tenor, plus accompaniment by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Cole, Sun., Nov. 15, 3 p.m., $48. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Oakland East Bay Symphony Presents A Night at the Opera: Conducted by Michael Morgan, Fri., Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

Renée Fleming: Soprano solo recital, Sun., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., $48, $68, $80, $100. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Russian National Orchestra: Directed and conducted by Mikhail Pletnev,with Stefan Jackiw on violin, and soprano singer Lisa Delan. Perfomring Pletnev’s Yeats Song Cycle; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, Fri., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., $28, $40, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra: With music director & conductor Long Yu, and piano soloist Yuja Wang, Sun., Nov. 22, 3 p.m., $28, $40, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Soprano Christine Brewer: Solo recital with Craig Rutenberg accompanying on piano, Sun., Sept. 27, 3 p.m., $46. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Swedish Radio Choir: Performing Wikander’s Förvårskväll; Werle’s Trees; Hillborg’s Moyyuom; Sandström’s Lobet den Herrn; J.S. Bach’s Singet dem Herrn; Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen; Rorem’s In Time of Pestilence; and Martin’s Mass for Double Choir. With guest conductor Ragnar Bohlin, Sun., Feb. 28, 3 p.m., $52. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

Takács Quartet: Chamber music concert featuring Haydn’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 71, No. 1; Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122, and Schumann’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1. Preceded by a pre-performance lecture at 2 p.m. by Professor Nicholas Mathew of UC Berkeley’s Department of Music, Sun., Oct. 11, 3 p.m., $52. Chamber music quartet performs Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2; James Macmillan’s Quartet No. 3 (written for Takács); and Schumann’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2, Sun., Feb. 14, 3 p.m., $52. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way at College Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988.

The Tallis Scholars: Renaissance vocal group performs Missa De beata virgine, plus works by Nesbett, Tallis, and Byrd. Pre-performance conversation with artistic director Peter Phillips and Professor Davitt Moroney of the UC Berkeley Dept of Music at 7 p.m, Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., $52. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696.

Experimental & Avant-Garde

Ornette Coleman: Sun., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., $19-$85. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415-864-6000.

Jazz, Lounge & Cabaret

Ahmad Jamal: Dec. 10-12, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 13, 2 & 7 p.m., $22-$30. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

The Bad Plus: Sept. 11-12, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 13, 2 & 7 p.m., $18-$21. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White Trio: Sept. 15-18, 8 & 10 p.m., $60-$65. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

Jazz on Fourth One block of Berkeley’s Fourth Street is closed off where food, drink, and other merchants line the way, and two stages are filled with homegrown talent, culminating in the finale’s big-band pyrotechnics of award-winning, globetrotting Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Free. Typically held in May. FourthStreet.com

Pat Metheny: Jazz guitarist presents the Orchestration Tour, Sat., April 24, 8 p.m., $30, $42, $58, $70. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Regina Carter: Oct. 8-10, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 11, 2 & 7 p.m., $18-$22. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, & Edgar Meyer: Wed., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., $30-$70. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

“Halloween Dance Party”: featuring Marco Benevento, Sat., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $25. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St. (at Third St.), 415-978-2787, YBCA.org.

John Handy: SFJAZZ Beacon Award recipient, Sun., Nov. 1, 7 p.m., $20-$50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Malcolm X Jazz Festival With live performances; a children’s court with arts, crafts, and games; a food court with crafts, community information booths, and vendors; dance performances; poets; DJs; emcees; speakers; and open ciphers. Free. Typically held in May. San Antonio Park, 18th Ave. (at Foothill Blvd.), Oakland.

Stanley Clarke with Hiromi and Lenny White: Oct. 9-10, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 11, 2 & 7 p.m., $18-$32. Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., 415-655-5600, Yoshis.com.

Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage Duo: Sat., Nov. 21, 8 p.m., $36. Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-4290.

Terence Blanchard: Aug. 28-29, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 30, 2 & 7 p.m., $18-$22. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, Yoshis.com.

