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Fall Arts 2018



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Sonoma Harvest Music Festival The music lovers at B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma Valley teamed up with the festival aficionados at BottleRock to conjure up this intimate weekend of live music, food, wine and communal vibes. Saturday's lineup includes music by indie-folk sibs the Avett Brothers and upbeat ensemble Lake Street Dive, while Sunday's lineup features sets by harmonizing indie-rockers the Head & the Heart and instrumental duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Sept. 22–23. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Tickets are sold-out; ticket exchange information is available at

Sonoma Bach Choir Led by musical director Robert Worth, the classical collective presents a season titled "Light Out of Darkness," which sets out to celebrate music as a torch of inspiration in troubled times. And, boy, are we living in those. The opening recital, "Tokens of Peace," features the Live Oak Baroque orchestra and countertenor Christopher Fritzsche on Sept. 23. For Thanksgiving, the Sonoma Bach Choir joins the orchestra for "I Fear Namore (No More) the Night," which features several selections from the Bach man himself on Nov. 16–17. Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.303.4604.

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival One of the oldest and biggest parties in the Sonoma Valley is back for its 121st year. As ever, there's lots of live music, amazing food, spectacular wines and family-friendly activities—including the opening-night gala, the traditional grape stomp, a light-up parade and more. The Vintage focuses on local culture and community, and is wholly organized by local volunteers to benefit several Sonoma County nonprofits and projects. Sept. 28–30 at Sonoma Plaza, First St. E., Sonoma.

Hands Across the Valley Benefiting Napa Valley food programs, including the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Table, the Salvation Army and more, the 26th annual event features tastings from many noted Napa chefs and winemakers, silent and live auctions, and dancing under the stars with Bay Area party band Neon Velvet. Sept. 29. Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena. 4pm. $125 and up.

Harvest Celebration Kendall-Jackson's second annual Harvest Celebration, formerly the Heirloom Tomato Festival, syncs fine food, good wine and great entertainment in support of the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County. Outdoor painting sessions, live music, educational seminars and more compliment the tasty array of culinary delights. Sept. 30. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 11am–4pm. $150. 707.571.8100.


Sonoma County Harvest Fair Hit up the World Championship Grape Stomp competition, sip some wine in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, go local and peruse the Wine Country Marketplace or simply get down to some swingin' music at this 44th annual event. Oct. 5–7, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Friday, 4–9pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. $5; kids 12 and under, free. Tasting Pavilion tickets, $60.

Santa Rosa Symphony The acclaimed symphony's 91st season features new music director and conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, who leads the orchestra in the classical program "Passion & Power," with guest violinist Amaud Sussmann, on Oct. 6–8, followed by "Dancing Across Time," with guest guitarist Sharon Isbin, on Nov. 3–5. The performances include a pre-concert talk with the conductor. Weill Hall at Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Times vary, $24 and up.

Sebastopol Craft Brew Bash The Rotary Club of Sebastopol invites all to sample the best beers, wine, food and music in the civic organization's new fundraising extravaganza. Oct. 13. Holy Ghost Society, 7960 Mill Station Road, Sebastopol. 2pm–8pm.

Sonoma County Art Trails This annual tradition offers a self-guided opportunity to enjoy the abundance of creative local talent, and to buy directly from artists while peeking into their workspaces—there are 170 participants this year. Oct. 13–14 and 20–21. 10am–5pm. Preview exhibit at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4pm; Saturday, 1–4pm. Free.

A Food & Wine Weekend The Culinary Institute of America and Food & Wine Magazine team up for a powerhouse weekend of edible excellences. Immerse yourself in savory flavors, learn cooking and kitchen skills and enjoy a culinary spectacle. You won't have your security credentials revoked at this CIA. Oct. 19–21, CIA at Copia, 500 First St,. Napa. 707.967.2500.


Wine & Food Affair Nearly a hundred local wineries from the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys open their doors for another delicious extravaganza featuring two of the best things in the world. Wine samples are met with a special food pairing to go with the pours. Hosted by Wine Road, the event always sells out, so nab tickets as early as Aug. 29, when they go on sale. The affair commences Nov. 3–4. Various locations in Sonoma County. 11am–4pm. $30–$80.

