- GRAND OPENING At press time, limited indoor tickets have just been released for the opening night of the Green Music Center, featuring red-hot pianist Lang Lang, on Sept. 29.
Sausalito Art Festival Sept. 1–3
Sausalito has long been hailed as an artists paradise, so hosting this excellent arts fest is a no-brainer. The music is always a draw, and this year features Smash Mouth, Herman's Hermits, the Yardbirds and others—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. 415.331.3757.
Bela Fleck with Marcus Roberts Trio Sept. 4
One of the world's premier banjo players joined onstage by the Marcus Roberts Trio, pioneering new sounds from the classic jazz tradition. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $60–$65. 707.226.7372.
Wine Country Ukulele Fest Sept. 7–9
Ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein leads the pack at this fifth annual festival with plenty of guest stars on Friday, Sept. 7. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7–10pm. $25–$50. 707.226.7372. Saturday and Sunday are more interactive, with lessons for beginners and jam sessions. Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena. 10am–5pm. $35 per workshop. 707.226.7372.
Robert Cray Sept. 8
It's hard to really put a tag on the soothing music that this Grammy winner plays—something between a little rock with a bit of soul and a stir of jazz with a pinch of gospel. Robert Cray brings his newest album This Time, with contributions from the rest of his very adept band members. Get ready for "this time" of your life at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$45. 707.259.0123.
Napa River Wine and Crafts Fair Sept. 8
Over 150 artists showing original art, live music in Veterans Park and plenty of wine and beer in this huge outdoor art festival that's been running for nigh on 36 years now. A fine afternoon spent surrounded by inspiration. First and Main Sts. and at Veterans Park, Napa. 10am$ndash;5:30pm. 707.257.0322.
Cajun & Zydeco Fest Sept. 8
The 17th 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 Lynn August Jr., Mark St. Mary, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and Andre Theirry storm the stage to take the edge off those crawfish and oyster shooters. Ives Park, 400 Willow St., Sebastopol. 11:30am–7pm. $25; under 12, free. 707.823.3631. www.winecountrycajun.com.
Art for Life Sept. 8
Support Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network and get some fine art at this 25th annual auction and party. Last year, Art for Life raised over $2 million. Exhibit preview on Friday, Sept. 16, from noon to 3pm; bidding begins the next day at 2pm and goes to 6pm. Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. $75. 707.544.1581. www.f2f.org.
Art in the Park Sept. 8-9
HUge art event taking over Walnut Park in Petaluma, featuring 50 local artists and live music to benefit art in the schools. Walnut Park, Petaluma Blvd. at D St., Petaluma. 10am-5pm both days. 707.793.2113.
- STICKING OUT Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette plays in a trio with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke at the Napa Valley Opera House on Sept. 9.
Jack DeJohnette Trio Sept. 9
A historic trio of true genius—Jack DeJohnette, 2012 NEA Jazz Master; Chick Corea, 16-time Grammy winner and pianist; and the great Stanley Clarke on bass. Don't forget to wish DeJohnette a happy 70th birthday. Napa Valley Opera House,1030 Main St., Napa. $80–$85. 707.226.7372.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Auction Sept. 9
Help support arts programming in western Sonoma County at this inexpensive, fun evening featuring martinis, wine, desserts and, of course, an auction. Preview and pre-bidding starts 10am. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. $20. 707.829.4797.
EcoFair Marin Sept. 9
Dedicated to promoting a sustainable Marin, EcoFair features workshops and programs by professionals in green industries and community members. This year, Van Jones, a globally recognized pioneer in human rights and clean energy and author of Rebuild the Dream, will be the keynote speaker. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am–6pm. $5. 415.519.5565.
Willie Nelson & FamilySept. 9
He is no "Red Headed Stranger" to fame, with over 200 albums. Having toured endlessly aboard his Honeysuckle Rose III, Nelson makes a stop in Marin County—his first in over a decade. Don't miss the bus at Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $70–$90. 415.499.6400.
Musically Modified - CANCELED
Sept. 9 GMOs riding up your wall? You're not alone—join the rest of your fellow friends at this rocking festival featuring a silent auction, live music from Earth-conscious artists, dance and theatrical performances, and, of course, pure food. It's a huge food fest for Proposition 37 at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 5pm. $43–$199. 707.546.3600.
