What’s Happening in the North Bay

Friday, July 10
Kids Night Out: Rohnert Park Parks & Rec Department is sponsoring a special evening for kids aged 5-11 this Friday, entertaining with arts & craft, games, snacks, and a movie, all taking place from 6-10 p.m. at the Community Center Meeting Room #2 and Lounge. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow for the movie, and leave your parents at home. Cost is $27, or $20 for Rohnert Park residents. Sign up at rpcity.org, course #16736.

Saturday, July 11
Wine Country Big Q: The 5th annual BBQ competition takes place this Saturday at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park, from 1 – 5 p.m. Plenty of food, wine and beer will be available for your tasting enjoyment, as well as live music and the competition judged by you. Tickets are $45 adults and $20 for 12 and under, and include sampling from over 50 pit masters. For more information, visit winecountrybigq.com.

Saturday, July 11
Dancing Under the Stars: Swing to the music of Stompy Jones with a canopy of stars overhead, all at the Frances Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville. Swing dance lessons are from 6-7 p.m., and live music goes from 7-10 p.m. Tickets to this 21-plus event are $20, and advance registration is recommended. Find out more at francisfordcoppolawinery.com.

Saturday, July 11
Martina McBride: The country superstar and four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the year will be performing live at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. Choose a lawn seat or inside Weill Hall for a unique experience you can only get at this amazing concert venue. Tickets start at $35, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Find out more at gmc.sonoma.edu.

Saturday, July 11
Phillip Phillips: American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is coming to Wine Country, performing live at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. The singer-songwriter will perform songs from his two albums, including his recently released album, Behind the Light. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85-$215. Find out all the details at robertmondaviwinery.

Saturday, July 11
Crushers of Comedy: Comedy on the Crush Pad is back, with three hilarious comediennes who are bound to leave you in stitches. This Saturday, laugh your heart out with Helen Hong, Jenny Yang and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. The show goes from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $20. Find out more at www.crushersofcomedy.com.

Saturday, July 11
Bastille Day: Enjoy live music by the Baguette Quartete at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, all in a celebration of everything French. The event will also include Can Can dancers, delicious crepes, wine and cheese and more. Admission is free, and wine flights and food are available for purchase. Event is 1 – 3 p.m. Find out more at www.chateaustjean.com.

Saturday, July 11
Kut-Ups Variety Show: Young-at-heart performers will be showing off their incredible talent at a variety show coming up at Spreckels Performing Center. Performers are ages 62-91, and will dance, sing, get you laughing and keep your toes tapping. This is the first of several shows, also happening July 14, 16 and 18, all at 1 p.m., as well as July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18. Find our more at www.rpcity.org.

Sunday, July 12
Art & Garden Festival: In its 14th year, this creative event sheds a spotlight on fine local crafters, artisans and gardeners, local food purveyors and restaurants, local wineries and breweries in the area. The event takes place in the downtown area, with countless vendors lining the streets, as well as live music on two stages. The annual chalk art competition will be held on B Street, adjacent to the main stage. To find out more, visit petalumadowntown.com.

Sunday, July 12
Pre-EarleFest Benefit: Local root favorites will take the stage at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, raising funds for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. Performers include John Courage, Bottle Shock, Amber Fenex and more. Tickets to September’s EarleFest will also be available at this all-ages show. Tickets are a suggested donation go $10, and doors open at noon. The concert begins at 1 p.m. Find out more at hopmonk.com.

Sunday, July 12
Dawg Day Afternoon Bluegrass Festival: Celebrate the music of America at this country folk music fest held a the Green Music Center, featuring Sonoma County favorites The David Grisman Sextet, The Del McCoury Band and Earls of Leicester. Starting at 3 p.m., tickets are $25-$60. Find out more at gmc.sonoma.edu.

Sunday, July 12
Harry Connick, Jr.: More than just an American Idol Star, Connick’s music takes on both the spirit of New Orleans jazz, as well as Big Band sounds. The jazz great will be performing live this Sunday at the Wells Fargo Cente in Santa Rosa, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but may still be available with a web search. Find out more at wellsfargocenterarts.org.

Sunday, July 12
Local Author Showcase: The Redwood Writers are celebrating the success of their authors with a special Author Launch event at their July general meeting. From 2-5 p.m., listen to excerpts from 18 newly published books, meet local authors and pick up signed copies of their books. Meeting is free to the general public, and takes place at the Flamingo Hotel. Find out more at redwoodwriters.org.

