The “Howl” benefits Altimira Middle School

The Cork Pullers

We guess it’s close enough to Halloween to have an event called “The Howl’ and that’s what it will be, at Little Switzerland on Saturday, Oct. 22. The main ticket features dinner and entertainment, but a ticket for just the entertainment portion of the evening is also available. The evening gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, silent auction, raffle and a buffet dinner, all a benefit for Altimira Middle School. At 8 p.m. the live show starts with the Cork Pullers, with El Verano School teacher Tim Curley at the helm, followed by Flash Fiction, led by Altimira teacher Mike Curtin. House DJ Bubbawill also be on hand to spin dance and Latin favorites. For more info and tickets, call 933-0519.

The Mix is back at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a musical theme that makes the current exhibit come to life. On display currently, and until the end of 2011, is called “Sonido Pirata” and focuses on the “art” of pirated music, something that is a badge of honor for many Latin American musicians. Spinning the tunes that night will be DJ Juan Kamenney of Club Unicornio, who is also featured in the exhibit. An additional bonus will be a special appearance by Cristina Victor, star of “Cooking with Miami” who will be doing Cuban-American food preparations during the Mix. The fun all starts at 8 p.m. The event is free to museum members, with a specially priced ticket for the night available at the door, or you can become a member of the museum and entrance to that, and many other events at the Museum are free. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

Local singer-songwriter Natasha James is up for two 2012 Grammys this year, one for best new artist and another for best country song, for her tune, “My Country has the Blues.” The song is currently number two on the New Music Weekly country charts. To cast your vote, point your browser to Good Luck Natasha!

The second annual Jewish winemakers celebration has gotten so large, organizers had to move this years celebration to the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. The event goes off on Sunday, Oct. 23, starting at 1:30 p.m. and features wines from over 20 Jewish connected wineries, traditional Jewish snacks and live music from Simka and Stephanie Ozer. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at Reader’s Books or Tiddlewinks.

The Hellhounds

The Hellhounds are back in town tonight, Oct. 21, at the Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards tasting room. In addition to the wine specials, dinner will be offered by Community Cafe. The night kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

If you miss the Hellhounds tonight, you can catch them on Saturday, Oct. 22, in Napa at Uva Tratoria for an 8:30 p.m. show.

The Jami Jamison band is in town for the weekend. Well, kind of in town tonight, Oct. 21, at Papas Taverna over the hill on Lakeville Highway for a 7 p.m. show. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the band will be at the Moose Lodge for a pre-Halloween party where costumes are encouraged, but not required. Good thing too, as we’re still working on our Van Halen costume. There is a ticket that includes dinner and music, or you can just come to the dance after dinner. For tickets and more info, call 996-3877.

Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Tonewoods tonight, Oct. 21, for an evening of acoustic Americana, ragtime and British folk, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, has High Country, playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass, also at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, brings local favorites EZ Kewl back to the Pub, for an early show that starts at 6:30 p.m. There is no cover for any of the shows.

The Plaza Bistro has the Andrew Emer Trio tonight, Oct. 21, for a 7 p.m. show. That night, Emer will have with him Eric Vogler on guitar and Greg Wyser-Pratt on drums. Saturday, Oct. 22, brings in Allison Scull and Vince Martin for a show that also kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no cover for either show.

Plan Be will be at the new Grist Mill in Glen Ellen at the Jack London Village tonight, Oct. 21, starting at 7 p.m.

The centre du vin in the Ledson Hotel welcomes Jess Petty and Ken Chambers on Saturday, Oct. 22, kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

HopMonk Tavern Sonoma has music today, Oct. 22, starting at 5 p.m. with Glenn Carter. Later in the evening, Danny Montana takes the inside stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, the tavern welcomes Timothy O’Neil for a 1 p.m. show. Later that night, Garrin Benfield takes the stage at 9 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. Michael L. Castle takes the outdoor stage. There is no cover for any of the shows.

Chris Hanlin

The Kathmandu Corner has music tonight, Oct. 21, from the Penny Hens, kicking off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, brings in singer-songwriter Chris Hanlin, also for an 8 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.

The Blue Moon Saloon has Izzy and the Catastrophics on Saturday, Oct. 22, kicking off at 10 p.m. How much of the Kesstronics are still left in the band is not clear, but a good time is promised by owner Michael Renke. Sunday, Oct. 23, the Sunday night blues jam continues at 9 p.m.

Stephanie Ozer will be at the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturday, Oct. 22, for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Showcase the Band will be playing an Oktoberfest at Michel-Schlumberger Winery in Healdsburg on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. The event is by reservation only. Call 800-447-3060 for reservations and more info.

The Whiskey Thieves are on the road to the HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol tonight, Oct. 21, as part of a three-band night. The band takes the stage at 10:15 p.m.


Hot 45s – Shows within a 45 minute drive from the Island

Petty Theft – Friday, Oct. 21.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma

Wonderbread 5 – Saturday, Oct. 22.
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma

Yngwie Malmsteen – Wednesday, Oct. 26
The Fillmore – San Francisco

Lindsay Buckingham – Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Uptown Theater – Napa

Nick Gravenites – Saturday, Oct. 22.
George’s Nightclub – San Rafael

Anthrax – Testament – Sunday, Oct. 23.
The Warfield – San Francisco.

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