‘Big’ fun at Gun Bun
“The Big Lebowksi,” the bizarre 1998 comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, is the featured flick Friday, August 5 at Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Jeff Bridges stars as a cocktail-swilling L.A. slacker, as laid back as his buddy, played by John Goodman, is dangerously manic. The plot, involving mistaken identity, bowling, a stolen rug and a missing wife, is said to be based on, of all things, Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled classic, “The Big Sleep.” Live music from Band Camp at 7 p.m. followed by the movie at about 8:45 p.m. Advance tickets are $10. Picnic dinners sale on site. More.
There’s not a chateau in site but don’t let the industrial setting fool you. Among the warehouses on Sonoma’s east side are the Eighth Street Wineries. On Saturday, August 6, the nine tasting rooms throw an open house, offering current and new releases as well as library offerings, barrel tastings and food pairings. $30 advance, $35 at the door, covers all the fun at all the winery spots from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus a souvenir wine glass. Eighthstreetwineries.com.
On August 9, the Huey Lewis and the News returns to the Sonoma County Fair for the first time 20 years, right before it reached big time fame with “Sports,” the breakthrough album that generated four top 10 singles and finished behind only “Thriller” as the best-selling release of 1984. On August 11, the King of the “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,”
Trace Adkins, boot scoots onto the stage. Both shows are 7:30 p.m. in the Chris Beck Arena, County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. $25-$45. Sonomacountyfair.com.