The American public at large ignored healthy eating with the introduction of the South Beach and Atkins diets, which promised dropping a few pants sizes through a total disregard for a person’s overall health. Conversely, the Dhyana Center provides locals with the tools for a healthy lifestyle. The center celebrates the grand opening of its new education lofts with an all-day party including eclectic music and cirque performances, dance, Ayurvedic apothecary, food and a silent auction. Festivities commence Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Dhyana Center Educational Lofts. Basso Building, 186 N. Main St., Second Floor, Sebastopol. 1–10pm. Free. 707.823.8818.
If Quentin Tarantino produced Mexican films, DJ Juan Kamanney would be a shoe-in for providing the original soundtrack. His offbeat ’70s-influenced approach is uniquely paralleled by the deep roots of his Mexican heritage. Kamanney provides the atmosphere for MIX, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s after-hours party, a chic and cool soiree amidst the museum’s “Sonido Pirata” art exhibition and offerings of Cuban cuisine and culture. The party goes down on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 8pm. $15. 707.939.7862.
In a culture of fleeting unions and manic mind states, a 25th anniversary is almost unheard of. Folk music virtuoso Patty Larkin proves her everlasting place in the forever-changing realm of relevant music with the release of 25. The album is a testament to her 25-year career and the fellow artists that helped to carry her along her journey. Larkin shares the love Friday, Oct. 21, at Dance Palace. 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 8pm. $23–$28. 415.381.8198.
Brooklyn rapper with new album, ‘Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar.’ Oct 21 at Mezzanine.
Mill Valley’s legendary producer and DJ performs inside of giant visual-laden egg. Oct 21 at the Regency Ballroom.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist as ‘Nightwatchman’ folk-esque moniker. Oct 21 at Great American Music Hall.
Timeless jazz guitarist plays in quartet stretching limits of rhythm and harmony. Oct 21-23 at Yoshi’s Oakland.
Steve Albini, homemade amps, abrasive noise, even more abrasive attitude, cranial overload. Oct 22-23 at the New Parish.
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Mention Steven Wright in the Bohemian newsroom, and various off-putting monotone impersonations of the famously apathetic comedian will swiftly follow. Since tickets to our oh-so-hilarious newsroom aren’t for sale, you may have to settle for seeing the lethargically voiced funnyman in person. Famous for his one-liners and impeccable comedic timing, Steven Wright and his “this joke is so not funny that it’s funny” style come to the West Coast on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.
By the age of 15, Natasha Paremski had accomplished more than many of us have now. Beginning her piano studies at age 4 in Moscow, Paremski made her debut with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California at the ripe old age of nine. Now with multiple albums, performances in some of the most highly regarded concert halls in the world and a documentary featuring Sting under her belt, this 24-year-old protégée opens the Santa Rosa Symphony season with Prokofiev's best known concerto on Saturday–Monday, Oct. 15–17, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15-$65. Saturday and Monday 8pm and Sunday 3pm. 707.546.3600.
When I was 5, I’d sit in the driver’s seat of my parents’ mini-van pretending to be in charge of the road: I’d pull on my bejeweled shades, check my mirrors and escape to fantastyland. Ledson Winery’s annual Corvettes at the Castle is a rare occasion for adults to find that fantasy-prone inner child. Guests can envision themselves on the open highway commanding one of the many rare vintage Corvettes on display, and though award-winning Ledson wine will be flowing, don’t drink while pretending to drive. Festivities commence Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ledson Winery. 7335 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 11am-4pm. Free. 707.833.2330.
So apparently the Olsen twins have a ridiculously attractive younger sister with a slightly more relevant film career than her entrepreneurial New York Minute sisters. In “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” one of many films featured at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Olsen plays Martha, a young woman damaged by two years in a family style cult. The film follows her path towards redemption and quest to reconnect with her estranged sister. Check out director/screenwriter Sean Durkin’s debut film Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Smith Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 8pm. $25. 877.874.6833.
As Tyler Durden says in Fight Club, “You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake.” Although many of us, myself included, have been told from childhood that we can be or do anything our hearts desire, the judges at Santa Rosa’s Gong Show may strongly disagree. Though acts of silliness are encouraged and expected, only the real deal will earn the grand cash prize. Bring your “A” game against a real-live gong on Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Toad in the Hole. 116 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 9pm. Free. 707.544.8623.
I once had an admirer who would come to my work and serenade me with off-key love songs in his ultra high-pitched voice, hoping he might leave with a date to look forward to. His tactics, though sweet, were far more embarrassing than they were productive. Now, if this sappy fellow would have brought his radio and blared some of The Spinners’ sweet tunes, the outcome may have fared differently. Experience love songs done right on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Drive, Yountville. 8pm. $45-$65. 707.994.9900.