Contra Costa Times

1 GILBERTO GIL: The Brazilian musician, singer-songwriter and cultural statesman's effect on popular music cannot be overstated. When his first recordings emerged, their blend of bossa nova and samba with pop, folk rock and other styles were so revolutionary that frightened military leaders were prompted to arrest him. But for all the historical potency of his compositions and his ideas about art and politics, Gil's music itself remains incredibly easy on the ears. Hear for yourself when the icon comes to Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Oct. 25 for a San Francisco Jazz Festival concert.

Details: 7:30 p.m.; $25-$85; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org.

2 "So You Think You Can Dance" Tour: It's a big weekend for the wonderful Paramount Theatre. On the heels of Gilbert Gil (see previous item), the theater hosts another cultural institution, albeit one with perhaps not quite as much cache. This tour features the top 10 finalists from the popular reality show's ninth season.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26; $39.50-$65; 800-745-3000, www.paramounttheatre.com.

3 MARY WILSON: Long overshadowed by Diana Ross (and for heaven's sakes, who wouldn't be?) this Supremes singer has a stunning voice in her own right. She will relive some of the girl group's Motown magic and add some of her own hits during a show Oct. 28 that opens the new season at the Bay Area Cabaret concert series.

Details: 7 p.m.at the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco; $40-$75; 415-392-4400, www.bayareacabaret.org.

4 "ACID TEST: THE MANY INCARNATIONS OF RAM DASS": The 90-minute solo show written by Lynne Kaufman and performed by Warren David Keith tells one of the more eccentric chapters of the very eccentric 1960s. Whether you know the story of Ram Dass or not, you'll likely find this a fascinating evening of theater. See Pat Craig's review at www.mercurynews.com/entertainment.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 24; the Marsh Berkeley; $15-$50; 415-282-3055, www.themarsh.org.

5 OKTOBERFEST AT THE CRANEWAY: I don't know about you, but I am exceedingly grateful I don't have to journey to Munich this weekend to take in a spirited round of beer stein races (a relay competition in which contestants run with mugs of beer on their heads). This and other German games will be on tap (ha ha!) Oct. 27 at Richmond's Oktoberfest celebration. The event also features lots of German food and drink and music by Bayern Maiden, a San Francisco band that specializes in authentic contemporary German pop, folk and disco.

Details: Noon-8 p.m.; Craneway Pavilion, Richmond; $15-$50; www.oktoberfesteastbay.com.

6 HOME MOVIE DAY: Oakland Museum of California is taking part in this international observation (50 cities in 13 countries) Oct. 26 that is aimed at recognizing the cultural and historical value of home movies. The museum has been collecting submissions (8 mm, Super 8 mm, and 16 mm) since the summer and will screen selected clips from 6-9 p.m. in the James Moore Theater. In keeping with the themes of its current exhibit "Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Dias de los Muertos 2012," many of the clips will feature loved ones and "local heroes" who have passed away. Expect a moving three hours of film.

Details: Free with museum admission ($5-$12); 510-318-8400, http://museumca.org. People can still submit home movies for consideration from 4 to 6 p.m.; call 510-642-4665 for information.

7 R. KELLY: Through the sheer force of his talent, the R&B star has survived the kind of controversy and scandal that would have felled a lesser singer's career. His voice having recovered from 2011 surgery, Kelly released his 11th studio album, "Write Me Back" in June, and he just dropped the latest chapter in his "Trapped in a Closet" song cycle. So he will have plenty of new material to cover when he comes to Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Details: Show times are 7:30 p.m.; $57-$102; 800-745-3000, www.paramountthetre.com.

8 "ASSASSINS": Berkeley's Shotgun Players troupe has scored a hit with this deliciously wicked Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman carnivalesque musical comedy about people who have tried (and sometimes succeeded) murdering U.S. presidents. The show has been extended through Nov. 11.

Details: Performances at Ashby Stage, Berkeley; $23-$33; 510-841-6500, www.shotgunplayers.org.

9 HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS HALLOWEEN PARTY: E.J. Phair Brewing Company's Taproom in Pittsburg hosts this themed bash featuring the Rubinoos, the Berkeley band that has been bashing out power-pop standards for nearly 40 years.

Details: 8 p.m. Oct. 27; $15; www.ejphair.com.

10 ROSALIE SORRELS: The iconic folk singer-songwriter, who in the 1960s began restlessly touring the country to deliver her blend of music and social activism, is largely retired, but she will return to Berkeley to play a last show at the Freight & Salvage on Oct. 26, joined by such artists as Barbara Higbie, Nina Gerber and Chris Webster, Terry and David Garthwaite and more.

Details: 8 p.m.; $34.50 advance or $38.50 door; 510-644-2020, www.thefreight.org.

Contact Randy McMullen at rmcmullen@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter.com/randymac57.