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The List: October

Fall gets festive, with a wine fest, star-studded concerts, and a six-acre corn maze.


Ryan Montgomery




Ella the Musical
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.


Corn Maze
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.

Courtesy of Wounded WarriorsBenefit

Wounded Warriors
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
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.

Courtesy of the Tech Museum


The Robber Bridegroom
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
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.



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.

Courtesy of the City of San RamonMusic

Rick Springfield
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.


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