Much Ado About Sebastopol,Sept. 14–15 This fourth-annual fills the hole left when the Ren Faire finally pulled out of Novato's Black Point, partnering with the many Renaissance guilds in the area to reproduce a merry autumn day in dear olde Elizabeth's time, replete with fencing, workshops, games, food and drink, vendors, turkey legs and oh, the costumes! Ives Park, 7400 Willow Ave., Sebastopol. Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. $8–$25.
Poetry Walk, Sept. 15 Petaluma's Poetry Walk is back for the 18th year. Events are scattered throughout Historic
Petaluma within easy walking distance of each other, featuring celebrated poets and music. 11am–7pm. Free. Check website for venues and poets at
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VOICE OF HEAVEN Renee Fleming kicks off the new season at the Green Music Center on Sept. 15.
Renée Fleming, Sept. 15 Perhaps America's most celebrated soprano, Fleming has performed at the Olympics, presidential inaugurations and even the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The program from this impeccable performer includes selections from Handel, Strauss, Puccini, Bernstein and others. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 3pm. $25–$125. 866.955.6040.
Marin Symphony Pops Concert, Sept. 15 From movie classics to family favorites, familiar tunes from John Williams and others delight fans of all ages at the symphony's opening concert of the season. Marin Center,
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 6pm. $10-$50. www.marincenter.org.
Lang Lang, Sept. 17 After his successful debut at last year's grand opening of the Green Music Center, the young pianist Lang Lang returns to Sonoma County for a sure-to-be-dazzling performance of Mozart and Chopin compositions. Green Music Center, 1801 East
Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
7:30pm. $55–$125. 866.955.6040.
The 27th Annual B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival,Sept. 20–23 Annual four-day benefit starts with a charity auction dinner, swings into outdoor live music by the Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, Gin Blossoms, Heart, Pablo Cruise and others, and concludes with the celebrity golf classic. B.R. Cohn Winery,
15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. 11am–6pm. $89–$1,000. 707.938.4064, ext. 124.
Napa Valley Aloha Festival,Sept. 21 The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation hosts live music and dance, authentic foods and arts and crafts. Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa. 10am–6pm. Free; bring a canned-food donation. 707.966.4017.
Floating Homes Tour,Sept. 21 The Sausalito water-bound community invites visitors into some of the world's most unique and beautiful homes. On offer are food and drinks, local musicians and an art show and sale—but it's the houses you'll want to experience most. Kappas Marina, Sausalito. 11am–4pm. $3–$40. 415.332.1916.
Art for Life, Sept. 21 Support Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network and get some fine art at this 26th annual auction and party. Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. Auction, $75; exhibit, free. 707.544.1581.
Sonoma County Book Festival,Sept. 21 The 13th annual book fest features readings and workshops by both local and national authors, a sure bet for any bookworm. More than 50 local authors and poets, young adult and children's programs and even a teen poetry slam keep the whole family busy. It's moved this year from downtown Santa Rosa to the Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 10am–4pm. Free. 707.537.8783. www.socobookfest.org.
Dr. John, Sept. 21 It's impossible to think of New Orleans without thinking of music, and from there it's just a baby step to Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack. The funkiest, bluesiest, jazziest, zydeco-iest organ player this side of the Chocolate Nebula, Dr. John is the embodiment of Naw'lins. Jenny Kerr opens. Uptown Theatre,
1350 Third St., Napa. $40–$55. 7pm. 707.259.0123.
Symphony Napa Valley Debut, Sept. 21 "The Phoenix Rises" is the theme of the new symphony's inaugural concert, featuring Stravinsky's Firebird Suite as a centerpiece, with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and Marnie Breckenridge. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Younvtille. 7pm. $15–$45. 707.944.9900.
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SOUNDS OF LOVE Ledisi plays the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, running Sept. 21–22 at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville.
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival,Sept. 21–22 A rich tradition of blues and jazz continues with Boz Scaggs, Jeffrey Osborne, the Robert Cray Band, Los Lobos, Ledisi, Gregory Porter and the California Honeydrops performing at the best little beach on the Russian River. A wine garden, international food court, and kayaking or canoeing await. Johnson's Beach, 16241 First St., Guerneville. 10am–6pm. $50; ages five and under, free. 707.869.1595. www.omegaevents.com.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival,Sept. 21–22 The sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography of some 150 different artists are on display under the beautiful trees of Mill Valley. This festival, with live music and children's activities, ensures that all profits go to local schools and charities. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm. $5–$10; under 12, free. 415.381.8090.
Napa Valley Open Studios,Sept. 21–22, 28–29 Studios from all stretches of Napa Valley are open for this 26th annual four-
day self-guided tour, featuring artists working in diverse forms. The event is juried, and unlike other open-studio tours in the North Bay, the entire affair is
run by the artists themselves. 10am–5pm. Maps and info at www.napavalleyopenstudios.org.
Michael Chabon, Sept. 24 The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from Telegraph Avenue, newly released in paperback.
Book Passage, 51 Tamal
Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415.927.0960.
Eben Alexander, Sept. 27 The author of Proof of Heaven:
A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife speaks about his near death (or is that near-life?) experience. He has been on Oprah, but that's probably not the experience he will be talking about. Lincoln Theater,
100 California Drive, Yountville. 7pm. $18–$45. 707.944.9900.
Photography in Mexico: From the Collection of SFMOMA,
Sept. 28–Jan. 12 About 100 photos make up this distinguished collection, which reveals a rich and diverse tradition of photography in Mexico. Includes pieces by Edward Weston, Tina Mootti, Manuel Carrillo and others. Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.
37th Annual Italian Film Festival, Sept. 28–Nov. 9 A chance to savor the Italian experience, this festival is a frequently sold-out event featuring various Italian movies shown over seven days. Ciao! Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm. $14–$91. 415.473.6400.
EarleFest,Sept. 28 A swingin' afternoon spent in wide-open west Santa Rosa, this year's benefit for the Earle Baum Center features Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar and Frankie Boots & the County Line. There'll be barbecue and cold beer, as well as local wine and veggie options to fill sun-warmed bellies. Earle Baum Center of the Blind,
4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. 11am–6pm. $30–$35. 707.523.3222.
'Wretch Like Me,' Sept. 28–29Bohemian contributor David Templeton's funny, controversial one-man show returns for a victory lap with stories from the playwright's days as a teen fundamentalist puppeteer in the '70s in Southern California. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 8pm, Saturday; 4pm, Sunday. $10. 707.874.9392.
100 Thousand Poets for Change,Sept. 28-30 Join poets from all over the world (600 events in 110 countries!) for their second year as they attempt to better the world through verse. In the air, live music joins the sweet rhythms of metered verse. The event headquarters takes root at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 10am–4pm. Free. Check website for local readings in your area, www.100tpc.org.