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March 21-23

<strong>Circus Waldissima:</strong> Waldorf performers, ages 9-18, are presenting their annual circus, complete with fire juggling, trapeze acrobatics, amazing feats, and more. $8-$15. Summerfield Waldorf School. 655 Willowside Rd., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://www.circuswaldissima.com" target="_blank">www.circuswaldissima.com</a>

Friday, March 21

<strong>Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble:</strong> Billed as the only mandolin orchestra in the North Bay, the ensemble performs music from George Frederick Handel to Scott Joplin, by Gus Garelick. 7:30. $15. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. 829-4797, <a href="http://sebarts.org" target="_blank">sebarts.org</a>.

Friday, March 21

<strong>Organix Guitar Duo:</strong> Guitarists Jason Bodlovich and Joel Kruzik play acoustic jazz, swing and Brazilian music from 7 to 10 tonight as part of the French Garden Restaurant's 'Music in the Bistro' series. No cover charge. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 824-2030, <a href="http://frenchgardenrestaurant.com" target="_blank">frenchgardenrestaurant.com</a>.

Friday, March 21

<strong>Whiskey &amp;amp; Women:</strong> The tremendous trio lays down the drinking songs, paired with a whole lot of hootin' and hollerin'. $7. 9 p.m. Redwood Cafe. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. <a href=" http://www.redwoodcafe.com" target="_blank">www.redwoodcafe.com</a>

March 21-23

<strong>Santa Rosa Symphony:</strong> Violist Paul Silverthorne joins the orchestra, led by Bruno Ferrandis, for the premiere of composer Behzad Ranjbaran's viola concerto. 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $20-$80. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. <a href="http://santarosasymphony.com" target="_blank">santarosasymphony.com</a>, 546-8742.

March 21-22

<strong>Are We There Yet?:</strong> Off the Page Readers Theater will showcase works of local writers and musicians with the nagging theme of "Are We There Yet?" and refers to journeys by car, bus, camper, plane, heart and mind. $15. Ages teen-plus. Showcasing at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, the Arlene Francis Center, and at the Glaser Center. <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com/event/571437" target="_blank">brownpapertickets.com/event/571437</a>

Saturday, March 22

<strong>Poor Man's Whiskey: </strong> The North Bay Area favorites play bluegrass, Americana and folk rock at 9 p.m. Saturday in The Abbey at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. Doors open at 8 p.m. Age 21 and older. $20. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Saturday, March 22

<strong>Project 86:</strong> The Christian rock band from Orange County heads a bill that also includes Mirrors, Moura and A Hero to Fall, with the music starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $12-$25. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

Saturday, March 22

<strong>Karl Hess Standup:</strong> The Los Angeles comedian was voted as one of the Best Underground Comics of 2011, and will bring the funny to Back Alley Comedy at Murphy's Irish Pub. $12-$15. 18-plus. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 464 First St., E, Sonoma. <a href="http://www.sonomapub.com" target="_blank">www.sonomapub.com</a>

Sunday, March 23

<strong>Artisan Cheese Festival:</strong> The three-day gathering of cheese lovers at the Sheraton Sonoma County hotel in Petaluma climaxes with a grand tasting and marketplace, featuring more than 75 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers and chefs, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $45. 745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma. 523-3728, <a href="http://artisancheesefestival.com" target="_blank">artisancheesefestival.com</a>.

Sunday, March 23

<strong>Buskers Showcase:</strong> A mixture of spoken word, singing, music, and even a dog and human fashion show will be showcased at the Locals Tasting Room in Geyserville for an evening of local talent. $55. 4:30-7:30 p.m. 21023 Geyserville Ave. 857-4900

Monday, March 24

<strong>'Pirate Radio':</strong> Director-writer Richard Curtis' 2009 satire, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, revisits the early '60s, when renegade rock djs took to the sea to evade the BBC. 9 p.m. Monday. Free. Bergamot Alley, 328 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 433-8720, <a href="http://bergamotalley.com" target="_blank">bergamotalley.com</a>.

Tuesday, March 25

<strong>Nicole Mones:</strong> The author of 'The Last Chinese Chef,' 'Lost in Translation' and 'A Cup of Light' talks about her new book, 'Night in Shanghai,' at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. (415) 835-1020, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>

Tuesday, March 25

<strong>Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo:</strong> The all-male drag ballet company, combining impressive skills with an outrageous sense of humor, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. Tickets start at $18. (510) 642-9988, <a href="http://calperfs.berkeley.edu" target="_blank">calperfs.berkeley.edu</a>.

Wednesday, March 26

<strong>'Fried Chicken in a Hour':</strong> Instructor Jude Affronti shows how to make great fried chicken: full of flavor, juicy and tender inside, crunchy with a touch of spice on the outside. 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sur la Table, 2323 Magowan Drive, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $45. 800-243-0852, <a href="http://surlatable.com" target="_blank">surlatable.com</a>.

Thursday, March 27

<strong>G. Love &amp;amp; Special Sauce:</strong> The Philadelphia-based trio brings its own brand of laid-back, sloppy blues to Petaluma's Mystic Theatre for one show only Thursday. Ethan Tucker opens the show at 9 p.m. $26. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

Friday, March 28

<strong>'Peter Pan':</strong> The Lost Boys never grow up, and you don't have to either, when the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts presents J.M. Barrie's classic tale at 6:30 p.m. $12-$17. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Saturday, March 29

<strong>Battle of the Brews:</strong> Sample top craft beers and winners of the 'Wich Hunt sandwich contest at 1 p.m. March 29 and stay for the main event at 4 p.m. with more than 50 breweries, a dozen food vendors and live music. $40-$95. Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. <a href="http://battleofthebrews.com" target="_blank">battleofthebrews.com</a>

Saturday, March 29

<strong>Jessye Norman:</strong> One of the world's most celebrated opera sopranos, accompanied by pianist Mark Markham, delivers a tribute to American musical theater at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $40-$85. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

Through March 30

<strong>'Underneath the Lintel':</strong> A librarian finds a book 123 years overdue in the overnight return box in playwright Glen Berger's 2001 play. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday until March 30. $15-$25. Main Stage West, 104 N. Main St., Sebastopol. 823-0177, <a href="http://mainstagewest.com" target="_blank">mainstagewest.com</a>.

Sunday, March 30

<strong>'Sunday Supper Series':</strong> Come to the Grange at the Healdsburg Shed for a Japanese family-style supper created by Sonoko Sakai and Mutsuko Soba, chef and co-owner of Miyabi 45 in Seattle, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 30. $75. 25 North St., Healdsburg. 431-7433, <a href="http://healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">healdsburgshed.com</a>.

Sunday, March 30

<strong>'A Gershwin Portrait':</strong> George and Ira Gershwin wrote a string of classic songs, including 'Funny Face' and 'I Got Rhythm.' The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus salutes their work in a concert starting at 3 p.m. March 30 at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $25. 568-5381, <a href="http://glasercenter.com" target="_blank">glasercenter.com</a>.

Through April 27

<strong>'Discovered':</strong> Sonoma Valley Museum of Art will showcase the work of four exceptional emerging artists: Stan Abercrombie, Erik Castro, Maura Harrington and Miles Votek. Runs Wednesdays through Sundays until April 27. 551 Broadway, Sonoma. $5; 12 and under free. 939-7862, <a href="http://svma.org" target="_blank">svma.org</a>.