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Ten days of fun


Friday, Oct. 4

<strong>Taj Mahal:</strong> 'Many fish bites if ya got good bait.' A live show by this quintessential, multi-faceted bluesman show should draw a crowd tonight at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. Vusi Mahlasela and Fredericks Brown join him for 'World Blues' at 8 p.m. $60-$65. 226-7372, <a href="http://napavalleyoperahouse.org" target="_blank">napavalleyoperahouse.org</a>.

Friday, Oct. 4

<strong>Polly Klaas Evening of Hope:</strong> 20 years after the community mourned the loss of the Petaluma girl, the Polly Klaas Foundation is honoring her and the community with presentations, youth performances, and more. 6:30 p.m. Petaluma Community Center. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Reserve your free seat at <a href="http://PollyKlaas.org" target="_blank">PollyKlaas.org</a>, or by calling 769-1334.

Friday, Oct. 4

<strong>English Beat:</strong> Founded in the late '70s in Birmingham, England, the band blends pop, punk, rock, R&amp;amp;B, reggae and ska. Hear them tonight at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. IrieFuse opens at 8:30 p.m. $31. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>.

Saturday, Oct. 5

<strong>French Girls:</strong> OK, they're all men, and they're from Northern California, but the rock quintet does have a catchy name. The evening's lineup also includes Down With May and Unruly Things. Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $8. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

Saturday, Oct. 5

<strong>Levi's GranFondo:</strong> Cyclists are rolling from Santa Rosa to the top of King Ridge and back before an afternoon of festivities at the Finley Center. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://levisgranfondo.com" target="_blank">levisgranfondo.com</a>

Saturday, Oct. 5

<strong>Whiskerino:</strong> The Brothers of the Brush celebrate facial fuzz of all shapes and sizes. From mustaches to girl-staches, compete with your whiskered peers at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. 2 p.m. 201 Washington St., Petaluma <a href="http://petalumawhiskerino.com" target="_blank">petalumawhiskerino.com</a>

Saturday, Oct. 5

<strong>Guitar &amp;amp; Fiddle Duos:</strong> The Showcase Concert Series matches fiddler Daniel Kahane with guitarist Ed Berghoff, and fiddler Jon Berger with guitarist Michael Rofkar, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15. 568-5381, <a href="http://glasercenter.com" target="_blank">glasercenter.com</a>.

Sunday, Oct. 6

<strong>Wine Country Rowing Classic:</strong> 800 athletes will converge on Petaluma for this annual event of top notch river racing. Hang at the Marina for snacks, swag, and a view of the boats. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Petaluma Marina. 781 Baywood Dr., Petaluma. (707) 888-6960

Sunday, Oct. 6

<strong>Blessing of the Animals:</strong> Bring your furry friends to be blessed at St. Francis Winery. Fun events at the annual blessing include a "Winery Dog of the Year" contest, plus food and wine, pet-friendly raffle prizes, and more. Free admission. 100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa. stfranciswinery.com

Sunday, Oct. 6

<strong>Natalie Maines:</strong> The Dixie Chicks veteran, moving from the band's country sound towards rock, performs on her own Sunday at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, with Trent Yaconelli opening at 8 p.m. 1350 Third St. $40. 259-0123, <a href="http://uptowntheatrenapa.com" target="_blank">uptowntheatrenapa.com</a>.

Monday, Oct. 7

<strong>Paul Harding:</strong> The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, 'Tinkers,' talks about his newest book, 'Enon,' about a father

trying to come to terms with family loss, at 7 p.m. Monday at Copperfields Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, 762-0563,

<a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

Monday, Oct. 7

<strong>'Easy Fall Suppers':</strong> Instructor Brian Starkey shows how to make warm and comforting meals, with steaming soups and stews, rustic root veggies, hearty main courses and desserts, 6-8 p.m. Monday at Sur la Table, 2323 Magowan Drive, Montgomery

Village, Santa Rosa. $79. 800-243-0852, <a href="http://surlatable.com" target="_blank">surlatable.com</a>.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

<strong>Malcolm Gladwell:</strong> The No. 1 bestselling author of 'The Tipping Point' talks about his new book, 'David and Goliath,' at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dominican University's Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $35, including book. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

<strong>Bonnie Raitt:</strong> The blues and pop artist with the red hair (and a white streak through it) sings her hits and plays slide guitar at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $40.25-$99.50. (415) 499-6800, <a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">ticketmaster.com</a>.

Thursday, Oct. 10

<strong>Pink:</strong> If you think Pink is perfection, then don't waste any time. There aren't a lot of tickets left. The singer-songwriter and actress brings her 'The Truth About Love' tour to Oakland's Oracle Arena for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $50-$141.50.

<a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">ticketmaster.com</a>.

Friday, Oct. 11

<strong>Trio Ariadne:</strong> Enjoy a free performance by pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe, clarinetist Carol McGonnell and cellist Saeeunn Thorsteinsdottir, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert

Park. <a href="http://sonoma.edu" target="_blank">sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

Oct. 11-27

<strong>'Brigadoon':</strong> The classic Broadway musical, about a magical village in the Scottish highlands that appears just one day every century, opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $22-$26. Closes Oct. 27. 588-3400, <a href="http://rpcity.org" target="_blank">rpcity.org</a>.

Saturday, Oct. 12

<strong>Garrick Ohlsson:</strong> The first and only American to win the Chopin International Piano Competition performs Chopin, Brahms, Debussy and Liszt at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. $40-$85. <a href="http://sonoma.edu" target="_blank">sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

Saturday, Oct. 12

<strong>Missy Raines:</strong> A seven-time recipient of the Bass Player of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, the bassist blends bluegrass and jazz at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol.

Tickets: 824-1858 or krussellmft@aol.com.

Oct 12-13, 19-20

<strong>ARTrails:</strong> Some 160 artists will open their studios all over Sonoma for two weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. Meet artists, see demonstrations and visit studios using an ARTrails map. There also are related arts exhibits at Wells Fargo Center and several galleries. <a href="http://sonomaarts.com/artrails" target="_blank">sonomaarts.com/artrails</a>, 579-2787.

Sunday, Oct. 13

<strong>Dave Chappelle:</strong> His two shows at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, at 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 13, sold out as soon as they were announced, but maybe you can still score tickets on the web. Known for his Comedy Channel TV series, the comic is out on the nationwide 'Funny or Die Oddball Comedy Tour.' 546-3600, <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org/" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>.

Through Oct. 13

<strong>'Impressionists on the Water':</strong> The current exhibit of 80 paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissarro, as well as others, continues daily except Mondays through Oct. 13 at the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco. $11-$21.(415) 750-3600, <a href="http://famsf.org" target="_blank">famsf.org</a>.

Through Oct. 20

<strong>'Artistry in Wood':</strong> A quarter-century of local tradition continues, with the annual Sonoma County Woodworkers Association exhibition, daily except Mondays through Oct. 20 at the Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. $5-$7; free for

children 12 and under. <a href="http://sonomacountymuseum.org" target="_blank">sonomacountymuseum.org</a>, 579-1500.