Forestville singer-songwriter David Luning is on a roll right now. The soulful storyteller spent his summer on tour and signed a record deal with Hwy 61 Records last month. Luning is currently in the studio with producer and engineer Karl Derfler (No Doubt, Tom Waits) with an album due next February, though he’s still heading out for local shows. This weekend, Luning is at the 65th annual Tastings on the Lawn event at Charles Krug. Krug pours new-release wines and grills up savory barbecue for the winery’s biggest event of the year on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2800 Main St.,
St. Helena. 5pm. $90–$95. 707.967.3993.
The easiest way to visualize the upcoming concert with Tim Bluhm, Andy Cabic and Johnny Irion is a three-part Venn diagram. In one circle, Bluhm (the Mother Hips) overlaps South Carolina native Irion in his band U.S. Elevator, co-writing and contributing guitars and vocals to the group’s 2015 self-titled debut. In another circle, Cabic (Vetiver) overlaps with a producer credit on Irion and his songwriter wife Sarah Lee Guthrie’s 2011 album Bright Examples. Of course, Bluhm and Cabic overlap due to the sheer number of times they’ve crossed paths in their Bay Area–based careers, and now all three get to share a stage when they play on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $17-$20. 415.388.3850.
If you haven’t heard of the book 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,' you will soon. Tim Burton is adapting the young adult story of an orphanage where children possess superpowers and fight off bizarre monsters as a film set for release at the end of September. This weekend, Ransom Riggs, author of 'Miss Peregrine,' reads from his latest illustrated collection of stories, appropriately titled ‘Tales of the Peculiar.’ Compelling characters and rich plots abound when Riggs signs copies of the book, on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4:30pm at Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera; $27; 415.927.0960) and at 7pm at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma (140 Kentucky St.; $27; 707.782.0228).
Celebrating the colorful history of Tomales, this year’s annual Tomales Founders Day is themed “Old California” and commemorates the generations of residents who’ve called the town home since Europeans reached the bay over 150 years ago. Highlighting the volunteer-run event is a parade that travels along scenic Highway 1 and concludes at a big-top tent. Live music from country rockers Transistor Rodeo and Randy & the Special Agents keeps the fun moving throughout the day. Barbecued oysters and other delicious food feed the masses while kids’ activities, craft booths, farm demonstrations and more embrace all things Tomales on Sunday, Sept. 4, Shoreline Highway, downtown Tomales. Noon. Free admission. 707.879.8202.
We don’t need to tell you that rising property costs, gentrification and the explosion of Airbnb are making the cost of renting a home today difficult. Yet this isn’t a new phenomenon, and rent battles didn’t get any more dramatic than 1980s Manhattan, when one lady stood up to ruthless developers, and won. This week, Sonoma County resident Lois Pearlman premieres her new one-woman show, ‘Last of the Red Hot Tenants,’ about the saga of New York housing hero Jean Herman on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 4pm. $10. 707.874.9392.
For thousands of years, native people of North, Central and South America relied on seeds to maintain a rich agricultural lifestyle. Modern times increasingly threaten the viability and availability of these native seeds, though some seeds savers are successfully housing and propagating them for future generations. The Tesuque Pueblo Seed Bank in Santa Fe, N.M., is one of the world’s largest seed sanctuaries, and one man, Bolivian-born Emigdio Ballon, is behind it. His efforts are explored in the film ‘SEED: The Untold Story,’ directed by award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, who appears live with Ballon for two special screenings and Q&As Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6–7, at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road,
Santa Rosa. 7pm. $8–$10.50. 707.525.8909.
With a career spanning 50-plus years and 70 acting credits, Charlotte Stewart may best be known to television audiences as Miss Beadle, the schoolteacher on Little House on the Prairie. Still working today, Stewart has shared credits with everyone from Jimmy Stewart to Elvis Presley, and she recounts her many adventures in her new memoir, Little House in the Hollywood Hills. Not shying away from the dark periods in her career, including bouts with drugs and cancer, Stewart’s story is one of strength and resolve, and the actress shares her humor and humanity when she reads from the memoir on Friday, Aug. 26, at Napa Bookmine, 964 Pearl St., Napa. 6pm. 707.733.3199.
Songwriter, playwright and activist Si Kahn is making a special trip out to Sebastopol to support Main Stage West—where he’s been the official artist-in-residence for the last five years—with a solo benefit concert of bluegrass hits and theatrical works. Kahn has long been a strong proponent of Main Stage West, contributing to their musical performances. His next play there, the upcoming musical Hope, premieres in November and Kahn is dedicated to seeing that the theater has a permanent place in Sebastopol’s arts scene. For Kahn’s performance, the recently closed French Garden
reopens for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 27, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. $30 and up. 707.823.0177.
There’s a lot you can do with a zucchini besides eat it and this weekend, the 15th annual Zucchini Festival shows off some fun and creative ways to celebrate summer’s favorite veggie. The famous zuke car races has contestants retooling squash into a custom-made derby cars. The veggie art contest lets you dig through baskets of the ubiquitous and abundant crop to assemble a unique piece of art. All the while, the Kidz Dig It Club and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will be cranking out pedal-powered veggie smoothies; live music comes courtesy of the New Skye Band—and there’s lots more, on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Windsor Town Green, Market Street and McClelland Drive, Windsor. 10am. Free. windsorfarmersmarket.com.
Formed by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes in 1995, Southern rockers Gov’t Mule are celebrating 20 years of jamming out with a special summer tour that draws from their extensive catalogue of music for one-of-a-kind shows. While prepping for a new album, the band recently released The Tel-Star Sessions, archival recordings from their first years in the studio, and fans of the Mule will be able to hear songs from their entire repertoire when they perform with special guests Blackberry Smoke on Wednesday Aug. 31, at SOMO Village, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. 6:30pm. $45–$50. somoconcerts.com.