<b>The Barlow Heats Up:</b> As new businesses put the the finishing touches on their Barlow digs in Sebastopol, the tasting room at La Follette Wines (180 Morris St.) is launching its summer music series this Friday night, with Bill Stratton entertaining with his popular folk, rock, blues and pop tunes. Ricky Alan Ray, whose specialties include blues, jazz, pop, blues and country, plays on Aug. 9 and then the two musicians alternate through the end of August.
There is no admission charge and wine is available by the glass. Music is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings.
If things stay on schedule for Zazu Kitchen and Farm, it will reopen on Aug. 7 at its new location in The Barlow at 6770 McKinley St. It will be open for lunch Wednesday through Friday, for brunch on Saturday and Sunday and for dinner on Wednesday through Monday. The restaurant will close on Tuesdays to accommodate Black Pig Meat Co.'s production. Zazu's phone number is the same, 523-4814.
<b>Happy Anniversary, Costeaux Bakery:</b> Healdsburg's Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave.) opened in August 1923 as the French American Bakery and celebrates its 90th anniversary throughout the month, though the observance of the anniversary began several weeks ago, when the bakery handed out more than 2,000 chocolate chip cookies at the annual FFA Twilight Parade just before Memorial Day weekend.
The celebration will include in-store specials, including Elephant Ear cookies for 90 cents each. There will be weekly drawings for $90 gift cards, t-shirts, hats, cutting boards and more, with rumors of a big party near the end of August. Stay tuned for details.
<b>Artwalk Weekend:</b> Whenever SOFA, the South A St. Arts District in Santa Rosa, plans a party, we perk up. Whatever this neighborhood does is interesting, fun, hip and a tad raggedy around the edges, in the best possible way. This is to say it is real, genuine and homespun, not overly commercial.
Artwalk, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., features 25 artists near the corner of South A St. and Sebastopol Ave., just south of Juilliard Park. Studios will be open, there will likely be sips and nibbles to enjoy and you'll get to see a lot of interesting, engaging art of all types.
Expect surprises, dress however you like — this is to say, no attire is too outlandish for SOFA — and allow plenty of time to linger. If you think you'll want to stick around for dinner at the popular Spinster Sisters (401 South A St., 528-7100), reservations are a really good idea.