Other Upcoming Events:

Friday, July 10

‘Twelfth Night’: Shakespeare in the Cannery opens its second season at 7 p.m. in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. $5-$25. shakespeareinthecannery.com.
Jason Bergey: ‘Singer-guitarist. 6-8 p.m. Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville. francisfordcoppolawinery.com.

The Galactic Band: Blues & classic rock. 9 p.m. at HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $5. 829-7300, hopmonk.com.

Seth Francis: Santa Cruz producer/DJ tops four-act bill at 7:30 p.m. Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $8-$12. 762-3565, thephoenixtheater.com.

Karla Bonoff: Singer-songwriter. 8 p.m. City Winery, Napa. $20-$30. 260-1600, citywinery.com/napa.

Saturday, July 11

Johnny Vegas & The Highrollers: Rock ‘n’ soul revue. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. mvshops.com.

It’s a Beautiful Day: Acoustic originals, rock & swing with David LaFlamme. 8 p.m. Saturday. Occidental Center for the Arts. $15-$20. 874-9392, occidentalcenterforthearts.com.

Mendocino Music Festival: Violinist Livia Sohn opens 15-day fest at 8 p.m. Saturday in concert tent on Mendocino’s Main Street. $12-$49. 937-2044, mendocinomusic.org.

Sunday, July 12

Rhythm Rangers: ‘Live at Juilliard’ presents Americana music. 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa. Free. 543-4512, srcity.org.

‘Chardonnay & Croquet’: The name says it all. 11 a.m. Sunday. Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor. $50. sonomacutrer.com.

Monday, July 13

Ernest Cline: ‘Ready Player One! Armada’ writer talks about his new novel, “Armada,” at 7 p.m. Monday at Copperfield’s in Petaluma. copperfieldsbooks.com.

Tuesday, July 14

‘Bastille Day at Costeaux’: Croissants! Eclairs! Escargot! Petanque games, Can Can dancers & more. Tuesday at Costeaux French Bakery, Healdsburg. 433-1913, costeaux.com.

The Crux: ‘Tuesdays in the Plaza” presents folk music, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Healdsburg Plaza. Free. wifihealdsburg.net.
Wednesday, July 15

“Peacetown Summer Concert Series’: Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum with Nina Gerber, plus opener Un Deux Trois. 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Ives Park, Sebastopol. Free. mrmusicfoundation.org.

Chicago, The Band, Earth Wind & Fire: You need to hear more? 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Concord Pavilion. theconcordpavilion.com.

‘Wine & Sunsets’: The Blues Burners, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa. $5-$8. prwinery.com.

Thursday, July 16

‘Summer Nights on the Green’: Frobeck plays funk, pop & rock. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Windsor Town Green. Free. townofwindsor.com.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers: ‘Rockin’ the River presents blues rock, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Guerneville Plaza. Free. rockintheriver.org.

Friday, July 17

Festival del Sole: Singer Deborah Voigt opens 10-day classical fest at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at Castello di Amorosa winery, Calistoga. 337-6272, festivaldelsole.org.

Full Steem: “Funky Fridays.’ 6:30 p.m. July 17 Sugarloaf State Park, Kenwood. $10; 18 & under free. funkyfridays.info.

‘Fantastical Family Night’: Transcendence Theatre Co., Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. 7:30 p.m. July 17-18. $42-$129. transcendencetheatre.org.

Saturday, July 18

Summer of Love: Plus Big Bad Boogie Rock, ‘60s-’80s. Noon-3 p.m. July 18. Montgomery Village. Free. mvshops.com.

Rivertown Revival: Art boat race and parade, floating art barges, music, food and drink and over vendors. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 18. Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma.

Kevin Spacey: The TV and film actor sings. 7:30 p.m. July 18. Weill Hall & lawn. $40 & up. gmc.sonoma.edu, 866-955-6040.

Sunday, July 19

Valley of the Moon Music Festival: Opens at 4 p.m. July 19 and runs through Aug. 2 with chamber ensemble music at Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma. $20-$40. valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.

Cripple Creek: Country music, Southern music. 1-4 p.m. July 19. Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. mvshops.com.