News Column

Ten days of fun

June 12, 2014

By Dan Taylor, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

June 12--June 13-15

Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise: It's not Father's Day or the start of summer without a car show. Celebrate both at the annual event that brings back the classics. Vintage cars will be on display all weekend long, with event highlights like the Poker Run, the Chili and Pasta Cook Off, a beer and wine tasting, live music, the saucy Pin-Up contest, the downtown cruise, and more. The car show is $10 on Saturday, and $6 on Sunday. Tasting tickets are $25 pre-sale, and $30 at the gate. A Place to Play Park is located at 2375 W. Third Street, Santa Rosa. Info:

Friday -- Saturday (June 13-14)

Huichica Music Festival: The annual summer festival at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma is jumping into their fifth year with an exceptional lineup of bands you'll want to dance to. Doors open for the Friday Night Kickoff at 5 p.m., and will feature bands Vetiver and Mount Eerie. Saturday's event begins at noon with Golden Gram, Houndstooth, The Blank Tapes, and more. Ticket prices range from $30-$120 for single day, two-day, and VIP passes. Festival goers 21-plus will receive complimentary tasting of three Gundlach Bundschu wines. 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma. Info:

Friday, June 13

Darkside Cemetery Tour: Docents at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery will be leading groups through the grave sites in the historic section of the cemetery, sharing the creepier part of early Santa Rosa through stories of murders, suicides, and horrific events that occurred in our town's past. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m., and will occur every half hour until 9 p.m.$25. While registration is full, the waitlist is still accepting names. Call 543-3737 or visit

Friday, June 13

Dead on Live: The Grateful Dead tribute band celebrates Sebastiani Theatre's 80th anniversary with a benefit concert for the venerable cinema at 8 tonight. $50. 476 First St. E., Sonoma. 996-9756,

Friday, June 13

Gay Wine Weekend: 'Come out in the vineyard' is the catch-phrase for this three day celebration of pride and vino in Sonoma Valley. It opens with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. today at MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa in Sonoma.

Friday, Friday 13

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys: Take a short cut to the Bayou. Cloverdale's 'Friday Night Live' free outdoor concert series presents the popular

Cajun band, plus Justin Schaefers, at 6:30 tonight in the city's downtown plaza.

June 13-15

'Grease': Rydell High's Class of '59 hits the stage again when the 6th Street Playhouse opens the rock 'n' roll musical this weekend, with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ends July 6. 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $15-$35. 523-4185,

Saturday, June 14

TEDxSonomaCounty: With a theme of "Going to the Edge," the event promises a day of boundary pushing inspiration. A bevy of forward-thinking speakers will include authors, entertainers, musicians, inventors, and other innovators with remarkable stories and messages to share. Located at the Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, doors open to the event at 12:15 p.m. General admission is $40, and students can get in for $25. Info:

Saturday, June 14

Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads: Join a tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett as part of the free outdoor 'Rockin' Concerts' series at Santa Rosa'sMontgomery Village, in the shopping center's Village Court from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

June 14-15

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic: Bundle up in warm clothing, bring blankets and come out at 5:30 a.m. both mornings to see the glowing balloons of "The Dawn Patrol" go up, followed by the main launch of some 30 balloons at 6:30 a.m.Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor.

Saturday, June 14

Jimmie Vaughn: The Texas blues guitar legend performs with Tilt-A-Whirl Band, featuring Lou Ann Barton, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. $55. 829-7300,

Sunday, June 15

Cotati Jazz Festival: Take Dad out to hear some jazz, when the 34th annual event features three live bands outdoors at Cotati's La Plaza park from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, plus other acts at several nearby venues. Free. Food, beer and wine available., 795-5508.

Monday, June 16

Milk Carton Kids: The indie folk duo, featuring singer-guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, perfrom at 8 p.m. Monday at City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. Also, musical storyteller and guitarist Tom Brousseau. $15-$25. Doors open at 6 p.m. 260-1600,

Through Aug. 17

'Siberia': Historic and current photos explore Russian's far eastern frontier, not unlike America's Wild West in some ways. Daily except Mondays through Aug. 17 at the Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. $5-$7; free 12 and under., 579-1500.

Wednesday, June 18

Sonoma-Marin Fair: Petaluma's down-home celebration marks its 75th anniversary, starting Wednesday, with Eddie Money performing at 8 p.m. The fair runs through June 22. World's Ugliest Dog Contest is June 20. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. $10-$15. 283-3247,

Wednesday, June 18

Wednesday Night Market: Downtown Santa Rosa's weekly summer street fair presents live music by Levi Lloyd & The 501 Band, Kingsborough and Anthony Presti. The market runs 5 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 20.

Thursday, June 19

Novella Carpenter: 'Gone Feral,' traces the author's search for her mising father, a hermit, war vet and homesteader. She speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday at Copperfield's Books Sebastopol, 138 N Main St., Sebastopol.

Thursday, June 19

Tommy Castro: The free 'Summer Nights on the Green' concert series hosts the rocker and his band 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Windsor Town Green, 9455 Bell Road, Windsor. 838-1260.

Friday, June 20

'Chorus Line': Summer Repertory Theatre's 43rd season opens at Burbank Auditorium at Santa Rosa Rosa Junior College opens with the classic musical at 8 p.m.June 20. $15-$25. 527-4307,

Friday, June 20

Miles Ahead: The seven-piece band plays Miles Davis' late-'60s/early-'70s psychedelic jazz, plus original tunes, at 7:30 p.m.June 20 at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $7-$12. 528-3009,

Friday, June 20

'The Wall': Thus The Buzz presents Pink Floyd's masterpiece in its entirety, from 8 to 11:30 p.m.June 20 at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St.,

Petaluma. $10. 762-3565,

Saturday, June 21

Zepparella: The all-woman Led Zeppelin tribute band performs June 21, with The Bad Jones opening at 9 p.m., at the Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $18-$20. 765-2121,

Saturday, June 21

Jazz Attack: Trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Euge Groove and guitarist Peter White open the Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series at 4 p.m.June 21. 11455 Old Redwood Highway, just south of Healdsburg. $60-$90. 431-1533,

Saturday, June 21

10,000 Maniacs: The '80s hit band's current lineup, with singer Mary Ramsey, performs at 8 p.m.June 21 at the City Winery, 1030 Main St., Napa. $40-$50. 260-1600,

Sunday, June 22

Sh-Boom: The free outdoor 'Rockin' Concerts' series presents rock 'n' roll oldies at Village Court in Santa Rosa'sMontogomery Village shopping center from noon to 3 p.m.June 22.

Sunday, June 22

Smokey Robinson: The soul music superstar launches the 77th season of free concerts at 2 p.m.June 22 in San Francisco'sStern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, with singer-songwriter Patti Autsin. 415-252-6252,

Sunday, June 22

Will Durst: The comic joins singer-actress Mary Gannon Graham and others for 'Wretch Aid,' to send the play 'Wretch Like Me' to Edinburgh, Scotland. 8 p.m.June 22 Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $15. 568-5381,


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