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Best Ways To Celebrate May Day In The Bay Area

April 15, 2013 6:00 AM

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“Tra la, it’s May, the lovely month of May,” sang Queen Guinevere in Lerner and Lowe’s classic musical, “Camelot.” And who wouldn’t sing to welcome the spring? May Day is a time worth celebrating, and here are several ideas that will help get into the mood for a wonderful summer.


Ken Berman Jazz Trio
Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley
College Avenue and Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 642-4864
www.events.berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley’s Music Department has been presenting free concerts at noon on Wednesdays since 1953. This year, May Day falls on a Wednesday, making a visit to the UC campus a perfect way to celebrate. UC Berkeley Faculty member Ken Berman is considered one of the premiere jazz pianists of our time. This concert will feature new material form the Trio’s upcoming release, “Sound Poetry.”

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Lawrence Hall Of Science
UC Berkeley
1 Centennial Drive, Suite #5200
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-5132
www.lawrencehallofscience.org

If the kids are with you in Berkeley, this would be a good day to visit UC Berkeley’s public science museum at the Lawrence Hall of Science. This kid friendly museum features a range of exhibits, including experience with live animals. On May 1, the Museum will be featuring a multimedia exhibit, “Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action and Spin.” The exhibit continues through May 5, in case you want to delay your celebration for the weekend when the kids aren’t in school.

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De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
www.deyoungfamsf.org

The De Young is always a wonderful place to visit, but on May 1st, you will be able to see the extraordinary visiting exhibition of Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis Museum of The Hague in the Netherlands. This exhibit features the very famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by the Dutch master Vermeer. May will be the final month to see this exhibit (it ends on June 2nd) and art lovers will not want to miss it. What a way to celebrate! Unless you are able to travel to Holland, this is a rare opportunity to see a wonderful painting.


Muir Beach Coastal Adventure By ForageSF
(415) 857-4853
www.foragesf.com

Forage San Francisco is a unique organization that teaches its students to forage for food, gathering edibles directly from land and sea throughout the Bay Area. ForageSF leads classes into public parks to find mushrooms and other plants to eat, and along the shore to collect all sorts of seafood. On May 1st, it will be hosting a Muir Beach Coastal Adventure. Students will learn about mussel picking and surf fishing for crabs and perch. For seafood and nature lovers, the skills learned here may make the summer of 2013 one to remember for years to come. Contact by phone or visit the website for detailed information. You may purchase tickets here.


Paul Taylor Dance Company
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts
701 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2787
www.ybca.org

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the premiere dance companies in the world. San Francisco is fortunate, indeed, that this company makes our Bay Area its second home, after New York City. This year’s residency at Yerba Buena includes several West Coast premiers, including two to be performed on May 1st. What better way to celebrate spring than by attending a dance concert? The Paul Taylor Dance Company is sure to offer a very memorable evening to any that appreciates this art form.

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Charles Kruger is well known in the Bay area as “The Storming Bohemian” ever since he entered the Bay Area cultural scene in the summer of 2009, attending 90 cultural events in 90 days and blogging about it. This project was successful enough to warrant a mention in The New York Times. His coverage of Bay area theatre can be found at Examiner.com.

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