The List: October
It’s an eclectic autumn lineup, with a circus, a jazz ballet, and artistic ofrendas.
Vivo: Days of the Dead
View installations and ofrendas by artists and community groups at this annual Oakland Museum exhibit, celebrating the living and honoring the dead. museumca.org.
Australia’s traveling circus (pictured above) stops in Berkeley to perform acrobatics and comedy—in wacky costumes and choreographed to the tunes of its own rock band. calperformances.org.
Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts celebrates 20 years with a gala hosted by Brian Copeland, including dinner, auctions, live music, and dancing. draa.org.
American Craft Week is in October, and the Hearst Art Gallery celebrates with work by Bay Area artisans in mediums ranging from pottery to quilts. hearstartgallery.org.
CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge
Catch a glimpse of U.S. Women’s Open champion (and Pleasanton native) Paula Creamer as she competes against other pros at Blackhawk Country Club. cvslpga.com.
Tribute to Lena Horne
Diablo Ballet (pictured right) opens its season with a world-premiere jazz tribute, featuring vocalist Clairdee—as well as the pas de deux from Lady of the Camellias. diabloballet.org.
FOOD AND DRINK
If you can’t be in Germany, head to Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza to celebrate Oktoberfest, with a biergarten, food vendors, midway rides and games, and live polka music. cityofconcord.org.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Tri-Valley Rep presents this hilarious musical about six quirky but endearing kids competing for the ultimate spelling prize. trivalleyrep.org.