Santa Rosa International Film Festival Sept. 12–23
For 26 years, the Wine Country Film Festival has hopped from city to city, reinventing itself each time along the way. As the Santa Rosa International Film Festival, it offers seven different series, including World Cinema, Music in Film, CineLatino, EcoCinema and more. Various venues throughout Santa Rosa, including the Glaser Center and the Arlene Francis Center. www.sriff.org.
Tenth Annual Chautauqua Revue Sept. 13–15
This year's gathering is sure to entertain, with the Hubbub Club Street Marching Band, hula-hooping Natasha Kaluza and music by Big B & His City Slickers and others. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, 15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental. Thursday–Saturday at 8pm; also, children's matinee Saturday at 2pm. $12–$20. 707.874.1557. www.oaec.org.
Wine Country Salsa & Bachata Festival Sept. 14–16
Three days of salsa and bachata. Two rooms with world-class performers instructing how to look good on your feet. One chance to see these shows, artists, and eat the delicious Hector Gonz barbecue. Finley Auditorium, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. Friday, 7:30pm–2am; Saturday, 9:30am–2am; Sunday, 11am–4pm. $25–$100. 707.293.4292.
Unity Festival Sept. 14–16
The party comes back for a second year on the Russian River, bringing with it all the glory of a community. Focus the energies of your human spirit with the rest of your brothers and sisters through music, dance, art and education. The diverse lineup includes Rootman J & the Zionyouth Club, Keithie Kulcha, Hula Skirt and others. Become one with the earth and its people Friday–Sunday along the Russian River at the Guerneville Lodge. 15905 River Road, Guerneville. $15–$325. 707.327.6052.
Corazon Latino Sept. 15
Bienvenidos todos to the second annual Latin Music Festival, featuring melodies to make your hips move to the rhythm and your heart strum with the beat. Flamenco, mariachi, wine, beer and snacks are the salsa of this festival. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $25–$30. 707.226.7372.
Fall Napa Valley Aloha Festival Sept. 15
The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation hosts live music and dance, authentic foods, arts and crafts, and a variety of vendors provide a bounty of delights for the senses. Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third St., Napa. 10am–6pm. Free; bring a canned-food donation. 707.966.4017.
Old Grove Festival Sept. 15
It's hard to find a better acoustic amphitheater than the one located at the heart of Armstrong Woods. Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks take on the theme "Swinging in the Redwoods." The Mighty Chiplings and Gordon & D'Orazi pre-show and Solid Air open. Bring flashlights, seat cushions and warm clothes. Redwood Forest Theater, Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 4pm. $10–$40. 707.869.9177.
Fiesta de IndependenciaSept. 15
Come celebrate Mexico's independence with authentic food, music, games and activities for the entire family. Featuring live mariachi bands, pinatas and a good deal of dancing—and don't miss out on the salsa contest. Vive la fiesta at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. Free. 707.546.3600.
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Sept. 15-16
The sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography of some 150 different artists are on display under the beautiful trees of Mill Valley. This festival, with live music, makes sure that all profits go to local schools and charities. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm. $5–$10; under 12, free. 415.381.8090.
Poetry Walk Sept. 16
Petaluma's Poetry Walk is back for yet another year, the 17th of the premier literary festival. Events are scattered throughout Historic Petaluma within easy walking distance of each other, featuring celebrated poets and music. 11am–7pm. Free. Check website for venues and poets at www.petalumapoetrywalk.org.
Pat Metheny Unity Band Sept. 18
Acclaimed jazz guitarist Pat Metheny returns, bringing his Unity Band. Hear sounds that you didn't even know could come out of a guitar with Metheny's fusion-filled eclectic style at the Napa Valley Opera House,1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $60–$65. 707.226.7372.
- BONING DOWN Trombone Shorty rips it up in a sure-to-make-you-move concert at the Wells Fargo Center on Sept. 19.
Trombone Shorty Sept. 19
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his Grammy-nominated band have been winning fans across five continents, performing "supafunkrock" in an exhilirating combination of old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30–$40. 707.546.3600.
Cirque Chinois Sept. 21
One of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes from Beijing visits Napa, bringing their tantalizing balancing, trapeze, juggling and contortion acts. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $20–$35. 707.226.7372.
Healdsburg International Short Film Festival Sept. 21–23
Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan and Ed Begley Jr. are among the jury for this film festival, which moved from Bodega last year. Practically every genre is represented at this one-of-a-kind fest, so don't miss your chance at the Raven Film Center. 415 Center St., Healdsburg. $12–$120. 707.827.3332.
