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Top Tickets: May 16-22

This week in the East Bay, catch a performance from a country music superstar, enjoy family fun at a county fair, see Mount Diablo in a new light, and more.


Contra Costa County Fair

5/16–5/19 This year’s planned festivities at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch include a carnival, livestock exhibitions, live music, train rides, extreme sports, and even a flying dog show. contracostafair.com.


Woody Sez / Photograph by Wendy Mutz


Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie

5/17–6/23 At the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Center Repertory Company closes its 2018–19 season with this theatrical tribute to Woody Guthrie, in which four actors play various characters from the singer-songwriter’s life. lesherartscenter.org.





Carrie Underwood


Carrie Underwood: The Cry Pretty Tour 360

5/17 The Oklahoma native and American Idol alum brings her Grammy-winning country stylings to Oakland’s Oracle Arena for the evening, with a set list sure to include megahits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something in the Water,” and “Before He Cheats.” oraclearena.com.



Around and About Diablo

5/18–6/29 From writer Alexandre Dumas to photographer Ansel Adams, artists of every medium have found inspiration in Mount Diablo. This new exhibition at Walnut Creek’s Valley Art Gallery focuses on local visual artists’ renderings of the iconic mountain and the life that surrounds it. valleyartgallery.org.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5/22–6/9 Orinda’s California Shakespeare Theater opens its season at Bruns Amphitheater with the tale of four interconnected young lovers. This magical comedy features some of the Bard’s most iconic characters, from the mischievous Puck, to the ethereal Titania, to the brash Nick Bottom. calshakes.org.


To see even more events happening this week, or to submit an event for consideration, visit Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook, and sign up for the A-List e-newsletter so Top Tickets is delivered to your email inbox on Wednesdays. Questions? Comments? E-mail events@maildiablo.com.