In the immortal words of one-hit wonders the Proclaimers, “I would walk 5,000 miles” for a great IPA. Thankfully, the organizers behind the IPA 10K & Beer Mile Invitational won’t make you go quite that far, though the event does get you moving with a 6.2-mile course to run. The Beer Mile follows the morning run, with participants chugging a beer every quarter mile lap until they complete the circuit. Don’t feel like running? No problem, the festival is open to the public for a reception and expo on Friday, April 14, and a beer garden packed with local brewers and live music on Saturday, April 15, at the Barlow Event Center, 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol. ipa10k.com.
Did you know that the late actor Leonard Nimoy wrote and starred in a one-man play about Vincent van Gogh? It’s logical. First opening in the early 1980s, ‘Vincent’ became a smash hit on Broadway and is still a favorite at festivals around the world. Since 1994, actor Jim Jarrett has taken on the role of Vincent, and this weekend he brings the impressionist artist’s passion and intensity to the stage for a one-night-only performance to benefit Napa’s new Sightglass Theater Company. A VIP wine lounge precedes the performance, taking place on Saturday, April 15, Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Vallejo Hwy., Napa. 7pm. $25–$100. sightglasstheater.org.
Formed 10 years ago in Forestville, Sinkyone Animal Sanctuary has made it its mission to rescue animals ranging from cats to cows and help them live free onsite or at forever homes they help find. This week, Sinkyone is hosting a massive fundraising party, Freedom for All, with music and merriment galore. Local singer Lester Chambers leads an all-star band, Humane Minds, which also features members of California Honeydrops, Dirty Red Barn, Stone Cold Mollie and more. A silent auction, raffle and vegan/vegetarian buffet completes the evening, taking place on Friday,
April 7, at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 6pm. $15–$25. sassonomacounty.com.
The West Coast’s best breweries are once again presenting their top beers for the 21st annual Battle of the Brews. The day starts with the revered Craft Cup, a juried tasting event that also features the Sandwich Showdown, in which local chefs compete to make the tastiest concoctions between two slices of bread. The battle’s main event is a People’s Choice competition where you get to decide whose suds are studs. Presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa, the event also benefits kids in need. Raise a glass on Saturday, April 8, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds’ Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. $50–$95. battleofthebrews.com.
Napa Valley’s biggest concert event of the season welcomes more than 200 performers onstage for the La Notte Gala. Guest conductor Ragnar Bohlin, born in Sweden and the director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 2007, leads the Symphony Napa Valley and vocalists from Sing Napa Valley, St. Helena Chamber Singers and Napa Valley College Chorale, with soloists Marnie Breckenridge and Igor Vieira, in a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem, considered a masterpiece of classical music. A reception and VIP dinner are also available on Saturday, April 8, at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 5pm. $49 and up. 707.944.9900.
Writing Between the Vines is a program that offers writers of all kinds a chance to enjoy a residency in the most picturesque wineries in the world, giving them a relaxing environment to focus on works in progress or explore new ideas. This month, current Writing Between the Vines residents and alumni come together for a night of wine and stories. Journalist and essayist Grace Hwang Lynch, best known for her award-winning blog HapaMama, is joined by writer and university writing professor Jacqueline Doyle and pop-culture reviewer and novelist Monica Nolan for illuminating readings on Monday, April 10, at Moshin Vineyards, 10295 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 5:30pm. 707.433.5499.
Beatles fans can get pretty obsessive, but few get as detailed and entertaining as composer and producer Scott Freiman, creator of the popular Deconstructing the Beatles series of multimedia talks. This week, Frieman takes the audience on a trip through the Beatles’ acclaimed 1966 album Revolver. Learn the groundbreaking recording techniques used in the studio and explore the album’s cultural significance with Frieman on Thursday, March 30, at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 1pm and 7pm. 707.525.4840.
Pianist and composer Kari Ikonen is one of Finland’s top performers and has built an international following through his work with afro-pop jazz group Trio Toffa, electro-acoustic improv outfit Gnomus and in his own jazz trio. In 2013, he received Finland’s Yrjö Award for jazz musician of the year. Also a music professor, Ikonen is currently touring the West Coast, and he lands in Napa this week to lead a workshop at Napa Valley High School before taking the stage on Friday, March 31, at Silo’s, 530 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $20–$25. 707.251.5833.
In the history of creative muses, few match the remarkable effect that Viennese-born Alma Mahler had on the world of art and music. Mahler was no ordinary muse; she was an Outrageous Muse. This week, Mahler’s influence on her husbands—composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius and novelist Franz Werfel—and her exploits both in Europe and America, is recounted by Santa Rosa Symphony music historian Kayleen Asbo. In addition, classical works sung by celebrated contralto Karen Clark, paintings Mahler inspired and wine will all be part of the event on Friday, March 31, at Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. 8pm. $30–$40. 707.778.4398.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail is connecting the communities in the valley with a 47-mile walking and biking path set to run from Vallejo's Ferry Terminal to Mount St. Helena in Calistoga. Last October, the first 12-mile section opened between Yountville and Napa. To keep it up, the trail needs a little help. That’s the purpose behind the upcoming Pedal & Party fundraiser that includes a 30-mile bike ride led by RIDE Napa Valley. Breakfast and a tune-up from Calistoga Bikeshop gets you ready to roll, and a wine-and-dine afternoon rewards your workout on Sunday, April 2, at Clif Family Winery, 709 main St., St. Helena. 8am. $60. 707.968.0625.