Sixth Annual Pacific Pinball Exhibition Sept. 21–23
With half an acre of pinball machines set to free play, Pacific Pinball is the largest exhibition of pinball machines in the world. It also showcases the history of automated games from their inception in the 1930s to the hyperrealistic games of today. Lectures, tournaments and more. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Friday–Saturday, 10am–midnight; Sunday, 10am–8pm. $15–$30. 415.473.6400.
Floating Homes Tour Sept. 22
This year, 15 homes on the Sausalito waterfront are open for the sweet voyeur to enjoy while wandering and contemplating life on a houseboat. Sausalito. 11am–4pm. $35–$40. 415.332.1916.
Much Ado About SebastopolSept. 22–23
This third-annual festival rushes to fill the hole left when the Ren Faire finally pulled out of Novato's Black Point. Much Ado partners with the many Renaissance guilds in the area to reproduce a merry autumn day in dear Elizabeth's time, replete with fencing, workshops, games, food and drink, vendors, belly dancing, turkey legs and all the many reliable things Ren Faire-goers love. Costumes encouraged. Ives Park, 7400 Willow Ave., Sebastopol. 10am–8pm. $5–$10. www.muchadoaboutsebastopol.org.
Napa Valley Open Studios Sept. 22–23 and 29–30
Studios from all stretches of Napa Valley are open for this 25th annual four-day self-guided tour, featuring artists of all diverse art forms. The event is juried, and unlike other open-studio tours in the North Bay, the entire affair is run by the artists themselves. 10am–5pm. Maps and info at www.napavalleyopenstudios.org.
EarleFest Sept. 22
A swingin' afternoon spent in wide-open west Santa Rosa, this benefit for the Earle Baum Center features Rodney Crowell, Carolyn Wonderland, Poor Man's Whiskey and the David Luning Band. There will be good old-fashioned barbecue and cold beer, as well as local wine and veggie options to fill sun-warmed bellies. Earle Baum Center of the Blind, 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. Noon–6pm. $25-30. 707.523.3222.
California Beer Festival Sept. 22
The California Beer Festival makes its way up from Santa Clara to spread its glory in Marin! With over 60 mouthwatering local craft beers to taste, live music from the Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland and enough food to fill all your stomachs, why miss a perfectly sunny day inside when you have all that and bocce ball? Drink with a clear conscience—benefits go to support student athletes of Marin County—on Saturday at Stafford Lake Park. Novato Boulevard, Novato. Noon–5pm. $45–$65. 805.323.5691.
Sonoma County Book Festival Sept. 22
The 12th annual book fest features readings and workshops by both local and national authors, a sure bet for any bookworm. More than 50 local authors and poets, among them Gaye LeBaron, Daedalus Howell, Joan Frank, Thomas Peele, Ken Weaver, Bart Schneider, Doug Jayne, Eliot Daum, Jonah Raskin, Meg McConahey and many others. Plenty of young adult and children's programs, and even a teen poetry slam to keep the whole family busy. Old Courthouse Square and environs (some readings at the main library), downtown Santa Rosa. 10am–4pm. Free. 707.537.8783. www.socobookfest.org.
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Sept. 24–25
Now in its 36th year, the Russian River Jazz and Blues festival has Saturday's jazz of George Benson, Brian Culbertson and Tower of Power along with Sunday's blues crews Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph and The Blues Broads. Johnson's Beach, 16241 First St., Guerneville. 10am to 6pm. $50; ages five and under, free. 707.869.1595. www.omegaevents.com.
Atelier One Sept. 28–30
This historic two-story red brick building in a cozy west Sonoma County hamlet hosts a 25th anniversary complete with art and music, open studios and opportunities to see work in progress. Atelier One, 2860 Bowen St., Graton. Friday, 6–9pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–6pm. Free.
100 Thousand Poets for Change Sept. 28-30
Join poets for their second year from all over the world (600 events in 110 countries!) as they attempt to better the world with verse around the globe. In the air, live music joins the sweet rhythms of metered verse. Event headquarters at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 10am–4pm. Free. Check website for local readings in your area. www.100tpc.org.
