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FRIDAY, Aug. 23

<strong>The Goat Rodeo Sessions:</strong> Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Green Music Center, sharing the stage with fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer, and mandolin player Chris Thile. At press time, tickets inside were sold out. But lawn seating is available for $25 each. 7:30 p.m. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu/">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>

FRIDAY, Aug. 23

<strong>Keiko Matsui:</strong> The jazz fusion and new age composer and keyboard player grew up in Tokyo, and took her first piano lesson at the age of 5. She comes to Petaluma tonight to perform at 8 p.m. at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $33-$36. 765-2121, <a href="http://www.mystictheatre.com/">mystictheatre.com</a>.

FRIDAY, Aug. 23

<strong>Achilles' Wheel:</strong> Meet Jonny Mojo, Paul Kamm, Shelby Snow, Gary Campus and Mark McCartney. The Northern California roots rock and world music jam band plays tonight at the HopMonk Tavern, with the Tom Finch Group opening at 9 p.m. $8. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com">hopmonk.com</a>.

SATURDAY, Aug. 24

<strong>Taste of Petaluma:</strong> The 8th annual celebration takes foodies on a tour of 40 different tasty locations, offering a mouthwatering afternoon of downtown Petaluma culinary and art scene. $35. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. <a href="http://tasteofpetaluma.org" target="_blank">tasteofpetaluma.org</a>

FRIDAY, Aug. 23

<strong>Doggie Fashion Show:</strong> The fashionably furry will strut their stuff on the runway, modeling the latest doggy trends from Novato's Klyde Street Pet Store and Rohnert Park's Puny Paws. Free. All ages. 4-6 p.m. Fit 'n' Furry Pet Resort. 860 Lindberg Ln. Petaluma. <a href="http://fitnfurry.com" target="_blank">fitnfurry.com</a>

SATURDAY, Aug. 24

<strong>Courtney Love:</strong> Grunge rock's bad girl, the founder of the band Hole and wife of Nirvana's late lead singer Kurt Cobain, will perform with a backup band at at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $35. <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>, 762-3565.

SATURDAY, Aug. 24

<strong>Blue Combo:</strong> Want to chill out on an August night? The jazz will be blue and cool Saturday night when Bruce Halbohm's quartet plays from 7 to 10 p.m. in the bistro bar at Sebastopol's French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave. No cover charge. 824-2030, <a href="http://frenchgardenrestaurant.com" target="_blank">frenchgardenrestaurant.com</a>.

SUNDAY, Aug. 25

<strong>Pre-EarleFest Benefit:</strong> Hopmonk Tavern invites local Americana bands, including E Minor & the Dirty Diamonds, Alison Harris, The Bootleg Honeys, and more to their Beer Garden to help raise funds for the upcoming Earle Fest. $10. 2-7 p.m. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>

SUNDAY, Aug. 25

<strong>Wunderkammer:</strong> The artistic, science-fiction event includes a day of lively handcar races, vibrant costumes, comedic performances, music, and more. $8-$10. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. <a href="http://wunderkammerfestival.com" target="_blank">wunderkammerfestival.com</a>

SUNDAY, Aug. 25

<strong>Santa Rosa Marathon:</strong> Registration has closed for the 5K, half, and full marathon, but nothing can stop you from coming to the event to cheer on those running in the race. Enjoy live music, a beer garden, a pancake breakfast and festival. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. <a href="http://thesantarosamarathon.com" target="_blank">thesantarosamarathon.com</a>

SUNDAY, Aug. 25

<strong>Chris Botti:</strong> The star jazz trumpeter has 12 albums to his credit, and has collaborated with Andrea Bocelli, Paul Simon and Sting. He'll perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Weill Hall and lawn at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Inside, $45-$85; outside, $25-$45. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu/">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

SUNDAY, Aug. 25

<strong>U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West:</strong> Get a free look at the newly renovated Ruth Finley Person Theater at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts when the band, including Santa Rosa saxophonist Isaac Lamar, performs 3 p.m. Sunday. Reservations required. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org/" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

MONDAY, Aug. 26

<strong>Fermentation Weeknight Workshop:</strong> 'Pickles!': Learn to preserve the county's summer bounty by pickling cucumbers, watermelon rinds and more, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Relish Culinary Center, 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg. $59. 431-9999, <a href="http://relishculinary.com" target="_blank">relishculinary.com</a>.

