Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 26: Show of Shows in Monte Rio

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:13 AM

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A tradition dating back over a century, the Monte Rio Variety Show has featured household names like Bing Crosby, Steve Miller, Clint Black and others, and this year’s lineup is another show-stopping set of performers. Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! will be the show’s MC, and headliners includes Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blues-rock favorite Elvin Bishop. The family-friendly event also features comedy and other entertainment, barbecue, beer and wine and more happening under the stars on Thursday, July 26, at Monte Rio Amphitheatre, 9925 Main St., Monte Rio. 4:30pm. $15–$30. monterioshow.org.
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Jul 28: Have a Blast in Jenner

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:09 AM

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The combination of history, culture, nature and community that makes up the annual Fort Ross Festival is second to none. Families can experience the California landmark and enjoy Russian, Balkan, Native American and other folk dances and performances, traditional games, a handmade craft and art fair, the famous Fort Ross beer garden and the best local food trucks. Back by popular demand, the Fort Ross Militia will also host a historical firearms demonstration complete with cannons. The Fort Ross Festival takes place on Saturday, July 28, at Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 10am to 6:30pm. $20 per car. fortross.org.
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July 28: Local Lit in Novato

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 3:05 AM

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The North Bay’s prolific literary scene includes hundreds of published authors and several publishers, many of which have been highlighted in Copperfield’s Books’ ongoing event series, Write in Your Own Backyard. This week, Novato-based publisher New World Library gets the spotlight, and the New Age and self-help purveyor presents a reading of Breaking Up with Busy with author Yvonne Tally. Detailing real-life solutions for time-strapped women, Tally inspires mindfulness and a sense of personal power in the book, and she shares these notions with the audience on Saturday, July 28, at Copperfield’s Books, 999 Grant Ave., Novato. 5pm. Free. 415.763.3052.
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July 29: Rock the Town in Napa

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 2:59 AM

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The first festival of its kind west of the Mississippi River, the Napa Porchfest is a city-wide block party that boasts dozens of local bands performing literally on the porches and front lawns of historical homes throughout downtown Napa. Spend the afternoon strolling on foot from home to home to see the eclectic lineup of rock, funk, folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop, classical and more. Not sure where to start? Post up at Fuller Park to grab a bite from the several food trucks that will be parked there and then walk in any direction on Sunday, July 29, in downtown Napa. 12:30pm to 5pm. Free. napaporchfest.org.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July 19-22: Sip & Laugh in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 10:31 AM

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The third annual Wine Country Comedy Fest, presented by the Crushers of Comedy, is back to offer four funny days at the Crushers’ home base, the Laugh Cellar. Thursday’s opening night features New York comedian Jeena Bloom and veteran observational comic Steve Bruner. Friday includes a Spit & Swallow winetasting comedy show where sommeliers pair wines with several performers. The weekend includes the likes of San Francisco comedy club favorite Phil Griffiths on Saturday and Last Comic Standing alum Priya Prasad on Sunday. July 19–22, at the Laugh Cellar, 5755 Mountain Hawk Way, Santa Rosa. Times and costs vary. 707.843.3824.
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July 21-22: Vienna in the Valley in Sonoma

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 10:31 AM

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This summer, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival takes a musical journey to Vienna and explores the most influential music composed in the central European city. Opening this past weekend and continuing this weekend and next, the festival includes concerts on Saturday and Sunday that boast classical and chamber music from Viennese composers like Mozart, Brahms, Haydn and others. Featured performers include soprano Nikki Einfeld, and pianists Eric Zivian and Jeffrey LaDeur, who team up to perform Franz Schubert’s “Lebensstürme,” a work for four hands. July 21-22, at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. 4pm both days. $45. valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.
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July 23: Old World Act in Petaluma

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 10:25 AM

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New Orleans–based LadyBEAST Productions is a nationally touring circus troupe that offers inspiring takes on traditional acts and creates mind-bending stories in their live shows. This month, the company is in the Bay Area and stops in Sonoma County for a new production called ‘Levity.’ The show promises to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, opening with the simple act of sitting in a chair and transforming it into a collaborative journey that travels deep inside the human psyche with awe-inspiring acrobatics and stunning visuals. Experience Levity on Monday, July 23, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $10–$20. 707.762.3565.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 13: Art + Wine in Forestville

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 5:21 AM

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For Healdsburg-based oil painter Bradford Brenner, art is all about relationships. Describing his process as an attempt to connect himself to the viewer through his paintings, Brenner pairs seemingly disparate elements on his canvases, mixing light and dark colors and exploring abstract forms and a diverse subject matter. This week, art lovers can connect to Brenner’s work and connect with a Zinfandel from the family-owned Wine Guerrilla, which is hosting the “West County Art & Wine” event at its tasting room in Forestville, featuring art, hors d’oeuvres, live music and wine by the glass on Friday, July 13, 6671 Front St., Forestville. 4pm. Free admission. 707.887.7996.
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July 13-15: Wise Guys in Sonoma County

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 5:14 AM

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Standup comedian Myq Kaplan (pronounced “Mike”) holds a masters degree in linguistics, which won’t surprise fans of his tightly constructed comedy, which is packed with wordplay and puns that are equally smart and silly. This week, Kaplan is in the North Bay with fellow standup smarty-pants Zach Sherwin, known for the web series Epic Rap Battles of History. The two appear at 8:30pm on Friday, July 13, at the Reel Fish Shop & Grill, 401 Grove St., Sonoma; at 8pm on Saturday, July 14, at Barrel Brothers, 399 Business Park Court, Windsor; and at 7pm on Sunday, July 15, at Griffo Distillery, 1320 Scott St., Petaluma. All shows, $20. Get tickets at myqkaplan.com.
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July 14: Beers for Breasts in San Rafael

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 5:12 AM

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Since 2001, the annual Breastfest Beer Festival has helped low-income women diagnosed with cancer get access to medical treatment and find relief through alternative options. To do this, Breastfest employs the North Bay’s rich bounty of brewers to come together for a day of bottomless beer-tasting, free eats, live music and community support. This year’s breweries includes locals like Marin Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing, Henhouse Brewing, 101 North Brewing, Moonlight Beer & Ale and many others, and proceeds will go to Marin-based breast cancer foundation To Celebrate Life. Saturday, July 14, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 1pm. $50–$65. thebreastfest.org.
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