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Top Tickets: October 4–11

Diablo’s can’t-miss events of the coming week: Days of the Dead at Oakland Museum, the quirky Circus Oz, Mount Diablo tarantula hike, Pleasant Hill’s Art, Jazz & Wine Fest, Pleasanton’s antiques fair, Contra Costa Chamber Symphony with Marni Nixon, and East Bay crafters at Hearst Art Gallery.

Circus Oz

The fun goes from global to local this week, with a Mexican holiday and an Australian Circus, to a concert of American music and an exhibit of Bay Area artisans. Here are your Top Tickets…

October 6–December 5: Vivo: Days of the Dead 2010
During the Meso-American tradition of Dias de los Muertos, visit Oakland Museum to see altars and installations by artists and community groups that celebrate the living and honor the dead. On October 23, from noon to 4 p.m., the museum hosts a Days of the Dead Celebration, with art demonstrations, live music, and Mexican food. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, $6–$12, (510) 238-2200, museumca.org.

October 7–10: Circus Oz
Australia’s traveling circus company makes a stop at UC Berkeley to perform acrobatics, aerial acts, and comedy (including tumbling kangaroos and roller disco!), all in wacky costumes and choreographed to the tunes of its own rock band. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft and Telegraph, UC Berkeley, $22 and up, (510) 642-9988, calperformances.org.

October 9: Tarantula Hike
Get up close and personal with Mount Diablo’s native tarantulas on this guided evening hike through the foothills. It’s the time of year when the typically elusive spiders come out of hiding to search for their mates. Meeting place TBD, Mount Diablo, 4:30–7 p.m., $15–$20, (925) 935-1978, wildlife-museum.org.

By Hand / Leslie Carabas 
quiltOctober 9–10: Art, Jazz & Wine Fest
Pleasant Hill’s 8th annual festival features live jazz and other music throughout the weekend (including a Saturday evening concert featuring East Bay dance band Cover2Cover), fine wine and beer, art for purchase, and children’s activities. Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free.

October 10: Fall Antiques & Collectibles Street Fair
Head to downtown Pleasanton to peruse the goods of more than 400 antiques dealers selling home decorations, clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, books, and collectibles. Everything is at least 20 years old, and free appraisals are available 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Main Street, Pleasanton, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., free, (510) 217-8696, pleasantonantiquefair.com.

October 10: Made in America
Marni Nixon was the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn, and she joins the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra for its season opener, featuring music from the movies as well as American composers Aaron Copeland and Douglas Beavers. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 7:30 p.m., $20–$28, (925) 943-7469, cccorch.org.

October 10–December 12: Gifted Hands
American Craft Week is in October, and the Hearst Art Gallery celebrates by displaying work from 15 Bay Area artisans in mediums ranging from pottery to quilts. On October 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy a panel discussion with the artists followed by a reception and demonstration. Hearst Art Gallery, 1928 Saint Mary’s Rd., Moraga, $4, (925) 631-4379, hearstartgallery.org.

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