Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Feb. 24 to March 5

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If you're looking for fun this week, Sonoma County is the place to be. From Friday through Sunday, get some ink at the annual Tattoos & Blues Festival. On Saturday, watch men strut their stuff as they compete in the Mr. Healdsburg Pageant. Plus, dress up and view the Academy Awards this Sunday at a variety of Oscars parties around Sonoma County. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Feb. 24-26
Izzy’s Tattoos & Blues: Head to the Flamingo Resort this weekend for three days of tattoo artists, blues bands, fire dancers, vendors and more. The annual Tattoos & Blues festival starts Friday, and runs until Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Admission is $20. Find out more at

Saturday, Feb. 25
Mr. Healdsburg Pageant: Everybody's favorite male beauty pageant is coming back to the Raven Performing Arts Theater in Healdsburg this Saturday. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the annual Raven fundraiser will include zaniness, craziness, madness and more as men compete in the standard pageant categories of beachwear, formalwear, talent, and interview. Look for a few familiar faces, and a few new ones, as well. This year's theme is "Just a Bunch of Clowns!," which is a perfect indication of what you can look forward to. Admission is $40-$45. Find out all the details at

Saturday, Feb. 25
Saints and Sinners Ball: Mardi Gras is coming to The Reel Fish Shop in Sonoma this Saturday with the 3rd Annual Saints & Sinners Ball. Dress to impress in your wildest costume, and prepare to be entertained with live music, performances and more. The evening starts at 8 p.m., but come early for dinner. Find out all the details at

Saturday, Feb. 25
Oscars Laughter Party: Before Sunday’s Academy Awards show, enjoy a night of comedy at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. Through improv, comedians will poke fun at the silver screen, and will even draw from audience participation. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. 18-plus recommended. Find out more at

Saturday, Feb, 25
Public Star Party: Head out to the Robert Ferguson Observatory this Saturday for its monthly star party in Sugarloaf. Starting at dusk, view the night sky through the Observatory’s three main telescopes, or through additional telescopes in the front of the building. Adults are $3, kids under 18 are free. Parking fees are $8. Find out more at

Saturday, Feb. 25
Brunch on Bald Mountain: This Saturday, hike to the top of Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf for a brunch with a view. Not up for the hike but still want to enjoy the scenic meal? Hitch a ride to the top with one of the Team Sugarloaf vehicles. Regardless of method, those who reach the summit will be treated to a delicious picnic brunch and a panoramic view. Tickets are $10-$60. Hikers should arrive at the end of Adobe Canyon Rd. at 9:15 a.m. Reservations are required. Find out more at

Sunday, Feb. 26
Red Carpet Evening: Clover Theater in Cloverdale presents their 3rd annual Red Carpet Evening. for a night of glitz, local food and wine, auction prizes, fundraising and the Academy Awards. This event mirrors the fashion seen on Hollywood’s red carpet, and supports the Alexander Valley Film Society’s educational and cultural programs. Tickets start at $200, and the event kicks off at 4 p.m. Find out more at

Sunday, Feb. 26
The Envelope, Please: This Sunday, dress up and head out to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen in an event that supports Petaluma Community Access. Tickets are $60, and include a champagne toast, raffles, tasty bites, door prizes and more. Doors open at 4 p.m. Find out more at

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Friday, Feb. 24

‘A Little Night Music’: Musical about love and regret, opens 8 tonight, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $15-$38. Through March 19. 707-523-4185,

Vetiver: San Francisco-based folk band led by Andy Cabic, 6:30 tonight, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $23. 707-938-5277,

Zukerman Trio: Critically acclaimed violinist, pianist and cellist, classical program, 7:30 tonight, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Saturday, Feb. 25

Sonoma Bach Organ Recital: ‘Bach and the North Germans,’ featuring organist Rodney Gehrke, 8 p.m. Saturday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $15-$25. 877-914-2224,

‘Broadway Bash’: Cinnabar Young Rep talent showcase and fundraiser, Broadway hits, 6 p.m. Saturday, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma campus. $50. 707-763-8920,

Songwriters’ Showcase: Performance by individual composers of the Occidental Community Choir, 8 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $10. 707-874-8622,

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough: Soulful Americana, 8 p.m. Saturday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $22-$25, benefits Earle Baum Center of the Blind. 707-829-7300,

Sunday, Feb. 26

‘The Spirit of Us’: Safe Harbor Project Black History Month musical presentation, 2 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $30-$30. 707-546-3600,

Yu-Chien ‘Benny’ Tseng: Award-winning young Taiwanese violinist, classical program, 3 p.m. Sunday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,

Academy Night at the Rialto: Oscars ceremony on the big screen, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $30, benefits Food for Thought. 707-525-4840,

Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra: Family concert, with Fratello Marionettes, plus instrument ‘petting zoo,’ 2 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $8. 866-955-6040,

Cantiamo Sonoma: Creative Arts Series, 21-voice a cappella performance, Renaissance to modern-day music, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa. $15. 707-824-5611,

Monday, Feb. 27

‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: Golden anniversary celebration of the acclaimed stage production, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. $5-$12. Through July 16. 707-579-4452,

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Mardi Gras Party: The Dixie Giants jazz music, barbecue dinner, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary, Petaluma. $10-$25, benefits Petaluma Music Festival.

Wednesday, March 1

West Side Stories: On-the-spot personal storytelling series, ‘Passive Aggressive’ theme, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sonoma Portworks, Petaluma. $8-$10. 707-477-4416,

Thursday, March 2

‘Dinner Is Served’: Three-course meal at 14 Sonoma County restaurants, various times on Thursday. Santa Rosa Symphony League fundraiser. $40-$100 includes corkage and gratuity. 707-227-4314,

Friday, March 3

Barrel Tasting: Wine Road’s 40th anniversary event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3-5 at 100-plus northern Sonoma County wineries. $43.40-$70, $5.43-$10 designated driver.

Tasting Room blog: 5 things you should know before Wine Road Barrel Tasting

Chamber concert: Violinist Gilles Apap and pianist Grace Fong, 7:30 p.m. March 3, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $15-$26.

‘McQuadle – A Dragon’s Tale’: A Theater for Children action-adventure, 7 p.m. March 3 and 1 and 3:30 p.m. March 4, Kid Street Theater, Santa Rosa. $5.

‘Murder Mistaken’: Curtain Call Theatre’s classic British thriller, opens 8 p.m. March 3, Russian River Hall, Monte Rio. $15-$20. Through March 25. 707-524-8739,

Five Irish Tenors: Musical ‘Salute to Ireland,’ direct from Dublin, 7:30 p.m. March 3, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Ben Allison and Think Free: Jazz combos, 7:30 p.m. March 3, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $8. 866-955-6040,

Spring Dance Festival: North Bay Stage Co., 8 p.m. March 3 and 4, 2 p.m. March 5, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $18. 707-546-3600,

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’: Edward Albee drama, opens 8 p.m. March 3, Main Stage West, Sebastopol. $15-$30. Through March 19. 707-823-0177,

Saturday, March 4

Valley of the Moon Music Festival musicians: ‘Nick Phan and Schubert’s Cello,’ 3 p.m. March 4, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,

Irish Rovers: Rollicking jigs and reels from the ambassadors of Irish music, 8 p.m. March 4, Uptown Theatre, Napa. $35-$65. 707-259-0123,

The Dixie Giants: Traditional and pop/rock jazz takes, Mardi Gras celebration, 9 p.m. March 4, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $20. 707-829-7300,

Sunday, March 5

Miró Quartet: Chamber group, with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, 3 p.m. March 5, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

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