Lang Lang Sept. 29
Though fraught with controversy and cost overruns, the breathtaking Green Music Center is poised to be a crown jewel in the performing arts, with a first season including Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Wynton Marsalis, John Adams, and even comedians Bill Maher and Aziz Ansari. The glitterati-studded grand opening of the venue sees internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang performing Mozart and Chopin. Prepare to be blown away. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7pm. $20–$55. 866.955.6040.
Santa Rosa Symphony Sept. 30
The symphony moves to Rohnert Park (but keeps its name) to premiere at the Green Music Center with a program of Beethoven, Ravel, Copland and a local comission, Sonoma Overture, by Norman Gasser. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is joined on the podium by both Corrick Brown and Jeffrey Kahane for this historic occasion. Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 2pm. Outside seating available. 707.546.8742.
Napa Valley Opera House Gala Sept. 29
The Napa Valley Opera House's annual black-tie fundraiser auction. This year's theme is "Bossa Nova Napa," with auction of the same name, featuring a performance by Brazilian vocalist Bebel Gilberto and food prepared by Ken Frank of La Toque. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 5pm. 707.603.2333.
Fashion at the Vineyards Sept. 29
Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, this annual catwalk showcases some of the hottest designers on the West Coast with an elegant brunch with Bloody Marys, Ramos fizzes and mimosas. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma. 11am. $125. 707.938.8544, ext. 120.
Alison Krauss & Union Station Sept. 30
Finishing up the Green Music Center's Grand Opening weekend will be the most popular and accessible bluegrass act in the country, Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring resonator player Jerry Douglas. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $55; limited free lawn seating available. 866.955.6040.
35th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival Oct. 4–14
Presented by the California Film Institute, this annual event is known for its contributions to the upcoming Academy Awards, featuring the best of independent and world cinema screening at three venues in Marin. www.mvff.com.
Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival Oct. 4–Dec. 4
The SCJFF returns for its 17th year of showcasing Jewish life the world over, featuring documentaries, dramas and comedies. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 707.528.4222. www.jccsoco.org.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Oct. 5–7
Hit up the World Championship Grape Stomp competition, slurp some wine, hitch a hay ride, enter a grape-stomping contest or just get down to some swingin' music. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $5–$10; six and under, free. 707.545.4203. www.harvestfair.org.
The 26th Annual B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival Oct. 5–8
Annual benefit features a Saturday with old favorites the Doobie Brothers, as well as Buddy Guy and Scars on 45. On Sunday, Kenny Loggins and Dave Mason headline. B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen. Noon–6pm. $85–$350. 707.938.4064, ext. 124. www.brcohn.com.
Oktoberfest Petaluma Oct. 8
Beer, live music, dancing and delicious food—just like Germany, but without the expensive plane ticket. Petaluma Community Center, Lucchesi Park, 320 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. 4–10pm. $4–$10. 707.763.9556.
Led Zeppelin Experience Oct. 8
Jason Boham celebrates the life and music of his father—Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham—with a completely futuristic multimedia concert. Eye candy and eargasms await at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $55–$125. 707.259.0123.
Shaolin Warriors Oct. 13
All the feats in the movies that you thought were done with special effects or stunt doubles are choreographed right before your eyes. Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20–$50. 415.499.6400.
ARTrails Oct. 13–14 and 20–21
Self-guided opportunity to buy directly from artists and peek into their workspaces. Preview galleries and receptions at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Pelican Gallery and Graton Gallery. 10am–5pm. Free. 707.579.2787. www.artrails.org.
Dark Star Orchestra Oct. 14
Recreating Grateful Dead pieces into an entirely new generation of the classics and covering entire shows from the Dead is Dark Star. Deadheads won't be disappointed at Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 7:30pm. $30–$35. 707.259.0123.
Holly Near Oct. 14
She ain't your average pioneerwoman—legendary folksinger Holly Near returns with her newly formed band and the spirit of the '60s riding on her solid voice. Often cited as one of the founders of the women's music movement, she'll be sure to sing her thoughts out and take the stage under firmly planted boots. "Peace Becomes You" on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Glaser Center. 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. $25–$30. 707.568.5381. ext. 103.
Lunafest Oct. 14
Featuring short films by, for and about women, the Lunafest is a fundraising film festival held at over 150 venues nationwide that benefits women's organizations. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 11am. $15–$55. 707.546.3600.
