Top October Events in the East Bay
Oakland Museum of California dives into the legacy of the Oakland-born Black Panther Party, with a new exhibit; Bentley School hosts a lecture by author Daniel James Brown; Matt Nathanson headlines Notes4Hope in Orinda; and Green Day releases its Oakland-recorded album.
All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50
10/8–2/12/2017 Dive into the social, political, and cultural legacy of the Oakland-born Black Panther Party at this Oakland Museum of California exhibit that explores how the movement, founded 50 years ago, continues to resonate with the social justice efforts today. museumca.org.
10/1 This black tie event celebrates 25 years of artistic excellence, education, and outreach by the Lesher Center for the Arts with a gourmet dinner, a live auction, live music, and more, on Locus Street in Walnut Creek. draa.org
Food and Drink
Livermore Airport Open House, Air Show, and Wine Tasting
10/1 Head to Livermore Airport for an air show paired with wine from the valley, live music, vintage cars, and eats from the Food Truck Mafia fleet. lvwine.org.
Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Heritage Festival
10/1 See cowboys from around the United States, watch stunt riders perform, grab some local grub, listen to live music, take a pony ride, and enjoy this annual parade and festival in Oakland’s DeFremery Park celebrating Black cowboys in the Wild West. blackcowboyassociation.com.
Flying Dutchman Opera
10/1-10/2 The legendary ghost sailor’s story comes to the Bankhead Theater stage in Livermore with Philip Skinner as the Dutchman and Marie Plette as Senta, the young woman who could break the Dutchman’s eternal curse. livermorevalleyopera.com.
Sundays in the Redwoods
10/2, 10/9 This Oakland concert series brings Reheem DeVaughn and Club Nouveau for “the Rhythm Section” on October 2, and Cameo, Lenny Willians, and Carmen Jones for “Soul is the Key” on Sunday the 9th under the redwood trees at Woodminster Amphitheater. sundaysintheredwoods.com.
Ani DiFranco at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
10/7 The singer-songwriter-activist swings by The UC Theatre in Berkeley during her Vote Dammit! tour—along with indie artist Chastity Brown—to promote music from her latest album Allergic To Water. theuctheatre.org.
Pre-War Classics Picnic on the Plaza
The second annual event features pre-war automobiles, tail-gate picnics, period theme attire, live music and entertainment at Danville’s Blackhawk Automotive Museum. blackhawkmuseum.org.
Daniel James Brown
10/13 Berkeley native and New York Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat—the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 gold medal–winning rowing team at the Olympic Games in Berlin—kicks off Bentley School in Lafayette’s Distinguished Lecture Series. bentleyschool.net.
10/15 Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson (“Come On Get Higher,” “Car Crash”) headlines this fundraiser at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda, in support of the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. notes4hope.org. —Rachelle Cihonski
Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
10/14-10/15 Expand your mind with talks on a host of topics, including lectures by author and hip-hop voice Kevin Powell—his novel about the late Oakland native Tupac Shakur is slated for a 2018 release—UC Berkeley professor and renowned astronomer Alex Filippenko, and many more. berkeleyideas.com.
10/19 See Tess Taylor and Rachel Richardson at Walnut Creek Library’s Live! From the Library event, as they discuss poetry and their latest releases, including Taylor’s Work and Days, and Richardson’s Hundred-Year Wave. wclibrary.org.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
10/21–11/19 Solve the case with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson during Center REP Company’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. lesherartscenter.org.
Pop Culture: Watch This
10/28 Concord-born and Oakland-raised Tom Hanks stars in the third film installment Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series, as Robert Langdon. Langdon, who awakes in an Italian hospital with amnesia, must join forces with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to stop a catastrophic global plot. sonypictures.com.
Run 10 to Feed 10
10/29 Sign up for this 10K run, which starts in San Francisco’s Chrissy Field and is hosted by 2 Broke Girls actress Beth Behrs, and fundraise money to provide 10 meals for the hungry in the Bay Area. run10feed10.com.
The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute
Through 12/18 St. Mary’s College Museum of Art displays over 100 photographs taken during every war from the Civil War to the War in Iraq, recording the. stmarys-ca.edu.
Listen to This: Revolution Radio
10/7 Getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t mellowed the East Bay’s favorite punk band, Green Day. The band’s new album, Revolution Radio, was recorded in Oakland and offers a dozen politically and personally charged songs, including “Still Breathing”—a song about the life of a junkie, a gambler, a single mother, and a soldier—and “Bang Bang,” which comments on mass shootings and celebrity in the age of social media. greenday.com. —Peter Crooks
Fall Art Fests
Three fall art fairs you won’t want to miss.
Shop ‘til you drop on October 9 at the Pleasanton Antiques and Collectibles Fair. This is the spot to find repurposed, upcycled, and rustic antiques and collectibles. The fair boasts 400 dealers and free appraisals in the heart of charming downtown Pleasanton. pleasantonantiquefair.com.
The Danville Fall Crafts Festival runs October 22–23 and is fun for the whole family. Wander through craft booths, watch the children’s costume parade, and go trick-or-treating. Don’t miss the handblown glass pumpkin patch by East Bay native Gigi Erikson. danvillefallcraftsfestival.com.
High-end art and antiques lovers should head to the 35th San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show, October 27–30. The oldest antiques show on the West Coast, this year’s theme is Animalia, and features animal-inspired pieces from around the world. The show benefits Enterprise for High School Students. sffas.org. —Lauren Bonney