Sept. 26--1 DAKILA: This band made a brief but notable splash in the 1970s, blending sounds from the Philippines with American and Latin rock. The hybrid style made the band a natural touring fit with acts ranging from Malo to Cal Tjader. Forty years later, the band has reunited and will perform Sept. 28 at Walnut Creek's Blu 42 sports bar, 1251 Arroyo Way. A performance by the band Zumba and a live Tahitian dance performance are also on the bill.
Details: 6 p.m.; $15; http://returnofdakila-eorg.eventbrite.com.
2 CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY: The Walnut Creek orchestra makes its debut with new music director Donato Cabrera, the resident conductor for the San Francisco
Symphony who was selected after an "American Idol"-styled search to fill the post last year. Cabrera's opening program features works by John Adams, Mozart and Dvorak.
Details: 4 p.m. Sept. 29; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $20-$65; 925-943-7469, www.californiasymphony.org.
3 "CAN YOU DIG IT: THE '60S -- BACK DOWN EAST 14TH": The latest solo show by East Bay comedian and monologuist Don Reed brings him back to his Oakland upbringing, focusing on his family life before his father became a pimp and his mother became a Jehovah's Witness.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27; the Marsh Berkeley; $35-$50; 415-282-3055, www.themarsh.org.
4 LOS CENZONTLES BENEFIT FEATURING JACKSON BROWNE: Los Cenzontles, the East Bay-based traditional Mexican music outfit, is revered far and wide in the music trade. Want proof? The band tapped A-Listers Jackson Browne and David Hidaglo, best known as a member of Los Lobos, to headline a concert benefiting renovation work at its San Pablo arts center as well as it far-reaching cultural programs. It would be a real treat hearing Browne and Hidaglo jam together.
Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 29; Craneway Pavilion, Richmond; $55-$75; www.loscenzontles.com.
5 "CARMEN": Bizet's famed opera of love, betrayal and tragedy opens Livermore Valley Opera's new season. Eugene Brancoveanu returns to the company to direct and perform (as Escamillo) in the production, which also features mezzo-soprano Cybele Gouvernuer in the title role and tenor Chris Bengochea as Don Jose.
Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $39-$54; 925-373-6800, www.livermorevalleyopera.com.
6 "KAUWBOY": Dutch director Boudewijn Koole's family friendly film focuses on a young boy whose miserable life with an alcoholic father gains meaning when he rescues an abandoned infant bird. The art house favorite comes to Antioch's El Campanil Theatre for two screenings this weekend.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2 p.m. Sept. 29; $7-$8; 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
7 "IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN": If you thought the 1960s "Batman" TV series gave a superhero the campy treatment, check out this wacky 1966 Superman musical created by the tune-writing team that gave the world "Bye Bye Birdie." It's being revived by San Francisco company 42nd Street Moon in honor of the Man of Steel's 75th anniversary.
Details: Oct. 2-20; Eureka Theatre, San Francisco; $21-$75; 415-255-8207, http://42ndstmoon.org.
8 "HUSH": This new dance-theater work by the Joe Goode Performance Group, in collaboration with sound effects artist Sudhu Tewari and musician/composer Ben Juodvalkis, explores various forms of societal repression and the impact they have on us.
Details: Opens 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and plays through Oct. 5; Z Space performance center, San Francisco; $15-$70; www.zspace.org.
9 "NEXT TO NORMAL": San Francisco's plucky little Custom Made Theatre Co. presents Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about a family struggling with the mother's bipolar disorder.
Details: Through Oct. 13; Gough Playhouse, San Francisco; $25-$32; www.custommade.org.
10 NAKED SOUL: The band formerly known as Alma Desnuda brings its "California soul" sound to the Village Theatre in Danville on Sept. 26, as part of the venue's Thursdays at the VT concert series.
Details: 8 p.m.; $10-$15; 925-314-3400, www.villagetheatreshows.com.
Contact Randy McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter.com/randymac57.
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