Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What are the Coolest Events in the Bay Area?

Photo by Flickr user mbiddulph

Yesterday I posted about the annual Maker Faire event taking place this weekend in San Mateo. I usually post about events in the East Bay but I made an exception in this case since it’s such a cool and unique event. What other really cool events take place in the Bay Area?

I know the Berkeley Kite Festival is cool. Bay to Breakers is fun to watch. What other must-see events take place in the Bay Area? Are there any good Renaissance Faires?


Maker Faire in San Mateo May 20th – May 22nd

Maker Faire:

San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo
Friday, May 20th, 2016 – Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.


Check out the Wooden Postcards by Walnut Creek Watercolor Artist Lydia Faiella

Photo courtesy Lydia Faiella

When I previewed the organic fabric shop Monaluna in Walnut Creek last September I distinctly remember seeing these cool wooden post cards being sold which at the time I thought was a cool idea to send via mail.

The artist, Lydia Faiella, has a painting studio surrounded by redwoods trees, deer and birds just off San Miguel Dr. in Walnut Creek. Her process starts with a hand painted watercolor which are printed onto a thin Maple wood veneer. These cards are available at Monaluna in Walnut Creek, Farmyard Darlings in Lafayette, Rakestraw Books in Danville, and other local stores, as well as her website Watercolor Marketplace.


Spontaneous Shakespeare at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on May 20th & 21st


Spontaneous Shakespeare:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 20th – Saturday, May 21st, 2016
8:15pm | $15
Spontaneous Shakespeare, Thou wilt not believe it’s improvised!

Mayhem, mirth and merriment abound at Spontaneous Shakespeare, a completely improvised two-act play in the style of William Shakespeare!  Chock full of bawdy humor, mistaken identities, outrageous disguises, star crossed lovers, mischievous spirits, wily servants, exciting sword fights, hysterical wordplay and more “thees” and “thous” than you can shake a cudgel at, this hysterical improvised comedy is made up entirely on the spot and all based on your suggestions!  From the folks who brought you Z is for…Zombie: An Improvised Zombie Apocalypse, it’s Spontaneous Shakespeare, Thou wilt not believe it’s improvised!

Real Estate

House Deal of the Day

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Address: 4045 Arbolado Drive, Walnut Creek
List Price: $1,550,000
Sold Price: $1,460,000
Days on Market: 8
Close of escrow: 4/22/16

This four bed, two and a half bath home in the Rancho Pariaso neighborhood of Walnut Creek was snapped up after a week on the market for almost $100,000 less than the list price. The lucky buyers get sweeping views of Walnut Creek, a chefs kitchen and a fantastic backyard with a pebble-tek pool. Just in time for summer!

Listing courtesy of Leslie Mills and Debra E. Smith, Coldwell Banker.


Rock of Ages at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 20th – June 25th

Rock of Ages:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 20th – Saturday, June 25th, 2016

This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical takes you back to the times of big bands, with big egos, playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!

Featuring the hits of bands including Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others.
Advisory: Rock of Ages is a hilarious, goofy, exuberant sendup of the 80s rock scene, so it has some of the behavior and references of that era and that scene – There are f-bombs, there is casual drug use, scantily clad women, pole dancing, and some vigorously and ridiculously enacted sexual innuendo – all of which is comic and gleefully immature. The dancing is highly suggestive but nothing you don’t see on MTV (or on the Superbowl halftime show!). I think the best description might be it has a raunchy side. Playfully raunchy but definitely raunchy.

Many rate it PG -13, but for some it may be rated M for Mature. I rate it PG-16.