Famed author of 'Treasure Island' and 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' Robert Louis Stevenson spent nine weeks in Napa Valley in the summer of 1880. Today, St. Helena’s Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is the world’s largest collection of his works and celebrates his ongoing literary legacy. This week, the museum presents an exhibition at the St. Helena’s local library, ‘The Story of Robert Louis Stevenson,’ that highlights the author’s life and works. The show opens with a reception and talk on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena. 6pm. Free. 707.963.5244.
One of wine country’s fastest-growing film festivals, OUTwatch, marks its third year with an offering of five feature films and three thought-provoking documentaries focused on LGBTQI issues revolving around the theme of “More Than Meets the Eye.” Screenings include 'Political Animals,' a documentary about fighting for LGBT equality in the California State Assembly. 'Real Boy' follows a young man finding his voice as a transgender singer-songwriter. And 'Hunky Dory' is a gritty and heart-warming film about a bisexual bohemian drag queen caring for his precocious pre-teen son. Special events include an opening-night party, live entertainment and more. OUTwatch runs Friday to Sunday, Nov. 4–6, at Third Street Cinemas, 620 Third St., Santa Rosa. $10–$75. outwatchfilmfest.org.
A tradition more than 60 years strong, Warren Miller Entertainment is ready to unleash its annual adventure movie. This year’s film, Here, There & Everywhere, once again spans the globe and captures amazing footage of skiing and snowboarding fanatics descending mountain slopes at breathtaking speed. Before the film debuts in the North Bay on Nov. 12, the Bohemian is co-hosting a ‘Here, There & Everywhere’ Pre-Party with raffles, bar specials and fun. Enter to win a Squaw Valley ski trip, apparel, gear and other prizes, as well as tickets to the film’s premiere. The party gets started on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Twin Oaks Roadhouse, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove. 6–7pm. Free. 707.795.5118.
The Standing Rock protests in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipeline have galvanized activists across the country and shined a light on the ongoing movement to support local indigenous rights and protect the environment. In Sonoma County, a benefit for the Standing Rock community takes place this weekend in an event titled For All Our Relations. The event will include several topical speakers, musical acts, indigenous dancing, live art, a silent auction, vending booths, food and drink for sale and a donation area drop-off for blankets and supplies. Get engaged on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Road, Sebastopol. 5pm. $20 suggested donation. standingrockbenefitsonomacounty.brownpapertickets.com.
My favorite part about Halloween is bingeing on all the best and bloodiest horror movies out there. Aficionados of the genre like me are undoubtedly fans of actress and scream queen Barbara Crampton, who made her mark in the shocking H. P. Lovecraft–inspired ’80s film Re-Animator and stars in modern indie gems like You’re Next and We Are Still Here. This week, the CULT Film Series hosts Crampton to screen and discuss her craziest movie ever, From Beyond, another Lovecraftian joyride featuring interdimensional shape-shifting monsters. The screening also includes a costume contest and celebrates the horror on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Roxy 14 Cinemas, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $10. 707.525.8909.
Last June, a fire broke out in Fulton at the house neighboring the Fulton Pentecostal Church where the popular reggae and world-beat band Midnight Sun Massive has rehearsed twice a week for years. The fire engulfed the band’s trailer and destroyed all of their equipment—instruments, amps, even their PA system. Since then, they’ve been playing on borrowed gear, but they need a massive amount of help to replace their lost items. This weekend, Redwood Cafe and BaggaJo Productions are teaming up to present a fundraiser concert for Midnight Sun Massive, who play along with Honey B & the Cultivation on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 8pm. $5. 707.795.7868.
For nearly a decade, west Sonoma County’s biggest Halloween party has been the Cirque du Sebastopol, and this year’s 9th annual event is no different. Taking place over two nights, the titillating cabaret-style show features lots of live music, antics and more to celebrate the season. On Friday, Oct. 28, North Bay party monsters El Radio Fantastique and Junk Parlor play live, with the long-running burlesque and variety troupe Cabaret de Caliente heating things up. On Saturday, Oct. 29, experimental electronic producers Pantyraid, funky electro-pop duo Sugarbeats and DJ iNi rock the dance floor at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $15–$20 and up (21 and over). 707.829.7300.
Have you ever been so scared that you laughed? If so, the upcoming Grin Reapers extravaganza is for you. Featuring a strong lineup of standup comedians, a costume contest and Halloween-themed musical numbers, this special event boasts spooky stories and songs that will chill and delight. Gasp as comedians read their favorite tales of terror from masters of the macabre like Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe! Shriek as award-winning mentalist Sebastian Boswell III performs amazing feats of magic! Laugh your head off as Diane Amos, Will Durst, Gil Gross, Terry McGovern and many others perform on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley! 8pm. $20–$30. 415.383.9600.
Best known as one of the Mother Hips, Greg Loiacono shows off his tight grooves and psychedelic songwriting in a new personal venture this week, when he performs off his first ever solo album, Songs from a Golden Dream. Described as a baroque sonic journey, the guitarist’s chops are on full display in the new record with help from longtime collaborators including Todd Roper (Cake, Chuck Prophet), Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, the Mother Hips) and others. For the album release, Loiacono gathers an all-star ensemble and pals Scary Little Friends on Friday, Oct. 21, at Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 8pm. $15. 415.524.2773.
A silly and spooky family tradition for 37 years, the Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza returns for another fun live show that boasts more than 65 whacky characters and high adventure. This year Witchie Poo and her sidekick, Lemmy, are aboard a luxury pirate cruise, discovering treasure chests and battling evil pirates with the help of Dorothy of Oz and the “Cruise” Brothers, Jake and Elwood. Dancing, magic, costume contests and prizes get audiences of all ages into the spirit with two weekends of performances, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22–23 and 29–30, at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 1:30pm. $8–$10. 707.996.9756.