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Fiesta de Indepencia Celebrate Mexico's independence with a day-long fiesta featuring authentic food, music, games and activities for the entire family. Dance to live mariachi bands and swing at piñatas—and don't miss out on the salsa contest. Sept. 13. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.546.3600.

'Kara Women Speak' Solo exhibit from Sonoma Valley photographer Jane Baldwin gives voice to the women of the Omo River Valley of southwestern Ethiopia and northern Kenya through life-size photographs, film and accompanying stories. Sept. 12–Dec. 6. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 707.939.7862.

The Left Coast Juried group exhibit features several West Coast artists offering up interpretations on their home states, ranging in scope from agriculture to politics, with multimedia works. Sept. 17–Oct. 24. Marin Society of Artists, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Wednesday–Sunday, noon–4pm. 415.454.9561.

Unity Festival The party comes back for a fifth year on the Russian River, celebrating unity through diversity, and mashing up bluegrass, reggae and electronic dance music. Focus the energies of the human spirit through music, dance, art and education in a joyful community atmosphere. The lineup includes Steve Kimock, Moonalice, Spafford, Riotmaker and others. Along the Russian River at the Guerneville Lodge. Sept. 18–20. 15905 River Road, Guerneville. $35 and up. www.unityfestival.com.

Mountain Film Festival Fourth annual event packs 55 documentaries covering extreme sports and environmental activism into three days of screenings, with guest speakers and special events. Last year's event sold out, so advance tickets are suggested. Sept. 18–20. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $14–$140 (full weekend pass). 415.383.9600.

Lucky Penny Productions Opening at the beginning of this year, the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is the new home of Lucky Penny Productions, and an incubator for exciting and imaginative arts. This fall, the theater company brings a slew of classics and new plays to the heart of Napa. The season starts with a musical version of the beloved children's story The Secret Garden, Sept. 18–Oct. 4. Next, Gruesome Playground Injuries, an off-Broadway hit from 2011, explores heavy themes through an intimate character study, Oct. 16–25. Then, the delightful comedy Beyond Therapy brings one of playwright Christopher Durang's best works to the stage, Nov. 6–22. 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.

Ross Valley Players Operating in Marin continually since 1930, the players once again present a season packed with classic works and world premieres. First up, the true story of the worst singer in the world kicks off the season when Glorious! runs Sept. 18–Oct. 18. Other works, like The Ladies of the Camellias, The Diary of Anne Frank and Robin Hood, keep the season exciting. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 415.456.9555, ext. 1.

Spreckels Theatre Company The semi-professional resident theater company presents another season of critically acclaimed productions and show-stopping musicals. The swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island sets sail Sept. 18–Oct. 4. Next, soprano Jennifer Mitchell returns to star in The Light in the Piazza, Oct. 9–25. Other classic plays, like Little Women and Kismet, continue the season. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.

'Alchemy / Memory' Exhibit from Inverness-based, husband-and-wife artists and Gallery Route One members Tim Graveson and Zea Morvitz explores the dual themes of alchemical potions and memories in a variety of media. Sept. 18–Oct. 25. 11101 Hwy. 1, Ste. 101, Point Reyes Station. Wednesday–Monday, 11am–5pm. Opening reception, Sept. 20 at 3pm. 415.663.1347.

YE OLDE REN FAIRE The queen of England herself would approve of the annual 'Much Ado About Sebastopol' Renaissance fair, complete with imaginative fashions, Sept. 26–27.
  • YE OLDE REN FAIRE The queen of England herself would approve of the annual 'Much Ado About Sebastopol' Renaissance fair, complete with imaginative fashions, Sept. 26–27.

'Nourish' Guest curator and artist Nancy Willis presents a multifaceted exhibit that examines the intersection of dining, hospitality and art within Napa Valley and how it's viewed by the global community. Sept. 18–Nov. 29 (opening reception Sept. 18), Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm. 707.944.0500.

Art for Life 2015 Support Face-to-Face/Sonoma County AIDS Network in their mission to end HIV in the North Bay, and get some fine art from hundreds of generous donators at this 28th annual auction and party. Sept. 19. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 2–6pm. $75. 707.544.1581.

Old Grove Festival It's hard to find better acoustics in the heart of the Armstrong Woods than the 1930s-era, open-air Redwood Forest Theater, home of the annual Old Grove Festival. Headlining the festival this year is Hot Buttered Rum and openers One Grass Two Grass. Bring flashlights, seat cushions and warm clothes. Sept. 19. Redwood Forest Theater, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 4:30pm. $30–$75. One child free with paying adult. 707.869.9177.

Bob Mould Beginning with the formation of Hüsker Dü in 1979, Bob Mould has consistently reimagined the restrictions of hardcore punk rock with ambitiously conceptual and experimental albums. His current Solo Electric tour sees the songwriter playing both his newest material and revisited classics. Sept. 19. City Winery Napa. 1030 Main St., Napa. 6pm. $25–$35. 707.260.1600.

Poetry Walk Petaluma's Poetry Walk is back for its 20th year. Events are scattered throughout Petaluma within easy walking distance of each other, featuring celebrated poets and music. Sept. 20. 11am–7pm. Check website for venues and poets. www.petalumapoetrywalk.org.

Napa Valley Aloha Festival The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation hosts this eighth annual event that expands to two days and includes live music and dance, Hawaiian food, and arts and crafts. Sept. 19–20. Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa. Saturday,10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm. Free (bring a canned food for donation). 707.418.8588.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival The sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography of some 150 different artists are on display under the redwoods at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. This 59th annual festival, with live music by Midnight North, Blithedale Canyon and others, and plenty of children's activities, makes sure that all profits go to local schools and charities. Sept. 19–20. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 10am–5pm. $5–$10; kids under 12, free. 415.381.8090.

Napa Valley Open Studios Studios from all stretches of Napa Valley are open for this 28th annual event, taking place over the last two weekends in September. Self-guided tours feature more than 70 diverse artists working in several media. The event is juried, and unlike other open studio tours in the North Bay, the entire affair is run by the artists. Sept. 19–20 and 26–27. 10am to 5pm. Maps and info at nvos.sbw.org.

Redwood Arts Council The 35th season of this world-class chamber-music series presents renowned performers in an intimate space for truly unforgettable concert experiences. On Sept. 20, the Swensen LaDeur Duo and clarinetist Brenden Guy perform a program of sonatas. On Oct. 12, El Mundo, under the direction of guitarist Richard Savino, presents The Kingdoms of Castille. On Nov. 15, the Escher String Quartet offers up works by Haydn, Shostakovich and others. Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. www.redwoodarts.org.

'Fire & Water' Juried group exhibit showcases Bay Area artists utilizing innovative techniques, unusual materials and unconventional interpretations revolving around the elemental power of fire, water or both. Sept. 23–Nov. 13. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Gallery, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. 415.451.8119.

Kristin Chenoweth Known for her Tony-winning roles on Broadway, including Sally in the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth is a petite powerhouse of a vocalist. The actress and singer brings the Green Music Center's summer season to a rousing conclusion on Sept. 25 at the center's Weill Hall and lawn, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $35 and up. 866.955.6040.

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