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Top Tickets: May 4–10

A Star Wars celebration, a famous author, a film festival, and more—it’s a busy week in the East Bay.

Kids and Family

May the 4th Be With You
Join the Rebellion (or Empire) in downtown Danville and celebrate all things Star Wars. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a galactic treasure bag, learn how to become a Jedi Master, and a enjoy Star Wars Cantina Crawl for those 21 and up. Costumes are highly encouraged. danville.ca.gov.




Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Erik Larson
New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson is spending an evening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center to discuss his latest work: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania chronicles the disastrous 1915 sinking of the ship and its victims. lllcf.org.



Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival
From thought-provoking documentaries, to entertaining science fiction, to hilarious comedies, this film festival brings creative arts to the Creek. The festival offers film selections from more than 15 countries, and you can catch all the action at the Century 14 in Walnut Creek. walnutcreekshortfilmfestival.com.




Food and Drink

Oakland Urban Wine Festival
This new wine festival takes over Jack London Square in Oakland for an afternoon of drinks, eats, and music. There’s plenty to try, with more than 30 Northern California wineries participating at the waterfront event. jacklondonsquare.com.


by Andy Ross


A Streetcar Named Desire
The Scottish Ballet’s award-winning interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ melodrama follows the tragic story of Blanche DuBois. Catch the play turned dance, with a jazz-inspired score, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. calperformances.org.

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