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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 2023

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Enjoy crab feeds, celebrate the Lunar New Year, see live music and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 27

“That 70th Show”: Gallery exhibit and community wall commemorate the Sonoma Community Center’s 70th anniversary. Opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the center’s Causeway Gallery, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Free, donations accepted. Through April 30. More information at sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Madilyn Mei: Indie pop singer-songwriter headlines a 7:30 p.m. show at Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. Special guest M.J. Ward. Tickets are $12. More information at 707-762-3566, thephoenixtheater.com.

Wonder Bread 5: Studio 54 Night with the party cover band begins at 9 p.m. at Coyote Sonoma, 44F Mill St., Healdsburg. Tickets, at $30, benefit local charities. More information at 707-433-4444, coyotesonoma.com/upcoming-events.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Bodega Bay Area Chowder Day: Event returns for its 20th anniversary, with chowder tastings beginning at 10 a.m. and noon at numerous restaurants. Carpooling recommended. Tickets are $25, advance sales only. More information at visitbodegabayca.com/chowder-day.

LumaCon: Comic convention presented by Petaluma libraries. Event features cosplay, vendors, exhibitors, workshops, panels, live action role playing, contests and more. Visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Free. More information at lumacon.net.

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52 Perfect Saturdays in Sonoma County

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Take a look ahead at the new year, with our weekend-by-weekend, month-by-month collection of favorite seasonal experiences—from mushroom expeditions in January to wildflowers-potting in April to our favorite way to do pumpkins in October. Your expert guides? Members of the newsroom at our sister publication, The Press Democrat, where insider knowledge of the community we share is a matter of pride.

Click through the above gallery to view some of the experiences.

A Classic Drive

The two-lane stretch of Sonoma Highway, 22 miles from Santa Rosa to downtown Sonoma, provides the setting for a perfect Saturday afternoon. The drive encapsulates the beauty and the breadth of Sonoma County: our vineyards and wineries (a tasting inside the wine caves at Deerfield Ranch is perfect on a misty winter day); roadside shops and restaurants (including Salt + Stone in Kenwood, one of my favorites)—even taking in the scars of previous fires, still visible on the hillsides. The drive is a bucolic break from the everyday that soothes the spirit and settles the mind. -Richard A. Green

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 20-29, 2023

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See live comedy, hear a performance of Grateful Dead tunes or revisit a modern classic, with bowling and pizza, at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 20

“Small Works”: Twelfth annual exhibition opens at Graton Gallery, 9048 Graton Road. Visit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 19. More information at 707-829-8912, gratongallery.net.

Inaugural comedy show: Hence Singleton, Paul Brumbaugh and Trevor LA perform at Wolf House Brewing Co., 131 E. First St., Cloverdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. More information at 844-942-2337, wolfhousebrewing.com/live-events/#chili.

Beo String Quartet: Ensemble performs works by contemporary composers, Bach, Beethoven and more at 7:30 p.m. at The 222, 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. Pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $75. More information at the222.org/beo-quartet.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Concerto recital includes solo works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Handel. Showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Tickets are $5 to $25. More information at 707-829-4797, bit.ly/3we9ey8.

The Soul Section: Soul and funk band performs music of the 1960s and ’70s and other rock favorites at 7:30 p.m. at The California, 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15. More information at 707-664-7529, caltheatre.com/soul-section.

Christopher Titus: The Comedy Central and “Titus” star performs a comedy show at 8 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $25 to $60. More information at bit.ly/3GUmfC9.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, Jan. 13-22, 2023

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Enjoy winter wine tastings, art gallery receptions, live music and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, Jan. 13

Artist’s reception: Visit with Simmon Factor, whose paintings inspired by living next to Santa Rosa Creek are on display at Café Frida Gallery, 300 S. A St., Santa Rosa, in the SOFA arts district. An opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 16. More information at cafefridagallery.com.

Winery Comedy Tour: Crews of comedians visit 48 states, performing seven nights a week. The tour stops at 7 p.m. at Hook & Ladder Vineyards & Winery, 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $18 to $20. More information at 707-526-2255, hookandladderwinery.com.

Lee Vandeveer Band: Mix of blues, psychedelic rock, jazz and more at 9 p.m. at Toad in the Hole, 116 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. Also Rascuaches. Free. More information at 707-544-8623, bit.ly/3WSOhod.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Wine Road’s 30th anniversary Winter Wineland: Seventy wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys offer specialty wine tastings, meetings with winemakers and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $95, $10 designated driver. Advance tickets only. Through Jan. 15. More information at 707-433-4335, wineroad.com/events/winter-wineland.

“Favorite Things”: Artists of all ages show one work each at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St. Rescheduled opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Through Feb. 5. More information at 707-829-4797, sebarts.org.

Open Mic Night: Community members perform everything from song and dance to comedy and poetry. Event begins at 7 p.m. at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Free, donations accepted. More information at 707-894-2214, cloverdaleperformingarts.com/openmic.

The Blues Night: Local blues musicians perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Tickets are $5 at the door. More information at 707-894-4410, cloverdaleartsalliance.org.

Vicki Barbolak: Barrel Proof Comedy presents the “America’s Got Talent” finalist, plus comic Victor Pacheco. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Tickets are $20, VIP $50 (includes dinner). More information at 707-665-9472, bit.ly/3ZuvWzp.

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