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Ten days of fun


Friday, Mary 9

<strong>'Catch Me If You Can':</strong> The stage musical based on the 2002 film, about a daring young con man and the lawman who tracks him relentelessly, opens at 8 tonight at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Closes May 23. $24-$26. 588-3400, <a href="http://rpcity.org" target="_blank">rpcity.org</a>.

Friday, May 9

<strong>The Expendables:</strong> The Santa Cruz quartet plays its blend of reggae, punk and '80s rock tonight, with Thrive opening at 8 p.m., at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Doors open at 7 p.m. Age 16 and older. $20. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

May 9-11

<strong>Just Between Friends Consignment Sale:</strong> The semi-annual shopping event is the perfect way for expecting families, families with young kids, grandparents, and teachers to stock up on new to gently-used clothes, toys, books, and other kid-friendly items at a fraction of the retail cost. Rumor is that this event is the biggest one they've held yet, with close to 100,000 items from over 450 consignors filling the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Visit their website at <a href="http://northbay.jbfsale.com" target="_blank">northbay.jbfsale.com</a> for more information and a free admission pass.

Saturday, May 10

<strong>The Human Race:</strong> The annual charity benefit run will be as big as ever, with 200 teams and more than 700 individuals entered, The run starts at 8 a.m. Saturday from Slater Middle School, 3500 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, and ends there. There are both three-kilometer and 10-kilometer courses. <a href="http://humanracenow.org" target="_blank">humanracenow.org</a>.

Saturday, May 10

<strong>Chili, Salsa, Beer, oh my!:</strong> From 1-5 p.m., the 17th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa and Beer Tasting takes center stage at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma for some spicy good fun. With 40 chili and salsa teams and 15 breweries with beer to wash it all down, the day's tasty events are sure to heat up your weekend. Kids under 12 are $10, with under 5 free. Tasting tickets are $25-$40. Info: <a href="http://www.greatchilicookoff.com" target="_blank">www.greatchilicookoff.com</a>

Saturday, May 10

<strong>Step Back In Time:</strong> Petaluma Adobe presents Living HIstory Day, when visitors to the historic state park can experience the days of yore through hands on activities, costumed actors, entertaining skits, and more. Bring a picnic lunch and the whole family for a day of fun and history. Admission is $2 for kids 6-16, $4 adults, and free for kids 5 -amp; under. Parking fees do apply. 3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma. Info: <a href="http://www.petalumaadobe.com" target="_blank">www.petalumaadobe.com</a>

Sunday, May 11

<strong>Mother's Day Brunch:</strong> Begin the day with sour cherry sparklers and sparkling rose under the oaks, followed by a walking tour of the Michel-Schlumberger Winery and an al fresco champagne brunch. 11 a.m. Sunday. 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. $75. 433-7427,

<a href="http://michelschlumberger.com" target="_blank">michelschlumberger.com</a>

Sunday, May 11

<strong>Nigel Armstrong:</strong> The young Sonoma violinist, ranked as one best in the world, will perform a Mother's Day concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. $10-$35. 931-7575, <a href="http://jacuzziwines.com" target="_blank">jacuzziwines.com</a>.

Monday, May 12

<strong>Krista Bremer:</strong> The writer talks about her memoir, 'My Accidental Jihad,' tracing her life as the wife of a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South, at 7 p.m. Monday at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Through Nov. 2

<strong>'Social Commentary':</strong> You might not expect serious issues to show up in 'Peanuts' comic strips, but they do, in this show of classic cartoons, running daily except Tuesdays, through Nov. 2 at the Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. $5-$10; age 3 and under free. 579-4452, <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a>.

May 11 -amp; 13

<strong>'Private Lives':</strong> The recorded West End Theatre production from Sussex, England, of classic Noel Coward comedy, about an estranged

couple meeting again, screens at 1 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. $14-$18. 522-0719, <a href="http://summerfieldcinemas.com" target="_blank">summerfieldcinemas.com</a>.

Tuesday, May 13

<strong>Exploring Italy:</strong> Instructor Les Goodman shows how to make homemade pasta, paired with carefully crafted sauces, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sur la Table, 2323 Magowan Drive, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $69. 800-243-0852, <a href="http://surlatable.com" target="_blank">surlatable.com</a>.

Wednesday, May 14

<strong>'Wines -amp; Sunsets in Paradise':</strong> The Rosetown Ramblers, playing blues, jazz, and country, open the weekly concert series from 5:30 p.m. to dusk Wednesday at Paradise Ridge Winery. $8 in advance; $10 at the gate. Food for sale by Rosso Pizzeria and Coldstone Creamery. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 528-9463, <a href="http://prwinery.com" target="_blank">prwinery.com</a>.

Wednesday, May 14

<strong>Wednesday Night Market:</strong> Downtown Santa Rosa's weekly street fair continues, with live music by The Deadlies, the Ben Burleigh Trio and the Jody Counter Band. Runs 5:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 20. <a href="http://wednesdaynightmarket.org" target="_blank">wednesdaynightmarket.org</a>.

May 14-15

<strong>Richard Thompson:</strong> The masterful British composer and guitarist, whose work has been recorded by everyone from Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello to R.E.M and the Pointer Sisters, will perform all-request shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the City Winery,

1030 Main St., Napa. $35-$45. 260-1600, <a href="http://citywinery.com/napa" target="_blank">citywinery.com/napa</a>.

Friday, May 16

<strong>John Brazell:</strong> The singer and songwriter tops a line-up that also includes Nicole McCutcheon and Glass Wave, with music starting at 8 p.m. May 16, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

Friday, May 16

<strong>Jerry Seinfeld:</strong> The comedian, still loved for his 1980-1998 NBC sitcom, 'Seinfeld,' performs live twice May 16, at 7 and 10 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $78-$128. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Saturday, May 17

<strong>Rose Parade:</strong> The 120th annual event starts at 10 a.m. May 17 at Sonoma Avenue and E Street in downtown Santa Rosa. After the parade, a festival follows in Juilliard Park, with food booths, family activities and live music. Parade awards ceremony at about 2 p.m. Free. <a href="http://roseparadefestival.com" target="_blank">roseparadefestival.com</a>, 523-3728.

May 16-18

<strong>Tribal Fest:</strong> HopMonk Tavern hosts two 9:30 p.m. public 'Afterparty' celebrations May 16 and 17, linked to the Tribal Fest gypsy music and belly dance event running May 16-18 at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Festival: $20 per day; 823-2549, <a href="http://seb.org" target="_blank">seb.org</a>. Parties: $20-$25; 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

May 17-18

<strong>Taste of Alexander Valley:</strong> More than 25 wineries will host wine and food parties, offering their own pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 17-18. Weekend Pass: $65 advance, $75 at the door. Sunday only: $45 in advance,

$55 at the door. <a href="http://alexandervalley.org" target="_blank">alexandervalley.org</a>.

Sunday, May 18

<strong>Richard Goode:</strong> The Grammy Award-winning pianist, acclaimed for his recordings of Beethoven's piano concertos, will perform works by his favorite composer, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, , Rohnert Park. $40-$85. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, 866-955-6040.