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Mystic Theatre & Music Hall Petaluma's historic venue and former movie house offers a lineup of headlining performers from across the musical spectrum. Santa Rosa rock 'n' roll veteran John Courage leads his trio in a single-release show on Sept. 1. Iconic British psychedelic pop legends the Zombies perform Sept. 8. L.A. folk-rockers Dawes hit the stage on Oct. 4. Former New York City subway "Brasshouse" buskers (and now nationally touring trio) Too Many Zooz roll in on Oct. 9. Pioneering classic-rock outfit Y&T return to the Mystic Nov. 17–18. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.775.6048.
- ZOO LANDING Former buskers Too Many Zooz play the Mystic Theatre in October.
Green Music Center Sonoma State University's world-class music center, centered by the stunning Weill Hall, hosts another season of top-tier artists from around the world. Lyle Lovett brings his Large Band to perform on Sept. 8. Americana act Bumper Jacksons headline the Banjos & Bourbon benefit for music programs at the center on Sept. 15. R&B powerhouse Tower of Power celebrate their 50th anniversary, with special guest the Average White Band in concert on Sept. 22. Afro-Mexican outfit Las Cafeteras moves to the rhythm on Sept. 28. South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Rohnert Park on Oct. 12. And last but definitely not least, folk icon Joan Baez appears as part of her Fare Thee Well Tour on Nov. 11. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866.955.6040.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts The Burbank welcomes an array of veteran talent from the world of music and more this fall. Music-producer extraordinaire T Bone Burnett takes audiences on a tour of his work and collaborations with musicians across all genres, in a special storytelling program on Sept. 9. Nineties rockers Gin Blossoms and Big Head Todd & the Monsters share the bill on Sept. 13. Singer-songwriter Norah Jones croons to the crowd on Sept. 20. Roots and country star Alison Krauss appears Oct. 6. Dance and pop superstar Paula Abdul returns to the stage in a new tour that stops in the North Bay on Nov. 7. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Uptown Theatre Napa's Art Deco landmark welcomes musicians and comedians from all parts to the region, through the fall. Genre-defying rockers the Mavericks perform Sept. 12. Late-night TV host Craig Ferguson appears as part of his Hobo Fabulous tour Sept. 16. Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford lays down the blues on Sept. 22. Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and '60s pop icons Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes throw it back to the good old days on Oct. 9. Filmmaker Kevin Smith, recently recovered from a heart attack, and Ralph Garman appear for a live recording of their podcast Hollywood Babble-On, rescheduled form earlier this year, on Nov. 16. Todd Rundgren gets characteristically unpredictable in concert, Nov. 18. 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.
Blue Note Napa The Napa emporium of fine music offers close-up and personal performances by an array of musicians from genres that include blues, jazz, funk and soul. Chart-topping vocalist Brian McKnight offers three nights of musical harmony Sept. 27–29. Acclaimed jazz experimenter Rachel Eckroth plays an album-release show on Oct. 18. Songwriter-producers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, who've worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Bruno Mars, step behind the mic for the first time as Louis York for a Halloween party Oct. 31. Comedy vet and actress Sandra Bernhard appears for two nights as part of her latest "Sandemonium" standup tour, Nov. 16–17. 1030 Main St., Napa. 707.880.2300.
Main Stage West The Sebastopol theater house kicks off its fall season with a world premiere of the raucous comedy Savage Wealth, in which two brothers run into all sorts of obstacles trying to sell their Tahoe home, Aug. 31–Sept. 16. Then, David Lear directs the warm and humane drama The Night Alive, about two rundown individuals who try to make more of their lives together, Oct. 12–28. 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.0177.
Cinnabar Theater The revered Petaluma theater presents the infamous Kit Kat Klub in pre-WWII Germany, which serves as the backdrop to the blockbuster musical Cabaret, Aug. 31– Sept. 16. Then, director Taylor Korobow returns to Cinnabar to helm the deeply emotional story of The Great God Plan, Oct. 12–28. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.763.8920.
Lucky Penny Productions Napa's theater-production house opens its season with Stephen Sondheim's contemporary-classic musical Into the Woods, Sept. 7–23. Then, Noël Coward's beloved comedy Blithe Spirit is resurrected in the North Bay, Oct. 19–Nov. 4. 1758 Industrial Way, Napa. 707.266.6305.
Left Edge Theatre Continuing in the tradition of the longtime Santa Rosa company Actors' Theatre, Left Edge presents a season of imaginative productions that push the envelope on a local level. British comedy hit The Naked Truth makes its U.S. premiere Sept. 7–30. Multi-award-winning comedy Hand to God, featuring a hand puppet possessed by the Devil, runs Oct. 19–Nov. 11. Unhand me, Satan! 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Spreckels Theatre Company The semi-pro resident theater company has a knack for producing critically acclaimed straight plays and show-stopping musicals. A 15-year-old amateur sleuth is on the case in the international sensation The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, running Sept. 7–30. Then, the creepy, kooky and delightfully spooky Addams Family musical celebrates the Halloween season Oct. 12–28. 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 707.588.3400.
6th Street Playhouse Housed in the heart of Railroad Square, the popular playhouse continues to engage the community with plays and musicals designed to delight and entertain. Classic Broadway musical Guys & Dolls rolls the dice and rocks the boat Sept. 14–Oct. 7. Everyone's favorite orphan, Annie, sings about tomorrow, the sun and how it's coming out, Nov. 23–Dec. 16. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 707.523.4185.
Raven Players The players present a gamut of shows that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. The topical gun-violence study Church & State and the foreign-correspondent drama Time Stands Still alternate on every other show day between Sept. 20 and Oct. 7. They're followed by the Irish drama Outside Mullingar, Oct. 25– Nov. 4. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 707.433.6335.
SSU Theatre & Dance Sonoma State University's dramatic arts department presents several, well, dramatic works this fall. Go figure. First, a poor soldier in a small German town suffers a breakdown and begins experiencing apocalyptic visions in the stark and fragmentary Woyzeck, running Oct. 4–13. Then, a collapse in the U.S. energy grid leads a band of post-apocalyptic survivors to share their memories of pop culture before the lights went out in Mr. Burns, running Oct. 31– Nov. 4. Things take a decidedly upbeat turn for the university's Fall Dance concert, which features student works in motion, Nov. 29–Dec .2. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 707.644.2474.
Sonoma Arts Live The theater company's 2017–18 season is themed "A Toast to the Classics," and it doesn't get any more classic than the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! Directed by Michael Ross, the production features Bay Area theater stars Dani Innocenti Beem and Tim Setzer, recognized by local critics for their work in Sonoma Arts Live's previous production of Gypsy. Say hello to the beloved musical Oct. 5–21. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. sonomaartslive.org.
SRJC Theatre Arts While the Santa Rosa Junior College's Burbank Auditorium is undergoing renovations, the 2018–19 season is moving around a bit to various venues, but with no letdown in sight as far as quality goes. The charming and relatable comedy, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, runs Oct. 5–14 at SRJC's Newman Auditorium, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Then, Shrek: The Musical warms the heart Nov. 16–Dec. 2, at Maria Carrillo High School, 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. theatrearts.santarosa.edu.