The List: September
Summer goes out in style, with world-class ballet, artisan cocktails, and priceless jewels.
Eugene O’Neill Festival
(9/6–9/27) Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Danville’s renowned playwright, with productions of Anna Christie at Village Theater and Chris Christopherson at the Tao House, plus tours, films, and a gala. eugeneoneill.org.
The Drunken Botanist
(9/8) Author Amy Stewart showcases the plants behind great drinks, from sugar cane in Caribbean rum to juniper berries in gin, while Alameda’s St. George Spirits serves up artisanal cocktails, at UC Botanical Garden. botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
(9/14) San Francisco’s renowned contemporary dance troupe presents Scheherazade, a reinterpretation of Arabian Nights, and the Sephardic music–filled Resin at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. mylvpac.com.
The Art of Bulgari
(9/21–2/17) Get ready to covet some bling, as the de Young exhibits 150 pieces from Bulgari’s 1950–1990 collections, including show-stopping mixed semiprecious stone and diamond necklaces. deyoung.famsf.org.
(9/25) Former Danville resident and best-selling writer McMillan returns to Rakestraw Books to read from and sign her latest, Who Asked You?, about the blessings and burdens of family. rakestrawbooks.com.
(9/27–9/28) Full House fans will remember him as goofy Uncle Joey, but Coulier returns to his vocal impersonation roots with a stand-up routine at Pleasanton’s Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse. tommyts.com.
Food and Wine
Eat Real Festival
(9/27–9/29) This hip foodie fest returns to Jack London Square, with three days of food truck eats, a craft food marketplace, DIY workshops, butchery demos, a beer shed and wine barn, and live music. eatrealfest.com.
(9/29) With new music director Donato Cabrera at the helm, the Walnut Creek–based symphony performs selections from John Adams, Mozart, and Dvorak at the Lesher Center. californiasymphony.org.
For more event picks, check out the weekly Top Tickets at diablomag.com.