Director Babak Jalali appears in person for a thought-provoking post-screening discussion of his new feature film, Fremont. The film follows Afghan refugee Donya, who lives in Fremont but works at a fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. Seeking connection, she decides to send a message out to the world through a cookie in this offbeat vision of the universal longing for home. See the on-stage conversation with Babak Jalali. 8:30pm, after a 7pm screening on Saturday, Aug. 26. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $13.25 general tickets, $9.75 discounts.
Pegasus Theater Company’s long standing Tapas Short Play Festival will feature seven original short plays by playwrights from all around northern California. “We’ve produced a lot of wonderful short plays over the years, but this year’s crop is outstanding—entertaining, provocative and unexpected,” says the theater company’s website. “And several of our playwrights are homegrown Sonoma County talent, including Scott Lummer and Darlene Kersnar.” Curtain time is 7pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm for Sunday matinees, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 8. The door will open a half hour earlier. Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge, 14040 Church St., Guerneville. Tickets are $20.
Percussion-rock band Widespread Panic has been together over three decades, releasing many recordings of “exceptional shows spanning the band’s entire career. With legendary sold-out concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and at arenas throughout the South, Panic has headlined most major U.S. festivals, including Bonnaroo (eight times), Lollapalooza and Outside Lands. They are sure to thrill along the Napa River. A gold ticket includes gold section viewing, dedicated entrance, dedicated restrooms and dedicated cash bar. 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27. Oxbow River Stage, 1100 West St., Napa. $69.50 for general admission, $150 for a gold ticket.
Lost Church Live Band Karaoke takes over the house every fourth Thursday at the Lost Church Santa Rosa. This is the hosted event in which audience members become the band’s lead singer! Participants pick from a list of 110 songs with words on stage. Guest singers are offered a fun and friendly band with a rotating lineup of talented local musicians. Singers sound and feel great; band members drawn from Staggerwing and Stakes Are Low will sing with guests as much or as little as they want. 8pm, Thursday, Aug. 24 and every fourth Thursday. The Lost Church, 427 Mendocino, Santa Rosa. $15 general admission tickets at tinyurl.com/LiveBandKaraokeTLC.