Last Wednesday, I got on BART at an ungodly early hour to get to San Francisco by 8:30 a.m. to take part in a panel of media types talking to public relations people about the most effective way to get their message across.

But long before I reached my original hometown, I got the message loud and clear. First off, I purchased my ride with the Clipper senior discount ticket. Then, shortly after the packed train left the station, a young man got up and offered me his seat.

"You are old," my inner voice of condemnation told me after I took the kid's seat. "That is your lot in life."

Always one to put a positive spin on things, I began dropping terms such as "sagacious," "the wisdom of age," "vintage" and "classic" into my inner conversation. Also, as an elder statesman of journalism, I decided this week's column would be a fall roundup of coming entertainment events, something that has been done so long by newspapers that even grizzled vets don't remember when it started (it could also mean I couldn't come up with an idea for the column, but I'm far to sagacious to say that).

And, the fact is, there is a lot of excellent entertainment coming up right here in the land of three valleys. You could begin enjoying this bonanza of entertainment riches starting Friday, as the annual Eugene O'Neill Festival continues, with the playwright's Pulitzer Prize-winning, "Anna Christie" at Danville's Role Players Ensemble production in the Village Theatre on Front Street. The show plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets and information are available at 925-314-3466 or www.RolePlayerEensemble.com.

O'Neill's "Chris Christophersen," an earlier play nearly identical to "Anna Christie," with the same actors playing their familiar roles, runs for four performances in the Old Barn at the O'Neill home, Tao House, on Sept. 26-29, evenings at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. National Park Service shuttles run from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Tickets are $28 at www.eugeneoneill.org. or 925-820-1818.

Livermore's Bankhead Theater has a full array of events in the fall, with highlights including:

  • Sept. 20, Maria Muldaur

  • Oct. 2, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

  • Oct. 3, Dar Williams

  • Oct. 10, Livingston Taylor

  • Oct. 24, Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band

  • Nov. 10, Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay

  • Nov. 13, Pacific Mambo Orchestra

  • Nov. 16, John Sebastian

  • Nov. 21, Balè Folclòrico da Bahia

  • Nov. 22, "A Celebration of Harold Pinter."

    Reach the theater at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Ticket information is at 925-373-6800 or websales@livermoreperformingarts.org.

    At San Ramon Community Theater stages, "Sleepy Hollow, The Musical," opens Sept. 27 and runs at 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the Front Row Theater at the Dougherty Station Community Center, 10711 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon.

    "Lettice and Lovage" by Peter Shaffer is next up at Role Players Ensemble (see "Anna Christie" listing above). This one is the story of Lettice Douffet, an enthusiast for all things Elizabethan, who gets a job at England's most boring tourist attraction as a tour guide and decides to make things more interesting by making up some better, more exciting history. It plays Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 18 through Nov. 9.

    Rick Springfield performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Rd in San Ramon. For tickets and information log on to http://www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/theater/default.htm#tickets.

    "Spamalot," the wildly funny theatrical musical based on the film, "Monty Python And The Holy Grail," opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and plays weekends through Nov. 3 in Livermore's Bankhead Theater at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Ticket information is at 925-373-6800 or websales@livermoreperformingarts.org.

    "Fahrenheit 451," author Ray Bradbury's theatrical adaptation of his chilling novel of the same name, plays in the Black Box Theater, Room 4128 in the theater building at Las Positas College, beginning at 8 p.m. Nov. 16, and plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 24. Tickets and information are available at 925-424-1000, x2480.

    Contact Pat Craig at pjcraig495@yahoo.com.