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Top Tickets: October 2-8

Diablo’s can’t miss events of the coming week: Berkeley Symphony, treasure hunt, art and wine festival, Clayton Oktoberfest, Kristi Yamaguchi.

Berkeley Symphony // Dave Weiland

The San Francisco Bay Area has the third largest theater community in the county, just behind New York City and Chicago. With more than 400 companies in nine counties, it boasts more theater companies per capita than almost any metropolitan area in the United States.

The East Bay suburbs add to this depth and richness of talent. And, every year, its very active, talented community of actors, directors, designers, and technicians come together to celebrate accomplishments of the previous year. The Shellie Awards take place January 11, 2014 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Nominations for the 35th anniversary awards ceremony came out this past week, with more than 100 artists in 20 categories looking to take home a Shellie.

Maybe you saw some of the nominated plays and musicals: Salome, The 39 Steps, Grace and Glorie, Spots of a Leopard, A Case of Libel, The Farnsworth Invention, Last of the Red Hot Lovers; or Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Singin’ in the Rain, Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek, and Fabulous Follies 2012.

Quite a variety. And have you ever seen a Shellie? The actual award, I mean. She has a custom-designed porcelain head, depicting the face of a female mime. More than 100 will be handed out at the ceremony, which is truly a gala. Everyone dresses up in their Academy Award best, and movers and shakers in Contra Costa arts, politics, and community leadership are there to present. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration. Tickets are available at the Lesher Center box office: (925) 943-7469, lesherartscenter.org.

October 3: Berkeley Symphony opening night

Under the baton of Joana Carneiro, the symphony opens its 2013-14 season with a concert at Zellerbach Hall featuring Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Alesio Bax, and a world premiere of Edmund Campion’s Ossicles, or Tiny Bones. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, 7 p.m., $15–$74 , (510) 642-9988, calperfs.berkeley.edu.

October 5: Tinsel and Treasures

See the best folk art and unique jewelry, housewares, and various mixed media works at this sixth annual show. More than 30 artisans will display their original handmade goods, including jewelry and other items from Danville’s Cottage Jewel, a 2013 Diablo Best of the East Bay winner for antiques shop. Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $5, (925) 837-2664, tinselandtreasures.com.

October 5–6: Art, Jazz, and Wine Festival
The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce hosts the city’s 11th annual Art, Jazz and Wine Festival. Local groups play blues, rock, and jazz nonstop both days, as premium wine and beer flow, and artisans display one-of-a-kind crafts. Crescent Drive, Downtown Pleasant Hill, Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free, (925) 687-0700, pleasanthillchamber.com.

October 5–6: Clayton Oktoberfest
With Mount Diablo as the backdrop, Clayton becomes the setting for a “Munich style” Oktoberfest, hosted by the town’s Business and Community Association.  The 10th annual event features continuous live music, arts and crafts show, German food and, of course, a biergarten. For more on Oktoberfest in the East Bay, visit this article on the Diablo News and Community blog. Downtown Clayton, Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free, 925-672-2272, claytonoktoberfest.com.

October 8: Kristi Yamaguchi storytime

Yamaguchi is an Olympic gold medal–winning figure skater, Dancing with the Stars champion, and designer of women’s active wear. She’ll be at the Danville Library in her other role, a children’s books author. To celebrate the library’s 100th anniversary, she’ll read from her two popular books, It’s a Big World, Little Pig, and Dream Big Little Pig. Danville Library, 400 Front Street, Danville, 4 p.m., free, (925) 837-4889, rakestrawbooks.com.