Thursday, May 19, 2011

Events for Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2011

FRIDAY, May 20, 2011
Wanda Sykes at the Wells Fargo Center
Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Emmy winning comedian Wanda Sykes brings her smart-witted stand up to Santa Rosa for her first Sonoma County performance!

Place: Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA
Fee: $50, $65Time: 8 p.m. Phone Number: 707-546-3600

Opening Gala for Taste Alexander Valley
A very special evening at the spectacular Francis Ford Coppola Winery. This fabulous outdoor reception & gala will feature reserve wines from throughout Alexander Valley, exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres, a variety of tapas style small plates & live music. Experience world class wines, savor delicious cuisine & dance the evening away while mingling with Alexander Valley’s winemakers, winery principals & vineyard owners at this incredible newly renovated winery resort.

Place: Francis Ford Coppola Winery  Fee: $90 - Advance only (limited availability) / Opening Gala & Weekend Pass (package) $135 - Advance only (limited availability, $20 discount!) Time: 5-8:30pm Phone:  (888)463-0207.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, May 20-22, 2011
Sonoma Jazz + Festival
Friday - John Fogerty , Saturday = Sheryl Crow
Sunday = Gipsy Kings

Place: Downtown Sonoma Field of Dreams Fee: $60-$100 Phone: 888-512-SHOW (7469)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, May 21-22, 2011
Taste Alexander Valley
Annual wine/food event hosted by Alexander Valley Winegrowers. Weekend kicks off Friday with an Opening Gala. On Sat/Sun, over 35 wineries host parties throughout the Valley, each featuring wine/food, entertainment and discounts.

Place: Wineries in Alexander Valley Phone Number: (888) 289.4637

Fee: Weekend Pass - $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door. Weekend Pass (designated driver) - $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door
Sunday Only $45 per person in advance, $55 at the door. Sunday Only (designated driver) $10 advance, $15 at the door.

SATURDAY , May 21, 2011
Tumor be Gone - An evening of Comedy, music and wine

Benefit for Kimbell Jackson

Comedy for a Cause presents"Tumor Be Gone!",an evening of Comedy, Music, and Wine to raise funds for Kim Jackson's battle against brain cancer.  Our extraordinary evening of comic talent will include 6th Street Improv, Slip Goose Monkey, World's Biggest Comedy Duo, Stand Up Comic Dave Pokorny, Emmy Award winning comic actor Rick Overton, Michael McShane (Who's Line Is It Anyway, Robin Hood, and many more), the amazing chanteuse Perla Batalla who has performed extensively with Leonard Cohen, comic cabaret duo Richard and Sandy Riccardi of local and YouTube fame, Lol Levy and Nancy Gold, and other special guests. All proceeds will be used to support Kimbell's fight against brain cancer.

Place: Glaser Center Theater 547 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Time: 7:00pm - 10:30pm Fee: $30 per person, Available at

Annual Spring Street Festival 
Cloverdale's Annual Spring Street Festival, a spectacular array of street arts: fire-eaters, jugglers, puppet shows, roaming musicians, hand-crafted arts, food artisans and dance performances. Activities for all ages. Open-air dance on the plaza starting at 7:00 PM. Wine and beer will be sold.

Place: Cloverdale Plaza Fee: Free Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dance 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 894.4470

Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival
The Luther Burbank Rose Parade Festival located in Downtown Santa Rose includes a 2 hour parade, followed by an Iron Chef Competition, while enjoying live music and festival!

This year’s theme, “Rose Town Hoedown,” pays tribute to Santa Rosa’s colorful & rich history – a time when horse drawn carriages & parade wagons were completely covered with fresh roses & the city was known as the “Rose Town”. Three generations of the Tamayo family & employees of La Tortilla Factory will lead this year’s parade through downtown Santa Rosa beginning at 10am.
Noon-1:30pm - Battle of the High School Chefs Competition on stage in Old Courthouse Square

Place: Downtown Santa  Rosa Fee: Free Time: From 10am till dark/ Parade Awards - 2:30pm / Noon – Chefs Competition
Phone Number: (707) 523.3728

Fundraiser Rummage Sale – Active 20-30 Sebastopol #63
Donations accepted noon to 5 on Friday, May 20. A ton of treasures have been collected for this gigantic sale at the Pellini Car Dealership lot in Sebastopol. Great prices and it's all to help kids in Sonoma County!

Place: The Old Chevy Dealership, Rt. 12 and Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, CA Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm