If variety is the spice of life, things are going to get pretty spicy along the Russian River this week, as the Monte Rio Variety Show returns for its 106th annual extravaganza of music, comedy and live theater. The show has featured world-class entertainers ranging from Merv Griffin and Bing Crosby back in the day to current stars like Clint Black and Zac Brown. While the lineup is always a surprise, the event also boasts a barbecue dinner and raffle, and all proceeds benefit the local school foundation and fire services. Thursday, July 27, at the Monte Rio Amphitheatre, 9925 Main St., Monte Rio. 4:30pm. $15–$30. monterioshow.org.