Wayne Shorter Quartet: Featuring Brian Blade John Patitucci, and Danilo Perez. Preceded by Key Notes Series lecture on jazz & world music by KCSM air personality Chuy Varela, 5-6:15 p.m. in the Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine, Sat., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., $28, $40, $52. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Preceded by Key Notes Series: Jazz & World Music lecture by KCSM air personalities Chuy Varela and Clifford Brown Jr, Tue., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., $32, $46, $68, $80. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Rock & Pop

Bone Bash X Featuring Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Wed., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., $36.50-$199.50. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Live 105’s BFD 2009 Over the years, San Francisco’s leading modern rock outpost Live 105 has reliably convened less edgy chart-toppers like Good Charlotte and Linkin Park, classic rebels like Social Distortion and the Cure, and an array of up-and-coming, underground, and local acts. Typically held in June. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com

Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival Annual local independent music and arts festival, taking place at venues around the Bay Area. Typically held in July. For more information visit MCMF.org

Noise Pop The biggest independent music festival of the year brings together the hottest noisemakers for anticipated reunions and rarely seen bills in intimate environments. The festival seems to keep expanding with each year, and now includes a film festival, comedy acts, art, and a crafts fair. Typically held in February. NoisePop.com

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival The extravagant three-day affair in Golden Gate Park features a lineup with mass appeal, likely to draw KFOG devotees, hip-hop heads, indie-rock fans, and the jam-band set. With Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A, Jason Mraz, Ween, the Mars Volta, Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, and many more, Fri., Aug. 28, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 29, 12-10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 30, 12-10 p.m., three-day pass $199.50-$595, single-day tickets $89.50-$235. Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco, 415-831-2700, SFOutsideLands.com.

Treasure Island Music Festival The two-day fest, co-organized by the folks who bring you Noise Pop and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, is a must-attend event for anyone curious about surveying the state of independent music. With MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk, Brazilian Girls, the Streets, Passion Pit, LTJ Bukem Feat. MC Conrad, DJ Krush, Federico Aubele, Dan Deacon, Murs, Crown City Rockers, the Limousines (Oct. 17); The Flaming Lips, the Decemberists, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo, the Walkmen, Bob Mould, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Vetiver, Spiral Stairs, Sleepy Sun, Tommy Guerrero, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Oct. 18). Sat., Oct. 17, & Sun., Oct. 18. $65-$249.99. Treasure Island, TreasureIslandFestival.com

Vans Warped Tour With NOFX, 3OH!3, Less Than Jake, Underoath, Chiodos, the Devil Wears Prada, Thrice, Silverstein, and more, Thu., Aug. 20, 11 a.m., $33.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Soul, Funk, R&B & Hip-Hop

KBLX Stone Soul Concert With live performances. Typically held in May. Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord, 925-685-8497.

Mos Def, Erykah Badu, & Jay Electronica: Fri., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$99.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, ParamountTheatre.com.

World, Latin, Reggae & Reggaetón

91.8 KISS FM Old School Fiesta With live performances. Typically held in May. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View, 650-967-3000, ShorelineAmp.com.

Altan: Traditional Irish band, Fri., March 19, 8 p.m., $20, $28, $36. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Angélique Kidjo: Performing Afro-fusion, Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., $24, $32, $46. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Gilberto Gil: Preceded by jazz and world music lecture, 5-6:30 p.m, Wed., March 17, 8 p.m., $36, $48, $68, $76. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival Featuring live performances. Typically held in June, free. Laurel Village Summer Solstice, 38th and Macarthur, Oakland, Oakland, LaurelVillage.org.

Mariza: Singing Portuguese fado ballades, Thu., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., $24, $36, $48, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Masters of Persian Music: With Hossein Alizadeh, Kayhan Kalhor, and vocalist Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh. Pre-performance talk at 7 p.m. by Francesco Spagnolo, Director of Research at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Sat., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $26, $38, $48, $60. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley (across from the Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave.), Berkeley, 510-642-9988, CalPerformances.org.

Omar Sosa Quartet: w/ John Santos Sextet, Thu., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., $25-$65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Gal Costa: Sun., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $30-$70. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

Power to the Peaceful Festival An estimated 50,000 folks flock to Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow, spreading the gospel of peace, love, granola, and environmental consciousness. With potent performers, the fest also features a food drive, yoga jam, and vendors. Music acts TBA. For more info, visit PowertothePeaceful.org. Sat., Sept. 12, & Sun., Sept. 13, 11 a.m. Ticket prices TBA. Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar: Thu., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $30-$70. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415-864-6000.

Esperanza Spalding: Thu., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., $15-$50. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., 415-567-6642, PalaceofFineArts.org.

Sara Tavares: Fri., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., $25-$65. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., 415-392-4400.

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