American Friends of Rabin Medical Center presents a panel that includes food author Mark Bittman, former Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl and the founders of Veestro, a plant-based prepared meal service. Hosted by former NPR host Robert Siegel.
Contra Costa JCC sponsors a talk about the Ottoman Empire aligning with the losing side in World War I, how this led to the creation of the modern Middle East and a Jewish Palestinian spy ring in WWI-era Palestine. Part of the “Spies in the Promised Land” Series. $5, with registration.
Opening night for the festival, which runs through Aug. 1 with both virtual and in-person screenings/events. Opening night film is 2021 documentary “Misha and the Wolves,” in several languages with English subtitles. Available to stream through Aug. 1. $15 per film, $90-$130 for 10 virtual tickets, $195-$245 for festival streaming pass, with registration.
Livermore Shakespeare Festival and East Bay Holocaust Education Center present an in-person reading of Jennifer Le Blanc’s fictionalized play. Fully vaccinated only; also livestreamed and taped for later viewing. At LSF studio, 2172 Railroad Ave., Livermore. $10-$25, with registration.