Napa Valley Film Festival The North Bay's top film-food-wine triumvirate of joy returns to Napa Valley with 120 films playing in four towns over the course of five days. Do the math: it's awesome. Red-carpet screenings, sneak previews, industry panels, gala parties and appearances by A-list Hollywood types are only the beginning. The festival also boasts several culinary and winery events to satisfy any taste. Nov. 7–11.

Art & Exhibitions

Arts Guild of Sonoma "Art in an Age of Anxiety" is a juried group show that features artists who chronicle, illuminate and cope with the angsty moment we're in. Reception: Sept. 1 at 5pm. 140 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 707.996.3115.

Napa Valley Museum Paintings by Melissa Chandon and Matt Rogers, as well as surfboard art by Tim Bessell, comprise the "California Dreamin'" exhibition that captures the spirit of the Golden State that took hold of the American imagination in the 1960s—thanks to the Beach Boys, the Summer of Love and Jerry Garcia's beard. Reception: Sept. 1. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. 5pm. $20. 707.944.0500.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts "Figure study," the human form, has been the subject of artistic expression since the cavemen days, and this juried exhibit displays several artists' interpretations of the figure as a narrative tool in storytelling. Reception: Sept. 8. 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 5pm. 707.431.1970.

Riverfront Art Gallery The high-end gallery, run by artists Lance Kuehne and Jerrie Jerné Morago, marks its 11th year with a group show featuring 20 artists. They'll be on hand hand for the show's reception, as will a variety of Sonoma County wines and music from Kevin Loewen. Sept. 8. 132 Petaluma Blvd., N., Petaluma. 5pm. Free. 707.775.4278.

Agent Ink Gallery The contemporary screen-print and poster-art gallery hosts a mouthful of an art show this fall: "2 Troglodytes Swimming Upstream in a River of Breakdancing Flies." Translated: the wildly colorful works of Ricky Watts and Chris Jehly. Reception: Sept. 15. 531 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 7pm.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sculpture Jam Sebastopol collaborates with the SCA to present a seven-month outdoor sculpture installation, "Art on the Lawn," opening Sept. 23. The gallery also hosts the "Sonoma County Art Trails Preview Exhibit" beginning on Sept. 28. Curated collections of art and poetry, "Reverberations: A Visual Conversation," opens Oct. 25. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 707.829.4797.

Museums of Sonoma County The Art Museum of Sonoma County hosts its annual Gala & After-Party, this year themed "Reimagine the Future," on Sept. 29. The neighboring History Museum of Sonoma County hosts a Día de los Muertos exhibit, which opens with a family-focused day of activities, on Oct. 21. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art See and hear the stories behind 20 Sonoma art collectors, who share their art with SVMA as part of the gallery's 20th anniversary. Also showing, "From Fire, Love Rises," which features stories from artists effected by the October 2017 fires. Reception: Sept. 29. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 6pm. $10. 707.939.7862.

HOW SOON IS SEPT. 28? 'Cause that's when Johnny Marr plays a solo show at Gundlach Bundschu!
  • HOW SOON IS SEPT. 28? 'Cause that's when Johnny Marr plays a solo show at Gundlach Bundschu!

Clubs & Venues

Gundlach Bundschu Winery Hard to pronounce and easy to love, Gun Bun winery makes the most of its outdoor space, redwood barn and wine cave to bring the best indie rock acts from today and yesterday. Bay Area singer-songwriter Nicki Bluhm, best known for leading the rock band the Gramblers, performs a solo show in support of her latest album, To Ride You Gotta Fall, on Sept. 1. Synth-pop mainstays Future Islands gets the beat going on Sept. 14. Guitar god—and founding member of the Smiths—Johnny Marr plays a solo show on Sept. 28. Indie-rock veteran Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band return to Gun Bun on Oct. 7. Eclectic indie stars Ty Segall and White Fence share the show on Oct. 11. Swedish pop sensation Lykke Li gets a groove going on Oct. 18. 200 Denmark St., Sonoma. 707.938.5277.


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