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The List: October

Fall gets fun, with glass pumpkins, an East Bay Oktoberfest, and a new book by Tony La Russa.


9/27–10/20 Sly Fox

Stu Selland


Sly Fox

(9/27–10/20) Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre Company kicks off its season with Sly Fox, about a con man trying to convince a town he’s dying and profit off the support, from the writer of M*A*S*H and Tootsie. thtc.org.





Tony La Russa

(10/5) Meet the legendary baseball manager and Animal Rescue Foundation founder at Danville’s Rakestraw Books, as he discusses and signs copies of his new memoir, One Last Strike. rakestrawbooks.com.


Glass Pumpkin Patch

10/5–10/28 Glass Pumpkin Patch // Courtesy of Cohn-Stone Studios

(10/5–10/28) Want a pumpkin that won’t spoil? Hunt in a garden filled with thousands of glass gourds, squash, and fruits at Cohn–Stone Studios in Richmond. Plus, enjoy glass-blowing demos daily. cohnstone.com.



(10/6) Saint Mary’s College of California commemorates 150 years with a celebration of live music and theater, food and wine, carnival rides, and athletic demonstrations. Go Gaels!

Food and Drink

Clayton Oktoberfest

(10/6–10/7) The tiny town of Clayton parties big in fall, with a traditional Biergarten, live music by The Internationals, street performers, arts and crafts vendors, and a family-friendly carnival. claytonoktoberfest.com.


Harvest Moon Classic Dog Show

(10/18–10/22) Love dogs? You won’t want to miss seeing more than 8,000 in competition at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Plus, vendors offer everything imaginable for your own pooch. dvdc.org.

10/26–10/28 Einstein on the Beach // Lucie JanschOpera

Einstein on the Beach

(10/26–10/28) Hailed as one of the supreme artistic achievements of the 20th century, this abstract, kinetic five-hour opera by composer Philip Glass stops in Berkeley on its world tour. calperformances.org.

Clothes Shows

It’s “fashion week” at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts, as three companies present clothing-centric productions: Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble offers family fun with The Emperor’s New Clothes (October 11–13), Contra Costa Musical Theatre gets colorful with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (October 12–November 10), and Center Rep presents Steve Martin’s comedy The Underpants (October 19–November 17). Dress appropriately! lesherartscenter.org.

For more events, check out the weekly Top Tickets blog at diablomag.com

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