Company C Contemporary Ballet Oct. 18
Described as "high-voltage athleticism," Company C is a 13-member group of classically trained dancers with a diverse repertoire of contemporary choreography. This ensemble is guaranteed to be sensual, provocative and entertaining above all else. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30–$45. 707.546.3600.
Anjelah Johnson Oct. 19
Honored with a 2008 ALMA Award nomination for outstanding female comedic performance, this San Jose, Calif., native Latina debuted in one of the most successful viral YouTube videos ever, "Nail Salon." Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30. 707.546.3600.
Bioneers Conference Oct. 19–21
Hear about groundbreaking ideas and discuss building a blueprint for sustainable systems at the 23rd annual Bioneers Conference, a meeting of environmentally focused minds. Notable speakers include R. Carlos Nakai, Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $175–$495. 877.246.6337. www.bioneers.org.
- MUUFUHIN FUNNY GUY Comedian Aziz Ansari is at the Green Music Center on Nov. 4; the great Bill Maher takes the same stage on Oct. 20.
Bill Maher Oct. 20
In a countdown to the 2012 elections, we all need a good laugh and a break from the serious talk on TV, and for the last 17 years, satirist Bill Maher has been gifting us with just that. Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 8pm. $50–$90. 800.745.3000.
Dada di Rosa Oct. 20
A bit of sparkling wine won't be the only jewels you'll see in this incredible event at the Gatehouse Gallery. After a silent aunction, frolick over to the lake for cocktails, music, "Dada-licious" dinner and desserts, and of course, dancing. 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. Preview party on Saturday, Oct. 6, 6pm–9pm. Event on Saturday, Oct. 20, 5pm–midnight. $100–$500. 707.226.5991.
The Capitol Steps Oct. 25
Since 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, with their most recent titled Take the Money and Run—for President. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $30–$45. 707.546.3600.
B. B. King Nov. 2
With over 60 albums, there's no debate that Riley B. King (aka B. B. King) is the King of the Blues. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45–$85. 707.546.3600.
Hospice by the Bay's Annual Ball 2012 Nov. 3
Celebrating more than 35 years of care, the hospice puts on its annual gala, including hors d'oeuvres, dinner, cocktails and wine. Live auction, live music, and lively dancing to the Dick Bright Orchestra. Marin Center Exhibition Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 6pm. $250. 415.526.5500.
The 14th Annual Food & Wine Affair Nov. 3-4
Russian River Wine Road gathers over 100 local wineries for another delicious extravaganza of arguably the two best things in the world. Nab early tickets starting on Sept. 15. They sell out, and quickly. Various locations in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley. 11am–4pm each day. $30–$70. 800.723.6336.
Aziz Ansari Nov. 4
Parks and Recreation star and Kanye West bro-pal Aziz Ansari keeps his suit and tie on for some standup comedy poking fun at our beloved pop-culture cults. Flying in from the Big Apple, Ansari is a master of delivery. But fear not, this is no illusion—he shall be "burying himself alive" at Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 8pm. $39. 866.955.6040.
Dana Carvey Nov.10
"Wayne's world! Wayne's world!" For those of us who haven't gotten enough Garth, Emmy-winning Dana Carvey makes an appearance in Napa. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $55–$75. 707.259.0123.
San Jose Taiko Nov. 13
Ever notice how the sheer beat of a drum can unite a whole crowd to a single rhythm? San Jose Taiko expresses the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 6:30pm. $80–$112, for all eight shows. 707.546.3600.
Angelique Kidjo Nov. 16
West African native Kidjo is deemed "Africa's premier diva," with a Grammy award on her résumé and a repertoire of collaborations with Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel and many others. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $60–$65. 707.226.7372.
Artisano Nov. 17
This fourth annual celebration of food, wine and the arts is a gem of a walk-around, eat-around, look-around afternoon, featuring high-quality crafts, boutique wineries and a quite stunning amount of food. Discover local artisan ultra-premium wines rarely available to the public and meet some of the region's most talented artists. Benefits Ceres Community Project. 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa. Noon–4pm. $75–$90. 707.894.8500
Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi Nov. 18
Carrying a timeless tradition passed down generations from father to son, the Royal Drummers of Dancers of Burundi have performed great percussion ceremonies for centuries. Drums are sacred and represent the powers of fertility and regeneration in their culture—let them channel the energy and spirit of their nation through the rhythm of their rituals at the Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 3pm. $20–$40. 415.499.6400.