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Friday, Dec. 13

<strong>Willie Nelson:</strong> The Red-Headed-Stranger, Grammy Award winning music star and now a novelist, rolls into Santa Rosa aboard his third-generation tour bus, Honeysuckle Rose III, for an 8 p.m. performance tonight at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road. $46-$86. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

<i><a href="http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131206/entertainment/131209721" target="_blank">Check out John Beck's interview with Willie Nelson</i></a>

Friday, Dec. 13

<strong>Riffs on Toyland:</strong> Opposing Media bashes the innocently bad dialogue and acting of Babes in Toyland, the sweetheart of holiday films, when they live-riff the movie at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. $10. 7:30 p.m. 547 Mendocino Ave. <a href="http://www.opposingmedia.com" target="_blank">www.opposingmedia.com</a>

Friday, Dec. 13

<strong>Twisted Holidays:</strong> Cabaret De Caliente is celebrating their version of holidays gone wrong, all in a benefit for the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Expect twisted holiday antics, burlesque dancing, saucy photo opportunities, and more. $15-$25. 21-plus. 9:30 p.m. Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. <a href="http://hopmonk.com/sebastopol" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>

Friday, Dec. 13

<strong>Christmas Jug Band:</strong> Born in 1970s Mill Valley jam sessions that produced reinvented classics like 'Rudolf the Bald-Headed Reindeer,' the band plays at 8 tonight at the Twin Oaks Tavern, 5745 Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove. $12. 795-5118, <a href="http://twinoaks-tavernpenngrove.com" target="_blank">twinoaks-tavernpenngrove.com</a>.

Friday, Dec. 13

<strong>Craig Ferguson:</strong> The Scottish comedian takes a break from late, late TV when he comes to Napa's Uptown Theatre for his Hot and Grumpy tour. At press time the show was almost sold out, so don't wait to buy tickets. $55-$70. 12-plus. 8 p.m. 1350 Third St., Napa. <a href="http://uptowntheatrenapa.com" target="_blank">uptowntheatrenapa.com</a>

Dec. 13-15

<strong>Dog Agility Show:</strong> Both amazing and entertaining, this competition has talented pooches maneuvering through an obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, teeter-totters, and more. The dog with the fasts time and least amount of faults wins. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lyttle Cow Palace, Sonoma County Fairgrounds. <a href="http://sonomacountyfair.com/events.php" target="_blank">sonomacountyfair.com/events.php</a>

Saturday, Dec. 14

<strong>Pepperland:</strong> Sonoma County's seven-piece Beatles tribute band doesn't pose as the Fab Four, but it plays a wide range of their music. Pepperland plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $12. 829-7300, <a href="http://hopmonk.com/sebastopol" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Dec. 14-15

<strong>Gingerbread Doghouses:</strong> Create your own gingerbread house, Snoopy style! The Charles Schulz Museum invites the public to come and build their own doghouse out of gingerbread, with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Call for available times. 284-1263. $25-$32. 1835 Steele Ln. Santa Rosa. <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a>

Dec. 14-15

<strong>Medical Marijuana Emerald Cup Festival:</strong> Two days of seminars and panel discussions, plus live music Saturday by Rebelution and Sunday by Jefferson Starship, Canned Heat and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Art exhibit by Grace Slick. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. <a href="http://theemeraldcup.com" target="_blank">theemeraldcup.com</a>.

Sunday, Dec. 15

<strong>'A Very Merry Holiday Pops':</strong> The Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus present traditional, swing and rock versions of holiday classics at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $32-$75. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Monday, Dec. 16

<strong>'Holiday Dinner 101':</strong> Instructor Dennis Lambert shows you how to wow your holiday guests by demonstrating the way to prepare some classic dishes, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Sur la Table, 2323 Magowan Drive, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $59. 800-243-0852, <a href="http://surlatable.com" target="_blank">surlatable.com</a>.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

<strong>'A Chanticleer Christmas':</strong> San Francisco's famed male chorus, Chanticleer, brings its annual holiday concert tour to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma, for performances at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. $35-$65. The early show is sold out. <a href="http://chanticleer.org" target="_blank">chanticleer.org</a>.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

<strong>Dave Koz:</strong> The jazz saxophonist presents high-energy arrangements of seasonal favorites at 8 p.m. Tuesday during his Christmas Tour 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Also: pianist Keiko Matsui, singer Oleta Adams and guitarist Jonathan Butler. $39-$69. <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>. 546-3600.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

<strong>'A Christmas Story':</strong> The Rialto Cinemas Classics Series presents the beloved 1983 holiday comedy based on Jean Shepherd's memoir of 1940s Indiana, where all Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. 7 p.m. Wednesday. $8. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 525-4840, <a href="http://rialtocinemas.com" target="_blank">rialtocinemas.com</a>.

Dec. 18-19

<strong>Great Russian 'Nutcracker':</strong> The Moscow Ballet, joined by community dancers, performs its own version of the classic ballet at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $27.50-$102. 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 20

<strong>Teresa Tudury:</strong> The singer and songwriter presents her own 'Holiday Evening' of music and comedy at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. $15. Cabaret seating, with wine and seasonal refreshments for sale. 874-9392, <a href="http://occidentalcenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">occidentalcenterforthearts.com</a>

Friday, Dec. 20

<strong>Super Diamond:</strong> Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good. A six-man band pays tribute to Neil Diamond and his long list of hits, Dec. 20 at Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. The 85's open the show at 9:30 p.m. $21. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

Friday, Dec. 20

<strong>'Renaissance Glory':</strong> The early music ensemble Festival Consort, featuring soprano Carol Menke and countertenor Chris Fritzsche, performs at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15. 528-6370, <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com" target="_blank">brownpapertickets.com</a>.

Sundays, Dec, 20 to March 2

<strong>'Site and Senses':</strong> The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art takes a fresh look at the art of architecture, with an exhibit featuring the San Francisco-based firm,

Aidlin Darling Design, Wednesdays through Sundays from Dec. 20 to March 2. 551 Broadway,Sonoma. $5; 12 and under free. 939-7862, <a href="http://svma.org" target="_blank">svma.org</a>.

Saturday, Dec. 21

<strong>Redwood Empire Sing-along 'Messiah':</strong> Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra perform Handel's biggest hit at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $20-25. 522-8786, <a href="http://sing-along-messiah.org" target="_blank">sing-along-messiah.org</a>.

Dec. 21-22

<strong>'The Nutcracker':</strong> The Susan Lopez School of Ballet presents its annual production of the classic ballet at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21-22 in the Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Country Day School Place, Santa Rosa. $15-$20. 575-5088, <a href="http://susanlopezballet.com" target="_blank">susanlopezballet.com</a>.

Through Dec. 28

<strong>'A Christmas Carol':</strong> Bay Area veteran actor James Carpenter returns as Ebenezer Scrooge in the American Conservatory Theater production of Charles

Dickens' classic story of a miser's redemption. Runs through Dec. 28 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. 415 Geary St., San Francisco. $20-$95. 415-749-2228, <a href="http://act-sf.org" target="_blank">act-sf.org</a>.

Through Jan. 12

<strong>'Amaluna':</strong> The ads say, 'Escape to an island where beauty and women power are unleashed.' Cirque du Soleil presents its latest artful circus experience in the Grand Chapiteau tent at AT&T Park on the San Francisco waterfront through Jan. 12. $55-$135. <a href="http://cirquedusoleil.com" target="_blank">cirquedusoleil.com</a>.