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Friday, Oct. 25

<strong>Alton Brown:</strong> The TV celebrity chef combines quirky humor and culinary science in a two-hour show at 8 tonight at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Don your lab coat when things get messy, and sing along to

'Airport Shrimp Blues.' $45-$85. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org/" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Friday, Oct. 25

<strong>Zero:</strong> Guitarist Steve Kimock's beloved rock and pop band, a Bay Area favorite dating back to the '70s, will play a tribute concert for their late vocalist Judge Murphy, at 9 tonight at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $30. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

Oct. 26 & 27

<strong>Copperfield's Zombie Walks:</strong> The living dead will be roaming the streets of Sonoma County when brain connoisseurs and rotting fun-lovers to the annual Zombie Walk. Come dressed as the undead to one of three Copperfield's events, with a Zombie Party following the walk. Montgomery Village, Saturday at 10 a.m.; Petaluma, Saturday at 2 p.m.; and Sebastopol, Sunday at 11 a.m. Info: <a href="http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">www.copperfieldsbooks.com</a>

Saturday, Oct. 26

<strong>Science Fun:</strong> More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year's North Bay Discovery Day with the Bay Area Science Festival. Unleash your inner scientist with hands-on experiments and more. Free admission and parking. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Info: <a href="http://bayareascience.org" target="_blank">bayareascience.org</a>

Saturday, Oct. 26

<strong>Pumpkins on Pikes:</strong> Carve a pumpkin, be entertained by live music, enjoy a $10 BBQ…and then watch the jack 'o lanterns glow on pikes in the fields when the sun goes down. $10-$15. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tara Firma Farms. 37961 I Street Ext., Petaluma. Info: <a href="http://tarafirmafarms.com/" target="_blank">tarafirmafarms.com</a>

Saturday, Oct. 26

<strong>'Haunted Winery Halloween Benefit':</strong> Trione Winery hosts its fourth annual benefit for the children of Sonoma County, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, with dancing, live music, wine and an auction. $30 at the door; drink tickets $5. 19550 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville. <a href="http://trionewinery.com" target="_blank">trionewinery.com</a>, 814-8100.

Saturday. Oct. 26

<strong>'Halloween at Howarth':</strong> For those who can't wait to start trick-or-treating, Howarth Park offers kids 12 and younger an early chance to dress in costumes and collect goodies, with sessions at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, at 630

Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. $6-$10. 543-3425, <a href="http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us" target="_blank">ci.santa-rosa.ca.us</a>.

Sunday, Oct. 27

<strong>Russian River Mud Run:</strong> It's a dirty race, but someone has to run it - thousands of someones! Watch the wild and crazy fun as racers maneuver their way through a muddy obstacle course at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Post-race Fall Festival will begin at 9 a.m. in park area. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking $7-$10. Info: <a href="http://russianrivermudrun.com" target="_blank">russianrivermudrun.com</a>

Sunday, Oct. 27

<strong>'The King of Swing':</strong> The ninth season of the Symphony Pops Series opens with a salute to Benny Goodman, starring guest clarinetist Ken Peplowski, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $32-$75. 546-8742, <a href="http://santarosasymphony.com" target="_blank">santarosasymphony.com</a>.

Monday, Oct. 28

<strong>Risotto Workshop:</strong> What is more wholesome and pleasing than rice cooked in broth and expertly seasoned? Learn to make Italian comfort food with instructor Les Goodman, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday 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>

Monday, Oct. 28

<strong>'Museum Mondays for Little Ones':</strong> Kids ages 1-5, and their grownups, can share stories, games, crafts and a movie, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Charles Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. $5 per child; two adults free per child until 11 a.m. 579-4452, <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org/" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a>.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

<strong>Silk Road Ensemble:</strong> The group's founder, cellist Yo Yo Ma, won't be with this international group of performers when they make their debut at Green Music Center's Weill Hall, but his vision prevails. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $30-$70. <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu/" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, 866-955-6040.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

<strong>Anne Lamott:</strong> The author of the New York Times bestsellers 'Help,' 'Thanks, Wow,' 'Some Assembly Required,' 'Grace (Eventually),' 'Plan B' and 'Traveling Mercies' talks about her book, 'Stitches,' at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

<strong>'Young Frankenstein':</strong> The Rialto Cinemas Classic Series presents Mel Brooks' 1974 horror movie parody, starring Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Peter Boyle, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. $8. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 525-4840, <a href="http://rialtocinemas.com" target="_blank">rialtocinemas.com</a>.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

<strong>Vince Gill:</strong> The longtime country star (and former front man for the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the '70s) will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $59-$79. 546-3600,

<a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org/" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Thursday, Oct. 31

<strong>'Whiskers & Whiskey':</strong> With two stages, and a live music lineup including vaudeville swing, electro hip hop, heavy bass and vintage burlesque, the HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol promises a hot Halloween night, starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday. $10-$20.230 Petaluma Ave. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Friday, Nov. 1

<strong>'Day of the Dead':</strong> The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center presents a dance and celebration featuring live music by Djinn and the Love Choir at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Adults, $10; under 18, $5. Beer, wine and food for purchase. 823-1511, <a href="http://seb.org" target="_blank">seb.org</a>.

Nov. 1-10

<strong>Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival:</strong> Mendocino County's annual 10-day celebration runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1-10, with events throughout the county, including dinners, pairings, tastings, foraging walks, workshops, contests, live music and more. For a full schedule: <a href="http://mendocino.com" target="_blank">mendocino.com</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 2

<strong>'Day of the Dead' Procession:</strong> The Petaluma Art Center's annual, month-long D? de los Muertos program peaks with with a candlelight procession from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 through downtown Petaluma. The center's exhibit, 'Arbol de Vidas' ('Tree

of Lives,') runs through Nov. 3. 762-5600, <a href="http://petalumaartscenter.org" target="_blank">petalumaartscenter.org</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 2

<strong>Project 86:</strong> The Christian rock quartet from Orange County, out supporting its new release, 'Wait for the Siren,' will perform

at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $12-$25. 762-3565, thephoenixtheater.com. Check out their 'Fall, Goliath, Fall' video at <a href="http://project86.com" target="_blank">project86.com</a>.

Nov. 2-3

<strong>'Food & Wine Affair':</strong> The 15th annual Wine Road event offers the chance to sample wine and food pairings at 107 participating wineries in Sonoma County's Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2-3. $70, both days; $50, Nov. 3 only; $30, designated drivers. 800-723-6336, <a href="http://wineroad.com" target="_blank">wineroad.com</a>.

Sunday, Nov. 3

<strong>Friction Quartet:</strong> Head up to the Grange room at The Shed, where Artistic Director Gary McLaughlin will launch the 'Brave New Music' chamber music series with this innovative young string ensemble from San Francisco, at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. 25 North St., Healdsburg. $25. 431-7433, <a href="http://healdsburgshed.com" target="_blank">healdsburgshed.com</a>.