The List: October
Fall gets festive, with a wine fest, star-studded concerts, and a six-acre corn maze.
Ella the Musical
(9/6–10/12) Ella Fitzgerald comes to life in this Center Rep production set in 1966, as the legendary jazz singer prepares for a concert and reflects on her life and career—along with performances of all her top hits. centerrep.org.
(10/1–10/31) Head to Livermore’s G&M Farms for fall fun for the whole family. Trivia questions help guide the way through a six-acre corn maze, and a smaller straw bale maze and pumpkin patch are nearby for the wee ones. gmfarms.com.
(10/10) Support injured veterans in the East Bay at this benefit concert at Wente Vineyards. Actor Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds hosts, with performers Kenny Loggins and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown. woundedwarriorconcert.org.
Mythbusters: Behind the Myths
(10/12) Hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show Mythbusters, which films around the East Bay, share behind-the-scenes stories and onstage experiments in two appearances at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. shnsf.com.
The Robber Bridegroom
(10/16–10/26) Brand-new Clayton Theatre Company debuts with this Robin Hood–esque comedy set in 18th century Mississippi with a bluegrass score, at Endeavor Hall. claytontheatrecompany.com.
Science of Star Wars
(10/19–2/23) Go inside the world of Star Wars, with costumes and props from the films, hands-on design labs, and exhibits on space travel, robotics, and magnetic levitation, at San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation. thetech.org.
(10/25–10/26) The Berkeleyside blog launches its first annual “festival of ideas,” featuring some of the city’s brightest minds, including writer and robotics expert Chris Anderson, political blogger Markos Moulitsas, and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. berkeleyideas.com.
(10/26) Don your Jellies and acid-wash denim, and head for San Ramon’s Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, where 1980s rocker Rick Springfield will play his hits, including “Jessie’s Girl.” ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/theater.
For more event picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets at diablomag.com.