Arts & Events

Don't Miss This!

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Friday September 28, 2012 - 02:50:00 PM

As summer wanes, the autumn season brings with it the full beauty of October. The liquid amber trees in the bay area are now ablaze with red leaves. Ah, yes -- October has to be the most beautiful month of the year! But enough rhapsodizing -- with it comes a staggering line-up of musical and educational features that will make your head spin. 

Let's start with Cal. Performances, a day of free performances on the U.C. campus, starting Sun. Sept. 30th (so you'll have to act fast.) Concerts start at 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and are held at Zellerbach Hall, Wheeler Hall and lower Sproul Plaza. 

"Top Dog", by Susan-Lori Parks. winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, is playing at the Marin Theatre Company in MIll Valley. "An utterly mesmerizing evening of theatre", according to Variety. Brothers Lincoln and Booth are forever locked in a sibling sparring match by poverty, race and their names. 

The Mill Valley 35th Film Festival, featuring more than 200 films with bay area connections will be shown at 14 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley and other Marin venues. Dustin Hoffman will be honored at the Festival as well as Billy Bob Thornton. Ben Affleck will be on hand on Oct. 5th for the premiere of "Argo" tense, real life thriller about Americans trapped in post-revoluionary Iran. (877) 874-6833. 

"The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival", a free performance expected to draw more than 500,000 over the weekend. l0 a.m.- 7 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7.

The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism, de young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. through Dec. 30. (415) 750-3600. 

"Rambling Reckless Hobo: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie," Oct. 7 & 8, Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F. 

"Two Guys from Chicago: Dave Eggers and Daniel Clowers, Oct. 9, Z Space, 450 Florida St. S.F. 

"Berkeley Ramble", Brower Center, Magnes Museum, Berkeley. 1:00 - 5:00. 

Berkeley Symphony Opening Concert, Thur. Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Gala Dinner. Tickets start at $15. (510) 841-2800. 

"The Bride of Death", a one-act play starring Nancy French, set in a creepy mansion with unsuspecting visitors. The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St., S.F. through Nov. 17. 

"Lola: Berlin and Beyond." Castro Theatre, through Oct. 4th. Two important films of German cinema. 

Fourth Annual Underground Film Festival (full program of 50 films available on-line. 

Treasure Island Music Festival, Oct. 13 - 14. 

"Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benhue River Valley", sculpture, photographs and video. Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, through Oct. 14. (650-723-4177), 

(Hope some of the above attractions strike your fancy!)