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PROFESSOR VAN HELSING (Matt Witthaus), left, and John Harker, (Michael Miller) confront Count Dracula (Len Hendeland) in the stage production of “Dracula,” through Nov. 2, at the Sonoma Community Center. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Curtain rises on ‘Dracula’

Silver Moon Theatre presents “Dracula,” by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Nellie Cravens, running through Sunday, Nov. 2, on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, at the Sonoma Community Center.

SONOMA NATIVE NIGEL ARMSTRONG will perform a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Burlingame Hall. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Armstrong to perform ‘encore’ recital

Nigel Armstrong, Sonoma’s internationally acclaimed violinist, will perform an “encore” solo recital in Sonoma at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Burlingame Hall, 258 W. Spain St., Sonoma.

ROGER RHOTEN, the Magic Man, is a part of the Witchie Poo Players who will be presenting the “Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza: MTV (Monster TV) Music Video Awards, this weekend and next at the Sebastiani Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Witchie Poo celebrates Halloween

The Witchie Poo Players present their 34th annual Halloween Extravaganza stage show, the 2014 “Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza: MTV (Monster TV) Music Video Awards” in four fabulous weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in Sonoma.

BACKTRAX WILL BE MAKING its last appearance of the year when they perform at Rossi’s 1906 on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Backtrax wraps up the year at Rossi’s

Backtrax will be playing their last scheduled show of the year on Saturday, Oct. 18, in their debut performance at Rossi’s 1906 in El Verano. The band is the brainchild of Oscar Mooneyhan, who grew up here in the Valley and after raising his family in Reno, returned and married a fellow Sonoma Valley High graduate Kathryn Barton.

Showcase features dance, prose, ‘Fright Night’ and comic cabaret

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance’s Sonoma Nights Showcase series will present four shows in October. The Showcase features intimate performances by regional artists in a variety of genres – music, staged readings, one-person shows, dance, and cabaret acts – presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, when the main stage production is “dark.”

Depot Park Museum attic sale set Saturday

Every once in a great while, the Sonoma Valley Historical Society’s Depot Park Museum holds its longtime community-favorite attic sale featuring antiques and new and gently used treasures at bargain prices. On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the society’s “Kitchen Tricks and Treats” sale takes place just outside the museum in Depot Park, 270 First St. W.

Author eyes ‘Highway 61’

Author Dennis McNally will discuss his latest book, “On Highway 61” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St.

THE WITCHIE POO PLAYERS return for their 34th Halloween Extravaganza Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at the Sebastiani Theatre. Among the players are, from left, Jake Cruise; Roger Rhoten, the Magic Man; Witchie Poo and her sidekick, Lemmy. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Witchie Poo returns

The Witchie Poo Players present their 34th annual Halloween Extravaganza stage show, the 2014 “Witchie Poo Halloween Extravaganza: MTV (Monster TV) Music Video Awards” in four fabulous weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., in Sonoma.

Theatre Alliance seeks proposals for 2015

The Sonoma Theatre Alliance (STA) is now accepting submissions for next year’s Festival of Theatre on the Rotary Stage of Andrews Hall in the Sonoma Community Center. Proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Sonoma Community Center seeks ceramics artist-in-residence

The Sonoma Community Center is accepting applications for a ceramics artist-in-residence for the six-month period from January through June 2015. Applications are available online at sonomacommunitycenter.org and will be accepted through Nov. 10.

Arnold, Hess talk realism at SVMA Saturday

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s “Talking Realism” continues with perhaps two of the best-known narrative realist painters in California, Los Angeles’ F. Scott Hess and Sonoma’s Chester Arnold come together for the very first time to discuss their particular brands of storytelling.

Ragtime Festival set at six venues

Sonoma Valley will ring with ragtime music on Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of the fifth annual Wine Country Ragtime Festival beginning with performances at Jack London State Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring renowned performers Tom Brier and the Saloon Sweeties, Kylan deGhetaldi, Jack Love, Larisa Migachyov, John Partridge, Monty Suffern and Dave Tucker.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball set for Nov. 1

The Wine Country Marines’ annual “Wine Country Marine Corps Birthday Ball” is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards owned by Fred and Nancy Cline in Sonoma.

The Jami Jamison Band is among the bands playing at the Glen Ellen Village Fair Sunday.

Local fun, live music at Glen Ellen Village Fair

Now in its 24th year, the Glen Ellen Village Fair will be on Sunday, Oct. 12, in beautiful downtown Glen Ellen, starting at noon. They will be closing Arnold Drive between London Ranch Road and Warm Springs Road, giving the fair a true “block party” vibe.

THE SONOMA BAR BATTLE returns for the eighth year starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Battling bartenders

The eighth annual Sonoma Bar Battle will be held starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. W., Sonoma.

Arts Guild features Newman exhibit

The Arts Guild of Sonoma will showcase the artwork of featured artist Ruby Newman as well as works by guild artists during October’s exhibition.