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During the weeks between the frightful frenzy of Halloween events and the family gatherings of Thanksgiving, the concert and show calendar thins out a bit, as if to give us a rest before the onslaught of the Christmas season.

However, this month does have its pleasures -- a food and wine festival here, a well-known author there, and a whole range of often offbeat concerts in a wide variety of styles. Here, in chronological order, are 11 best bets for the the 11th month of the year, November:

1. Too Short. Born in Los Angeles, he came of age in Oakland, and became recognized as the first West Coast rap star, recording three albums on his own before he made his major-label debut with 1988’s gold album “Born to Mack.” Best known for hits including “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle,” Too Short also collaborated with both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. when they were at the top of their game. J Stalin. 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 6. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. $30. 762-3565,

2. Mr. December. Singer Dana Moret fronts the popular Sacramento funk and rock band, which draws on many other styles of music along the way. Kristen Pearce and Her Band and Oddjob Ensemble also play. Saturday, Nov. 7. HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 829-7300,

3. “Whose Live Anyway?” Expect the unexpected when you experience improvisational comedy with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proop and Jeff B. Davis from TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway,’ plus Joel Murray of ‘Mad Men.’ 8 p.m. Nov. 7. $39-$59. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 546-3600,

4. “Wine & Food Affair”: It’s a truly tasteful experience when you spend weekend of wine and food pairing in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. Choose from a long list of destinations, ranging from the Acorn Winery to the Windsor Vineyards. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. $54-$76.

5. Peter Coyote. To some of us, he’ll always be “Keys,” the mysterious government agent from “E.T.,” but the actor, activist and author is a man of many talents. Following up his debut memoir, “Sleeping Where I Fall,” which covered his experiences during the ‘60s counter-culture movement, Coyote’s new book, ‘The Rainman’s Third Cure,’ pays tribute to his mentors and shares what he learned from the study of Zen. Coyote speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Copperfield’s Books, 138 N. Main St., Sebastopol. Free admission, but RSVP at to get 10 percent off purchase of the book.

6. Rising Appalachia. Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith blend a contemporary look and modern sensibilities with some truly old-fashioned cultural influneces. They’ll take you on a musical trip around the world, starting from New Orleans and the southern Appalachians. Where else can you hear washboard, beatbox and didgerdoo from the same act? s Arouna Diarra opens at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $19-$23. 765-2121,

7. LaVerne Cox. The Emmy Award-nominated actress, who plays prisoner Sophia Burset on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” is the first African-American transgender woman to play a leading role in a mainstream television show. The Women in Leadership Lecture Series will present her in a moderated discussion and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, Weill Hall, Green Music Centerm Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.. Tickets start at $25., 866-955-6040.

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11 best bets for November entertainment in Sonoma County
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