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Fall into the Arts

Your handy events guide, from Labor Day to Thanksgiving

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Jann Nunn: Sculpture & Works on Paper, Aug. 27–Oct. 6 Oakland-based artist shows her works and the creative process behind some of them. The art professor also has pieces in permanent installation at Sonoma State Univesity. Reception, Sept. 14, 6pm. Hammerfriar Gallery, 132 Mill St., Healdsburg. 707.473.9600.

Fall Juried Exhibition, Aug. 31–Oct. 6 This national photography show represents new directions and fresh voices. With over 50 pieces from around the nation, photographic processes and materials are integrated into the exhibit. Includes pieces from Simon Pyle, C. Wright Daniel, Christie Stewart and others. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. 415.506.0317.


Sausalito Art Festival, Aug. 31–Sept. 2 Sausalito has long been hailed as an artist's paradise, so hosting this excellent arts fest is a no-brainer. This year marks the 61st annual festival and features top-name musical entertainment (Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Mason and Psychedelic Furs are headliners) on three stages and gourmet food and beverages—not to mention there's more art to see here than in some museums! Marinship Park, Sausalito. Saturday–Sunday, 9am–6pm; Monday, 9am–5pm. $5–$25; under six, free. 415.332.3555.

Coahoma to Sonoma Blues Festival, Sept. 2 It takes 31 hours to drive the 2,121 miles straight through from Coahoma, Mississippi, to Petaluma, Calif., but don't gas up the truck just yet. Bill Bowker and the KRSH have done the legwork, bringing the blues sounds of Johnny Rawls, Charlie Musselwhite, the Hound Kings, Markus James and Kinney Kimbrough to the wine country. Lagunitas amphitheater, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. 11:30am. $10. 707.769.4495.

Awake & Away, Sept. 3–29 New paintings, drawings and collages from Jane Hambleton with the theme of being grounded in the moment while simultaneously floating freely in one's imagination. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 415.384.8288.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE The Axis Dance Company, which integrates dancers with and without physical disabilities, performs at SSU on Sept. 6
  • WHEEL OF FORTUNE The Axis Dance Company, which integrates dancers with and without physical disabilities, performs at SSU on Sept. 6

Axis Dance Company, Sept. 6 One of the world's most acclaimed dance ensembles redefines the notions of traditional dance, featuring performers with and without disabilities. Check out the troupe that paved the way for physically integrated dance at Person Theater, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $10. 707.664.2382.

Wine Country Ukulele Fest, Sept. 6–8 Free live music kicks off the start of the festival Friday at the St. Helena farmers market in Crane Park from 10am to noon. The fun continues Saturday with ukulele jam sessions and open mic, and concludes Sunday with a kid's day, which includes instructional workshops and live Hawaiian music. Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. 10am–5pm. $35 per workshop or $95 for three-workshop daily pass. 707.226.7372.

Cajun & Zydeco Fest, Sept. 7 This 18th annual fest in Sebastopol infuses life with some good ol' fashioned New Orleans spice. All rumps under the redwoods are guaranteed to be shakin' as Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble and Dwight Carrier & Ro Dogg storm the stage to take the edge off those oyster shooters. Ives Park, 400 Willow St., Sebastopol. 11:30am–7pm. $22; under 12, free. 707.823.3631.

The Beach Boys, Sept. 7 They're still together, touring despite all the odds, bringing their message of fun, sun and surf. Talk about an Indian summer! Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $65–$85. 707.546.3600.

Kitchen Memories: Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection, Sept. 7–Dec. 1 See how society has changed through time by peeking into kitchens from the 1890s to now with this collection of menus, matchbooks, giamos and gadgets. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. 707.939.7862.

Tom Barbash, Sept. 10, 13 The award-winning author of The Last Good Chance reads from his latest collection of stories, Stay Up with Me. Other stories have been published in Tin House, McSweeny's and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Sept. 10 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960. Sept. 13 at Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. Free. 707.762.0563.

Chautauqua Revue, Sept. 12–14. With last year's sold-out show, it's no surprise that the revue is back for its 11th year. New twists with musicians, storytellers, performers and clowns keep audiences on their toes while keeping certain traditions alive. Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. Thursday–Saturday at 7:30pm; children's matinee, Saturday at 2pm. Thursday, $19–$40; Friday–Saturday, $26–$40. 707.874.1557.

Wine Country Salsa & Bachata Festival, Sept. 13–14 The first day of the second annual festival includes a special guest instructor and floor show. The next day has live salsa by Orquestra, and DJ Hong and DJ Tualteca mixing live salsa and bachata until the wee hours of the morning. Winetasting, barbecue and an after-party conclude the festivities. Finley Auditorium, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. $70–$110. 707.293.4292.

Unity Festival, Sept. 13–15 The party comes back for a third year on the Russian River, bringing with it all the glory of community. Focus the energies of the human spirit through music, dance, art and education. The lineup includes Clear Conscience, Irie Love, Through the Roots, Kush County and others. Along the Russian River at the Guerneville Lodge. 15905 River Road, Guerneville. $35–$265. 707.327.6052.

Old Grove Festival, Sept. 14 It's hard to find a better acoustic amphitheater than the one at the heart of Armstrong Woods. Headlining the festival is Houston Jones with ramblers Carlos Reyes, Shana Morrison, Alexander Nelson, Teresa Tudury, David Luning and Jim and Kathy Ocean. Bring flashlights, seat cushions and warm clothes. Redwood Forest Theater, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 4pm. $25. 707.869.9177.

Fiesta de Independencia, Sept. 14 Celebrate Mexico's independence with authentic food, music, and games and activities for the entire family. Featuring live mariachi bands, piñatas and a good deal of dancing—and don't miss out on the salsa contest. It's always packed at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.546.3600.

Petaluma Craft Beer Festival, Sept. 14 Though there will be music by the Fossils, the Dixie Giants, the Friday Night Jam Band and the renowned Petaluma Pete, this event's really about the beer. A short list of the 15 breweries participating include Henhouse, Lagunitas, 101 North, Moylan's, Dempsey's and Bear Republic. Downtown Petaluma. 1pm. $30–$40.

Drew Carey, Sept. 14 There's this weird parallel universe where Drew Carey, the standup comedian who had his own hit sitcom and "judged" the hilarious and occasionally risqué improv comedy show Whose Line Is It, Anyway? is the current host of the game show The Price Is Right. Wait, that's this universe? And he's doing a live standup show? Whoa . . . Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $35–$40. 7pm and 9pm. 707.226.7372.


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