Oct 21, 200901:49 PMBest Of Editor Picks
Top Tickets: October 21-27
Savor the season with a cornucopia of eclectic events, from science performance art in Berkeley and Ghost Walks in Pleasanton to George Balanchine’s muse and a run around Lafayette Reservoir. Here are your Top Tickets…
October 21: Geek Out!
Lawrence Hall of Science kicks off its three-part evening science programs for adults with Einstein’s Cosmic Messengers: a talk by Michele Vallisneri, a theoretical physicist for NASA, followed by a performance by Andrea Centazzo that combines live music with video images of gravitational waves and other phenomena. All Geek Out! events include access to exhibits, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and shuttle service to BART. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 6–10 p.m., $8–$10, (510) 642-5132, lhsgeekout.com.
October 22–November 21: Witness for the Prosecution
Center Rep brings “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie’s nail-biting courtroom drama, Witness for the Prosecution, to the stage. Leonard Vole, on trial for murder, claims he was with his wife at the time of the crime—but is she his alibi, or a witness for the prosecution? Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, $36–$41, (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.org.
October 23, 24, 30: Ghost Walks
If you’ve read our October story on Haunted Hot Spots, you know there are many East Bay places to get spooked. This week, you can “meet” the ghosts of Downtown Pleasanton on one of its annual Ghost Walks. The two-hour tours are led by docents of the Museum on Main and include 18 spooky sites. Costumes are encouraged. For even more Halloween events, click here. Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton, times vary, $13–$18, (925) 462-2766, museumonmain.org.
October 24–25: Danville Fall Crafts Festival
Head to Downtown Danville to view or purchase the work of more than 200 artisans (think holiday gifts!) Plus, enjoy live music, a glass pumpkin patch, a beer and wine garden, and trick-or-treating and activities for kids. Free shuttle service is available from designated parking areas. Hartz Avenue, Danville, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free, (925) 837-4400, mlaproductions.com.
October 24–25: Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Suzanne Farrell was George Balanchine’s most celebrated muse. Her namesake dance company, which calls the Kennedy Center home, brings two programs to Berkeley, one featuring the pas de deux from nine Balanchine ballets. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, $34–$60, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.
October 25: Lafayette Reservoir Run
Serious runners, families, stroller-pushing mommies, and pets come together at the popular Lafayette Reservoir Run. The day begins with 10K, 5K, two-mile, and elite one-mile races through the reservoir and downtown, and ends with a pancake breakfast. Proceeds benefit Lafayette schools at the Chamber of Commerce. Start at Mt. Diablo Boulevard between First and Moraga, Lafayette, start times vary, $20–$33 race registration, $5 breakfast, (925) 284-7404, lafayettechamber.org.
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