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Friday, May 16

<strong>Berlin:</strong> Best-known for the 1986 single 'Take My Breath Away,' from the movie 'Top Gun,' singer Teri Nunn and the L.A. band play tonight, with The Trouble With Monkeys opening at 8:30 p.m. at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $26-$29. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</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 Friday, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

May 16-17

<strong>Passport to the Plays:</strong> 6th Street Playhouse and the Redwood Writers have teamed up to present a festival series featuring 6 short plays written and performed by local creatives. Each night will feature the plays, chosen as winners in the Redwood Writers Play Contest. Tickets are $10-$25. The festival will also continue May 22-25. For more information, visit <a href="http://6thstreetplayhouse.com" target="_blank">6thstreetplayhouse.com</a>.

May 16-17

<strong>Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti:</strong> The annual festival starts this weekend with a Cruise-In event on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Petaluma Plaza Shopping Center. On Saturday is the classic car show starting at 9 a.m., followed by a cruise down the Boulevard at 4 p.m. The weekend will be filled with live music, cars, American Graffiti movie stars, and more. Find out more at <a href="http://americangraffiti.net" target="_blank">americangraffiti.net</a>.

Saturday, May 17

<strong>Dysphunctional Species:</strong> The Point Arena band promises 'potent hip hop and soul cocktail with contagious chemistry' Saturday, with Planet Booty opening at 9:30 p.m., at Zodiacs, 256 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $8-$13. 773-7751, <a href="http://zodiacspetaluma.com" target="_blank">zodiacspetaluma.com</a>.

Saturday, May 17

<strong>Color Me Rad 5K:</strong> The popular fun run returns to Santa Rosa, presenting a way to accomplish running a 5K marathon while having a blast doing so. What makes this run different from other 5K runs are the color bombs thrown at runners at different points in the race. But don't be too concerned; the "bombs" are merely colored cornstarch, dyeing participants in vivid hues as their badge of honor. The run takes place in two waves, starting at 9 a.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.colormerad.com/race/santa-rosa" target="_blank">www.colormerad.com/race/santa-rosa</a>.

May 17-18

<strong>Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival:</strong> Fans of classic cars and auto racing are in for a treat over at Sonoma Raceway. The 22nd annual festival this weekend will feature vintage sports cars, formula cars and more as they race around the 2.52 mile course. On Saturday evening, the festival moves to the Sonoma Plaza, giving fans an up-close view of more than 30 historic race cars. A variety of restaurants and wineries will also be offering tastings at the festival. For more information, visit. <a href="http://www.racesonoma.com" target="_blank">www.racesonoma.com</a>. See also the feature story on the event at <a href="http://www.sonomamag.com/zoom-zoom/#.U3PBaMesj-k" target="_blank">SonomaMag.com</a>.

Through July 27

<strong>'Wall and Ardor':</strong> The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents recent political paintings, new abstract paintings, sculpture and works

on paper by William T. Wiley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until July 27. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. $5; 12 and under free. 939-7862, <a href="http://svma.org" target="_blank">svma.org</a>.

May 17-18

<strong>Taste of Alexander Valley:</strong> More than 25 wineries host wine and food parties, offering their own pairings, live entertainment and wine discounts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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>.

Monday, May 19

<strong>Mona Simpson:</strong> The author of 'Casebook: A Novel,' about a boy investigating his family's secrets, appears in conversation with Yiyun Li 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>.

Monday, May 19

<strong>'After the Thin Man':</strong> William Powell and Myrna Loy play Dashiell Hammett's witty detectives, Nick and Nora Charles, in this 1936 black-and-white gem, featuring a very young Jimmy Stewart, screening at 7 p.m. Monday at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 996-9756, <a href="http://sebastianitheatre.com" target="_blank">sebastianitheatre.com</a>.

Tuesday, May 20

<strong>Kenneth Oppel:</strong> The writer talks about his new novel, 'Boundless,' named for 'the greatest train ever built' on its maiden voyage across Canada, at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

May 20-21

<strong>Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle:</strong> She wrote 'Sunny Came Home' and he wrote 'Train A Comin.'' The two famed singer-songwriters share their songs and stories at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. $65-$75. 260-1600, <a href="http://citywinery.com/napa" target="_blank">citywinery.com/napa</a>.

Wednesday, May 21

<strong>Ruth Reichl:</strong> Book Passage presents the former editor of Gourmet magazine and best-selling author of culinary memoirs for a talk,

followed by a prix fixe lunch, at noon Wednesday at the Spinster Sisters, 401 South A St. Santa Rosa. $95. For reservations: 415-927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Thursday, May 22

<strong>Jeffrey Kahane:</strong> The pianist and former Santa Rosa Symphony maestro joins the orchestra, led by Bruno Ferrandis, to play concertos by Beethoven and Chopin at 7 p.m. Thursday on Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University. gmc.sonoma.edu, 866-955-6040. $50-$125.

Thursday, May 22

<strong>Pride -amp; Joy:</strong> Montgomery Village shopping center launches its free outdoors 'Concert Under the Stars' series with the Bay Area pop and soul revue from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Runs through Oct. 9. <a href="http://mvshops.com" target="_blank">mvshops.com</a>.

Friday, May 23

<strong>'Images of Sonoma County':</strong> Photographers share their views of the county in a juried exhibit running May 20 to July 6, with an opening wine reception set for 6-8 p.m. May 23 at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. 874-9392,

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

Friday, May 23

<strong>Ghosts of Electricity:</strong> More than a Bob Dylan tribute band, the sextet interprets the folk and rock poet's songs in new ways, with the

music starting at 8:30 p.m. May 23 at Sebastopol's HopMonk Tavern. $20. 230 Petaluma Ave. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Saturday, May 24

<strong>Sonoma County Matsuri Festival:</strong> The South of A Street (SOFA) arts district celebrates the culture of Japan with dance, theater, music, food, arts and crafts, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 at Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Free. <a href="http://sonomamatsuri.com" target="_blank">sonomamatsuri.com</a>

Saturday, May 24

<strong>Wonderbread 5:</strong> The Montgomery Village shopping center opens its free 2014 'Rockin' Concerts' series with the beloved Bay Area dance and party band performing from noon to 3 p.m. May 24 in the center's Village Court area. Runs through Oct. 11. <a href="http://mvshops.com" target="_blank">mvshops.com</a>.

May 24-25

<strong>Carnaval San Francisco:</strong> The city's 36th annual two-day Mission District celebration runs May 24-25, with international cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts. The Grand Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. May 25 at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets. Free. <a href="http://carnavalsanfrancisco.org" target="_blank">carnavalsanfrancisco.org</a>.

Sunday, May 25

<strong>Memorial Day Picnic:</strong> The Michel-Schlumberger Winery holds its inaugural picnic honoring those who have served our nation. Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs lawn games, music and family fun, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25. 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. $35. 433-7427, <a href="http://michelschlumberger.com" target="_blank">michelschlumberger.com</a>