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The Bollywood Masala Orchestra In this original theatrical event, lavishly costumed dancers, acrobats, fire-eaters and sword-dancers writhe and twirl to driving rhythms played on a combination of Western and Indian instruments. Oct. 16. Green Music Center's Weill Hall. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. Subscription package required. 866.955.6040.

di Party di Rosa The di Rosa hosts its 14th annual gala benefit art auction celebrating artists of Northern California. After a silent auction, frolic over to the lake for cocktails, dinner, desserts and, of course, dancing. Oct. 17. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 5pm. $300 and up. RSVP deadline, Oct. 9. 707.226.5991. www.dirosaart.org.

Dick Dale The 78-year-old surf guitar legend has been in the news for health and financial woes that have kept him touring to save his life. Still, giving it his all every time he hits the stage, which he does twice in the North Bay. Oct. 19 at City Winery, 1030 Main St, Napa. 8pm. $30–$40. 707.260.1600. Oct. 21 at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $35–$40. 415.388.1100.

'Snoopy & the Red Baron' Learn about the real Red Baron, and how Charles Schulz's inventive storylines with Snoopy's famous alter-ego, the World War I Flying Ace, contained an obsessive attention to historical detail through rare artifacts, original artworks and an expansive selection of cartoons. Oct. 24–Apr. 24, 2016. Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Weekdays, 11am–5pm; weekends, 10am–5pm. 707.579.4452.

Lake Street Dive Named by Rolling Stone magazine as "Best New Voice" last year, Brooklyn-based singer Rachael Price leads Lake Street Dive in playing an infectious blend of Southern rock, indie pop and jazz that has already propelled the band to world tours and appearances on television shows like Conan. Oct. 28. Green Music Center's Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $25 and up. 866.955.6040.

Dave Davies As a founding member of the Kinks, Dave Davies is best known for some of the most iconic guitar riffs in rock history, including massive hit songs like "Lola" and "You Really Got Me." Now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Davies brings a full band with him as part of his Rippin' Up Time tour. Oct. 30. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$60. 707.259.0123.

'Drawing/Secrets' MarinMOCA presents a national juried exhibit based on the theme of "drawing" with artists from around the country, as well as a juried member exhibit, on the theme of "secrets," that works as a practice course for teaching the next generation of curators from Sonoma State University. Oct. 31–Dec. 6. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. Wednesday–Friday, 11am–4pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. 415.506.0137.

Robert Kinmont Kinmont first came to prominence in the late 1960s and '70s before stepping away from art for 15 years to study Buddhism. This show marks the first Bay Area solo exhibit by the Sonoma-based Kinmont in over 45 years. Selecting a variety of career-spanning works, including photography and sculpture, Kinmont explores the interdependency between man and nature. Oct. 31–Jan. 24, 2016. di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–4pm. 707.226.5991.

NOVEMBER

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic The godfather of funk has been getting down since the late '60s, and to this day shows no signs of slowing, both as a performer who regularly sells out shows across the globe, and as an activist fighting for artists' rights and advocating for youth programs across the country. Nov. 1. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$65. 707.259.0123.

Russian Spectacular The Marin Symphony opens its season with a masterworks concert featuring two Russian titans of classical compositions, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, with guest artist Gleb Ivanov, a young piano virtuoso. Nov. 1 and 3. Marin Center's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Sunday, 3pm; Tuesday, 7:30pm. $40 and up; kids, $15 and up. 415.473.6800.

Isabel Allende World-renowned author and Sausalito resident Isabel Allende returns with her latest novel, The Japanese Lover. Escaping 1939 Poland, young Alma Belasco is sent to live with relatives in San Francisco, where she falls in love with a young Japanese man who gets detained in an internment camp run by the United States military. Allende talks about her new work with travel writer Don George. Nov. 4. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $35 (includes signed copy of book). 415.927.0960.

