Arts & Events

Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Monday August 29, 2011 - 04:47:00 PM

With Labor Day just around the corner, you'll need to labor long and hard when choosing between the many entertaining and worthwhile events occurring the next few weeks. 

The most outstanding is the San Francisco Symphony Centennial Bash on Sept. 8th, 11:30 a.m. in the S.F. Civic Center Plaza. Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the brilliant Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform Franz Lizst's Piano Concerto No. 1. 

Berkeley's own Rita Moreno will look back on her award winning career in a new solo show, "Rita Moreno Without Makeup", starting Sept. 8th at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. ( 510) 647-2049. 

"Frost/Nixon", a play dramatizing the 1977 television interview of President Richard Nixon and British talk show host David Frost will play at the Douglas Morrison Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 25th. (510) 881-6777. 

146th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, 21 attractions, Sept. 3 and 4 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. www.TheScottish 

Walnut Creek Family Fest, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Nonstop entertainment. 

"The Mystery of Irma Vep," Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond. Two actors spoof Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca." 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 11th. (51) 232-4031. 

"The Wizard of Oz," Diablo Theatre Company, Lesher Art Center, 1501 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, Sept. 9 through October 1. (925) 943-SHOW. 

German Festival, Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Grounds, Sunday, Sept. 18th, 1:00-7: p.m. Sponsored by the Excelsior German Center at the Altenheim. Bratwurst, beer and wine. (510) 836-0735. 

30th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, Livermore Valley Wine Country, Sept. 4 and 5, noon to 5 p.m. Wine tasting at over 40 wineries. 

Contra Costa Greek Food and Wine Festival, Sept. 16, 17 & 18, 1955 Kirker Pass Road, Concord. (925) 676-6967. 

Aztec Run for Education 2011, Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation, Saturday. Sept. 17, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Merritt College Track Field, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk. (510) 261-7839. 

20th Annual Viva Fest, a Mariachi Musical, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., HP Pavilion. 

So, have a sober Labor Day (despite all that wine and beer), one that doesn't strain your budget!.