TUESDAY, Aug. 27

<strong>Joyce Maynard:</strong> The New York Times bestselling author talks about 'After Her,' her novel based on Marin County's Trailside Killer case from the late '70s, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Copperfield's, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

TUESDAY, Aug. 27

<strong>Nick Gravenites:</strong> Healdsburg Plaza's free summer-long 'Tuesdays in the Plaza' series closes with the Chicago-born blues and folk rocker, a key figure in San Francisco's '60s music scene, playing 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Food vendors 5-8 p.m. 431-3301, <a href="http://ci.healdsburg.ca.us" target="_blank">ci.healdsburg.ca.us</a>.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28

<strong>Nina Gerber:</strong> The nationally known Sonoma County guitartist teams up with singer-songwriter Chris Webster, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, as part of the free Peacetown Summer Concert Series at Ives Park, 154 Jewell Ave., Sebastopol. The series ends Sept. 4 with David LaFlamme. <a href="http://seb.org" target="_blank">seb.org</a>, 823-1511.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28

<strong>Mark Epstein:</strong> Trauma doesn't just happen to an unlucky few. The psychiatrist author of 'The Trauma of Everyday Life,' says it's part of life, with the potential for personal transformation. He speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com/" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

THURSDAY, Aug. 29

<strong>Sam Baker:</strong> The Texas singer-songwriter from guitarist from Austin, Texas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. <a href="http://northbaylive.com" target="_blank">northbaylive.com</a>, <a href="http://occidentalcenterforthearts.org" target="_blank">occidentalcenterforthearts.org</a>, 874-9392.

THURSDAY, Aug. 29

<strong>Beatles Flashback:</strong> The road to Windsor is neither long nor winding. If you love the Fab Four, then baby, you can drive your car to the Windsor Town Green to hear a tribute to their greatest hits, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Farmers market 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 9455 Bell Road, Windsor. 838-1260. <a href="http://townofwindsor.com" target="_blank">townofwindsor.com</a>.

FRIDAY, Aug. 30

<strong>'Sonoma Starlight Supper Club':</strong> Kick off the annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend poolside at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery with wine, food, live music and dancing, starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. $95-$175. 857-1471, <a href="http://franciscoppolawinery.com" target="_blank">franciscoppolawinery.com</a>.

Aug. 30-31

<strong>'Gala Celebration':</strong> The 'Broadway Under the Stars' series at Jack London State Park, featuring performers with Broadway and national tour credits, presents its last outdoor musical revue of the summer at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30-31. $29-$117. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. <a href="http://transcendencetheatre.org" target="_blank">transcendencetheatre.org</a>, 877-424-1414.

SATURDAY, Aug. 31

<strong>Taste of Sonoma:</strong> Kate MacMurray invites you to enjoy an afternoon at the Fred MacMurray Ranch property in Healdsburg while sipping and savoring the best of Sonoma County's wines and cuisine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31. $165. 800-939-7666, <a href="http://sonomawinecountryweekend.com" target="_blank">sonomawinecountryweekend.com</a>.

SUNDAY, Sept. 1

<strong>Jazz Bliss Brazil:</strong> Believing that jazz fans crave good music more than just once a year, Healdsburg Jazz, which stages the town's annual jazz fest, presents two live concerts by Jazz Bliss Brazil, at 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 1, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg. $25. <a href="http://healdsburgjazz.org" target="_blank">healdsburgjazz.org</a>, 433-4633.

SUNDAY, Sept. 1

<strong>Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction:</strong> The flagship event of the annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend offers bidders a selection of rare world-class experiences and wines, 12:30-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Chateau St. Jean, 8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. $500 per person. <a href="http://sonomawinecountryweekend.com" target="_blank">sonomawinecountryweekend.com</a>.