FROM CANNES TO MARIN Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett (right) and Rooney Mara star in the 1950s drama 'Carol,' recently shown at Cannes and now playing as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 8–18.
  • FROM CANNES TO MARIN Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett (right) and Rooney Mara star in the 1950s drama 'Carol,' recently shown at Cannes and now playing as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 8–18.

'Chasing Shadows' Warren Miller Entertainment releases its annual winter sports film with this fall's Chasing Shadows. This 66th edition of the touring film series is an inspiring celebration of wintertime passion with the world's best skiers and snowboarders casting shadows on the world's biggest mountains. Nov. 4. Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.525.8909. Nov. 14. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.473.6800.

Whose Live Anyway? Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff B. Davis improvise comedy scenes with suggestions from the audience, just like their popular TV show Whose Line Is It, Anyway?— but without the FCC to worry about. Nov. 6. Marin Center's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $30–$60. 415.473.6800. Nov. 7. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $39–$59. 707.546.3600.

A Wine & Food Affair Russian River Wine Road gathers over a hundred local wineries for another delicious extravaganza of the two best things in the world. Nab early tickets starting on Sept. 1—they sell out, and quickly. Nov. 7–8. Various locations in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley. 11am–4pm. $30–$70. wineroad.com.

Hospice by the Bay's Annual Ball Celebrating 40 years of care, the hospice puts on its yearly gala, including hors d'oeuvres, dinner, cocktails and wine. Live auction, live music and lively dancing. Nov. 7. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 6pm. $250. 415.526.5500. www.hospicebythebay.org.

Surround Sound: Symphony No. 1 Bosnian-born pianist Pedja Muzijevic performs two concertos with the Santa Rosa Symphony before the orchestra performs Brahms' Symphony no. 1. Nov. 7–9. Green Music Center's Weill Hall, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Saturday and Monday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. 707.546.8742.

Napa Valley Film Festival The North Bay's top film, food and wine extravaganza returns to Napa Valley with 125 films playing in four towns over the course of five days. Red-carpet screenings, sneak previews, industry panels, gala parties and appearances by many A-list Hollywood actors and filmmakers are only the beginning, as the fest also boasts several culinary and winery events to satisfy any taste. Nov. 11–15. www.nvff.org.

Rain Dance The Mill Valley Philharmonic community orchestra contributes to the efforts to end the drought in California with music to bring on the rains: Brahms' Symphony no. 3 and Virgil Thomson's "Soil Erosion and Floods," a suite from his documentary film score The River. Nov. 13–15. Osher Marin JCC Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. 415.383.0930.

American Portraits George Gershwin's 1930s masterwork Porgy and Bess highlights this Sonoma County Philharmonic performance that also includes selection from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Frank La Rocca. Nov. 14–15. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. $10–$15. www.socophil.org.

Blitzen Trapper Over the course of 15 years and seven full-length albums, Blitzen Trapper have crafted one of the most compelling and varied catalogues in contemporary rock and roll. Nov. 16. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $20–$22. 415.388.1100.

Patti Smith The rock and roll icon's last memoir, Just Kids, was an unforgettable journey through 1970s New York. Now Patti Smith returns with M Train, part memoir, part reflection on the nature of artistic inspiration and the creative life. Smith appears in conversation with another bestselling author when she sits down with Dave Eggers to talk about her new book. Nov. 18. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. $35 (includes signed copy of book). 415.927.0960.

The Misfits The famed horror-punk band, fronted by original member Jerry Only, revisit their roots and play their 1978 album Static Age in full along with a set of their other fiendishly hardcore punk classics. Nov. 20. The Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.

Janeane Garofalo As her career enters its third decade, American comedy institution Janeane Garofalo is still an unflinchingly honest and brutally funny voice. From her roles in films like Reality Bites and Wet, Hot, American Summer (which she just revisited in the hilarious new Netflix series) to her sellout national standup tours, Garofalo has remained an integral comedic figure whose biting wit only gets drier with time. Nov. 21. City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm and 9:30pm. $28–$35. 707.260.1600.

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