Wine and food enthusiasts have reason to be excited this week, when the five-day Flavor! Napa Valley returns to showcase local winemakers and chefs and support scholarship programs for the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and Napa. This year’s schedule of events honors iconic figures like Heidi Barrett, the woman behind several 100-point rated wines, and celebrates the region’s range of terrific terroirs at wineries like Paraduxx and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards. Throughout the week, tastings and classes help expand palates and heighten culinary experiences. Wednesday through Sunday, March 22–26, throughout Napa Valley. For more information and tickets, visit flavornapavalley.com.
Last summer, roots-folk duo Mouths of Babes got themselves on the cover of the Bohemian when we found them recording their debut full-length album at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati. Made up of Ty Greenstein (Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (Coyote Grace), the pair have history in Sonoma County, though they were based in Atlanta last year. Well, Mouths of Babes are back, having recently relocated to Sebastopol. This week, the duo unveils their new record, the soulfully harmonic stunner Brighter in the Dark, with a proper hometown show on Friday, March 24, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8:30pm. $17. 707.765.2121.
Trash and fashion are not the best bedfellows—unless you ask the artists, designers and ecologists behind the Trashion Fashion Week. Look closely around Sonoma Plaza and you’ll see dozens of recycled garments currently on display. There’s also an art show of cast-off Barbie dolls in trash-made dresses exhibiting at the Sonoma Community Center’s gallery. All this leads up to the Trashion Fashion runway show on Saturday, March 25, which boasts live models in the trendy and trashy dresses. The show also goes to the dogs with a pet-friendly fashion show on Sunday, March 26. The runway show happens at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. W., Sonoma. 1pm and 5pm. $25–$75. sonomacommunitycenter.org.
From busking in the Bay Area to touring nationally, folk outfit Steep Ravine are making their mark on bluegrass with a decidedly Californian sound. Whether it’s incorporating classic rock riffs, jazzy jams, or soul signatures, Steep Ravine have helped bring about the era of “newgrass.” This spring, Steep Ravine are releasing their third album, Turning of the Fall, on April 7, through their DIY label Stormy Deep Records. Fans who don’t want to wait until next month to hear the new tunes are in luck, as Steep Ravine joins San Francisco favorites the Sam Chase for a show on Saturday, March 25, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $15. 707.829.7300.
Spring cleaning is fine, but for many, this is the season to start building and improving the homestead. To that effect, the 29th annual Sonoma County Home & Garden Show offers hundreds of vendors who can help you decide what work to do in and around the house. Special guests include HGTV regulars Clint Harp, seen on Fixer Upper, and Tommy Herren from shows like House Crashers. Other highlights include seminars by designer Monica de la Fuente and a tiny-house giveaway sponsored by the Council on Aging. Friday–Sunday, March 17–19, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $8; kids 12 and under are free. sonomacountyhomeshow.com.
Has any filmmaker left as indelible a mark on a community as Alfred Hitchcock left on Bodega Bay? Ever since The Birds showcased the seaside community and avian terror, tourists and locals have flocked to the iconic locations to relive the suspense. This year, the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the town’s cinematic history with the fifth annual Hitchcock Film Festival, screening both The Birds and Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Beer, wine, clam chowder from Spud Point and raffle drawings add to the fun, and proceeds benefit Bodega Bay Elementary and Tomales Elementary arts programs. Saturday, March 18, at Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave., Bodega Bay. 3:30pm. $5–$18. visitbodegabayca.com.
Last October, the immersive concert film experience Easy Rider Live debuted in the North Bay, featuring a live seven-piece band performing the classic soundtrack to the cult 1969 film directed by Dennis Hopper. If you missed the show last time around, Easy Rider Live is once again roaring into town, showing the movie on the big screen while the talented ensemble plays along, performing songs by Steppenwolf, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix and others. If that’s not enough, the band plays on after the movie, showcasing more music of the era on Saturday, March 18, at McNear’s Mystic Theatre,
23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $27; 21 and over. 707.765.2121.
Last month, local theater company Sonoma Arts Live presented the Tony-winning musical Evita to great acclaim and a sold-out run of performances. For anyone who missed the show, the stars of that staging are appearing one more time in a special benefit concert to support the First Presbyterian Church in Napa. Evita stars Ellen Toscano, who has also spent a decade starring in the hit Beach Blanket Babylon, and Robert Dornaus, who also appeared in Sonoma Arts Live’s production of Cabaret, show off their range of talents when they take the stage this weekend alongside other performers on Sunday, March 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third St., Napa. 4pm. $10. 707.224.8693.
While wine lovers enjoy barrel tasting in Alexander Valley this weekend, North Bay Brewery Tours and local beer crafters offer a different kind of tasting experience with the Barrel Bus. Start your journey at Bear Republic Brewing Company, Sonoma Cider or Alley 6 Craft Distillery to sample unique beers, ciders and spirits while you learn about their processes. Then hop on the barrel bus, which travels between the three venues every half hour. At the end of the night, enjoy live music and raffles at Sonoma Cider. The wheels on the bus go round on Thursday, March 9, in downtown Healdsburg. 4pm. $20 bus pass. barrelbus.brownpapertickets.com.
Despite being beloved for Asian fusion cuisine and local music, Napa’s Raeset Asian Grill & Craft Brew announced at the end of February that it’s closing the doors. Though they didn’t say why, the fact remains that one of Napa’s better casual venues and restaurants is going away, but not before one more weekend of tunes. Raise a glass of great beer and toast Raeset when the restaurant hosts a weekend of music. A surprise guest hits the stage on Thursday, March 9; Delta bluesman Gretschkat performs on Friday, March 10; and a massive assembly of musicians gathers for a gala farewell on Saturday, March 11, at Raeset, 3150-B Jefferson St., Napa. 707.666.9028.