Thursday, May 13
Open mic night
Take your act up a notch by adding spotlights and an audience. Singer/songwriter Hillary Wicht will blend and soul as the guest artist.
7 to 10 p.m. No cover. Murphy’s Irish Pub. 464 First St. E. 337-6348
Friday, May 14
Chapel concert series
Marcie Brown brings her InStep Trio and its genre-crossing resume of stints with Lucianno Pavarotti, Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie to the sacred space of the Mission chapel.
7:30 p.m. $20 Mission San Francisco Solano, Spain and First Street East. 484-9552
Vox Populi sings Abbey Road
The local rock choir has swelled to over 70 fun-loving, talented singers who perform multi-harmony versions of well-known rock and roll songs. Next up: The Beatles’ landmark album Abbey Road, in its entirety. Program repeats May 17 at a different venue.
$10. 8 p.m. Sebastiani Winery.
Sonoma Valley Chorale
The chorale goes a little nuts for its final concert of the season. The program, titled “Complete Nonsense” celebrates the whimsical witticisms of Ogden Nash, Benjamin Franklin,and various others from familiar musicals such as “Peter Pan” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Friday at 8.m and again Saturday at 2 p.m. Veterans Memorial Building. 935-1576.
May 15 &16
Mini golf tournament
Woodland Star School tees up a wacky, adults only fundraiser at the miniature golf course, with costumes, beer and wine, raffles, prizes and more.
$25. 6 p.m. Maxwell Fun Center, 19171 Sonoma Hwy. WSEDfund.org. 996-3849
Passport to Sonoma Valley
No matter where you go, there you are — with wine. Details on Page 25.
Big Bottle Wine Auction
There are wines that have big flavor, and there are wines that come in bottles big enough to go condo. Bid on both — along with wine country lifestyle auction lots, student art and more – at this is fundraiser for the education foundation, part of the Passport to Sonoma Valley weekend.
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunflower Caffe, 421 First St. W. Sveducationfoundation.org
Sunday, May 16
Battle of the Bands
16 bands, 3 chords, one winner. See page 25 for details.
Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Sonoma Plaza amphitheater.
Hit pay dirt with the Draft Horse and Mule Association’s annual get together. See Page 25 for details.
Free. Jack London State Park.
Monday, May 17
Vox Populi sings Abbey Road
See May 14 listing for details. $10. 8 p.m. Sebastiani Theatre. sebastianitheatre.com
Tuesday, May 18
The Quick Draw
The annual Sonoma Plein Air art festival shows off a new facet to the event with “The Quick Draw,” as selected artists have one hour to create a new work inspired by the vivid colors and sights of the Farmers Market. The paintings will be created and sold on the spot.
5:30 p.m. Sonoma Plaza. sonomapleinair.com
Wed., May 19
Sonoma Valley Firefighters Battle of the Bartending Brigade continues when the troop from Schellville Station mans the bar.
6 p.m. No cover. Bluegrass Bar & Grill, 14310 Arnold, Glen Ellen. 935-4488
Saturday, May 22
Sonoma Valley Footrace and Festival
Two runs through a beautiful setting – a 5k and 10k – are part of a day of family fun at the Sonoma Development Center including a hot rod car show, carnival games, live music, food vendors, and beer and wine tasting. Races at 8 a.m. with free festival to follow. Sonoma Developmental Center. www.dds.ca.gov/svff
Sonoma Hometown Band
The house band’s final full concert of the season features a melody of Beatles hits, “All You Need is Love” originally scored for the Canadian Brass.
11 a.m. Free. Sebastiani Theatre. sonomahometownband.org
Food writer Marcia Gagliardi
The author of “The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion” shares tips and restaurant buzz. To accompany her tasty dish, refreshments will be served.
Free. 4 p.m. Readers’ Books. 150 E. Napa St. 939-1779. readersbooks.com
Monday, May 24
“From Gershwin to Garland”
An evening with concert pianist Richard Glazier and his film “From Gershwin to Garland.” To benefit The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and the Sonoma International Film Society.
$20. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. film. Sebastiani Theatre. sebastianitheatre.com
Save the date
June 3 — Sundance Lounge at Atwood Ranch. An upscale barn-burner for Kenwood School. kenwoodeducationfoundation.org
June 5 & 6 – Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Infineonraceway.com
June 6 – Hit the Road Jack. Wine country run and Plaza festival. hittheroadjack,org
June 19 – SonomaSong Rock n’ Roll. Bash at Gundlach Bundschu to benefit WillMar Center.