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Ten days of fun


Friday, Nov. 8

<strong>ISON:</strong> The comet, discovered in 1680, could be the big star on campus tonight, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Planetarium and the Sonoma State University Observatory, both at 7 p.m. SRJC's show runs &amp;&lsquo;til Nov. 24, and SSU plans a second event Nov. 22. santarosa.edu, 527-4465; <a href="http://sonoma.edu" target="_blank">sonoma.edu</a>, 664-2594.

Friday, Nov. 8

<strong>Buddy Guy Blues:</strong> The 76-year-old blues master and Rock &amp;&lsquo;n' Roll Hall-of-Famer influenced rock stars Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Buddy will bring along his current protege, Quinn Sullivan, for his show at 8 tonight at Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs

Road, Santa Rosa. $47-$67. 546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org.

Saturday, Nov. 9

<strong>St. Anthony's Wine &amp;amp; Mushroom Festival:</strong> Mendocino's 11-day salute to mushrooms peaks with this eighth annual event, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 10700 Lansing St., Mendocino. $40 per person. 937-2406, <a href="http://stanthonysofmendocino.com" target="_blank">stanthonysofmendocino.com</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 9

<strong>Whose Live Anyway:</strong> You won't know what to expect when the cast members of the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway" leave you in stitches with their off-the-cuff improv humor. $39-$59. 8 p.m. Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://wellsfargocenterarts.org" target="_blank">wellsfargocenterarts.org</a>

Saturday, Nov. 9

<strong>The Art of Chocolate &amp;amp; Wine:</strong> In a benefit for Petaluma Arts Center, Viva Cocolat's Lynn Wong will give a seminar on chocolate. The elate afternoon reception will include chocolate samples from different chocolatiers, wine, a silent auction, and musical interludes. $25-$30. 3-6 p.m. <a href="http://petalumaartscenter.org" target="_blank">petalumaartscenter.org</a>

Saturday, Nov. 9

<strong>Black Brothers:</strong> Their sister, Mary Black, won't be with them, but two other members of Ireland's famous singing family, brothers Michael and Shay Black, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental. $20. 874-9392, <a href="http://occidentalcenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">occidentalcenterforthearts.com</a>.

Nov. 9-10

<strong>Holiday Craft Fair:</strong> November might have just begun, but that doesn't stop the flurry of holiday craft fairs trickling toward the holidays. First up is the 25th annual craft fair at the Petaluma Community Center, with unique handmade crafts, entertainment, refreshments, and even photos with Santa. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 320 N/ McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. <a href="http://cityofpetaluma.net/" target="_blank">cityofpetaluma.net</a>

Sunday, Nov. 10

<strong>God Fights The Plague:</strong> Written and performed by 18-year-old Dezi Gallegos, this inspiring and thought-provoking show is a theatrical documentary of 16 real-life individuals from different faiths in their search for God. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Cinnabar Theater. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. <a href="http://cinnabartheater.org" target="_blank">cinnabartheater.org</a>

Sunday, Nov. 10

<strong>Andean Music Celebration:</strong> Two San Francisco music groups will present a music and dance concert to benefit the a school for girls in Peru. The pre-concert reception includes refreshments, a raffle, and Peruvian bites. $35 adults, $10 kids under 12. 1:30-5 p.m. Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. 126 First St. W., Sonoma. <a href="http://chicuchaswasi.org" target="_blank">chicuchaswasi.org</a>

Sunday, Nov. 10

<strong>Herd It Through The Grapevine:</strong> Wilson Winery is hosting a benefit for the herding dog rescue with an afternoon of wine tasting, paella dining, and live musical entertainment. $35-$40. 2-5 p.m. 1960 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg <a href="http://hittgv.org/" target="_blank">hittgv.org</a>

Sunday, Nov. 10

<strong>Alejandro Escovedo:</strong> He's jazz drummer Pete Escovedo's brother, and percussionist Sheila E.'s uncle. The Austin-based singer and songwriter brings his band, The Sensitive Boys, Sunday to Petaluma's Mystic Theatre, with Amy Cook opening at 7:30 p.m. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. $21-$24. 765-2121, <a href="http://mystictheatre.com" target="_blank">mystictheatre.com</a>

Monday, Nov. 11

<strong>Veterans Day Films:</strong> The Napa Valley Film Festival presents films honoring those who serve in the military, including &amp;&lsquo;Healing a Soldier's

Heart' and &amp;&lsquo;Hornet's Nest,' from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. $12-$16. 226-7500, <a href="http://nvff.org" target="_blank">nvff.org</a>.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

<strong>Jeff Kinney:</strong> Meet the author of &amp;&lsquo;Diary of a Wimpy Kid' at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Free

admission, but tickets are required, and limited to 1,000. Check before you try to go, at 579-4452, <a href="http://schulzmuseum.org/" target="_blank">schulzmuseum.org</a>.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

<strong>Jazz Day:</strong> Sonoma State University hosts its second annual event, featuring its jazz faculty and North Bay high school musicians. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on campus, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $15 donation suggested, <a href="http://gmc.sonoma.edu/" target="_blank">gmc.sonoma.edu</a>, (866) 955-6040.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

<strong>David Sedaris:</strong> The wry satirist talks about his latest book, &amp;&lsquo;Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls' and more, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. Presented by Book Passage. $39-$42. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

Thursday, Nov. 14

<strong>Grant Farm:</strong> The Colorado quartet, currently on a West Coast tour, brings its crusade in behalf of love, family and the joy of music to the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. $10. 829-7300, <a href="hopmonk.com/sebastopol" target="_blank">hopmonk.com</a>.

Thursday, Nov. 14

<strong>Tish Hinojosa:</strong> Blending folk, country, pop and Latino styles, the Texan singer and songwriter performs Thursday at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Greg Abel opens at 7:30 p.m. $25- $27. 573-6049, sebastopolgrange.org, <a href="http://northbaylive.com" target="_blank">northbaylive.com</a>

Friday, Nov. 15

<strong>Bennett Friedman:</strong> The Santa Rosa jazz saxophonist and his combo (pianist Larry Dunlap, bassist Cliff Hugo and new drummer Akira Tana), play at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College. $5-$10. 527-4255, <a href="http://santarosa.edu" target="_blank">santarosa.edu</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 16

<strong>Winterblast:</strong> The South of A Street (SOFA) arts district near Santa Rosa's Juilliard Park stages its annual celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16, with open art studios, live music, a magic show, a parade, wine, beer, food and more. Admission is free. <a href="http://sofasantarosa.com" target="_blank">sofasantarosa.com</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 16

<strong>Peach Street:</strong> The lineup includes Catalyst, MC Wordplay, B.A.D. Poetry, Nathan Coast, Esque Coast, Billion Coast and Getm Jaf, plus Straight Forward Ent. and The Realist House, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $10. 762-3565, <a href="http://thephoenixtheater.com" target="_blank">thephoenixtheater.com</a>.

Saturday, Nov. 16

<strong>Philharmonia Healdsburg:</strong> The orchestra, featuring violinist Phillip Santos and violist Keith Lawrence, plays Mozart and more, at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at theRaven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $10-$25. 433-6335, <a href="http://raventheater.org" target="_blank">raventheater.org</a>.

Weekends through Dec. 8

<strong>&amp;&lsquo;39 Steps':</strong> Freely adapted from John Buchan's novel and Alfred Hitchcock's movie, this stage version has four actors playing 150 characters. 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Closes Dec. 8. $15-$25. 523-4185, <a href="http://6thstreetplayhouse.com" target="_blank">6thstreetplayhouse.com</a>.

Through Dec. 12

<strong>&amp;&lsquo;Out of the Box': </strong> Subtitled &amp;&lsquo;New Work from a New Generation,' the exhibit displays curated work by a dozen and a half student artists, daily through Dec. 12 at the Sonoma State University Library Art Gallery, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 664-4240, <a href="http://library.sonoma.edu" target="_blank">library.sonoma.edu</a>.