Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Nov. 3-12

Pete Stringfellow is one of several music acts to perform this Saturday at "Sonoma Strong," a benefit concert in Montgomery Village to raise funds for local fire victims. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)


This weekend, do something fun. Here are a few ideas. Be inspired by the TEDxSonomaCounty talks this Saturday. On Saturday evening, watch local stars bust a move at the Dancing with the Stars competition at Raven Theater. Then on Sunday, support fire victims by attending the benefit concert at Montgomery Village. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Saturday, Nov. 4
TEDxSonomaCounty: This Saturday, the annual TED event in Sonoma County features inspiring speakers, artists and performers who will share ideas and wisdom under the theme of “A World With(out) Limits” at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa. Doors open at 12:15 p.m., and tickets are $25-$45. Learn more at

Saturday, Nov. 4
Dancing with the Stars: The Sonoma County version of the hit TV show will be held this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. The “stars” are local names you may recognize from the community, paired with professional dancers and ready to compete in a night you won’t forget. Votes are collected in the form of money, and benefits the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Tickets are $35-$45. Find out more at

Saturday, Nov. 4
Sonoma Bar Battle: The 11th annual battle of the bartenders takes place this Saturday at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building. In the spirit of “Iron Chef,” competing teams will be given a secret ingredient, and will have 10 minutes to create a cocktail that will wow the judges. The event will include tasting stations, an appetizer buffet and live music. 100% of the proceeds from the Sonoma Bar Battle will go to people affected by the fires. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45. Find out more at

Sunday, Nov. 5
Sonoma Strong Benefit Concert: This Sunday, a few favorite local bands are coming together to help raise funds for North Bay fire victims. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Montgomery Village, hear live music from Pride & Joy, Pete Stringfellow, Gator Nation and Poyntlyss Sistars. Admission is free, and all money raised from food and swag sales will go to fire relief efforts. More information at

Sunday, Nov. 5
Wild Thang! Benefit Concert: Some of Sonoma County’s favorite bands are coming together this Sunday for a benefit concert at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma to raise funds for the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. Entertainment includes performances with The Easy Leaves, Highway Poets, John Courage, Josh Windmiller, Soul Fuse with guests Volker Strifler, Levi Lloyd and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages. Admission is $18. Find out more at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Nov. 3

Live in the Vineyard: Wine, food and 15 performers including Leann Rimes, today through Sunday, Napa Valley. Attend only by winning tickets.

Mariinsky Orchestra: One of Russia’s oldest and most distinguished musical institutions, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $50-$125. 866-955-6040,

Grateful Bluegrass Boys: String band, traditional bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites, 9 p.m., HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $10. 707-829-7300,

Bennett Friedman Quartet: Jazz performance, 8 p.m., Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $5-$10.

Saturday, Nov. 4

HIRIE plus Nattali Rize with Clear Conscience: Reggae, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $17-$20. 707-775-6048,

Wine & Food Affair: Wine and food pairings, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. $60-$80, $30 designated driver.

Damage Inc.: Metallica tribute, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $40-$50, benefits Oaks of Hebron. 707-791-3482,

Dancing with the Stars: Local celebrities and dance professionals, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Raven Theater, Healdsburg. $35-$45. Some proceeds benefit fire relief. 707-433-6335,

Sunday, Nov. 5

Sonoma Strong: Fire relief benefit concert, Poyntlyss Sistars, Gator Nation, Pride & Joy, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. VIP tables $450-$750. 707-545-3844,

Monday, Nov. 6

Santa Rosa Symphony: ‘Exhilarating Journey,’ includes Shostakovich’s ‘Festive Overture,’ 8 p.m. Monday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $29-$85. 707-546-8742,

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Dia de los Muertos: Exhibit includes juried artwork of local students, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. Through Nov. 30. 707-579-1500,

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Napa Valley Film Festival: More than 100 films plus Hollywood guests, food and wine. Opens Wednesday, Napa Valley. Through Nov. 12. $10-$695.

Thursday, Nov. 9

‘Man Equals Man’: War and identity, cabaret-style, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. $5-$17. Through Nov. 12. 707-664-4246,

‘Letters to Dr. Q’: SRJC students read letters to former undocumented migrant, now renowned neurosurgeon-neuroscientist, 7 p.m. Thursday, Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-578-8938,

Shopkins Live!: Urban-style music, song and dance featuring kids’ Shopkins characters, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $25-$100. 707-546-3600,

Friday, Nov. 10

Les Arts Florissants: Baroque music performed on period instruments, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Iris Jamahl Dunkle: Poet laureate shares latest collection, ‘Interrupted Geographies,’ 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Copperfield’s Books, Sebastopol. Free. 707-823-2618,

Rhythm Future Quartet: Gypsy jazz ensemble, 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 10, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25-$29. 707-874-9392,

Coco Montoya: Rock and blues guitarist, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10, The Reel, Sonoma. $25-$30. 707-343-0044,

Saturday, Nov. 11

Tetzlaff Quartet: String quartet, classical program, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$50. 866-955-6040,

Air Supply: ‘Lost in Love’ soft rock duo, 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $49-$165. 707-546-3600,

Juried Exhibition: Works by Petaluma Arts Center members, reception 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Petaluma Arts Center. Free. Exhibit through Jan. 6, 2018. 707-762-5600,

Sunday, Nov. 12

Tango Buenos Aires: ‘The Spirit of Argentina,’ 3 p.m. Nov. 12, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Marnie Breckenridge and Hope Briggs: Chamber concert, 4 p.m. Nov. 12, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $29.75. 415-392-4400,

Jazz Jam Benefit Concert: Fire relief fundraiser, local and Bay Area jazz musicians, 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $30 minimum donation.

Mandolin Orange: Americana and folk duo from North Carolina, 7 p.m. Nov. 12, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $30. 707-938-5277,

Donna the Buffalo: Mix of cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country, 8 p.m. Nov. 12 HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $17-$20. 707-829-7300,