In airing this family classic of a neurotic New Yorker who dates a high school girl after a messy divorce before stealing the mistress of his best friend, the Lark Theater shows that their drive-in revival is not a neighborhood summer series outdoor theater. Too often screenings of Shrek and Cars 2 seem to clog up summer’s community outdoor screens. At the Lark Drive-In, patrons can bet on quality, sometimes challenging cinema from the comfort of their ’51 Hudson Hornet, or whatever they drive these days. 7:45pm, Friday, Sept. 15. Lark Drive-In at the Village at Corte Madera, 1557 Redwood Hwy. Arrive 45 minutes before the show. Advance ticket sales only. There is no box office on-site. larktheater.net.
The iconic musical movie, The Sound of Music, kicks off the 2023/24 season at Cinnabar. The adult and youth actors bring to life the story and the music of this Broadway hit by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Pro tip: Try waitlisting for the sold-out days, as tickets do come up at this jewel of a theater nestled in the hills. Two casts perform the eternal singalongs. Newly added dates: Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 1. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 1. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. $60 tickets online at cinnabartheater.org/show/sound-of-music.
For those who enjoy the risk of a good puke, check out Oktoberfest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. German themes abound, from extensive menu to Instagrammable photo ops. Highlights include the Beer Keg Tapping Ceremony and the Pretzel Eating Contest. Games, bratwurst, spaetzle, large beers, and yes, lots of whirling rides. Live entertainment from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Keg Tapping at 1:15pm. Festival games at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. 11am-6pm on select dates between Sept. 9-Oct. 29. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Dr. SW, Vallejo.
An Enchanted Evening, a production of Transcendence Theater Company at Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, is a collection of tributes to Broadway through song and dance. “This is my favorite show of the year, where we get to play the best of Broadway with some of the best talent from across the country,” said the play’s director, Brad Surosky. The venue is open-air, and the stars will be out for this multi-run. 5pm picnic, 7:30pm showtime, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, through Sept. 17. Tickets for ‘An Enchanted Evening’ start at $35. Visit BestNightEver.org