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Top Tickets: October 2-8

Can’t-miss events of the week: Dias de los Muertos at Oakland Museum, Clayton Oktoberfest, Jazz at the San Ramon Library, and glass pumpkins.

Glass Pumpkins at Cohn-Stone Studios

It's a week into autumn, and we’re in the height of pumpkin everything. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Eggos, Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, Pumpkin ale... But have you tried pumpkin art? It’s the last year for Cohn-Stone Studio’s deliciously beautiful glass pumpkin patch. These handmade pumpkins have no calories, won’t rot, and will look lovely decorating your home each fall season. There’s more info on this, and many more East Bay events, below. Get out your calendar and schedule some fun!


October 2: Robert J. Lang
Meet Alamo physicist Robert Lang, who happens to be one of the world’s top origami experts. At free this LIVE! from the Library presentation, Lang will share origami history and explain how he pairs the art with mathematics and engineering. Before you go, read up on Lang in Diablo's 2008 profile. Walnut Creek Library, Walnut Creek, ccclib.org.

Robert J. LangOctober 2–12: The Great Tragedies
Cal Shakes extends its season with a new solo show from Mike Daisey (best known for The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs). Over four evenings, he’ll take on Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear, exploring the “cultural religion” of Shakespeare. See one, or see them all. Bruns Amphitheatre, Orinda, calshakes.org.

October 2–17: Foods of the Americas Exhibit
UC Botanical Garden invites guests to take an “ethnobotanical tour” of Mexico and Central and South America, with an exhibit exploring the foods cultivated by the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan peoples. A chocolate talk and tasting kicks things off on the evening of October 2. UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.


October 3–26: Glass Pumpkin Patch
It’s the 25th and last year of Cohn-Stone Studio’s seasonal glass pumpkin patch. The artists will be pursuing other projects and commissions. So don’t miss this chance to wander through a garden of glass pumpkins, gourds, and squash—and pick-up something for your home. Check website to schedule your visit during glass-blowing demos. Cohn-Stone Studios, Richmond, cohnstone.com.

Jazz at the Library / Mads TollingSTARTING SATURDAY

October 4: Tinsel and Treasure
If you’re in the market for a unique gift or just something original for yourself, you won’t want to miss this gathering of 35 mixed-media artists (organized by Danville antiques shop Cottage Jewel) selling everything from felted creatures to quilt patterns to embellished journals to taxidermy. Veterans Memorial Hall, Danville, tinselandtreasures.com.

October 4: Jazz at the Library
Grammy Award–winning violinist Mads Tolling kicks off San Ramon Library’s annual jazz series. It continues with Kellye Gray and Trio (October 18), Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet (November 8), and Taylor Eigsti (November 22). San Ramon Library, San Ramon, sanramonjazz.org.

October 4–5: Art, Jazz, and Wine Festival
Head to Pleasant Hill’s Crescent Drive for two days of live music, arts and crafts, a kids zone, and a wine and beer tent. Mads Tolling will be there (see above) along with soul and funk band East Bay Mudd, rockabilly guitarist Jinx Jones, and more. Downtown Pleasant Hill, pleasanthillchamber.com.

October 4–5: Clayton Oktoberfest
Imagine you’re in Germany at Clayton’s 11th annual Oktoberfest. It includes a traditional biergarten, German food and beer, California wine, arts and crafts, street performers, live music, and a carnival. For info on even more East Bay Oktoberfest celebrations, check out this month’s issue. Downtown Clayton, claytonoktoberfest.com.

October 4–5: Diablo Symphony Orchestra
Diablo Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a program entitled Enchantment, featuring the music of Ravel, Bartok, and De Falla, and showcasing pianist Gwendolyn Mok. Sunday’s concert is a special family show, preceded by an Instrument Petting Zoo. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Lafayette, diablosymphony.org.


October 6: Telling Tales
Fans of radio shows such as The Moth and This American Life will be interested to see this new live storytelling series in Hayward. The theme of the inaugural evening is Story at Work and will feature short, true-life tales about life on the job. Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Hayward, dmtonline.org.

Songs and Sorrows / Patssi ValdezSTARTING WEDNESDAY

October 8–18: A Trip Down Broadway
Clayton Theatre Company presents an audience-requested musical revue of favorite Broadway show tunes, including songs from Chicago, The Wiz, Wicked, and Mama Mia. You’re guaranteed to know all the words; perhaps they’ll let you sing along. Endeavor Hall, Clayton, claytontheatrecompany.com.

October 8–January 4: Songs and Sorrows
Oakland Museum of California presents its 20th annual Dias de los Muertos exhibit, highlighting contributions from the Mexican holiday’s Bay Area pioneers to contemporary artists. A community celebration with music, dance, and food is scheduled for October 26. Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, museumca.org.

For even more events happening this week, or to submit an event for consideration, visit Diablo’s Community Calendar. Follow Diablo on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to the A-List e-newsletter, and you’ll be notified when Top Tickets is posted each Wednesday. Questions? Comments? E-mail events(at)maildiablo(dot)com.